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Our list is small but growing. For now, here are the organizers:

Neha Kumar is an assistant professor at Georgia Tech, appointed at the schools of International Affairs and Interactive Computing. She focuses on human-centered computing and sustainable development. She graduated from UC Berkeley’s School of Information and was a postdoc at University of Washington Computer Science & Engineering and the Annenberg School of Communication at University of Southern California.

Susan Dray is President of Dray & Associates, Inc., where she provides contextual and ethnographic user research, usability evaluation, and interface design consultation for a wide range of products systems, and applications. She contributed to the founding of ACM SIGCHI, was the 2006 recipient of the SIGCHI Lifetime Service Award, the 2015 recipient of the SIGCHI Lifetime Achievement in Practice Award and the 2016 recipient of the UXPA’s Lifetime Achievement Award. She is also a Fulbright Scholar, an ACM Distinguished Engineer, and a Fellow of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society.

Christian Sturm is professor at the Hamm-Lippstadt University of Applied Sciences in Germany. He holds a bachelor in computer science from Furtwangen University and a PhD in cognitive science, cultural anthropology, and telematics from the University of Freiburg. He has worked for several years in academia and industry in Mexico, Spain and Egypt and teaches computer science in China. His research interests include cross-cultural aspects of HCI, UX and entrepreneurship.

Nithya Sambasivan is an HCI researcher interested in the usage and application of technologies in the Global South. She is currently a User Experience Researcher at Google, exploring the socio-technical practices and implications of the internet in emerging markets. She has a PhD. in Information and Computer Sciences from UC Irvine, and a Master’s in HCI from Georgia Tech. She has interned at Microsoft Research India, IBM TJ Watson, and Nokia Research Center.

Laura S. Gaytán-Lugo is a Professor at the University of Colima in Mexico, appointed at the School of Mechanical and Electrical Engineering. She focuses on human-computer interaction. Her research interests include serious games, user experience design, crowd-computer interaction and evaluation methods. She holds a Ph.D. in Information Technologies from the University of Guadalajara and is a member of Mexico’s National System of Researchers.

Leonel Morales is a professor and researcher at Francisco Marroquin University in Guatemala. His research interests include abstract models of user interfaces, programming languages for children and young students, social interactive platforms and crowd-computers interaction. He graduated from Francisco Marroquin University with degrees in information systems engineering and electronic engineering. He also obtained a master’s degree in information systems from Galileo University in Guatemala. He has been a university professor for more than fifteen years.

Negin Dahya is an assistant professor at the University of Washington Information School. Her work is focused on the social and cultural context of digital and social media production and use for and by non-dominant and underserved communities locally and globally. Her international research has been focused on the role of information and communication technology in the ecology of refugee education in refugee camps in Kenya. Dr. Dahya received her PhD from York University’s Faculty of Education (Toronto, Canada).

Nova Ahmed is an associate professor at North South University, Bangladesh. She completed her PhD at the Georgia Institute of Technology and went back to her home country to teach. She has a systems background and loves to solve a variety of problems. HCI comes in the way naturally when these problems need to look at ‘developing country’ challenges and opportunities.

Anicia Peters is the Dean of the Faculty of Computing and Informatics at the Namibia University of Science and Technology (formerly Polytechnic of Namibia). She is also the Chair for the SIGCHI African HCI Community and General Conference Chair of the inaugural Africa HCI conference (AfriCHI ‘16). Her research interests span both the human and technical aspects of interactive system design, development and use. She is passionate about expanding existing HCI research capacity in Africa.