Gertjan van Stam

Professional and academic with broad exposure within many contexts, cultures, communities and management systems. Global experience in cultures, technologies, engineering, social systems, and sustainable progress. Personal strengths include strong analytical and holistic, transdisciplinary conceptualization skills, linked with results focus and hands on action, sustained through collaboration. Strong developed interpersonal skills and broad networking experience. Lived in urban and rural areas, in Belgium, India, Netherlands, Swaziland, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

At present, Gertjan van Stam is Research Fellow at the Science and Industrial Technology Development Centre (SIRDC) in Zimbabwe, among other volunteering activities. He has been involved with strategic developments in ICT in Africa since 1987, holds an Doctor of Philosophy from Tilburg University (Humanities, Cultural Studies) and a Master of Technology (MTech, cum laude) from Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (RSA). Further, he presents and writes about African Cultural Heritage and filed his PhD thesis in Culture Studies for defense at Tilburg University (NL) in 2017.

In his research, Gertjan deploys ethnographic analysis on the displacement of technology and meaning making in an African place. Using African communities as extended case studies, he discusses the importance of studying the cognitive and epistemological connection between technology and culture in a holistic manner. Gertjan’s goal is to engender recognition of indigenous progress in disenfranshised communities and to identify and inspire local talent. He proposes conceptual frameworks that moves the discourse on technology and culture to a more nuanced continuum and inclusive narrative that celebrate diversity/pluralism in meaning making, knowledge production and dissemination. He disseminates his deductions in person and writings within local, national and international settings, with all community deposits freely available at this site http://www.vanstam.net/gertjan-van-stam

Communications: LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Google Scholar, Skype: gertjan_van_stam, Telephone: +263776638773, E-mail: gertjan [at] vanstam.net

Publications (authors are in alphabetical order):

Book Chapters

  1. Munyaradzi Mawere and Gertjan van Stam (2017). "Oratio: A Framing of Knowledge in the Context of Technology and Academia". In M. Mawere & T. R. Mubaya (Eds.), African Studies in the Academy. The Cornucopia of Theory, Praxis and Transformation in Africa? (pp. 251–264). Bamenda: Langaa RPCIG.
  2. Gertjan van Stam (2017). "The Coming-of-Age of Super-Colonialism". In M. Mawere & T. R. Mubaya (Eds.), African Studies in the Academy. The Cornucopia of Theory, Praxis and Transformation in Africa? (pp. 13–40). Bamenda: Langaa RPCIG.
  3. Mirjam van Reisen, Gerrima, Z., Ghilazghy, E., Kidane, S., Rijken, C., and Gertjan van Stam (forthcoming). "Tracing the Emergence of ICT-Enabled Human Trafficking for Ransom", in Handbook for Human Trafficking.
  4. Gertjan van Stam (2016). "Unveiling Orientalism in Foreign Narratives for Engineering for Development that Target Africa", in Munyaradzi Mawere (Ed.), Development Perspectives from the SOUTH. Troubling Metrics of [Under-]development in Africa. Bamenda: Langaa RPCIG, ISBN: 978-9956-764-97-6
  5. Munyaradzi Mawere and Gertjan van Stam (2016). "Pillage, Plunder and Migration in Africa: On the Expatriation of Riches and Remittances", in Munyaradzi Mawere (Ed.), Development Perspectives from the SOUTH. Troubling Metrics of [Under-]development in Africa. Bamenda: Langaa RPCIG, ISBN: 978-9956-764-97-6
  6. Munyaradzi Mawere and Gertjan van Stam (2016). "Ubuntu as Communal Love: Critical Reflections on the Sociology of Ubuntu and Communal Life in sub-Saharan Africa" In Munyaradzi Mawere & Ngonidzashe Marongwe (Eds.), 'Politics, Violence and Conflict Management in Africa: Envisioning Transformation, Peace and Unity in the Twenty-First Century', Langaa RPCIG, Bamenda, ISBN: 9789956763542
  7. Munyaradzi Mawere and Gertjan van Stam (2016). "African Engineering and the Quest for Sustainable Development: Levelling the Ground for all Players." In Munyaradzi Mawere & A. Nhemachena (Eds.), Theory, Knowledge, Development and Politics: What Role for the Academy in the Sustainability of Africa? Bamenda: Langaa RPCIG, ISBN: 9789956763641
  8. Munyaradzi Mawere,T. R. Mubaya, Mirjam van Reisen, and Gertjan van Stam (2016), "Maslow’s Theory of Human Motivation and its Deep Roots in Individualism: Interrogating Maslow’s Applicability in Africa", in Munyaradzi Mawere, A. Nhemachena (Eds.) 'Theory, Knowledge, Development and Politics: What Role for the Academy in the Sustainability of Africa?', Langaa RPCIG, Bamenda, ISBN: 9789956763641
  9. Munyaradzi Mawere and Gertjan van Stam (2015), "Paradigm Clash, Imperial Methodological Epistemologies and Development in Africa: Observations from rural Zimbabwe and Zambia", in Munyaradzi Mawere, T. Mwanaka (Eds.) 'Development, Governance, and Democracy: A Search for Sustainable Democracy and Development in Africa, Langaa RPCIG, Bamenda, ISBN 978-9956-763-00-9
  10. Gertjan van Stam (2014), "Ubuntu and Peace: Without a Mother, there is no Home" in M. van Reisen (Ed.) 'Women's Leadership in Peace-Building: Conflict, Community and Care', Africa Words Books, Trenton, NJ, ISBN: 978-1-59221-994-0
  11. Gertjan van Stam (2011), in J. Geelhoed and S. Samhoud (2011), Be Useful. Netherlands: Academic Service, ISBN: 978-90-52618-39-5
  12. Gertjan van Stam (2010), in S. Samhoud (2010), The World into Connection. Utrecht, Netherlands: &Samhoud

