Speakers

 

Louise Mathurin-Serieux

Mrs. Louise Mathurin-Serieux has been part of the Saint Lucia Open Data team since inception in 2014 when she worked with the World Bank counterparts on the Open Data Readiness Assessment; and later on developing the draft of Saint Lucia’s Open Data policy. She is currently the co-ordinator for Open data activities executed by the multi-agency Open Data central team and engages users and stakeholders on several fronts including training content creators on the use of the Saint Lucia Open data (data.govt.lc). Prior to this she completed an MPhil thesis on Economic Diversification in St. Lucia at University of the West Indies, St. Augustine, where she served as a Research Assistant/Assistant Lecturer. She has also worked briefly in the private sector as a Research Officer at a marketing agency where she was involved in a range of research-oriented projects. Currently, she serves as a Research Officer in the, Ministry of Public Service, Information and Broadcasting: Division of Public Sector Modernisation and holds a certificate in Research Data Management.

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Varun Baker

Varun co-founded the SlashRoots Foundation (“SlashRoots”) which is a civic tech non-profit based in Kingston, Jamaica that leverages technology to create solutions to social problems endemic to the Caribbean region. SlashRoots works with governments, development
organizations and civil society to improve public service program design and delivery, with a focus on open innovation and user-centred design.

Varun has over 11 years of enterprise level industry experience in business communications, and operational management, with a strong focus on software engineering. He designs and builds web services, mobile applications and website architectures based on open standards. His current work is focused on leveraging blockchain technology to provide access to loans for unbanked farmers in Jamaica.

Sandra Moscoso

By day, Sandra provides strategy and performance management advice to social development clients, bringing almost 20 years of experience in change management, business process analysis, knowledge management, and program management. Sandra has worked for the World Bank’s Governance Global Practice implementing evidence-based capacity building (https://www.sudandata.org/), open data, and data literacy programs in Singapore, Kenya, Moldova, Afghanistan, Nigeria, and across Latin America. She also launched and managed the World Bank’s Open Finances program, where she worked to open financial data, make it digestible, and supported the use of open data in development. Prior to the World Bank, Sandra worked as a change management consultant for enterprise systems implementations.

By night, Sandra works on local community efforts related to schools and education, active transportation, and civic technology and serves on Washington D.C.’s Open Government Advisory Group. For this work, the Sunlight Foundation recognized Sandra as an Open Gov Champion. A graduate of James Madison University, Sandra lives in Washington, DC with her husband, two children, and the ‘village’ that makes every-day life possible. More at https://www.linkedin.com/in/sandramoscoso/ and Twitter @sandramoscoso.

Tricia Govindasamy

Tricia Govindasamy is an Environmental and Engineering Geology graduate with skills in Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and data science. She works as a data wrangler for Code for Africa, Africa’s largest data journalism and civic technology initiative, as a part of their award-winning StoryLab team; a Pan-African data journalism unit. As a data wrangler, Tricia collaborates on data journalism projects by sourcing data, cleaning and analysing it, as well as creating interactive maps, charts and infographics. Tricia also works with journalists across Africa, assisting them in using data for their stories through Code for Africa’s,  African Data Women programme which includes the Naija Data Ladies in Nigeria and WanaData in Kenya. She is also a trainer for Code for Africa’s StoryLab Academy carrying out trainings for newsrooms in Durban, South Africa on various data journalism topics.  

Some of the projects Tricia has worked on include GenderGap – a tool displaying the salary disparities between genders in Africa, and #BornPerfect – a data journalism initiative bringing awareness and education on Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) in Africa. She has also contributed to multiple investigative projects such as Fire Factories and Dominion.

Le Roux Schoeman

Le Roux is an experienced news journalist and video editor who, two years ago, embarked on a mission to start incorporating data and data visualisation into his storytelling – and is keen to take as many journalists and other interested parties as possible with him on this journey! 

Having started his journalism career in a print newsroom (in December 2001) on completion of a postgraduate degree in journalism, the constant in Le Roux’s career has been change: from “straight” reporting to video journalism, to video team management to this exciting and collaborative world of data-driven reporting that seems to coincide with a broader “Do-It-Yourself-culture” in journalism where newsrooms expect employees to be multi-skilled. Most recently he has left Media24, where he worked in Afrikaans language news for most of his career, to establish himself as a freelance multimedia journalist in Cape Town, South Africa.

Favourite saying: Keep it simple. Twitter: @Skoemann

Former workplace: www.netwerk24.com

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Justin Arenstein

He is an award-winning investigative journalist and digital strategist currently helping Google and the International Center for Journalists strengthen Africa’s watchdog media by working with newsrooms to implement better forensic research and evidence-based reportage. This includes helping media adopt digital tools and data journalism strategies. Justin manages the $1m African News Innovation Challenge, is rolling out HacksHackers chapters across Africa, and supports newsroom-based experiments with citizen reporting, mobile news, and augmented reality platforms. Justin is a former Press Councillor in South Africa, and continues to serve on several media industry bodies and think tanks. His investigative reportage has helped put a senator, two legislature speakers and a provincial cabinet minister behind bars, and contributed to the ouster of two provincial premiers and several other cabinet ministers and state officials on charges ranging from child rape to corruption.

Nkechi Okwuone

Nkechi is the Country Lead for Code for Nigeria, a local chapter of Code for Africa – the continent’s largest independent Open Data, Civic Media and Civic Technology Initiative. A former employee of Microsoft Nigeria with the Philanthropies team. She also served as the Head, Open Data, Website and Social Media unit in the Information Communication Technology Agency, Edo State Government.

A distinguished career that has seen her become a School of Data 2015 Fellow, member of the Open Data Institute’s Open Data Leader’s Network (ODLN), a 2 time nominee of The Nigeria’s Future Awards Price in Public Service, a finalist of the McKinsey Next Generation Women Leaders’ Award, a 2016 Mandela Washington Fellow, an SME 100 under 25 women enterprising young women, Lagos Global Shaper of the World Economic Forum and a Data Champion with Harvard Evidence for Policy Design (EPoD). She is passionate about leading the next generation of youths who will be using technology to solve local social problems.

Our Mission

To boost analytical, evidence-based public discussion
by giving citizens, journalists and civil society
access to the data, digital tools, and computational skills
necessary for transforming our societies into digital democracies.