Zara Schroeder is a Researcher and the Communications Coordinator at Research ICT Africa. Zara holds a Master’s degree in Public Sociology and Anthropology from Stellenbosch University. Zara has experience in qualitative research methods, which include: in-depth interviews, focus groups, and digital diaries through PhotoVoice methods. Zara is skilled in research methods and qualitative data analysis. Since joining RIA, Zara has coordinated the research on the African Observatory on Responsible AI and the Global Index on Responsible AI. Zara also coordinates all communications and events for RIA.
Zara has experience in working in the Communication and Strategic Information Unit and the Multimedia Unit at Sonke Gender Justice. During her time at Sonke, Zara led the development of a social media awareness campaign aimed at combating gender-based violence. She also has a wide background in supporting non-governmental organisations in South Africa in enhancing the visibility and impact of their work.
Zara’s research interests lie in the intersectionalities between digital and social inequalities, gender and AI, children and AI, and participatory action and AI. Zara is committed to rethinking development in a digital world through methods that promote citizen participation.