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Mason Center for Assurance Research & Engineering (CARE) announces Tom Anderson as a Senior Fellow

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The George Mason Center for Assurance Research & Engineering (CARE) today announced the appointment of Tom Anderson as a Senior Fellow. Anderson joins to advance CARE’s mission of fostering IT leadership and developing and applying emerging technologies including in cybersecurity. CARE Senior Fellows are distinguished professionals from government, business and academia who contribute to CARE’s multidisciplinary efforts and research initiatives by providing expertise and a professional foundation to provide the essential connection between theory and practice.

“Mr. Anderson’s experience and deep expertise align well with CARE’s initiatives and we’re very appreciative of his continuing partnership with George Mason,” said J.P. Auffret, Ph.D, director of CARE. “The addition of Mr. Anderson as a CARE Senior Fellow will help us in refining our strategy and furthering our U.S. and worldwide engagement,” continued Auffret. “With the rapid development, evolution and adoption of new technologies in combination with many current economic and pandemic challenges, Mr. Anderson will provide insights on promising initiatives and technology adoption and leadership. I am looking forward to working with Mr. Anderson in the coming years.”

Tom Anderson brings to CARE expertise in technology innovation and executive leadership. He is the Managing Partner at DataStrategi, LLC, a management consulting company that delivers data-driven solutions and strategic planning to the Public Sector and GovCon companies.  DataStrategi’s core focus is delivering solutions that relate to strategic planning, growth/development initiatives and the realization of corporate initiatives. DataStrategi utilizes the rapidly increasing volume and variety of data, “Big Data,” generated by people, machines, and systems to harness quantitative, actionable, and data driven insights and develop opportunities for organizations and governments to optimize how they deliver goods and services.

Mr. Anderson has previously held executive roles in major Fortune 500 technology companies including as President, Civil and Health Services Group, Computer Sciences Corporation (CSC); President, Science, Technology and Engineering Group, Wyle; Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, Raytheon Information Solutions; and Vice President, Strategic Programs, Northrop Grumman Information Systems.

“It is an honor to join CARE as a Senior Fellow,” said Anderson. “I look forward to contributing to their initiatives and efforts in cybersecurity and the application of emerging technologies.”

The Center for Assurance Research and Engineering (CARE) is a research center in the College of Engineering and Computing (CEC) at George Mason University. CARE is a multidisciplinary research to practice center focusing on technology, policy and leadership and management of cybersecurity and application of emerging technologies. CARE has projects and partnerships with governments, companies and universities in the U.S., Asia, Europe, Africa and South America. For more information, please go to: www.care.gmu.edu.

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16th Waseda University – International Academy of CIO World Digital Government Ranking 2021 Survey Results Announced

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The Institute of Digital Government at Waseda University in Japan, in cooperation with the International Academy of CIO (IAC) has released the 16th Waseda IAC World Digital Government Rankings Survey 2021, which marks digital transformation in 64 countries/economies.

The Institute was established in 2002, and the ranking survey model was created in 2005 by Prof. Dr. Toshio Obi, a Founder of the Institute and President of IAC at the time of the First Ranking Survey. Dr. Obi was awarded a spot on “The World’s Most Influential 100 People in Digital Government in 2018” by “Apolitical,” a UK based Think tank. In 2021, both the Institute and the ranking survey are mainly managed by Prof. Dr. Naoko Iwasaki of Waseda University.

For more information and the full rankings report, please go to: https://iacio.org/the-16th-waseda-iac-international-digital-government-rankings-2021-report/.

About the International Academy of CIO (IAC):
The IAC or International Academy of CIO was founded in 2006 in Japan by co-founders including Japan, USA, Indonesia, Philippines, Switzerland and Thailand. The IAC members, partnerships and alliances now span all regions with economies such as China, Cambodia, Netherlands, India, Korea, Laos, Hong Kong, Macao, Peru, Singapore, South Africa, Nigeria, Taiwan, United Kingdom, Vietnam, Italy, Russia, Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan. The IAC has active participation from more than 50 countries and partners with NGOs and multilateral organizations including APEC, OECD and ITU.

Dr. J.P. Auffret is the co-founder and president of the International Academy of CIO (IAC), the director of the Center for Assurance Research and Engineering (CARE) in the Volgenau School of Engineering and the director of the Research Partnerships and Grants Initiatives in the School of Business at George Mason University.

