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WACREN’s Board of Directors comprises of six members. One Chair, the CEO who doubles as the BoD Secretary and five officials of Member NRENs. The functions of the BoD include determining the overall strategic direction of the regional REN. Directors are nominated for three-year renewable terms. The Board Chair is appointed every four years.
Dr Venant PALANGA a été au cœur de la transformation numérique de l’Université de Lomé dans les années 2000 et début 2010. Il fut pendant plusieurs années Conseiller Technique chargé du numérique du Ministre de l’Enseignement Supérieur et de la Recherche du Togo après avoir quitté le poste de Directeur Adjoint du Centre Informatique et de Calcul de l’Université de Lomé. Il a dès 2006 œuvré pour la mise en place du réseau d’éducation et de recherche du Togo et a été confirmé au poste de Directeur Exécutif dudit réseau en 2020. Il est l’un des acteurs du développement de l’écosystème numérique non seulement universitaire mais également national du Togo. Il est membre du staff du Centre d’Excellence Régional pour la Maîtrise de l’Énergie basé à l’Université de Lomé. Dr Palanga est enseignant-chercheur et Maître de Conférences à l’Ecole Nationale Supérieure d’Ingénieurs de l’Université de Lomé. Il était membre du Conseil d’Administration du réseau d’éducation et de recherche de l’Afrique de l’Ouest et du cCntre (WACREN) avant d’être élu Président du Conseil d’Administration en 2021.
Lucas Yikimpa Chigabatia is the Chief Information Technology Officer (CITO) of the University of Ghana. In this role he leads the delivery of the IT strategic objectives and operational support activities of the University of Ghana, providing leadership in the development and use of ICT to enhance Teaching, Learning, Research and Administrative activities in the University.
He has accountability for IT transformational agenda of the University for improving the overall efficiency and effectiveness, He made IT Service Delivery a priority on his assumption of the role in 2013 and has championed the documentation, upgrade and re-alignment of key business processes culminating in the automation and improvement of key business processes in the University of Ghana.
In addition to his role as Chief IT officer, he continues to play a coordinating role in the activities of the Ghanaian Academic and Research Network (GARNET) with a current membership of thirty-five tertiary institutions in Ghana.
Lucas has a long track record in the planning and management of large and complex Information Technology infrastructure and systems projects in the manufacturing, services, mining, and education industries.
He began his career at Unilever Ghana Limited in 1994 as the Information Technology Manager for the Lever Brothers Division, and quickly established a reputation for getting things done.
After taking a two year break in 1996 to pursue an MBA Finance Degree at the University of Ghana, he joined the consultancy firm Conseil Gestion Assistance (CGA) in 1998 and consulted widely for organizations locally and internationally in Zimbabwe, the Ivory Coast and Burkina Faso.
In October 2000, Lucas joined Ashanti Goldfields and led the successful integration of the ICT infrastructure following the merger between Ashanti Goldfields and AngloGold, which created the new global mining company, AngloGold Ashanti in 2004. Following the merger, Lucas was promoted and appointed IT Manager for the West Africa Region of AngloGold Ashanti.
In 2008 he was again promoted and appointed the Manager, Knowledge and Information Technology for the Continental Africa Region of the company with accountability for IT in seven African countries in West, East and Central Africa. He stayed in this role until he joined the University of Ghana in October 2013 as Chief Information Technology Officer.
Lucas has an MSc. in Computer Science from the Kharkov Institute of Engineering and Economics (Ukraine), a Master of Business Administration in Finance from the University of Ghana, and an Associate Degree in General Management with a focus on Transformational Leadership and Managerial Practice from the University of Cape Town (South Africa).
He is a member of the Project Management Institute (PMI).
Ousmane Moussa TESSA is an Associate Professor of mathematics at the Faculty of Sciences and Technology of University Abdou Moumouni, Niger. He holds a Ph.D in mathematics from University of Rennes (France) and another in Educational Sciences from the University of Montreal (Canada). His researches focus on computer algebra, mathematical epidemiology and integration of ICT in education, specially developing support towards learning mathematics.
For over a decade, he has played an important role in the development and the promotion of Research and Education Networks in his country, and West and Central Africa too. Currently, he is a member of the Board of Directors of WACREN (West and Central Africa Research and Education Network) and the CEO of Niger-REN. He was the former Director of Scientific Research at the Ministry of Higher Education and Research of Niger and he was also an associate member of Abdus Salam ICTP Center de Trieste from 1994 to 1998.
Pierre Claver Bakoroba TRAORE is a board member of WACREN and the CEO of Mali Research and Education Network (MaliREN). He is the Head of the Information Technology (IT) Division of "Université des Sciences, des Techniques et des Technologies de Bamako (USTTB), with more than twenty years in the computing/IT sector with experience acquired at various institutions, NGO and public service.
Pierre has keen interest in contributing to the reduction of the digital divide in his home country and region, particularly through the development of Mali’s national research and education network (NREN).
At USTTB, he also serves as Assistant Lecturer at the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science. He was Managing Director, Diawara Solar Energy - SARL, Bamako, Mali. Pierre served within the ECOWAS system in Lagos as Training Coordinator, Community Computer Centre (CIC) and a Data Processing Unit Manager, Community Computer Centre.
In the past, he served the Islamic Relief United Kingdom in Mali as an IT Specialist / Communication Officer as well as a Graduate Training Centre (GTC) Project Coordinator / Principal Trainer.
Pierre has worked within the United States Agency for International Development’s (USAID) office in Bamako as a Business Center Manager.
Pierre has a Bachelor of Science in Theoretical Physics from the University of Lagos, Nigeria. He also holds a Post-Graduate Diploma, Computer Science from the same university.
CEO and Board Secretary
Boubakar is the Chief Executive Officer (CEO). Since he took office, he has led the growth of WACREN to its current stature. He is in charge of the effective and efficient management of the organisation, as mandated by the Board.
He was instrumental to the establishment of national research and education networks in Africa and a key player in the conduct of the feasibility study of the EU-funded AfricaConnect project.
From 1997 to 2020, Boubakar was Chairman of the Steering Committee of the Network Information Centre of Senegal that manages the country-code top-level domain .SN. He was Director of the Computer Centre of the premier university of Senegal (Cheikh Anta Diop University) from 1998 to 2006, where he also lectured Computer Networks and Electronics. As Director of the Computer Centre, Boubakar established the first Cisco Regional Academy in Francophone West and Central Africa in 2004, serving 13 local Cisco academies throughout Senegal.
In 2006, he joined the Association of African Universities (AAU), based in Accra, as the Coordinator of the Research and Education Networking Unit (RENU). During his seven years at AAU, Boubakar facilitated the establishment of research and education networks in Africa, particularly in West and Central Africa.
He holds a master’s degree in Nuclear Physics and PhD in Nuclear Electronics, all obtained at the Dresden University of Technology in Germany.