Prof Attlee Munyaradzi Gamundani is a highly accomplished academic and researcher in the field of Computer Science and Cybersecurity. He is currently an Associate Professor at the Namibia University of Science and Technology and leads the Artificial Intelligence of Things (AIoT) & ICT4D Research cluster. Gamundani has also previously worked as an ICTD Fellow (Postdoc Researcher) at the United Nations University Institute in Macau, where he focused on AI governance and ethics in the health and education sectors. In addition to his teaching and research responsibilities, Gamundani is actively involved in community engagement initiatives, including the annual Namibia National Cyber Security Competition (NNCSC), which he co-founded and has been running since 2015. Gamundani has also received numerous awards for his teaching, presentation, and research and has been elevated to the Senior Member IEEE (SMIEEE) status.
Attlee Munyaradzi Gamundani, PhD (Prof A.M.G) is a lifelong learner, a student of life, a friend, a colleague, a caring parent, a loving husband, a team player and a problem solver. With his solution-oriented personality, he believes in lessons learnt rather than focusing on mistakes from the crucibles of life. Every moment in his life is an opportunity to unlearn, learn and relearn.
As an Associate Professor: Cyber Security in the Faculty of Computing and Informatics under the Cyber Security Department at Namibia University of Science and Technology his engagements involves Teaching (both undergraduate and postgraduate levels), Research (supervising Honours, Master and PhD Students, research grants application, administering and being a principal investigator for research projects in his specialisation), Mentoring (junior staff members, colleagues and students), Administration and Community engagement (creating awareness, serving in boards, delivering keynote addresses, consultancy services and serving in various community relevant roles as requested). He is the lead for the Artificial Intelligence of Things (AIoT) & ICT4D Research cluster.
As an ICTD Fellow (Postdoc Researcher) at United Nations University Institute in Macau. His work on AI Governance and Ethics was under the Sustainable Decision-Making Tech research project. He is driven by the passion to implement participatory AI Ethics and Governance in the Health and Education sectors. He was part of the organising team for the establishment of the AI Africa Expert Network in support of the UN Secretary General’s Roadmap for Digital Cooperation to enhance multi-stakeholder efforts on global AI cooperation.
Prof Gamundani is also serving as the country (Namibia) representative for Responsible AI Network-Africa (RAIN-Africa). On November 2020, he was appointed as an Advisory Board Member and Operations- Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) committee for the Pan African Information Communication Technology Association (PAICTA).
Attlee’s long CV consists of a list of his wide research publications featured in International Journals and International Conference proceedings in the field of Information Security covering IoT Security, Cloud Computing Security, ICT4D and Data Security. Prof A.M.G delivered keynote addresses on security issues at national and international forums as well as co-authored junior-level ICT Teacher’s Textbooks (Grade 4, 5, 6 and 7) in Namibia. He has received several awards in teaching, presentation and research throughout his career
He was elevated to the Senior Member IEEE (SMIEEE) status as a testimony of his wide contributions to the computer science domain. He is also a Check Point Certified Security Administrator (CCSA) and part of the initial team mandated to establish the CheckPoint Secure Academy in Namibia.
Among his main community engagement activities is the annual Namibia National Cyber Security Competition (NNCSC), which he is part of the co-founding team members and has been running yearly since 2015 to date. Prof Gamundani served as the NNCSC Chairperson in 2019 and is now serving on the same position since 2021. NNCSC is an initiative earmarked at raising cybersecurity awareness in an engaging and practical way. To date, he is serving as part of the Steering Committee for the Africa Region to International Cybersecurity Competition (AFRICC) which is an extension of the NNCSC grassroots. He is also a committee member for the International Cybersecurity Competition which successfully hosted its first competition series in Greece in June 2022.
Personal Motto: Its better to light the candle than to curse the darkness
Academic Service Roles
Prof. Attlee Munyaradzi Gamundani has held a number of influential service roles throughout his career. These have included serving on the Curriculum Committee and the Strategic Planning Committee at the Namibia University of Science and Technology (NUST), 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.
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.
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
Academic qualifications from Tertiary level and above
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
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.
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
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
Some of the awards received to date
Digital Forensics and Information Security Research Cluster – for exemplary display of the NUST values
Best PhD Presentation at the School of Computing and Informatics Research Day, Polytechnic of Namibia, 2015
Best Emerging researcher of the year in the Faculty of Computing and Informatics, NUST.
Awarded Research excellence award-Best School emerging researcher of the year 2015 in the School of Computing and Informatics, Polytechnic of Namibia, 2015.
Mid Career (Category B) Faculty Level 2016– Faculty of Computing and Informatics, NUST
Best Blended eLearning Course Award 2015 during the Polytechnic of Namibia Technology Day, Polytechnic of Namibia, 2015.
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