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!
Claire is a Co- founder of Refugee Girls Need You; an initiative that empowers young women refugees by enabling opportunities, which will expose them on skills that will help them to, dare dream and have goals for their future life as well as improve their lifestyle. She represents a Technovation Challenge program in Rwanda as Master Educator and the Regional ambassador, the program challenges girls all over the world to build mobile apps that will address a community problem.
She is a board member of Girl in ICT Rwanda (www.girlsinict.rw) and she coordinates the sponsors (fundraising). She is a Department of State Alumnae through a US department of education and cultural affairs sponsored program namely Techwomen. Techwomen program placed in different Silicon Valley companies 78 women from across MEA region out of originally 1800 applications received.
Claire is a senior software engineer at Rwanda Development Board where she supports government application at National level.
She has a Master’s of Science in Information Technology at Carnegie Mellon University in Rwanda and Bachelor degree in Computer Engineering and Information Technology from University of Rwanda college of Technology. She is Oracle Certified Professional Java SE 6 Programmer."
Lucy Mbabazi is Country Manager at Visa Rwanda overseeing operations in Rwanda, Burundi and Malawi. Prior to this role, she coordinated the implementation of Visa – Government of Rwanda (GoR) Public Private Partnership initiatives 2011 – 2015 established to lay the foundation for digitization of Rwanda’s economy and grow financial inclusion. Lucy was also part of a team of seven who led the mVISA pilot in Rwanda.
Prior to Visa, Lucy served as Policy and Strategy Advisor to the Head of Information Technology at Rwanda Development Board (RDB/IT). RDB/IT is the coordinating and implementing body of all Government of Rwanda information and communication technologies (ICT) initiatives. Notably, Lucy led the development of Rwanda’s 2011 – 2015 National ICT Plan whose initiatives are contributing better services delivery and Rwanda’s move to become an ICT driven society.
Lucy is President of Girls in ICT Rwanda – a group of women professionals working together to inspire more Rwandan young women to pursue S.T.E.M careers. Lucy also serves as Vice Chairperson, Broadband Systems Corporation (BSC) board and Rwanda Information and Communications Technology Association (RICTA).
Lucy holds a Bachelor of Science in Information Technology from Laroche College and a Master of Public Policy from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government.
Active supporter of Africa Code Week since day one, Aphrodice is a social entrepreneur, General Manager of Kigali tech innovation space kLab, as well as Founder and Managing Director of FOYO Group Ltd.
Initiator of the Tech Support Incike initiative (“INCIKE”), a mobile crowd funding that had been used to address one of the problems faced by a portion of survivors of the 1994 Genocide.
Member of Global Shapers, Kigali Hub and the ICT Chamber, Aphrodice also co-founded WeareAfrican, an open online discussion forum where people from all over the world can share ideas/homegrown solutions to issues in African countries.