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Dr. Lucienne Abrahams

Luci Abrahams is Director of the LINK Centre, a university-based research centre located at the Tshimologong Digital Innovation Precinct (Wits University). She has led the Centre since 2002, focused on ‘digital transitions in economy and society’, including attention to digital innovation and digital transformation in institutions and economic sectors. She takes an interdisciplinary, creative strategy approach and is knowledgeable in digital strategy design, digital innovation and leadership, emerging smart cities, cybersecurity resilience design, transition to digital government, building knowledge-intensive organisations, intellectual property rights and knowledge governance, ICT policy and regulation.

Luci has led or participated in a number of strategy design projects and made public presentations, including on the digital skills gap analysis (DTPS), digital government strategy (GITOC), digital knowledge economy (Northern Cape Department of Economic Development), and e-government monitoring and evaluation (GPG). She designs new courses for industry and government, and teaches global trends in digital innovation, digital strategy formulation, innovation theory and digital transformation. In parallel to her university-based work, Luci has had a public service career.

She served on the Ministerial Review Panel for the Science, Technology and Innovation Institutional Landscape (2015-2017); and has served on many public sector boards and committees. Luci holds a BSc Chemistry (UCT), a Postgraduate Diploma in Public Policy and Development Administration (Wits) and a PhD (Wits).