The National Transport and Safety Authority’s (NTSA) Head of ICT Director, Dr Fernando Wangila is dead.
His news of his death has been reported by CIO East Africa and the permanent secretary for ICT & Innovation, Mr Jerome Ochieng eulogized him on Twitter.
Dr Wangila joined the NTSA 6 years ago as the Senior Deputy Director, Head of Information & Communications Technology Research & Innovation. His work involved managing tech operations in the government body across 47 counties.
He held a Ph.D in Business Innovation and Technology Management and a Masters degree in ICT Policy and Regulation from Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT). Before working in the NTSA, he was the Head of Information & Communications Technology at Independent Policing Authority Oversight (IPOA) and was the Manager for ICT operations at Coffee Development Fund and Regional ICT manager for Flamingo Holdings.
His work in digital transformation through NTSA made him win become CIO of the year Award Winner in 2017. His win was thanks to NTSA’s constant efforts in digitally transforming the transport industry in Kenya, especially the implementation of the Transport Information Management System (TIMS).
We were fortunate to interview him 3 years ago where he talked about the Transport Integrated Management System (TIMS) and the eventual deployment of the smart drivers licence, which are all operated by the NTSA.