Former RIA principal researcher, Dr Araba Sey, has been appointed RIA Deputy Director.
Araba, who was due to reside in South Africa from 1 March 2020, when COVID-19 struck, will finally wend her way here in June this year. In the meantime, she will be working half of her time from where she is based in Seattle in the United States.
Araba is a researcher and educator with a professional background that spans business management, journalism, and research project management. She has managed a variety of social science and policy-oriented research projects in Africa, the Americas, Asia, and Europe. Her research examines the link between digital and social inequalities, and the potential to advance human development through inclusive research design and decision-making processes. She joins RIA from the University of Washington, Seattle, where she has most recently collaborated with researchers at the Information School to promote gender equality in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) education; and at the Ocean Nexus Center to foster social equity in marine decision-making.