Eric M.K. Osiakwan
Eric Osiakwan is the executive secretary both of the African Internet Service Providers Association (AfrISPA) and Ghana Internet Service Providers Association (GISPA). He is a Visiting Fellow at the Berkman Centre for Internet and Society at Harvard University and was also a Visiting Fellow and Scholar at the Stanford University & Reuters Foundation Digital Vision Program in Palo Alto, California. He co-founded the Ghana New Ventures Competition (GNVC) and served as the project’s Chief Operating Officer for 2 years. From 2001 to 2003, he produced and presented “ICT World,” a radio program on the role of ICTs as a tool for accelerating the growth of Ghana’s economy and was invited by the government of Ghana to join the policy team that developed a framework for the Integrated ICT-led Socio-Economic Development Policy. Mr. Osiakwan under his consulting business, Internet Research has consulted for a number of firms, governments and international agencies in the United States, Europe and Africa, including OSIWA, BusyInternet, UNDP and the World Bank Information for Development (InfoDev) program on Open Access for Africa. Mr. Osiakwan published a research document on Ghana’s Internet Industry and co-wrote “The Internet in Ghana” with the Mosaic group. He’s also co-author of the Ghana Chapter of Negotiating The Net (NTN) – the Politics of Internet Diffusion in Africa and was invited by the Royal African Society to contribute ideas to Prime Minister Tony Blairs’ Commission for Africa.