Organiser: Timeyin Arueyingho, Doctoral candidate (University of Bristol)

Oritsetimeyin Arueyingho is a doctoral candidate in Digital Health at the University of Bristol. His academic backgrounds are pharmacy and healthcare management, and his research is centered on Afrocentric approaches to Type 2 Diabetes Management in Nigeria. He utilizes pragmatic mixed research methods to understand the influence of contextualization in collaborative care and how it could impact the design of digital interventions.

Opening Keynote Speaker: Professor Nicola Bidwell, Digital Ethics Lead at Melbourne University | Adjunct Professor at the International University of Management, Namibia

Nicola J. Bidwell is a Digital Ethics Lead at Melbourne University, University Fellow at Charles Darwin University, Australia and Adjunct Professor at the International University of Management, Namibia. Her expertise includes community-based action research for technology design in the global south. She has worked with rural inhabitants of Kenya, Mozambique, Namibia, and South Africa. Her research has designed and informed successful tech initiatives and advocacy, and is sensitive to gender and local perspectives.

Anicia Peters is the Chief Executive Officer of the National Commission on Research, Science and Technology (NCRST) of Namibia. She previously held the position of Pro Vice-Chancellor for Research, Innovation and Development at the University of Namibia, and was also the Chairperson of the Namibia Presidential Task Force on the Fourth Industrial Revolution. She co-authored the Namibian e-health strategy under a consultancy with the World Health Organisation, and also developed associated e-health platforms as per the strategy.

Jacki O’Neill is the Director of Microsoft Africa Research Institute. Her research is focused on developing innovative technologies using ethnographic methods. She has made significant contributions to HCI theory, concepts and models in Africa.

Panel member: Dr. Oussama Metatla, Senior Lecturer (HCI), University of Bristol

Oussama Metatla is a Senior Lecturer in Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) at the University of Bristol. His academic and research vocation are to explore afrocentric approaches to design and care alongside demonstrating how HCI as an applied field of inquiry can contribute to making human society more inclusive of people with disabilities. He is also particularly interested in utilizing mixed method approaches to HCI research, combining theory with field work, co-design, and controlled studies and evaluation.

Panel member : Dr. Amid Ayobi, Lecturer, University College London

Amid Ayobi is a Digital Health Lecturer at University College London and is part of the UCL Interaction Centre. His research is centered on informing the design of supportive digital health technologies and investigating the lived experiences of people from diverse ethnic backgrounds.

Panelist, Computer Science Lecturer at the University of Greenwich | Associate Research Fellow in the Persuasive Computing Lab, at Dalhousie University Canada.

Makuochi Samuel Nkwo is a Lecturer in Computer Science at the University of Greenwich UK, and an Associate Research Fellow in the Persuasive Computing Lab, at Dalhousie University Canada. He specializes in Human-Computer Interaction (HCI), Persuasive Designs, and Artificial Intelligence (AI) Ethics. He has made significant contributions to HCI for development in African countries.

Closing Keynote Speaker : Mr. Rockefeller Zimba, Head of Integrated Complex Care – North West London Clinical Commissioning Group

Rockefeller Zimba is the head of Integrated complex care at the NHS Northwest London Clinical Commissioning Group (NWL CCG) and clinical expert in NHS England. He has made significant input in facilitating the provision of care in the United Kingdom and Zimbabwe.

Damiete Onyema Lawrence is a Business Development Team Lead at Cinfores ltd., Nigeria. He holds a PhD in Business Policy from Rivers State University. His background spans across Management Information Systems, Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) and Business policy. He investigated the Impact of HCI on users in Higher Educational Systems and has conducted significant research focused on achieving Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) using afrocentric approaches.

Panelist, Dr. Hadiza Ismaila, Research Fellow, University College London

Hadiza Ismaila is a Research Fellow at the Institute of Epidemiology and Health Care at University College London. Her background is in software engineering and Human-Computer Interaction. Her research interests lie at the intersection of HCI for development and public health. She is particularly interested in designing and evaluating digital health interventions for resource-constrained communities.

Hilda Owii, PhD Student (University of Bristol)

Hilda Owii is a PhD student in Social Policy at the University of Bristol. At the Perivoli Africa Research Centre, she forms part of a multi-disciplinary team to work, and build her doctoral thesis, on a research and policy engagement programme, ‘Care Work and Economy Africa: toward transformative care systems and economies to harness Africa’s demographic transition’. This chimes with her keen research interest long term care provision and receipt in sub-Saharan Africa, its dynamics, impacts, and interaction with culture.

Panelist, Saka Abiola, Doctoral candidate (University of Bristol)

Saka Abiola Monsur is a Digital Health PhD student at the University of Bristol. He has a background in Computer Science and has worked as an assistant lecturer at Nile University, Nigeria. His thesis was on a Mobile Based Digital Image Analysis for Cervical Cancer Detection. His work sought to contribute to improving the early detection of cervical cancer, especially in Sub-Saharan Africa where the high cost of testing and shortage of health workers lead to late diagnosis and poor prognosis.

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