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!
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.
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.
Emily is an education technology consultant with international project management experience on eLearning projects in Africa. She is currently involved in international projects for Discovery Education™, a subsidiary of Discovery Communications, and Yazmi LLC., formerly known as World Space. She has also consulted for Africa Code Week, Scratch, the world’s leading program developed by the MIT Media Lab which simplifies the face of coding for the young generation. Emily is passionate about making an impact on teaching and learning in education through access to technology and digital resources.
Ernestina Appiah is the founder and CEO of Ghana Code Club. She is a Virtual Assistant by profession and a social entrepreneur. Married with 2 children, Tina lives and operates from her home office in Accra. With her 14-year experience in the IT industry and burning passion for technology, Tina decided to spread coding literacy among the young generation. Aside from inspiring elementary school children to learn technology, Tina also mentors young women from secretarial schools into tech entrepreneurship. Named by the BBC as one of the 100 most inspirational women in the world in 2015, Tina is the very first Ghanaian woman to make it to the prestigious BBC 100 Women Series, which started in 2013.
Founded in 2013, the Information Technology Developers Entrepreneurship Accelerator (iDEA) is a not for profit organisation whose mission is to shape entrepreneurs who, in turn, will create a positive impact in the form of revenue, shareholder returns, new jobs and social well-being. iDEA helps Nigerian digital entrepreneurs build technical and entrepreneurial capacity to develop innovative and locally appropriate solutions, products, services and business models. These businesses are expected to build locally relevant B2B and B2C solutions, hire people and facilitate wealth creation.
Project manager and head of innovation at Bantou Telecom - a digital services provider based in Douala, Carole is also the Managing Director of 24Labs, a coworking space that she plans to turn into a true technology hub for Central Africa. She holds an Engineering degree in Networking and Project Management as well as a Masters degree in IT Security. Her passion for African startups and digital entrepreneurship also feed her inspiration as Chief Editor of Tech9, a webzine dedicated to ICT news in Africa.