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 IAC 2021 Mini Conference “COVID-19, Digital Resilience and Economic Recovery in the Age of AI, Robotics and 5G” Announces Speakers

DATE: December 7th & 8th, 2021 (Virtual)

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December 7, 2021 AT 7:30 AM – 1030 AM – Eastern Time (US and Canada)
8:30 PM – 11:30 PM

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December 8, 2021 AT 7:3
0 AM – 10:30 AM – Eastern Time (US and Canada) 8:30 PM – 11:30 PM TOKYO TIME

The International Academy of CIO (IAC) 2021 Mini Conference is set for December 7th & 8th, 2021 with timely topics featuring COVID-19, Digital Resilience and Economic Recovery in the Age of AI, Robotics and 5G.

The mini conference will explore technology and country responses to COVID-19, the subsequent and ongoing economic recovery and current industry and supply chain challenges.

The mini conference will also consider new opportunities arising from the development of AI, Robotics and 5G in light of COVID-19 and the economic recovery.

The IAC 2021 Mini Conference brings together government, private sector and academia speakers and participants.

Please RSVP here: https://iac2021miniconference.eventbrite.com

Speakers include:
-Hong-Wei Jyan, Director General, Department of Cyber Security, Executive Yuan (Cabinet), Taiwan (ROC)
-Hiroko Kudo, Ph.D., Professor Public Policy and Management, Chuo University, Japan
-Alexander Ryzhov, Ph.D., Professor, Head of Chair, Russia Presidential Academy of Public Administration (RANEPA)
-Naoko Iwasaki, Ph.D., Professor, Institute of eGovernment, Waseda University, Japan
-Luca Buccoliero, Ph.D., Professor, Department of Marketing, Bocconi University, Italy
-Elena Bellio, Ph.D. Professor, Department of Marketing, Bocconi University, Italy
-Suhono Supangkat, Ph.D., Director of Smart Cities and Communities Innovation Centre, Institut Teknologi Bandung, Indonesia
-Andrew Beklemishev, Vice President – Central Asia, IDC, Kazakhstan
-Jirapon Sunkpho, Ph.D., Vice Rec
tor and CIO, Thammasat University, Thailand

-Fengchun Yang, Ph.D., Director, Academy of eGovernment, Peking University, China
-Sundar Balakrishna, Ph.D., Special Secretary, Department of Information Technology, Electronics, and Communications, Government of Andhra Pradesh, India
-Voahangy Rakotonirina, Ph.D., Professor, Economics, Professor, University of Antananarivo, Madagascar
-Kenneth Wang, Director, National Development Council, Taiwan
-Serge Adouaka, Director, Technology and ICT Leadership Accelerator, Central African Republic
-Naoko Mizukoshio, Founder and President, Leftright Law and IP
-Shaukat Ali Khan, CIO, Aga Khan University and Hospitals, Pakistan
-Tomi Dahlberg, Professor, Information Technology, University of Turku, Finland
-Pierre El Haddad, Professor, Management, St. Joseph University, Lebanon
-J.P. Auffret, Ph.D., George Mason University, President, International Academy of CIO, USA

For more information, please go to: https://iacio.org/iac-2021-mini-conference-december-virtual-international-academy-of-cio. Or please contact J.P. Auffret at jauffret@gmu.edu.

About the International Academy of CIO (IAC):
The IAC or International Academy of CIO was founded in 2006 in Japan by co-founders including Japan, USA, Indonesia, Philippines, Switzerland and Thailand. The IAC members, partnerships and alliances now span all regions with economies such as China, Cambodia, Netherlands, India, Korea, Laos, Hong Kong, Macao, Peru, Singapore, South Africa, Nigeria, Taiwan, United Kingdom, Vietnam, Italy, Russia, Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan. The IAC has active participation from more than 50 countries and partners with NGOs and multilateral organizations including APEC, OECD and ITU.

For more information, please go to: www.iacio.org.

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Collaborating Globally by Jennifer Anzaldi

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Dr. J.P. Auffret is the director of the Center for Assurance Research and Engineering (CARE) in the College of Engineering & Computing and director of the Research Partnerships and Grants Initiatives in the School of Business at George Mason University  

Dr. J.P. Auffret is the director of the Center for Assurance Research and Engineering (CARE) in the College of Engineering & Computing, director of the Research Partnerships and Grants Initiatives in the School of Business at George Mason University and is the co-founder and current president of the International Academy of CIO (IAC).