Papers

  1. Gertjan van Stam (2017). "An Introspective, Strategic Narrative on Living Research on Technology and Community in an African place", in Strategic Narratives of Technology and Africa, 1-2 Sep 2017, Funchal, Madeira. Peer-reviewed Conference Paper.
  2. Harry Fulgencio, Antony Otieno Ong’ayo, Janneke van Dijk, Mirjam van Reisen, and Gertjan van Stam (2016). "mMoney Remittances: Contributing to the Quality of Rural Health Care", in Africomm 2016, 6-7 Dec 2016, Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso. Peer-reviewed Conference Paper.
  3. David Johnson and Gertjan van Stam (2016). "The Shortcomings of Globalised Internet Technology in Southern Africa", in Africomm 2016, 6-7 Dec 2016, Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso. Peer-reviewed Conference Paper.
  4. Gertjan van Stam (2016). "Africa’s Non-inclusion in Defining Fifth Generation Mobile Networks", in Africomm 2016, 6-7 Dec 2016, Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso. Peer-reviewed Conference Paper.
  5. Joseph Bish, Simbarashe Bishi, Gertjan van Stam (2016). "ICT Training in Rural Zimbabwe: The Case of Murambinda Works" In 1st Institute of Lifelong Learning and Development Studies International Research Conference, Chinhoyi University of Technology, 2-5 August 2016, Chinhoyi, Zimbabwe. Peer-reviewed Conference Paper.
  6. Gertjan van Stam (2016), "Orientalism Embedded in Foreign Narratives of Technology of Development" in 1st Institutue of Lifelong Learning and Development Studies International Conference, Chinhoyi, Zimbabwe. Invited Conference Paper.
  7. Fred Gweme and Gertjan van Stam (2016), "The Potential for use of TV White Spaces for the Internet in Zimbabwe" in 1st Institute of Lifelong Learning and Development Studies International Conference, Chinhoyi, Zimbabwe. Peer-reviewed Conference Paper.
  8. Fred Gweme, Hasha Maringe, Luka Ngoyi, and Gertjan van Stam, "E-Waste in Zimbabwe and Zambia", in 1st Institute of Lifelong Learning and Development Studies International Conference, Chinhoyi, Zimbabwe. Peer-reviewed Conference Paper.
  9. Gertjan van Stam (2016), "An African View on Migration and an Alternative Understanding of Remittances" in GAIC, The Hague, the Netherlands. Invited Conference Paper.
  10. Gertjan van Stam (2014), “Experience in Research and Development in rural Zambia and Zimbabwe” in RAE Worshop-4 'Enriching Engineering Education’, Harare, Zimbabwe. Invited Conference Paper.
  11. Gertjan van Stam (2014), "Framing "ICT Access in Rural Africa" in 11th CIRN Conference, Prato, Italy. Peer-reviewed Conference Paper.
  12. Gertjan van Stam (2014), "Community-Enabled Networks: Macha Works and its Strategy for ICT Access in Rural Areas" in Participatory Networks Workshop at PDC 2014, Windhoek, Namibia. Invited Conference Paper.
  13. Darelle van Greunen and Gertjan van Stam (2014), “Review of an African Rural Internet Network and related Academic Interventions,” Journal of Community Informatics, vol. 10, no. 2. Peer-reviewed Journal Article.
  14. Gertjan van Stam (2014), “Thoughts on African Content and Implementation Strategies involved in ICT Access in (rural) Africa” in HSRC, Seminar Series, Pretoria, South Africa.
    Invited Conference Paper.
  15. Gertjan van Stam (2014), “Preparing the Next Generation of Teachers” in National Dialogue on ICT for Education for Sustainable Development, Juliasdale, Zimbabwe. Invited Conference Paper.
  16. Gertjan van Stam (2013), “African Engineering and Colonialistic Conditioning” in Fifth International Conference on e‐Infrastructure and e‐Services for Developing Countries (Africomm 2013), Blantyre, Malawi. Invited Conference Paper.
  17. Gertjan van Stam (2013), “Circumstances and Experiences concerning Education for Innovation” in Computer Society of Zimbabwe Summer School “ICT – Creating Africa’s Quantum Leap,” Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe. Invited Conference Paper.
  18. Daouda Ahmat, Tegawendé Bissyande, Jaques Klein, Yves Le Traon, Jonathan Ouoba, and Gertjan van Stam (2013), “Sustainable ICT4D in Africa: Where Do We Go From Here?” in Fifth International Conference on e‐Infrastructure and e‐Services for Developing Countries (Africomm 2013), Blantyre, Malawi. Peer-reviewed Conference Paper.
  19. David Johnson, Consider Mudenda, Lisa Parks, and Gertjan van Stam (2013), “Power Instability in Rural Zambia, Case Macha” in Fifth International IEEE EAI Conference on e‐Infrastructure and e‐Services for Developing Countries (Africomm 2013), Blantyre, Malawi. Peer-reviewed Conference Paper.
  20. Joseph Bishi, Attlee Gamundani, and Gertjan van Stam (2013), “Assessing the potential of eAgriculture in Zimbabwe” in Fifth International IEEE EAI Conference on e‐Infrastructure and e‐Services for Developing Countries (Africomm 2013), Blantyre, Malawi. Peer-reviewed Conference Paper.
  21. Gary Brooking, Gilford Hapanyengwi, Solomon Kembo, and Gertjan van Stam (2013), “Progressing Services in African Mobile Networks utilizing Big Data Research” in Fifth International IEEE EAI Conference on e‐Infrastructure and e‐Services for Developing Countries (Africomm 2013), Blantyre, Malawi. Peer-reviewed Conference Paper.
  22. Gertjan van Stam (2013), “Thought Leadership in e-Governance, e-Infrastructure, and e-Business in Africa” in Fifth International Conference on e‐Infrastructure and e‐Services for Developing Countries (Africomm 2013), Blantyre, Malawi. Peer-reviewed Conference Paper.
  23. K. Afari-Dekyi, E. Ansotinge, J. Antwi, L. Chifwaila, F. Fraser, A. C. Mason, P. Moyo, Consider Mudenda, C. Turner, G. Urquhart, J. M. Vallis, Gertjan van Stam, and A. Wales (2013), “Building capacity for remote, rural knowledge exchange: a global health collaboration” in NHSScotland Event, Glasgow, Scotland. Peer-reviewed Conference Paper.
  24. Gertjan van Stam (2013), “eLearning in Africa and the Opportunity for Innovative Credentialing” in Fifth International Conference on e‐Infrastructure and e‐Services for Developing Countries (Africomm 2013), Blantyre, Malawi. Peer-reviewed Conference Paper.
  25. Gertjan van Stam (2013), “Inclusive Community Engagement in Social Innovation, case Africa” in Fifth International Conference on e‐Infrastructure and e‐Services for Developing Countries (Africomm 2013), Blantyre, Malawi. Peer-reviewed Conference Paper.
  26. Gertjan van Stam (2013), “MOOCs, An Opportunity for African Influence in Western Civilisation?” in eLearning Africa, Windhoek, Namibia. Invited Conference Paper.
  27. Alec Malichi, Gerard van Oortmerssen, and Gertjan van Stam (2013), “A Novel Model for Academic, Transcultural, and Global ICT Education, employing the full potential of ICT,” in International Conference on ICT for Africa, Harare, Zimbabwe. Peer-reviewed Conference Paper.
