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About Us

The Data Economy Policy Hub (DepHUB) is the first independent think-tank founded by an indigenous African woman in South Africa.

The main objectives of the DepHUB are to undertake rigorous public policy-oriented research and contribute to formulating evidence-based, forward-looking policies that leverage the multidimensional aspects of data and responsible innovation of frontier technologies for inclusive sustainable development in sub-Saharan Africa (SSA).

We offer rigorous market research, public policy analysis, technical capacity building, and advisory services on the transnational data-driven digital economy.

The DepHUB is a registered non-profit organisation based in Johannesburg, South Africa, with a pan-African footprint.

The DepHUB is a founding partner of the South African AI Association (SAAIA) and inaugural chair of the Digital for Development (D4D) Hub Civil Society & Academia Advisory Group (CSAAG).


Our mission is to conduct in-depth public interest research, to influence policy decisions,   mitigate intersectional inequities and support human-centred just data value creation (JDVC), sustainable digital development (SDD), and responsible governance of froniter technologies at the local, national and global levels.

The DepHUB is committed to contributing to public interest knowledge outputs and advocating for collective African voices, values, interests, visions, concerns, and expectations that should become part of the increasingly global discussion on technology for good.


Grounded in heterodox economics, we aim to advocate for strengthening synergetic partnerships, responsible innovation, mitigating intersectional systemic inequities, promoting equitable data ecosystems, and encouraging holistic anticipatory governance for public policy and regulatory reform in SSA that can support inclusive structural economic transformation, for Society 5.0, contextualised to SSA realities.

Contact Us


155 West Street, Sandton

Johannesburg, Gauteng,



+27 76216 3880

Opening Hours

Mon - Fri

9:00 am – 5:00 pm

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