The ICT4Ag Team

Meet the ICT4Ag team

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Giacomo Rambaldi
Senior Programme Coordinator, ICT4D

Giacomo has 33 years of professional experience in Africa, Latin America, Asia, the Pacific and the Caribbean where he worked for various international organisations including FAO, Italian Aid to Development, the European Commission and the Asian Development Bank. He holds a degree in agricultural sciences from the State University of Milan, Italy and is currently engaged in a PhD with the Communication and Innovation Studies Group, Communication Sciences, WUR in the Netherlands.Giacomo has been leading the Web 2.0 and social media capacity building activities at CTA since 2006 and earned worldwide recognition for his work in 2013 as recipient of the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) Project Prize in the e-agriculture category.

In addition Giacomo has been engaged in participatory mapping since the late 80s. In August 2000 he launched Participatory Avenues www.iapad.org, a website dedicated to sharing knowledge on community mapping and collaborative spatial information management and in 2004, the Open Forum for Participatory Geographic Information Technologies and Systems www.ppgis.net, a community of practice with close to 3500 members. One of his projects was awarded the 2007 World Summit Award in the e-culture category.

His areas of professional interest include visualising local spatial knowledge for improving communication, facilitating peer-to-peer dialogue and managing conflicts on issues related to the territory; collaborative natural resource management; participatory spatial planning; networking, ICTs, social media and web publishing.

Chris Addison
Senior Programme Coordinator

Chris started work in development over 30 years ago at the Natural Resources Institute UK working on the installation of ICTs in Africa. Later with the ECDPM he worked with open metadata to build a pan-European library on development (ELAND). As Director OneWorld Europe he then worked on the Open Knowledge Network markup and IDML, then at Euforic developed the initial Web2 course taken up by CTA. He has run a series of KM trainings in Africa when at IFPRI and oversaw technical development of the Open Data Food Security Portal and the Linked Open Data version of the Global Hunger Index.

As senior programme coordinator at CTA he coordinates the Pacific Region project portfolio and the KM Master Project. The current work on open data capacity building includes Agribusiness and Women entrepreneurs groups in the Caribbean and the Pacific, and Farmers organisations in Africa. He has recently authored an assessment of Open Data impact for Smallholders in the ACP and manages the data4ag project to support ACP participation in the GODAN initiative.


Ken Lohento
Programme Coordinator, ICT4D

For 15 years, Ken Lohento has managed numerous initiatives related to ICT policy and use for development in various countries. These include the Oridev association he founded in 1998 to pioneer the promotion of internet use in Benin; the Centre for International ICT Policy for West and Central Africa (CIPACO), hosted by the Panos Institute West Africa in Senegal; the EuroAfrica-ICT project’s activities in West and Central Africa, the support to the African civil society participation in the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) and the support to UNESCO’s Community Multimedia Centre project.

Ken joined CTA’s ICT4Ag team in 2009, where he manages funding and coordinates initiatives related to ICT use in agricultural value chains in ACP countries. He particularly focuses on projects related to supporting youth in agriculture, ICT innovations and entrepreneurship in agriculture, promotion of e-agriculture strategies, and organising social media training for agricultural stakeholders.


Benjamin Kwasi Addom, PhD
Programme Coordinator, ICT4D

Dr Addom coordinates activities that support the uptake, utilisation and scaling of ICT solutions for agriculture in ACP countries. Ben is an international development professional who specialises in the application of ICTs for agriculture, food security, and rural development. Before his graduate studies, he spent over 4 years as agricultural extension supervisor with both the private and public sectors in Ghana. He undertook a number of consultancy assignments with international organisations such as FAO, USAID, NEPAD, and CTA in exploring mobile technologies and social media in agricultural knowledge management between 2009 and 2013.

He holds a doctorate in information science and technology with concentration in community informatics, innovation systems, and knowledge management from Syracuse University, USA; masters in international agriculture and rural development with focus on extension and training from Cornell University, USA; and bachelors in general agriculture from the University of Cape Coast, Ghana. His doctoral dissertation explored the concept of knowledge brokering within agricultural innovation system in the digital age.



Antonella Piccolella
Junior Programme Associate, PGIS

Antonella Piccolella is Junior Programme Associate PGIS at CTA. She has five years of experience in agricultural development working with both United Nations (IFAD, FAO) and European institutions (CTA). She holds a MSc in Environment and Development from the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE). Her professional background is focused on Environment and Climate Change, with special reference to participatory mapping for adaptation planning. With CTA she completed an impact assessment on the adoption and replication of P3DM in the Pacific and in Africa.

