Chao Tayiana Maina is a Kenyan historian and digital heritage specialist working at the intersection of digital humanities and public education in African histories.
Maina co-founded the Museum of British Colonialism (MBC),a joint British-Kenyan initiative that aims to present a more truthful account of British colonialism in Kenya. In a major project, the MBC worked to restore the previously suppressed history of detention camps during the Mau Mau Emergency in Kenya in the 1950s by creating 3D site reconstructions of the camps and presenting these in physical and digital exhibitions.
In 2019, she founded African Digital Heritage (ADH), a non-profit organisation that seeks to encourage a more critical, holistic and knowledge-based approach to digital solutions within African heritage. In 2020, she co-founded Open Restitution Africa, an open data project seeking to make accessible information on restitution of African material culture and human ancestors. She is a recipient of many prestigious awards including the 2016 Google Anita Borg scholarship for Women in technology and the Dan David Prize 2023.