Our Vision

We are working towards a world where talented African data scientists are not limited by their geographic location.


We are building the infrastructure and talent pool to enable global companies to work remotely with the best African data science talent. 


Creating jobs, fuelling business growth and driving impact.

About Ishango​

Unlocking African Data Science potential

Meet the Team

Eunice Baguma Ball Ishango.ai co-founder

Eunice Baguma Ball
Co-Founder and Head of Operations

Working in the Africa tech ecosystem for the past 10 years, I have seen firsthand the immense data science talent and innovation that exists in the region. Much of my career has focused on supporting tech talent, entrepreneurs and companies to leverage the power of technology to unlock opportunities and create a positive impact.

Ishango.ai builds on my experience and passion. AI is shaping the future of tech. I believe Africa has a critical role to play in building this future and ensuring that it is inclusive for all.

Naveed Ratansi Ishango.ai co-founder

Naveed Ratansi
Co-Founder and Head of Commercial

I have founded multiple companies and have extensive commercial experience. Running a successful training company for the last few years and previously supporting a Data Science Fellowship Program in London. I am well positioned to make Ishango.ai a success for masters graduates and international organisations alike. 


The Covid-19 pandemic has accelerated the globalisation of talent. Ishango.ai’s goal is to help companies and talent tap into these new opportunities. Through AI, data science and machine learning, we will create a better future.

Oliver Angélil
Co-Founder and Head of Data Science & Engineering

I grew up in South Africa, but have been living in Switzerland for the last 10 years. I have worked as a Data Scientist for 10+ years. My background is in climate research, whereby I used machine learning methods to improve forecast skill of rainfall and temperature extremes. I then transitioned to industry to work as a Data Scientist at Credit Suisse.


As someone very passionate about education and tech, Ishango is the perfect place for me since it ties the two together!

Courage Seyram Wemegah Programme Manager

Courage Seyram is a Project Management Professional with ample experience in developing and implementing social and education projects. He strongly believes education is the key ingredient for building a better and equitable world. He, therefore, invested his last decade and more in working with organisations and volunteering with Non-profits with a special focus on education. He holds an MPhil in Educational Innovations and Leadership

Neil Dhir

Dr. Neil Dhir is a Principal Investigator at the Alan Turing Institute – the UK’s national institute for data science and artificial intelligence. He holds a D.Phil. in Engineering Science from the University of Oxford and M.Eng. in aeronautical engineering from Imperial College London. 

James Walsh

James is a research assistant at the Alan Turing Institute. Prior to that, he was a research resident at Cervest, a climate intelligence platform that uses machine learning and artificial intelligence to help mitigate climate risks. He holds a Bsc in Data Science from the University of Warwick.

Ishango.ai: What's In A Name?

The Ishango Bone.

The Ishango bone dates from over 20,000 years ago. It is a mathematical tool, unearthed in the heart of Africa in the 1950s. Its etchings suggest that it was a tally stick and the basis of a numerical system.


Most importantly, it reminds us that Africa had and continues to have an important role to play in humanity’s global mathematical history.


However, Africa’s significance in the development of mathematical thought and knowledge has long been overlooked. Our mission is to change this and secure Africa’s rightful place in the future. Join us.

Ishango.ai mathematics in Africa

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