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 Mali


Mohamed M. Sankare

Mohamed M. Sankare

Vice President of iNERDE Mali

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

Rebecca Brosseau

Rebecca Brosseau

Director of Public Relations & Community Outreach


Rebecca Brosseau

Rebecca Brosseau

Director of Public Relations & Community Outreach

Rebecca Brosseau studied Political Science and Geography at McGill University. She has done volunteer work in the fields of education, development, journalism, and interfaith in Canada and the US, as well as in Haiti, Israel, Nepal, Thailand and Mali. Rebecca joined iNERDE because she believes education is the most powerful tool to bring about social and economic equality between people, no matter their background. When a person is well educated, they may have nothing in their pockets, but they are sufficiently empowered and equipped to transform their life and the lives of those around them for the better. Her desire to organize this STEM camp comes from a deep rooted feeling that every child should have access to an academic environment that is both nurturing and inspiring, and that encourages them to dream big while providing each student with a strong skill set that will allow them to achieve their fullest potential.

 

Michele Kingrey

Michele Kingrey

Nerdy Development and Gift Officer


Michele Kingrey

Michele Kingrey

Nerdy Development and Gift Officer

Michele Assati Kingrey received her Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from The Ohio State University with a particular interest in Geotechnical Engineering.
She works as Development and Gift Officer and contributes to efforts in Program development, fundraising, and marketing.
Michele believes S.T.E.M. Education is very important for many reasons and one very important to her is to empower the critical thinkers, innovators, scientists and engineers of tomorrow, today. Africa, as a continent, has yet to see all its basic needs such as potable water, roads, electricity and health met for the entire African population. The time is now to roll up our sleeves and get to work.
On her spare time she volunteers within her community helping those in need, goes to farmer markets, read, bike and spend time with family.

Seydou Katikon

Seydou Katikon

Liaison Officer, iNERDE Mali


Seydou Katikon

Seydou Katikon

Liaison Officer, iNERDE Mali

Seydou katikon est né en février 1993 à SIKASSO (Mali). Il est allé à l’école primaire de Médine (SIKASSO) en 1999, en 2005 il a eu son certificat d’étude primaire C.E.P. Il a fait le concours d’entré au prytanée militaire de kati (Koulikoro) en 2008 il a obtenu le diplôme d’étude fondamental (D.E.F) à l’école Nelson Mandela. Une fois arrivé au lycée il a commencé le mouvement du parlement national des enfants en 2009. En 2010 il est rentré dans une association pour la promotion des jeunes et enfant communicateur (APJEC) là où il a reçu beaucoup de formation tel que : la formation sur les genres journalistique, les généralités sur la communication, la formation plaidoyer sur le budget. Aussi, il a participé à un atelier de formation sur œuf dont le thème est comment parler devant la masse.

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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.

Michael Leventhal

Michael Leventhal

Chief Nerdy Development Officer


Michael Leventhal

Michael Leventhal

Chief Nerdy Development Officer

Michael Leventhal has had a long career in technology and worked on many groundbreaking innovations. He attended Deep Springs College and received a degree in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from U.C. Berkeley. He has spent many years in Silicon Valley and has also worked in Boston, San Diego, Idaho, London, Paris, Finland and Russia. Michael was a pioneer in XML, writing the first book on the use of XML in internet applications. Recently, he invented a new massively parallel computing paradigm, automata processing, and the language used to create applications with an automata processing chip from Micron called Automata Network Markup Language (ANML). In addition to his technical interests, Michael has a keen interest in Islamic cultures and Africa, having studied Arabic for many years both at Berkeley and under the tutelage of an Egyptian-educated Eriterian jurist using traditional instructional methods. He is also fluent in French. His passion in life is expressed in the Islamic maxim, “Learn from the cradle to the grave”. He is very excited to have the opportunity to contribute to iNERDE’s mission of empowering Africa’s youth through knowledge. In the last ten years of his technical career Michael has held positions combining business development and technology and will be using these skills to help iNERDE create a community of supporters and partnerships that will build bridges between the “Tech World” and Africa.

 

Chinmaya

Chinmaya Gogineni

Director of Strategy and Technology


Chinmaya

Chinmaya Gogineni

Director of Strategy and Technology

Chinmaya is a professional with diverse experience technologically, geographically and culturally. He grew up in India blessed with strong supportive parents and their ability to provide all essentials to him emotionally, academically and spiritually. A predominant part of his adult life though has been spent in Denver, USA.

Culturally the Indian philosophy believes that fundamental STEM knowledge is a critical pillar in any person’s personal and professional life. Growing up he saw the effects of early intervention via mentor (parental or other adult) guidance and support on not only academic and intellectual achievement but also systematic cognitive growth and empowerement in the kids that got it, as well as the opposite effect on kids that didn’t get it.

Due to these instilled beliefs combined with his family’s strong belief in giving back to society in all possible ways, Chinmaya has always been drawn to social causes related to education, children and fundamental STEM education. Prior to iNERDE Chinmaya has given back in various roles at Goodwill Industries, Boy Scouts of America, Teach For India and Chirag.

At and through iNERDE, Chinmaya envisions being able to deliver on this goal to kids on the African continent today (and hopefully the world someday), empowering them with strong fundamental STEM background, that shall prepare and motivate them to be successful in their career of choice.
He attended Colorado State University and has a degree in Electronics and Communication from the University of Madras – Chennai, India. Chinmaya enjoys traveling the world, experiencing new languages, cultures and cuisines. He is an outdoor and indoor activity enthusiast with special interest in Yoga, Biking, Hiking, Skiing, Football (Soccer), Basketball and American Football.

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.

Abdramane Diabate

Abdramane Diabate

Director of Nerdy Programs


Abdramane Diabate

Abdramane Diabate

Director of Nerdy Programs

Abdramane was born in Mali where he spent most of his life. After having spent six years at Prytanee Militaire de Saint-Louis (military academy) he joined the African Leadership Academy in South Africa (ALA) in 2010. In 2012, Abdramane won a full scholarship to join Deep Springs College, one of the most competitive and unconventional schools in America. While doing ranch work and having hands on some of the college’s administrative business such as hiring faculty, admitting new students, organizing service projects Abdramane continues to believe that he will play a significant role in the future of his continent and that of his country, Mali. In the past year, he interned at TED talks in Vancouver, Canada, and a run Proyecto Aventura in Costa Rica. He is the Program Director at iNERDE and is currently developing the Curriculum for the organization’s upcoming summer camp.

Bada Keita

Bada Keita

Empowerment Agent – 2014


Bada Keita

Bada Keita

Empowerment Agent – 2014 & 2015

Check back soon for Bada’s bio!