[Owasp-leaders] [Owasp-community] OWASP Ghana!

Tobias tobias.gondrom at owasp.org
Thu Jul 24 17:48:23 UTC 2014

Hi Islam and Azeddine,

I fully appreciate that this is not easy and am sorry, that so far has
not taken off for MENA.
Laura and Fabio organised the LATAM tour very successfully the last few
years and we generated nice energy with that. We also had one Europe
tour last year.

But maybe there is one small misconception about the work:
just to manage expectations, for an "OWASP tour" in any region, most of
the work needs to be done by the local chapter teams, and we can try to
help get speakers around from within that region.
The global team can help on the coordination (and Fabio and myself as
board members will try our very best too as this is close to our heart)
but the real work needs to be done by the chapter teams (like getting
venues in your city, local sponsors, etc.). This works very well in
Latin America and worked in Europe and am sure it could work in MENA as

So, if for 2015, there is enough critical mass from chapters in MENA,
please coordinate among each other and send me a list of the interested
chapter leaders and I will try to get it into the budget and we make it

Usually we can arrange some funding to help the chapters fly in speakers
from within the region or not too far away. But we need to know in time,
so we can put this into the budget.

And if you like to create a regional chapters committee for that, that
would be a great idea, too. :-)

Best wishes, Tobias

Tobias Gondrom
OWASP Global Board Member
OWASP CISO Survey Project Lead
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On 23/07/14 23:54, Azeddine Islam Mennouchi wrote:
> +1 Azeddine
> I have suggested a MENA-Africa Tour so many times
> but I could not find the help that I need(specially sponsorship)
> I had a very hard time to find speakers in the Last event that I
> organized in May and it was harder to find the sponsors
> this is a very important issue to discuss African Chapters are really
> in need for a push (a committee for this problem maybe good)
> Regards Islam,
> On Thu, Jul 24, 2014 at 12:39 AM, Azzeddine Ramrami
> <azzeddine.ramrami at owasp.org <mailto:azzeddine.ramrami at owasp.org>> wrote:
>     Hi,
>     Sorry to be negative in my answer but first we need to get a clear
>     commitment from OWASP to help Africa Chapters.
>     After we can discuss to an Africa TOUR or any other events.
>     Actually for my chapter I asked to a sponsors to organize the
>     JMaghreb (Morocco Java User Group events) where OWASP Morocco will
>     manager the security track.
>     I sent emails to Directory Member without any answer from them. No
>     reply. I suppose for them Morocco Chapter is a negligible.
>     By the way. I agree with Africa Tour to promote Africa Chapter.
>     Thanks.
>     Azzeddine
>     On Wed, Jul 23, 2014 at 5:59 PM, Tobias <tobias.gondrom at owasp.org
>     <mailto:tobias.gondrom at owasp.org>> wrote:
>         Theo,
>         cool. To see whether a OWASP Africa-EMEA tour would be viable,
>         maybe check in with a couple of other chapter leaders in the
>         region.
>         In case you like to see more about what we did at the Latam
>         tour, here is the link:
>         https://www.owasp.org/index.php/LatamTour2014
>         It is definitely a great way of energising a region.
>         If you like it, please contact me or Laura back by September,
>         so we could plan for this in the upcoming budget for next year.
>         Kind regards, Tobias
>         On 23/07/14 12:06, Theo Sagoe wrote:
>>         Hello:
>>         Jim - Many thanks for posting the information about the
>>         event. Your Twi (Ghanaian Language) is excellent; wow welldone.
>>         Tobias - Your idea sounds great and I'll be delighted to work
>>         with the leaders in the various regions to schedule a tour
>>         going forward.
>>         I'm open to any questions and suggestions from the community.
>>         Kind Regards,
>>         Theo.
>>         On Tue, Jul 22, 2014 at 10:41 PM, Tobias
>>         <tobias.gondrom at owasp.org <mailto:tobias.gondrom at owasp.org>>
>>         wrote:
>>             This is great news!
>>             Amazing work by the Ghana team!
>>             Cheers, Tobias
>>             Ps.: Btw. small idea for next year: maybe Africa and
>>             Middle East like to do a joint "OWASP tour" like we did
>>             this year successfully in Latam and I currently help plan
>>             for Asia. Could be great opportunity to energise chapters
>>             around the region.
>>             On 22/07/14 01:05, Jim Manico wrote:
>>>             Maa chi, maa ha, maa jo, OWASP Community, eti sen?
>>>             The OWASP Ghana Cybersecurity Conference will take place
>>>             in Accra, Ghana this December for the second year in a
>>>             row! The event dates are December 10 - 11, 2014. It
>>>             amazes me that there are so many places on planet earth
>>>             where OWASP is active in some way.
>>>             If you are interested in speaking at this conference,
>>>             please contact Theo Sagoe at theodore.sagoe at owasp.org
>>>             <mailto:theodore.sagoe at owasp.org> or visit
>>>             https://www.owasp.org/index.php/Ghana#tab=About for more
>>>             information.
>>>             I was lucky enough to be one of the speakers at the
>>>             first OWASP Ghana conference in west Africa. It was
>>>             quite an amazing experience. It's rare where you get the
>>>             chance to attend a security conference in the morning
>>>             and do some seine beach fishing with a large team of
>>>             locals early that evening. They fish the whole ocean at
>>>             once, it was quite amazing. :)
>>>             I hope you consider attending or speaking! Talk to
>>>             theodore.sagoe at owasp.org
>>>             <mailto:theodore.sagoe at owasp.org> if interested.
>>>             Me daa si,
>>>             - Jim Manico
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>>         -- 
>>         Theo Sagoe
>>         OWASP Ghana
>>         Email: theodore.sagoe at owasp.org <mailto:theodore.sagoe at owasp.org>
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