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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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.

Ohia Chinenyenwa

University of Ibadan, Nigeria, [ORCiD]

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.

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.

Niklas Zimmer

African Digital Scholarship, Research Associate, Stellenbosch University, South Africa [ORCiD]

Manages the Digital Library Services department at UCT Libraries and has always maintained a richly diverse freelance career, including lecturing in theory and discourse of art and critical studies at tertiary institutions in the Western Cape, giving workshops in video, sound and photography, writing reviews, exhibiting his photographic art, and performing as a drummer. Niklas holds an MA(FA) and a BA(Hons) from UCT, as well as a BA in education from the University of Cologne.

Carine Nguemeni

Clinical Project Manager, University Hospital of Würzburg

She is an enthusiastic, multilingual life scientist with 10+years of experience in molecular biology, pharmacology and neurosciences. She has developed strong expertise in preclinical and clinical neuroscience internationally. In addition to her research work, Carine is engaged in science outreach and scientific capacity building in Africa. This engagement aims to facilitate cross-disciplinary learning opportunities, knowledge transfer and international collaborations in order to improve the quality of scientific teaching and research in Africa.”

Kevina Zeni

Training Centre in Communication – TCC Africa, Kenya

Kevina’s areas of interest include research & development, human resource, data science and open science. She aims to go beyond and offer solutions that create value and fun experiences in a workspace that can seem repetitive and overwhelming.

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.

Nada Fath

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

PhD student in Neuroscience

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.

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.

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.

Olabode Omotoso

National Cancer Prevention Program – Nigeria, University of Ibadan – Nigeria [ORCiD]

Olabode is a passionate young Nigerian with special interest in seeing the Africa of our dream. He believes “health is wealth”. To live well, you must be well. He hold a MSc and BSc degree in Biochemistry (Cancer Research and Molecular Biology).
He looks forward to opportunities to harness my collaborative, research, leadership and technical skills.”

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.

Dr. Sara El-Gebali

OpenCider Founder, Germany [ORCiD]

Sara is the founder of OpenCider and a Research Data Management Team Leader based in Berlin. She previously worked as a scientific database curator at the European Molecular Biology Laboratories (EMBL)-EBI and EMBO with a PhD in  cancer research from the University of Bern,Switzerland. She is a strong advocate for community building and the promotion of women and underrepresented groups in STEM fields.

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.

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

Mahmoud Bukar Maina

Postdoctoral Fellow at University of Sussex [ORCiD]

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]

Stephanie Okeyo

Under the Microscope Founder