Jacques Bonjawo (born 30 December 1960, Yaoundé) is a software engineer, an author and a columnist in the application of technology to sustainable development. Jacques is most noted for his work at Microsoft in 1997–2006 as senior program manager for the MSN Group. His early career included also working at PricewaterhouseCoopers as IT manager and senior associate. He’s given a series of talks at various institutions, including Harvard University, the World Bank, and other international forums. His latest book “L’Afrique du XXIe Siècle” (Africa in the 21st Century) is in the list of the 5 best sellers at Karthala, a Paris-based publisher.
while at Microsoft, Mr. Bonjawo was tasked by the World Bank and then President James Wolfensohn to help launch the African Virtual University (AVU) , a major distance-learning education institution in Africa that would utilize satellite technology and the Internet to broadcast courses from all over the World to African students. He was elected chairman of board of Directors of the AVU in 2002.
- The Internet, a Chance for Africa – ISBN 2845862598
- L’Afrique du XXIe Siècle (Africa in the 20th Century)
- L’Afrique du XXIe Siècle – ISBN 2845866763
Jacques Bonjawo is a Senior Program Manager in the MSN.com division of Microsoft at its headquarters in Redmond, Washington. Prior to joining Microsoft in 1997, he worked as a senior associate/team lead with PricewaterhouseCoopers in Fairfax, Virginia and also with Coopers & Lybrand in Arlington, Virginia. He had previously been a software engineer with a few private companies.
A leading expert in ICTs, Mr. Bonjawo has been involved in major ICT and educational projects in Africa. He was elected Chairman of the Board of Directors of the African Virtual University (www.avu.org) in September 2002. Launched from the World Bank in 1997, the AVU is a Nairobi-based distance learning institution that seeks to educate Africans by using modern technologies such as the Internet and satellites. The AVU has provided courses to over 50,000 students throughout Africa, of which 40% are women.
Mr. Bonjawo is the author of several articles and has published two books on ICTs & Development about Africa with Karthala, a Paris-based publisher. He’s a permanent special guest of a show, �La Civilisation Digitale�, which focuses on his latest book and is broadcast on RFI, a French International Radio with over 44 million listeners worldwide. Mr. Bonjawo is also a regular columnist for �L�Essentiel des Relations Internationales� a leading French magazine as well as for the renowned African Geopolitics (www.african-geopolitics.org) magazine.
A frequent invited speaker to international gatherings, Mr. Bonjawo has been a panelist or featured speaker in many forums in Africa, America, Asia and Europe. As an expert on ICT for development issues, Mr. Bonjawo has provided advice to world leaders and decision makers. He frequently makes appearances on television and radio stations, including People TV, TV5, BBC, RFI, BFM and Africa No 1. He’s also been interviewed by the Associated Press (AP), the Agence France Presse (AFP) and Le Figaro daily newspaper, to name a few. Mr. Bonjawo has been a member of the National Press Club (Washington DC) since 1994.
Mr. Bonjawo holds an MBA in Finance from the George Washington University, Washington, DC and an engineering degree in Computer Science from ESIP in Paris, France. He lives in Seattle with his wife Jamie and their two children. During his spare time, he enjoys flying and running.