Rachel Sibande serves as the Senior Director for Country Outreach at the Digital Impact Alliance. She is a Digital Development Specialist. Rachel established Malawi's first technology and innovation hub; mHub, which incubates and accelerates emerging innovative entrepreneurs. Rachel has led deployment of big data for development demonstration models in Africa and has extensive experience managing technology-led development projects in digital financial services, public health, agriculture, disaster management and elections monitoring in more than 14 countries. Rachel became a Google Scholar in 2015, being a recipient of Google's Anita Borg Award. Rachel has been listed twice by Forbes as one of Africa's 30 under 30 entrepreneurs in 2016 and as a new wealth creator in 2019. Ms. Sibande has just completed a PhD in computer Science at Rhodes University in South Africa.
This session will explore how digital development and technology innovations have changed over the last few years and how donor funding trends are driving (or inhibiting) that development.