Assane Gueye joined Carnegie Mellon University Africa on August 1, 2020. Prior to joining CMU-Africa, he was a faculty member at the ICT Department at the University Alioune Diop of Bambey, Senegal, where he also leads the research group “Technologies de l’Information et de la Communication pour le Développement” (TIC4Dev). Gueye also holds a guest researcher position with the National Institute for Standards and Technology, Gaithersburg, Maryland, USA.

Assane completed his Ph.D. in electrical engineering and computer sciences from UC Berkeley in March 2011. He received a master’s degree in 2004 in communication systems engineering from Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, Switzerland.

His research focuses in two main areas: performance evaluation and security of large-scale communication systems, and information and communication technologies for development (ICT4D). Assane is a Fellow of the Next Einstein Forum (Class of 2016). In 2019 he was nominated as a member of the European Alliance for Innovation (EAI) inaugural Fellow Class.

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2011 Ph.D, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, UC Berkeley

2004 M.S., Communications Systems, Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, Switzerland

Media mentions

Carnegie Mellon University Africa

Understanding the security of mobile apps in Africa

Researchers from CyLab-Africa and the Upanzi Network recently partnered with the mobile security provider Approov to explore the security of common financial services apps used across Africa.

Carnegie Mellon University Africa

Stakeholder collaboration in Rwanda’s digital transformation

CyLab-Africa and the Upanzi Network, AfricaNenda, and Rwanda Information Society Authority jointly hosted a digital public infrastructure and digital public goods stakeholder engagement workshop. This workshop served as a catalyst for collaborative efforts aimed at advancing Rwanda’s digital transformation.

Carnegie Mellon University Africa

Op-Ed: Building digital infrastructure for Africa, by Africa

Co-director of the Upanzi Open Digital Technologies Network and CyLab-Africa shares how universities on the continent are well positioned to solve several key challenges on the path to a digital future.

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Five unique cybersecurity challenges in Africa

CMU-Africa’s Assane Gueye has identified five cybersecurity challenges that Africa faces on the path to a digital future.

CyLab Security and Privacy Institute

CMU-Africa Week showcases research and culture

The CyLab Security and Privacy Institute recently hosted CMU-Africa Week on CMU’s Pittsburgh campus. In its first year, the event aimed to build collaboration around research problems in Africa.

Business Day

Gueye quoted on increase in fraudulent activities

CMU-Africa’s Assane Gueye discussed the importance of staying mindful online as recent reports document sharp increases in money lost due to fraudulent activities. As Africa becomes more digitally connected, growing cybersecurity threats could hinder financial inclusion online. “We should be more intentional that these technologies will bring more good and not harm,” said Gueye.

Business Day

Gueye quoted on the increase in fraudulent financial activities in Africa

CMU-Africa’s Assane Gueye was quoted by Business Day on the importance of developing secure technologies for financial inclusion that preserve data privacy and align with people’s reality.

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Securing Africa’s cyberspace

In their first year, CyLab-Africa and the newly announced Upanzi Network have made deliberate strides toward improving cybersecurity in Africa.

CMU Engineering

A new initiative to drive financial inclusion in Africa

Funding from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation will bring together academia, government, and the private sector to make digital financial services more accessible.

CMU Engineering

Dean’s Early Career Fellows announced

Five College of Engineering faculty members have been awarded the Dean’s Early Career Fellowship in recognition of their exemplary contributions to their respective fields.


Afretec planning grants announced

The African Engineering and Technology Network, led by CMU-Africa, awarded six planning grants to research collaborations that will lead to socio-economic impact and focus on driving inclusive digital growth on the continent.

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Inaugural conference talks digital public goods in Africa

Conrad Tucker and Assane Gueye organized the first-ever West Africa Conference on Digital Public Goods and Cybersecurity, held in Freetown, Sierra Leone.