Niousha Roshani

Niousha Roshani

  • Fellow, Program on Democracy and the Internet


Niousha Roshani is a multi-sectoral social scientist, innovator and global connector at the nexus of technology, business, and human rights. She has expertise in research, policy and practice working in more than 25 countries in directing organizations and programs, establishing strategic partnerships and working with entrepreneurs, CSOs, philanthropy, the private and public sectors. She completed a PostDoc at Harvard University, a PhD in Education at the University College London (UCL), a Master’s degree in International Development from Cornell University, and a BS in Civil Engineering.

She is the Deputy Director of the Content Policy & Society Lab, housed within Stanford University’s Program on Democracy and the Internet (PDI), part of the Cyber Policy Center (CPC) and the Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society (PACS). She is also the co-founder of Global Black Youth, that connects, amplifies, and invests in the reach and impact of the most cutting-edge technology generated by young Black innovators and entrepreneurs on a global scale. As a senior fellow at the Portulans Institute, she conducts research on decolonized innovation and the new futures of work in Africa and LAC.

In her past roles, she advised governments and the private sector on youth entrepreneurship and conflict resolution, digital rights of underrepresented groups (SSA, LAC and ME); on tech + policy (SSA + LAC); on best practices for journalists to report on young women in digital media (SEA); and addressing misinformation online with journalists (Europe, SSA and LAC). She was a Technology and Human Rights Fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School, an IDB-ALARI Fellow on Race and Public Policy in Latin America at the Afro-Latin American Research Institute and a research fellow at the Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society at Harvard University. For over a decade, she served as the Executive Director of the Nukanti Foundation, leveraging youth-led media to strengthen communities affected by armed conflict.