I am a doctoral candidate in the Anthropology Department at the University of California, Irvine with expected completion in August 2021. I study data practices and infrastructures of research groups working in and on Nairobi, Kenya in order to explore broader questions of equity, knowledge production and socio-economic development in Africa. I am interested in shifting notions of ethical scientific responsibility to “open up” knowledge held in tandem with considerations of data protection and privacy. I am a recipient of a Wenner-Gren fieldwork grant, a Graduate Research Fellowship from the National Science Foundation and a 2018 UC Berkeley Center for Technology, Society and Policy Fellowship.
From 2010-2015 in my previous positions leading research at iHub, Nairobi’s innovation hub for the tech community, I provided strategic guidance for growth of tech research in the region and managed a team of twenty people to surface information useful for the technology ecosystem. At iHub Research, I also directed the pioneering Umati project, monitoring dangerous speech online in Kenya; documented mobile usage patterns at the Kenyan base of the pyramid; and developed a framework to test the viability of crowdsourcing during elections.
I was a Network Coordinator for the IDRC and DFID-funded Open and Collaborative Science in Development Network (OCSDNet) (2014 – 2018) and co-editor for open-access book Contextualizing Openness (2019), published by the University of Ottawa Press.
Prior to moving to Kenya in 2010 on a Fulbright fellowship, I was involved in corporate outreach to engage businesses in dialogue on sustainability at the World Wildlife Fund (Washington, DC, USA). I have experience working with infoDev (World Bank), the US State Department, and the Environmental Law Institute (ELI). A graduate of Georgetown University’s Science, Technology & International Affairs program, I have also studied project management through the University of Cape Town.