Chao Tayiana – Founder/Director


Chao Tayiana Maina is a Kenyan historian and digital humanities scholar working at the intersection of culture and technology. Her work primarily focuses on the application of technology in the preservation, engagement and dissemination of African heritage. She holds an MSc International Heritage Visualisation (Distinction) and a BSc Mathematics and Computer Science. Her research work explored the possibilities of embedding intangible histories in 3D digital environments. 

In 2023, she won the DanDavid Prize – the world’s largest history prize. The selection committee recognised her as a “pioneering public historian who demonstrates remarkable leadership and creates digital spaces that expand our knowledge of African heritage and culture.”

She is a recipient of the Google Anita Borg scholarship for women in technology. She is also a co-founder of the Museum of British Colonialism  and is a co-founder of the Open Restitution Africa project

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