Geci Karuri-Sebina

Geci has facilitated two African SOIF projects in the digital space – the African Digital Futures Project (2021) and a foresight exercise, the IDRC, in the AI For Development programme (2022). She is a scholar-practitioner based in Johannesburg working in the intersection between people, place and technological change, and has worked in futures and foresight for about 20 years. Her work mainly focuses on public-interest projects in Africa and the global south and is more internationally linked to the Millennium Project and UNESCO’s Global Futures Literacy Network. She is also the Africa Regional Editor for the foresight journal.  

Geci is an Associate Professor at the Wits School of Governance, coordinating the establishment of the new Tayarisha African Centre of Excellence in Digital Governance and hosting the African Civic Tech Innovation Network. She is also a global faculty member with Singularity University on the future of cities and governance. She is widely recognised and published in development planning, policy, foresight, and innovation and is involved in leadership and editorial roles in innovation and futures. She currently serves as a founding director of the Southern African Node of the Millennium Project and its project and as Vice President of AfricaLICS (the community of innovation scholars in Africa).