Justin Arenstein

He is an award-winning investigative journalist and digital strategist currently helping Google and the African Media Initiative strengthen Africa’s watchdog media by working with newsrooms to implement better forensic research and evidence-based reportage. This includes helping media adopt digital tools and data journalism strategies. Justin manages the $1m African News Innovation Challenge, is rolling out HacksHackers chapters across Africa, and supports newsroom-based experiments with citizen reporting, mobile news, and augmented reality platforms. Justin is a former Press Councillor in South Africa, and continues to serve on several media industry bodies and think tanks. His investigative reportage has helped put a senator, two legislature speakers and a provincial cabinet minister behind bars, and contributed to the ouster of two provincial premiers and several other cabinet ministers and state officials on charges ranging from child rape to corruption.

Friedrich Lindenberg

Friedrich Lindenberg is a news technologist with Code for Africa. He is also a coder and data journalist interested in how web technology can be utilised to create new narrative and investigative techniques. He was a 2013 Knight-Mozilla OpenNews Fellow at Spiegel Online. Previously, he contributed to various projects at the Open Knowledge Foundation, including OpenSpending, a platform that helps citizens across the world keep track of government finance.

Serah Rono

Serah Rono serves as Code for Africa’s Developer Advocate, championing its software solutions and also serving as community coordinator, based in Kenya, working with its technical pan-African projects/programmes. She has also served as a web developer in Code For Africa, building web applications at CitizenLab accelerators. Code for Africa (CfAfrica) is the continent’s largest open data initiative, using technology and data to help citizens shape their governments and hold those in power to account. CfAfrica currently has country-based programmes in Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, and South Africa.

Fahad Sultan

After graduating, with a degree in Computer Science, Fahad spent 2 years making mobile social games at Gameview Studios. He is now working towards a career at the cross-section of science, research and social service. At TPI, as part of the development team, he is responsible for bringing the scribblings and doodlings on the white board, to life. He is also the lead for TPI’s data project Statistaan.


Hamza Humayun

Hamza completed his undergraduate from the University of Waterloo in 2006 in Actuarial and Computer Science. After graduating, he worked for some years as an actuary in the US and Canada. He then joined Technology for the People Initiative because he believes that technology can be a transformative force in our lives and every effort should be made to extend its benefits to the government and those left behind by this revolution. At TPI he has worked on many projects including an extensive engagement with the Punjab police helping to help them set up their GIS analysis systems. He loves working with data of any sort. 

Rahma M Mian

Rahma Muhammad Mian is a Knight International Journalism Fellow in Pakistan where she is setting up data driven media projects and creating partnerships between the technology, journalism and open government communities.
She is a co organizer of Hacks/Hackers Pakistan which currently has chapters in Karachi and Islamabad.


Shaheryar Popalzai

Shaheryar is a journalist associated with the Jang and Geo media groups in Pakistan. He is also a co-organizer of Hacks/Hackers Pakistan which has chapters in Karachi and Islamabad. @spopalzai  


Mahim Maher

Mahim Maher is a writer and sub-editing trainer with The Express Tribune in Karachi where she currently covers urban growth and challenges. She was a member of its founding team and city editor for four years before branching out into the long form format, which tends to be map- and data-heavy. Prior to this she was city editor at Daily Times and she has worked at Dawn, The Friday Times and Herald as a sub-editor and reporter. She is a Daniel Pearl Fellow and a Jefferson Fellow and her academic background is in Math, Russian, German and English Literature. In addition to cities, she is also interested in the mapping, coverage and use of art to tackle stories of violence. She is not working on her first novel.

Waqar Saleem

He is a firm believer in the power of graphics to communicate information. His fascination started in his Commodore 64 days where he found it remarkable for a machine to merge mathematics, art and entertainment. Waqar Saleem went on to do a PhD in Computer Graphics from Max Planck Institut Informatik (Germany) where he developed new techniques to analyze 3D shapes and worked on innovative ways to build and query 3D shape repositories. That was followed by a post-doc in Visual Analytics at University of Jena (Germany) where he developed techniques to visualize machine learning methods. He is a founding faculty member in the Computer Science department at Habib University where he currently serves.

Aleem Bawany

Programming since the age of 13, Aleem​ Bawany​ worked at Microsoft’s MSN ​HQ for 4 years ​among various​ other​ tech startups in the iPhone and web services. He established The Express Tribune’s ​digital news portal and strategy, making it the fastest growing ​digital ​newspaper in Pakistan​ within a span of 1-3 years​. Subsequently, he went on to established Compunode, a digital publishing solutions company which​ has strategic partnerships in the EMEA region and​
notable​ local​ clients such Dawn whose traffic tripled​ in 1.5 years​ through Compunode’s proprietary publishing ​platform. He enjoys software architecture, usability​​ and strategy​.

Sohaib Jamali

He is the Research Editor at Business Recorder newspaper’s independent research wing – a department he co-founded in 2009. At BR Research, Sohaib has researched and supervised on matters related to socio-economic development, macroeconomics and corporate/industrial affairs. Sohaib also works as a freelance features writer for fdi Intelligence – a specialist division of the UK’s Financial Times group. Prior to 2009, he had worked for Geo English, Reuters and equities brokerage AKD Securities. He holds an MA in Philosophy, Politics, & Economics from the University of York (UK) after completing his MBA from Institute of Business Management (Pakistan). Sohaib is also a C.A. Intermediate from the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Pakistan. His main areas of interest revolve around politics and philosophy of development, broadly conceived.

Alia Chughtai

Alia is a graduate of the Maryland Institute College of Art. She started
her career as a designer, specializing in Urdu and Arabic typography and brand development at JWT MENA. In 2007, in return to Pakistan, she was part of the DawnNews TV launch and went on redesign dawn.com in 2013.

After many years of dabbling in broadcast design, she fused design with storytelling, to become a Visual Journalist at Al Jazeera English and focuses on long forms, mixed media narratives and infographics, where conversations and debates of typography and the crisis’ of the world are never ending. In addition to to that Alia has a small team at Pink Toad Studios to work on packaging, books, and environment design. She is currently working on her first design exhibit “Ophelia” which includes a mix medium of printmaking.



Guest Speakers:

Amna Iqbal

Amna Iqbal is a Visual Journalist. She heads the creative department at the Dawn group of newspapers.

Zahid Abdullah

Zahid heads the Transparency and Right to Information program of Centre for Peace and Development Initiatives (CPDI). He is also the coordinator for the Coalition of Right to Information (CRTI), a platform of over 30 civil society organization working towards the enactment of right to information laws in Pakistan.
Twitter: @XahidAbdullah

With Support From:

David Lemayian

David serves as Code for Africa’s lead technologist, managing a team of software developers and pilot CitizenLab accelerator, plus all shared “backbone” infrastructure. Code for Africa (CfAfrica) is the continent’s largest open data initiative, using technology and data to help citizens shape their governments and hold those in power to account. CfAfrica currently has country-based programmes in Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, and South Africa.

Our Mission

To boost analytical, evidence-based public discussion
by giving citizens, journalists and civil society
access to the data, digital tools, and computational skills
necessary for transforming our societies into digital democracies.