Mariéme Jamme

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Mariéme Jamme
Dakar, Senegal, West Africa
OccupationTech Entrepreneur, Activist

Marieme Jamme is a Senegalese businesswoman. In 2017, Jamme was listed as one of BBC's 100 Women. [1]

Jamme was honoured as a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum[2] for her activism work in empowering and investing in young girls and women in Africa, Middle East, and Asia through creative learning, entrepreneurship, science, technology, engineering, art, mathematics, and design (STEAMD). She has recently collaborated with a group of African leaders[3] to create Accur8Africa,[4] a new platform aiming at enabling governments, businesses, entrepreneurs, and the civil society in Africa at measuring the success of the Sustainable Development Goals by 2030 with Accurate Data. Jamme’s latest venture includes the launch of IAMTHECODE,[5] a new movement aiming at mobilising governments, businesses and investors to support girls and young women in STEAMD (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Mathematics, and Design).

Jamme is also a regular international speaker,[6] a tech entrepreneur and the co-founder of Africa Gathering, a global platform that brings together entrepreneurs and experts to exchange ideas about Africa's development. These are efforts to keep the African narrative relevant and positive.[7] She wrote in 2012 that "we are witnessing great progress in the continent and this needs to be highlighted.".[8]

She is currently the CEO of SpotOne Global Solutions as well as the founder of iConscience.[9] She was referred to as being 'at the forefront of the technology revolution that is slowly transforming Africa' by CNN.[10] She is also well-known for helping to organise the annual Apps4Africa competition.[11][12] Jamme also mentors founders and managers at some of Africa's technology and innovation hubs,[13] and is the co-founder of HiveColab.[14]

Early Life[edit]

Jamme grew up in rural Senegal, from an oligarch mother who gave her away at an early-age and was later raised in various foster houses including in an orphanage and then trafficked as a young prostitute to Paris. She experienced considerable hardship during her childhood and did not have a formative education until the age of 16 years old, when she taught herself how to read and write.[15]


  1. ^ "BBC 100 Women: Who is on the list?". BBC News. 2017-11-01. Retrieved 2018-11-22.
  2. ^ "Authors". World Economic Forum.
  3. ^ "Press Release: African Data platform launched to challenge global development community for accuracy of Data: "The African continent deserves better and more accurate data"".
  4. ^ "Accur8Africa – Africa Deserves Accurate Data". 10 June 2014.
  5. ^ "iamtheCODE - iamtheCODE". iamtheCODE.
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  7. ^ Curnow, Robyn (24 July 2012). "Marieme Jamme: Shaping Africa's tech revolution". CNN. Retrieved 14 October 2013.
  8. ^ Jamme, Mariéme. "'Change is imminent': African CEOs look to bright future". CNN. Retrieved 15 October 2013.
  9. ^ "The Guardian Profile on Marieme Jamme".
  10. ^ Curnow, Robyn. "Marieme Jamme: Shaping Africa's tech revolution". CNN.
  11. ^ "Apps4Africa: Using Crowdsourced Mobile Apps to Tackle Climate Change". Global Voices.
  12. ^ Jamme, Marieme. "Why tech innovators are Africa's future". CNN. Retrieved 15 October 2013.
  13. ^ "Tech-Hubs-in-Africa_Infographic.pdf" (PDF).
  14. ^ Graham, Fiona. "The workplaces building Africa's business future". Retrieved 15 October 2013.
  15. ^ Tomiwa (2017-03-27). "Did You apply for Tony Elumelu $100M Entrepreneurship Program? Meet a strong member of the Selection Committee - Biznespreneur". Biznespreneur. Retrieved 2017-03-27.