Arusha Women School of Internet Governance (AruWSIG) is a premier programme whose overarching aim is to mentor girls and women in Arusha(Tanzania) and its environs, through professional digital rights outreach symposiums and hackathons on the topic of Internet Governance.

This year’s AruWSIG is the fourth edition, with the third edition having taken place in September 2020, the second in September 2019, and the first in April 2018.

The theme for this year’s edition is: Fostering Access ,Safety,trust, and inclusivity in the pandemic age

The primary objective is capacity building of aspiring Internet Governance/policy women leaders (organizers, speakers, and local content curators), who will then lead Internet Policy related activism, content localization, as well as discussions at national, regional level and international levels.

When:12th September – 14th September 2021

AruWSIG 21 is sponsored by:

Co-convened by:

AruWSIG21 Faculty

Esther Mwiyeria Kioni

An educationalist for the last 20 years has accumulated experience from a range of education related assignments in the private and public sector.  She started as a lecturer in the Kenya Polytechnic in mathematics and computer studies.  She later joined the private sector where she was a consultant in office automation projects that ranged from […]

Farhan Yusuf

Farhan Yusuf identifies as a global health professional and a young African leader. He is a Pharmacist by profession and has worked in the health sector in Tanzania developing expertise in health logistics & pharmaceutical supply chain management, public private partnership, capacity building, program management, monitoring and evaluation, communications and knowledge management. He is very […]

Ekai Nabenyo

Ekai Nabenyo is a distinguished youth leader, human rights activist and social change-maker based in Nairobi, Kenya. He is a holder of a Certificate in Leading Change from the University of Cambridge (UK), a Bachelor of Laws degree (LLB) from the University of Nairobi (Kenya) and a Master of Laws (LLM) degree from the University […]

Amber McIntyre

Amber McIntyre is a researcher and trainer working on the topics of technology and human rights at Tactical Tech. She began working at Amnesty International, where she developed strategy on, and trained others in, how to use digital technologies in campaigns. Wanting to take a more critical angle on technology, she took time to reflect […]


Mr. James Kerario Laurent is a Digital Safety consultant and a Communication expert with more than 5 years of professional work experience in the Tanzanian Civil Society Sector. He holds a Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration and is currently pursuing his Master& Degree in Monitoring and Evaluation. James is also an active member of the […]

Kadian Davis-Owusu

Through the TeachSomebody platform, Kadian aspires to promote digital inclusion and deliver high-quality education that is equally accessible, available, adaptable, and acceptable for everyone, especially those among underserved communities.

Dr.Tupokigwe Isagah

Tupokigwe Isagah (Ph.D.) is a Lecturer at Mzumbe University, Faculty of Science and Technology, Department of Computing Science Studies in Tanzania. She is currently teaching information systems design and implementation courses offered by the department.

Esther Lugoe Mengi

Mrs. Esther Lugoe Mengi is the Co-Founder and Cybersecurity Specialist of Serensic Africa a company that specializes in cyber security and digital forensics. Forbes named her one of the 30 most promising young entrepreneurs in Africa 2017. She has worked for the United Nations Headquarters in Africa (UNON) and UNDP Somalia before starting her company.

Bob Ochieng

Bob is the ICANN, East Africa Stakeholder Engagement Manager based in Kenya.He is a telecommunications Eng. with 10+ years’ experience in the multi-disciplinary Telecoms/ICT industry and Project Management.

Peter Mmbando

Peter Mmbando is a community development expert , digital rights activist and internet governance young leader from Tanzania.
He is an incredibly enthusiastic who takes real actions to solve, at his local level, some challenges concerning the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in Tanzania.

Catherine Kimambo

Ms. Catherine is the Founder and Creative Director of African Child Projects, an NGO that works with communities in rural Tanzania on projects ranging from TECHNOLOGY by building digital societies in rural communities and bridge the digital divide by installing Internet infrastructure in schools and village dispensaries., Culture and Advocacy for quality education.

Mariam David Mchaina

Mariam is a Freelance Digital Marketing Expert With 3years experience of working with businesses on different fields.Miriam is an alumni of AruWSIG19.

Louis Lloyd

Louis Lloyd he is Public Relationship Officer at (TTCL) Tanzania Telecommunication Corporation Limited also he is the representative for Localization Lab in East Africa and he has become Executive Member Internet Society Tanzania.

Madeline Kimei

Madeline is the Founder of iResolve Limited, a boutique corporate, arbitration and dispute resolution firm coupled with offering of alternative legal support services. She is a practicing commercial and corporate lawyer and has acted as counsel, party-appointed arbitrator, commercial mediator and arbitral secretary in both domestic & international arbitrations.