Bio (149 words)
Dr Kira Allmann is the Senior Digital Strategy Officer for Manchester City Council, where she is responsible for helping to implement Manchester’s Digital Strategy, focussing on four themes: people, places, economy, and sustainability. Kira brings a strong background in research, responsible and ethical innovation, and public participation to this agenda. She completed a PhD at the University of Oxford on a Rhodes Scholarship, specialising in cyberpolitics and digital inequality in the Middle East. Prior to joining Manchester City Council, she was a researcher at the Ada Lovelace Institute, where her work centered lived experience in data and AI policy. In the past, Kira has advocated for knowledge diversity and justice working for the Oxford Human Rights Hub and the Whose Knowledge? campaign, and she held a Postdoctoral Research Fellowship in Media Law and Policy at the University of Oxford, where she studied community-led initiatives to close the digital divide.