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!

Gilles Kounou
  • Gilles Kounou
  • CEO, OPEN SI
  • Benin

Avionics, Information Systems and Software Engineer, Gilles is the Manager of the Google Developer Group in Abomey-Calavi and Manager of the Research and Education Network in Benin. This young leader and innovation catalyst is actively involved in the Benin digital ecosystem, sharing his time between his OPEN SI startup, his community engagements, the future luanch of his SolidarIT TechHub digital incubator and his research activities dedicated to adressing local development challenges with the use of digital technology. Java et Open Source evangelist, Gilles teaches children to develop mobile applications from a very young age. He works hard to make ICT curriculums pivotal in the education system and develop a value-generating digital ecosystem in Benin. 

Gilles holds a degree from the Ecole Royale de l'Air de Marrakech and from the Institut de Mathématiques et de Sciences Physiques (Abomey-Calavi University in Benin).


Alassane Diop
  • Alassane Diop
  • Directeur de l’Institut de Formation à Distance de l’Université Alioune Diop
  • Senegal

Directeur de l’Institut de Formation à Distance de l’université Alioune Diop de Bambey au Sénégal, le Professeur Alassane Diop travaille activement sur l'apport des TIC au développement du continent Africain avec l’équipe Tic4Dev R&D. Parallèlement à ses activités d’enseignant-chercheur, il est fondateur et co-fondateur de PME et structures de formation en informatique au Sénégal, en Suisse et au Canada, (SeriSoftware-Services, EPFI, ABaDiaDa Technologie, continentpremier.com).

Après avoir obtenu un Doctorat ès Science Informatique de l'université de Genève ainsi qu'un diplôme de l’Université Gaston Berger de Saint Louis au Sénégal, il a occupé plusieurs postes à responsabilité au niveau national et international. Il est membre fondateur et responsable informatique & NTIC de l’Association ETIC-Nord-sud (Espaces Technologies Information Communication) à Genève.

Auteur du livre « Laboratoires à distance de télématique et réseaux, Analyse, conception et étude de cas pratiques pour l'enseignement en ligne » et d’articles scientifiques dans le domaine de l’enseignement à distance et des nouvelles technologies, il a conçu plusieurs logiciels et plateformes d’apprentissage en ligne (MapSup, MapClim, LMDPRO, e-garderie, e-ecole, KMT, SIFEC…).


Agang K. Ditlhogo
  • Agang K. Ditlhogo
  • Co-Founder, The Clicking Generation
  • Botswana

Agang holds a Bachelor of Science in Computer Information Systems from The University of Botswana and currently in final year for Masters in Science in the same field. In her early career Agang worked as a Research Assistant in Universitat de Bundeswehr; Munich, Germany. Currently her work experience includes technical duties with the Department of Information Technology at the University of Botswana. Agang is passionate about education and is co-founder of The Clicking Generation-ICT Academy for Kids and Teens; a program that offers computing and technology curriculum to kids and teens. She is currently National Expert for UN-World Summit Award Organization, Ambassador-ITU Young Innovator Competition and Ambassador-Africa Code Week. In these roles she partakes in encouraging Botswana youngsters in the Information Technology field on issues of innovation and e-content creation. A previous Champion for the local Google Developer Group she is now an Advisor to the same. Agang was recently elected as Board Member of Botswana Academy of Sciences. As an ICT Youth Advocate she has worked with UN Agencies to disseminate information on the Post 2015 Development Agenda especially to the youth population. She works closely with relevant stakeholders to implement Girls in ICT programs throughout Botswana.

Agang is a Brightest Young Minds Alumni 2015, a selection of top 100 young Africans contributing to their communities, sponsored by Barclays Africa. Recently in 2016, Agang forms part of the prestigious Tony Elumelu Foundation Mentorship program, being mentored by a successful and seasoned thought leader, Tony Elumelu. She has also been selected as a Mandela Washington Fellow 2016, an initiative by U.S. State Department.


Louis Bertrand Nkoa
  • Louis Bertrand Nkoa
  • Cameroon

Born in Cameroon, Louis is passionate about ICT. After several years in Asia, this International Commerce graduate decided to move back to his home country in order to help build and sustain the new economy, leveraging his 10-year business experience to nurture the African digital culture.

A few months ago, Louis decided to take yet another amazing challenge: make the Internet accessible by all, at lower costs, through the Omni-net project.


Iskander Elhaimer
  • Iskander Elhaimer
  • Directeur Global Delivery Center Intégration de Systèmes, ATOS Maroc
  • Morocco

Iskander has been building and managing IT solutions for the past 18 years. He started his career in the the videogame industry, from technical positions all the way up to management. Expert in complex distributed delivery models and producer of an AAA videogame, Iskander has also built and managed a Software Factory for both local and nearshore activities. For the past 5 years, he has been heading a Global Delivery Center in CasaBlanca for ATOS, European leader in IT service management, where he manages turnaround and industrial development with 600+ staff while helping the company position itself amongst the biggest IT service companies in Morocco. Iskander has an educational background in Engineering and he holds an MBA in international management.


Markos Lemma
  • Markos Lemma
  • Tech Author, Co-founder of Iceaddis and Selam
  • Ethiopia

Born in Ethiopia in 1984, Markos is a techie and activist specialised in ICT consultancy and community management. He co-founded Iceaddis - a startup company working on primary education and literacy. Markos is also a strong advocate for startup movements, social and environmental innovations & blogging. 
Coordinator of a research program on literacy run by the MIT, OLPC & Tufts University under the direct supervision of Nicholas Negroponte, Dr. Cynthia Breazeal & Maryanne Wolf, he organizes the biggest tech community event in Ethiopia once a year: Barcamp Ethiopia. Author for GlobalVoices, Markus mainly blogs and speaks about social media, mobile technology in Africa, green tech, and social affairs. He graduated in computer science from the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT) and his work has been relayed on several key media such as The Economist, BBC, CCTV, Al Jazeera and TechCrunch. 
 


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