//Kenya – Dr Catherine Adeya Appointed Research Director Of The Web Foundation

Kenya – Dr Catherine Adeya Appointed Research Director Of The Web Foundation

She will take up her duties on August 17 and will be based in Nairobi. The World Wide Web Foundation or Web Foundation, based in Geneva, is a non-profit organization created by Tim Berners Lee in 2009 to promote an open web. The Web Foundation notably publishes the Open data barometer to measure the progress and impact of open data.

Originally from Kenya, she will lead and coordinate a research team dedicated to questioning and understanding the most important obstacles to achieving the Foundation’s vision of a Safe and Responsible Web for All. She will be part of the management team, explains the Foundation, and will play a vital role in shaping the future direction of the organization.

Dr. Catherine Adeya-Weya is an information scientist with knowledge and skills in information development issues. These include the social, political and economic potential and the impacts of information and communication technologies (ICTs), particularly in Africa. Mr. Adeya has over 20 years of experience in ICT research, having worked for agencies such as the United Nations University / Institute for New Technologies (UNU-INTECH) in the Netherlands.

Dr Catherine Adeya, it is explained, is a seasoned leader, researcher and advocate who has worked in technology and development for over 20 years. Most recently, she led the development of the East African Center for Internet Governance and Policy (CIGAP) at the renowned Strathmore University in Nairobi. She was Director of Business Process Outsourcing at the Ministry of ICT in Kenya. His job was to provide strategic leadership for the development of flagship ICT projects within the ministry, including Konza Techno City and the National Broadband Strategy. Thus, in 2013, she was appointed by the then Kenyan president, Mwai Kibaki, as CEO of the Konza Technopolis Development Authority,the agency responsible for leading the development of Konza Techno City, Kenya’s first mixed-use technology city. She previously supervised research work in Africa as a researcher at the United Nations Institute for New Technologies in the Netherlands, and research manager at the Network for Technology Policy Studies in Africa.

Dr Adeya was the Chief Judge of the inaugural Vision 2030 Awards for ICT Innovation in Kenya. She sits on the Editorial Board of the Journal of Perspectives on Global Development & Technology.
Dr Catherine Adeya believes that the web and digital technologies should be used to expand opportunities and drive development. She has pursued this mission in the public, private and civil society sectors as well as in international organizations, including the United Nations, IDRC and the World Bank.

Source – africanshapers.com

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