Muthoni Masinde is a distinguished computer scientist with B.Sc, M.Sc and Ph.D computer science degrees from the University of Nairobi, the Free University of Brussels and University of Cape Town respectively. One of her achievements in the realm of computer science is a novel, drought prediction tool dubbed ITIKI, which taps into the rich African indigenous knowledge on droughts and augments it with ICTs; Wireless Sensor Networks, artificial intelligence and Mobile phones in this case. The novelty of this contribution was recognised by the IITU’s Focus Group – Bridging the gap: From Innovation to Standards. Her contribution was also featured on the BBC World Service, New York Times, Reuters TEDx Talks and Global Aidpreneur. ITIKI also saw Masinde emerge the winner of the 2016 Distinguished Young Woman Scientist – Research and Innovation Awards of the Department of Science and Technology. Masinde is among the 2017 awardees for 2017 Securing Water for Food (SWFF) by USAID. Through SWFF, she received funding worth US$500,000 for the 2016-2019 period. This funding has enabled her to develop entrepreneurship skills that have seen her become the founder and director of two private companies. Masinde is currently an associate professor at the Department of IT, Central University of Technology, Free State (CUT) where she also doubles up as the Head of the Department. She is the head and founder of the Unit for Research on Informatics for Drought. Through this Unit, she has spawned postgraduate projects and published over 50 publications. Her interests in mentoring women in STEM saw her initiate the Women in Engineering and IT (WEIT) organisation and for which she is the patron.
Adeyinka Akanbi is an IT expert with specialization in the Internet of Things, Big Data, Knowledge Representation, Ontology and its application in the environmental monitoring domain. A current PhD researcher working on the application of semantic technology for the integration of modern approaches with local indigenous knowledge for drought prediction and forecasting.
An expert in Software Development for many years. Currently pursuing a degree in IT: Software Development. He is involved in the Mobile Application development aspect of the ITIKI project working under the wing of Prof Masinde. A technology enthusiast that can solve any 3×3 Rubik’s Cube in under 2 minutes.