Nnake Nweke, PhD (Engr.), Esq.

President and CEO

Dr. Nweke is the founder of the Science and Technology Policy Center for Development (STPCD). He has over 15 years of experience in cybersecurity, telecommunications, radio frequency technologies, and systems engineering. Dr. Nweke previously served in an advisory role at the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) on the development and implementation of its cybersecurity strategy to strengthen the reliability, redundancy, and security of the Nation’s communications infrastructure. He has also held leadership and senior-level technical positions at several agencies and organizations, including the FCC, Department of Defense, Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory, and Corning, Inc.

Dr. Nweke currently serves as the chair of the Technology and Innovation Committee of the Washington Network Group, a networking organization of professionals dedicated to helping its members advance their business objectives by convening networking events and educational forums. From 2007 to 2012, Dr. Nweke served as the president and secretary of the Human Race Foundation, an organization that assists African communities with general welfare and educational needs.

Dr. Nweke is a published author of several technical peer-review papers, white papers, and magazine articles. He received a B.S. degree and an M.S. degree as a Sloan Scholar in Electrical Engineering from Michigan State University, a Ph.D. degree in Electrical Engineering from the Johns Hopkins University, and a J.D. degree as a Leadership Scholar from the University of Maryland School of Law.

Jason Levergood

Founding Board of Directors Member and Vice-President

Jason Levergood is the Vice President of the Science and Technology Policy Center for Development (STPCD), leveraging his professional international experience and global network. Jason has served on the Board for a number of international not-for-profit organizations and has brought this experience to the STPCD team.

On behalf of Grant Thornton International Global Industries, Jason is a Global Public Sector Director in support of member firms in 132 countries. Headquartered in Washington D.C., Jason is chiefly responsible for member firm public sector capacity building support and developing and implementing the public sector  global strategy. Technology is critical to global capacity building and one of Grant Thornton’s key global industries. Jason’s role also includes international marketing and member firm public relations and the development and implementation of internal infrastructure-strengthening projects as well  as assisting with the leadership of all aspects of business planning, business development and engagement management. Jason has also lead the development of a number of global thought leadership pieces employing Grant Thornton International member firms in as many as 100 countries.

Jason began his international career working for Chang’an University in Xi’an, China in 1992. He has worked on consulting projects for both private and public sector entities. He has authored manuals and designed and implemented training programs for end users on various IT systems.

Bill Stokes

Founding Board of Directors Member and Secretary

Bill Stokes is Chairman of the Washington Network Group (WNG), a Washington DC-based organization of senior-level executives in private sector companies, professional service firms, associations and nonprofit organizations, multilateral institutions, the Congress, government agencies, foreign embassies and the media. Additionally, Bill is an executive search consultant, who works with senior executives in operations, business development, government relations and communications roles across the private and nonprofit sectors. Earlier, he was Managing Partner of EndeavorConnect, a consulting group advising foreign firms entering the U.S. market and American companies going overseas.

Bill is a seasoned nonprofit professional, having served as Director of Development at the American Institute for Contemporary German Studies (AICGS) and Chief of Staff at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), in Washington, D.C. Additionally, He was Program Director at the National Council for International Trade Development (NCITD) and Program Director at the Washington Research Office of the Konrad Adenauer Foundation, a leading German political foundation. Bill has served on numerous boards including the George C. Marshall International Center, the World Affairs Council of Washington, D.C., the International Business Council of the Fairfax County Chamber of Commerce in Virginia, and the German American Business Association (GABA).

He pursued graduate studies in international business and economics at the Elliott School of International Affairs at The George Washington University. He holds an undergraduate degree in history and political science from the College of William & Mary in Virginia. He was also educated at the University of Trier in Germany, at Georgetown University, and at Phillips Exeter Academy.

Obi Akunwafor

Board of Directors Member and Treasurer

Obi Akunwafor is the Director of Counterparty Credit Risk Management at OppenheimerFunds. He is responsible for the identification, quantification and monitoring of counterparty credit exposure across OppenheimerFunds’ investment businesses and partners with the portfolio teams to deliver superior performance within appropriate risk parameters. In this capacity, Mr Akunwafor is responsible for the oversight of newly traded derivative and structured products, collateral management and supporting legal documentation. Mr Akunwafor also serves on the board of directors of Tremont Group Holdings, a hedge fund, funds-of-funds asset management holding company.

Prior to joining OppenheimerFunds in 2009, Mr. Akunwafor was a Senior Credit Officer at Goldman Sachs & Co, where he executed credit advisory mandates in the Industrials, Structured Finance, and Natural Resources & Chemical sectors and had credit risk management oversight responsibility for numerous traded derivatives and financial instruments.

Mr. Akunwafor holds a B.Sc. in Accounting from Bernard M. Baruch College

Danyetta Fleming Magana, CISSP

Advisory Board Member, Cybersecurity

Danyetta Fleming Magana is the President/CEO of Covenant Security Solutions, which she founded in 2003. Her goal is to push the envelope regarding how we think about our information and find new and innovative ways to secure our digital way of life.  Mrs. Magana is a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) a globally recognized certification in the information security arena. She has been published in the Defense Information Systems Agency IA Newsletter and interviewed as an expert on Federal News Radio’s “Mark Amtower Show.” In 2001, Ms. Magana received the Black Engineer of the Year Award for the “Most Promising Engineer in Government.”   She is an advisory board member for the Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association (AFCEA), International Technology Committee and the Howard University Information System Board.  She is also an advisory board member for the International Consortium of Minority Cyber Professionals (ICMCP) and most recently joined the advisory board of the Science and Technology Policy Center for Development (STPCD).  Mrs. Magana also serves as a Fellow with the Institute for Critical Infrastructure Technology (ICIT), a Washington DC based think tank that briefs Congress, Senate and the Senior Executives of the U.S.  Federal government on matters related to Cybersecurity and Critical Infrastructure. In addition, Mrs. Magana was a recipient of the Army’s Achievement Medal for Civilian Service. Her company was recognized by Diversity Business for 2014, 2012 and 2011 as one of the “Top 500 African American Owned Business’ in the US”. In addition her company was honored in the Inc. 5000, as one of America’s Fastest Growing Companies for 2014. Lastly, her company most recently was recognized by CIO Review Magazine as one of the “20 Most Promising Enterprise Security Companies in 2015″.  Mrs. Magana is a graduate of the University of Illinois Urbana Champaign with a B.S. in Engineering.

Paul Caiazzo

Advisory Board Member, Cybersecurity

As co-founder, CEO, and Chief Security Architect for TruShield Security Solutions, Paul is responsible for developing corporate strategy, executive leadership, and shaping the services and products TruShield offers to address the key cyber security needs of its clients.

He is a Distinguished Scholar graduate of George Mason University’s nationally-recognized Master of Science in Information Security and Assurance program, holds the CISSP, CISA, and CEH certifications, and has many years of experience solving complex cyber security challenges within a variety of spaces including the US Federal Government, and the Financial and Legal industries.  Additionally, for more than a decade, Paul has designed and led national-scale technology and cyber security programs in multiple countries throughout Africa, including Algeria, Kenya, Nigeria, Rwanda, Tanzania, and Zambia.

Paul is actively engaged in multiple US Federal Government working groups focused on cyber security and routinely consults with CIO’s, CISO’s and other senior leaders at large Federal agencies, financial institutions and Fortune 500 companies. Paul is responsible for architecting security operations centers around the globe as well as forging paths towards sustainable cyber security governance and the operationalization of strategies designed to both secure sensitive information and meet a variety of regulatory compliance mandates.