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BUILDING AN AI-POWERED FUTURE FOR AFRICA

  • CONNECTING
  • EDUCATING
  • DEVELOPING
THE AFRICAN AI ECOSYSTEM

& PROVIDING ACCESS TO
  • RESEARCH
  • RESOURCES
  • PARTNERS
  • MENTORSHIP
  • COMMUNITIES
  • EVENTS

ABOUT

The Machine Intelligence Institute of Africa (MIIA) is an African non-profit organization founded by Dr. Jacques Ludik in 2016. MIIA aims to transform and help build an AI-powered Africa through a strong, innovative and collaborative Machine Intelligence, AI and Data Science community, consisting of individuals and key players in the African Artificial Intelligence Ecosystem. MIIA’s growing network consists of stakeholders in the African AI Ecosystem, including thousands of members as well as key decision-makers in NGOs, NPOs, academia, businesses, and the public sector. See also www.machineintelligenceafrica.org for historical activities and background.

OUR VISION

To develop a collaborative impactful African AI Ecosystem in collaboration with a global partner network of excellence that helps to transform Africa and shape a better future for all in the Smart Technology Era by:

COMMUNITY

Growing and connecting an innovative and  collaborative community of Machine Intelligence, AI, Smart Technology and Data Science enthusiasts, engineers, researchers, practitioners, entrepreneurs, executives, lay persons, experts, and related partner communities across Africa.

TRAINING

Facilitating, promoting and accrediting training courses in AI, Data Science, Machine Learning, Data Engineering, Data Analysis, and related fields to grow the  knowledge and skillsets of as many people as possible on the African continent and beyond to help transform Africa and help shape a better future for all.

CERTIFICATION

Certification of knowledge, practical experience and skills on an individual level for AI related roles such AI-related business leadership and management, Data Scientists, AI Experts, Machine Learning Engineers, Data Engineers, Data Analysts, AI and Machine Learning Researchers, AI-related Software Development, Business Analyst, AI Implementation Project Management, etc.

VALIDATION

Validating and advising on ethical, robust and trustworthy AI implementations, practices, and guidelines at a business-, organization-, and governmental level.

ENTREPRENEURS

Establishing smart technology centres of excellence across Africa in collaboration with partners to deliver smart technology entrepreneurs that help to transform the African business landscape.

PROJECTS

Delivering and facilitating impactful & transformative Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) projects across Africa.

RESEARCH

Delivering research and applied research contributions and projects to improve the state-of-the-art in Artificial Intelligence, its applications, and fusion with other smart technologies in collaboration with partners in the academic, non-academic, business, or public sector.

ECOSYSTEM

Facilitating, delivering, mapping and monitoring the growth and impact of the AI community, key players and socio-economic initiatives within the African Artificial Intelligence Ecosystem.

CONTRIBUTORS

Providing an environment for contributors in the MIIA community and elsewhere to share information, knowledge, resources, case studies, learned experiences, research and projects through the MIIA website and African Artificial Intelligence Wiki.

OUR MISSION

BUILD

To build a strong and innovative AI community to help transform Africa by networking together the critical mass of resources, providing training, certification, validation, and advise, promoting and sponsoring learning activities, as well as strengthening thought leadership, mentoring and collaboration.

INNOVATE

To accelerate and deliver breakthrough smart technology related research and practical applications to solve African problems, support entrepreneurial activity, strengthening scientific and technological excellence, and help drive long-term inclusive and sustainable scientific, technological and socio-economic development on the continent.

PARTNER

To partner with governments, business, start-up incubators, non-governmental organizations, non-profit organizations, universities and research institutions to support and help mould the future of Machine Intelligence, AI, Smart Technology and Data Science research and applications in Africa.

MONITOR

To map, monitor, and provide insights on the growth and impact of the AI community, key players and socio-economic initiatives within the African Artificial Intelligence Ecosystem

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

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DR JACQUES LUDIK

Founder & President, MIIA
Founder & Group CEO, Cortex Group

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JOHN KAMARA

Technology Entrepreneur

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CON BRUCE

Executive Director, Cortex Group

BOARD OF ADVISORS

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PROF TSHILIDSI MARWALA

Deputy Chair, PC4IR

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PROF MUSA MHLANGA

Research Group Leader, CSIR

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BAYO ADENKANMBI

CTO, MTN Nigeria

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CELINA LEE

CEO, Zindi Africa

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DRIES OELOFSE

Healthcare & Bio-informatics Executive

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DEON VAN HEERDEN

CEO, Cortex Logic

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PROF WIM DELVA

Acting Director, SDTCT

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RACHEL ADAMS

Chief Research Specialist, HSRC

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MARK CLAASSEN

Asset Management Executive

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BUBACARR BAH

German Research Chair, AIMS

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DR ARSHAAD SIBDA

CEO, Digicalionics

COUNTRY AMBASSADORS

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WILL GREEN

Founder & CEO, CO.LAB

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ALEX CONWAY

Head of DS, Numberboost

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CHRISTOPHER CURRIN

Founder, With Intelligence

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SHAUN IRWIN

ML Engineer, Nomoko

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YATTISH RAMHORRY

Founder, Data.Move

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LWAZI QANGULE

CM SSA, Pernod Ricard

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EKOW DUKER

Co-Founder, ZINDI

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BABATUNDE ODOFIN

Head Tech & Inn, Credit Direct

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ALABA AYINUOLA

Founder, BAO

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AKANBI ADEDAMOLA

Founder, Taldn.com

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OLUFUNMILAYO OLUTAYO

BI Developer, FirstBank Nigeria

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KOYE SODIPO

Head of Product, Babban Gona

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ROBERT JOHN

Co-Founder, Compose Solutions

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DARLINGTON AKOGO

Founder, Runmila AI

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DEREK DEGBEDZUI

Founder, Ethical AI Club

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TEBOGO MOGALEEMANG

Founder, Spectrum Analytics

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DR HEMAN MOHABEER

Head of AI, BIRGER.

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NOORDEEN MALANGO

Software Engineer, College of Med

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TAWANDA CHINGOZHA

PhD Researcher, SU

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CHOMBA BUPE

Founder & Entrepreneur

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TILILA EL MOUJAHID

Tech Evangelist, Microsoft

OPERATIONAL TEAM

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NATASJA LUDIK

Head, Operations & Education

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PIUS ILLAH

Head, Innovation & Partnerships

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CHANEL CROMHOUT

Head, Strategy & Marketing

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BIANCA LUDIK

Head, Finances

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AMY MEYER

Head, Research & Content

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