Niousha Roshani

2021 Senior Fellow

Niousha Roshani works at the intersection of youth, economic empowerment, race and ethnicity, violence, inequalities and digital technologies. She holds a PhD in Education from the University College London (UCL) and a Master’s degree in international development from Cornell University. She is the co-founder of Global Black Youth, convening the world’s most innovative, disruptive and entrepreneurial young black leaders and supporting them in generating knowledge and solutions that transform their ability to impact the world. She was a Technology and Human Rights Fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School where she researched ways Black youth use digital technologies to address structural constraints and systemic racism in their communities in Latin America, Europe and Africa. She worked on digital entrepreneurship initiatives with young people and their engagement with cyber platforms in collaboration with Google, Microsoft and Samsung (LAC and MENA), on best practices for journalists to report on young women in digital media with TR Foundation (Asia); and addressing misinformation online with journalists (Europe, Africa and LAC). She was an IDB-ALARI Postdoctoral Fellow on Race and Public Policy in Latin America at the Afro-Latin American Research Institute at Harvard University engaging with CSOs and national governments on the creation of inclusive policies and programs for racial equity. She was a research fellow at the Berkman Klein Center where she researched digital racism and counter speech of African-descendant youth in Brazil and Colombia. For over a decade, she served as the Executive Director of the Nukanti Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to engaging, educating, and empowering youth in LAC, Africa and Europe.