Anaele Iroh, Ph.D., Executive Director
The founder of CTI, Dr Iroh is an artist, cultural theorist and technology entrepreneur. He graduated with a B.A. from the University of Nigeria and received his Ph.D. from the Dublin Institute of Technology in Ireland. Dr Iroh was a faculty at Bard College at Simon's Rock before venturing into technology entrepreneurship to found Circuit Atlantic. He has been a guest speaker on his work at universities in Europe, North America and Africa, including Harvard University, University of Notre Dame, Trinity College, Dublin, Makerere University, Kampala, among others. Dr Iroh's work has been published in book chapters and academic journals. His current project explores effective utilisation of MOOCs (massive open online courses) in developing world contexts and the intersection of liberal arts and technology in higher education.
Pui-Ying Iroh Tam, MD, President
A founding board member, Dr Iroh Tam is Assistant Professor of Pediatric Infectious Diseases and Immunology at University of Minnesota. A graduate of Harvard University, she received her medical degree from the Royal College of Surgeons, Ireland. Widely published in peer-reviewed medical journals, Dr. Iroh Tam has won prestigious grants and awards for research, including the Pfizer Junior Investigator Award in Pediatric Vaccine Research. With significant international experience and a track record of attracting funding and administering large grants, Dr. Iroh Tam brings valuable administrative expertise to CTI. She resides in Minneapolis with her husband and their two young daughters.
Femi Longe, Vice President
Co-founder and director of Open Living Labs, Nigeria, Mr. Longe has nearly two decades experience bringing together stakeholders to address the social and economic challenges facing sub-Saharan Africa. With extensive international experience innovating technology solutions to social and commercial challenges, he brings to CTI a keen interest in and valuable insight into African economic transformation via socially responsible business. Mr. Longe’s expertise in education and social innovation is beyond compare. An avid traveler and expatriate, to date, he has lived in or visited 37 countries.
David O. Anyaele, Treasurer
In addition to founding and directing Nigeria’s Centre for Citizens with Disabilities, Mr. Anyaele is a social worker, development consultant and member of the Nigerian Institute for Public Relations. When visiting Freetown, Sierra Leone in 1999 he was attacked by Revolutionary United Front (RUF) rebels who set him afire and forcibly chopped off his arms. This led him to join the disability rights movement. Mr. Anyaele provides CTI with extensive knowledge of and experience in Nigeria’s non-profit sector. Also a motivational speaker, Mr. Anyaele has three children.
Kate Boulay, Ph.D., Secretary
A founding CTI faculty member, Dr. Boulay holds a Ph.D. from Dublin Institute of Technology, a master’s degree from George Mason University and a B.A. from Boston University. An award-winning teacher, she has developed and taught graduate and undergraduate programs in media and cultural studies in the United States, Britain and Ireland. Her academic work focuses on contemporary visual culture and she brings to CTI expertise derived from longstanding involvement with US-based non-profits. Ms. Boulay and her partner currently reside in suburban Chicago.
Chris Coggins, Ph.D.
Professor Coggins is a member of faculty at Bard College at Simon’s Rock in Massachusetts at the Liebowitz Center for International Studies. He is the author of The Tiger and the Pangolin: Nature, Culture and Conservation in China, co-author of The Primates of China: Biogeography and Conservation Status, and co-editor (with Emily Yeh) of Mapping Shangrila: Contested Landscapes of the Sino-Tibetan Borderlands, Professor Coggins brings to CTI nearly two decades of expertise in developing interdisciplinary and liberal arts higher education.
Professor El Anatsui is an accomplished sculptor and globally recognised artist. El Anatsui received a BA from the College of Art, University of Science and Technology, Kumasi, Ghana in 1969 and since 1975 has taught at the University of Nigeria, Nsukka. His works are in the public collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; Museum of Modern Art, New York; British Museum, London; Centre Pompidou, Paris; De Young Museum, San Francisco; and Guggenheim, Abu Dhabi, among many others. Major exhibitions of his work have appeared at the Venice Biennale, the Smithsonian Institute, and Dakar Biennale of African Art, as well as many others. El Anatsui brings to CTI his creative depth and ability to push the boundaries of innovation, and to explore the intersection of art and technology. He lives and works in between Nsukka, Nigeria and Tema in Ghana.