Organisers

Our team represent diverse disciplines and approaches across design, anthropology, technology and innovation, from Africa, Latin America, Europe and the US. 

Rachel Charlotte Smith is Associate Professor at the Dept. of Digital Design and Information Studies at Aarhus University. Her research focuses on participatory and design anthropological modes of research, social transformation and future making.   Email: rsmith@cc.au.dk

Heike Winschiers-Theophilus is a Professor in Computer Science at the Namibia University of Science and Technology. Her work revolves around community-based co-design with indigenous and marginalised people. She is promoting a transcultural approach to tech design.  Email: hwinschiers@nust.na

Daria Loi is Senior Director at Mozilla, where she heads the Experiences & Design organisation. Her work revolves around mixing design strategy with user experience research to enrich people’s everyday life, with an emphasis on Emerging Technologies.  Email: dloi@mozilla.com

Asnath Paula Kambunga is a Marie Curie PhD fellow in the Dept. of Digital Design and Information Studies at Aarhus University. Her research interest lies in working with youth communities and collaborative explorations of future memories making.  Email: akambunga@cc.au.dk

Marly Muudeni Samuel is a Tech Innovation Coordinator at the Inclusive & Collaborative Tech Hub in Windhoek, Namibia. She is passionate about Information access, and how innovation and co-design can empower youth and advance education. Email: marly18samuel@gmail.com

Rogerio Abreu de Paula  Dr. Rogerio de Paula is a senior research scientist at IBM Research Brazil, and manager of the Visual Analytics & Insights Research Group. His main research interest is in the intersection of AI and human machine interaction, and design for social good. Email: ropaula@br.ibm.com

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