  28. Astrid Kroczek, Fred Mweetwa, Gertjan van Stam  (2013), “Stakeholder Theory and ICT in rural Macha, Zambia” in International Conference on ICT for Africa, Harare, Zimbabwe. Peer-reviewed Conference Paper.
  29. Gertjan van Stam (2013), “Experience of Providing Wireless Access to Rural Communities” in Policy dialogue by the South African Department of Science and Technology and the European Union in partnership with the HSRC on ’Extending access and connectivity across rural communities in South Africa’, Pretoria, South Africa. Invited Conference Paper.
  30. Gertjan van Stam (2012), “Towards an Africanised Expression of ICT” in Fourth International IEEE EAI Conference on e‐Infrastructure and e‐Services for Developing Countries (Africomm 2012), Yaounde, Cameroon. Peer-reviewed Conference Paper.
  31. Consider Mudenda and Gertjan van Stam (2012), “ICT Training in Rural Zambia, the case of LinkNet Information Technology Academy” in Fourth International IEEE EAI Conference on e‐Infrastructure and e‐Services for Developing Countries (Africomm 2012), Yaounde, Cameroon. Peer-reviewed Conference Paper.
  32. Jacqueline Mpala and Gertjan van Stam (2012), “Open BTS, a GSM experiment in rural Zambia” in Fourth International IEEE EAI Conference on e‐Infrastructure and e‐Services for Developing Countries (Africomm 2012), Yaounde, Cameroon. Peer-reviewed Conference Paper.
  33. Gertjan van Stam (2012), “Is Technology the Solution to the World’s Major Social Challenges?” in IEEE Global Humanitarian Technology Conference, Seattle, WA, USA. Invited Conference Paper.
  34. Gertjan van Stam (2012), “Observations from rural Africa: An engineer involved in ICTs and critical ethnography in Macha, Zambia” in UCSB Center for Information Technology and Society Lecture Series, Santa Barbara, CA, USA. Invited Conference Paper.
  35. Elizabeth Belding, David Johnson, Lisa Parks, Veljko Pejovic, Gertjan van Stam, and Mariya Zheleva (2012), “The Bandwidth Divide: Obstacles to Efficient Broadband Adoption in Rural Sub-Saharan Africa,” International Journal Communications, vol. 6, pp. 2467–2491. Peer-reviewed Journal Article.
  36. David Johnson, Consider Mudenda, Veljko Pejovic, Austin Sinzala, Darelle van Greunen, and Gertjan van Stam (2012), “Constraints for Information and Communications Technologies implementation in rural Zambia” in Fourth International IEEE EAI Conference on e‐Infrastructure and e‐Services for Developing Countries (Africomm 2012), Yaounde, Cameroon. Peer-reviewed Conference Paper.
  37. Gertjan van Stam (2012), “Towards an IEEE Strategy in Social Innovation” in IEEE Global Humanitarian Technology Conference, Seattle, WA, USA. Peer-reviewed Conference Paper.
  38. K. Afari-Dekyi, E. Ansotinge, J. Antwi, L. Chifwaila, F. Fraser, A. C. Mason, P. Moyo, Consider Mudenda, C. Turner, G. Urquhart, J. M. Vallis, Gertjan van Stam, and A. Wales (2012), “Building Capacity for E-learning for Nurse Training in Zambia and Ghana: Appropriate Computer Technologies?” in Appropriate Healthcare Technologies for Developing Countries (AHT 2012), London, United Kingdom. Conference Paper.
  39. Gertjan van Stam (2012), “Oral Budgeting in rural Macha, Southern Province, Zambia,” Anthropological Notebooks, vol. 18, no. 3, p. 41 − 46. Peer-reviewed Journal Article.
  40. Jasper Bets, Gertjan van Stam, and Anne-Marie Voorhoeve (2012), “Modeling and Practise of Integral Development in rural Zambia. Case Macha” in Fourth International IEEE EAI Conference on e‐Infrastructure and e‐Services for Developing Countries (Africomm 2012), Yaounde, Cameroon. Peer-reviewed Conference Paper.
  41. Fred Mweetwa and Gertjan van Stam (2012), “Community Radio Provides Elderly a Platform to Have Their Voices Heard in rural Macha, Zambia,” Journal of Community Informatics, vol. 8, no. 1. Peer-reviewed Journal Article.
  42. Gertjan van Stam (2011), “Technology Retains Talent,” ICT-Update, vol. 62, pp. 4–6. Magazine Article.
  43. Elizabeth Belding, David Johnson, Veljko Pejovic, and Gertjan van Stam (2012), “VillageShare: Facilitating content generation and sharing in rural networks” in Second annual Symposium on Computing for Development (DEV 2012), Atlanta, GA, USA. Peer-reviewed Conference Paper.
  44. Elizabeth Belding, David Johnson, and Gertjan van Stam (2012), “Network traffic locality in a rural African village” in Proceedings of the Fifth International Conference on Information and Communication Technologies and Development, pp. 268–277, Atlanta, GA, USA. Peer-reviewed Conference Paper.
  45. Gertjan van Stam (2013), “Information and Knowledge Transfer in the rural community of Macha, Zambia,” Journal of Community Informatics, vol. 9, no. 1. Peer-reviewed Journal Article.
  46. Elizabeth Belding, David Johnson, Veljko Pejovic, and Gertjan van Stam (2011), “Traffic Characterization and Internet Usage in Rural Africa,” 20th international conference companion on World Wide Web, pp. 493-502. Peer-reviewed Conference Paper.
  47. Jonathan Backens, Gregory Mweemba, and Gertjan van Stam (2012), “A Rural Implementation of a 52 Node Mixed Wireless Mesh Network in Macha, Zambia” in E-Infrastructures and E-Services on Developing Countries (Africomm 2010), pp. 32–39, Maputo, Mozambique. Peer-reviewed Conference Paper.
  48. Kevin Sheneberger and Gertjan van Stam (2011), “Relatio: An Examination of the Relational Dimension of Resource Allocation,” Economics and Finance Review, vol. 1, no. 4, pp. 26 – 33. Peer-reviewed Journal Article.
  49. Kristin Shoemaker and Gertjan van Stam (2010), “ePiano, a case of music education via internet in rural Zambia” in WebScience10, Raleigh, NC, USA. Peer-reviewed Conference Paper.
  50. Gerard van Oortmerssen and Gertjan van Stam (2010), “Macha Works!” in WebScience10, Raleigh, NC, USA. Peer-reviewed Conference Paper.
  51. Kevin Almeroth, Elizabeth Belding, David Johnson, and Gertjan van Stam (2010), “Internet Usage and Performance Analysis of a Rural Wireless Network in Macha, Zambia” in 4th ACM Workshop on Networked Systems for Developing Regions, San Francisco, CA, USA. Peer-reviewed Conference Paper.
  52. S. Banda, M. Labib, Juul Schurgers, and Gertjan van Stam, (2009), “Opportunities and challenges of E-learning in Zambia: Experiences and Reflections,” Medical Journal of Zambia, vol. 36, no. 3, pp. 119–124. Peer-reviewed Journal Article.
  53. Karel Matthee, Gregory Mweemba, Adrian Pais, Marijn Rijken, and Gertjan van Stam (2007), “Bringing Internet connectivity to rural Zambia using a collaborative approach” in IEEE/ACM International Conference on Information and Communication Technologies and Development (ICTD2007), Bangalore, India. Peer-reviewed Conference Paper.

