After three weeks of community engagement focused on Internet of Things, Local Content, and Local Policy discussions, our most competitive Ambassadors made it to the mentorship phase. Fifty DIGRA Ambassadors from every continent are being mentored by leaders in the Internet Governance space to prepare them for youth engagement in Internet Governance.

Digital Grassroots is honored by the dedication and volunteerism of the leaders collaborating with us to ensure our Ambassadors kickstart their youth engagement in Internet Governance. The 4 week mentorship phase will include topics on the role of youth in Internet Governance, identifying their stakeholder group, digital inclusion, networking in IG and shaping the future we want by contributing to a communique highlighting the needs of youth in local communities.

Meet our mentors, highlighted below in no particular order. Each of our mentors represent 9 different countries in 4 continents, collaborating via internet for capacity building of youth in the field of internet governance.

Chenai Chair
Chenai Chair’s interest in the ICT sector developed from learning of mobiles for development while writing her master’s thesis titled “Mobile phones for development: How have women in the informal sector used their mobile phones to enhance themselves and their business?” in 2014. Chenai focuses on issues of ICT access and use and related policy development, and has worked on projects in South Africa, Zambia, Rwanda, Ghana and Kenya. Her areas of research include youth access and use, gendered issues of access, and internet governance.

Su Sonia Herring

Sonia is a Turkish-American editor and project coordinator, focused on internet governance, digital rights advocacy, youth participation, media literacy, capacity building and digital policy related projects throughout Turkey, South East Europe, Afghanistan and Germany. In her free time Sonia enjoys singing, daydreaming of Italy and complaining about the state of the world.


Shreedeep Rayamajhi

Shreedeep Rayamajhi is an ICT4D consultant, Social Activist and blogger. As an Internet society Ambassador for internet Governance Forum 2014 & 2015, he has been working towards bridging the gaps of understanding the regional internet governance issues. Member of MSG of the APrIGF, MSG of Nepal IGF ,he has been very proactive about lobbying internet for all concept in the region. Writing blogs and articles of Internet Governance Issues he has been directly involved with various aspect of standardization issues and other national and regional initiative. Working with Rayznews, he has developed various research papers and documents for facilitating internet governance process. Apart from this his community collaborative learning platform Learn Internet Governance has been catering and helping people around the globe to understand the role and concept of Internet Governance.


Josephine Miliza

Josephine is Project Lead for a community wireless network initiative known as TunapandaNET. The project is focusing on building a digital ecosystem in education and health for rural and informal settlements in Kenya. The pilot project in Nairobi where they are providing connectivity and digital literacy training for schools in the Kibera slum. Josephine is passionate about closing the connectivity divide, especially in Africa, for socio economic empowerment.

Federica Tortorella

Federica is a Lawyer (Summa Cum Laude), interested in IG, specifically in Public Policy, Gender, Youth Engagement and Data Literacy. She is Co-founder and Head of the Research Committee of Embajadores de Internet and Head of Discipline Commission of the Youth Special Interest Group.


Sindy Obed

Obed is a Youth IGF Fellow of Internet Society 2017 and Speaker on Digital Learning Sindy Obed is trained in Education Science, ICT for learning and Internet Governance, and he is the Founding President of LAPLIH (Libre Agence de Presse en Ligne d’Haiti) which promotes Freedom expression .He was Vice-Moderator in the @Youth IGF Programme 2017 of the Internet Society in the Online Training Phase. Sindy is President of Internet Society Haiti.

Katie Watson
Katie Watson is currently the CEO of Watson Wanders, a Youth@IGF Fellow, Policy Advisor at Internet Society and  worked at Public Knowledge. Katie was a Google Public Policy Fellow at New America’s Open Technology Institute and a Policy and Program Manager at Next Century Cities, where she assisted mayors with local broadband, digital inclusion, and civic tech initiatives.  
She received her B.A. from the University of Virginia, where she majored in both Foreign Affairs and Media Studies with a concentration in Media Policy and Ethics. Katie was born and raised in Richmond, Virginia and loves running, reading, and volunteering at Photo Star.


Rebecca Ryakitimbo

Rebecca Ryakitimbo is the Co-founder and chairperson of TechChix-Tanzania, an NGO promoting, mentoring and training women in STEM, a Youth@IGF Fellow, and a Programme officer at CASEC. She serves as ICANNWiki Swahili ambassador working towards creation of Internet Governance content in the local language of Swahili through hosting and facilitating internet governance workshop. 

She received her B.S.T (hons) in Electronics and communication from the University of Eastern Africa, Baraton. Rebecca was born and raised in Arusha, Tanzania and loves writing, reading, film-making, horse riding and attending  Arusha poetry club.


Joy Wathagi Ndungu
Joy is Vice President of Digital Grassroots. She is a leader in the Student Consortium for Human Rights Advocacy, a nonprofit youth organization in Kenya and is passionate about transforming society using positive human rights action. Wathagi majors in International Law at the University of Nairobi where she is undertaking a Bachelor of Laws (LL.B). She believes the internet is now an integral part of our economy and a necessity on many fronts. She is an Activist at Amnesty International and has over 5 years experience in youth leadership. Joy is a youth fellow at the Internet Society.


Uffa Modey

Uffa Modey is a goal oriented Nigerian with a passion for impacting positive change in her immediate environment and the world at large. She received her B.Eng degree in Electrical/Electronics Engineering from University Of Benin, Edo State, Nigeria. Uffa is an active member in numerous initiatives focused on bridging the gender gap in ICT and youth empowerment. As a 2016 and 2017 Internet Society Youth@IGF Fellow, Uffa developed a passion for Internet Governance and is currently driven to promoting advocacy in providing solutions for IG related issues on a global scale, with particular focus on IG issues relating to the multistakeholder model of IG, digital literacy and Internet access and connectivity.


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