Lead Consultant / CEO, ThistlePraxis Consulting Limited
A 2008 Draper Hills Fellow on Democracy and Development at Stanford University California and an alumna of the Harvard Business School Executive Education Program, Ini holds a degree in International Relations & Diplomacy and a Masters degree in Management. Whilst at Stanford, she led the research team that assessed the Silicon Valley’s CSR projects with visits to Google, Hewlett Packard, Facebook and the San Francisco Bay Municipality. A facilitator/management trainer, she is also an international consultant on Gender, Peace-building, Peace and Security & Governance.
A Sustainability Expert, Trainer, Speaker and Author, Ini convenes the Africa CEO Round-table & Conference on Corporate Sustainability & Responsibility (AR-CSR™) and curates a Thought Leadership Series on Sustainable Development, Sustainable Conversations™. Ini is a Think-tank member of the World Entrepreneurship Forum and member, World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on Africa.
Mr. Lardner holds a Bachelor degree in Philosophy from the University of Lagos (1980). His international experience includes a long association with the United Nations system, serving in various capacities worldwide. Building on his early media career in Nigeria, he has over the last two decades gathered wide international experience including serving as an Adjunct Professor, Centre for New Media at the Columbia University School of Journalism (1996-8) and as a Research Fellow, Freedom Forum Media Studies Centre (1992-3) also at Columbia University. Mr. Lardner was also a Reuter Scholar/Knight Fellow with the Department of Communications at Stanford University (1988-9).
He is a published media scholar and communications consultant with academic work at both Stanford and Columbia Universities, U.S.A., and as a consultant he has practical experience designing and managing complex and multi-media communications and public policy projects for The World Bank and the United Nations. He has served as a UN electoral staff observer and team leader, working to organize the historic 1994 South African Elections as well as a UN team leader in the monitoring of elections in Mozambique. He also has UN and World Bank experience in coordinating conferences, possesses excellent writing, a robust intellect, integrity, great public speaking skills and mature interpersonal skills. He is the founder of WANGONeT.
Executive Director Open Society Initiative for West Africa
He is the executive director of the Open Society Initiative for West Africa (OSIWA). Prior to his appointment, he served as regional director for Africa at Open Society Foundations. He was also commissioner of the Anti-Corruption Commission in Sierra Leone from December 2007 through April 2010. His previous executive leadership positions include: Appellate Counsel in the Special Court for Sierra Leone; Acting director for the International Center for Transitional Justice’s (ICTJ) Cape Town Office; and president of the Sierra Leone Bar Association. His early career started in Sierra Leone working for one of the leading non-governmental organizations, Campaign for Good Governance (CGG), which he subsequently headed.
He is legal practitioner who graduated from the University of Sierra Leone and University College London. He has extensive experience building accountable institutions and designing strategies which are implemented to ensure high quality and timely delivery. As Commissioner of the Anti-Corruption Commission, he led the team that drafted the 2008 Anti-Corruption Act; drafted the strategy of the Commission and led the coordination of the implementation of the national anti-corruption strategy.
He is a results-driven leader who has proven skills in growing and managing successful programs. He has extensive knowledge of the issues, context and challenges relating to accountability, human rights, social justice, post-conflict reconstruction, transitional justice and the rule of law and in leading organizational change in Africa. He is a compelling communicator able to thrive in a fast-paced and demanding environment.
Co-founder and CEO Crowdcentric
Toby is the co-founder and CEO Crowdcentric. Crowdcentric wants to design a future where technology and humanity come together to create a more open, connected and sustainable world.
Crowdcentric is based in New York and works with a global network of partners and collaborators, fulfilling its mission through three cross-functional divisions: Media, Creative Services & Labs.
Crowdcentric Media owns and operates Social Media Week, a leading media and news platform and worldwide event that takes place in 26+ cities around the world with the mission of capturing, curating and sharing the most meaningful ideas, trends, and best practices with regard to technology and social media’s impact on business, society and culture.
Prior to Crowdcentric, Daniels was the Managing Director of Online Creative Communications, a London based digital agency which he managed for 7 years.
As a thought leader on a range of topics at the cross-section of media, technology and communications, Toby has been featured extensively in mainstream and trade media, including articles on CNN.com, The NY Times, The Next Web, Huffington Post, BBC, PSFK and Fast Company. He speaks regularly at conferences and has given talks at PdF Latin America in Santiago Chile, Social Media Brazil in São Paulo, PDMA’s Co-Creation Conference, Phoenix, SXSW, Austin and Digital Hollywood, Los Angeles. In 2013, The Next Web named Toby as one of New York’s 50 NYC Tech Entrepreneurs You Need to Know About.
In addition to his professional endeavors, Toby is also a passionate contributor to a number of non-profit organizations, including CampInteractive, for which he has served as a senior board member for 7 years.
Toby is also a founding board member of PVBLIC Foundation an in-kind grant-making organization that harnesses the power of unused media assets to drive social change.
Prof. Francis Nyanmojoh
Francis B. Nyamnjoh holds a BA (1984) and an MA (1985) from the University of Yaounde, Cameroon, and a PhD (1990), from the University of Leicester, UK. He joined the University of Cape Town in August 2009 as Professor of Social Anthropology from the Council for the Development of Social Science Research in Africa (CODESRIA), where he served as Head of Publications from July 2003 to July 2009.
He has taught sociology, anthropology and communication studies at universities in Cameroon and Botswana, and has researched and written extensively on Cameroon and Botswana, where he was awarded the “Senior Arts Researcher of the Year” prize for 2003. In October 2012 he received a University of Cape Town Excellence Award for “Exceptional Contribution as a Professor in the Faculty of Humanities”. He is recipient of the “ASU African Hero 2013” annual award by the African Students Union, Ohio University, USA.