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!
Currently a volunteer teacher at Lusaka International Community School (LICS), Ilze has over 20 years of teaching experience and is passionate about integrating technology into the classroom. She is a certified Apple Educational Trainer and one of her main focusses has been to introduce coding and programming into the school curriculum using programmes such as Scratch, Tynker, Hour of Code and Google’s CS-First Coding Clubs. She is excited to get involved with the Africa Code week and wants to see as many children as possible coding in Zambia!
Co-founder and Community Manager of B2C Coworking, Andrew is passionate about digital capacity development and the future of technology in Africa. He started B2C Coworking in June 2016 and has worked hard alongside several corporate partners to sustain it. Batanai to Create (B2C) means “Collaborate to Create”: it is Zimbabwe’s fastest growing innovation hub with over 20 startups under incubation. B2C also runs several ICT based programs that include Yali Creatives, Google Developer Groups, Digital Design training and Africa Code Week. Google Developer Groups Regional Mentor for Southern Africa (2016-2017), Andrew holds a Bachelors Degree in Electronic Commerce from the Harare Institute of Technology.
This technology enthusiast started his career as a software engineer in India. For the past 8 years, he has worked for international clients with several software firms in India and Southern Africa. He also got involved with several projects related to education. Manu enjoyed coordinated several Science and Technology Conferences organized by his schools, and he is now focusing on empower with an organization in his home town of Alapuzha, India. In addition to several computer certifications, Manu holds a Master's Degree in Computer Application from the University of Calicut, India, a Bachelor's degree in Physics from the University of Kerala, India.
Mpho wears several hats: from knowledge management & policy Analyst all the way to social and cultural entrepreneur, community facilitator, innovator and blogger. Founder of the GEM Institute, a community-driven platform to connect policy and practice. Mpho is passionate about arts, design & technology, innovation, entrepreneurship and change. She believes in the strong connections between STEM and STEAM (as in Science, Technology, Entrepreneurship, Arts & Media). For her, STEAM and coding skills are powerful enablers for youth to solve today’s challenges. Mpho is also a strong advocate for girl & young women empowerement through mentoring and education, helping them become part of the STEAM and coding community she started and nurtures.
Gerald is a primary school teacher currently working for Tiny Tots International School as a classroom practitioner and Cambridge Examinations Officer. He spent the past 13 years leveraging ICT to improve teaching and learning in Lesotho and Zimbabwe, integrating collaborative learning with the use of the Internet and new technologies. Gerald holds a Diploma in Education and he is an International Education and Resource Network certified Master Teacher (iEARN-USA). He also holds a Certificate of Mastery in e-learning from The World Links eLearning Program.
Brenda is one of the pioneers who coined the birth of Girl Empowerment Africa (GEA). Currently in her third year at Makerere University pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Telecommunications Engineering, she already is a certified Embedded Systems Developer and Android Developer. She held the position of Vice Chairperson and Secretary of the first Girls Empowerment Workshop that was held at the College of Engineering Design Art and Technology (CEDAT) in September 2016. Brenda also serves as a treasurer of the CEDAT Christian fellowship.