IBM Research – Africa

IBM Research – Africa is one of twelve research laboratories comprising IBM Research.[1] Located at the Catholic University of Eastern Africa in Nairobi,[2] it opened on November 7, 2013. It is the first commercial technology research facility on the African continent conducting both applied and far-reaching exploratory research.[3]

The lab is directed by Chief Scientist Osamuyimen Stewart, who oversees a research staff of 25.[4]


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Abdigani Diriye

Abdigani Diriye (born 1986) is a Somalian computer scientist and research scientist at IBM Research – Africa, working in the fields of human-computer interaction (HCI), data mining and financial technology (FinTech). Diriye was named a TEDGlobal 2017 fellow, an MIT Technology Review 'Innovator Under 35', and a 'Next Einstein Forum' fellow.

Catholic University of Eastern Africa

Catholic University of Eastern Africa (CUEA) is a multi-campus university in Kenya.

Charity Wayua

Charity Wayua, is a Kenyan chemist and researcher, who serves as a Corporate Strategy Associate at International Business Machines (IBM), based in the Greater New York City area.

IBM Research

IBM Research is IBM's research and development division. It is the largest industrial research organization in the world, with twelve labs on six continents.IBM employees have garnered six Nobel Prizes, six Turing Awards, 20 inductees into the U.S. National Inventors Hall of Fame, 19 National Medals of Technology, five National Medals of Science and three Kavli Prizes.As of 2018, the company has generated more patents than any other business in each of 25 consecutive years, which is a record.

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