- MAS Affiliated Research Assistants
Leonard's research is dedicated to advancing responsible technology development in the public and humanitarian sectors, explicitly focusing on ethical data engagement within global south communities. His work involves designing and implementing data engagement frameworks that prioritize community values, aiming to promote trustworthiness. In particular, Leonard emphasizes the advantages of adopting a continuous community-first participatory approach. This approach is applied in the design and construction of data pipelines and in the implementation of end-to-end data governance throughout the data lifecycle. By embracing this approach, Leonard explores how sustainable value-driven social, public, and humanitarian goods can be derived from data, including its applications in artificial intelligence. Ultimately, his research aims to ensure that the benefits derived from these efforts are long-lasting and effectively address the specific needs of the communities involved.