Olivier Alais is a social technologist, researcher, and entrepreneur. He specializes in adapting technology to civil society needs. He spent four years in West Africa, giving computer science courses, setting up rural computer centers, building community-based radio stations, and managing an innovation lab.

More recently, he authored the report, Applying a Public-Private Partnership Approach to Digital ID in Somalia; designed technical specifications for the creation of a federal social security digital platform that allows data exchanges and analysis in Mexico; designed tech policies in Liberia and Comoros; developed a micro insurance health program for Burmese refugees in Thailand; drafted the open source policy in Mauritius; and authored the open data initiative in Liberia under funding from the World Bank, the European Commission, the Global Fund, and USAID.

As a researcher, Olivier worked on the social impacts of Open Data and Open Source for the Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University and for the Instituto de Tecnologia e Sociedade de Rio de Janeiro.

As an entrepreneur, Olivier founded Soukeina, a digital strategy and cyber security firm advising public institutions, startups, NGOs, and universities.


  • Bachelor’s degree in computer science from the University of Paris
  • Joint engineering degree in information system from the University of Technology of Troyes, Compiègne and McGill University
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