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Evelyn Namara

Evelyn Namara

Manager, Community Engagement and Special Interest Groups

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Evelyn is the Manager, Community Engagement and Special Interest Groups at the Internet Society. In her new role, she works on defining, managing and coordinating community engagement and mobilization activities across departments to support the Organizational objectives. She also leads and coordinates the development of activities, events, and programs to strengthen and develop relationships with the organization's various communities in collaboration with relevant departments.

Evelyn has lead multiple technologies for development projects in her native Uganda and has worked in the telecommunications industry, renewable energy sector, mobile payments, as well as tech start-ups.

In her previous roles, she was Country Director of Solar Sister, a social enterprise that empowers women with economic opportunity using the breakthrough potential of solar technology, she was also Regional Director, East Africa for Beyonic Limited, a technology start-up whose Software -as-a-Service (SaaS) platform for mobile money management enables organizations and businesses to reap the benefits of moving to mobile-based disbursements.

She also founded Vouch Digital a technology start-up building a verified voucher system that helps eliminate fraud and corruption in the distribution of aid for both governments and international aid organizations.

Evelyn holds a Bsc. in Computer Science from Makerere University, a Diploma in Information Technology (Science) from the Uganda Institute of ICT as well as additional trainings in Scalable Internet Services, Scalable Network Infrastructure from the Africa Network Operators Group (AfNOG).

Evelyn was an Internet Society ambassador to the IGF in Brazil as well as a returning ISOC ambassador to the IGF in Mexico. Evelyn is passionate about human rights, women & tech and about the power of the Internet to change lives.

She is based in Kampala, Uganda.

Image credit: © Jordi Ruiz Cirera/Panos

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