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IBM Research – Africa is IBM’s 12th global research lab and the first industrial research facility on the continent of Africa. With facilities in Kenya and South Africa, IBM Research – Africa is driving innovation by developing commercially-viable solutions to transform lives and spark new business opportunities in key areas such as water, agriculture, transportation, healthcare, financial inclusion, education, energy, security and e-government.

First announced by IBM’s CEO Ginni Rometty in 2012, the Nairobi facility was officially inaugurated by Kenya’s President Uhuru Kenyatta in November, 2013. The Nairobi facility is supported by the Kenyan ICT Authority.

The South African branch of IBM Research – Africa was announced in March 2015 and will be collocated with Wits University in the Tshimologong Precinct technology hub in Bramfontein, Johannesburg.

IBM Research – Africa is actively engaging with Africa’s innovation ecosystem to kick start new business opportunities and ensure the full commercial viability of its solutions and services. Entrepreneurs, developers and business partners are a key part of IBM’s research programs and go-to-market strategy in Africa.

Employing some of the best scientists from around the world, many from the African diaspora, IBM Research is a key investor in skills in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) in Africa and is partnering with universities across the continent to develop and hire top talent.


Wild DucksScientists at IBM Research - Africa are using cognitive and mobile technologies to help identify which Kenyan schools, and even which students, are most at risk to fail. This technology and education podcast reveals how this program could become a model for schools everywhere.

Wild Ducks Podcast: How African schools are using cognitive systems to help shape the future of education

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IBM Research – Africa
Catholic University Campus
Nairobi, Kenya
Tel +254 703 023 000

Tshimologong Precinct
University of the Witwatersrand
​Johannesburg, South Africa