DCLead Track: ICT4D
Bsc: Business Information Technology
Worked as: An Information Management Specialist in the public sector & as a Technical Writer intern in the private sector.

I have chosen DCLead because: Discovering that this master programme approaches digital communication and leadership from an “interdisciplinary and international point of view” encompasses not just the reason I have applied for this programme but also in that it describes the type of person I am and aspire to be.

Farouk UmarIreland/Nigeria

DCLead Track: POLINN
Ba: Media Studies
Worked as: Researcher Assitant

I have chosen DCLead because: This programme offers me the opportunity to pursue my goal of understanding the opportunities and challenges that the new digital environment poses to political communication; particularly, it enables me to study the link between social media and populist communication. Moreover, one of the key factors that made me choose DC Lead is that it is a highly international programme that allows mobility periods in several countries as well as meeting people from all over the world, which I consider essential to be able to succeed professionally and academically in a globalized world.

Luis Manuel Arellano CervantesMexico

DCLead Track: TECMAN
Bsc: Software Engineering
Worked as: Communications and Digital Technology manager, Technology mentor, User Experience designer

I have chosen DCLead because: The curiosity to critically analyze technological development, business models, and their impact on societies. I aspire to be an interactive storyteller, use visual communication to present issues, and put the user’s digital health needs first from the advanced academic discussions of the programme. I am on the right path to designing, deploying, and managing inclusive digital technologies for the underserved population in Uganda to become a part of the developing internet world. The DCLead program prepares me to be a better technology leader and communicator.

Hilda AdurUganda

DCLead Track: POLINN
Ba: Journalism and Mass Communications
Worked as: Newspaper Journalist, Editorial Assistant, Copywriter, Content Strategist, Digital Marketing Analyst

I have chosen DCLead because: In a world that is rapidly shifting towards the digital spectrum, it is essential to establish a balance that helps preserve the human element of our existence. We as the youth are responsible for ensuring this through innovation and active participation in shaping the policies we adopt as a society. I chose DCLead because it is the only truly global program dedicated to shaping digital world leaders of the coming decades. In addition, I also chose it for the mobility component as it will provide much more exposure to me as a scholar, and will also facilitate cultural exchange. The curriculum is meticulously designed to cater to the ever-evolving needs of digital communications and allows students to be at pace with new developments in academic, social, and business scenarios related to the field.

Anikesh JohariIndia

DCLead Track: TECMAN
Bsc: Computer Science
Worked as: Front End Developer

I have chosen DCLead because: My interests and ambitions in life are closely aligned with the DClead-TECMAN program and it will allow me to fulfill my goal of initiating social change. I believe that the DClead chapter will promote higher levels of growth in me as an individual and as a member of an inclusive society, which will change the course of my life for good.

Muhammad Wajahat AmjadPakistan

DCLead Track: POLINN
Ba: Political Science
Worked as: Communication Officer, Program Assistant Data Policy and Governance

I have chosen DCLead because: It offers a multidisciplinary and holistic approach that spans both academics and practice. The multidisciplinary field of communication and technology will answer my questions about the opportunities and challenges in upholding digital rights. DCLead also offers a holistic approach to digital communication issues from the academic perspective with practical knowledge and skills. This combination will enrich my knowledge of industry-dominated digital communication practices and provide a suitable alternative to digital rights enforcement. It offers an international perspective which opens up the sharing space of many people’s experiences about digital communication in the global context. Meeting with many professionals with various backgrounds and cultures will enrich my understanding of digital communication.

Lamia Putri DamayantiIndonesia

DCLead Track: ICT4D
Ba: Political Science
Worked as: Social Worker

I have chosen DCLead because: I am motivated to pursue studies on DCLead because I am eager to obtain diverse international experiences and the benefits of a global, cosmopolitan education. In particular, the courses in this program would help me to adapt to different mediums that can shape the inter-human process for change.

Anastasia Karina Dewi AstutiIndonesia

DCLead Track: ICT4D
Ba: Community Development
Postgrad Diploma: New Media Journalism
Worked as: TV Journalist in Nepal for almost 5 years. Social Media Campaigning for Voter Education in Nepal, Visiting Lecturer at a College

I have chosen DCLead because: I was sure about DCLead because it was the push I needed to move forward and explore beyond the existing opportunities in my life.Considering ICT4D is exciting because my passion lies in media, academics, international developmental practices and politics. Also, DClead is continuously eventful with ideas brimming and leading to meaningful discussions, some activity to look forward to, a trip, a dinner together and so much more. It is quite enriching to be a part of an international pool of smart people.

Ayusha ChaliseNepal

DCLead Track: TECMAN
Bsc: Computer Science
Worked as: Performance Marketing Specialist

I have chosen DCLead because: I have always been interested to know about the intersection between business, social science, and technology. I have chosen DCLead to combine leadership, management, and communication skills with my technical background and unlock new doors to help the society. Besides, DCLead is a wonderful program for a person who wants to step out of her comfort zone, gain new experiences, and explore!

Elham FarahmandIran

DCLead Track: TECMAN
Bsc: Computer Engineering
Worked as: Technology Consultant

I have chosen DCLead because: While working in ICT industry, we often face ethical and moral dilemmas because of intended and unintended influence of digital technologies on our society. Having experience in and ambition for technology entrepreneurship, I felt the necessity to expand my understanding on the subject from social sciences perspective to better handle those dilemmas. DCLead is an opportunity for me to take a break from “how” part of the technology and research on “what” and “why” part, from academic perspective.

Mudassir Akber KhanPakistan