Chao Tayiana Maina is a Kenyan digital heritage specialist and digital humanities scholar working at the intersection of culture and technology. Her work focusses primarily on the application of technology in the preservation, engagement, and dissemination of African heritage.
She is the founder of African Digital Heritage, a co-founder of the Museum of British Colonialism, and a co-founder of the Open Restitution African Project – each an online initiative seeking to encourage a more critical, holistic, and knowledge-based approach to the design and implementation of digital solutions within African cultural heritage.
Chao has worked as a heritage consultant for several organisations including the British Council, Hivos, the HEVA Fund, and Book Bunk. Her work has been featured in the DW, Reuters, BBC News, BBC Arts, n-tv, and 3Sat.
She holds an MSc International Heritage Visualisation (distinction) and a BSc Mathematics and Computer Science. Her research work explored the possibilities of embedding intangible histories in 3D digital environments. She is a recipient of the Google Anita Borg scholarship for woman in technology.