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 has also served as a member of the Global Open Data Working Group and the Global Open Data Initiative. He was a co-chair of the Kenya OGP Working Group and the chair of the Kenya Open Data Taskforce and the Kenya Open Government Initiative.
Al is feted as one of the Top 40 under 40 Men by Business Daily, a Mandela Washington Fellow (2014) and was recognised as a New Generation African Leader (2013). In 2016 Al Kags was awarded the Open Data Champion award by the Kenya ICT Authority.
is a consummate 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