Michael Gurstein - Executive Director

Dr. Michael Gurstein - Executive Director

Dr. Gurstein is currently Executive Director of the Centre for Community Informatics Research, Development and Training (Vancouver BC and Cape Town, South Africa). Canadian, he completed a B.A. at the University of Saskatchewan and a Ph.D. in Sociology at the University of Cambridge. From 1995 to 1999 Dr. Gurstein was the NSERC/SSHRC Associate Chair in the Management of Technological Change at the University College of Cape Breton, where he pioneered in the development of sustainable community-based technology applications. His edited book "Community Informatics: Enabling Communities with Information and Communications Technologies: (Idea Group, 2000) provided a focal point for the development of "Community Informatics"" as the discipline concerned with enabling communities with Information and Communications Technologies. He is currently on the Steering Committee of the Global Telecentre Alliance, and on the High Level Panel of Advisors of the United Nation's Global Alliance for ICT for Development. He is the Editor in Chief of the Journal of Community Informatics and Foundation Chair of the Community Informatics Research Network. He has consulted to the governments of Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Malaysia, Nepal, South Africa and Jordan and to the Ford Founation, the UN Development Program, and the European Union among others. His most recent book is "What is Community Informatics (and Why Does It Matter)?", Polimetrica, Milan (2007)


Dr. Andy Bytheway - Senior Research Associate

Professor Andy Bytheway moved to South Africa in 1998, to take up the "Old Mutual Chair in Information Systems" at the University of the Western Cape. In 2004 he moved to the Cape Technikon (now the Cape Peninsula University of Technology) to assist with the development of research activities there - in particular, research concerning community informatics. He continues to supervise postgraduate research into a range of information technology related topics, and consults with South African business and public sector organisations.

Previous to his move to South Africa, he worked in the United Kingdom as a Research Fellow at the Cranfield School of Management, and in the senior management team of a large, innovative UK software and services organisation.

He has published almost 100 practitioner and academic papers and reports, and he has written three books. Most recently he has produced a new text on information management (the "Information Management Body of Knowledge"), freely available at www.imbok.org. This text has been adopted as a standard course text by a number of South African, European and North American universities.

He has led software engineering standardisation work in the UK (for the British Standards Institute) and internationally (for a joint ISO/IEC technical committee), and he has acted as Head of the UK delegation to international standards meetings.

He was nominated "IT person of the Year, 2003" by the Western Cape Chapter of the Computer Society of South Africa, and "Fellow of the Institute for the Management of Information Systems" by the IMIS in the UK.

Rean van der Merwe - Technical and Research Associate