DR. CATHERINE NYAKI ADEYA
Dr. Adeya, a Senior Digital Transformation & Governance Specialist, is an experienced leader and advocate with over 25 years working in technology and development. She has a rich experience across academia, civil society, government, and the private sector.
Dr. Adeya was the Director of Research at the World Wide Web Foundation (WF) until November 2022 due to the company restructuring and retrenching all staff. At WF, she was responsible for coordinating a global research team dedicated to achieving a web that is safe and empowering for everyone. She oversaw the organization’s groundbreaking research in areas from internet access, privacy and data rights, and women’s rights online, focused on low- and middle-income countries. Dr. Adeya has extensive knowledge and is widely spoken and published in the ICT for Development sector. She began her career as a Research Fellow at the United Nations University’s Institute for New Technologies in Maastricht, The Netherlands. Driven by a commitment to tackle global inequality, she moved back to Africa due to her belief that the web and digital technologies must be used to expand opportunities and drive development. She has served as the Director of Business Process Outsourcing at the Ministry of ICT in Kenya; and as founder and CEO of the Konza Technopolis Development Authority.
Dr. Adeya was instrumental in the development of the East Africa Centre for Internet Governance and Policy (CIGAP) at the renowned Strathmore University in Nairobi. She is an independent non-executive director at Standard Chartered Bank Kenya and Old Mutual East Africa Holdings.