Books

  1. Gertjan van Stam (2017), Reflections: A Narrative A Narrative on Displacement of Technology and Meaning in an African Place. Tilburg: Tilburg University
  2. Tegawendé Bissyande and Gertjan van Stam, Eds. (2014), e-Infrastructure and e-Services for Developing Countries. London: Springer, ISBN: 978-3-319-08368-1
  3. Gertjan van Stam (2013), A Strategy to make ICT accessible in rural Zambia: A case study of Macha. Port Elizabeth, South Africa: Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU)
  4. Gertjan van Stam (2011), Placemark. Macha, Zambia: Gertjan van Stam, ISBN: 978-90-817939-0-2 (Kindle)

Working Papers, Abstracts and Briefing Notes

  1. Carlos Rey-Moreno, Josephine Miliza, Fred Mweetwa, Gertjan van Stam, David Johnson (2016): Community networks in the African context: opportunities and barriers. Nairobi, Kenya: AfriCHI (pp. 237–241)
  2. Gertjan van Stam (2013), "Terms of Endearment: sustainable ICT development," Human Sciences Research Council, Pretoria, South Africa: HSRC
  3. Gertjan van Stam (2013), “Positioning of IEEE to validate Blended Learning, and Case Africa,” IEEE Board of Directors Ad Hoc Committee for Humanitarian Activities, Seattle, WA, USA
  4. Gertjan van Stam (2013), “Towards Positioning Gateway in the Education Revolution,” Harare, Zimbabwe: Gateway
  5. Gertjan van Stam (2008), "Connecting rural Zambia", Lusaka, Zambia: CAZ
  6. Gertjan van Stam (2008), “An Inclusive World,” IEEE GOLDRush
  7. Gertjan van Stam (2006), "LinkNet Masterplan, Communications for rural Zambia" Macha, Zambia: LinkNet
  8. Gertjan van Stam (2006), “Non-Monetary Incentives for Human Resource Retention in the Health Sector,” Lusaka, Zambia: EU

Book Contributions

  1. Gertjan van Stam (2010), in Jasper Grosskurth (2010), Futures of Technology in Africa. The Hague, the Netherlands: Netherlands Study Centre for Technology Trends (STT), ISBN: 978-90-80961-30-2

