Announcing Our First Regional Ambassadors Team
I am thrilled to announce that we have selected our first team of Regional Ambassadors.
Please say hello to:
- Maria Zaghi: Latin America and Spanish-speaking Net2 organizers
- Excel Asama: Africa and French-speaking Net2 organizers
- Stephen Blyth: Australia and New Zealand
- Mel Findlater: Western Europe
Because this first year is a test and the project needs to be small, you’ll notice that we don’t have Ambassadors for all regions. Our initial focus area is on areas that are more difficult for TechSoup Global staff to support because of geographic distance, language or cultural differences.
Our Ambassadors, who are veteran organizers, will be supplemented by TSG staff. More on this soon.
The Regional Ambassadors pilot has these core elements:
- Ambassadors will offer regular mentorship and support to organizers in their region
- Ambassadors will chair the creation of regional NetSquared Camps
- NetSquared Camp funding and travel bursaries will be open to all NetSquared organizers
MARIA ZAGHI has a 20-year experience in the implementation of projects and entrepreneur efforts related to ICTs (Information and Communication Technologies) in Latin America.
She has been the leader for several ICT agendas in Guatemala including the e-Guatemala strategy as an researcher of the Information Committee in the National Science Council; she is part of the National E-commerce, Information Society Commission of Guatemala and is also a collaborator with the Innovation and Competitive Agenda. She is a professor in ICT programs for Universidad Del Valle, Francisco Marroquin University, Landívar University and Universidad Galileo in Guatemala and in Unitec in Honduras.
She is currently in charge of business development for Campus TEC, the first technology park in the Central American region with over 100 companies in the ICT.
Excel Asama is an ICT Expert and an Internet Next Generation Leader dedicated in energizing people and organizations to help themselves through ICTs. He strongly believes in the power of the Internet in particular and the ICTs in general in bringing about the expected change in this generation. Born in a remote village in Cameroon from a modest background, he is honored to dine with kings thanks to the Internet. Excel Asama holds a number of national and International certifications in ICTs and social Development, including and not limited to:
- Network Forensics obtained @ Japan CCERT (Computer Coordination Emergency Response Team;
- Internet Next Generation Leader Certification program (Internet Society);
- Web Development and Communication (World business Consulting and Computing);
- Project Elaboration and Management (European Union);
- Conflict Analysis (United States Institute of Peace); Electoral Observations (United Nations).
- Founding President and CEO of I-Vission International
- NetSquared Regional Ambassador Africa
- Member of the Internet Governance Forum Secretariat Cameroon
- Member of the Internet Society Global and the ISOC Cameroon Chapter
- Member of the Civil Society Internet Governance Caucus
Stephen advises and supports people to make a big difference in their local and global communities with his company Common Knowledge. He’s been doing this mostly using the web since he helped build a community website in 1998. Part-time he chases grants and is building a vibrant network for the Tangata Whenua, Community and Voluntary Sector Research Centre. When not earning a livelihood the Kiwi can be found in his backyard garden or on the trampoline with his family. Stephen lives on the stunning Kapiti Coast, in the North Island of Aotearoa New Zealand, and is NetSquared Wellington organiser.
Mel Findlater is a Geek for Social Good who helps coordinate the Netsquared group in Cambridge, UK called Net2Camb. With a background in training and facilitation in the disability and youth work fields, Mel is one of the co-founders and Director at The You Can Hub, a non profit that helps people achieve their impossible. She gets ridiculously excited about the potential of technology in helping people live incredible lives, especially those who might not naturally pick up a smartphone, tweet or write a blog. Inspire, connect, and support is her way and what better place to do this than Netsquared.
The work of the NetSquared Ambassadors will be supplemented by TechSoup Global staff.
- Glenn Fajardo: Southeast Asia
- Alicja Peszkowska: Central and Eastern Europe
- Elijah van der Giessen: Western North America
- Joyce Bettencourt: Eastern North America