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!
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.
Arhtur is an Ivorian born and living in Mauritius. Having held several upper management roles within the African telecommunications indutry, he has a deep understanding of ICT innovation, challenges and potential for the continent. He is currently working on the Internet uptake and sustainable development as a growth engine and leverage for social transformation. Arthur is also actively involved in initiatives that empower youth through technology and digital tools. He holds and MBA as well as several technical certificates in ICT.
With a degree in both Business Administration and IT, Ahmed has spent the past 25 years working in IT, educational software development, distance learning and online education. In 2015, he realized the prime importance of STEM education and Educational Robotics, which led him to launch iSTEM.
Ahmed also worked as Managing Editor for ICT Market Magazine and Souk Elasr Magazine. In 2016, iSTEM participated in the World Robot Olympiad, an international robotics competition for students aged 7 to 21: three iSTEM students were shortlisted in the national Egypt team to compete for the international chapter taking place in India.
On May 1, 2017, the Matrix International Robotic competition was being held in Romania, where two iSTEM students were awarded with silver and bronze medals (in the Robotics Lego Line Follower & Robotic Lego SUMO categories).
Dimonekene has been working in the IT and Codification industry since 1978, learning more than 20 programming languages and honing education and training skills along the way. He has been a consultant at the National Commission of Information Technologies (Comissão Naciional de Tecnologias de Informação - CNTI) since 2002, where he acted as Executive Coordinator from 2002 to 2006. He has performed various consulting activities, leading different initiatives of ICT massification and dissemination, including:
- Internet massification projects through the delivery of computers, routers and VSAT to schools and provincial governments;
- SchoolNet Angola in cooperation with SchoolNet Africa for the creation of a local center;
- Cooperation with Multichoice (DSTV), encouraging high school teachers to leverage TV to support the educational process;
- Cooperation with ComputerAid, recycling computers to be delivered to various public and private organizations (churches, public utility nonprofits).
Throughout his career, Dimonekene has also supported startups and participated in several movements to support entrepreneurship. At ECOSYSTEO, he developed activities to leverage Raspberry PI (python & Scratch) as a powerful and playful way to spark the interest of children in ICT. In 2012, he went to the Silicon Valley to collect best-practices from the various Innovation and Entrepreneurship programs there. Dimonekene graduated in Information Technology and holds a M.Sc in Strategic Management and Innovation.
Part-time English tutor, Seddik is also a full-time student at the University of Science and Technology Houari Boumedien in Algiers with a major in Computer Science. Part of the “Student Leaders Program” by MEPI, he has thoroughly studied leadership, management, public relations, negotiations, political conflict resolution, public persuasion and communications. Seddik also learnt a lot from his stays at some of the US top universities such as RWU, GU, HLS, and UW. Always eager to hone his own skill set and share his knowledge with his community and peers, he co-founded CS50xAlgeria in 2015 and organized its first 3-month program at the US Embassy together with the American Cultural Center in Algiers.
TechWomen 2017 emerging leader, Ruth co-founded Pwani Teknowgalz in Mombasa, a non profit organization working to bridge the gender gap of Women in Technology. Passionate website developer, she loves inspiring more girls to venture into STEM through the Technovation Challenge - a global challenge that encourages girls from all over the world to solve community problems by creating dedicated mobile applications. Ruth is also actively involved in STEM projects in Mombasa, such as 'Mombasa Girls in STEM'. Featured by The German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) in one of their #eskills4girls videos, Ruth is currently working to establish the first Girl Technology Hub in Mombasa with a goal to empower girls from underprivileged backgrounds with computer programming skills.