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Our Vision

Our vision is a more inclusive and equitable AI future shaped by diverse, global teams working together to create high-impact solutions. We’re committed to levelling the playing field for African talent and unleashing their potential in the global AI landscape

Our Vision

Our vision is a more inclusive and equitable AI future shaped by diverse, global teams working together to create high-impact solutions. We’re committed to levelling the playing field for African talent and unleashing their potential in the global AI landscape

Meet the Team

Eunice Baguma Ball

Co-Founder and Head of Operations

Eunice is an accomplished social entrepreneur with over 15 years of experience working within the technology sector, both in the UK and across Africa. Prior to setting up Ishango, she was the programme manager of the #IamRemarkable initiative at Google. She also founded ATBN, the UK’s first tech community and consultancy connecting UK and Africa tech ecosystems. 

Oliver Angélil

Co-Founder and Head of Data Science & Engineering

Oliver has worked as a Data Scientist for 10+ years. His background is in climate research, whereby he used machine learning methods to improve forecast skills of rainfall and temperature extremes. He then transitioned to industry to work as a Data Scientist at Credit Suisse. He is very passionate about education and tech and Ishango ties these two together!

Chih-Chun Chen    

Senior Data Scientist

Chih-Chun has 15+ years experience in programming, computational modelling, data science, and machine learning. She previously worked at Yahoo, Microsoft Research, and the University of Cambridge. She also co-founded Cambridge Spark, a data and digital training Edtech company for graduates and international organisations alike.

Courage Seyram Wemegah Business Development & Program Manager

Courage has 10+ years of experience in developing and implementing social and education projects. He believes education is the key ingredient for building a better and equitable world. He has invested his time working with organisations and volunteering with non-profits with a special focus on education.

Nicole Noack

Advisor

Nicole is a highly accomplished Senior Manager and Consultant with over 20 years of expertise in hardware maintenance and development. She has a proven track record of driving innovation, streamlining operations, and producing outstanding outcomes in both large organisations and start-ups.

Rene Buch

Advisor

Rene has 30 years experience working in MGMT Globally both Europe, US with partners in Africa and Asia-Pac.
He has also held a number of CxO positions and have substantial training in Global Leadership, Strategy and Company Governance.

Chris Toumping Fotso

Mentor in Residence

As the Mentor in Residence at Ishango.ai, Chris holds a bachelor's in Mathematics and a master's in Data Science from AIMS, Rwanda. He provides invaluable guidance to data scientists, assisting them in host company projects. His role is pivotal in ensuring their success in the data science field.

 

Cynthia Mbah

Marketing and Content Lead

Cynthia has over 2 years of experience in marketing and content creation. She leverages that to create engaging content creation, manage partnerships, and handle social media and data-driven initiatives.

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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