Geci Karuri-Sebina

Geci is a scholar-practitioner based in Johannesburg working in the intersection between people, place and technological change. She is currently a Visiting Associate Professor at the Wits School of Governance where she is coordinating establishment of the new Tayarisha African Centre of Excellence in Digital Governance, and hosting the African Civic Tech Innovation Network. She is also an Adjunct Professor at the University of Cape Town’s African Centre for Cities, Associate of South African Cities Network, and a global faculty member with Singularity University on the future of cities and governance. Geci holds Bachelors’ degrees in Computer Science and Sociology (Iowa); Masters’ degrees in Urban Planning and Architecture from UCLA (Los Angeles); and a PhD in Planning and Innovation Studies from the University of Witwatersrand (Johannesburg).

Geci is recognised and published in the fields of development planning, policy, foresight, and innovation and is involved in editorial roles in several leading journals in the fields of innovation and futures. She previously held positions at the South African Council for Scientific Research, the Human Sciences Research Council, the National Treasury, and South African Cities Network, and currently serves as a founding director of the Southern African Node of the Millennium Project and as the Vice-Chair of AfricaLICS (the community of innovation scholars in Africa).


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