Al Kags is the founder of the Open Institute, an organisation based in Nairobi, Kenya that works with governments and civil society organisations to promote Open Government and Citizen Participation. Primarily, Al works across sub-saharan Africa but contributes to global open government movements. He is currently also a member of the Global Open Data Working Group and the Global Open Data Initiative. He is a co-chair of the Kenya OGP Working Group and was the chair of the Kenya Open Data Taskforce and the Kenya Open Government Initiative.
Al is a Mandela Washington Fellow (2014) and was recognised as a New Generation African Leader (2013).
in Kenya, Al has worked with the government to develop and implement ICT Policy for the country and has worked with the government at the Kenya ICT Board. During this time he was responsible for the Kenya Content development strategy (Tandaa) and the citizen access programmes.
Al is a consumate serial entrepreneur having started and grown several businesses including MClabs and The Goode Group. He is a writer, having published a book called Living Memories and also blogs on alkags.me