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 2016 Al Kags was awarded the Open Data Champion award by the Kenya ICT Authority.