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.

Andriankoto Harinjaka Ratozamanana
  • Andriankoto Harinjaka Ratozamanana
  • Co-Founder & CEO, Habaka Innovation Hub
  • Madagascar

Andriankoto is a new media social entrepreneur and pioneer in Madagascar. Co-founder and CEO of the Habaka-Madagascar Innovation Hub, a nonprofit organisation supporting local youth with technology and entrepreneurship), Andriankoto is also an international consultant who understands the power of technology when it comes to socio-economic development in Africa.

Selected as a TED Fellow by the famous TED organization, Andriankoto was recognized in 2009 as an outstanding young world leader who demonstrated achievement and potential, especially in improving the lives of young people in his local communities. 

In 2014, Andriankoto was ranked among the top 100 young economic leaders of Africa by the internationallyrenowned Choiseul Institute for International Politics and Geo-economics. The annual independent study ‘Choiseul 100 Africa’ recognizes the economic leaders of Africa aged 40 or less, who will play a major role in Africa's economic development in the near future. 

Linda Nanan Vallée
  • Linda Nanan Vallée
  • LV Fondation Education
  • Ivory Coast

Linda was born and raised in Abidjan, the economic capital city of Ivory Coast, then travelled around the world to study, work, meet people and embrace new cultures.

Over the past ten years she has worked in four different countries as a system test engineer, telco solution architect, project manager and more recently as a customer relationship manager. She has decided to support Africa Code Week as a multilingual ICT Engineer and Certified Project Manager. 

Currently based in Abidjan, Linda is working on a program that helps young people with career orientation, training and job search support, as per her true calling. Linda speaks four languages. She is loving, genuine and grateful for everything she has - and is therefore able to give. 

Fiifi Baidoo
  • Fiifi Baidoo
  • Co-founder and CTO, iSpace Foundation
  • Ghana

Co-founder and CTO of iSpace Foundation, Fiifi is on a mission to leverage his skills and knowledge to empower communities for social good. In 2011, he organized The Mobile Apps Ghana Showcase (#MAGS2011) together with his business partner Josiah Kwesi Eyison: the first event of its kind in Ghana and West Africa, all stemming from Fiifi's and Josiah's passion for promoting innovation and educating the greater public on mobile services.

Before iSpace, Fiifi was a Program Coordinator at Google where he helped educational institutions deploy, adapt and integrate Google Apps into their IT infrastructure to enhance collaboration, communication and learning in the school community.

Gilles Kounou
  • Gilles Kounou
  • 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,

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…).