Ashlin Simpson

Project Manager, Safety and Violence Initiative

Research Project(s)

  • ParentApp
  • Global Parenting Initiative

Research Interests

  • Digital interventions
  • The intersection of technology and social development
  • The internet and society 


Ashlin Simpson is a Project Manager for the Safety and Violence Initiative at the Centre for Social Science Research. Her role focuses on the Global Parenting Initiative’s ParentApp for Teens in Tanzania, a project developing and testing an app-based version of the evidence-based Parenting for Lifelong Health for Parents and Teens programme. 

For the past six years, she has focused on the responsible internet and technology space as a programme manager, working on issues around technology and human rights, civic technology and technology-for-good, with a focus on grant-making, programme development, capacity building, advocacy, and research. She has worked with various government and non-governmental funders, such as the United States Department of State, the European Union, the German Agency for International Cooperation, the World Bank, and UNESCO. She was part of the United Nation’s capacity-building programme on technology facilitation for Sustainable Development Goals and has helped launch programmes in Kenya, Tanzania, Ghana and Nigeria. She also led Code for Africa's grant-making programmes, innovateAfrica and impactAfrica, funded through the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and Omidyar Foundation as well as the scale-up of PesaCheck, a fact-checking initiative for 14 African countries in three languages. 

Ashlin Simpson has a multi-disciplinary background in technology policy and communication science. She holds a Master's of Public Administration in Digital Technologies and Policy from University College London for which she received the prestigious Chevening Scholarship. She also received a BA in Communication and Media Studies from the University of South Africa, a Diploma in Journalism from City Varsity School of Media and Creative Arts (South Africa) and participated in the Leadership Academy for Women in Digital Media from the Poynter Institute. 

 Ashlin Simpson CV

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