iamtheCODE Announces New Appointments to Board of Advisors and Industry experts to help scale program globally

iamtheCODE New Board of Advisors

iamtheCODE is pleased to announce the appointment of four new board of advisors effective this Friday, July 2nd, 2021, in Paris at the Generation Equality Forum hosted by UN Women.


iamtheCODE, the first African-led global movement mobilizing government, private sector, and philanthropic foundations to advance STEAMD (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Mathematics and Design) education, is announcing today a new board of advisors.

This newly carefully selected board will help scale its mission to enable 1 million women and girls’ coders worldwide by 2030.

The Foundation have nominated Courtney Elizabeth Stipe Holm – Vice President Sustainability Solutions at Capgemini Invent, South African Businesswoman, Author and Philanthropist, Miss South Africa 1994, Basetsana Kumalo, Ada Osakwe, World Economic Forum, Young Global Leader, Managing Partner Agrolay Ventures and H.R.H Prince Jaime de Bourbon de Parme, Climate Change Envoy for the Netherlands.

The Foundation mission and Goal is to mobilize governments, philanthropic foundations, civil society, and the private sector to invest in future technologies that can drive sustainable development. It aims to enable 1 million women and girls’ coders worldwide by 2030. During Covid-19, it has pivoted its activities from offline to online to accommodate young women and girl’s education in the most marginalised communities.

A fundamental pillar of iamtheCODE’s work revolves around women’s empowerment globally, a vital goal of the Sustainable Development Goals. Their mission is to build a generation of one million women and girl coders by 2030, measuring the indicators of the Global Goals and tracking progress. We know so well that when you educate a young woman, you support a community. And the work we do on the ground is a lasting legacy“. Courtney Holm, Board Advisor, and trustee of iamtheCODE.

These four individuals will be joining Akira Kirton, Vice President at BP pulse. Kelly Buchanan, Senior Vice President, M&A Integration Executive at Mastercard and Christopher Schaeffler, European technology executive and serial entrepreneur recognized by the World Economic Forum as Young Global Leader.

Lady Mariéme said: “We are at a critical moment of our growth at iamtheCODE and nominating these four incredible individuals as the board of advisors will help us scale our program globally, reach more young women and girls from marginalized communities. Investing in young girls is one of our greatest investment and if we want to see the return, we must roll our sleeves and do the work and enabling them to become digitally intelligent young women through coding will elevate them and change their communities.”

iamtheCODE has also nominated prominent industry leaders as observers who will work with the board to help strategize and implement its various programs in marginalized communities such as the Kakuma Refugee Camp in Kenya, Favelas UK, in South Africa and in Brazil. They include Patrick Taylor, Vice President, SI Alliances at DocuSign, Dave Allen – Leadership Coach and Kristin Hoff Smith, Strategic Communications Professional at Finsbury Glover Hering.

Check out their profiles and let’s get to work.