Chukwudi Onike

Former Senior Associate

Chukwudi (Chuk) Onike is a Senior Associate on The Rockefeller Foundation’s Data and Technology team, where he contributes to shaping and executing the Foundation’s strategy around supporting governments in leveraging the potential of data and technology to improve people’s lives. He previously worked on the Strategic Insights team, tasked with identifying and assessing potential new opportunities for the Foundation across its focus areas. Prior to his roles at the Foundation, Chuk worked as Research Consultant for the World Bank’s Public Sector and Governance Practice informing the Bank’s public sector strengthening efforts in fragile states. He holds an MPA with a focus on International Development and a BA in International Studies with a concentration in Conflict Resolution from the Colin Powell School for Civic and Global Leadership at the City University of New York.

Authored Content

  • Jul 14 2020
    Blog Post Announcing the Lacuna Fund: Closing Data Gaps to Enable Equitable Machine Learning Over a decade into the AI revolution bias remains a pernicious problem. From medical recommendation systems that allocate less care to Black people to human resource algorithms that are biased against women it can often feel like we’re trapped in a cycle of hype then harm. As scientists scramble to build machine learning tools to […] Chukwudi Onike, Evan Tachovsky, Madeline Lisaius
  • Dec 18 2019
    Blog Post Fighting poverty by modernizing the tax filing system The Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) is one of the most effective ways of combatting poverty and inequality in the United States. The EITC supplements the earnings of low-income workers, especially for those supporting children. Last year over 25 million Americans tax filers received an average EITC of about $2,500 according to the IRS. For […] Chukwudi Onike, Kevin O'Neil
  • Jul 30 2019
    Blog Post Putting People at the Center of Digital Transformation: Reflections on the Transform Africa Summit 2019 In May, Africa’s top digital leaders and donors converged in Kigali to attend the 2019 Transform Africa Summit—one of the continent’s premier convenings to discuss accelerating digital transformation in the region. The Rockefeller Foundation’s Data and Tech team sponsored two sessions on the topics of Data Governance and Privacy hosted, by our grantees at Future […] Chukwudi Onike
  • May 13 2019
    Blog Post To See How Digital Government Can Boost an Economy, Learn from Rwanda This piece first appeared on IGIHE’s page and reposted with permission. In a few days, thousands of people from around the world will converge in Kigali to attend the Transform Africa Summit. They will spend their time talking about how to boost Africa’s digital economy by integrating markets and expanding investment in broadband access and […] Chukwudi Onike, Kevin O'Neil
  • Dec 17 2018
    Blog Post Promoting Digital Transformation in Lower-Income Countries From the outset, The Rockefeller Foundation has worked closely to build capacity of governments at all levels. From our work helping to establish the field of public health and its earliest institutions around the world, to contributing to shaping the social security system in the U.S., the Foundation has supported government agencies in taking on […] Chukwudi Onike