Shikoh Gitau

Dr. Gitau was born to a poor family, but had a talent for math, and was able to get funding to pursue her MSc in Computer Science, and later her PhD at the University of Capetown. While at UCT, she designed a simple but powerful mobile-phone based system called "Ummeli" to connect skilled workers from the …

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Rubayat Khan

Rubayat Khan is a serial social entrepreneur, development practitioner and data scientist from Bangladesh specialized in the innovative use of low-cost technologies to solve important global development challenges. Rubayat co-founded mPower Social Enterprises in 2008, an organization working at the cutting edge of ICT4D and M4D (Mobile for Development), and has in that capacity built …

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Regina Agyare

Regina Agyare is a young, dynamic, social entrepreneur who is finding new ways to harness technology to promote social change in West Africa. Agyare graduated from Ghana’s Ashesi University in 2005 as one of the top software developers in her class with a degree in Computer Science.  After graduation, Regina was hired by a prestigious …

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Jacques Sebisaho

Jacques Sebisaho, MD,  is from one of the remotest places in Africa:  Idjwi island in Lake Kivu between the Democratic Republic of Congo and Rwanda.  While neighboring countries have been beset by wars and violence Idjwi has remained a peaceful oasis, albeit one left behind by many development advances that have been made in better-known …

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The Age of the Internet Calls for Younger Leaders

Days before Algeria’s 82-year-old strongman president Abdelaziz Bouteflika was ousted from power, the country made one last ditch attempt to keep control: it shut down the internet. A few weeks later, 75-year-old Sudanese president Omar Hassan al-Bashir’s rule ended with a picture of mainly female protestors going viral on social media platforms. If there has been any common …

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