David Lemayian

Chief Technologist, Code for Africa






DAVID LEMAYIAN serves as Chief Technologist / C.T.O at the continent’s largest network of open data and civic technology labs, Code for Africa (CfA).

David has built CfA’s core engineering and data analysis teams from the start, headhunting African digital pioneers and hacktivists to build some of the continent’s earliest open data initiatives. This has included working in support of anti-corruption journalists, progressive government agencies, and crusading human rights NGOs on projects that have ranged from digitising ‘deadwood’ government records to liberate the entity data hidden in the documents, to creating anti-FGM tools and mapping the mafia’s hidden assets across Africa.

As CfA matures, David is increasingly building forensic data backbone infrastructure and enterprise-scale solutions that empower citizens with actionable information.

David’s role at CfA is supported by the ICFJ through a Knight International Fellowship.

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