The IAC was founded in 2006 in Japan by co-founders from Japan, the United States, Indonesia, Philippines, Switzerland and Thailand. The IAC members, partnerships and alliances now span all regions with economies including China, Hong Kong, India, Italy, Kazakhstan, Korea, Laos, Macao, Netherlands, Nigeria, Peru, Russia, Singapore, Taiwan, United Kingdom, Uzbekistan, and Vietnam.

“We have active participation from more than 50 countries and foster and facilitate CIO and IT leadership education programs, development of CIO institutions including government CIO Councils and associated IT policies, and application of technology to major societal challenges,” says Auffret.

Key initiatives are the annual publication of the Waseda – IAC Digital Government Rankings, a book series with IOS Press, a CIO accreditation program for CIO master’s degree programs and an IAC annual conference which has been hosted in twelve different countries.

The IAC partners with NGOs and multilateral organizations including Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC), The Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) and the International Telecommunication Union (ITU).

What began as a meeting between Auffret and Professor Toshio Obi from Waseda University in the spring of 2004 in Arlington, Virginia has blossomed into a collaborative partnership.

During the last year, the IAC activities have included hosting a series of “Technology and Country Experiences in COVID-19 Response” webinars highlighting innovations from Korea, Taiwan, Thailand and other countries.

The IAC 2021 Mini Conference will be virtual and is planned for December 7th and 8th focusing on COVID-19, Digital Resilience and Economic Recovery in the Age of AI, Robotics and 5G.

For more information, please go to: https://iac2021miniconference.eventbrite.com

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Research Spotlight on J.P. Auffret

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Research Spotlight on J.P. Auffret

Faculty Spotlight: J.P. Auffret

J.P. Auffret, Ph.D. is the director of the Center for Assurance Research and Engineering (CARE) in the College of Engineering and Computing and the director of the Research Partnerships and Grants Initiatives in the School of Business at George Mason University.  

The Institute for Digital InnovAtion talked with Auffret about CARE. Responses have been edited.  

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Tell us about the Center.  

The Center for Assurance Research and Engineering (CARE) in the College of Computing and Engineering is a multidisciplinary, research-to-practice center. The Center is about 10 years old and was started by Dr. Angelos Stavrou. We have a range of technical, policy, leadership and management projects/initiatives and have partnerships with governments, private sector companies and NGOs in the U.S. 

The strength of the Center is its faculty, affiliates and partners and its multidisciplinary and international scope. For example, Dr. Eric Osterweil is doing fascinating work on the DNS-based Authentication of Named Entities (DANE) and its potential applications to medical devices (and other) security; Dr. Daniel Barbara has great expertise in data mining and machine learning and has, for example, played integral roles in a DARPA project and also on a Commonwealth Cyber Initiative project both having a focus on ascertaining device compromise from changes in electromagnetic fields; Dr. Duminda Wijeskera is a world leader in train security and is currently researching the potential of 5G for autonomous vehicles and our traffic signaling system, and Dr. Ita Lochard is utilizing her cyber policy expertise and partnering with Dr. Lin Wells II in leading a NATO project on information environment assessment. The Center also has senior fellows and research affiliates. 

Other interesting current projects include a National Science Foundation project to strengthen the cybersecurity of local governments through local and state government partnering. The idea behind the project is that many local governments have small budgets and limited IT expertise, but they face the same cyber risks as larger, local governments. Partnering has great potential but there are often institutional barriers that preclude local government cybersecurity partnering; the project is examining the potential for local government cyber security partnering in the governance, staffing and policy areas, amongst others. For the project, we’re quite engaged with state and local governments, primarily in West Virginia and Virginia, but also in Kentucky and Ohio, and we are expanding beyond those locations.  

Another interesting current project is through the State Department for a Technology Entrepreneurship and ICT Leadership Accelerator pilot in the Central African Republic. We are working with Serge Adouaka, a 2019 Humphrey Fellow who spent his Humphrey Fellowship Professional Affiliation with us and developed the concept. We have a wonderful initial cohort of about 20 companies including from Agriculture Tech and FinTech.  

