Mid Career Fellowship > 2024 Fellows

2024 Fellows

Ahmed Siyad (Somalia)

I am the CEO of the Somali Research and Education Network (SomaliREN), the National Research and Education Network (NREN) for Somalia, and the co-founder and current chairman of the Somali Network Operators’ Group (SomNOG), a forum dedicated to fostering technical capacity and knowledge sharing among Somali ICT professionals through research and training.

With a Master’s degree in Telecommunications and Networking, my work focuses on enhancing connectivity and promoting innovation within the Somali education and research community. I am passionate about leveraging technology to drive societal development and create opportunities for collaboration and growth. This commitment is reflected in my efforts to bridge the digital divide and empower communities through better access to digital resources.

Ange Royall-Kahin (Germany)

I am currently leading the Better Internet Foundation, which is a Swiss-based organization that is part of Radworks. Radworks is an ecosystem that enables developers to securely host, collaborate, and use open-source code.
 
I have been contributing to this project since 2018, ensuring that it is object-oriented, operationally functional, and supports the project’s technical development and vision.
 
I have also worked with legal and policy teams and am particularly interested in the interplay between technology and regulation, and how technology can be effectively governed by national, decentralized communities. In my free time, you can find me learning French and German, jogging through Berlin, or participating in the occasional wine harvest or tasting.

Anil Kanji (Canada)

I’m passionate about bringing product thinking to non-profits to support their impact. I’ve spent the last 15 years helping global charities tell compelling stories about their work and use technology to empower millions of people to take meaningful action.
 
Currently, I serve as a Senior Product Manager at the Wikimedia Foundation, where I work to ensure the world’s largest free human knowledge project continues to thrive. I support the development of our payments infrastructure and CRM, enabling the movement’s sustainability and impact.
 
Before this, I worked at the Mozilla Foundation as Director of Digital Engagement, where I brought together the digital product team and content team to create initiatives that activated policymakers and the public to take action to safeguard the Internet.

Bahaa Al-Musawi (Iraq)

I am a Doctor of Computer Networks at the University of Kufa, specializing in network and routing security, anomaly detection, and Internet measurement. My role involves research, teaching, and guiding postgraduate students. I hold a PhD in Telecommunication from Swinburne University of Technology. 
 
My professional experience includes serving as the Head of the Electronic and Communication Department at the University of Kufa, working as a research assistant at Swinburne University of Technology, and being a research fellow with the MANRS initiative, which is supported by the Internet Society. 

Elizabeth O’Shea (Australia)

I am a partner in a law firm, author, and non-executive director of several boards. I am the founder and chair of Digital Rights Watch (DRW), an advocacy and campaigning organization that promotes and defends human rights in the digital age. I am also the author of two books, “Future Histories” and “Empowering Women.”
 
I have led some of the largest class actions in Australian history, seeking redress from major tech companies for misconduct. I love thinking about how the law can be leveraged to rebalance power away from governments and industry in favor of people. Additionally, I love my 16-year-old cat, Chester.  

Kiiya Joel Kiiya (Tanzania)

I am a passionate advocate for gender equality and social justice, with over 15 years of experience in human rights activism and community development. As the Founder and Chief Executive of C-Sema, a leading organization dedicated to protecting and promoting the rights of children and young people in Tanzania, I have spearheaded numerous initiatives to address gender-based violence, promote economic empowerment, and advance education and climate action. 
 
With a strong background in organization development, resource mobilization, and gender mainstreaming, I bring a wealth of expertise to the fellowship.

Laura Betancourt (United Kingdom)

I am a public-interest technologist working at the intersection of public policy, digital
technologies, data, and society. My specialization lies in assessing the opportunities and challenges of emerging technologies using a unique blend of socio-technical knowledge. Currently, I am a research assistant at the London School of Economics (LSE) and University College London (UCL). I have a multidisciplinary background, including academic majors in Digital Technologies and Policy (MPA), Governance and Regulation of Media and Communication (MSc), Public Leadership (Postgraduate Diploma) and Government and International Relations (BA). I’ve collaborated with UN agencies, governments, NGOs, startups, and civil society to implement child online safety plans, empower young people, promote social change, and shape public policy for the greater good.
 
When I’m not free falling into the Internet Governance, eLaw and Regulation, and Digital
Human Rights rabbit hole: I love to immerse myself in arts and culture. In my free time, you can find me in the theatre, museums, the cinema or libraries. I also enjoy reading fiction and binge-watching a TV series, especially if it’s a mystery thriller.

Leon Tinashe Gwaka (Zimbabwe)

I am a research fellow at the Center for Technology, Innovation, and Competition at Penn Carey Law, University of Pennsylvania. My research focuses on using technology to drive sustainable development. I have contributed to several global research projects in collaboration with UNICEF Rwanda, the UN Broadband Commission, GSMA, and ResilientAfrica Network, focusing on the impact of connectivity on education, agriculture, health, and socioeconomic well-being.
 
I was a recipient of a competitive USAID grant and implemented the MOSMAC project in Beitbridge to understand how digital infrastructure can transform food and livestock systems in rural Zimbabwe. My goal is to work on and contribute to projects that address connectivity challenges and enhance digital solutions for marginalized communities in Africa and beyond. With a background in development studies and accounting, I have dedicated my career to exploring the intersection of digital infrastructure and rural development. When I’m not immersed in research, I enjoy painting, traveling, and networking.

Mutegeki Cliff Agaba (Uganda)

I work as a Digital Adoption Consultant, specializing in helping individuals and companies integrate digital tools and systems to streamline their work processes and achieve their business objectives. My role involves selecting and implementing digital technologies, training employees, and ensuring their successful adoption. In my work, I partner with customers to identify their training needs, understand their applications and processes deeply, and provide actionable insights to enhance digital adoption.
 
