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ABOUT

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iHub Research works from within the nerve centre of Kenya’s technology community. The organization has expertise in technology research and facilitates local ICT research capacity in the region.

iHub Research shares stories about the vibrant East African technology community by conducting ICT research on technology innovation within the community.

We aim to change the tech research landscape in Africa by bringing together researchers from around the continent to collaborate and build greater African scholarship. We have experience conducting both large-scale quantitative surveys and smaller scale qualitative projects as client assignments and in-house projects. Past clients include the World Bank, Google, WezaTele, M-farm, ZegeTech, Pete’s coffee, SPIDER, Refugees United, Internews and Squad Digital. Current work includes an M-Governance study looking at how mobile technology can be used as a strategic tool in governance in Kenya; our ICT Hubs study assessing the impact of ICT Hubs model on entrepreneurs across Africa; an investigation on the use of mobile phones at the Base of the Pyramid (BOP) in Kenya; and the Kenya Open Data Initiative that is monitoring and evaluating a multi-stakeholder process for making open data more actionable.

Through these projects, we have developed critical insights around developing innovative approaches to tackle some of the most challenging issues that affect the lives of people across Africa. Our research has also provided evidence-based findings that influence policy and decisions among the different stakeholders.

Team

Angela Okune
research : Research Lead

Angela Okune is keen on understanding the spread of information through ICTs, especially looking at use amongst disadvantaged communities in East Africa. In her current position as Research Lead at iHub, she provides strategic guidance for growth of tech research in the region and supports the team to run the 15+ research projects being undertaken at any given time. Prior to moving to Kenya in 2010 on a Fulbright fellowship, Angela was involved in corporate outreach to engage businesses in dialogue on sustainability at the World Wildlife Fund (Washington, DC, USA). She has experience working with infoDev (World Bank), the US State Department, and the Environmental Law Institute (ELI). Angela studied at Georgetown University and University of Cape Town. She is also co-founder of Waza Experience.

Leonida Mutuku
research : Research Manager

Leonida Mutuku is the lead at the new Data Science Lab at iHub Research. Leo is passionate about building capacity to work with data and using data science for business intelligence and informed decision-making. An actuary by training, Leo has a background in conducting both academic and financial quantitative research. Leo has previously worked at Family Bank and Barclays Bank and is experienced in research design, data analysis and creative visualization of data. Leo has also done extensive market and social research in thematic areas such as open data, mobile and web technologies. She works closely with start-ups and various organizations to realize the potential of data and technology innovations.

Rhoda Omenya
research : Grants Manager

Rhoda brings to the team extensive research experience in the field of community development. Her focus now on spurring citizen participation in the tech scene, specifically, local tech solutions that empower communities. She is merging these two fields as part of the monitoring and evaluation of Uchaguzi and Open Data - citizen centered projects.

Nanjira Sambuli
research : Research Manager

Nanjira is a Research Manager at iHub, where she leads the Governance & Technology research pillar. Nanjira is trained as a mathematician with experience as a new media strategist for organizations such as UNEP, UN HABITAT, Africans Act 4 Africa, Global Power Shift, on their pan-African and international campaigns. Nanjira is also the editor of the Innovative Africa: The new face of Africa tech essay collection. She is also a musician. Find out more about her on: http://www.about.me/ninanjira/

Wachira Ndaiga
Research : Lead Research Engineer

Wachira is the Lead Research Engineer of The Research & Development Group at iHub Research. An avid and eager learner with a passion for social enterprise and empowerment through Technology & Innovation. Wachira holds a BEng (Honours) in Mechatronic Engineering; a calling that has seen him collaborate on various technically ambitious and award-winning projects such as PanyaBot. His drive for social empowerment has also seen him work on a number of Maker and Boot Camps such as the tri-annual Kids Hacker Camp and the Intel Galileo Boot Camp and Competition. A victim of wanderlust, he loves all things travel and novel…and thinks he’s the reigning small talk king at the iHub Research.

Patrick Costello
research : Senior Data Scientist

Patrick is a Senior Data Scientist at iHub. He has a keen interest in all things quantitative modeling and the insights they brings to wide variety of fields. He has a PhD in mathematical physics, has worked as an economic modeler for the Australian Government and also in finance and investment banking. His main focus currently is on the technical aspects of the projects being undertaken by the Data Science and Visualisation Lab. He also runs regular trainings as part of internal and external capacity building. Patrick is part of the Australian Volunteers for International Development program.

Anne Salim
research : Researcher

Anne Salim studies the growth of African mobile-based education with a focus on the sustainable use of technologies in schools. As a researcher at iHub, she leads the  research programs on M-Governance and EdTech . M-Governance study has focused on the role of mobile devices for enhancing transparency in governance of the water sector.  Anne studied Business Information Technology from Strathmore University and her interests include applying Design Thinking processes to Kenya, as well as facilitating Hackathon events.

Chris Orwa
research : Junior Data Scientist

Chris is passionate about Data Mining, Behavioural Economics, Business Modelling and Technology. Previously a co-founder and operations manager at Doban Africa Ltd, a data mining start-up company specializing in optimization of business processes through analytics. Chris holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science from Kenyatta University with focus in artificial intelligence and computer graphics.

Faith Kabesa
research : Project Coordinator

Faith is fascinated by social media and how it is transforming conversations and reactions. She holds a bachelors degree in Communication. She has worked, and continues to work, on Umati—a project monitoring dangerous speech online. She is very passionate about research.

Varyanne Sika
Research : Research Assistant

Varyanne is a social science researcher by training with experience from various development organizations. She is interested in the intersection and interaction between technology and society. She is currently at the Institute for Development Studies, University of Nairobi, pursuing her MA in Development Studies.

Resla Wesonga
Research : Intern

Resla is a young techie who is enthusiastic about the emerging trends in mobile and web development in Kenya. She is currently working on Ed-Tech projects at iHub Research. She is also an avid software developer with a bias to Ruby on Rails and JavaScript, and an upcoming hardware hacker. Her insatiable curiosity makes her learn about new technologies

Gladys Kitony
iHub Research : Junior Researcher

Gladys graduated from Strathmore University with a Bachelor’s degree in Business Information Technology. At iHub Research, she is involved with outreach and is also a researcher on the African Tech Innovation Index project – A project that perfectly intersects her areas of interest: Technology, Innovation and Africa. Her passion in technology leads her to inspire other girls to develop interests in tech and to become top leaders in the male dominated field, hence her involvement in Akirachix.