Innovation & Technology – A BIH Panel Discussion

Day Two

Panel Theme

Topic: "How important is the internet to driving innovation? What can be done to make the internet more affordable and accessible while also addressing the new developments in cyber-security?"

Workshop Abstract

The session aims to explore the exploding demand for internet as a result of new innovative uses of the internet such as:

  1. Internet of Things (connected homes, sensors everywhere, connected cars, e.g.)
  2. Online or Cloud based applications and services for Health, Agriculture, Education, other industry verticals (Music, sports)
  3. Other day to day activities that depend on the internet; communication, Social media

Discussion focus is on that as more of the above services become an integral part of our lives, and we get dependent on them, how do we deal with cyber-attacks targeted at these services for malicious use like denial of services, hacking for critical information or privacy violations?;  And while in the quest to provide a level of security on these services how do we manage the cost of delivering these services to ensure more or equitable access to these livelihood improving services, especially to those who need them the most like those that are poor, unskilled/illiterate and vulnerable?.


How to we strike a balance on the use of internet and related technologies for broader public good while ensuring that we have in place proper legal framework and enforcement mechanisms.


Chairs:            Mr Patel Barwabatsile

Facilitator:      Botswana Innovation Hub (BIH)

Contact:          Mr Patel Barwabatsile,

Rapporteur:    Strategy task Team Member– Ministry Of Transport & Communications 


  08:45 – 09:00 Reha Yurdakul IBM east Africa

  09:00 – 09:15 Tae-Seung Lee - Korea Internet and Security Agency

  09:15 – 09:30 Tracy SEI, Carneige Mellon University

09:30 - 09:45 - Brian Goulden, Pygma Consulting

  09:45 – 10:15 Panel

  • Discussions
  • Items for input into the Model Cybersecurity Strategy



Tae-Seung Lee

Tae-Seung Lee - Dr Lee is a Manager and Senior Researcher at the Korea Internet and Security Agency. He has a PhD in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Sung Kyun Kwan University (SKKU) 2014. He has over 20 years of experience as a researcher in the fields of cyber security, Software architect and a developer and others. He has worked at Sumsang Electronics as a senior engineer from 1996 to 2002. Since 2002 he has worked at Korean Internet and Security Agency (KISA) as a senior researcher and team director for five years in the areas of security evaluation of IT product, secure coding and BMT for secure e-government service, personal information protection against hacking and leak, ISMS and others.


Reha Yurdakul

Reha Yurdakul – is a Client Technical Advisor Leader for CEWA Region at IBM East Africa In 1987 Reha Yurdakul, graduated from Middle East Technical University, Department of Physics. In 1990, He joined IBM Turk as Research Specialist at IBM Turk in Computer Aided Education Department. Subsequently, he worked Professional Services, Network Computing, Business Consultancy Services and Global Business Services departments of IBM Turk. Currently, he is working as IT Architect Manager for CEWA (Central, East and West Africa) Region.

His Professional career started in 1982 as a freelance application developer. He then worked as a System/Business Analyst, IT Consultant, Team Leader and the Project Manager. Currently Mr Yurdakul is working as IT Architect. Over a period of years, he also worked as guest lecturer in universities where he developed curricula in CS418 Business Solutions and IT at Bilkent University and CS432 M2M for Computer Engineers also at Bilkent University. In addition, he has participated in various meetings and seminars, and has contributed to the development and mentoring of young people.

Brian Goulden

Brian Goulden – is currently Principal Associate with Pygma Consulting – a Commonwealth Telecommunications Organisation Associate Consultant firm,, Brian has more than 35 years’ experience in management and consulting in the ICT and related sectors. His experience includes institutional development work with public and private telecommunications operators across Europe, Africa and the Middle East. He has worked on strategy and capacity-building assignments with ICT regulatory bodies in Botswana, Ghana, Jordan, Iran, Lesotho, Malawi, Mauritius, Namibia, South Africa, Tanzania, and Zambia. He also has an in-depth understanding of regulatory requirements across a number of sectors – including micro-financing.

Between 1995 and 2004, He led the SADC-wide Regional Telecommunications Restructuring Program and subsequent programmes designed to support the creation and capacity-building of ICT Regulatory Authorities. He was closely involved in the development of a number of ground-breaking activities in the ICT sector – including the development and implementation of the SADC Protocol and the drafting and adaptation of a model ICT policy and law, which provided the foundation for the transformation and growth of the ICT sector in the 14 SADC Member States. He was instrumental in the creation of TRASA, the predecessor of CRASA – the SADC regional Communications Regulators Association.

In the area of strategy, he has worked on strategy development and implementation with a range of ICT regulatory bodies, operators and other public and private organisations - including a national Income tax & revenue service, a national development bank, and NGOs covering youth, sports and emergency aid.

He has worked extensively with the Commonwealth Telecommunications Organisation and the International Telecommunication Union on strategy and capacity-building. He has worked on assignments focusing on cyber-security policy and the use of ICTs to support learning & development and the enhancement of the lives of persons with disabilities. He has published book chapters, working papers and journal articles on capacity-building in regulatory bodies and is a frequent workshop / conference speaker on the topic.

He has an MSc in Human Resource Development from the University of Manchester, is a Chartered Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (UK), a Fellow of the Institute of Leadership & Management (UK) and an Associate of the Centre on Development Informatics at Manchester University.

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