DCLead Track: ICT4D
BA: Bachelor of Science with a major in Media and Communication studies, University of Gothenburg
Worked as: Communications Officer and Social Media Community Manager

I have chosen DCLead because:
Our transforming digital society requires professionals who critically push the research and development of digital communication toward more conscious and ethical solutions. I aspire to identify the benefits, as well as the challenges of digitalization on a global scale by taking a leading role in understanding, embracing, and shaping this transformation. With its multidisciplinary curriculum, this master’s program will equip me with the right tools, in-depth skills, and inspiration to guide and prepare myself for my own contribution to the field. Moreover, DClead provides an opportunity to share ideas and gain valuable knowledge from people with different professional and cultural backgrounds, which I believe builds and deepens the understanding of digital communication.

Chalene JohanssonSweden

DCLead Track: POLINN
BA: Mass Communication
MA: Advertising & Public Relations
Worked as: CEO & Founder – The Digital Wizards, CEO & Founder – The Self Love Project, Digital Skills Instructor – UN Women, JICA

I have chosen DCLead because:If not DCLead, then what? I feel this program has been my calling, and I couldn’t be happier to have been selected. My experience in digital advocacy, gender parity, and social issues like mental health & women empowerment have made me realize that there is nothing more important than the right digital communication strategy to achieve our goals in modern times. Having taught Digital Skills to women entrepreneurs from underprivileged communities UN Women & JICA has opened my eyes to how anything we want to be noticed in the world has to have perfect synergy with the ever-changing digital landscape.
Thus, DCLead felt like the most natural option to pursue my Master’s in. The program is the perfect marriage between digital communication and what it takes to be the right leader. The policy and innovation track is just what I wanted to hone in on my advocacy and lobbying experience in the mental health sector. I am sure DCLead is going to be the perfect inter-disciplinary program to help me make sure my voice is not only heard but registered!

Kainaat MaqboolPakistan

DCLead Track: ICT4D
BA: International Information
MA/MSc: International Information
Worked as: Communications Expert for Ukraine’s National Agency for Corruption Prevention, Communications Advisor for Ukraine’s Prosecutor General, Video/Photo Editor (journalist) for EU Advisory Misson, Senior Press Assistant for OSCE Special Monitoring Mission

I have chosen DCLead because:
How to overcome challenges and threats posed by the new realities emerging with rapid growth of digital technologies? How to take the most of the technologies to make the world a better place and eliminate its negative impact on society development and democracy? These questions brought me to the DC Lead Master Programme. It not only provides high quality education by well-established universities, but also gives an opportunity to meet with people of similar interests from around the world.

Mariia AleksevychUkraine

DCLead Track: TECMAN
BA: BSc in Computer Science and Engineering
Worked as: Officer-ICT at SOS Children’s Villages Bangladesh

I have chosen DCLead because:
My strong affection towards the business perspective of IT industry and having Computer Science background along with work experience in IT motivated me to choose DCLead. Also, my desire to explore technology in a broader sense related to social and natural aspects guided me to land here.

Asif AhmedBangladesh

DCLead Track: POLINN
BA: BA (Hon.) in Journalism, Beaconhouse National University, Lahore
Worked as: Communication Officer, Online Outreach Worker and Social Media Manager for a couple of NGOs in Pakistan.

I have chosen DCLead because:
Because of where I come from. I come from a city (Quetta) surrounded by violence, injustice and despair. It is a country (Pakistan) where communication is overlooked despite a rapidly growing digital and mass media footprint. I have ridiculously high expectations of DCLead. So many viewpoints, cultures and countries are represented by the peers I will encounter and from the teachers I will learn from. The interdisciplinary nature of the program, encompassing all aspects of digital communication, makes it a perfect match for me which is aligned with my educational background, work experience and future goals.

Ali NadirPakistan

DCLead Track: POLINN
BA: BA Sociology, University of the Philippines Diliman
MSc: Master of Industrial Relations (MIR), University of the Philippines Diliman
Worked as: Digital Marketing Officer at CIS Bayad Center Inc., Senior Project Manager at Mitchell Madison Group, Project Manager at The Filipino School

I have chosen DCLead because:
As an aspiring scholar in the field of digital communication, I hope to become part of the next generation of field experts who can help shape the big conversations and create new systems that promote inclusivity, sustainability and development across different sectors.
I believe DCLead will broaden my perspective on how to design new governance structures and build platforms that can encourage innovative collaboration among users and promote partnership-building in the global digital space.

Rodessa MarquezPhilippines

DCLead Track: TECMAN
BA: Bachelor of Engineering in Information Technology
Worked as: Cyber Security Consultant (IBM India Pvt. Ltd.)

I have chosen DCLead because:
Communication is very important in life and I want to learn what maximum impact it creates when it gets a digital form. DCLead involves the combination of two or more academic disciplines into one activity. The cultural diversity and various professional experiences of my fellow students will make this a unique experience in which we will learn a lot from each other.

Umesh TorawaneIndia

DCLead Track: POLINN
BA: BSc Social Sciences at Vrije Universiteit Brussel

I have chosen DCLead because:
It has become clear to me that the sudden onset of using ICT for public services and everyday tasks have not come without drawbacks. Further policy analysis and investigation is warranted to combat a fast-changing technological landscape to mitigate its possible negative effects.

Michael ThelenUnited States of America