This Is Me

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, our (geo)politics; while looking out for emerging dynamics (even though there might be nothing new under the sun).

Thinking out loud on the Internet, Twitter especially, LinkedIn and Medium sometimes, curating highlights here.

Hats I have donned:

    • Senior Policy Manager (hitherto, Digital Equality Advocacy Manager) at the  World Wide Web Foundation, leading policy advocacy to promote digital equality in access to and use of the web.
    • Previously the Head of Research (and Research Manager) at iHub, providing strategic guidance for growth of technology research in the East Africa region and supporting the team to surface information useful for the technology ecosystem in Africa.
        • Highlights:  developed a framework for assessing the viability, verification and validity of (online) crowdsourcing as well as Umati, an online dangerous speech monitoring project.
    • In the new media space: worked with Sandstorm Kenya, UN-Habitat, UNEP to name a few.
    • Also worked with/on awareness campaigns/initiatives across the Africa: #SayNoToManelsKE, Mzalendo: Eye on Kenyan Parliament, Kenya Feb 28, Africans Act 4 Africa, Sandstorm Kenya among others.

(A Google Search may have returned results indicating an ephemeral musical career).

Conviction: Africa is not poor, just mismanaged. Africa’s storytellers, scholars, denizens and netizens are connecting with/educating the world on the vast wonder that makes up this continent. Listen, (un)learn.

Welcome to my corner of the Internet. Head on over to the right corner of this page to get to my latest posts. Enjoy!

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, innovation, entrepreneurship and societal culture, with a keen focus on gender implications.

She currently leads policy advocacy to promote digital equality in access to and use of the web at the  World Wide Web Foundation,  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.

Nanjira is a member of the DFID’s Digital Advisory Panel, board member at The New Humanitarian (formerly IRIN) , and a Commissioner on the Lancet and Financial Times Global Commission on Governing Health Futures 2030. Nanjira also advises the Triple A Affirmative Action for Algorithms initiative by Women@TheTable, and the World Economic Forum’s project on Preparing Civil Society for the Fourth Industrial Revolution.

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).

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.