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Tapiwa Chiwewe

Sandton, South Africa

Dr Tapiwa Chiwewe is a computer engineer by training. He has worked in academia and in industry, and taken up local, regional and global roles. Tapiwa has successfully led over 30 commercial product and R&D projects across industries. His diverse teams have worked in areas such as AI, quantum computing, and sustainability. He is well known for his work on air quality management using AI. Tapiwa has provided thought leadership through some 15 authored articles and over 40 invited talks and media appearances. He is a TED speaker and his work has been covered by BBC, CNN, IEEE Spectrum, and Popular Mechanics to name a few. A technophile, he is driven by curiosity and the promise of building a better world through transformative technologies and vibrant communities. For more information visit

Available For: Advising, Authoring, Consulting, Speaking
Travels From: Johannesburg, South Africa
Speaking Topics: artificial intelligence, digital transformation, sustainability

Tapiwa Chiwewe Points
Academic 0
Author 0
Influencer 1
Speaker 23
Entrepreneur 0
Total 24

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Areas of Expertise

AI 30.30
Big Data 30.47
Climate Change 32.83
Digital Disruption 30.48
Digital Transformation
Emerging Technology
Future of Work 30.17
Predictive Analytics
Quantum Computing
Social 30.36

Industry Experience

Engineering & Construction
High Tech & Electronics
Higher Education & Research


2 Keynotes
AI in the Workplace
May 22, 2023
A keynote talk on AI in the Workplace for TeamDynamix annual conference presented before an audience of IT professionals from the USA

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Tags: AI, Digital Disruption, Future of Work

TED Talk: You don't have to be an expert to solve big problems
March 16, 2018
Driving in Johannesburg one day, Tapiwa Chiwewe noticed an enormous cloud of air pollution hanging over the city. He was curious and concerned but not an environmental expert -- so he did some research and discovered that nearly 14 percent of all deaths worldwide in 2012 were caused by household and ambient air pollution. With this knowledge and an urge to do something about it, Chiwewe and his colleagues developed a platform that uncovers trends in pollution and helps city planners make better decisions. "Sometimes just one fresh perspective, one new skill set, can make the conditions right for something remarkable to happen," Chiwewe says. "But you need to be bold enough to try."

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Tags: AI, Big Data, Climate Change

1 Video
AI for Good
June 29, 2023
Guest speaker for DeepLearning.AI AI for Good course available on Coursera

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Tags: AI, Climate Change, Social

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