Dot Org Director



Charles Musisi
DotOrg Foundation
51 Broad Street
Salem, MA 01970
  - BS, Electrial Engineering, Makerere University
- Inet98, Geneva, Switzerland
- Inet96, Montreal, Canada
- Inet95, Prague, Czech Republic
- Inet93, Stanford University, USA
- Regional Informatics Network for Africa (RINAF)

Snapshot of Relevant Experience

5 Years      Work Within Non-Profit/Non-Commercial Sector
6 Years      Policy Analysis and Development
5 Years      Business Operations
10 Years    Internet Industry Experience




Computer Frontiers, International
Kampala, Uganda

2000 – Present

Director of Computer Frontiers International, a company dedicated to increasing the use of and access to the Internet in Africa. Provided project management for a highly successful e-commerce project for selected small businesses in Uganda. Planned, developed and successfully launched a Call Centre in Uganda to provide e-commerce and customer service support to a regional and international clientele in African and the North American markets. Staffed, manage and operate a computer support Help Desk serving the East Africa region.

Served as the coordinator for Connect-Ed, a U.S. Government funded project to connect 4 Primary Teacher Colleges (PTC’s) in rural Uganda and to use telecommunications to improve learning environment. Provided systems design, integration and project management for a wireless Internet network at the Makerere University funded by the U.S. Government and the African Development Bank.

Internationally recognized as a leader in Internet technologies and solutions on the African continent. Invited to speak and serve on several international Internet, ICT and telecommunications committees, summits and workshops, including:

  • The Berkman Center for Internet & Society, a research program founded to explore cyberspace, share in its study, and help pioneer its development.
  • The African Computing & Telecommunications Summit (the continent's top gathering of IT users, suppliers, service providers, policy-makers and innovators);
  • Telecommunications Regulatory Association of Southern Africa workshop on e-commerce;
  • ICANN's Nomcom;
  • ICANN Administrative Committee(Adcom) of the ccTLD Constituency;
  • ICANN ccTLD registries (for managers of country-code top-level domains);
  • Commercial and business entities (representing the views and interests of those stakeholders who use the Internet to conduct their business or part of it);
  • gTLD registries;
  • ISP and connectivity providers (representing entities that are in the business of operating DNS nameservers as a service for third parties and that either operate an Internet backbone network based on TCP/IP or provide transit either to Internet users or to third parties' Internet content);
  • Non-Commercial Domain Name Holders (representing organizations (a) holding at least one domain name (b) that are incorporated as a non-commercial entity or, if not incorporated, that operate on a not-for-profit basis primarily for non-commercial purposes and (c) that are engaged in activities that are primarily non-commercial, including, e.g., political, educational, religious, charitable, scientific and artistic);
  • Registrars (representing ICANN-accredited registrars); and
  • Trademark, other intellectual property and anti-counterfeiting interests (representing the views and interests of users of intellectual property world-wide with particular emphasis on trademark, copyright, and related intellectual property rights).

Owner, Uganda OnLine (UOL) 1998 – 2000

Founded business firm – Uganda OnLine (UOL) that provides access to the Internet, designs Web Pages, conducts training and other Internet related activities. Served as consultant for various donor agencies (IDRC/WorldBank/ITC/UNTADD/UNDP and others) on information technology, telecommunications, and networking projects.

1991-1997: Network Manager
Electronic Network Service
Makerere University, Uganda

Pioneered electronic networking in Uganda. Worked as Node Manager for the International Development Research Center (IDRC)/ East & Southern Africa University Network- ESAnet node at Makerere University.
1991-1996 Systems Manager
SateLife’s HealthNet Node
Albert Cook Library – Mulago

Served as part-time Manager at SateLife’s HealthNet Node at the Albert Cook Library – Mulago. Established HealthNet in Uganda, an electronic network for Health professionals within a global network clled SateLife. Setup and operated HealthNet’s Earth Station at the Albert Cook Library - Mulago based on Low Earth Orbit Satellites(LEO) technology, with a PC based ground station and VHF/UHF radio, antenna and communication software.


1997– present Technical Help Desk Manager for East Africa. - USAID’s AfricaLink project for Over 200 researchers, and Uganda Manager for IDRC’s Unganisha Connectivity Project.
1997– present Ongoing Consultant on Connectivity, Information and Computer Applications for the World Bank’s WorldLinks for Development (WorLD) SchoolNet Initiative. Established and provides ongoing support for over 10 Secondary Schools on the use of e-mail and Internet.
1994–1997 Capacity Building for Electronic Communication in Africa (CABECA) Economic Commission for Africa – PADIS Project; Worked for variously, on short term, contracts for ECA/IDRC.
1994–1996 United Nations Environment Project (UNEP)’s Global Environment
Facility(GEF)/GreenHouse Gases(GHG) Project;
1994–1995 International Trade Centre (ITC): Served on two-person team as National Consultant on Trade Information Services for Uganda, a Uganda Exports Promotions Council Project to setup a Trade Information network.
1991–1996 Served as key technical consultant for several workshops on electronic communication within UNESCO’s Intergovernmental Informatics Program --IIP in Uganda.


English – Fluent
Luganda and Swahili – Fluent
French -- Working Knowledge