I am Ubongabasi Obot, the Chair of Platfform. I am an International Digital Rights, Human Rights and Gender Specialist with about eight years of experience working in The United Kingdom, The Netherlands, The Gambia and Nigeria. I love to call myself a Community Development Practitioner at the forefront of supporting digital rights, human rights, gender rights, policies, research, sustainable development and social justice.
I have a master’s degree in Development Studies and Human Rights from Erasmus University, The Netherlands, and I am bagging another masters degree in LegalTech from Swansea University in September 2021.
Also, in September 2021, I will be starting my PhD at the University of Surrey, where I will be working on designing a human rights framework for algorithmic justice. I am passionate about data justice, inclusive technology, responsible AI, ethics and trust and safety. I believe in ensuring that human rights and digital rights are protected in the creation, deployment and daily use of technology.
To support my studies as an International Student in the United Kingdom, I have been working as a Health Care Assistant in the field of mental health supporting vulnerable people and ensuring their sustainable wellbeing. This stoked my interest seeing first hand how service users were treated and I longed for system change. I believe that the mental health system needs a total overhaul and a change of narrative as to diagnosis and care. I believe that this is the right time to join Platfform and I look forward to contributing to ensuring that we meet our goals.
I love to hang out with my best friend, who is my sound board. We take regular walks and just enjoy the scenery at the end of each week talking about how our week was. We support each other through good times and bad times, pray for and with each other and that is especially good for my mental health. Just having someone to talk to, hang with and I really wish that everyone could have such a great friend.