Lectures, Webinars, and Keynotes

  1. Erasmus University Rotterdam, Minor Global Health lecture series, "Non-Western Culture," Rotterdam, Netherlands, 14 September 2016 (presentation)
  2. EAI International Conference for Research, Innovation and Development for Africa (ACRID 2017), "African Engineering Agency and the Informatisation of the World.The case of Big Data and Information and Communication Technologies", Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe, 20 June 2017 (keynote)
  3. Computer Society of Zimbabwe, "eHealth: Perspectives from Masvingo Province", Harare, Zimbabwe, 9 May 2017 (presentation)
  4. Université de Ouagadougou I, "Icônes de Super-Colonialisme", Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, 8 December 2016 (presentation)
  5. Hanze University, "Introduction to Cultural Diversity", Groningen, Netherlands, 5 October 2016
  6. Amsterdam University College, "Social/Political Rights, An African Toolkit",  Amsterdam, Netherlands, 14 September 2016
  7. Tilburg University, "Embodied and Disembodied Presence", Tilburg, Netherlands, 12 September 2016
  8. Erasmus University Rotterdam, Minor Global Health lecture series, "Cultural Diversity," Rotterdam, Netherlands, 8 September 2016
  9. Chinoyi University of Technology, 1st Institutue of Lifelong Learning and Development Studies International Conference, "Murambinda Works", Chinhoyi, Zimbabwe, 4 August 2016 (presentation)
  10. Chinoyi University of Technology, 1st Institutue of Lifelong Learning and Development Studies International Conference, "Orientalism Embedded in Foreign Narratives of Technology for Development", Chinhoyi, Zimbabwe, 2 August 2016 (keynote)
  11. IEEE PES Power Africa Conference, "African Engineers and the Quest for Sustainable Development: Levelling the Ground for all Players," Livingstone, Zambia, 1 July 2016 (keynote)
  12. University of Cape Town, "Towards an African Expression of ICT," through Skype in Cape Town, South Africa, 16 May 2016 (presentation)
  13. Leiden University, Advisers Research Group Globalisation, Ageing, Innovation and Care (GAIC), "Remittances and Health, African Reality Check," The Hague, Netherlands, 15 April 2016 (presentation)
  14. Carnegie Mellon University, Rwanda, "Paradigm Clash," Kigali, 9 November 2015 (presentation)
  15. Great Zimbabwe University, "Coloniality and the Big Five," Masvingo, 22-23 September 2015 (presentation)
  16. Erasmus University Rotterdam, Minor Global Health lecture series, "Cultural Diversity," Rotterdam, Netherlands, 10 September 2015 (presentation)
  17. Hospital Management Teams, Morgenster and Gutu Missions, "Contextual Strategy and Leadership, Africa's Big 5," Masvingo, Zimbabwe, 28 August 2015 (presentation)
  18. Ministry of Health and Child Welfare, "Health, ICT Enabled, case Brown Bag", Masvingo, Zimbabwe, 6 August 2015 (presentation)
  19. Philips Research, "Paradigm Clash," Eindhoven, the Netherlandsm, 23 June 2015 (presentation)
  20. University of Cape Town, "Paradigm Clash," Cape Town, South Africa, 26 February 2015 (presentation)
  21. University of the Western Cape, "Paradigm Clash," Bellville, South Africa, 25 February 2015 (presentation)
  22. Tilburg University, Advisers Research Group Globalisation, Ageing, Innovation and Care (GAIC), "Exchange in Health Care between Europe and Africa - a critical perspective from Southern Africa", Tilburg, Netherlands, 16 January 2015 (presentation)
  23. IEEE Head Quarters, IEEE Management Team, "Vision and Overview on IEEE and Africa", Piscataway NJ, USA, 6 January 2015 (presentation)
  24. Computer Society of Zimbabwe, Summerschool on IT-Governance: A Pillar for Development, "ZIMASSET and Opportunities for African ICT, What Shall We Be?", Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe, 14 November 2014 (presentation)
  25. University of Zimbabwe, RAE Workshop 4 on Enriching Engineering Education in Southern Africa, "Experience in Research and Development in (rural) Africa: Towards an African Expression of Technology", 6 November 2014, Harare, Zimbabwe (presentation)
  26. Amsterdam University Collage, Minor The Changing World of International Relations, "An Introduction to Imperialism & Rural African Experiences", 23 October 2014, Amsterdam, Netherlands (presentation)
  27. Amsterdam University College, Minor HR and International Law, "Social Innovation", 23 October 2014, Amsterdam, Netherlands (presentation)
  28. University of Zimbabwe, Department of Engineering, "Social Innovation in Zimbabwe," 16 September 2014, Harare, Zimbabwe (presentation)
  29. Erasmus University, Minor International Health & Tropical Medicine, "An introduction to Social Innovation in (rural) Africa," 26 August 2014, Rotterdam, Netherlands (presentation)
  30. Scientific and Industrial Research and Development Centre (SIRDC), "Information and Communication Technologies and Rural Development, Informatising Zimbabwe," 26 June 2014, Harare, Zimbabwe (prezi)
  31. University of Western Cape (UWC), Computer Science Dep., "Research, Context and Implementation," 17 April 2014, Cape Town, South Africa
  32. Human Sciences Research Council of South Africa (HSRC), "Thoughts on African content and implementation strategies involved in ICT access in (rural) Africa,", 25 March 2014, Pretoria, South Africa (paper)
  33. Medical and Health Expo - Digitalisation of Medical Industry Workshop, "ICT, Health Care and Big Data," 4 December 2013, Harare, Zimbabwe (presentation)
  34. Computer Society of Zimbabwe Summerschool 2013, “ICT Opportunities in Development. African Agriculture/Health/Social Services,” 15 November 2013, Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe (presentation)
  35. Computer Society of Zimbabwe Summerschool 2013, “Liberating Technologies, from Research to Progress,” 14 November 2013, Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe (presentation)
  36. Technology For Teaching And Learning Forum 2013, "African e-Learning, a Call for Exploring MOOCs and All," 17 October 2013, Sandton, South Africa (presentation)
  37. International Symposium on Infectious Diseases in Resource Limited Environments in Africa, "Lessons Learned from the African Culture: Global Impact?," 2 September 2013, Rotterdam, Netherlands (presentation)
  38. South African Department of Science and Technology and the European Union, "Experience of Providing Wireless Access to Rural Communities," 12 Feb 2013, Pretoria, South Africa (keynote)
  39. Association of Computer Teacher Zimbabwe (ACTZ), "The Unfolding Revolution in Education," 11 Feb 2013, Harare, Zimbabwe (keynote)
  40. Sri Muthukumaran Institute of Technology, "An Introduction to Social Innovation," 18 January 2013, Skype (to Chikkarayapuram, India) (presentation)
  41. Community Organisation Yaounde, "Sustainable Progress in Rural Africa," 16 Nov 2012, Yaounde, Cameroon (presentation)
  42. Africomm 2012, "Towards an Africanised expression of ICT," 12 Nov 2012, Yaounde, Cameroon (keynote)
  43. GHTC 2012, "Is Technology the Solution to the World’s Major Social Challenges?" 23 Oct 2012, Seatlle, WA, USA (keynote) (recording)
  44. UCSB Center for Information Technology and Society, "Observations from rural Africa: An engineer involved in ICTs and critical ethnography in Macha, Zambia, " 17 Oct 2012, Santa Barbara, CA, USA (paper)
  45. IEEE SIGHT, Webinar, "Need for Social Innovation," 2 July 2012, Webex (presentation)
  46. Grenzenloos II, "IT (in Healthcare) & African Culture: Best of Both Worlds?", 27 Jun 2012, Rotterdam, Netherlands (presentation)
  47. University of Tilburg, "Context and Culture affect ICT deployment, a case from rural Africa", 27 January 2012, Tilburg, Netherlands (presentation) (recording)
  48. IEEE International Conference on Pervasive Computing and Applications (ICPCA2011), 20-21 October 2011, Port Elizabeth, South Africa (keynote)
  49. IEEE Humanitarian Technology Webinar Series, "Internet Access in Rural Africa," 20 October 2011, WebEx (presentation) (recording)
  50. Google, Mountain View "Informatizing Africa, Mountain View, CA, USA (presentation)
  51. Erasmus University, Minor International Health & Tropical Medicine, "Introduction to Ubuntu Culture," 7 October 2011, Macha, Zambia (presentation)
  52. Erasmus University, Minor International Health & Tropical Medicine, "An Holistic Approach at Macha Works," 21 Sep 2011, Macha, Zambia (presentation)
  53. University of Zambia (UNZA), "Presentation Series: Evolving of the Internet," Jan-Mar 2011, Lusaka, Zambia (presentations)
  54. ITEC, "Providing infrastructure in rural Africa, and How Electricity is part of that!" 24 Apr 2010, Montoursville, PA, USA (presentation)
  55. International Association of Mission Aviation (IAMA 2010), 19-23 April 2010, Tucson, AZ, USA (presentation)
  56. ICT Delta, "Macha Works!," 19 Mar 2010, Skype (to Rotterdam, Netherlands)
  57. Commonwealth Telecommunications Organisation, "Investments in ICT transforms Rural Economy", 10 Dec 2009, London, United Kingdom (presentation)
  58. Africomm 2009, "Experience in ICT roll out in Rural Zambia, It is all about the Local Talent," 3 Dec 2009, Maputo, Mozambique (presentation)
  59. IEEE, Zambia Section, "Progress in African Rural Areas," 22 May 2009, Macha, Zambia (presentation)
  60. House of Chiefs, "A Vision for Sustainable Information and Communications Technology (ICT) in Rural Areas," 14 May 2009, Lusaka, Zambia (presentation)
  61. Brethren in Christ Church, "A Vision for Sustainable Progress in Rural Areas,", 21 Feb 2009, Macha, Zambia (presentation)
  62. Communications Authority of Zambia (CAZ), "A Vision for Rural Telecommunications Connectivity in Zambia," 18 Dec 2008, Lusaka, Zambia (presentation)
  63. Innovation Across Borders - Workshop: ICT as Catalysor for Social and Economical Development, "Rural Development with ICT as Key Enabler,' 3 Dec 2008, Rotterdam, Netherlands (presentation)
  64. University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB), "Have You Got What IT Takes @ Rural Africa?" 23 Oct 2008, Santa Barbara, CA, USA (presentation)
  65. IEEE Humanitarian Workshop, "Have You Got What IT Takes? Case: Village Turn Around in Rural Zambia with ICT as engine of change," 18 Oct 2008, Boston, CT, USA (presentation) (recording)
  66. CodeCamp LA, "ICT in African Rural Areas," 25 Oct 2008, Los Angeles, CA, USA (presentation)
  67. BarCamp LA, "Have You Got What IT Takes?" 25 Oct 2008, Santa Monica, CA, USA (presentation)

