Speakers

 

Dr. the Hon. Andrew Wheatley

Dr. the Honorable Andrew Wheatley is the Minister of Science Energy and Technology of the Government of Jamaica. http://mset.gov.jm/dr-hon-andrew-wheatley.

Trevor Forrest

Trevor Forrest is CEO and Founder of 876 Solutions. He has more than 25 years of experience in the ICT industry ranging from advanced network systems design and network security, to web design & development as well as consulting on ecommerce, internet security and internet strategies for clients in the US and across the Caribbean.

Mr. Forrest attended Jamaica College and thereafter Embry Riddle Aeronautical University where he attained a Bachelor of Science in Aerospace Engineering with a Minor in Mathematics.

After 15 years in the United States where he occupied various management posts in IT, Mr. Forrest returned to Jamaica in 2006 when he founded 876 Technology Solutions.

About 876 Solutions 876 Solutions is a provider of comprehensive open source based technology solutions serving the Caribbean market. Its goal is to provide small and medium sized companies with integrated business technology services that will help increase their business productivity and reduce the costs associated with Information Technology.

Mr. Forrest has served on numerous ICT groups and committees and as a Director on various ICT related Boards. He currently serves as:

Senior Advisor, Ministry of Science, Energy and Technology Chairman, Spectrum Management Authority Chairman, UTECH School of Computing and IT Graduate Studies Advisory Committee Deputy Chairman, eLearning Jamaica Limited Deputy Chairman, Universal Service Fund

Mr. Forrest was formerly a Director of the IT advocacy group, Jamaica Information Technology and Services Alliance (JITSA)

Dr Maurice McNaughton, PhD

Dr Maurice McNaughton is an Engineering Graduate of the University of the West Indies and holds a PhD in Decision Sciences at Georgia State University. He has over 20 years senior management and leadership experience in the planning and direction of enterprise-level Information Technology in organizations. His research interest spans the domain of Open ICT ecosystems and integrates extensive industry experience with focused academic research about the strategic use of ICTs as an enabler of business innovation in small and large enterprises, as well as a growth-enabler for developing economies.

Dr. McNaughton is currently Director of the Centre of Excellence for IT-enabled Innovation at the Mona School of Business & Management and is currently doing active research in the areas of Open/Big Data, Mobile Financial Services, and Open Source platforms. He is a founding member of the Caribbean Open Institute, a regional coalition of Caribbean organizations that engages and works with regional governments, researchers, journalists, technologists, NGOs, and academics, to raise awareness, strengthen capacity, and foster collaborations towards the adoption of open development approaches.

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.

David Soutar

David Soutar is a Principal at the SlashRoots Foundation, a University lecturer, designer and developer with close to 20 years of experience in graphic design, animation, interactive design and user experience. He is a graduate of Savannah College of Art and Design, the University of the West Indies, and holds a MSc in Computer Science. David has worked as a Creative and Art Director for various agencies, offered freelance design services for non-profit and development agencies and serves on the advisory boards of multiple creative start-ups.

David coordinates and lectures in the Digital Media Production undergraduate degree programme at Caribbean Institute of Media and Communication at the University of the West Indies Mona Campus. He currently lectures and persues research in the areas of Visual Communication, Human Centered Design as well as Digital Media and Service Design. He has previously lectured at the Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing Arts, the University of Technology and San Francisco State University.

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

Denique Ferguson

Denique is SlashRoots’ chief prober. She helps the team define and explore problem spaces, planning and managing the research, communication and prototyping activities that turn who’s, what’s, how’s and why’s into how-we-might’s. She especially enjoys those moments in the process when the team’s understanding of a problem shifts and insights are most likely to emerge.

After studying Electronics and Social Marketing at the University of the West Indies, her experiences working as a Business Analyst spurred her to pursue an MSc. in Human-Computer Interaction Design at Indiana University Bloomington. Working at SlashRoots appealed to the Fulbright almuna’s desire to use human-centred design to address civic and social problems, such as how to improve inner city communities’ abilities to access and pay for electricity in Jamaica.

Like many of us, she was probably an insufferable know-it-all by the age of 10, but she was so busy devouring books her friends and family were largely spared. They are not so fortunate these days…just kidding. She’s a lot more sufferable now—there’s nothing like design and research to teach you that you don’t know what you don’t know.

Rae Heeraman

Rawati Heeraman is a Business Intelligence Analyst with Incus Services (strategic Tableau partners for the English-speaking Caribbean based out of Trinidad) for the past 4 years.  She  has been in the IT industry for more than 15 years with a broad-spectrum experience spanning from System Analysis and Design, IT Management and Data Analytics which she is most passionate about.

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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.

Matthew McNaughton

Matthew McNaughton is a Principal of the SlashRoots Foundation, a social impact organization utilizing user-centered design, ICTs, and data to improve the design and delivery of public services and development programs in the Caribbean. In this role, he develops strategies and leads projects that focus on practical applications of ICTs, open government and citizen participation in governance.

Matthew is a thought and practice leader on using ICTs and data for the public sector transformation. He is a member of the Board of Directors for the Caribbean Open Institute and eGov Jamaica, which leads the digital transformation of the Government of Jamaica’s citizen interactions. He speaks and writes regularly on the use of open data in the Caribbean and other emergent economies, innovative approaches to building technical capacity and overcoming data gaps in low-resource environments, and civic tech in developing countries.

Previously, he worked at the World Bank as an Open Innovation Specialist, where he led a number of open government and citizen feedback programs in Nigeria. These projects ranged from the Edo State Open Government Initiative, Africa’s first subnational open government program, to the ICT for Social Accountability program, which enabled real-time citizen feedback via mobile phones to drive improvements in healthcare quality.

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 Prize 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.

Leslie Lee Fook

Leslie Lee Fook is the Director and co-founder of INCUS Services Limited, a leading analytics and information security Consulting Firm based in Trinidad and Tobago.

His career spans over twenty years in the Information Technology field with experience in Telephony, Infrastructure and Business Intelligence. He has managed enterprise-sized IT projects in the UK and throughout the Caribbean.

Leslie is passionate about data literacy and open data and believes that we will all someday become data citizens. His vision is to foster the development of a Caribbean Analytics community that’s highly sought after for its talent and expertise by delivering custom, high impact solutions that empower everyone with the ability to gain actionable insight from their data in a very fast and easy manner.

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.