GOVERNANCE

ADVISORS  & PATRONS

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Reuben Salimu
 

Reuben Salimu (South Africa) is the founder, Chairman and CEO of African Chess Lounge which has been operating for over a decade in Cape Town. Known professionally as a Chess Player, Chess Developer, Chess Show Producer, Chess Coach, Chess Professional and Entrepreneur.



Cyril Azubuine

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Cyril Azubuine (Nigeria) is an advisor and curriculum developer on Robotics, Aviation and Drone education, Cyril is supporting AYI to broaden its reach and impact on the African continents to ensure the early development of 4ir skills for Africa's future innovators.

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Dieketseng Malekele

Social Entrepreneur with a passion to empower marginalized children and youth in urban South Africa with edtech.  The founder and Executive Director of Unite Siyafunda which focuses on the development of STEM skills and empowerment of unemployed youth in Gauteng. She supports AYI with capacity building through the hiring of unemployed youth female graduates. 

THE BOARD

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Founder & Board Chair

Emma Mphahlele

Emma Mphahlele is an Edutech enthusiast with a passion for STEM education.  Inspired by the impact of robotics and coding education on her kids, she established Kids Innovate Africa Pty. Ltd. in 2015, followed by AYI in 2019 with the sole intent to bridge the access gap on high-tech education for marginalized children and youth in South Africa. She believes that intelligence is inborn in every child.  Being on the ground - facilitating learning and engaging with students brings her joy.

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Board Secretary

Tony Ciamo


 

Tony Ciamo heads our Robotics Curriculum Team. With a university degree in Mechatronics, and an extensive experience with manufacturing robotics as a workshop manager at a Cape Town robotics handling firm, combined with years of experience as a Robotics training facilitator (at ORT SA - Cape Town) working with children and youth, Tony is unleashing great ideas to empower tomorrow's aspiring roboticists at AYI.

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Board Treasurer

Lulu Khaliphile


 

Lulu Khaliphile is a Professional Accountant (SA) and Tax Practitioner (SA) through SAIPA. Lulu uses her extensive business skills, knowledge, and Accounting experience to ensure AYI financials are organized and comply with the regulatory requirements. She has over a decade of experience from international FMCG. 

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Head of Public Relations
Dieketseng Malekele

Keke uses her experience of running career shows, empowering unemployed township youth with coaching skills, and bringing robotics education to our marginalized children and youth in Gauteng.  With her hands-on approach, Keke supports the executive team in capacity building (sourcing, training, and development of unemployed graduate youth as coaches for implementation of projects across the continent, as well as public relations of AYI.

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Head of Aviation Robotics 
Cyril Azubuine

Intellectually curious, and enjoys being part of a stimulating and inclusive environment where he is continuously challenged to leverage his academic skills, technical and leadership abilities to identify and develop solutions to real-life problems using cutting-edge technologies. As a curriculum developer on Robotics and Drone education, Cyril is supporting AYI to broaden its reach and impact on the African continents to ensure the early development of 4ir skills for Africa's future innovators. 

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Chief Business Development Officer
Natasha Chinyemba

An innovative and diligent Information Systems graduate with a passion for youth empowerment - especially those from modest beginnings.  She implements ways to use tech for societal impact.

​Natasha is responsible for ensuring that the organization's vision is implemented, working with a range of stakeholders across the continent.​As a Director, she supports the board with fresh ideas that keep the organisation at pulse with its target market.

An experienced Head Robotics Coach from Kids Innovate Africa.

 

OPERATIONS

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Chief Executive Officer

Emma Mphahlele

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Chief Business Development Officer


Natasha Chinyemba

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Chief Operations Officer

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Head of Robotics

Tony Ciamo

Tony has some long-term plans of transferring his 3D design and printing skills to our learners.  He believes that early childhood education in the field of Coding and Robotics set a critical foundation for our future innovators. 

Tony is also the country lead for AYI impact projects in the DRC.

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Project Leader:

Coding & Digital Literacy

Izere Anny Sybille

 

A founder and CEO of a Ugandan NPO - Her Dreams Count which empowers refugee girls and adolescent mothers by teaching them digital skills.  

Anny brings her experience as a Creative and Communications Manager in humanitarian spaces -  leading projects in various locations in Uganda, Rwanda, Somalia, and Colombia.

 

As Project Leader for AYI and Communications Officer, Anny collaborates with AYI to implement projects in Uganda and neighboring countries relating to Coding and Digital Literacy.

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Robotics Coach/ Consultant

Deborah Kwizera

A vibrant and intelligent Physiology and Genetics Stellenbosch University graduate brings to AYI, her extensive experience in working with children and youth as a university and school tutor with high-performance levels for both university and school students.