Program Committee

Joseph Muliaro WAFULA (Kenya)
A member and the Chair of CODATA Kenya. A member of the editorial board of the Data Science Journal; editorial board of the African Journal of Food, Agriculture, Nutrition and Development; committee of the  AFRICA-ai-JAPAN Project Taskforce Project sponsored by JICA; training committee of the National Industrial Training Authority-Kenya; and the committee of the United Nations SDGs on Agriculture and Climate Change Pillars of Kenya.

He coordinates all ICT related Memorandum of Understanding between JKUAT and partners.

He holds a BSc. Science (Hons) (Kenyatta University), MSc. Physics (University of Nairobi), M.Phil. Microelectronic Engineering and Semiconductor Physics (University of Cambridge –UK), Summer Doctoral Program (Berkman Centre for Internet & Society/Oxford Internet Institute’s -Harvard University Law School), and PhD Information Technology (JKUAT).

 Prof Wafula is a recipient of two IBM awards namely: the 2016 IBM Shared University Research Award on Open Data Cloud Project for JKUAT for building an open data platform for researchers in Africa, and the 2014 IBM MEA Award, for capacity building in Mobile Application development. He is professionally certified in various fields including Cyber Security, Mobile Application, ISO/IEC 27001:2005 Information Security Management System, Leadership and Management capacity Development, Sage ACCPAC ERP Financial and Operations Management Systems, and ISO 9001:2000 on Quality Management Systems.

He is a fellow of the Computer Society of Kenya and the Cambridge Commonwealth Society and has published book chapters, a book and research papers in peer reviewed international journals. He is an Associate Professor in the Department of Computing at JKUAT and the founder Director of the ICT Centre of Excellence and Open Data (iCEOD).

Simon Hodson 

Simon Hodson has been Executive Director of CODATA since August 2013.

Simon is an expert on data policy issues and research data management. He has contributed to influential reports on Current Best Practice for Research Data Management Policies and to the Science International Accord on Open Data in a Big Data World.  Most recently he chaired the European Commission’s Expert Group on FAIR Data which produced the report Turning FAIR into Reality https://doi.org/10.2777/1524.

As part of his CODATA role, Simon is closely involved in an ISC and CODATA initiative to improve the coordination of standards for data integration and interoperability for interdisciplinary research and in the coordination of the CODATA Data Policy Committee.

Additionally, Simon leads or participants in numerous projects, Working Groups and Steering Groups. Currently (May 2019), this includes the following roles:

Project Director, African Open Science Platform Project;

Member of the Scientific Advisory Board of CESSDA ERIC, the European data infrastructure for the social sciences.

In recent years, Simon has been a co-chair (2015-2018) of the GEO Data Sharing Working Group, to which CODATA has made a longterm contribution; co-chair of the OECD Global Science Forum and CODATA Project on Sustainable Business Models for Research Data Repositories; a member of the Board of Directors of the Dryad Data Repository (2012-2018), a not-for-profit initiative to make the data underlying scientific publications discoverable, freely reusable, and citable.

Simon has a strong research background, as well as considerable project and programme management experience: from 2009 to 2013, as Programme Manager, he led two successful phases of Jisc's innovative Managing Research Data programme in the UK.

Musakali Joseph Juma

Musakali Joseph Juma is currently lecturing in Moi University, Kenya, in the School of Information Sciences, Department of Publishing and Media Studies. He holds an M.Phil in Communication Studies, a B.Sc in Information Sciences and a Diploma in Graphic Design and Communication Studies.

His areas of teaching and research include Publishing, Journalism and Media, Communication, Graphic Design, Multimedia and Hypermedia, Knowledge Management and Open Access. He has presented papers in local and international conferences and published several papers in refereed journals in the above areas.

He is an accomplished Trainer of Trainers, having been a resource person in Web 2.0 for Development workshops locally and internationally, a Media Trainer accredited by the Media Council of Kenya, and also an accredited Knowledge Management consultant.

