Named on the Powerlist2017 of Britain’s 100 most influential people of African, Mariéme Jamme is a Senegalese-born British businesswoman in technology. She has a consultancy company Spotone Global Solutions that helps technology companies to set a foothold in Africa, Europe, the Middle East and Asia. Mariéme was also named twice in 2014 and in 2016 as one of the 100 most influential Africans by the African Business Magazine and as 2012 Forbes 20 youngest powerful women in Africa.

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Data-Pop Alliance is a global coalition on Big Data and development created by the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative, MIT Media Lab, and Overseas Image Credit: Data-Pop Alliance

Marieme newly became Advisory Board Member of Data Pop Alliance and a judge and Academy member of the Prestigious Global Teachers Prize Academy. 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, a 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.

Her Childhood 

Mariéme grew up in rural Senegal, from an oligarch mother who gave her away at an early-age and later was raised in various foster houses including in an orphanage and then trafficked as a young prostitute to Paris. She experienced considerable hardship during her childhood and did not have a formative education until the age of 16 years old, when she taught herself how to read and write.

She is an autodidact, coder, blogger, tech and education activist who work tirelessly to empower her fellow Africans through education, empowerment, mentoring, leadership and economic development. She has been nominated by the guardian African community network as one of the African women to watch in 2013 and recently honoured as a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum in Davos.

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Mariéme has founded many ventures aiming to support the development of Africans such as the “Cheetah Accelerator” (A mentoring and Business Accelerator) and founded of Africa Gathering, a platform bringing entrepreneurs and others together to share ideas for positive change in Africa. She was recently voted one of Africa’s top 25 women achievers by The Guardian Newspaper in the UK”. Mariéme has recently supported many organizations such as Google, UK government Appfrica International Inc. and the Obama Administration in the USA for 3 years in organising the Apps4Africa tech competitions across Africa and the Africa Progress Panel chair by Kofi Annan to host brainstorming events on the state of the Extractives of Africa and Agriculture in many countries by bringing the Report to the grassroots.

Having fought hard as a young girl in Africa for an education that was denied to her; women’s education, empowerment and freedom is paramount in Mariéme ‘s life, hence the creation of the JJiguene Tech Hub in Senegal: the first women Tech Innovation Network supporting young women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math’s (STEM). Mariéme has recently joined the Nigerian Billionaire Tony Elumelu as a select committee member and adviser for his $100M Entrepreneurship Program and the Microsoft 4Afrika as a council member advising on how to engage the youth in Africa’s development and increase their competitiveness in the global market by creating profitable SME’s.

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