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!

Faith Mangope
  • Faith Mangope
  • Africa Code Week 2019 Youth Ambassador,
  • South Africa

Washington Fellow Faith Mangope is a young professional with an intellectual climate to back up her captivating broadcasting skills. She is currently the anchor of “News Hour With Faith Mangope” on ENCA. She is also the Head of Business Development at the urban and innovative digital radio station, Massiv Metro as well as former host of e.tv’s breakfast television show, Sunrise.

Faith has been recognized as one of the Top 200 South Africans by the Mail and Guardian as well as Top 100 Young South Africans by the Independent Newspapers. Following her induction as a Washington Fellow, Faith was the first South African to be solicited to intern at Africa.Co, an entrepreneurship organization powered amongst other institutions, by the US State Department as well as Global Entrepreneurship Week.

Founder of FTA Media Communications, a media and Public Relations related corporation, as well as the New G in Business Forums, Faith also founded the New G App, a mobile application designed to provide access to job opportunities for graduates on their mobile device. She is also a faculty member at Ivy League institution Duke University, where she not only facilitates content to top company executives but also produces learning programs for partners of the University.

Her latest endeavor is The Faith Mangope Technology and Leadership Institute where she has partnered with multinational Fin Tech company, XH Smart Technology Africa to educate, empower and equip particularly African women and youth with skills and insights aligned to the Fourth Industrial Revolution. 


Julie Cleverdon
  • Julie Cleverdon
  • Director of the Cape Town Science Centre
  • South Africa

Passionate about promoting science across Africa, Julie Cleverdon is the Director of the Cape Town Science Centre in South Africa. Established to stimulate curiosity, develop inquiring minds and expose children and adults to positive new experiences, the CTSC is a world of scientific discovery under one roof, with more than 250 interactive science exhibits and mind-boggling puzzles all year long.

In June 2015, the CTSC was the proud host of the very first Africa Code Week pilot event, during which hundreds of teachers and children participated in the first training/coding workshops. Prior to the CTSC, Julie served as Chair on the Board of SAASTEC (Southern African Association of Science and Technology Education Centres) and she has over 15 years experience in the science communications sector in South Africa.

Julie holds a Bachelor of Commerce Degree from the University of Natal, Pietermaritburg (now the University of Kwa Zulu Natal in South Africa).


Emma Dicks
  • Emma Dicks
  • Founder, Code for Cape Town / Co-lead, Innovate
  • South Africa

Emma Dicks co-leads Innovate South Africa, a platform to ignite creative thinking, nurture invention and encourage entrepreneurship among high school learners. She also founded Code for Cape Town, a program that teaches coding and design thinking skills to high school girls and exposes them to opportunities in the IT industry. Code4CT shows young girls that coding is creative, accessible and a powerful tool for social change. She is passionate about transforming classrooms and curriculum to empower learners with 21st century skills. Emma has been recognised by Her Majesty the Queen for her contribution towards social justice in South Africa and received the Queens Young Leader Award in Buckingham Palace in June 2015. She has a degree in Business Science from UCT and has been awarded the Mazars Business Strategy award. She works with Venn, a strategic innovation consultancy, to help businesses solve problems better, and she is also the Project Lead for the development of their Human Centred Design in Africa toolkit. 
 


Ahmed Ismael-Smiley
  • Ahmed Ismael-Smiley
  • Founder of Siyafunda Community Technology Centres, Community ICT Digital Villages
  • South Africa

Social Entrepreneur and Digital Divide Transformation Enabler with over 40 years of ICT experience and community activism, Ahmed founded and opened the first Siyafunda Community Technology Centre in Palm Ridge in 2006. There are now 120 Siyafunda CTCs across the country on a mission to give all citizens access to information and communication technologies and empower them with computer competencies. The centres allows people to gather information, create, learn and communicate with others while developing essential digital skills. Siyafunda CTCs establish partnerships and relationships with multiple stakeholders - from local governments and municipalities all the way to private businesses, community based organisations, schools and universities. The focus is on the use of digital technologies to support community, economic, educational and social development – reducing isolation, bridging the digital divide, promoting health issues, creating economic opportunities and reaching out to youth. In 2011, the community hub project developed into a network of Community Knowledge Centres (CKC) providing essential skills training through affordable, accredited courses. Siyafunda CTC has been honoured with numerous awards for pioneering accessibility to digital information and communication technology. It plays an important role in building intellectual capital, developing entrepreneurs in growing economies and connecting communities globally.


Sandra Wisani Myambu
  • Wisani Sandra Myambu
  • Founder & CEO of Masana Social Innovation
  • South Africa

Sandra is the founder and CEO of Masana Social Innovations, a social enterprise working to bridge the technology skills gap, empower women and girls and accelerate social entrepreneurs' success. Masana uses technology as the ultimate enabler in the execution of all its initiatives. With various partnerships with corporaions, Sandra runs SAP Training for unemployed graduates and places them. She also run initiatives to help NGOs and Corporate Social Investment departments track and monitor their initiatives. She holds a Bachelor's of Business Administration Degree and majored in International Finance and Investments. 


Theresa Ely-Felino
  • Theresa Ely-Felino
  • Founder of the Community Project Organisation
  • South Africa

Born and raised in the Northern and educated in Cape Cape Town, Theresa founded the NPO - Community Project Organisation. As a trained Facilitator and Moderator with studies in Electrical Engineering, she loves sharing her technology skills and knowledge with children of all ages.


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