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Creating the Future of the Cyber World

Who We Are

Global CyberTech Exchange is a fully volunteer operation, where experts, teachers, community members, and students from around the world exchange technology and cyber knowledge and expertise to improve global security posture. We recognize the power of education and realize that by giving back to some of the world’s most marginalized or underprivileged we can create a better and more prosperous tomorrow.

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Meet Our Team

Benjamin Yankson, PhD

Founder/ Executive Director

Dr. Yankson, an assistant professor at the University at Albany in the College of Emergency Preparedness, Homeland Security and Cybersecurity (CEHC). His research focuses on Cybersecurity and Privacy.

He was born in Agona Swedru, a town of about 70,000 people in the Central Region of south Ghana. He left at age 17 in pursuit of higher education, briefly living with his father in Ontario, Canada, and then on his own, working odd-end jobs on his way to earning a bachelor’s degree in Information Technology at Ontario’s York University. He pursued graduate studies at the University of Ontario Institute of Technology, earning a master’s degree and eventually a Ph.D. in Computer Science.

Following a career in Canada’s healthcare and education IT industry, he worked as a full-time professor of Cybersecurity at Sheridan College in Ontario for four years. He joined UAlbany through CEHC in August 2019.

Yankson is very passionate about finding ways to contribute to technology development and cybersecurity training in Africa and believes this project will be instrumental in helping Ghana to become a cybersecurity and a tech hub in Africa. Yet, he quickly recognized that this project not only had the power to address digital gaps in Africa but could contribute to the technology development and cybersecurity training of people around the world, especially those in other developing countries or in marginalized communities.

Elisabeth Dubois, MBA

Co-Founder/Chief Executive Officer

Dubois, the Director of Marketing and Strategic Initiatives for The Global Child and a Ph.D. Candidate at the University at Albany in the College of Emergency Preparedness, Homeland Security and Cybersecurity (CEHC), was born in a small town in Northern Vermont, USA.

For years, she has been involved in charitable work both in the USA and abroad, which guided her educational and professional experiences. Upon graduating high school, she realized that her best chance of pursuing her philanthropic dreams was to go as far as she could with her own education, all while giving back to the community.

Using this philosophy and her interests in business, international development, and cybersecurity she received a B.S. in Digital Forensics in 2018, an MBA in 2020, and currently working towards a Ph.D. in Information Science.

Dubois is very passionate about working with developing countries and marginalized communities to promote education, gender equality, and STEM. She recognizes that this project not only has the power to address digital gaps in the communities served, but contributes to poverty reduction, economic growth, empowerment, and reductions in inequalities in technology and various sectors.