Gbenga Sesan

'Gbenga Sesan (born Oluwagbenga Olabisi Sesan on July 27, 1977) was appointed Nigeria's first Information Technology Youth Ambassador in October 2001. His interest and work is built around the use of ICTs in socio-economic transformation—focusing on underserved groups. He has often expressed his strong belief in the potential that Information and Communications Technologies (ICTs) hold for Nigeria and Africa. He has been an active participant at national, regional, and international discussions on the need for Africa's inclusion in the Information Society, and has consulted widely for numerous organisations, including Harvard University, Microsoft, Res Publica, Freedom House, International Telecommunications Union, Heinrich Boll Foundation and United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) -- where he was the Vice Chair of the African Technical Advisory Committee. He is the Executive Director of Paradigm Initiative Nigeria and was the pioneer Program Manager of Lagos Digital Village, a multistakeholder telecenter project that provides training, research and mentorship opportunities for underserved youth in Nigeria. ‘Gbenga serves on the board of EnoughisEnough Nigeria. He is also an author and regular feature on some of Nigeria’s popular television shows. He was appointed as the youngest member of the Presidential Task Force on the Restructuring of the Nigerian Information Technology, Broadcasting and Telecommunications Sectors in August 2006; member of the United Nations Committee of eLeaders on Youth and ICT in April 2008; Ashoka Fellow in October 2008 and member of the Presidential Committee on Roadmap for the Achievement of Accelerated Universal Broadband Infrastructure and Services Provision in September 2012.

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