Names: Edmund Katiti
Profession: Telecommunication and Information Systems Engineer.
Current Position: Business Development Director (Africa), Global Electrocomm International, Inc.
Nationality: Ugandan
Physical Address: 3 Ground Floor, Africa House, 42 Kampala Road, PO Box 5950, Kampala, Uganda.
Telephone: +256.41.231.436/7/8
Facsimile: +256.41.231.439
Email: edmund [dot] Katiti [at] globalelectrocomm [dot] com OR ekatiti [at] yahoo [dot] com
UNIVERSITY EDUCATION
Sep. 74-June 78 South Bank Polytechnic, London, UK Awarded Upper Second Class B.Sc. Honours Degree in Electrical and Electronics Engineering.
Oct. 79-June 79 University of Essex, Colchester, UK. Awarded M.Sc. Degree in Telecommunications Systems Engineering.
Oct. 79-Mar 83 University of Essex, UK. Carried out Ph.D. research in “Picture Coding Techniques for Videotex and Facsimile” Awarded a Ph.D. in July 1984.
PROFESSIONAL ACHIEVEMENTS
1975/76 Won the William Beedie Esson Scholarship from the Institute of Electrical Engineers (IEE)
1976/77 Won the Undergraduate Scholarship from the IEE.
August 1981 Invented a Technique for Image Transform Coding with Offsets. Reported in Electronics Letters, Vol. 17 pp. 803 – 805
November 1981 Invented technique for improving computational efficiency of orthogonal transforms. Reported at the 1st International Conference on Electronic Image processing, York, UK July 1982
Aug. 81 – Oct. 82 Invented variety of Television special effects. See Ph.D. Thesis.
March 1983 Demonstrated that the Discrete Sine Transform is a more efficient Image Processor than the Discrete Cosine Transform. See Ph.D. Thesis.
1984 – 1986 Started the Institute of Computer Science, Makerere University.
1992 Started the first private television broadcasting station in Uganda.
Feb 2000 Lead Consultant for the Uganda National Task Force on formulation of an national ICT Policy.
WORKING EXPERIENCE
June ‘79 – Sep ‘79 Research Assistant at Muirhead Data Communications Ltd.
Oct. ‘79 – June ‘82 Teaching and Laboratory Assistant for postgraduate students of Telecommunications Engineering at the University of Essex.
Oct. ‘83 – Sep. ‘87 Head of Computer Centre and later Director Institute of Computer Science, Makerere University, Kampala, Uganda.
Oct. ‘87 – Sep. 88 Senior Technical Advisor to Ugandan Commercial Bank, on the World Bank Financed Computerisation Project.
Oct. ‘88 – Aug. ‘92 Managing Director of HiTech Computers and HiTech Telecoms.
Aug. ‘92-Oct. 94 Managing Director, CableSat International.
Nov. 1994 – Senior Lecturer, Institute of Computer Science, Makerere University.
June 1995 – Jan 2000 Chairman, National Standards Council; the governing body for the Uganda National Bureau of Standards (UNBS).
July 2000 – Business Development Director (Africa) of Global Electro-Comm International, Inc. (GECII), GECII is a Dallas-based IT/Telecom Consulting and Systems Integration Company, with many projects around the world.
SEMINARS/CONFERENCES ADDRESSED
Dec 81 Keynote speaker at Conference on Information & Technology for Africa, Africa Centre, London .
Jul 82 Presented a paper at the 1st International Conference on Electronic Image Processing, York, England.
Jun 86 Participated in Curriculum Development Workshop for Science Education in African Universities, Nairobi, Kenya.
Jun 91 Keynote Speaker at the 1st AITEC East Conference & Exhibition in Nairobi, Kenya.
May 94 Addressed CNN World Report Contributors’ Conference at CNN Centre, Atlanta. Later won ‘global fame’ during the globally televised international forum when President Clinton praised his question on Somalia and Rwanda as “…a very brilliant question. The question of the day …”
June 96 Presented paper on “Internet Growth in Africa” at African Communications Conference (AFCOM ’96) conference in Washington DC, USA.
Nov. ‘96 Participated in UNCTAD Brainstorming Session on “Development of Trade in Services form Developing Countries”, Geneva, Switzerland.
June ‘97 UNCTAD Resource Person, and presented a paper at Workshop on “Trade in Services”, Kampala, Uganda.
Aug. ‘98 Presented paper at the Second Africa Regional Workshop on Communications, Kampala, Uganda.
Apr. ’99 Presented paper during AITEC Uganda 1999, Kampala, Uganda.
Mar 2000 Presented paper on Role of Tele-Centres in Africa at the Second Africa Telecom Summit, Accra, Ghana.
PUBLICATIONS
Sept 1979 “More light on Fast Fax”, Electronic Times.
July 1981 “Microelectronics Technology for Africa”, Topical issues on Africa, Vol. 1, pp. 60 – 62.
August 1981 “New Fast Discrete Sine Transform with Offset”, Electronics Letters, Vol. 17, pp. 803 – 805.
December 1981 “Technology for Africa: How can Africa Help Themselves”, Proceedings of the 1st International Conference on Technology and Information for Africa, Africa Centre, London.
July 1982 “Improvements in the Quality of Pictures Reconstructed from a few Low Sequency DCT and DST Coefficients”, Proceedings of the 1st International Conference on Electronic Image Processing, York, England.
March 1983 “Picture Coding Techniques for Videotex and Facsimile”, Ph.D. Thesis, University of Essex.
August 1998 “Digital Multimedia Communications”, Proceedings of the Second African Regional Workshop on Communications, Kampala, Uganda.
Nov 1999 “Tele-Centres for Africa”, Proceedings of the ITU Conference on Rural Communications, Kampala, Uganda.
March 2000 “Tele-Centre Model: A Uganda Experience”, Proceedings of the Second Africa Telecom Summit, Accra, Ghana.

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