Annual Symposium Speakers and Papers

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Mrs. Florette Nakusera

Mrs. Florette Nakusera is the Director of the Research and Financial Stability Department and Chief Economist of the Bank of Namibia. She has over 23 years of experience in Macroeconomic policy research and statistics, Central banking, Finance and investments, Strategic management, Leadership and corporate governance, as well as, environmental economics and policy. Mrs. Nakusera joined the Bank as an Economist, before rising through the ranks as Senior Economist and Deputy Director of Research. She holds a Master’s and an Honours degree in commerce (Economics) from the University of Stellenbosch, as well as a Bachelor’s Degree in Commerce from the University of Namibia. She completed the International Executive Development (IEDP) Certificate from the Wits Business School/London Business School and an Executive Development Programme (EDP) from the University of Stellenbosch Business School. Mrs. Nakusera has written and co-authored numerous articles and papers in the field of macroeconomics. She also served as a Chairperson and Director on various Boards and Committees.


Presentation 1: Overview of Digital Transformation in Namibia - Mrs Nakusera.pdf
 


Prof Kelvin Joseph Bwalya

Prof. Kelvin Joseph Bwalya is a full professor of Business Information Systems and Knowledge Management at the School of Consumer Intelligence and Information Systems, University of Johannesburg. Kelvin is an established C1 NRF rated (Established Researcher) and experienced international consultant in applied aspects of computer information systems and information management. Prof Bwalya has a PhD from the University of Johannesburg, Masters in Computer Science from the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology, and Bachelor’s in Electrical Electronics Engineering (Moscow PE Technical University). He has worked as a Senior Researcher at Samsung Electronics (Taejŏn, South Korea) specialising in Digital Image Processing and MPEG 7/21 Digital Media Adaption. He has also worked at the University of Botswana as a senior scholar. He has given over 15 keynote speeches on topics surrounding e-Government, blockchain and smart cities in five different countries. His research interests include business process automation, business process as a service (BPaaS), block chains, ambient intelligence, Big Data and predictive analytics, business intelligence, and cloud and fog computing. He is currently the Vice Dean for Research in the College of Business and Economics where he has pioneered a strong research culture.



Presentation 2: Improving Government Service Delivery Through E-Service - Prof Bwalya.pdf



Dr. Bruno Lanvin

Dr. Bruno Lanvin is co-Founder and Director of Portulans Institute. He is also an INSEAD Distinguished Fellow, and President of the Smart City Observatory. He started in 2007 at INSEAD where he was the Executive Director for Global Indices, the Executive Director of INSEAD’s eLab, and Executive Director for INSEAD’s European Competitiveness Initiative (IECI). From 2000 to 2007, Dr. Lanvin worked for the World Bank, where he was inter alia Senior Advisor for e-strategies and Regional Coordinator in Europe and Central Asia for ICT and e-government issues. He also headed the Capacity Building Practice of the World Bank’s Global ICT Department and was Chair of the Bank’s e-Thematic Group. In 2000 Dr Lanvin was appointed Executive Secretary of the G8-DOT Force. Until then, he was Head of Electronic Commerce in the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) in Geneva and occupied various senior positions including Chief of the Cabinet of the Director General of the United Nations in New York, Head of Strategic Planning, and later Chief of the SME Trade Competitiveness Unit of UNCTAD/SITE. In 2013, he co-created and launched the first edition of the Global Talent Competitiveness Index (GTCI), and still is the co-editor of this annual report. He holds a PhD in Economics from the University of Paris I (La Sorbonne) in France, a Master of Business Administration from Ecole des Hautes Etudes Commerciales (HEC) in Paris and a Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics and Physics from the University of Valenciennes, France. Heisanalumnusof INSEAD(IDP-C). A frequentspeakerathigh-levelmeetings, he advises several global companies and governments and has been a member of numerous boards for many years, including those of ICANN, IDA-Infocomm, GovTech, IP-Watch, AAID, the Bin Rashid Foundation for Government Innovation in the UAE, and the Presidential Advisory Board in Digital Strategies of Kazakhstan.


Presentation 3: Gearing up a Post COVID Global Economy Policy Options and Strategies for Namibia.pdf




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