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A black-and-white headshot of a black man. His hair is in braids and a ponytail. He wears a white button-up shirt and dark suit jacket. Three graphic circles are behind him: one yellow, one blue, and one white.

Richard Walakira

Leaders Europe 2023


Project Associate, Alliance of Democracies Foundation





Richard Walakira is a project associate at the Alliance of Democracies Foundation, where he oversees the foundation’s initiatives on democracy, technology, and entrepreneurship. In this capacity, Richard established and now directs a democracy and technology entrepreneurship fellowship. He also leads democratic tech hackathons in Georgia and Moldova and sits in the advisory group of Tech for Democracy, a Danish-government-led effort that strives to make technology work for, rather than against, democracy. Outside of his professional work, Richard is a rapper. He is known as Bana Mutibwa in Uganda, where he grew up, for utilizing his music to advocate for political causes.