Digital Voting Summit 18 Nov. 2019 

Transparency, Accountability & Good Governance

Nov 18

Abuja, Nigeria

The Speakers


Professor Mahmood Yakubu 

Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC)

Mahmood Yakubu is a Nigerian academic and current Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC). Subject to approval by the Council of State, Mahmood was appointed to office by President Muhammadu Buhari on 21 October 2015

Auwal Ibrahim Musa

Executive Director, Civil Society Legislative Advocay Centre (CISLAC)

Transparency International Nigeria

Auwal Ibrahim Musa, popularly known as (Rafsanjani), is a Political Scientist from Bayero University Kano, Nigeria. Born in Kano City in 1968, he is currently the Executive Director of Civil Society Legislative Advocacy Centre (CISLAC) and was formerly the Acting General-Secretary of West Africa Civil Society Forum (WACSOF).



Director, Centre for Democracy and Development (CDD)

Idayat Hassan is the Director, Centre for Democracy and Development (CDD), an Abuja based policy advocacy and research organization with focus on Deepening Democracy and Development in West Africa. 

Dr. Naji Makarem 

Founder & CEO,


Naji Makarem is a lecturer in Political Economy of Development and co-Director of the Masters in Urban Economic Development at UCL (Bartlett Development Planning Unit - DPU).

Blessing Abiri

Program Advisor

Cleen Foundation

Ms.Blessing Abiri is Program Advisor/Head of Lagos Office of CLEEN Foundation. She holds an LL.M degree in Human Rights from the Central European University (CEU), Budapest, Hungary.

Kingsley Moghalu

President of the Institute for Governance and Economic Transformation (IGET)

Kingsley Moghalu is the President of the Institute for Governance and Economic Transformation (IGET), a think tank focused on inclusive economic growth in Africa, as well as the Convener of To Build a Nation (TBAN), a non-partisan citizen’s movement for true democracy and performance-based governance in Nigeria.

Prof Pat Utomi

Founder of Centre for Value in Leadership (CVL) and the African Democratic Congress.

Renowned Professor and former Nigerian Presidential Aspirant, Professor Patrick Okedinachi Utomi, born on February 6, 1956 in Kaduna, Professor Utomi is a Nigerian professor of Social and Political Economy, Environment of Business and Entrepreneurship at the prestigious Lagos Business School.

Mallam Y.Z. YAU

Director, Centre for Information Technology & Development (CITAD)

Y. Z. Ya’u, an IT professional, researcher and writer, technology for development activist is the Director of the Centre for Information Technology and Development (CITAD), Kano, Nigeria. 


Clement Nwankwo

Executive Director

Policy, Legislative, Advocacy Centre (PLAC)

Clement  Nwankwo is a leading Nigerian human rights lawyer and Executive Director of Policy and Legal Advocacy Centre (PLAC). He is also the Convener of the Nigeria Civil Society Situation Room which observes elections and advocates good governance and Citizens’ participation. Nwankwo has good knowledge and understanding of the Nigerian Legislature and the intricate legislative process.


Legal Practitioner, Former Chair of Gorée Institute

Board of Trustee International Crisis Group 

Ayo Obe (née Ogunsola) is a legal practitioner and a partner, with Olasupo Shonibare, in the Lagos-based law firm, Ogunsola Shonibare.  She is a Trustee of Senegal’s Gorée Institute (which she chaired from 2011 to September 2019) and of the Brussels-based International Crisis Group.  



Blockchain Researcher & Project Manager

Big Innovation Centre

"Fernando Santiago-Cajaraville is a Civil Engineer that leads the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Blockchain (APPG Blockchain) and the Blockchain for Government Council Programmes, both for the UK Parliament. 

Margaret Olele

Chief Executive Officer/Executive Secretary 

American Business Council Nigeria

Margaret Obiageli Olele is currently the Chief Executive Officer/ Executive Secretary of the American Business Council , the voice of American Business in Nigeria and the affiliate of the US Chamber of Commerce. 

