Prof. Attlee Munyaradzi Gamundani is a distinguished scholar and technologist, renowned for his expertise in Artificial Intelligence (AI), Internet of Things (IoT), and Cybersecurity. He currently serves as an Associate Professor of Cybersecurity and spearheads the pioneering Artificial Intelligence of Things (AIoT) and ICT for Development (ICT4D) Research Cluster.

His illustrious career includes a significant tenure as an ICT for Development (ICTD) Fellow at the United Nations University Institute in Macau. During this period, his research focused primarily on AI governance and ethics, particularly in the health and education sectors, contributing vital insights into the global discourse on AI.

Prof. Gamundani is also known for his dynamic involvement in community outreach and capacity-building initiatives. He is a co-founder and a driving force behind the Namibia National Cyber Security Competition (NNCSC), a key event he has been orchestrating since 2015, aiming to bolster cybersecurity skills among young professionals.

In recognition of his exceptional teaching prowess, compelling presentations, and groundbreaking research, Prof. Gamundani has received numerous accolades. His contributions to the field have earned him the prestigious elevation to the status of Senior Member of the IEEE (SMIEEE).

As an educator, researcher, and community leader, Prof. Gamundani continues to make significant contributions to the fields of Cybersecurity and AI, shaping the next generation of technologists and policy-makers.

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Prof. Attlee Munyaradzi Gamundani is a distinguished academic who embodies the spirit of a lifelong learner and a dedicated educator. Balancing his roles as a caring parent, loving husband, and solution-oriented problem solver, he firmly believes in learning from life's challenges and continuously evolving through experiences.


At the Namibia University of Science and Technology, Prof. Gamundani excels as an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Computing and Informatics, specialising in Cybersecurity. His responsibilities encompass teaching at undergraduate and postgraduate levels, supervising research for Honours, Master's, and PhD students, and leading significant research projects. He actively mentors junior staff, colleagues, and students and engages in various administrative and community-oriented roles. Notably, he leads the Artificial Intelligence of Things (AIoT) & ICT for Development (ICT4D) Research Cluster.


As an ICTD Fellow at the United Nations University Institute in Macau, he contributed to the Sustainable Decision-Making Tech research project, focusing on participatory AI Ethics and Governance in the Health and Education sectors. His efforts were instrumental in establishing the AI Africa Expert Network, aligning with the UN Secretary General’s Roadmap for Digital Cooperation.


Prof. Gamundani also serves as the Namibia representative for the Responsible AI Network-Africa (RAIN-Africa) and is an Advisory Board Member and Operations- Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) committee member for the Pan African Information Communication Technology Association (PAICTA).


His extensive research, featured in International Journals and Conference proceedings, spans Information Security, IoT Security, Cloud Computing Security, ICT4D, and Data Security. He is a prolific keynote speaker, an author of ICT textbooks for junior levels in Namibia, and a recipient of multiple awards in teaching, presentation, and research.


Elevated to Senior Member IEEE (SMIEEE) status, Prof Gamundani holds the Check Point Certified Security Administrator (CCSA) certification and pivotally established the CheckPoint Secure Academy in Namibia.


His critical community engagements are his co-founding and ongoing leadership in the Namibia National Cyber Security Competition (NNCSC) since 2015. He serves as Chairperson for NNCSC and a member of the Steering Committee for the Africa Region to International Cybersecurity Competition (AFRICC). He also serves on the committee for the International Cybersecurity Competition hosted in Greece in 2022 and the USA in 2023.

Personal Motto: "It is better to light a candle than to curse the darkness."

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Academic Service Roles

Prof. Attlee Munyaradzi Gamundani has held a number of influential service roles throughout his career. These have included serving as the Chairperson for the Digital Transformation Steering Committee for NUST (2023). Serving on the Curriculum Committee and the Strategic Planning Committee at NUST (2018-2019), serving as a Teaching and Learning Change Agent at NUST, being a member of the National CERT Committee, organising the Namibia National Cyber Security Competition (NNCSC) annually since 2015, serving as a representative for the Quality Assurance Department and the Communication Skills and Languages School at the Chinhoyi University of Technology, and serving as the Department Industrial Liaison Officer at the IT Department at the Chinhoyi University of Technology.

Curriculum Committee

January 2018 to June 2018 Curriculum Committee, Namibia University of Science and Technology, Cyber security curriculum review for the period, 2019 to 2021 period and mapping the department’s strategic objectives for the five year plan from 2019 to 2023.

