Dr. Ashraf Ghani, Chairman of the Institute for State Effectiveness, was named as among the most influential global thinkers of 2009 and 2010 for his work on fragile states.
H.E. Amirzai Sangin, Minister of Communications and Information Technology
H.E Amirzai Sangin is Minister of Communications and IT since 2004. He holds a Telecom & Electronics Engineering Degree from South London College, London in 1973.
Shigeru Aoyagi, Director UNESCO Kabul
Born in 1958, Mr. Aoyagi holds a Bachelor’s degree (1983) in International Relations from Tokyo University of Foreign Studies, and he has since pursued studies in Data Communication System with Brunel University, U.K.
Paul Shaw, CEO of NEDA Telecom, Afghanistan
Paul has been working in IT since the mid 1980’s and the internet since 1993. Having set up three ISP’s in Africa using Open Source Software in all cases, he has experience with the practical applications of Linux in many of its flavours.
About the Conference:
Regional Open Source Conference- Central Asia is the first regional consultation of the Free/Open Source Software (FOSS) users and experts covering the dynamic field of FOSS technologies. It is scheduled for:
The Conference is bringing the power of Open Source technologies to the Central Asian Region. It is intended to: Create awareness on Free/Open Source Software (FOSS) technologies, share knowledge and present country reports; Introduce and discuss innovative FOSS technologies; Recommend policy reforms; and Facilitate on-going regional collaboration by forming a regional alliance on FOSS.
Who Should Attend?
Regional Open Source Conference- Central Asia is intended for every individual and enterprise that needs to find better, faster and cheaper solutions to transforming their growing businesses, management and activities. The hands-on workshops are designed to accommodate all levels of technical understanding, from novice through expert, with an emphasis on the emphasis on the market and skills development needs and design and management of needs of the firms.
The conference is expecting speakers and delegates from government, academic, industry, IT professionals, computer scientists, software developers, system engineers, policy and decision makers, business leaders, students, young women and men and the mass media.
The participants are, mainly, the Central Asian nations: Afghanistan, Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Mongolia, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan. In addition, the following countries are intended to take part: Bangladesh, France, India, Iran, Pakistan, Russia, Turkey and USA. Interested speakers and delegates from other countries are also invited to apply.
The venue is also providing a unique opportunity for networking, exchange of ideas, and connecting buyers and sellers through FOSSeXhibit.