Perched at the tech x policy x global governance intersection, from which I’m observing and analysing the impact of digital technologies on societies— our cultures and (geo)politics in particular — while looking out for emerging dynamics (even though there might be nothing new under the sun).
Formal Bio: 👇🏾
Nanjira Sambuli is a researcher, policy analyst and advocacy strategist interested in and working on understanding the unfolding impacts of ICT adoption and how those impact governance, media, entrepreneurship and culture, with a keen focus on gender implications.
Nanjira is a Commissioner on the Lancet and Financial Times Global Commission on Governing Health Futures 2030 , a board member at The New Humanitarian , Development Gateway, Digital Impact Alliance (DIAL) and a member of DFID’s Digital Advisory Panel. She is also a Ford Global Fellow, inaugural cohort (2020-2021).
Nanjira also advises the World Economic Forum’s project on Preparing Civil Society for the Fourth Industrial Revolution, the <A+> Alliance for Inclusive Algorithms and is on the Advisory Board for Latitude: Rethinking Power Relations – for a decolonised and non-racial world (Goethe Institut).
Nanjira led policy advocacy to promote digital equality in access to and use of the web at the World Wide Web Foundation (2016-2020) with a particular focus on the Foundation’s Women’s Rights Online work. She previously worked at the iHub in Nairobi, where she provided strategic guidance for growth of technology innovation research in the East Africa region.
She served as a panel member on the United Nations Secretary General’s High-Level Panel on Digital Cooperation (2018-19), as a trustee at UK Citizens Online Democracy (mySociety) (2016-2019), and as a deputy on the United Nations Secretary General’s High-Level Panel for Women’s Economic Empowerment (2016-17).
In recognition of her work, Nanjira was named one of New African Magazine’s 100 Most Influential Africans in 2016, and BBC’s 100 Inspiring and Influential Women in 2019.