Professor Anicia Peters is the CEO of NCRST, Adjunct Research Professor and was the Chairperson of the Namibia Presidential Task Force on 4IR. She is founder of Africa Human Computer Interaction Conference and Namibia Women in Computing. She serves on the steering committee of ACM CHI. She works among others on the intersection of technology and gender and co-developed a GenderMag software development method to find gender inclusiveness issues in software.

Professor Anicia has over 30 years of academic and industry experience in Namibia and internationally, including being a pro-vice chancellor for research, a faculty dean and working in the tech industry. She holds a PhD and MSc in human computer interaction from Iowa State University, a postdoctpral from Oregon State University and undergraduate degrees from Namibia University of Science and Technology.

Ajith Basu

Chief Programme Executive

Agastya Foundation


Ajith Basu is Chief Consultant-Programs at Agastya International Foundation, an NGO that uses interactive, hands-on methods to educate over 1.7 million government school children from economically disadvantaged backgrounds in 22 Indian states each year. The foundation handles teacher training programmes and coordinate ‘giftedness’ identification programme in STEM among rural children with various organisations including National Institute of Advanced Studies and Department of Science and Technology, Government of India.

Ajith developed an impact assessment framework to assess various Agastya field intervention models in collaboration with various agencies in Bangalore. He designed and coordinated Agastya’s leadership of HP Catalyst New Learner Consortium which worked across eight countries. He also designed and coordinated Maverick Teachers’ Global Summit at Agastya campus where teachers participated, creating school-level pedagogies around UN SDGs.