I manage multiple projects and initiatives, developing standards and guidelines to ensure consistency across deliverables. Collaborating with cross-functional teams, I deliver innovative solutions and exceptional customer experiences for our clients. I believe in the power of technology to transform businesses and am passionate about helping people harness these tools effectively. My approach is consultative and focused on ideating and suggesting suitable digital adoption solutions that drive application adoption and learning. When I’m not working, I enjoy taking long walks, going to the gym, and cooking, which helps me stay balanced and inspired.

Muyassar Bukhari (Nigeria)

I am a dedicated cybersecurity professional currently serving as the Cybersecurity Talent Development and Placement Manager at Cybercafe Foundation. My responsibilities include overseeing the development and implementation of a comprehensive cybersecurity training program and finding placement opportunities for CyberGirls. This involves coordinating effectively with relevant stakeholders. 
 
The CyberGirls project aims to address the underrepresentation of women in cybersecurity roles by breaking down barriers, promoting inclusivity, and nurturing a diverse talent pipeline within the industry. With a background in IT Infrastructure, Network Security, and Business Development, I have gained experience working across major Information Technology domains. I am dedicated to creating positive change and promoting excellence in cybersecurity. In my free time, I enjoy playing football and am an enthusiastic spectator of basketball and tennis.

Pedro Francisco Rangel Magdaleno (Mexico)

I am currently the Deputy Federal Attorney for Telecommunications at the Mexican Agency for Consumer Protection (PROFECO) since 2022. In this role, I have established partnerships with major telecommunications companies in Mexico to initiate campaigns that focus on personal data protection, cybersecurity awareness, transparency, spam prevention, and digital rights. Additionally, I have overseen the translation of the “Telecom Users’ Rights Code” into six indigenous languages and promoted class actions to protect the rights of telecommunications users. 
 
I am a lawyer with a Master of Public Policy in political and economic development and have pursued doctoral studies in Development and National Security. I am passionate about creating new strategies to achieve national objectives in the digital era. In my leisure time, I enjoy writing and visiting the locations featured in the Netflix series “Taco Chronicles.”

Racha Mourtada (Lebanon)

I am a digital policy specialist with a passion for ensuring that technology benefits everyone, especially young people and marginalized groups. I have worked on ‘ICT for development’
projects in research, advocacy, and program management roles across UN agencies and regional think tanks in the WANA (Western Asia and North Africa) region for over a decade. Most recently, as the Senior Advocacy Manager at GSMA, I contributed to shaping digital transformation and inclusion strategies in low— and middle—income countries in Sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia.
 
My research includes the widely cited ‘Arab Social Media Report’ series, which analyzed social media trends in the Arab region and their impact on civil movements like the Arab Spring, women and youth empowerment, entrepreneurship, education, and social change. I believe in the transformative effect of technology, and I am interested in emerging technologies such as AI and IoT, responsible tech, and the intersection of youth, technology, and social development, especially children’s online safety.

Riddhi Mehta (India)

I am a Feminist Technology specialist working to demystify tech through capacity building and championing a helpline for Online Gender-Based Violence. My professional journey is rooted in exploring the intricate layers of gender, sexuality, and digital access. I dive into conversations about power, politics, and the necessity for tech inclusivity in today’s digital-centric society. With a decade of experience, I have crafted educational programs centered around social-emotional learning and feminist approaches to technology. I also lead dynamic workshops aimed at promoting digital inclusion and raising awareness about digital rights.

My work with grassroots organizations across India focuses on improving digital security and protecting privacy for diverse and underrepresented communities. I am strongly dedicated to promoting fairness, using technology to create a more inclusive and feminist Internet, and I believe that technology has the potential to drive social change. In my free time, I enjoy reading, playing board games, trying out new recipes, exploring new locations, and capturing moments through my camera lens.

Rumky Farhana (Bangladesh)

I am a human rights activist, development practitioner, and management professional with over 17 years of experience working in Senegal and Bangladesh, also covering the South Asia region. In my latest job at ARTICLE 19, I led the implementation of various national, regional, and global projects on Internet freedom, digital rights, digital security, data protection, and social media regulations along with the safety of journalists, media freedom, civic space, combating hate speech, gender and sexual diversity, freedom of religious belief, and media information literacy. I worked recently as the Media and Social Media Adviser for the European Union Election Expert Mission 2023 to Bangladesh during the pre- and post-election periods. I love to interact and work with a diversified group of people, take insights from them, and do collaborative work to bring changes. I believe in ensuring spaces for everyone and I am passionate about listening to people and working on their issues. I look for ‘me time’ every night in the late hour thinking of having it after my son sleeps and regrate every morning for doing that. I enjoy traveling and exploring new cultures. 

Saadia Azim (India)

As the Chief Operating Officer at Bangla Sahayata Kendra (BSK), I oversee the digital platform for citizen-centric public service deliveries of the Government of West Bengal in India. The online system integrates multiple public services on one platform for assisted online deliveries through BSK operators at the grassroots, making public services accessible to all. My responsibilities include supervising the operations of 3,561 digital kiosks with over 7,000 operators and managing 1.5 million data points daily. 
 
With over 20 years of experience in public policy and mass communications, I have developed a strong skill set in resource mobilization, digital and business communications, and policy development. My career highlights include working on key global projects such as Cyber Safe India, Global Links, and Partnerships 2020 at the US Mission in India. I am also a published author, with numerous articles for First Post, CNS, and Voice of America, and a recipient of several prestigious awards, including two Eagle Awards from the US Department of State and the UNFPA Laadli Award for gender reporting.

2024 Program Partners

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