The AfricArXiv team members are professionals with diverse backgrounds and expertise in various fields relevant to Higher Education and Research in Africa.
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Obasegun Ayodele

Strategy & Outreach

Co-founder at and a project manager and researcher in sectors such as health, education, construction, legal, vocational, manufacturing, and security & surveillance.
// based in Nigeria

Joy Owango

Strategy & Outreach

Director at the Training Centre in Communication, TCC-Africa – the first African-based training centre to teach effective communication skills to scientists.
// based in Kenya

Johanssen Obanda

Community Manager

Biochemist and science communicator with a passion for Conservation Biology as well as the founder and director of the youth organization Jabulani Youths for Transformation (JAY4T) and facilitates a local conservation program in Kenya.

Ahmed Ogunlaja

Strategy & Outreach

Medical doctor in Lagos, Nigeria and a health policy scholar at Washington University in St Louis, USA. He is the founder of Open Access Nigeria, an advocacy organization working to promote online access to research, data and educational resources. // based in Nigeria & the USA

Justin Sègbédji Ahinon

IT development

[AfricArXiv co-founder] WordPress developer with a background in applied statistics and a strong interest in open access issues in Africa as well as in the dissemination of knowledge and the means by which it is carried out on the continent. | Sègbédji’s WebsiteORCID // based in Benin

Luke Okelo

IT development

Software engineer and researcher in next-generation technologies including mixed virtual and augmented reality, blockchain platforms, and low power air quality sensors. | ORCIDGoogle Scholar // based in Kenya

Hisham Arafat

IT development

Digital Transformation Lead Consultant / Data Scientist, Research & Development Engineer, Master Principal Solutions Architect and Lean-Agile Program Manager.
// based in Egypt

Gregory Simpson

Submission moderation

Research Data Manager at Cranfield University with twenty years’ experience in digital curation. His work focuses on Open Access/Data and providing guidance on good practice in the areas of data management and Open Science. // based in England

Michael Cary

Submission moderation

PhD student in the Division of Resource Economics and Management at West Virginia University with several years of industry experience as a data scientist. His research focuses on ecological economics, sustainability, spatial economics, and graph theory.  | ORCIDGoogle Scholar // based in the USA

Osman Aldirdiri

Coordination & Strategy

Student of medicine, researcher, entrepreneur and advocate for openness in research, data, and education. Interested in building an open research culture in Africa with a firm belief in diversity and inclusion. Founder of Open Sudan, a national open advocacy initiative. He is also on the executive committee of SPARC Africa, an adviser for Open Knowledge Maps and on the board of directors for FORCE11.| ORCID | e-mail: // based in Sudan

Jo Havemann

Coordination & Strategy

[AfricArXiv co-founder] Trainer and consultant in Open Science Communication and Science Project Management. With a focus on digital tools for science and her label ‘Access 2 Perspectives‘, she aims at strengthening Research on the African continent through Open Science. | ORCID | e-mail:
// based in Germany & Kenya

Dillon Gabriel

IT development

// based in South Africa

Advisory Board

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