Posters

  1. Gertjan van Stam (2014), "Framing "ICT Access in Rural Africa"," in 11th CIRN Conference, Prato, Italy (paper) (presentation)
  2. Joseph Bishi, A. M. Gamundani, and Gertjan van Stam (2013), “Assessing the potential of eAgriculture in Zimbabwe,” in Fifth International IEEE EAI Conference on e‐Infrastructure and e‐Services for Developing Countries (Africomm 2013), Blantyre, Malawi (paper)
  3. K. Afari-Dekyi, E. Ansotinge, J. Antwi, L. Chifwaila, F. Fraser, A. C. Mason, P. Moyo, Consider Mudenda, C. Turner, G. Urquhart, J. M. Vallis, Gertjan van Stam, and A. Wales (2013), “Building capacity for remote, rural knowledge exchange: a global health collaboration” in NHSScotland Event, Glasgow, Scotland (paper)
  4. David Johnson, C. Mudenda, V. Pejovic, A. Sinzala, Darelle van Greunen, and Gertjan van Stam (2012), “Constraints for Information and Communications Technologies implementation in rural Zambia” in Fourth International IEEE EAI Conference on e‐Infrastructure and e‐Services for Developing Countries (Africomm 2012), Yaounde, Cameroon (paper)
  5. Gary Brooking, G. Hapanyengwi, S. H. Kembo, and Gertjan van Stam (2013), “Progressing Services in African Mobile Networks utilizing Big Data Research” in Fifth International IEEE EAI Conference on e‐Infrastructure and e‐Services for Developing Countries (Africomm 2013), Blantyre, Malawi (paper)
  6. Consider Mudenda and Gertjan van Stam (2012), “ICT Training in Rural Zambia, the case of LinkNet Information Technology Academy” in Fourth International IEEE EAI Conference on e‐Infrastructure and e‐Services for Developing Countries (Africomm 2012), Yaounde, Cameroon (paper)
  7. Jasper Bets, Gertjan van Stam, and A. Voorhoeve (2012), “Modeling and Practise of Integral Development in rural Zambia. Case Macha” in Fourth International IEEE EAI Conference on e‐Infrastructure and e‐Services for Developing Countries (Africomm 2012), Yaounde, Cameroon (paper)
  8. Elizabeth Belding, David Johnson, and Gertjan van Stam (2012), “Network traffic locality in a rural African village” in Fifth International Conference on Information and Communication Technologies and Development, Atlanta, GA, USA (paper)
  9. Kristin Shoemaker and Gertjan van Stam (2010), “ePiano, a case of music education via internet in rural Zambia” in WebScience10, Raleigh, NC, USA (paper)
  10. Gerard van Oortmerssen and Gertjan van Stam (2010), “Macha Works!,” in WebScience10, Raleigh, NC, USA (paper)

