Josephine Miliza is a network engineer passionate about enabling communities in Africa to leverage digital technologies for socioeconomic empowerment. In 2016 she started working as the project manager for TunapandaNET, a community network in Kibera, Nairobi, Kenya that focuses on promoting access for all, adoption of digital technologies and ICT capabilities for the local community. She is also the founder of Tech Dada, a women-in-tech initiative within Tunapanda Institute that seeks to educate, equip and empower young women and girls to become innovators and agents of change in the 21st century. She has become a champion for community networks in Africa, participating in organising the Africa community networks summit, awareness building, and capacity building forums. Her current interests are in bottom-up sustainable connectivity models and creative approaches to an enabling environment that fosters entrepreneurship and innovation, especially for youth and women in Africa. As the Africa Regional Policy Coordinator for Community Networks Josephine is working under the Kenya ICT Action Network (KICTANet).
KICTANet is a multistakeholder platform for people and institutions interested and involved in ICT policy and regulation. It was formed as part of a World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) project under the Catalysing Access to ICTs in Africa (CATIA) initiative in 2003. The network aims to act as a catalyst for reform in the ICT sector in support of the national aim of ICT-enabled growth and development.