She contributed to conceptualise and organize the Awareness Raising and Project Planning Workshop “Participatory Mapping and Community Empowerment for Climate Change Policy Making”  in 2012 (Honiara, Solomon Islands) and to design the project “Promoting participatory ICTs for adding value to traditional knowledge in climate change adaptation, advocacy and policy processes in the Pacific and Caribbean”.

She is author of several publications on participatory mapping published with IFAD, IIED, and Knowledge Management for Development Journal. She was the focal point for Small Island Developing States at IFAD and led IFAD’s contribution to the Third International Conference on SIDS (Apia, Samoa). For FAO, she carried out research on the impacts of climate change on agriculture in the Caribbean states as part of the Regional Special Programme for Food Security.


Isaura Lopes-Ramos
Project Manager, GODIVAN project

Isaura Lopes-Ramos (MA Dev Studies Genoa 2004) having started as a project officer in Zambia for an NGO working with vulnerable children, she then joined the European Commission DGDEVCO working on analysing MDG data. She is an international development expert with 8 years experience in the public and private sector in the field of KM in the field of agriculture and rural development. Qualified in project cycle management (CESPI) she is ccurrently lead a data revolution for agriculture project in the Policies, Markets and ICT (PMI) Programme at CTA.

Previously, she has managed KM projects for the UN in Cabo Verde focussing on communications. She has run part of a capacity building programme for the Pan African Farmers Organisations involving ROPPA, EAFF, SACAU, UNMAGRI and PROPAC. She has a range of field experience having worked for NEPAD and the African Union and the EU delegation there. She has worked across Africa and supported projects in Ecuador and Argentina. She has a range of language skills being fluent in English, French, Italian, Portuguese and also speaks Spanish and German.

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Serge Kedja
Intern, Database Management, ICT4Ag

Serge Kedja, from Cote D’Ivoire, is a computer science engineer, specialising in advanced information systems. Since his graduation from A-Mira University of Bejaia, Algeria in 2012, he has been working on using ICTs for various needs. For the past 3 years, he has worked with the French NGO, RONGEAD (www.rongead.org), on public funded development projects  for the EU, GIZ and local governments. This work includes agro-market information, international trade, ICTs for development, GIS, as well as pilot projects with private IT service providers such as SAP, Voxygen and Infobip. Since January 2016, Serge has been part of the Policies Market and ICTs programme team at CTA, in order to strengthen his skills and support CTA’s emerging ICT4Ag vision.

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Kellie Koo
Intern, Web 2 and social media for development

Kellie holds a degree in computer science from the University of Mauritius. She has a particular interest in social media communication and is an avid follower of the tech industry. Before joining CTA, she acquired postgraduate experiences at AIESEC and Microsoft and is now supporting the activities of CTA’s Web 2.0 and social media (Web2ForDev) capacity building programme in ACP countries.


Jean Claude Nduwimana
Intern, ICT4Ag

Jean Claude completed his bachelors degree in information technology in 2014 at the Adventist University of Central Africa in Rwanda. During his undergraduate career, he completed an internship with Rwanda National ID Agency, where he performed a number of activities such as software development and other computer based activities. For his final year project, he created a desktop application for Dream Team Football Academy, which is currently used to register players and generate reports on collected data. In addition to his educational pursuits, he has been a member of Knowledge Lab (kLab) since 2012.

During his time at kLab, he has created a mobile application for children, which plays sounds when clicked. He also competed in the ICT for Agriculture Hackathon, where his team placed second overall for a mobile application which would improve communication between local farmers and the government. He had been developing a platform for the Girinka project (one cow per poor family), which will assist with the follow-up and evaluation activities of the project.

He has clompleted an internship at CTA with the ICT4Ag programme. Because of his passion for programming, he built a Windows phone app that will help farmers learn about and identify some of the diseases which attack crops and hinder farmers from reaching a good harvest. The name of the app is ‘IBIHINGWA_DISEASES’ and it is available in the Windows app store.

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Nawsheen Hosenally
Junior Programme Associate, ICT4Ag

Nawsheen is passionate about Web 2.0 and social media and currently working in ICTs for agriculture and rural development. Her dream is a world where people can fulfill their potential. Nawsheen’s specialties are agriculture, Web 2.0, social media, blogging, social reporting, leadership, project management, event management, facilitation, coaching and training.

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