Kagonya Awori

Kagonya Awori is the User Experience Lead at Safaricom Alpha, the Innovation division of Safaricom PLC. She has a Computer Engineering PhD from the University of Melbourne, Australia, a Masters in Human-Computer Interaction from Carnegie Mellon University, USA, and a Bachelors in Business Information Technology from Strathmore University, Kenya. She received the Google Anita Borg award for demonstrating outstanding academic achievement, leadership and community involvement in Computer Engineering, and received the Human Computer Interface/ Interaction Design Award sponsored by Microsoft Research SocialNUI Centre in 2016. Kagonya is keen on designing innovative technology solutions that are relevant to the users, prioritise the users’ lens, are grounded in research and that solve problems. She is especially interested in designing innovative technologies for people, perspectives and logics of, from and in Africa.