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Tobias Eigen Techie with 20+ years experience working with nonprofits in Africa, Europe and North America


Address: 9670 NE Olympus Beach Road Bainbridge Island, WA 98110
Mobile: +1-206-375-7984


Techie with 20+ years experience working in Africa, Europe and North America. Persistent and adaptable problem-solver focused on technical, strategic and organizational solutions. Lifelong passion is to strengthen organizations working on meaningful social, political, economic and environmental issues by promoting and implementing effective use of technology.

Specialties: strategic planning, leadership, community management, project management, and training.


Kabissa - Space for Change in Africa
1999 - Present
Founder and Executive Director
  • Carry responsibility for governance, budgeting and strategy as well as managing volunteers and contractors.
  • Secured funding from range of donors including GIZ, Ford Foundation, Open Society Initiative for West Africa, OSI Information Program, Lonely Planet Foundation, and Yahoo Employee Foundation.
  • Transitioned organization into volunteer-run and stakeholder-supported networking platform after 10 years as nonprofit business providing online services and training (2010).
  • Managed development and launch of innovative online networking platform using open source software (2008).
  • Created and managed website hosting service tailored for African civil society organizations (until 2007).
  • Developed Time to Get Online training manual and used it to run ICT training workshops for civil society organizations in Nigeria, Kenya, Morocco and Ghana (until 2006).
  • Published leading African human rights e-mail newsletter Pambazuka News, in collaboration with Fahamu and SANGONeT (until 2001).
  • Founded nonprofit with mission to help African civil society organizations put information and communication technology to work for the benefit of their communities.
Nonprofit Technology Network
01 / 2013 - Present
Editorial Advisory Board for NTEN: Change (A Quarterly Journal for Nonprofit Leaders)

Contribute to brainstorming calls on timely tech topics to cover in upcoming editions and tech leaders to invite to author articles. Contribute articles on my own pet topics such as Open Data.

Stiftung Kinder-Hilfe
1999 - Present

Stiftung Kinder-Hilfe was founded in fall 1999 by Jutta Philippi Eigen and her mother Else Philippi with an investment of DM 500,000. The Foundation supports socially disadvantaged children in poor countries through small but discrete and effective investments.

05 / 2013 - 06 / 2013
Developer Community Manager, SocialCoding4Good

Set up SC4G website and connected volunteer developers with participating humanitarian open source software projects.

i-Scale - Innovations for Scaling Impact
2007 - 06 / 2009
Senior Steward

Developed and implemented IT strategy to meet requirements for team collaboration, e-conferencing, event management, community website, and constituency relationship management. Stewarded Communications Community of Practice for leading Global Action Networks. Organized workshops in Stockholm, Geneva and Bonn.
1999 - 2000
Assistant to the Director

Coordinated change process for transforming organization into international network of autonomous centers contributing to the global justice portal. Performed feasibility study in collaboration with the British Council for NigeriaNet, a proto Web 2.0 site for human rights community in Nigeria. Led NGO consultative forum in Lagos and introduced project to Lagos-based donors. Wrote successful funding proposals to European Commission and Ford Foundation.

International Alert
1999 - 1999

Set up resource center for journalists in the Press Union of Liberia and provided training on use of computers and Internet for reporting.

Organisation Mondiale Contre la Torture
1999 - 1999

Coordinated and monitored European Commission funded Internet capacity-building project for ten Nigerian human rights groups based in Lagos, Port Harcourt, Enugu, Abuja and Kaduna.

Volunteers in Technical Assistance
1998 - 1998

Assisted rural non-profit information center in Moramanga, Madagascar to develop a strategy for joining the Internet and utilizing it to serve the village community and environs.

UNESCO International Project on Technical and Vocational Education
1997 - 1998
Internet Specialist

Promoted the use of Internet to improve exchange of information and experiences in the international network of UNEVOC centers. Planned, launched and managed UNEVOC eForum mailing list which still thrives today. Developed and implemented strategy for publishing full-text documents on the web and CD-ROM.

Kabissa Communications
1993 - 1996
Founder, Owner, Consultant

Provided Internet strategy consulting for international organizations, including:

  • Transparency International: introduced international nonprofit to Internet through strategy consulting, website development, and training.
  • Afrovision TV News Exchange: assembled and tested turnkey e-mail systems in cooperation with the NY office of the Friedrich Ebert Foundation for each of the consortium's 13 bureaux.
  • Africare: regularly assembled and tested e-mail software on laptops and trained staff as they prepared to depart for missions throughout Africa.
West African Newsmedia and Development Center (WANAD)
1995 - 1995

Investigated viability of computer network for news agencies in West Africa and introduced Cotonou staff to the Internet.

USAID Famine Early Warning System Project (FEWS)
1991 - 1993
Network Administrator

Developed and maintained a private e-mail network for field offices in a dozen countries across the African Sahel region. Provided training and tech support for field officers.


University of Sussex
1996 - 1997
Master of Arts (M.A.) , Culture, Race and Difference
Georgetown University
1990 - 1994
Bachelor of Science (B.S.) , German and African Studies
International School of Kenya
1988 - 1990
International Baccalaureate (I.B.)


Certified Scrum Product Owner
02 / 2014
Scrum Alliance


  • English ( Native or bilingual proficiency )
  • German ( Native or bilingual proficiency )
  • French ( Professional working proficiency )
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