Strategic Planning Committee

January 2018 to July 2018 Strategic Planning Committee, NUST, Windhoek, Namibia Appointed by the Vice Chancellor to be part of the Thematic Working Group on Teaching, Learning and Technology for the Institution’s five-year strategic plan from 2019 to 2023 (PSP-5 for NUST).

Teaching and Learning Change Agent

January 2015 to December 2019 Teaching and Learning Change Agent, NUST, Windhoek, Namibia Faculty Change Agent (Teaching and learning)- Namibia University of Science and Technology.


National CERT Committee

January 2015 to present National CERT Committee member, NUST, Windhoek, Namibia Reporting directing to the Ministry of ICT, been nominated to be part of the CERT Committee for Namibia representing NUST as a key stakeholder in the planning, benchmarking and implementation of the National CERT.


Namibia National Cybersecurity Competition

January 2015 to present Organised the First, Second, Third, Fourth ,Fifth, Sixth, Seventh Namibia National Cyber Security Competition (NNCSC 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020, 2022)

Quality Assurance Department Representative

January 2013 to December 2013 Quality Assurance Department Representative Faculty of Engineering representative, Chinhoyi University of Technology

Communication Skills and Languages School Representative

January 2012 to December 2013 Communication Skills and Languages School Representative Faculty representative, Chinhoyi University of Technology

Department Industry Liaison Officer

January 2012 to December 2013 Department Industrial Liaison Officer IT Department, Chinhoyi University of Technology

Qualifications

Academic qualifications from Tertiary level and above

2019

PhD in Computer Science

Namibia University of Science and Technology – 2016 to 2018

Research Topic : A Lightweight Authentication Architecture for Unsupervised Internet of Things (IoT) in Smart Home Applications

PhD Oral Defence Presentation 2018

Attlee M. Gamundani's PhD Thesis Defence

2017

PGCHE: Postgraduate Certificate in Higher Education

Namibia University of Science And Technology – 2016 to 2017

A qualification earmarked to equip one towards being a lecturer in the university environment covering aspects from :-

• Curriculum design and development,

• Technology integration ;

• Teaching and Learning Strategies.

2011

MSc in Computer Science

University of Zimbabwe – 2010 to 2011

Research Topic: A Cloud Computing Architecture for E-Learning Platform, Supporting Multimedia Content

• Design and Analysis of Algorithms

• Software Engineering

• Computer Architecture

• Computer Graphics

• Artificial Intelligence

• Distributed Systems

2006

BSc Honours in Information Systems

Midlands State University - 2003 to 2006

Courses completed during the honours studies:-

• Principles of Management

• Business Communication

• Introduction to Computers and Computer Applications

• Fundamentals of Computer Architecture

• Principles of Marketing

• Financial Accounting 1A

• Financial Accounting 1B

• Financial Accounting For Business 1A

• Financial Accounting For Business 2A

• Financial Accounting for Business 2B

• Quantitative Analysis of Business

• Business Law 1

• Simulation and Modelling

• Introduction to Programming

• Systems Analysis and Design

• Information Systems

• Small Business Management

• Business Programming

• Operating Systems

• Data Communications and Computer Networks

• Data Structures

• Software Engineering

• Models of Database and Database Design

• Advanced Programming

• Project 1

• The Internet

• Work Related Learning (1 Year)

• Object Oriented Programming 1

• Artificial Intelligence

• Decision Support Systems

• Management Information Systems

• Advanced Databases

• Computer Project

• Software Project Management

• Computer Security

• Object Oriented Programming II

• Computer Graphics

• Advanced Data Communications and Computer Networks

Awards

Some of the awards received to date

Team of the Year Award (TOYA) (2018)

Digital Forensics and Information Security Research Cluster – for exemplary display of the NUST values

Best PhD Presentation (2015)

Best PhD Presentation at the School of Computing and Informatics Research Day, Polytechnic of Namibia, 2015

Research Excellence Award (2016)

Best Emerging researcher of the year in the Faculty of Computing and Informatics, NUST.

Research Excellence Award (2015)

Awarded Research excellence award-Best School emerging researcher of the year 2015 in the School of Computing and Informatics, Polytechnic of Namibia, 2015.

Excellent Teaching Award (2016)

Mid Career (Category B) Faculty Level 2016– Faculty of Computing and Informatics, NUST 

Best Blended Elearning Course (2015)

Best Blended eLearning Course Award 2015 during the Polytechnic of Namibia Technology Day, Polytechnic of Namibia, 2015.

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