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The fellows of the fourth sprint introduce themselves

In response to our Call for Applications, we received an overwhelming number of outstanding applications. We are proud to announce and recognise our 25 participants, a mix of academics and practitioners from 14 African countries, across a wide range of disciplines and focus areas.

The Sprint is a collaborative, open environment during which participants are expected to work with peers and experts from around Africa and beyond to produce evidence-based reflections on the digital economy and its implications particularly for Africa. We are pleased to introduce our fellows cohort that will take part in the endeavour.

HIIG Reserach Sprint | FELLOWS

      Adio-Adet Dinika
Affiliation: University of Bremen, Germany
Area of Focus: Digitalisation, digital labour rights, digital economy
      Animata Kidiera
Affiliation: Gaston Berger University, Senegal
Area of focus: digital law, AI ethics
      Ayça Atabey
Affiliation: University of Edinburgh
Area of focus: data protection, information privacy, human rights
      Bendjedid Rachad Sanoussi
Affiliation: Internet Society/ KNUST
Area of focus: network & telecommunications engineering
      Valentina Golunova
Affiliation: Namibia University of Science and Technology
Area of focus: digital health applications
      Blaise Bayuo
Affiliation: Tony Blair Institute for Global Change
Area of focus: technology & financial access, health technology
      Bridget Boakye
Affiliation: Tony Blair Institute for Global Change
Area of focus: internet policy, AI ethics
      Emma Ruiters
Affiliation: Genesis Analytics
Area of focus: digital economy, ICT policy
      Fatih Obafemi
Affiliation: Future Proof Intelligence
Area of focus: technology law, blockchain, cryptocurrency
      Halefom Abraha
Affiliation: University of Malta
Area of focus: cross-border data & jurisdiction, internet governance
      Ibtissam Chafia
Affiliation: Mohammed 6 Polytechnic University/ OCP Group
Area of focus: data science, machine learning
      Jaquelene Mwangi
Affiliation: Harvard Law School
Area of focus: law, technology, innovation
      Julius Mboizi
Affiliation: Harvard Law School
Area of focus: technology policy & regulation
      Lydia Namugabo
Affiliation: University of South Africa
Area of focus: information systems
      Michael Asiedu
Affiliation: University of St. Gallen
Area of focus: digital censorship
      Ngwinui Azenui
Affiliation: Denison University
Area of focus: economics, structural change
      Oarabile Mudongo
Affiliation: Research ICT Africa; University of the Witwatersrand
Area of focus: AI surveillance, facial recognition
      Odilile Ayodele
Affiliation: Independent
Area of focus: International relations, digital transformation
      Olusesan Ayodele
Affiliation: Obademi Awolowo University
Area of focus: technology management, information engineering
      Peace Amuge
Affiliation: Women of Uganda Network
Area of focus: digital human rights, internet governance
      Peter Mmbando
Affiliation: Southern Africa Youth Forum
Area of focus: digital rights & inclusion
      Sadrag Shihomeka
Affiliation: University of Namibia
Area of focus:educational technologies, digital literacy
      Sylvia Mutua
Affiliation: Communication University of China
Area of focus: content governance, digital literacy
      Tarirayi Machiwenyika-Mukabeta
Affiliation: Bindura University of Science Education
Area of focus: educational technology, computer science
      Winnie Kamau
Affiliation: Talk Africa
Area of focus: data journalism, data visualisation

About the research project

The research sprint is part of the NoC research project “The Ethics of Digitalisation – From Principles to Practices”, which aims to develop viable answers to challenges at the intersection of ethics and digitalisation. Innovative formats facilitate interdisciplinary scientific work on application-, and practice oriented questions and achieve outputs of high social relevance and impact. The project promotes an active exchange between science, politics and society and thus contributes to a global dialogue on the ethics of digitalisation. 

Besides the HIIG, the main project partners are the Berkman Klein Center at Harvard University, the Digital Asia Hub, and the Leibniz Institute for Media Research I Hans-Bredow-Institut. 


The project is under the patronage of Federal President Frank-Walter Steinmeier and is funded by Stiftung Mercator.

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