Our Team

Our Founder

Marieme Jamme

Marieme Jamme

iamtheCODE Founder

Mariéme Jamme is an award-winning Technologist and pioneer in system change and a Young Global Leader of the World Economic Forum. In Sept 2017, she was the first black woman to win the Innovation Award at the Global Goals Award 2017 by UNICEF and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation as a GoalKeeper for her work in advancing the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, supporting globally young women and girls and governments. She was nominated on the BBC 100 Power Women UK list and was named twice on the UK Powerlist as Britain’s 100 most influential people of African and African Caribbean Heritage.

Mariéme Jamme became the Duke of York Inspiring Digital Enterprise Award (iDEA), Industry Ambassador in 2018.

Marieme’s latest venture includes the launch of IAMTHECODE, as the first African-led global movement aiming at mobilising governments, businesses, philanthropic foundations and investors to support marginalised girls and young women to have access to STEAMD (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Mathematics, and Design) education. Her goal is to empower 1 million young women and girls globally to become coders by 2030. iamtheCODE is a UN reconsigned organisation.  Mariéme is a Board of Director the World Wide Web Foundation, founded by Tim Berners-Lee, inventor of the Web and is the first senegalese woman to have made it to the North Pole.

Our Patron

Christopher Schlaeffer

Christopher Schlaeffer

Patron

Christopher is a European technology executive and serial founder. He served as Chief Digital Officer of VEON (NASDAQ: VEON) as well as Chief Product & Innovation Officer, Corporate Development Officer and Chief Strategy Officer of Deutsche Telekom (Xetra: DTE). His new company is NYOUM.

Together with Andy Rubin, Larry Page, Sergey Brin, Peter Chou and Cole Brodman Christopher unveiled the world’s first mobile phone based on Android, T-Mobile G1. In 2007, he and Tim Cook closed Apple ́s first partnership on iPhone outside the US. Christopher started his career with Accenture.

Christopher has been recognized by the World Economic Forum as a Young Global Leader and ranked one of the Top50 Innovators To Watch. He takes an avid interest in promoting an open information society, science, arts and equality and graduated from the Vienna University of Economics.

Director

Akira Kirton

Akira Kirton

Commercial Director - European Acetyls

Akira Kirton is an Advisory Board Member for iamtheCODE and Managing Director of the Europe & Asia team for BP Ventures. 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).

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.

Program Lead Kenya

LOISE WAMBUI

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.

Wambui is also passionate about community service and has been involved in the setting up of community libraries, tech hubs and medical camps in Kenya.

Board of Advisors

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.

Alex

Alex

Digital Leader, Age 13

Edie Lush

Edie Lush

Author, Executive Editor of Hub Culture, Communication Trainer and MC

Euvin Naidoo

Euvin Naidoo

Director - Centre of Excellence in Financial Services

Gordon Hughes

Gordon Hughes

Founder and Managing Director at Rhythmscape Publishing

Arnaud Ventura

Arnaud Ventura

Founder & CEO Baobab Group (formerly MicroCred)

Cynthia Wu

Cynthia Wu

Executive Director of Shin Kong Life Foundation, Taiwan

Lars Silberbauer

Lars Silberbauer

Senior Vice President at Viacom and MTV

Nanayaa Appenteng

Nanayaa Appenteng

Data Science and Analysis Practice Lead at the World Economic Forum

Ian Russell

Ian Russell

Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of BCX, Africa

Jared Hatch

Jared Hatch

Experiential Marketing at ThoughtWorks

Rina Gee Kupferschmid-Rojas

Rina Gee Kupferschmid-Rojas

Head of Sustainable Finance, UBS Switzerland AG

Carolina Rossini

Carolina Rossini

Director at Access Now

Lucas

Lucas

Digital Leader, Age 11

Michael

Michael

Digital Leader, China, Age 11

Joanna Bersin

Joanna Bersin

Co-Founder at BrainSafe

Vikas Pota

Vikas Pota

Group Chief Executive of Tmrw Digital

Sunmisola Awobokun

Sunmisola Awobokun

Auditor/Senior Manager, PWC

Amadou Macktar Ba

Amadou Macktar Ba

CEO, African Media Initiative

Biola Alabi

Biola Alabi

Managing Partner, Biola Alabi Media - Nigeria

Muntaqa umar-sadiq

Muntaqa umar-sadiq

CEO, Private Sector Health Alliance (PHN)

