Moinina David Sengeh is still under 35, but his list of accomplishments reads like that of one who has lived many more years. When I first met him, he worked for IBM Research Africa, where he led an initiative to design and implement applied Artificial Intelligence systems for the prevention, diagnosis, treatment and management of disease in Africa.

His passion for African development was palpable. A few years later, he got a shot to make an impact at the highest levels of governance when in 2018 he was appointed the Chief Innovation Officer for the Government of Sierra Leone by the country’s forward-thinking leader, President Julius Maada Bio.

Moinina is spearheading the use of the latest technological advancements to help solve some of Sierra Leone’s most pressing challenges; healthcare, education, efficiency in government and financial accountability. He is a passionate advocate for his country and Africa in general. Listen to him speak out at the recent World Economic Forum Africa Conference held in South Africa in the video below.

Moinina holds a PhD from MIT where he  did research on the intersection of medical imaging, computer-aided design and multi-material 3D printing. He invented low-cost, wearable mechanical interfaces that improved prosthetic comfort for amputees. David has published several academic journals and is a holder of patents in the prosthetics and AI fields.

He is also an Obama African Leader, a Senior TED Fellow, a National Geographic Emerging Explorer, a rapper, clothing designer, a husband and a father of two (Biographical information from Wikipedia and Govt of Sierra Leone Website).

Here’s my message to other African Presidents: On this one, follow President Bio’s lead.


Photo: John Werner Photography, TED 2018

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