MILESTONE: Dr Catherine Adeya Weya

Dr Catherine Adeya Weya has been appointed the new director of research at the World Wide Web Foundation. She will be replacing Carlos Iglesias, who has served as interim Research Director. Prior to the new role, she had served as director of Business Process Outsourcing at the Ministry of ICT in Kenya. 

In 2013, she was appointed as founder chief executive of the Konza Technopolis Development Authority, and has led the development of the East Africa Centre for Internet Governance and Policy (CIGAP) at the Strathmore University in Nairobi. 

Dr Adeya is also a non-executive director at Standard Chartered Bank and Adrian Kenya Limited while also being a senior consultant at Strathmore University. She is also the former Non-Executive Chairperson of Kenya Accreditation Service (KENAS) as well as Senior Representative East Africa’s Fieldstone Africa International.

She has worked in the technology and development field in various organizations including the United Nations and University/Institute for New Technologies (UNU-INTECH) in the Netherlands. But in this era of technology overload, how will she ensure maximum use of her impressive CV?

Coming at a time when most things go around technology, she has the challenge of ensuring that the web is safe for all on a global scale. She will lead a research team in interrogating and understanding the most critical barriers to achieving the vision of a web that is safe and empowering for everybody.

Her biggest dream is to empower as many women as possible to follow in her steps to pursue Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics, popular as STEM subjects, and be part of the process as far as research is concerned. 

With a degree from the Yale School of Management, a Bachelor of Science degree in information sciences from Moi University as well as a Ph.D. in Information and Development from Edinburgh Napier University, she is expected to do a good job. 

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