Forums

  1. African conference for Human Computer Interaction (AfriCHI), Panel ""Community Networks” in the African Context: Opportunities and Barriers", 24 and 25 November 2016, Nairobi, Kenya (position paper)
  2. African conference for Human Computer Interaction (AfriCHI), Panel "Decolonising technology design", 24 and 25 November 2016, Nairobi, Kenya
  3. Commonwealth Telecommmunications Organisation, Forum 2015, Panel "The Future of Local Infrastructure", 16 Sep 2015, Nairobi, Kenya,
  4. International Colloquium on Women's Leadership in Peace Building, 17-18 Oct 2014, Leiden, Netherlands
  5. 10th Forum on Telecom/ICT Regulation and Partnership in Africa (FTRA 2009), Panel "Best practices of Public private partnership in delivering Universal Service/access," 20 May 2009, Lusaka, Zambia
  6. 1st Euro-Africa Cooperation Forum on ICT Research, Roundtable Discussion "Public Private Partnerships (PPP) - Experience and lessons learned," 25 Mar 2009, Brussels, Belgium
  7. 1st Euro-Africa Cooperation Forum on ICT Research, Panel "Technology Roadblocks," 26 Mar 2009, Brussels, Belgium
  8. South by South West Interactive (SXSW 2014), Forum "The Next Steve Jobs may be from Africa," 7 Mar 2014, Austin, TX, USA (pictures)
  9. Global Humanitarian Technology Conference (GHTC 2012), Panel "Business Cases", 23 Oct 2012, Seattle, WA, USA

Media

  1. Kathy Pretz, (2015), "A Perspective on Africa: Community is Key". IEEE: The Institute
  2. Kathryn Cave (2013), "Africa: Why Can’t the West Approach IT Delivery Like Local HIV Treatment?". IDG Connect
  3. Kentaro Toyama (2011), “Why Macha Works Works”, ICT-Jester
  4. Oliver Hanschke (2010), "Gertjan van Stam @ ICT4D-Berlin 2010". Berlin, Germany: GTZ
  5. Tryengineering (2010), "Careers with Impact: van Stam". IEEE: IEEE-TV
  6. Susan Karlin (2009), “Gertjan van Stam: Macha’s Link to the World”. IEEE: The Institute
  7. Nederland Helpt (2007), "Helpende Hollander", EO (part1,2)
  8. Mark Wallet (2007), "Werken in de haarvaten van Africa," Reformatorisch Dagblad

Blogs and Columns

  1. 2014, "Sociale Gerechtigheid", Ubuntu Magazine, Woord en Daad
  2. http://edukator.nl/author/gertjan-van-stam/
  3. http://gertjanvanstam.blogspot.com/