The research done in CARE has led to a spin out company, Angelos Stavrou’s Kryptowire, which is doing really well. 

What kinds of projects are funded?  

Technical, cybersecurity and technology leadership and management, and policy. The main funding agencies are/have been the National Science Foundation, DARPA, Department of State, NATO and the Commonwealth Cyber Initiative. We have had projects with the NSA and NIST too, and we have some from the private sector as well. 

How do your projects impact other disciplines?      

Many of our projects have elements of technology, but also business, leadership, and public policy. Many current cyber challenges are multidisciplinary including, for example, in the medical field and for critical infrastructure, such as electric and water companies. 

What projects would you like to be reached out to for potential collaborations?  

We are very oriented to partnerships and collaborations, whether it be cyber security or IT leadership and governance or applications of emerging technologies, and we continue to try to expand our partnerships internationally. We are planning to do more with the cybersecurity of medical devices and on digital currencies. 

We’re very appreciative to the Institute for Digital InnovAtion and executive director Dr. Kamaljeet Sanghera’s vision for innovation in the region and beyond, the role of George Mason, and initiatives to foster research and academia – private sector – government partnerships. 

What keywords describe your research?     

Multidisciplinary, research-to-practice, applications of emerging technologies, cyber security policy 

How does your Center help bring the Mason community together?  

As I am in both the School of Business and in CARE in the College of Engineering and Computing, many initiatives are joint. 

For example, in conjunction with the School of Business, we have a Cybersecurity Innovation Forum speaker series that is in its 10th year with five evening events per year. Usually, the events are in person at the Fairfax Country Club, and we have about 125 industry and government attendees. We have had some wonderful speakers over the years and just went back to in-person events in September. 

Also, in conjunction with the School of Business, we usually have a quite large annual conference (not in the last year-and-a-half to two years though) related to the topic of cybersecurity leadership and management that draws between 200 to 300 people, mostly from the region, but also from across the U.S. and abroad. 

We collaborate with quite a few other universities and have international connections that foster partnering with the Mason community. We have collaborations with universities across the Asia Pacific in Japan, Thailand, Indonesia, the Philippines, and Korea; in India; in Africa in the Central African Republic, Nigeria and a new partnership in Madagascar; as well as partnerships in Europe, South America and the Mid-East. 

How can you be reached?  

You can reach me via email at jauffret@gmu.edu and by office phone: x5641.  

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Bringing the ‘economic miracle’ to Central African Republic November 2nd, 2021 / By Benjamin Kessler

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In 2019, Serge Adouaka, an IT executive from Central African Republic (CAR), paid a six-week visit to George Mason University as part of his Humphrey Fellowship, a Fulbright-affiliated program for scholars and professionals from developing countries. His Mason host was J. P. Auffret, who directs both the Center for Assurance Research and Engineering (CARE) in Mason’s College of Engineering and Computing and the Research Partnerships and Grant Initiative for Mason’s School of Business. This short stint laid the groundwork of a lasting partnership between the two that may help foster economic growth in one of the world’s most challenging contexts.

Adouaka was the seventh Humphrey Fellow to be hosted by Auffret, who believes that information and communication technology (ICT) “for development and entrepreneurship is a good path to enable careers and raise a country’s per-capita GDP and standard of living while reducing poverty.”

During Adouaka’s time at Mason, the pair explored how ICT ecosystem development could point the way toward a brighter future for CAR. Adouaka returned home inspired and determined to put these ideas into action.

He worked with Mason and the University of Bangui to launch an accelerator for CAR-based tech founders and start-up managers. The U.S. State Department has provided funding for the project. Participants in the three-month program receive mentoring from the Mason community, as well as from experienced professionals within the CAR and neighboring countries.

The initial cohort of 20 entrants represents a wide range of areas, including agriculture tech, health and geographic systems, computer design, system integration, IT placement, video games and financial technology (fintech). Their primary goal for the three months is to devise a “next-step” plan for achieving scale, with the help of their mentors.

It is also hoped, however, that by forming relationships with other accelerator participants and mentors from CAR and beyond, they will foster a culture of entrepreneurship in the small African country and build strong professional networks that are more than the sum of their parts.

Almost as soon as the program began, there were hints that this was starting to happen. Recently, participants decided to hold some meetings face-to-face at the University of Bangui instead of remotely. The final presentation that officially concludes the program’s first iteration—where participants will unveil their future plans—will also be an in-person event.

