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Mike Jensen

ICT Consultant | South Africa

Mike Jensen is a South African independent ICT consultant, who has assisted in the establishment of Internet-based communication systems in more than 40 developing countries over the last 20 years, mainly in Africa. He provides advice to international development agencies, the private sector, NGOs and governments in the formulation, management and evaluation of their Internet and telecommunication projects, ranging from national ICT policy development to international fiber and rural wireless telecommunication feasibility studies.

Mr. Jensen sent his first email 30 years ago while studying for his Masters degree in rural planning and development in Canada. He subsequently returned to South Africa to work as a journalist on the leading national newspaper in Johannesburg, the Rand Daily Mail. When the paper closed in 1983, with little sign of improvement in the political situation in South Africa, he moved to Canada, and in 1987 he co-founded the country's national Internet service provider for NGOs, called coincidentally, The Web (web.ca). He returned to work on the development of the Internet in Africa in the early 1990's.

Mr. Jensen's clients include the World Bank, African Development Bank, the Internet Society, the UK Department for International Development, the UN World Food Program, UNESCO, the Canadian International Development Research Center (IDRC), and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. A member of the African Conference of Ministers' High Level Working Group, which developed the African Information Society Initiative (AISI) in 1996, Mr. Jensen's recent projects include strategic advice on cross-border fiber provision in Africa, and a case study of national broadband deployment in Brazil.