Jessica Long

Jessica Long

Managing Director, Accenture

Bruno Sánchez

Bruno Sánchez

Data Scientist

Amrote Abdella

Amrote Abdella

Regional Director, 4Afrika Initiative Microsoft

Dr Tshering Lama

Dr Tshering Lama

Chairperson Idea Studio Nepal

Elizabeth Isele

Elizabeth Isele

Founder and CEO, The Global Institute for Experienced Entrepreneurship

Rebecca Enonchong

Rebecca Enonchong

Founder and Chief Executive Officer of AppsTech

Our advocates and ambassadors

Paetyn Naidoo

Paetyn Naidoo

Digital Leader, Age 12

Soulaima Gourani

Soulaima Gourani

Rewarded Online Executive Coach, Business Mentor, Bestseller Author and Keynotespeaker at @bigspeak

Tara Ennis

Tara Ennis

Market Information Specialist, Information & Analytics

Helen Leech

Helen Leech

Senior manager in Surrey Library Service

Lisiane Lemos

Lisiane Lemos

Support Solutions Specialist at Microsoft, Brazil

Emily Wang

Emily Wang

Chief Strategy and Marketing Officer, New York

Cynthia Zanoni

Cynthia Zanoni

Full Stack Developer and PM Latam from Technical Evangelism at Microsoft, leading innovation and open source initiatives for developers

Flori Libreros

Flori Libreros

Business Manager, London

Barbara Birungi

Barbara Birungi

Ugandan Social Entrepreneur, Technologist, activist, mentor, teacher and investor

Rodrigo Spillere

Rodrigo Spillere

Entrepreneur, Founder of Jetworks, Reponsible for Digital Innovation at Zôdio Brasil

Mansoor Akbar

Mansoor Akbar

iamtheCODE Afganistan

Dina Gu

Dina Gu

Researcher and Activist, China

Heba Ansari

Heba Ansari

Boston Consulting Group, USA

Lorenna Vilas Boas

Lorenna Vilas Boas

iamtheCODE Ambassor Brazil

Drue Kataoka

Drue Kataoka

Technology Artist, California

Akira Hirata

Akira Hirata

Ambassador & Mentor iamtheCODE Japan

Evelyn Namara

Evelyn Namara

CTO of Innovate Uganda

Mosunmola Umoru

Mosunmola Umoru

Entrepreneur, Nigeria

Saran Kaba Jones

Saran Kaba Jones

Founder and CEO of FACE Africa

Harinjaka Ratozamanana

Harinjaka Ratozamanana

iamtheCODE, Madagascar

Vivian Onano

Vivian Onano

Youth Adviser UN women

UN Women

UN Women

www.unwomen.org

Jamie Drummond

Jamie Drummond

Executive Director and Global Strategy, ONE

Farai Gundan

Farai Gundan

Manson Fellow, Harvard Kennedy School of Government

Dave Duarte

Dave Duarte

Founder of Treeshake, South Africa

Paula Bellizia

Paula Bellizia

General Manager of Microsoft, Brazil

Sylvia Coutinho

Sylvia Coutinho

Country Head of UBS Group,Brazil

Luciano Ramalho

Luciano Ramalho

Consultant at ThoughtWorks, co-founder of Garoa Hacker Club and author of Fluent Python, Brazil

Abdulsalam Haykal

Abdulsalam Haykal

CEO of the Haykal Group, Syria

Laura Paterson

Laura Paterson

Principal at ThoughtWorks

Belinda Parmar

Belinda Parmar

CEO of The Empathy Business

Lisa Witter

Lisa Witter

CEO Apolitical

Nimco Ali

Nimco Ali

Co-founder and director of Daughters of Eve

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