CAR’s small population and challenging rural terrain mean that networking across national borders is essential for fueling future business growth. Any viable plan for scale must involve penetrating regional markets outside CAR. Sub-Saharan Africa has an increasing number of regional role models. For example, five-year-old Nigerian fintech unicorn Flutterwave has expanded to 20 African countries and even has an office in San Francisco (so it can tap into the $48 billion remittances business driven by the sub-Saharan Africa diaspora). Microloan app Tala launched in Kenya in 2014 and has since spread to the Philippines, Mexico and India.

To be sure, CAR has unique challenges. It has experienced only intermittent intervals of peace in its 61 years as an independent nation. To this day, the government and people, security forces and U.N. peacekeepers struggle to quell rebel violence and stabilize the country. Amid these volatile conditions, CAR has been left out of the economic growth enjoyed by many other sub-Saharan countries. Rwanda, for example, is on a path to becoming an upper-middle-income country within 15 years despite the turbulence of its recent history. Could CAR, too, join in the “African economic miracle”?

Auffret cites CAR’s increasing mobile phone adoption as a meaningful sign of hope. Mobile technologies enable developing countries to leapfrog the need for heavy physical infrastructure such as telephone wires and bank branches.

Also, Auffret says that underdeveloped countries like CAR may also be able to use their relatively open regulatory environment to gain an advantage in commercial drone technology. Already, companies in Kenya and Nigeria are widely deploying drones for last mile delivery, cartography and other business purposes.

In the meantime, ambitions run high for the Mason accelerator. With the initial three-month program nearly concluded, plans for the second cohort are underway. Eventually, Auffret and Adouaka would like to secure support from private companies, both in Africa and the United States.

Another short-term goal is to recruit major international development agencies as venture partners. Auffret expects these influential parties will share his view that the uncertain security situation in CAR makes this accelerator—and ICT innovation in general—an urgent priority for the country.

Increasingly the Mason mission is to contribute and have impact globally, and this project is one of many Mason initiatives aligned with the U.N. Strategic Development Goals,” Auffret said. “Through international work, such as this accelerator, one can gain a better sense of the wonder of the world, as well as make a contribution to the well-being of societies.”

For the article, please go to: https://www.gmu.edu/news/2021-11/bringing-economic-miracle-central-african-republic

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IAC 2021 Mini Conference “COVID-19, Digital Resilience and Economic Recovery in the Age of AI, Robotics and 5G”

DATE: December 7th & 8th, 2021
TIMES: December 7, 2021 AT 7:30 AM – 1030 AM – Eastern Time (US and Canada)
8:30 PM – 11:30 PM TOKYO TIME
December 8, 2021 AT 7:30 AM – 10:30 AM – Eastern Time (US and Canada)
8:30 PM – 11:30 PM TOKYO TIME

The International Academy of CIO (IAC) 2021 Mini Conference is set for December 7th & 8th, 2021 with timely topics featuring COVID-19, Digital Resilience and Economic Recovery in the Age of AI, Robotics and 5G.   The mini conference will explore technology and country responses to COVID-19, the subsequent and ongoing economic recovery and current industry and supply chain challenges.

The mini conference will also consider new opportunities arising from the development of AI, Robotics and 5G in light of COVID-19 and the economic recovery. The IAC 2021 Mini Conference brings together government, private sector and academia speakers and participants.
Please check back for speakers and agenda.

For more information, please go to: https://iacio.org/iac-2021-mini-conference-december-virtual-international-academy-of-cio Or please contact J.P. Auffret at jauffret@gmu.edu.

About the International Academy of CIO (IAC):
The IAC or International Academy of CIO was founded in 2006 in Japan by co-founders including Japan, USA, Indonesia, Philippines, Switzerland and Thailand. The IAC members, partnerships and alliances now span all regions with economies such as China, Cambodia, Netherlands, India, Korea, Laos, Hong Kong, Macao, Peru, Singapore, South Africa, Nigeria, Taiwan, United Kingdom, Vietnam, Italy, Russia, Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan. The IAC has active participation from more than 50 countries and partners with NGOs and multilateral organizations including APEC, OECD and ITU.

