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

Co-founder and CTO at, Nigeria

Project manager and researcher in sectors such as health, education, construction, legal, vocational, manufacturing, and security & surveillance.

Fayza Mahmoud

Alexandria University, Egypt

Biochemist pursuing an MSc degree in Neuroscience and Biotechnology with a technical background in molecular biology and stem cell culture.

Johanssen Obanda

Director at Jabulani Youths for Transformation (JAY4T), Kenya

Biochemist and science communicator with a passion for Conservation Biology and facilitates a local conservation program.

Umar Ahmad

Genetics and Regenerative Medicine Research Centre (GRMCR) of the University Putra Malaysia (UPM) and the Malaysia Genome Institute (MGI) [ORCiD]

PhD student of Human Genetics working in basic and translational research on developing targeted therapy for human bladder cancer using high-throughput sequencing technologies.

Michael Cary

West Virginia University, USA [ORCiD]

PhD student with several years of industry experience as a data scientist. His research focuses on ecological economics, sustainability, spatial economics, and graph theory.

Nada Fath

Mohamed V University & Hassan II Institute of Agronomy and Veterinary Medicine, Rabat, Morocco [ORCiD]

PhD student in Neuroscience

Gregory Simpson

Cranfield University, England & South Africa

Research Data Manager with twenty years’ experience in digital curation and a focus on Open Access, Open Data and providing guidance on good practice in the areas of data management and Open Science.

Hisham Arafat

EMEA Applications Consulting, Egypt

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

Justin Sègbédji Ahinon

AfricArXiv co-founder, IGDORE, Bénin [ORCiD]

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.

Luke Okelo

Technical University of Kenya [ORCiD]

Software engineer and researcher in next-generation technologies including mixed virtual and augmented reality, blockchain platforms, and low power air quality sensors.

Mahmoud M Ibrahim

Uniklinik RWTH Aachen, Germany & Egypt

Systems Biology research, using machine learning to build predictive models of biological systems from large high-throughput data, especially sequencing data. Currently working on understanding disease combining molecular and clinical patient data. Previously worked in Biotechnology and Clinical Research industries.


Ryszard Auksztulewicz 

MPI of Empirical Aesthetics, Germany & City University of Hong Kong [ORCiD]

Marie Sklodowska-Curie Global Fellow;
Neuroscience postdoc working in the fields of cognitive, computational, and systems neuroscience. Scientific interests include predictive coding, attention, and perception.

Osman Aldirdiri

University of Khartoum, Sudan [ORCiD]

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.

Jo Havemann

AfricArXiv co-founder, Access 2 Perspectives‘, IGDORE, Germany & Kenya [ORCiD]

Trainer and consultant in Open Science Communication and Science Project Management. With a focus on digital tools for science and her label ‘, she aims at strengthening Research on the African continent through Open Science.

Advisory Board

Joyce Achampong

Executive Director, Pivot Global Education Consulting Group

Evode Mukama

University of Rwanda

Joy Owango

Executive Director, Training Centre in Communication (TCC-Africa)

Nabil Ksibi

ORCID Engagement Lead [ORCiD]

Ahmed Ogunlaja

Washington University & Open Access Nigeria

Louise Bezuidenhout

University of Oxford (UK), University of the Witwatersrand (RSA) and IGDORE [ORCiD]

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