Conferences

  1. Strategic Narratives of Technology and Africa, 1-2 September 2017, Fungal, Madeira (paper) (presentation)
  2. Zimbabwe Medical Association Scientific Congress and Health Expo, 16-20 August 2017, Harare, Zimbabwe (abstract submitted)
  3. EAI International Conference for Research, Innovation and Development for Africa (ACRID), 20-21 June 2017, Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe (keynote)
  4. Computer Society of Zimbabwe Harare Chapter function, 9 May 2017, Harare, Zimbabwe (presentation)
  5. Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) Jahresprogrammkonferenz 2017, 26 April 2017, Bern, Switzerland (presentation)
  6. Africomm, 6-8 December 2016, Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, (general co-chair) (paper 1, 2, 3), (presentation 1, 2, 3)
  7. African conference for Human Computer Interaction (AfriCHI), 21-25 November 2016, Nairobi, Kenya (co-chair proceedings) (briefing note) (forum 1, 2)
  8. Chinoyi University of Technology, 1st Institutue of Lifelong Learning and Development Studies International Conference, 2-5 August 2016, Chinoyi, Zimbabwe (keynote), (paper 1, 2), (presentation 1, 2)
  9. IEEE PES PowerAfrica Conference 2016, 28 June 28 - 2 July 2016, Livingstone, Zambia (keynote)
  10. Leiden University, Advisers Research Group Globalisation, Ageing, Innovation and Care (GAIC), 15 April 2016, The Hague, Netherlands (presentation) (paper)
  11. Commonwealth Telecommunications Organisation, Forum 2015, "A Strategy to make ICT accessible in rural Zambia", 14-16 September 2015, Nairobi, Kenya (presentation)
  12. Africon 2015, "Recognising African Achievements", 14-17 September 2015, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (presentation)
  13. Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI) Conference, "How Should Christian Schools Be Using The Internet", 2-4 September, Harare, Zimbabwe (presentation)
  14. Computer Society of Zimbabwe, Summerschool, 12-15 November 2014, Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe (presentation)
  15. University of Zimbabwe, RAE Workshop 4 on Enriching Engineering Education in Southern Africa, 6-7 November 2014, Harare, Zimbabwe (presentation)
  16. The Africa Works! Conference and International Colloquium on Women's Leadership in Peace Building, 16-17 October, Leiden, Netherlands (book chapter)
  17. 11th Prato CIRN Conference, 13-15 October, Prato, Italy (paper) (poster) (presentation)
  18. Participatory Networks Workshop at PDC 2014, 6 October, Windhoek, Namibia (paper)
  19. 8th International Workshop on HIV Treatment, Pathogenesis and Prevention Research in Resource-poor Settings (INTEREST 2014), 5 - 9 May 2014, Lusaka, Zambia [extempore]
  20. National Dialogue on ICT for Education for Sustainable Development (ICT4ESD), Juliasdale, Zimbabwe (paper)
  21. Medical and Health Expo, Digitalisation of Medical Industry Workshop, 4 December 2013, Harare, Zimbabwe (presentation)
  22. Fifth International Conference on e-Infrastructure and e-Services for Developing Countries (Africomm 2013), 25–27 November 2013, Blantyre, Malawi [general chair] (keynote) (paper 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7) (poster 1,2)
  23. Computer Society of Zimbabwe (2013), "ICT-Creating Africa's Quantum Leap", 14-15 Nov 2013, Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe (keynote) (paper) (presentation 1,2)
  24. Technology for Teaching and Learning Forum 2013, 17-18 October 2013, Sandton, South Africa (presentation)
  25. International Conference on ICT for Africa 2013 (ICT4Africa 2013), 20-23 Feb 2013, Harare, Zimbabwe (paper 1,2) (presentation 1,2)
  26. International Symposium on Infectious Diseases in Resource Limited Environments in Africa, 2 September 2013, Rotterdam, Netherlands (presentation)
  27. 8th International Conference on ICT for Development, Education & Training (eLearning Africa 2013), 25-28 May 2013, Windhoek, Namibia (paper)
  28. Aid & International Development Forum (AIDF 2013), 21-22 May 2013, Washington, DC, USA
  29. 4th International IEEE EAI Conference on e-Infrastructure and e-Services for Developing Countries (Africomm 2012), 12–14 November 2012, Yaounde, Cameroon (keynote) (paper 1,2) (poster 1,2)
  30. Global Humanitarian Technology Conference (GHTC 2012), 21-24 Oct 2012, Seattle, WA, USA (keynote) (recording) (paper) (forum)
  31. Conference at University of Edinburg, Edinburgh, Scotland
  32. Conference on health in Macha, Zambia
  33. 19th International AIDS Conference (AIDS 2012), 22-27 July 2012, Washington DC, USA [extempore]
  34. Grenzenloos II (2012), 27 Jun 2012, Rotterdam, Netherlands (presentation)
  35. 6th International Workshop on HIV Treatment, Pathogenesis and Prevention Research in Resource-Poor Settings (INTEREST 2012), 8-11 May 2012, Mombasa, Kenya [extempore]
  36. 5th International Conference on Information and Communication Technologies and Development (ICTD 2012), 12-15 Mar 2012, Atlanta, GA, USA (paper) (poster)
  37. 2nd ACM Symposium on Computing for Development (ACM DEV 2012), 11-12 Mar 2012, Atlanta, GA, USA (paper) (presentation)
  38. The Southern Africa Mathematical Sciences Association Conference (SAMSA 2011), 28 Nov- 2 Dec 2011, Livingstone, Zambia (abstract)
  39. IEEE International Conference on Pervasive Computing and Applications (ICPCA2011), 20-21 October 2011, Port Elizabeth, South Africa (key note)
  40. 6th International Conference on ICT for Development, Education & Training (eLearning Africa 2011), 25-27 May 2011, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
  41. 2nd International ICST Conference on e-Infrastructure and e-Services for Developing Countries (Africomm 2010), 25-26 November 2010, Cape Town, South Africa
  42. Conference on ICT for Rural Economic Development, 18-19 Nov 2010, Berlin, Germany (interview)
  43. 5th International Conference on ICT for Development, Education & Training (eLearning Africa 2010), 26-28 May 2010, Lusaka, Zambia (demo)
  44. International Association of Mission Aviation (IAMA 2010), 19-23 April 2010, Tucson, AZ, USA (presentation)
  45. Commonwealth Telecommunications Organisation, 10 Dec 2009, London, United Kingdom (presentation)
  46. 1st International ICST Conference on e-Infrastructure and e-Services for Developing Countries (Africomm 2009), 3-4 December 2009, Maputo, Mozambique (paper) (presentation)
  47. 10th Forum on Telecom/ICT Regulation and Partnership in Africa (FTRA 2009), 20-22 May 2009, Lusaka, Zambia (forum)
  48. Health Conference in Lusaka
  49. 1st Euro-Africa Cooperation Forum on ICT Research, 25-26 March 2009, Brussels, Belgium
  50. Innovation Across Borders, 3 Dec 2008, Rotterdam, Netherlands (presentation)
  51. IEEE Humanitarian Workshop, 18 Oct 2008, Boston, CT, USA (presentation)

Conference Program Committee

  1. Africomm 2016 (General Co-Chair)
  2. AfriCHI2016 (Proceedings Chair)
  3. IDIA2014
  4. ACCC2014
  5. Africomm 2013 (General Chair)

Education

  • External PhD Student (since 2013), Tilburg University, Netherlands
  • MTech (2014), Information Technology, Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU), Port Elizabeth, South Africa (dissertation)
  • BSc (1987), Electrical Engineering (telecommunications), Hogeschool Utrecht, locatie Hilversum, Netherlands

Residences

  • Zimbabwe (Harare since 2013 & Masvingo since 2015)
  • Zambia (Macha, 2003-2012)
  • Zimbabwe (Murambinda, 2000-2003)
  • India (Hydrabad, 3m, 2002)
  • Belgium (Brussels, 1993-1995)
  • Swaziland (Manzini, 7m, 1987)
  • Netherlands (1965-1993, 1995-2002)

Previous Vocations

  • Macha Works
  • Technical Director MIAM
  • PrivaCom
  • KPN

Affiliations

  • Research Fellow SIRDC
  • Research Fellow Macha Works
  • External PhD Student, Tilburg University
  • Senior Member IEEE
  • Member IEEE Board of Directors Ad Hoc Committee Africa
  • Member Research Group Globalisation, Ageing, Innovation and Care (GAIC)
  • Member Working Party ICT and Remittances

Related Publications


Biography

Gertjan lives in Zimbabwe. He has been involved with strategic developments in ICT in Africa since 1987. He is a Research Fellow at Zimbabwe's Science and Industrial Technology Development Centre. He holds an MTech (cum laude) from Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University and filed his PhD in Cultural Studies. His research is focused on the mechanism of engendering ICTs in (rural) Africa.
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