'Maletšabisa (Tšabi) Molapo is a Research Manager at IBM Research - Africa (Johannesburg lab). She leads teams working in AI Science, Quantum Computing and Clinical Natural Langage Processing. Her research has ranged from Speech & Voice technologies to Human-Computer Interaction and Natural Language Processing, to the application of AI in education and healthcare.
She holds a PhD in Computer Science from the University of Cape Town (UCT), an MSc in Computer Science from UCT and a BEng in Computer Systems and Networks from the National University of Lesotho (NUL). Before joining IBM, she worked in user research, experience design and product strategy at Praekelt.org, after spending several years as a Computer Science lecturer and researcher at NUL.
Among others, she has received awards such as the South African Women in Science Research Award, the Queen's Young Leaders Award; and has held fellowships such as the Schlumberger Faculty for The Future fellowship, the Moremi African Women Leaders fellowship, the Mandela Rhodes scholarship and the World Bank/MMMF Fellowship for African women researchers working to improve the lives of women and children through science, research and innovation.