Dr Guevera YAO

Senior Director West and Central Africa

U.S. Chambers of Commerce

Dr. Guevera Yao is Senior Director for West and Central Africa in the U.S.-Africa Business Center at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. Yao oversees programs and policy initiatives to broaden commercial relationships between the U.S. and markets in West and Central Africa. He works closely with Chamber member companies and government leaders to deepen and expand commercial relationships.

Christian Elemele

Co-Founder RestoreNaija & Executive Director, Digital Good Governance for Africa (DIGA)

Christian is the Co-Founder and Executive Director of Digital Good Governance for Africa (DIGA), an Economic Development Professional providing consultancy and advisory services in Private Emerging Markets through critical data, insight and analysis to global and specialist markets to top Investment funds in the DACH region consisting of Germany, Austria and Switzerland at Euromoney Institutional Investor.

Hajiya Sa’adatu Abdullahi

President, Northern Women in Politics

Hajiya Sa’adatu Abdullahi, M.Sc.; FCMI UK,  holds a Master Degree in International Marketing and Strategic Management  from University of East London UK. She is a Fellow of Chartered Management Institute United Kingdom.

Sayali Borole

Smart Economy Project lead for Big Innovation Centre 

Sayali Borole is the Smart Economy Project lead for Big Innovation Centre in London, UK. She brings her understanding of managing development with innovation, urbanisation, and advocacy skills as a Development Professional and Urban Planner. Sayali works on Innovation concepts including open innovation approach to co-create and co-innovate for public policies.

Michael Okoye

Co-Founder RestoreNaija & Executive Director, Digital Good Governance for Africa (DIGA)

Michael Okoye has years of experience in the public and private sector on business development and project management in Nigeria. Has in depth knowledge on computer data management, trained as a Microsoft Certified IT Professional (MCITP) with NIIT, trained on information Essentials 1& 2 and open source programming with National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA).

Hamza Lawal

Hamzat Lawal  (Hamzy!) is an activist who has successfully led grassroots campaigns in over 40 African countries with over nine years experience in the non-profit sector and specializes in practical issues associated with Climate Change, Open Data, advocacy campaigns and development policies as it affects rural and deprived grassroots communities.

Laila Johnson Salami

Broadcast Journalist, Anchor Arise News, Financial Times Correspondent

Laila Johnson-Salami is a Broadcast Journalist, Advocate for sustainable development and the Co-Founder of the We Rise Initiative.

Leonardo Gammar

CEO, Agora Vote

Leonardo is a financial engineer, a pilot and a programmer. He received his first award at the age of 8 by President Chirac and patented his first invention at the age of 20, a CO2 emissions reducer for cars now widely used in West Africa. 


Nov 22


Meet & Greet


Sessions Stage





Nov 18

08:00 - 09:10

Registration and Morning Coffee

09:10 - 09:15

Welcome Address

09:15 - 09:30

Keynote Speech

09:30 - 11:00

Government Lead Panel Session - Electoral Process and it's discontents

11:00 - 11:30

Networking Coffee Break

11:30 - 12:30

Presentation Session - Digital Voting and it's Opportunities

12:30 - 14:00

Panel Discussion: Economic Uncertainties, Pre- and Post-election violence and the role of the Diaspora in the electoral process

14:00 - 15:00

Networking Lunch

15:00 - 16:30

Panel Discussion: Digital Voting the Way forward for Nigeria?


Evening Networking Party





The Venue - 

Transcorp Hilton Hotel

1 Aguiyi Ironsi St, Maitama 900001, Abuja, Nigeria

In a reoccurring reality of pre-electoral, electoral, post-electoral uncertainties and discontent in the electoral system of Nigeria expressed through acts of violence, destruction of lives and properties, court cases at the tribunal, alarming non-participation of eligible voters, oppression, manipulation, corruption and perpetual volatility of significant number of areas in the country, we are in a dire state as far as the present and future of the country are concerned, no matter the euphemistic portrayal of this reality.


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