Tech Leaders

A showcase of tech visionaries leading at the frontiers of their industries or fields. Explore the stories of tech entrepreneurs, researchers, futurists, scientists, inventors or innovators who are moving the needle in the technology space in Africa.

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Teaching Computers To Think and Feel

Rana El-Kaliouby’s Take on Artificial Emotional Intelligence Egyptian American computer scientist is on a mission.  She is on a quest to imbue the devices we interact with in our daily lives with the ability to interpret and respond to our emotions. Her work is focused on what she terms ‘Emotional AI’. To drive her mission…

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A Rising Star in Global Robotics

Silas Adekunle-Robotics’ Wunderkid British Nigerian Robotics engineer Silas Adekunle is a rising star in the world of Robotics. The 27 year old techie is emerging as a tech innovator who is catching the attention of some of the world’s leading tech companies such as Apple. Silas was born in Nigeria and went to the UK…

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Erik Hersman: Driving Innovation

Erik Herman is at the leading edge of some of the most important and successful innovations in Africa’s fast changing tech scene. A graduate of the Florida State University,  Hersman co-founded Ushaidi, a crowd mapping app that was used for crisis reporting in the wake of Kenya’s post election violence in 2007-08. The app has been adopted around the…

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Juliana Rotich: A Tech Visionary

By Drive Africa Writer One of the leading voices in Africa’s technology ecosystem is Kenyan born Julian Rotich. Juliana is a technologist, advisor, and entrepreneur. She co-developed the crowd mapping software, Ushahidi,  which was used for crisis reporting and  monitoring in the wake of the post election violence in Kenya in 2007. The successful platform has gone on to be used…

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