Geci is an urban scholar-practitioner based in Johannesburg working in the intersection between people, place and technological change.
She is a Visiting Associate Professor at the University of Witwatersrand where she is hosting the Civic Tech Innovation Network. She is also associated with the University of Cape Town’s African Centre for Cities, South African Cities Network, a learning network of the country’s metropolitan municipalities, and Singularity University’s Global Faculty.
Geci holds Bachelors’ degrees in Computer Science and Sociology (Iowa); Masters’ degrees in Urban Planning and Architecture from UCLA (Los Angeles); and a PhD from the University of Witwatersrand (Johannesburg).
Geci’s work is mainly in Africa and the global south. She has a diverse background, spanning a range of foresight, policy, innovation and practice topics, and has worked extensively in R&D, government and civic organisations. She previously worked with South Africa’s Ministry of Finance (National Treasury), the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC), and the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) Advanced Policy Institute. She has also recently served on the South African Council of Planners (SACPLAN), the Johannesburg Development Agency (JDA) Board, and the national Ministerial Task Team on the Fourth Industrial Revolution.
She currently serves as the Vice-Chair of AfricaLICS (the community of innovation scholars in Africa) and Regional Advisor of the Africa Innovation Summit.
Join Dr Geci Karuri-Sebina at the ODI Summit 2021
Geci will be taking part in a panel discussion on ‘People-centric places: How can data help us to build fairer cities?’, taking place from 14:45-15:30.