Koffi M. Kouakou is a senior lecturer in government communications and scenario planning and former programme director of the Unilever Mandela Rhodes Academy (UMRA) at the Wits School of Governance, formerly the Graduate School of Public and Development Management (P&DM) at Wits UNiversity. He is also a Long Now futurist, author and social commentator. He is a former co-director of CSIR Virtual Reality Solutions and a small business strategist. He also coordinated the World Bank initiative on environmental information systems initiative in Sub-Saharan Africa in Washington and Pretoria.
He specialises in information technologies adapted to environmental issues in emerging countries and serves on the board of Innovative Resources Management, a Washington DC based non-governmental organisation that uses novel models for resources management, allocations and the implications of new technologies for communities.
He is associate member of the African Futures Institute and the Millennium Project South Africa Node.
He served as a board member of Convergence Journal, an international business magazine on management and strategy practices; and a regular contributor to international and local media and business magazines such as Aljazeera, BBC, Deutsche Welle, France24, RFI, The People’s Daily, VOA; SAFM, 702 Radio, Business Day, ITWeb Brainstorm, The Media, CIO.COM; and a member of the African Economics Editors Network.
He has written about the future of Africa, African futures, environmental information, technology, the role of strategic communications and trends in African development, the New Partnership for Africa’s Development (Nepad), technology and higher education in Africa, and the digital divide. He is co-author of the book AfricaDotEdu: IT Opportunities and Higher Education in Africa. See www.africadotedu.org for summary.