Ambassadors are your local anchors for Africa Code Week event orchestration, questions and support. Feel free to reach out to them to get started on hosting your own coding workshops or simply get introduced to other interested schools / organizations. They are here to help you engage as many children and youth as possible in your community!
Julie is one of the masterminds behind the Africa Code Week initiative, which she has been coordinating for SAP since 2016.
Passionate about promoting science across Africa, Julie Cleverdon is the Director of the Cape Town Science Centre in South Africa. Established to stimulate curiosity, develop inquiring minds and expose children and adults to positive new experiences, the CTSC is a world of scientific discovery under one roof, with more than 250 interactive science exhibits and mind-boggling puzzles all year long.
In June 2015, the CTSC was the proud host of the very first Africa Code Week pilot event, during which hundreds of teachers and children participated in the first training/coding workshops. Prior to the CTSC, Julie served as Chair on the Board of SAASTEC (Southern African Association of Science and Technology Education Centres) and she has over 15 years experience in the science communications sector in South Africa.
Julie holds a Bachelor of Commerce Degree from the University of Natal, Pietermaritburg (now the University of Kwa Zulu Natal in South Africa).
Aphrodice MUTANGANA, social entrepreneur, kLab General Manager( www.klab.rw) , a tech innovation space in Kigali ,he Founder and Managing Director of FOYO Group Ltd, www.foyo.rw , a company that designed and developed Foyo M-health mobile application and www.napteker.com which is an African online systematic pharmaceutical directory that provides education and information to its users on important issues pertaining to drugs in Africa, such as dosage, drug & food interaction and side effect etc. Information on the platform is classified by country in the first phase, free of charge, focusing only on Africa, an interactive, user friendly platform. Initiator of tech Support Incike initiative www.incike.rw , which is a mobile crowd funding that had been used to address one of the problems faced by a portion of survivors of the 1994 Genocide against Tutsi, locally known as “INCIKE”. These are people, whose family members were all decimated during the Genocide, and they are left all alone today and they are more than 70 years old. Initiator of idea, www.mutangana.rw , good idea for great entrepreneurs, people share business ideas, successful people with their strategic advice and more than 45 crowd funding online platform that will work as a source of startup capital which is a big issue in our developing countries. Member of Global Shapers, Kigali Hub and Member of Private Sector Federation/ICT Chamber. Co-founder of WeareAfrican http://weareafrican.org/ an open online discussion forum platform where people from all the corners of the world can share ideas/homegrown solution of what has to be done in African countries.
Cameroon-born Jérôme came to Germany in 1991 to study electrical engineering – specializing in process information technology – in Wuppertal. In addition to his role as a Fellow Developer Relations Evangelist, he works as a Developer of SAP Solutions in Walldorf, Germany. He is also a Research Scientist with the Business Information Systems department at Paderborn University. Alongside performing his job, he is actively engaged in North-South dialogue, and pleads for deployment of technologies as an instrument to combat poverty in the countries of the South.
Jérôme is a “go-getter” in the best possible sense of the word, and he’s an expert on francophone Africa too. And it is not just SAP that benefits from his wide network of contacts and tireless commitment to his home country. He is the founder of Europe’s first ever cooperative of Cameroonian “diaspora” (people who have settled far from their ancestral African homelands) and of the German Association of Cameroonian Engineers and Computer Scientists. Jérôme also chairs at the following organizations:
- AC@SAP: African Community at SAP - Founding Member
- Global Cooperation Council e.V. - Member of the Executive Board
- CASA-NET/ DAVOC: Cameroonian Skilled Abroad Network - Executive Coordinator
- VKII: Verein Kamerunischer IngenieurInnen und InformatikerInnen - Founding Member and President.
- CoMoPa: Vice-president in charge of ICT
Louis is the Executive Chairman of Alink Telecom, an ISP with licenses in 13 African countries mainly located in West & Central Africa plus Tanzania and South Africa. Using technologies such as Wimax, LTE, VSAT and fiber optics, Alink serves corporations across Sub Saharan Africa. Louis has previously held international sales management positions for SR Telecom, Rank Xerox West & Central Africa, Normerel and Cap Gemini, which he left in 1992 to start up Afripa Telecom (Alink Telecom). Louis is also an investor in a couple of companies, including Monicash, the e-commerce company that launched mobile TV services in partnership with the Canal+ group back in 2009; Agraria, an e-agriculture company about to launch a unique platform for 3 million farmers; and N’Zi River Lodge, an ecotourism company running three game reserve concessions in Ivory Coast. Louis holds a Master degree in Electrical Engineering from the École Nationale Supérieure d’Ingénieur de Toulouse, France.
In her role as Principal ICT Office, Ester has been the ICT focal resource within the Ministry for the past 10 years. Her mission: drive the School Empowerement through ICT agenda for the Ministry. Passionate about Africa Code Week, she has facilitated Train-the-Trainer sessions for more than 1,000 teachers in the Harare Region and Southern Province to date. When Ester is not wearing her ICT hat, the best place to find her is the fast-growing Takudzwa Primary School she founded some time ago and where she remaines delightfully busy. Ester holds a Master of Education Degree, a BSc Degree in Information Systems and a HND in Computer Studies.
Co-founded and run by Natacha, BiHUB is the very first Techpreneur Hub in Burundi, bringing together young talents in an environment conducive to innovation through capacity building, collaboration, networking, entrepreneurship culture and a sense of service to society. Prior to BiHUB, Natacha spent over 14 years working with global organizations in South Africa, Canada and Burundi. Passionate about women and youth empowerment and a philanthropist at heart, she was nominated in the Top 20 women entrepreneurs who are spearheading a new entrepreneurial spirit in Rwanda in 2016. Natacha also founded a non-profit organization (AJEJI) which supports vulnerable women and children in Burundi. Her mission in life is to be a ray of hope for her community...and according to many, she is already.