Paul M Cunningham is Director of the IST-Africa Institute ( www.IST-Africa.org ). Supported by the European Commission and African Union Commission, IST-Africa is a strategic collaboration with ministries and national councils responsible for innovation, science and technology across Africa, and a member of the United Nations Sustainable Development Solutions Network.
Paul is the 2018 Chair of the IEEE Humanitarian Activities Committee (HAC), which is focused on strengthening the capacity and impact of IEEE volunteers in the global sustainable development and humanitarian technology space. IEEE HAC facilitates necessary education and training, builds strategic partnerships, provides funding for projects and
events and supports multi-stakeholder collaboration through IEEE SIGHT.
As President and CEO of IIMC (the International Information Management Corporation), Paul leads a team providing technology, strategy, and policy expertise to international and national government organizations and international and nationally funded research and innovation programs in Europe and Africa.
Paul is an Adjunct/Visiting Professor at the International University of Management (IUM, Namibia), a Visiting Senior Fellow at Wrexham Glyndŵr University (Wales), and an IEEE SSIT Distinguished Lecturer, focusing on sustainable and ethical technology solutions.
Paul is Coordinator of mHealth4Afrika (www.mHealth4Afrika.org), which is co-designing and validating a modular state-of-the-art primary healthcare delivery platform for resource constrained environments. Supported by the European Commission, mHealth4Afrika is collaborating with Ministries of Health, local universities, district health offices and clinic healthcare staff in Ethiopia, Kenya, Malawi and South Africa.
Recognized by Enterprise Ireland as an Irish Champion of EU Research (2015, 2017), Paul’s research interests include the social implications of technology, ethics, entrepreneurship in Africa, and leveraging technology to address societal challenges related to health, food security, energy and education.
Paul is the 2017-2018 President of the IEEE Society on Social Implications of Technology (SSIT), a member of the IEEE Global Public Policy Committee, and an IEEE Access Associate Editor.