The IAC promotes and facilitates CIO and IT Executive leadership education and education standards; government CIO and IT governance policies and institution building related to CIOs and CIO Councils; and application and innovation of ICT such as mobile, IoT and blockchain in areas including ICT and ageing society, smart cities, and ICT and natural disasters.

The IAC publishes the annual Waseda University – IAC Digital Government Rankings now in its 14th year and the Journal of CIO and Digital Innovation. The IAC also partners with IOS Press on a Global E-Governance book series. In education, the IAC accredits CIO master’s degree programs and provides CIO certificates to graduates as well as directly partnering on training through the Asia CIO University Network on topics including CIO and data science. The IAC hosts an annual conference and partners on conferences and workshops with governments and NGOs such as APECTEL, OECD and U.N. For more information, please go to: www.iacio.org.

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Humphrey Fellow from Togo Performing Research at Mason to Explore Digital Payment Platforms

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“I consider this one year as arguably the most fulfilling time of my life,” says Piyabelan Bouyo, a Humphrey Fellow visiting scholar from Togo who is mentoring under Professor J.P. Auffret from George Mason University’s School of Business and Volegenau School of Engineering’s Center for Assurance Research and Engineering (CARE).

Humphrey Fellow, Piyabelan Bouyo is visiting George Mason University for eight weeks and working with Professor Auffret for her Humphrey Fellowship Professional Affiliation on the topics of Digital Payment Platforms and technology networking policy striving to someday create a digital payments platform for Togo.

Under JP Auffret’s guidance and mentorship, Piyabelan Bouyo’s work with Mason encompasses:

  • Researching business models and technological approaches for digital payments platforms in West and East African countries.
  • Analyzing the opportunities and limitations of Togo’s regulations as part of the roll-out of a new electronic payment system.
  • Researching the highest security integration models in payment transactions.
  • Developing a business plan for a Togo digital payments platform.

Piyabelan is working with JP virtually as part of the Humphrey Fellowship Program which is a Fulbright Program through the U.S. Department of State. The Humphrey Fellowship provides a select group of mid-career professionals from developing countries with ten months of graduate study, professional development and cultural exchange in the U.S.  Fellows are selected based on “potential for leadership and dedication to public service.” Alumni have made contributions in their home countries ranging from serving as government Ministers to starting schools and leading transformative policy initiatives.

Piyabelan continues, “My time here exposed me to the best possible academic environment and has brought me in contact with some of the most extraordinary people that I have ever met, people with diverse backgrounds. Now, I have friends in every continent of the world, and I cannot thank the US State Department enough for giving me this amazing opportunity. Thanks to Mason as well for showing me your superb institution and allowing me to learn so much. I plan to bring back everything to my country.”

The research is urgent because the adoption and use of digital technologies in Togo would improve the efficiency and quality of public services and enhance transparency and accountability. Currently, however, the penetration rate of mobile broadband is 20%, placing Togo in 28th place in sub-Saharan Africa, while 3G and 4G cover only 65% and 10% of the population, respectively.

Prior to visiting Mason and working with Professor Auffret, Piyabelan spent eight  six months with the 2020-2021 Humphrey cohort at Syracuse University for graduate public policy study. Syracuse welcomed Fellows this year from Brazil, Guatemala, Mexico, Montenegro, Nepal, Papua New Guinea, South Africa, Tanzania and Togo. For 2020 – 2021, there are more than 125 Humphrey fellows from 81 countries. Syracuse University is one of 12 campuses across the country to host Fellows.

In Togo, Piyabelan Bouyo is a technical manager at Mainway, a Togolese company in digital, electrical, and environmental transition. She previously spent 18 years at Togo telecom as Network Switch Manager and Head of Audit and Billing. Her goal is to establish an IT consulting firm to develop a practical framework integrated with Togo’s National Development Plan and U.N. Sustainable Development Goals by incorporating data-driven decision making.

Piyabelan earned a Master of Science in Information and Communication Technology from the Institute National des Postes et Télécommunications, Morocco and Ecole Supérieure Multinationale des Télécommunications, Senegal.

Piyabelan is the eighth Humphrey Scholar Fellow to visit the School of Business and mentored by Professor JP Auffret. Previous Humphrey Scholars that Auffret has hosted were from Central African Republic, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Lebanon, Nigeria, Russia, and Namibia.