Dr Francis Tusubira to retire as UbuntuNet CEO in July 2014

 Dr Francis Tusubira, Outgoing UbuntuNet Alliance CEO.

Dr Francis Tusubira, Outgoing UbuntuNet Alliance CEO.

Uganda’s Francis Tusubira is set to leave his current post as CEO of UbuntuNet Alliance in July 2014 according to an announcement from the organization.

According to information posted on Uganda’s national IT authority website, Dr Tusubira is a Member Institution of Electrical Engineers, UK, and Chartered Engineer; a Fellow of Uganda Institution of Professional Engineers and Registered Engineer. His key competencies include ICT policy and regulation reinforced by continental level and international experience in policy analysis and formulation, capacity building, research, and ICT4D project management within the same sector.

“This is a full-time contract position for an initial term of 3 to 5 years, renewable by mutual agreement, tenable at the Head Office although the successful applicant may raise the possibility of an alternative work location,” states the announcement adding that shortlisted candidates will be informed about their status by mid-December 2013. The deadline for applications is November 20.

The Alliance, based in Lilongwe, Malawi, is a regional not-for-profit organization covering Eastern and Southern Africa. Its core functions are to develop and provide affordable high speed connectivity among its member National Research and Education Networks (NRENs – currently 14) and with the rest of the world; to develop and share the knowledge and skills of NREN ICT practitioners; and to lead in research aimed at improving networking infrastructure. The Alliance is governed through the Council of Members and an independent Board selected by the NRENs.

UbuntuNet was established in 2005 by 5 established and emerging NRENs in Eastern and Southern Africa with – MAREN (Malawi), MoRENet, (Mozambique), KENET (Kenya), RwEdNet (Rwanda) and TENET (South Africa) – to secure high-speed and affordable Internet connectivity for the African research and education community in Gb/s rather than in Kb/s.

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