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!

Paul Mandele
  • Paul Mandele
  • Technical & Operations Lead, Buni Innovation Hub
  • Tanzania

Paul Mandele is a tech enthusiast with excellent technical, communications and problem-solving skills acquired over his 4 years experience in in the computer industry, Currently serving as Operations & Technical Lead for Buni Hub, Paul is also CEO & Co-founder of Prinpo Technologies in Tanzania. He is also a founding member of the African Youth Empowerment team, a youth-led African NGO focused on youth empowerment. Paul's dream: to groom the new generation of Steve Jobs, Mark Zuckerbergs & Bill Gates across Africa and to leverage technology to solve problems in his community.

Carolyne Ekyarisiima
  • Carolyne Ekyarisiima
  • Founder of Apps and Girls
  • Tanzania

Carolyne is a Mandela Washington Fellow, social entrepreneur and founder of Apps and Girls. This social enterprise is on a mission to bridge the tech gender gap in Africa by empowering girls aged 10-18 years with super powers (coding, engineering and entrepreneurship skills) so they become effective leaders and Tech drivers leveraging technology to solve challenges in their communities.

A Tigo & Reach for Change digital change maker, Carolyne was awarded a certificate of achievement in 2014 for her efforts towards improving children’s lives through innovation & digital technology at the Hackathon Prototype Change 2014 in Sweden. She also won the MalikiaWanguvu2017 award as well as the NextGen franchising 2017 award. Apps and Girls was awarded by UNDP and Sahara sparks for its devotion and persistence in supporting and inspiring Women in Technology across Tanzania.

Carolyne is now a mentor for several organizations, including First Global Robotics, Africa Entrepreneurship Award and Ushahuri virtual platform. Carolyne also serves as regional ambassador for the Techinnovation Challenge. Where can you meet her in 2017? At the 2017 e-learning Africa conference in Mauritius, where she will be speaking in a keynote rightfully titled: “An African Woman with the superpower of Code is a mighty sword for Africa.

Carolyne holds a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science and a Masters in Information Systems.