David Lemayian

ICFJ Knight Fellow, Sub-Saharan Africa

ICFJ Knight Fellow David Lemayian leads the development of journalistic tools and software for Code for Africa. His projects help local newsrooms to produce innovative storytelling and to increase engagement with their audiences across platforms.

Lemayian is an experienced technologist with a track record of finding creative ways to use technology in media, government and civil society organizations. He has served as Code for Africa’s lead technologist since 2012 and has worked on projects that include sourceAFRICA, Africa’s largest repository of searchable documents that journalists can use in investigations, and “Dodgy Doctors,” a web and SMS tool that allows users to check if their doctor is registered or not. He manages Code for Africa’s team of software developers and oversees all related technical infrastructure.

Lemayian is also a data literacy bootcamp trainer and organizer. He has facilitated bootcamps for the World Bank Group in Moldova, Malawi, Nepal and Tanzania. He is a former winner of the Google Android Developer Challenge for Sub-Saharan Africa and was a Global Editors Networks Data Journalism Awards Finalist.