David Moinina Sengeh

Chief Innovation Officer & Minister of Basic and Senior Secondary Education, Sierra Leone

David Moinina Sengeh is Sierra Leone’s first-ever chief innovation officer. He is also the Minister of Basic and Senior Secondary Education. Previously he was a research scientist at IBM Research Africa, Nairobi. David was born and raised in Sierra Leone, and received his PhD at the MIT Media Lab, where his research in the biomechatronics group focused on the design of comfortable prosthetic sockets and wearable interfaces. He is the president and co-founder of the international NGO Global Minimum (GMin). Currently, GMin’s main project is Innovate Challenges: the first-ever competition created to foster a culture of innovation among high-school students in Africa, where youth can get help in transforming their ideas into tangible solutions. GMin was one of three winners out of 1,000 nominees for the Rockefeller Foundation Next Century Innovators Awards.