ICT4D Seminars - Welcome Function

On the 30th of September, UCT Centre in Information and Communication Technology for Development (ICT4D) will be hosting a special function to welcome new staff members and new students to the centre. 

The event will take place from 1-4pm at Woodstock Grill and Tap, 262 Albert Rd on Friday 30th of September.  

The new members of the staff are Irwin Brown (IS), Wallace Chigona (IS), Serge Raemakers (EGS) and  Jean-Paul van Belle (IS). 

Professor Irwin Brown's Biography

Irwin Brown is a Professor in the Department of Information Systems (IS) at UCT, and Deputy Director of the Centre for IT and National Development in Africa (CITANDA). He graduated with a Masters in  IS (Curtin University) in 1995 and PhD (UCT) in 2005. Irwin holds positions as the IFIP TC8 (IS) South African national representative, SAICSIT Deputy President, Associate Editor of the Information & Management Journal, and Editor of the African Journal of IS. He received a National Research Foundation (NRF) rating (Established) in 2006. His research interests relate to the use of grounded theory methodology in IS studies, and issues around IS in developing countries. He has published more than 30 journal articles in outlets such as the European Journal of IS, IT for Development, Communications of the AIS, Journal of Global Information Management, and the International Journal of Information Management. He has also published more than 50 peer-reviewed conference papers in outlets such as ECIS, AMCIS, ACIS, IFIP WG9.4,  IFIP WG8.2 and SAICSIT. He is convener of the IS Doctoral programme at UCT, and has supervised to graduation 10 PhD studies and 11 Masters studies.

Professor Wallace Chigona's Biography 

Wallace Chigona is a Professor in Information Systems at the University of Cape Town, South Africa. He holds a PhD in Computer Science from the University of Magdeburg, Germany. His research focus is on the use of ICTs for human development and ICT policy. He has researched on the use and impact of ICTs amongst the disadvantaged communities in different African Countries. Wallace has studied different applications of technology in the developing context such as in water and sanitation, education, health, small enterprises, and household. Wallace has published over 100 peer-reviewed research papers; mainly in the area of ICT4D and he is currently on the editorial boards of Electronic Journal of Information Systems in Developing Countries (EJISDC) as well as on the African Journal of Information Systems. Wallace is a South African National Research Foundation (NRF) – Rated researcher. He has supervised to completion five PhDs and 14 masters research students. Wallace has worked on research collaborative research projects with scholars from Tanzania, Malawi, United Kingdom, Switzerland and other South African universities. Wallace’s board memberships include a Trustee for the Reach Trust, Advisory member of the RLabs, Board member of Communication Policy Research South (CPRSouth), UNESCO/Netexplo Advisory Board.

Dr Serge Raemaekers' Biography 

Dr Serge Raemaekers is a fisheries researcher at the interface between natural and social sciences. He is a specialist in fisheries management systems, works on several fisheries research, training and consultancy projects through his academic position in the Department of Environmental and Geographical Sciences at the University of Cape Town, South Africa.​ He completed his PhD at Rhodes University where he analysed the governance approaches to the high-value abalone and lobster fisheries in the Eastern Cape Province. He has a natural science background with an MSc degree in bioscience engineering from the University of Ghent (Belgium, 2003), but has gained expertise in inter-disciplinary research on understanding and assessing livelihoods and fishing practices, and while undertaking participatory ecological and socio-economic research with local rural communities.​ He has more than 15 years’ experience in aquaculture and capture fisheries, was integrally involved in the development of the South African Small-scale Fisheries Policy, and has consulted on the development of the FAO’s international Small-scale Fisheries Guidelines(See more).

Professor Jean-Paul Belle's Biography 

Jean-Paul Van Belle is a professor in the Department of Information Systems at the University of Cape Town and Director of the Centre for IT and National Development. His research areas are the adoption and use of emerging technologies in developing world contexts including mobile, cloud computing, open and big data. His passions are ICT4D and adoption of ICTs by small organisations. He has over 170 peer-reviewed publications including 25 chapters in books and about 40 refereed journal articles. He has been invited to give a number of keynote presentations at international conferences and holds an honorary professorship at Amity University. He currently supervises almost 20 Masters and PhD students and has graduated many more. Jean-Paul has active collaborations with researchers in India, UK, Ethiopia, Kenya and Mauritius.

Research Project / Interests: 

  • ICT4D; M4D
  • e- and m-Government
  • Open Data, Open Source, Open (Educational) Resources
  • Emerging technologies
  • Cloud computing and SaaS
  • SMEs