Koji Koyamada

Prof. Koji Koyamada is currently a professor at the Academic Center for Computing and Media Studies, Kyoto University, Japan. His research interest includes modeling & simulation and visualization. He is an associate member of the Science Council of Japan, a former president of the Visualization Society Japan, and a former president of Japan Society of Simulation Technology. He received the IEMT/IMC outstanding paper award in 1998, the VSJ contribution award in 2009 and the VSJ outstanding paper award in 2010. He received his B.S., M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in electronic engineering from Kyoto University, Japan in 1983, 1985 and 1994, respectively, and worked for IBM Japan from 1985 to 1998. From 1998 to 2001 he was an associate professor at the Iwate Prefectural University, Japan. From 2001 to 2003, he was an associate professor at Kyoto University, Japan

   

Alena RybkinaAlena RYBKINA (Russia)

Alena Rybkina is chief of the Innovation Technologies Sector of the Geophysical Center of the Russian Academy of Sciences (GC RAS). She is a young but internationally recognized specialist in implementation of modern information and visualization technologies in the scientific research and industrial domain. Important goals of her activity are data technological studies and development of spherical projection systems aimed at efficient analysis, demonstration and popularization in data research and management. Alena is actively involved in the operations of the CODATA Task Group “Earth and Space Science Data Interoperability”. She co-authored the “Atlas of the Earth’s Magnetic Field”, which was one of the outstanding TG achievements in 2013. She is experienced in the organization of international and national events devoted to promotion of data science in Russia and other countries. In particular she was the principal organizer of the conferences “Electronic Geophysical Year: State of the Art and Results” in 2009, Pereslavl-Zalessky“Artificial Intelligence in the Earth’s Magnetic Field Study. INTERMAGNET Russian Segment” in 2011, Uglich and “Geophysical Observatories, Multifunctional GIS and Data Mining” in 2013, Kaluga. She takes part in numerous international projects, including those developed by the International Institution for Applied System Analysis (IIASA, Laxemburg, Austria). Alena is geologist currently working on the paleoenvironmental reconstructions and the Earth’s magnetic field studies. She took part in geological expeditions in Russia, Ukraine, France and Italy for collecting paleomagnetic data and providing correlations between changes in magnetic data and global astronomical cycles. As a member of the CODATA Executive Committee she focuses on the organization and structuring the CODATA research projects and bring her experience in the geoscience data management. Special attention will be paid to the promotion of CODATA activities among data and research community to involve new members as well as young scientists.

LI Jianhui (China)

Dr. LI Jianhui is professor and director of scientific data at the Computer Network information Center (CNIC) of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS). He is also the Secretary-General of the Chinese National Committee for CODATA.

Dr. LI was born in 1973, and obtained his Ph.D. degree from the Institute of Computing Technology of CAS in 2007. He has mainly engaged in the research of scientific data curation and sharing, data-intensive computing and applications, big data analysis and cloud service. For CAS, he leads and promotes the development of scientific databases sharing and he designed and led the development of scientific data infrastructure and its application environment. He was also the Co-PI of the National Data Sharing Network for Basic Research Project, which coordinated scientific research data sharing among universities, institutions and other research organizations.  He is leading the design and further development of the Scientific Data Cloud of CAS (http://www.csdb.cn) for data sharing, big data analysis and large scale data-Intensive scientific research, and leading a group to design and develop a research data repository and data journal for scientific data publication in China. Dr. LI has published more than 50 papers and applied for 8 patents and 1 national standard.

He has also organized a series of activities to help promoting and improving scientific and technical data management and use, and increasing the impact of CODATA in China, including the International CODATA Conference, Task Groups, Training Workshops, etc.

As an Executive Committee member, he will link international CODATA and CODATA-CHINA, increasing CODATA visibility in China and promote CODATA as the natural home for Chinese data scientists. He will help to enhance the capacity building in developing countries, and push forward scientific data citation and publication practices. 

Margaret Oloko

Margaret Oloko is an Associate Professor at the Department of Business Administration, School of Business, Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT). She has over fifteen years teaching experience and has an orientation towards Marketing, Strategic Management and Global/International Business Strategy. She is a member of IoDaV sub-taskforce under the Africa Ai Japan She is also an associate member of the Marketing Society of Kenya and Kenya Institute of Management.