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Poncelet Ileleji



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Personal Statement

Poncelet Ileleji, is a computer Scientist by Profession with 18 years in the field, for the last 14 years he has been involved with the use of ICT as a tool for sustainable development both as a lecturer, program manager, researcher and consultant for the Gambia YMCAs, where he his the coordinator of the computer training centre and digital studio, he is seasoned youth programs coordinator and has coordinated youth camps in the Gambia since 1998, and also while working for the International YMCA of New York, International Camp Counsellor Program, where he served as an international coordinator, coordinating young camp counsellors from Europe coming to work in YMCA and Non YMCA camps in the United States. His passion is about getting young people to empower themselves and making sure youths can use existing technology and harness the potential of their environment to create opportunities for themselves. Poncelet served also as the country coordinator for the World Links program in the Gambia ( during the program lifecycle funded by the World Bank from (2001 to 2005) where he trained over 1000 teachers and 5000 students with a core team of trainers, Poncelet also coordinates Global Teenage Project that was funded by the IICD in the Gambia getting schools to be involved in ICT collaborative projects. He is also the volunteer coordinator of Environmental Online in the Gambia known commonly as the ENO Programme, where he encourages youths in schools to plant trees to improve their environment and sustain it. He His Member of the British Computer Society, ( and also Mirandanet ( He is a founding member of the Information Technology Association of the Gambia and was elected president of the Association in March 2010 ( and served as President till April 2014, a member of International society for Technology in Education (ISTE) ( and is the national expert of the World Summit Award expert panel for the Gambia Poncelet has also presented several presentations and papers, on ICT and sustainable development, notably, The Internet and Africa from a sub Saharan perspective – Paper presentation at the Association For The Advancement Of Computing In Education (AACE) in Orlando , Florida – Nov 2001 and the Communication as a Catalyst for Development, The Gambia, World Congress on Communication fort Development, October 2006 in Rome. He also has a post graduate in Health Informatics from the University of Plymouth, and he has being involved with the West African Internet Governance Forum as national resource person for the Gambia, and has undergone the various Diplo foundation including the Foundation, Advance and Training Tutor program, he is a member of the diplo Internet Governance community and keen follower of Internet governance issues including ICT for development programs geared towards sustainable development He manages the Gambian chapter of the West African Internet Governance Forum ( as national resource person and is very active within the IGF community. Also served on the board of the Africa ICT Alliance ( and his very active within the ICT for D community taken part in the various international ICT for D conferences and a regular contributor on OER initiatives Poncelet also serves as an executive committee member as secretary of the Internet Corporation of Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) Not for Profit Operational Constituency ( and has been recently appointed into the ICANN Meeting Strategic Working Group, Educated in Nigeria, United Kingdom and the US. A keen reader, writer and sports enthusiast. A big fan and life supporter of Manchester United football club. Favourite Quote: - Dealing With Change "It is not the strongest of the species that survive, nor the most intelligent. But those most responsive to change". Charles Darwin" Poncelet O. Ileleji

ICT Interests

My experiences include training teachers on use of ICT in the classroom, under the world Links program in the Gambia, where am the country coordinator. I have also conducted principal's workshop on ICT usage in schools, carried out an e learning project for 100 teachers in the Gambia and coordinated use of HP Ipaq's for data collection under an EFA project. My focus within the last 5 years has been based on Internet Governance and ICT for Development.  Our centre is also a partner with A4AI alliance the alliance for affordable Internet.

A new vibrant after school program geared towards getting young people to use ICT as a pedagogical tool is now in place  we ran a collaborative project with the Web We Want Foundation.



¨ YMCA and the Environment – YMCA World Magazine – 1998

¨ The Internet and developing countries – Radio Interview on Radio Extrem Finland August 2000

¨ Using Information Technology to break the great digital divide between the West and Developing Countries focus on Women in IT using the YMCAs of Gambia Computer Training Centre – Presentation voices of change conference Homerton College – Sept 2000

¨ A National and Regional Asset – The Gambia YMCAs Computer Training Centre - (Sept 2003, YMCA World Publication

¨ ICT and Gender Training Report For World Links – 2002 and 2003

¨ The Internet and Africa from a sub Saharan perspective – Paper presentation at the Association For The Advancement Of Computing In Education (AACE) in Orlando , Florida – 2001

¨ World Links Coordinators country Coordinators, Conferences, Washington DC, 2001,2002 and 2003

¨ ICT Assessment survey for the University of the Gambia (UOTG) – October 2005

¨ Participated in the World Congress on Communication for Development (WCCD) in Rome October – 2006

¨ Global Teenage Project Coordinators Conferences, Cairo, Egypt – September 2005

¨ SIDA, Sweden funded conference on Internship programs NGO’s partnering Swedish NGO’s , June 2006, Nairobi

¨ World Congress on Communication For Development Conference, FAO Headquarters, October 2006 Rome, Italy.

Lead trainer for local journalist   on using the Internet as a tool for research funded by UNESCO Office in the Gambia, September 2007

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