ICT Project Associate
John joined the Partnership for Higher Education in Africa in February 2008. He is responsible for overseeing ICT-related activities in the PHEA portfolio, currently including the transition of the Bandwidth Consortium to a new hosting entity and into a changing technical environment in which fiber optics will play an increasingly important role. John is also responsible for shepherding the Partnership's nascent eLearning program, which will focus on maximizing effective usage of electronic university infrastructure, through its early development process and into robust existence.
John has a B.A. in Political Science from Hampshire College and an M.A. in Science, Technology, and International Affairs from George Washington University. A Zend-Certified PHP Engineer, he also has a strong grounding in Internet technologies, with hands-on expertise in the languages and protocols behind today's database-driven Web. John spent twelve years with the Africa Program of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) International Directorate, where he was Senior Program Associate. In that capacity he organized numerous projects relating to ICT in the African context, including workshops and publications on electronic networking in Africa, African access to and representation in international journals and databases, and the potential of online conferencing tools to enhance scientific communities and research collaborations.
John is also a playwright and a recipient of the Artists Fellowship Award from the Massachusetts Cultural Council for his play, Dreams of Jimmy Bannon.