Martin Koyabe

Senior Manager/Technical Lead, AU-GFCE, Global Forum on Cyber Expertise, UK

Martin has over 25 years of experience working on ICT deployment, innovation, research and development, policy, regulation, and legislation. He is currently a consultant and lead technical expert for the Global Forum on Cyber Expertise (GFCE) and leading the African Union (AU)-GFCE Collaboration Project to enhance Cyber Capacity Building (CCB) and Cyber Resilience across all 55 AU member states. Prior to joining the GFCE, he was the Head of Technical Support & Consultancy (TSC) Division at the Commonwealth Telecommunication Organisation (CTO) in the UK for seven 7 years. He was responsible for managing the delivery of ICT technical support and development assistance to the Commonwealth (which consists of 56 member countries) and beyond.

Before joining the CTO, he worked as a Senior Researcher & Technical Lead with British Telecommunications (BT) for 10 years. While at BT he worked on various major projects including BT 21st Century Next Generation Network, developing ICT security solutions,
policy, and strategies for BT’s lines of business, including cutting-edge research on Future Internet Architecture, and development of a Global Best Practice framework for mitigating Distributed Denial-of-Service (DDoS) on the Internet.

Martin has been involved in various ICT projects mainly in Europe, the US, the Caribbean, Asia Pacific, and extensively in Africa. He is also a technical expert for the European Commission (EC), World Bank, UN, ITU, and the GFCE. He has led and delivered a number of national strategies in Cybersecurity, Broadband, Telecommunication Regulation, and Digital Transformation for a number of organisations in various countries.

In addition to the current AU-GFCE Collaboration Project, he has led various other global projects, working with various countries, to develop National Cybersecurity Strategies, National Broadband Strategies, Universal Service Funding Frameworks, CERT/CSIRT,
Regulations, Policies and Legislations. Some of these countries include Botswana, Cameroon, Uganda, Fiji, Malawi, Mozambique, Tanzania, Senegal, Eswatini, Ghana, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, Kenya, Rwanda, Bangladesh, Seychelles, Namibia, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, India, The Commonwealth of Dominica, Bermuda, Afghanistan, Jamaica, St. Kitts & Nevis, Montserrat, Trinidad & Tobago, South Africa, and Liberia.

Martin is accredited for being among the first Kenyan Internet engineers to bring Full Internet deployment to Kenya in the mid-90s, while working as Principal Engineer for African Regional Centre for Computing (ARCC), Nairobi, Kenya. He was instrumental in reviewing various key ICT related legislations, regulations and policies for the Republic of Kenya.

He has a PhD in Communications Engineering and holds several patents. He is an alumni of Egerton University (KE), Nairobi University (KE), Bristol University (UK), University of Aberdeen (UK), Cambridge University, Judge Business School (UK), and Harvard Kennedy School (USA).

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