Hamzat Lawal, chief executive officer, Connected Development, has been named among the 100 most influential people in digital government.
The 2018 list was compiled by Apolitical, a global network that helps government and public servants find ideas, people and partners they need to solve the hardest challenges facing societies.
Commenting on the recognition, Lawal said he is excited to be included in the list, adding that he is dedicating the honour to Africans in rural communities hoping to enjoy the dividends of democracy.
“I’m humble to receive this news and recognition with so much excitements being named among the 100 World’s Most Influential People in Digital Government in 2018 by Apolitical, a global network for government, helping public servants find the ideas, people and partners they need to solve the hardest challenges facing our societies,” he said.
“I dedicate this honour to people all across Africa in rural communities hoping for better service deliver and to enjoy the dividend of democracy.
“I also, dedicate this to all our friends and partners in the civil society space, funders, media partners, supporters and my colleagues at Follow The Money International who are dedicated innovative young people leading campaigns to foster responsive governance that delivers on the aspiration of the people”.
Also included in the list are Audrey Tang, Malcolm Turnbull, Martha Lane Fox and Tim Berners-Lee.
According to Apolitical, the list was created based on nominations from hundreds of digital government experts from national governments, international organisations, academia and business communities.
The final selection was aided by additional research and expert review.