My name is Maurice Sayinzoga. I am excited to join the DemTech Team as Program Director. My new role will focus on developing strategies, cultivating partnerships, and improving processes for integrating technology tools and applications into NDI programs and the work of our partners.
I’ve always had a passion for finding innovative solutions to societal challenges. One of my best memories in grad school was the many hours spent in social innovation workshops and the lively discussions in my political economy class at Georgetown University debating the relationship between public institutions and policy and economic development. Besides my academic background in both international development and information technology (through my undergrad), I bring over a decade of experience working at the intersection of technology, policy, and development, particularly in Africa, where I am from.
Most recently, I worked with the United Nations Foundation’s Digital Impact Alliance as Senior Manager, Policy & Research, where I led the country evidence program, documenting exemplar countries and how public policy and investment affect the digital economy and digital adoption, including for public service delivery and civic participation.
When I’m not working, I am always up for an active and fun activity like playing a friendly soccer game or sightseeing in nature. I grew up in Rwanda, the land of a thousand hills, so I am the happiest when exploring the outdoors with friends. I get excited when I see green hills or rolling mountains reminiscent of my home country’s topography.
I look forward to working alongside my brilliant and dedicated colleagues on the DemTech team, delving more into civic tech and exploring how technology can best be used to improve civic engagement and public institutions worldwide.