Building science in Africa with full participation of women as researchers, educators and leaders

About this video

Lydie Hakizimana introduces AIMS and its mission to advance opportunities for women and men to participate in post-graduate education in STEM. The mission is delivered through fellowship for research in important science areas such as climate change and machine intelligence, as well as for teacher training courses. AIMS takes active role in promoting successful and innovative African women in STEM, and works actively with many partners on delivering human resources in Africa for SDGs.  AIMS collaborates with Portia to establish Gender Summit – Africa on the continent with GS14 and GS18 so far.

About the presenter

Lydie Hakizimana

CEO of the African Institute for Mathematical Sciences (AIMS)

Lydie earned a Master’s in Public Administration (MPA) from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, where she worked on a project to scale up Happy Hearts, her chain of preschools, by providing quality early education to hundreds of children between the ages of 18 months and five years old in Rwanda.

Now CEO of the African Institute for Mathematical Sciences (AIMS), she is also the co-founder of Drakkar Ltd, a publishing house that serves more than 3,000 schools in Rwanda.

In 2018, Lydie was appointed as a board member of the African Leadership University (ALU), which was named one of the most innovative companies in the world (#1 in Africa) by the influential magazine Fast Company. She previously worked for OTF Group, a Boston based consulting firm which advised the governments of Rwanda and Gabon in Information Communication Technologies, the Hides and Skin, and Timber industries respectively.

A certified Montessori teacher from the North American Montessori Center (NAMC) in Canada, Lydie Hakizimana is a recipient of numerous awards, including the Mandela Washington Fellowship in 2016 and the Archbishop Desmond Tutu Fellowship in 2013.


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