Nanjira Sambuli

Researcher, policy analyst, and advocacy strategist, Kenya

Nanjira Sambuli (@NiNanjira) is a Fellow in the Technology and International Affairs Program at The Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, and a Ford Global Fellow. She is also President and Co-Chair of the Transform Health Coalition, a board member at The New Humanitarian, Development Gateway, Digital Impact Alliance (DIAL), and a Commissioner on the Lancet & Financial Times Global Commission (Governing Health Futures 2030).

Nanjira also sits on several advisory boards, including the World Economic Forum’s Technology and Social Justice Initiatives, <A+> Alliance for Inclusive Algorithms, and the Carnegie Council’s AI and Equality Initiative. Additionally, she is a Diplomacy Moderator at the Geneva Science and Diplomacy Anticipator (GESDA).

Nanjira led policy advocacy to promote digital equality in access to and use of the web at the  World Wide Web Foundation (2016-2020).  She previously worked at the iHub in Nairobi, where she provided strategic guidance for growth of technology innovation research in the East Africa region. She served as a panel member on the United Nations Secretary General’s High-Level Panel on Digital Cooperation (2018-19), as a member of DFID’s Digital Advisory Panel (2017-2019), as a trustee at UK Citizens Online Democracy (mySociety) (2016-2019), and as a deputy on the United Nations Secretary General’s High-Level Panel for Women’s Economic Empowerment (2016-17).

In recognition of her work, Nanjira was named one of New African Magazine’s 100 Most Influential Africans in 2016, BBC’s 100 Inspiring and Influential Women in 2019 and CIO East Africa’s 30 Most Influential Women in Tech in 2020.