Dr. Uyi Stewart leads the team responsible for applying innovative technologies, such as machine learning, artificial intelligence, etc., to optimize the use of data for decision-making and for delivery effectiveness, as well as leveraging the foundation’s data investments to create global public goods.
Prior to joining the foundation in March 2017, Uyi spent 13 years with IBM Research where he was promoted to distinguished engineer, one of the firm’s highest technical honors, in 2014. He was also the co-founder and chief scientist of IBM Research - Africa from 2012-2016, the first lab on the continent for conducting applied and far-reaching exploratory research into Africa’s grand challenges. Before IBM Research, Uyi held technical leadership positions with AT&T Labs, Call Sciences, and Nuance Communications. He was also a lecturer at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver.
Uyi holds a Ph.D. in Linguistics with specialization in generative syntax and language/speech interfaces from McGill University, a Master of Philosophy from Cambridge, and a Bachelor of Arts (first class honors) from the University of Benin, Nigeria.