Named on the Powerlist2017 of Britain’s 100 most influential people of African and African Caribbean Heritage, Mariéme Jamme is a Senegalese-born British businesswoman in technology, often called the diplomat of technology. Marieme was honoured as a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum for her activism work in empowering and investing in young women and girls in Africa through Creative learning, entrepreneurship, science, technology, engineering, art, mathematics and Design (STEAMD).
Co-Founder of Africa Gathering, one of the leading platform in Europe that enable businesses, governments, investor and entrepreneurs to share ideas about Africa for positive change, she also recently joined forces with a group of African leaders to create Accur8Africa, a new platform aiming at enabling governments, businesses, entrepreneurs and the civil society in Africa at measuring the success of the Sustainable Development Goals by 2030 with Accurate Data. Marieme’s latest venture includes the launch of IAMTHECODE, the first movement aiming at mobilising governments, businesses and investors to support girls and young women in STEAMD (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Mathematics, and Design). Her goal is to empower 1 million young women and girls globally to become coders by 2030 and to align with the United Nations 2030 Agenda.
Fumbi Chima is an accomplished business executive with exceptional senior management skills in strategic planning, acquisition and business development. As the former Chief Information Officer (CIO) for Burberry Group PLC, Chima oversaw the company’s technology division that is central to Burberry’s strategy development.
Chima was recently appointed as a Non-Executive Director for Global Sources. She is a member of the United Nations Digital Task Force, working to address the digital economy in Asia. She serves on the board of the World Affairs Council and is a member of the International Women’s Forum and the Executive Leadership Council. Chima serves in numerous volunteer leadership roles, including Duke of Edinburgh Program and STEM Innovation Task Force. She also serves on numerous external boards and participates in mentoring networks that include: World Affairs Council – DC; StemConnector and Information Technology Senior Management Forum (ITSMF) and Executive Leadership Council (ELC). Chima is passionate about diversity and women’s empowerment, and is currently leading an effort to develop mentoring opportunities for women in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).
Akira Kirton, Managing Director of the Europe & Asia team for BP Ventures and Advisory Board Member for iamtheCODE. BP Ventures has invested over $500m in 40 companies across the core energy business, and new areas that include digital technology, bioenergy, low carbon power, and advanced mobility.
Akira also sits on the boards of Alyssum Ltd (aka Fly Victor), Tricoya Technologies, Fulcrum Bioenergy, Solidia Technologies, and the OGCI Climate Investments (a $1bn fund). He has previously held a board member seat at CarbonFree Chemicals, Liquid Light, Rocket Route, and Silicon Microgravity.
Akira has a Masters in Chemical Engineering and a Bachelors degree in Law & Management. He is a 2008 IChemE Innovation Award Winner, a 2012 Marshall Memorial Fellow and 2015 World Economic Forum Young Global Leader. On a pro-bono basis Akira sits on the educational advisory board of the European Climate KIC. He is hugely passionate about education and youth programmes.
Loise Wambui is a young and dynamic leader from Nairobi, Kenya. She is passionate about Climate Change and Environmental conservation and has led successful environmental campaigns that have led to policy change in Kenya.
Carefully selected, the iamtheCODE Board is a small group of renowned individuals in their industries, young global leaders of the World Economic Forum, technologists, media personalities, educators and female business leaders in technology.
Founder & CEO Baobab Group (formerly MicroCred)
Executive Director of Shin Kong Life Foundation, Taiwan
Senior Vice President at Viacom and MTV
Data Science and Analysis Practice Lead at the World Economic Forum
Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of BCX, Africa
Connector at Thoughtworks, New York/San Franscisco
Rina Gee Kupferschmid-Rojas
Head of Sustainable Finance, UBS Switzerland AG
Technology Lawyer at Facebook
Digital Leader, Age 11
Digital Leader, Age 9
Digital Leader, China, Age 10
Head of Education Kano
CEO - Varkey Foundation
Auditor/Senior Manager, PWC
Amadou Macktar Ba
CEO, African Media Initiative
Managing Partner, Biola Alabi Media - Nigeria
CEO, Private Sector Health Alliance (PHN)
Managing Director, Accenture
Regional Director, 4Afrika Initiative Microsoft
Dr Tshering Lama
Chairperson Idea Studio Nepal
Founder and CEO, The Global Institute for Experienced Entrepreneurship
Managing Director Europe & Asia, BP Ventures
Founder and Chief Executive Officer of AppsTech
Market Information Specialist, Information & Analytics
Senior manager in Surrey Library Service
Support Solutions Specialist at Microsoft, Brazil
Chief Strategy and Marketing Officer, New York
Full Stack Developer and PM Latam from Technical Evangelism at Microsoft, leading innovation and open source initiatives for developers
Business Manager, London
Ugandan Social Entrepreneur, Technologist, activist, mentor, teacher and investor
Entrepreneur, Founder of Jetworks, Reponsible for Digital Innovation at Zôdio Brasil
Researcher and Activist, China
Boston Consulting Group, USA
Lorenna Vilas Boas
iamtheCODE Ambassor Brazil
Technology Artist, California
Ambassador & Mentor iamtheCODE Japan
CTO of Innovate Uganda
Saran Kaba Jones
Founder and CEO of FACE Africa
Youth Adviser UN women
Executive Director and Global Strategy, ONE
Manson Fellow, Harvard Kennedy School of Government
Founder of Treeshake, South Africa
General Manager of Microsoft, Brazil
Country Head of UBS Group,Brazil
Consultant at ThoughtWorks, co-founder of Garoa Hacker Club and author of Fluent Python, Brazil
CEO of the Haykal Group, Syria
Principal at ThoughtWorks
CEO of The Empathy Business
Co-founder and director of Daughters of Eve
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