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!

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.


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. 
 


Emily Waters
  • Emily Waters
  • Education Technology Consultant, Camara Education
  • Ethiopia

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.


Bruck Sewnet
  • Bruck Sewnet
  • Co-founder & CTO, InfinEth Solutions
  • Ethiopia

Bruck is the co-founder and Chief Technical Officer of InfinEth Solutions. He has worked on various ICT assignments for the United Nations Economic Commissions for Africa in Ethiopia as well as for the United Nations Logistics Base in Italy. Technology speaker and lecturer at the Addis Ababa University and Unity University, Bruck also hosts a weekly technology program on AfroFM 105.3 where he shares his passion for entrepreneurship, collaboration and technology. He holds a Bachelor's degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the Addis Ababa University as well as a Master's degree in Digital Signal Processing from the Aalborg University in Denmark.


Seife Temam
  • Seife Temam
  • ICT Instructor and Office Manager, International Leadership Academy
  • Ethiopia

Seife is a young BA degree holder in Business Administration and Information Systems. He teaches Information and Communication Technologies at the International Leadership Academy of Ethiopia (ILAE) and works as the Office Manager as well. He is a technology enthusiast and practitioner with a passion for art, education, and community services. 


Yared Ayele
  • Yared Ayele
  • Country Director, Camara Ethiopia
  • Ethiopia

Passionate about transforming the delivery and quality of Education through ICT, Yared Ayele is Camara Ethiopia’s Country Director. He has over 6 years of experience in ICT Consulting, particularly in the area of infrastructure and enterprise software development. For the past 3 years, he has been working in the area of ICT in Education in Ethiopia, where he has served the role of a primary consultant for the Federal Ministry of Education and a Director of ICT for Dire Dawa University. His experience in higher education has taught him the value of ICT and e-learning integration on the primary and secondary level as part of a national strategy.  


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