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The Team

ARB Team

Dawit Bekele, Regional Bureau Director for Africa

Prior to joining the Internet Society, Dawit Bekele worked at Addis Ababa University and has held teaching and research positions in computer science, since 1994. He also established and managed a private company that provides Internet related services.

For the last 10 years, Dawit has worked as a consultant for major international organizations such as United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA); United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO); and the World Bank.

Dawit is an Ethiopian citizen living in Addis Ababa. He received his undergraduate, Masters and Ph.D degrees in computer science from Université Paul Sabatier in France. He is based in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

Michuki Mwangi, Senior Development Manager for Africa 

Michuki Mwangi joined ISOC in April 2008 as Senior Education Manager working with the Education team to promote Internet growth and sustainability in the developing world.

Michuki has long been active in the African and global Internet communities, having been centrally involved in key infrastructure developments, technical coordination activities, and policy-making forums.

Before joining ISOC, Michuki was an Internet technology consultant. He previously served as the Administrative Manager at the .KE registry (KENIC) and serves as president of the African Top Level Domain (AfTLD) Association and Chief Technology Officer (CTO) of the Kenya Internet Exchange Point (KIXP), both in a volunteer capacity. He facilitated the anycast deployment of the .COM, .NET, F, and J root servers in Kenya, as well as other key infrastructure deployments in Africa.

He is active in the African Network Operators Group (AfNOG), the Country Code Name Supporting Organization (ccNSO) of ICANN, AfriNIC (the Regional Internet Registry for Africa), and several other local and international technology groups. Michuki has also been involved in the Internet Governance Forum (IGF) discussions since the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) meeting in Tunis.

Michuki holds a diploma in computer analysis and design from Data Center College in Nairobi, Kenya. He has also received additional training in Scalable Network infrastructure and services at AfNOG. In 2006, he was selected as an ISOC Fellow to the IETF (attending the 66th IETF meeting, in Montreal, Canada).

Michuki is based in Nairobi, Kenya.

Kevin Chege, Internet Development Manager for Africa

Kevin Chege joined the Internet Society in February 2012 as the Internet Development Manager for Africa under the Africa Regional Bureau.

Kevin joins ISOC from KENET where he recently served as the Network Manager. While at KENET, he was responsible for IP network design, Network Operations and Network Services. He worked at KENET for seven years, initially an E-1 (copper) only network and was at KENET even before it had its own Autonomous Number and IP address blocks. While at KENET, he oversaw the dramatic expansion of the KENET network from a VSAT network serving 12 links to a large NREN with over 100 active links, most on optical fiber, multiple Points of Presence (PoPs), and with undersea fiber capacity. He also setup and deployed several free and open source based network services and solutions from network monitoring, DNS, e-mail to web hosting for the benefit of the Kenyan Universities and the NREN.

He trained and mentored many techies and interns during his time at KENET and trained for both the NSRC and AfNOG. Kevin has made presentations at several forums and is also a contributor to a book published by INASP and the ICTP on Internet Bandwidth Management and Optimization entitled “How To Accelerate Your Internet: A practical guide to Bandwidth Management and Optimization using Open Source Software”.

Kevin holds a degree in Information Systems and Technology from the United States International University – Africa and has also participated in several technology trainings and workshops over the years. Kevin is a former ISOC fellow to the IETF and has had two articles published in the IETF journal. He was the recipient of the 2010 John Postel Network Operator's Scholarship.

Kevin is based in Nairobi, Kenya.

Christine Saegesser Baethge, Senior Manager, Chapter Development-Africa and The Middle East

Christine joined the Internet Society (ISOC) in 2010 as a Chapter Development Manager for ISOC's Chapters in Africa and the Middle East. She works closely with both the Director for Chapters and the Regional Bureau in Africa.

Prior to joining ISOC, Christine worked for SwissMedia, the Swiss IT- and Multimedia Association as a European Project Manager and for the World Council of Churches' communications department as a Web Project Manager.

Christine holds Masters degrees in both Human Geography from the University of Lausanne, Switzerland, and International Relations and World Order from the University of Leicester, United Kingdom.
 She is fluent in English, French and German. She also speaks Arabic and some Italian.

Christine is based in Geneva, Switzerland.

Marsema Tariku, Logistics Coordinator for the African Regional Bureau

Marsema Tariku came to the Internet Society with rich experience in event organization having worked in key posts of cultural and artistic events at the Alliance Ethio-Française as the Public Relations Officer and the Cultural Events’ Organizer and at the International Committee of the Red Cross Delegation to the African Union, as the Senior Communication Officer.

She also has a Communication and Journalism background having worked for three years for the Ethiopian Radio and Television Agency as Newscaster and Senior Editor for the Ethiopian Television French program.

Over the years, Marsema has specialized in freelance trilingual translations for French, English and Amharic languages, and writing services for a wide variety of UN agencies, GOs and NGOs, successfully tackling a wide range of thematics.  She has effectively undertaken correcting interviewing interpretation and subtitling services for France 3, ARTE, CBC, and the London Weekend Television.

Known as article contributor and special columnist for the Addis Guide Magazine, “for the Record” Column, Marsema has produced an educational documentary film for UNESCO and has been the main coordinator/interpreter for such journalists as Jonathan Dimbleby and for the Champs Elysees reconnaissance team, accompanying the then French President, Nicolas Sarkozy, when they came to Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

Betel Hailu, Communications Coordinator for the African Regional Bureau

Betel Hailu joined the Internet Society in December 2013 as the AXIS Project Coordinator for the Africa Regional Bureau.

Ms. Hailu graduated with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Sociology from Addis Ababa University (AAU) and a Master of Arts Degree in Sociology from Indra Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU). She has served as the Head of Communication Department for the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) Delegation to the African Union (AU) and International Organizations (IO) and also worked as a Project Coordinator under the Protection of Basic Service/Social Accountability Program managed by GTZ-IS and Center of Development Consulting (CDC). The Program was financed by a Multi-Donors Trust Fund, which was managed by the World Bank. In addition to this, she has worked as a Project Coordinator and Senior Researcher at Center for Development Consultancy (CDC), a consultancy firm located in Addis Ababa. Finally yet importantly, Betel has had diversified experience working with the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) Parliament Capacity Building Project and the African Network for the Prevention and Protection against Child Abuse and Neglect (ANPPCAN) – Ethiopia Chapter.

Betel has an excellent command of written and spoken English, French and Amharic languages. She will be based in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.