Dan Baruka is a software engineer and tech entrepreneur based in the city of Goma ( North Kivu, Democratic Republic of Congo). He is the co-founder of the startup Uptodate Developers, which consists of young people working in new technologies. His goal is to change Africa through smart uses of new technologies and entrepreneurship. He loves sharing his passion for science and technology by showing that young people across Africa have the power to be the solution to their problems. He is convinced that his generation will shine through their creativity and will take their place in this world.
Josephine Uwase Ndeze, a winner of Miss Geek 2019, is a creative student in computer science in Goma, DRC, and ambitions to become a first-class engineer in artificial intelligence. She emerged as the winner of Miss Geek Africa 2019 thanks to her project to reduce maternal mortality rate, in the rural Congo, using cell-phone technologies. She aims to be a role-model for young African girls interested in science and technology and to bring her young energy to promoting science in the DRC. In 2019 she gained a degree in science at Institut Supérieur de l’Informatique et de Gestion, in Goma, DRC, and hopes to finish her Bachelor of Science degree at the same institution in 2021. In December 2019 she was officially appointed NEF ambassador for the DRC.
Abel Kutangila Lufutu is a P.h.D. candidate in development economics at the University of Sherbrooke. He is responsible for planning at the Laboratory of Analysis and Research in Quantitative Economics (LAREQ). He previously worked, after his Masters in economics, as a Business analyst at Vlisco Congo Sarl. He specializes in the well- being of agricultural households dependent on natural resources. He is currently working on the evaluation of sustainable development in the context of fishery resources.
Marina Ngoma Kutangila is a Ph.D. candidate in economics and Neubauer Fellow at Fletcher School, Tufts University. She also serves there as a research and teaching assistant for several research projects and economics courses. She specializes in development economics. Her current research focuses on structural transformation and policies to address resource misallocation and foster sustainable productivity growth in the developing world. Marina holds a BA in economics from Université Protestante au Congo, a diploma in public administration from Ecole Nationale d’Administration and a MA in policy economics from Williams College. She previously worked on issues of agricultural and rural development for the Office of the Prime Minister in the DRC.
Nicholas Litombe is a Lead Data Scientist at BenevolentAI, a startup aimed at improving patients’ lives by creating and using AI technologies to transform the way medicines are discovered, developed, tested, and brought to market. Before that, he was a Senior Data Scientist at a Manhattan-based tech startup. He also served as a Science and Technology Policy Fellow at the Department of Energy’s Advanced Manufacturing Office. He has a bachelor’s degree from Columbia University and a Ph.D. from Harvard University in Applied Physics, where he also graduated from the Harvard Innovation Lab. His other interests include STEM education in developing countries and underserved communities. He is the co-founder of Alliance4Ai, an organization empowering Africans for the future of work.
Josuel Musambaghani is a Software Engineer at Microsoft, working for the cybersecurity division. Previously, Josuel worked with Silicon Valley startups and organizations, including Jawbone, Code2040, and Slack. Josuel’s team at Microsoft won the 2019 and 2020 CSO50 Awards, an accolade that recognizes organizations for cybersecurity projects and initiatives that demonstrate outstanding business value. Josuel serves on the Advisory board for the Microsoft Aspire Experience and is the Co-Chair of the Employee Network Africans @ Microsoft. Beyond Microsoft, Josuel is the co-founder and chairman of Kwafrika Travel Ltd, a customer-centric digital tour operator aimed at harnessing Africa’s economic value. He is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Morehouse College, with degrees as valedictorian in both Mathematics and Computer Science.
Raïssa Malu is a trained physicist and the author and editor of the textbook collection “Les Indispensables” that covers fundamental knowledge in mathematics and physics for high school and college students. Raïssa was the Next Einstein Forum Ambassador for the DRC in 2017-2019. Currently, she is the Head of Technical Support Unit at the Ministry of Primary, Secondary and Professional Education (DRCongo) for the Education Project for the Quality and Relevance of Secondary and Higher Education (PEQPESU). In 2014, Raïssa founded with friends a non-profit organization that organizes Science and Technology Week, in Kinshasa DRCongo. Raïssa has also worked as a computer scientist in the banking sector, a research assistant in the nuclear industry, and a lecturer in higher education, before setting up her own school coaching company.
Jonathan Mboyo ESOLE
Jonathan Esole is a Congolese mathematician working on the geometry of string theory. Trained around the world (Boboto, Brussels, Cambridge, Leiden, Stanford, Leuven, and Harvard), he is currently a professor at Northeastern University. Jonathan has solved important problems in mathematical physics. In 2018, he was named a Next Einstein Fellow, an award that celebrates the best African scientists and technologists. Jonathan is a passionate advocate for African excellence in the sciences and women's access to education. He is on the advisory board of the nonprofit Malaika and a member of the jury of the L'Oréal-Unesco "For Women in Science" award. In 2018, he received the International Dunia Award for his outreach activities.