Angela Okune

Consultant and Researcher in Irvine, California

Angela Okune

Consultant and Researcher in Irvine, California

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A PhD student at the University of California Irvine’s Department of Anthropology, Angela works on questions of knowledge production, power, and identity at the intersection of technology and international development.

In her previous position as Research Lead at iHub, Nairobi’s innovation hub for the tech community, Angela provided strategic guidance for growth of tech research in the region and managed a team of twenty to surface information useful for the technology ecosystem. At iHub Research, Angela also directed the pioneering Umati project, monitoring dangerous speech online in Kenya; documented mobile usage patterns at the Kenyan base of the pyramid; and developed a framework to test the viability of crowdsourcing during elections.

Prior to moving to Kenya in 2010 on a Fulbright fellowship, Angela was involved in corporate outreach to engage businesses in dialogue on sustainability at the World Wildlife Fund (Washington, DC, USA). She has experience working with infoDev (World Bank), the US State Department, and the Environmental Law Institute (ELI). A graduate of Georgetown University’s Science, Technology & International Affairs program, Angela also studied project management through the University of Cape Town.

Angela is the founder of Waza Experience, an iHub initiative aimed at prompting Kenyan youth to explore innovation and entrepreneurship concepts grounded in real-world experience. Angela is also a Director at SkyeHI Limited, a global company developing mobility solutions in emerging markets and offering technology and research consultancy.

  • Work
    • Univ of California - Irvine
  • Education
    • Georgetown University
    • University of California, Irvine