'Maletšabisa (Tšabi) Molapo is a Researcher at IBM Research - Africa. Her research interests lie at the intersection of Human-Computer Interaction and Artificial Intelligence. She researches, designs, builds, deploys and evaluates human-centered AI solutions for rural and low-income urban areas in Africa, with applications in education and healthcare.
She completed a PhD in Computer Science at the University of Cape Town (UCT), based at the centre in ICT for Development (ICT4D). At UCT, she led the research towards the design, development, and deployment of a feedback-integrated mobile learning platform for community health education, working with Community Health Workers in rural Lesotho. Before joining IBM, she worked at Praekelt.org, conducting user research, experience design and the evaluation of mobile solutions for girls, mothers, and youth in low-resource regions in Africa and Asia. Before this, she worked at the National University of Lesotho (NUL) as a Computer Science lecturer.
She also holds an MSc in Computer Science from UCT and a BEng in Computer Systems and Networks from NUL. Among others, she has been awarded the Queen's Young Leaders award by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, the South African Women in Science Research Award, the Hasso-Plattner-Institut Research School Award, the Mandela Rhodes Scholarship, the Google Anita Borg Memorial Scholarship, the Schlumberger Faculty for The Future Fellowship and the World Bank/MMMF Award for Commitment to improving the lives of African women and children.