The Nerdy Team

Our team is comprised of both experienced and aspiring scientists, engineers, social scientists, economists and bankers from Mali, Canada, Togo, USA, Spain, India, and Burkina Faso who all have intensive experience in development and education work, community service and after school programs from around the World.

Mohamed Kante

Mohamed Kante

Visionary & Chief Nerd


Mohamed Kante

Mohamed Kante

Visionary & Chief Nerd

Mohamed Kante was born and raised in Mali and has resided in the US since August 2003. He is an Electrical Engineer by trade with a strong interest in innovative technologies. In addition, He is an unrealistic optimist and a Maven by choice with a combination of self-confidence, empathy and sociability. He enjoys reaching out across boundaries and empowering communities to challenge the status quo. His participation in after school programs such as Citizen School solar car, Upward Bound and Big Brothers Big Sisters are few of the many tangible proofs of this belief. Mohamed’s migration away from his roots was encouraged by his parents back in Mali, where there was a clear divide between “people who stayed” and “people who got out.” This divide is primarily due to the narrow career prospects and the lack of opportunity especially in Science and Technology. After a few years away, Mohamed intends to return home with a mission, which is to empower Malian youth by giving them the opportunity to attain their fullest potential. There is a lack of mentoring in the Malian community. Seeing first hand how engineering skills can be useful, he wants to give the opportunity to these youth to learn at a young age and grow up with it. “The motivation behind founding iNERDE was so folks would not have same misfortune that I had when I was young, and that is not knowing about the STEM field until college or later,” says Mohamed. “I didn’t know that a career in STEM was a possibility for me until my college years in the US. Granted, I still had the opportunity to earn a degree in Engineering and be part of world changing projects. That’s because I was given the opportunity and the necessary resources. We, the iNERDE team, want our participants to understand what STEM is all about and increase the opportunity to become active change makers in STEM. If you combine the opportunity for innovation and the early exposure to STEM, the youth can achieve greatness and reach across boundaries.”

Rakibou Ouro-Djobo

Rakibou Ouro-Djobo

Chief of Nerdy Operations


Rakibou Ouro-Djobo

Rakibou Ouro-Djobo

Chief of Nerdy Operations

Rakibou Ouro-Djobo serves as the Chief Operating Officer of iNERDE. Rakibou is originally from Togo, a West African country, where his love for caring for his community started. There, he implemented an after school program to tutor students struggling in Math and Science courses. In 2005, Rakibou was the lucky winner of the United States Green Card Lottery Visa and immigrated alone to the US as a permanent resident. His commitment to giving back to his community led him to volunteer at the Ithaca Science Center where he taught children the basic knowledge of science, and at the New York Rotary Club as a mentor to exchange high school students from around the world. He received his Associate Degree in Biotechnology at Tompkins Cortland Community College and his pre-medical education at Upstate Medical University in Syracuse, New York, where he earned a Bachelor of Science in Medical Biotechnology. Rakibou is currently a cancer researcher at Berg Pharma in Boston, MA. “Growing up in Togo, West Africa” he says, “I have seen and experienced the living conditions of people who struggled to provide education, and health care to themselves and their children. This is my inspiration. It is commitment to furthering my own education and motivation to give back to my community that leads me to be part of iNERDE”.

Mohamed M. Sankare

Mohamed M. Sankare

Vice President of iNERDE Lab


Mohamed M. Sankare

Mohamed M. Sankare

Vice President of iNERDE Lab

Joining iNERDE is for me the means to get actively involved in the promotion of education in Africa. In the short term, I want to help give young people the confidence needed to create a better future for our country. In the long term, I want to help reduce the science and technology gap between the North and the South. The originality of iNERDE lies in its vision to provide Africa with skilled human resources in science and technology. Just like iNERDE, I think that the big difference between a developed and a developing country lies in the importance of technology used by their people

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Rayelle Itoua Maiga

Director of Nerdy Programs and Evaluation


Rayelle Itoua Maiga

Rayelle Itoua Maiga

Director of Nerdy Programs and Evaluation

Highly implicated in the promotion of STEMs as a career path for young Canadian women, Rayelle Itoua Maiga joined iNERDE to share her love for life sciences and participate in the democratization of this domain in Africa. Having completed an an undergraduate and a master’s degree in the field of biochemistry, she is currently pursuing her studies as a PhD candidate in biochemistry at McGill University in Montreal, Canada. She firmly believes in the importance of STEMs in the development of the great continent of Africa. Inspiring future generations and awakening their curiosity is the first and most important step for establishing a highly- skilled, local STEM educated workforce, who in turn will help take on the developmental challenges facing Africa.

 

Aïseta Baradji

Aïseta Baradji

Director of Nerdy Education


Aïseta Baradji

Aïseta Baradji

Director of Nerdy Education

Aïseta is currently pursuing a Ph.D in Biochemistry at the University Of Liverpool, United Kingdom. At iNERDE, Aïseta is the Director of Nerdy Education, she leads the teaching program for iNERDE’s STEM summer camps. Aïseta believes in being an active member of her community, she has successively been a mentor, active member of associations and elected student representative. Some people may define themselves as self-made, Aïseta believes that everyone has come across a facilitator in their ascension. She intends to be a facilitator for the African youth and thereby have a long-term impact on the continent’s development. “When I found out about iNERDE, I thought: this cannot be happening without my help. This is my opportunity to give back inspiration through what I believe. I believe that education is the starting point for youth’s empowerment. STEM education is of a real need in Africa, STEM is everywhere in our life and if the youth understand that, they will be the main players in their country’s development. We can help by building a better future by inspiring and promoting STEM education.” says Aïseta.

Seydou Katikon

Mady Sidibe

Coordinateur de Programmes, iNERDE Lab


Seydou Katikon

Mady Sidibe

Coordinateur de Programmes, iNERDE Lab

Leader aux idéaux panafricanistes, j’ai toujours eu une passion pour les sciences et la technologie.
Rejoindre iNERDE Inc est une véritable opportunité pour moi de mettre mon savoir faire, mon sens de l’innovation et mes aptitudes de leader au service des jeunes africains.
En adhérant à iNERDE j’entend être acteur et vecteur de toutes activités innovantes de promotion des sciences et de la technologie à l’endroit des plus jeunes.
Je suis convaincu que les actions menées par iNERDE viennent à point nommé en ce sens que l’Afrique a plus que jamais besoin de competences avérées dans les domaines des sciences et de la technologies pour amorcer son developpement radical.