On Friday 29th July, the CSC Alumni Team hosted the latest webinar, ‘Machine learning, blockchain technology & sustainable development in Africa,’ delivered by Commonwealth Alumnus Faithful Onwuegbuche. The webinar addressed the CSC development theme, Promoting global prosperity.

The CSC’s Development in Action webinar series aims to highlight the work and research of Commonwealth Alumni across a variety of development impact areas.

About the speaker

Faithful is currently pursuing a PhD in Machine Learning and Blockchain Technology at the SFI Center for Research Training in Machine Learning (ML-Labs), University College Dublin. Faithful has over five years of relevant work experience gained as a data scientist, machine learning and blockchain researcher, teacher, community developer, and leader in several projects.

During his Commonwealth Scholarship, Faithful also served as the West Scotland Regional Network Coordinator.

Faithful is a 2019 Commonwealth Shared Scholar from Nigeria. He completed an MSc in Financial Technology (FinTech) at the University of Stirling.

The role of FinTech in sustainable development

In this webinar, Faithful explained the concepts of innovative technologies such as Machine Learning and Blockchain Technology and how these can be utilised in achieving sustainable development across Africa.

Faithful discussed his PhD research study on the topic and shared how these technologies are an opportunity for sustainable development across the continent of Africa as part of the 4th industrial revolution. He also discussed the different sectors in which these technologies can be used, implementation challenges, and solutions.

The webinar presentation was followed by an interactive Q&A session with Commonwealth Scholars and Alumni.

You can watch the webinar and previous events in the series by visiting the CSC’s YouTube channel.

Join future Development in Action webinars

Webinars take place monthly and are open to all Commonwealth Scholars and Alumni.

To find out about upcoming webinars, please visit the CSC’s event webpage.