Ambassadors

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!

Samir Abdelkrim
  • Samir Abdelkrim
  • Entrepreneur, Consultant, Blogger, Founder of StartupBRICS.com
  • Pan-African

Samir Abdelkrim spends 8 months a year exploring start-up ecosystems all over Africa. He connects the most promising entrepreneurs with investors and corporations while relaying their respective stories in renowned newspapers such as Les Echos, The Huffington Post or Le Monde. Samir also writes a weekly Tech column in the latter, dedicated to African start-ups. From Senegal and Togo all the way to Botswana, Mauritania, Ivory Coast and Kenya, Samir has met over 100 start-ups so far as part of his #TECHAfrique (www.techafrique.co), a business entrepreneur road trip starring the men and woman at the beating heart of Africa 2.0. More recently, he was invited to Austin Texas by the international South By SouthWest festival to exchange on his rich African experience. Samir also founded StartupBRICS.com, the first French-speaking media to focus on innovation in emerging countries. 


Rocha Osman Ho Yhat
  • Rocha Osman Ho Yhat
  • Serial Entrepreneur, Developer, CEO & Founder of Sopapa.mg
  • Madagascar

A multifaceted entrepreneur and a strong believer in digital entrepreneurship as a key leverage to accelerate Africa's economic growth, Rocha started as a spice trader to become one of the most influential eLearning pioneers in Madagascar. His website www.sopapa.mg offers eLearning solutions to students and employment opportunities to job seekers. He also helped set up local coderdojos to teach coding basics to children. 


Moussa Sanou
  • Moussa Sanou
  • Directeur du Informatique Business & Marketing Center
  • Ivory Coast

Moussa est le fondateur et directeur général du Informatique Business & Marketing Center, fournisseur de matériel et solutions informatiques mais aussi centre de développement d'applications et de formation à Abidjan. Avant de lancer ce centre spécialisé, il a enseigné l'informatique dans plusieurs établissements supérieurs de Côte d'Ivoire, a dirigé le service informatique de HEC la Roche et travaillé en tant que designer chez Intelcom Technologie. Membre de l'ONG AKENDEWA, Moussa est titulaire d'un diplôme d'ingénieur de HEC la Roche d'Abidjan.


Lars Smith
  • Lars Smith
  • Managing Director of EQI Academy
  • Ethiopia

Currently Director of EQI Academy, Lars has been involved in Africa for the past 18 years, starting with a research position with the University of Dar es Salaam in Tanzania.Prior to EQI, Lars was Managing Director of Camara Education, Professor and Director of MBA programs at the Skema Business School in France, Director of Academic Affairs of the Laureate Online Education/University of Liverpool partnership, and Vice President of the Hibernia College in Dublin, Ireland. He founded two IT companies, one in Eastern Africa and another one in Europe.


Andriankoto Harinjaka Ratozamanana
  • Andriankoto Harinjaka Ratozamanana
  • Co-Founder & CEO, Habaka Innovation Hub
  • Madagascar

Andriankoto is a new media social entrepreneur and pioneer in Madagascar. Co-founder and CEO of the Habaka-Madagascar Innovation Hub, a nonprofit organisation supporting local youth with technology and entrepreneurship), Andriankoto is also an international consultant who understands the power of technology when it comes to socio-economic development in Africa.

Selected as a TED Fellow by the famous TED organization, Andriankoto was recognized in 2009 as an outstanding young world leader who demonstrated achievement and potential, especially in improving the lives of young people in his local communities. 

In 2014, Andriankoto was ranked among the top 100 young economic leaders of Africa by the internationallyrenowned Choiseul Institute for International Politics and Geo-economics. The annual independent study ‘Choiseul 100 Africa’ recognizes the economic leaders of Africa aged 40 or less, who will play a major role in Africa's economic development in the near future. 


Linda Nanan Vallée
  • Linda Nanan Vallée
  • LV Fondation Education
  • Ivory Coast

Linda was born and raised in Abidjan, the economic capital city of Ivory Coast, then travelled around the world to study, work, meet people and embrace new cultures.

Over the past ten years she has worked in four different countries as a system test engineer, telco solution architect, project manager and more recently as a customer relationship manager. She has decided to support Africa Code Week as a multilingual ICT Engineer and Certified Project Manager. 

Currently based in Abidjan, Linda is working on a program that helps young people with career orientation, training and job search support, as per her true calling. Linda speaks four languages. She is loving, genuine and grateful for everything she has - and is therefore able to give. 


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