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!
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.
Fleur-Eve is the founder and Managing Director of Maker Mind, an innovation catalyst launched in 2014 and renowned for its ‘Cod Cod Codet’ initiative that introduces young children to innovation through coding. After visiting more than 50 countries and managing innovation for multinational corporations for the past 15 years - from San Francisco all the way to Paris, Tokyo and Singapore - Fleur-Eve is now based in Casablanca, Morocco, where she hosts playful coding workshops to help children (aged 4 to 14) THINK, CREATE and CODE. Her ambition: to leverage coding to turn the African continent into the digital revolution’s next center of gravity. Fleur-Eve is also a member of the TEDxCasablanca team, which features among the most influential conferences in Northern Africa. She is also actively engaged in large-scale initiatives such as Hour of Code and EU Code Week, in addition to being a frequent speaker at conferences (i.e.: Scratch2015 in Amsterdam). Passionate about innovation, Fleur-Eve holds a Masters degree in Innovation & Entrepreneurship from the Singapore Management University, as well as respective degrees from IPAG, Sciences Po Paris and the European Schoolnet Academy.
Ademola (a.k.a.: ‘Ade’) is a Software Engineer at SAP Ireland. Passionate about Ed-Tech, creativity and innovation, Ade is the founder of CODERINA, an NGO working to promote and strengthen coding and STEM skills acquisition among African students and teachers. He is involved in several STEM /Coding initiatives such as: EU Code week, CoderDojo and FIRST LEGO® League. Ade is a jury on the Ireland FLL Championship panel and coordinates similar activities in Nigeria. He holds a Masters degree in Computer Science as well as a PMI membership & Graduate Certificate in Innovation in Social Enterprise from the Dublin City University
In Malik's eyes, learning the scientific culture and values from a very young age is a rich soil on which the world can grow greener and more just. Passionate about nature, people and educational entertainment (‘edutainment’), Malik is an active member of the Akendewa NGO and the founder of ecole.numerique.ci. He currently teaches mathematics in Ivory Coast and he used to teach computer science and mathematics at the William V.S. Tubman University in Liberia to hundreds of underprivileged students living and working in extremely deprived conditions. Prior to teaching, Malik was a researcher at OUNL (Netherlands) and he worked as a computer engineer for Sopra-Steria (France). He holds a Master’s degree in Applied Mathematics as well as in Information, Cognition and Learning, both from the Grenoble University, France.