Our People

Our work is not possible without the daring group of young people who put their heart, youth, and skills into Digital Grassroots.

Our Objectives


Engage youth in internet governance


Connect grassroots communities to institutions that enhance their autonomy in digital citizenship


Create services that respond to the digital needs of underserved communities

Board of Directors

Uffa Modey

Uffa is the core curator of the organization structure of Digital Grassroots. As Executive Director, she leads the Board of Directors and ensures a fluid organizational workflow. She innovates to include grassroots youth in telecommunication infrastructure, standards and policy development. Follow her @Fafa416

Esther Mwema

Esther’s vision for Digital Grassroots has propelled the organization to reach to the most underrepresented even within the context of digital inequalities. She offers a human-centered approach to technology, in such a way that the focus remains on people through digital rights. Follow her @hadassahlouis

Bolutife Adisa

Adisa offers system support to the functioning of Digital Grassroots as a virtual organization. His scope ensures that Digital Grassroots remains within legal integrity while disrupting the way of work necessary for virtual organizing. His core competence also include organizing offline. Follow him @bolloger

Eileen Cejas

Eileen interconnects different spheres of internet governance to make information available in a centralized way – so that no one is left behind when engaging in Internet governance. Her relentless drive to create opportunities and connect communities offers invaluable perspectives on connecting the disconnected. Follow her @eileencejas

Our Ethos

Digital Grassroots vision and core values are of care, intention, collaboration, open leadership and equity. 


Bold foliage Digital Grassroots


We are empathetic, respectful and kind to each other

We value the welfare of individuals and communities we work with


We prioritize quality over quantity

All our activities respond to our mission values


We practice a bottom-up approach in our activities

We prioritize the voices of young people in underrepresented spaces


We practice open leadership principles 

We are impartial in principles, processes, and rules


We are intersectional in our responses to meet the needs of digitally invisible groups

We don’t separate digital inequalities from its socio-political framework

DIGRA Cofounders

Bolutife Adisa, Brian Nkala, Charlette N’Guessan, Dajana Mulaj, Esther Mwema, Wathagi Ndungu, Katie Watson, Noha Ashraf, Rebecca Ryakitimbo, Sindy Obed, Uffa Modey 

And first peer supporters: Adja Sembene, Kyristis Charalampos

Our Latest News

i want to do that too

I Want To Do That Too!

On October 27 of 2019, DIGRA President Esther Mwema and Vice President Uffa Modey hosted the session “I Want To Do That Too!” at 2019 MozFest. The session participants created a collectively written o...

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Because Our Future Depends On It

Born in 1994, about the same time Tim Berners-Lee founded the World Wide Web Consortium and a commercialized Internet started to take form, the Internet has inextricably shaped my life and career. At ...

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