Anicia Peters, Namibia

Anicia Peters is the Executive Dean of the Faculty of Computing and Informatics at the Namibia University of Science and Technology. She holds a PhD in Human Computer-Interaction from Iowa State University. In addition to being a 2012 Google Scholar in the US, she also received several awards for research from Boeing and Iowa State University. She established the local ACM SIGCHI chapter in Namibia. Her research interests are in social media and digital transformation such as e-participation including e-government, gender, youth at risk. She has extensive experience in organising conferences and events besides chairing the International Conference on Culture and Computer Science (2016) and co-chaired AfriCHI2016, both conferences were organised in-cooperation with SIGCHI. She is one of 10 African Women in Tech role models whose stories are showcased to young African girls as inspiration.

Shaimaa Lazem, Egypt

Shaimaa Lazem ( earned a BSc and MSc in Computer Engineering from Alexandria University, Egypt. She earned her PhD in Computer Science, Virginia Tech, USA in 2012. She holds an academic research position at the City of Scientific Research and Technology Applications (SRTA-City), Egypt. Her research projects included designing educational games that helped children in rural Egypt, and exploring flexible learning pedagogies for teaching HCI to engineering students. She is the Egyptian lead of a UK-Egypt project to engage Egyptian Bedouins in self-documenting their intangible heritage using mobile phones ( Shaimaa was recently awarded the Leaders in Innovation Fellowship with the Royal Academy of Engineering in London.

Kagonya Awori, Kenya

Kagonya Awori is the User Experience Lead at Alpha, the innovation arm of Safaricom PLC. She has a Computer Engineering PhD from the University of Melbourne, Australia, a Masters in Human-Computer Interaction from Carnegie Mellon University, USA, and a Bachelors in Business Information Technology from Strathmore University, Kenya. She received a Google Anita Borg award for demonstrating outstanding academic achievement, leadership and community involvement in Computer Engineering, and received the HCI/ Interaction Design Award sponsored by Microsoft Research SocialNUI Centre in 2016. Kagonya was also the technical co-chair for the inaugural AfriCHI conference in 2016. What drives Kagonya is her interest in designing innovative technologies for people, perspectives and logics of, from and in Africa.


Maletšabisa Tšabi Molapo, South Africa

‘Maletšabisa (Tšabi) Molapo is a Researcher at IBM Research – Africa. She researches, designs, builds, deploys and evaluates human-centered AI solutions for rural and low-income urban areas in Africa, with applications in education and healthcare. She completed a PhD in Computer Science at the University of Cape Town (UCT), based at the centre in ICT for Development (ICT4D). At UCT, she led the research towards the design, development, and deployment of a feedback-integrated mobile learning platform for community health education, working with Community Health Workers in rural Lesotho. She is the papers co-chair for AfriCHI 2018.

Hafeni Mthoko, South Africa

Hafeni Mthoko is a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Cape Town Centre in Information and Communications Technology for Development. Her research interests are in ICT4D evaluation, local collaboration and community mapping for community wireless networks and digital citizen engagement. Her research projects included strategy formulation and evaluation towards designing a mobile social accountability monitoring tool (MobiSAM) in Eastern Cape South Africa. She has taught at postgraduate level a course on ICT4D.

Heike Winschiers-Theophilus, Namibia

Heike Winschiers-Theophilus is Professor of Software Design at the Namibia University of Science and Technology. Her research, teaching and community outreach focuses on co-designing technologies with indigenous and marginalised communities. She has established a number of long-term collaboration projects with local Namibian communities in rural areas and urban informal settlements. She was awarded the title of Namibian national researcher and scientist in 2016. She and her team have established a community-based co-design approach and are currently exploring concepts of transcultural design. She has co-chaired international conferences, supervised many postgraduates widely published in that area (