CTPH Founder and Director of ICT for Development
Lawrence Zikusoka is a CTPH Board Member and Wi-Fi Project Director for deployment of the first ever 802.11g telecentres with footprints in UNESCO World Heritage Site and Biosphere Reserve in Bwindi Impenetrable and Queen Elizabeth National Parks, enabling small enterprises, NGOs and eco-tourists to have local multimedia, broadband wireless and VoIP services in the Albertine Rift.
The pilot was funded by the World Bank, Uganda Communications Commission, WYSE Technology, and Uganda Telecom in 2004, and since then, UNIDO and Microsoft. The sustainable CTPH Telecentre model was nominated as a Finalist at the Stockholm Challenge Award, WSIS Best ICT Project in Africa, and featured on BBC’s “Go Digital” and CNN’s “Focus on the Internet.”
Lawrence has 10 years experience in international telecom, electronics and IT environments working in 8 countries namely, Kosovo, India, Congo, USA, France, Uganda, Madagascar and South Africa. Most recently, he was a special projects advisor on the Refugee Connectivity Pilot and program management consultant for Ericsson’s Market Unit sub-Saharan Africa in high-growth telecom markets.
Prior to co-founding CTPH, Mr. Zikusoka held various positions in strategic marketing, business development, turnkey GSM/3G network rollout, transmission and core network expansion, field operations and maintenance, regulatory and ICT policy development at Nortel’s Research Triangle Park, Simba Telecom, Zain, and the United Nations.
Mr. Zikusoka was awarded the 2006 Reuters Digital Vision Fellowship for technology social entrepreneurs at Stanford University in Palo Alto, California. Lawrence holds a Masters degree in Telecommunications from the State University of New York Institute of Technology and is actively pursuing Project Management Professional (PMP) certification.
Lawrence is married to Dr. Gladys, the CTPH Founder and CEO and has two sons, Ndhego and Tendo.