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Uyi Stewart

Uyi is Director, Strategy, Data and Analytics, Bill and Melinda Gates foundation. He has more than 20 years of experience in leading teams that develop and deploy innovative AI technologies to solve a wide variety of data-related problems, from the use of big data to combat the Ebola outbreak via behavior change, transforming advocacy models using data to re-engineer government process (ease of doing business), to real-time translations systems and the pioneering of traffic-status applications in Nairobi.

Uyi recently joined Gates foundation and previously spent more than 10 years with IBM Research, where he was most recently a Distinguished Engineer (one of the firm's highest technical honors), and the Co-Founder and Chief Scientist of IBM Research – Africa, Nairobi, Kenya. Prior to IBM, Uyi held technical leadership positions with AT&T Labs, Call Sciences and Nuance Communications. Uyi holds a PhD in Linguistics with specialization in generative syntax and language interfaces from McGill University, a Master of Philosophy in Linguistics from Cambridge and a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Benin, Nigeria.