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Inspire. Inform. Involve. Impact.

These four simple but complexly connected words describe the core of who I am, what I have chosen to do with my life and where I am headed.

About Me

Born, bred and formally educated in Africa, I have directly engaged with policy development processes globally, building capacity and strategy, and enabling the implementation of strategies as it relates to Internet governance and the digital economy.

 From making a case for the role and inclusion of youth globally who are primarily at the forefront of the digital ecosystem, to helping governments shape the policy and regulatory environment as it relates to the role of intermediaries, content creation & sharing, data privacy and cybersecurity, my work requires intense interdisciplinarity.I am a key opinion former and connector in the area of Digital Public Policy in Africa and beyond with extensive cross sectoral networks and know how on the digital economy in Africa - and in reverse how those with interest on the continent can and should position themselves to sustainably grow the Digital economy. An against all odds connector of disparate thoughts. My experience spans both the public and private sectors consulting for a range of international institutions including AfriNIC, the World Bank Institute, IICD, Mindset, UN-GAID, UNECA, SchoolNet Africa and MTech Communications.

Research and Thought Leadership

My primary interest and area of engagement lies in policy the space that interrogates the application of digital technologies in the global South (specifically the African subcontinent).
Navigating the tension between what good such technology might produce in institutionally weak, economically floundering and politically compromised countries and the cultural narrative that inevitably informs these as they are deployed in distant cultural spaces – too often disrupting and undermining what little social cohesion exists in those contexts. Discerning what kind of policies are needed to mediate these tensions while harnessing opportunities to ensure that citizens and institutions are empowered to effectively harness new technologies has been my chief occupation for the past decade.  


Titi Akinsanmi joins the 2018 Fellowship Cohorts at the Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society. Berkman Klein  is a research center at Harvard University that focuses on the study of cyberspace. Founded at Harvard Law School, the center traditionally focused on internet-related legal issues.