People

Our Team

Uche Monu

Uche Monu

President and Co-Founder

Uche is a PhD student in Electrical Engineering. Uche believes in creating an ecosystem where ideas are formed, discussions are had, and support is available with the ultimate goal of positively impacting our members, our communities and the world around us. Uche is passionate about the role of entrepreneurship in the technology, education, health and sporting sectors. In her free time, she enjoys writing, swimming, playing tennis and playing the piano.

Moses Swai

Moses Swai

Vice President

Moses is a junior in Mechanical Engineering with an interest in design and mechatronics. Coming from Tanzania, he believes Africa is sitting on a pot of gold in terms of resources and opportunities. He envisions an industrialized Africa being the key to sustainable development in the continent. Although passionate about soccer, he also likes playing FIFA, building/making random things and listening to music.

Ibrahima Tounkara

Ibrahima Tounkara

Financial Officer

Ibrahima Tounkara is currently a sophomore at Stanford University. Undeclared at the moment, Ibrahima is interested in matters that involve the fields of Economics and Engineering. Ibrahima has a deep passion for education and hopes to make an impact in improving education system in Senegal and beyond. He is fan of watching and playing soccer and enjoys debates.

Wakuna Galega

Wakuna Galega

Publication Chair

Wakuna Galega is a Cameroonian in the 6th year of her PhD Program. She studies Environmental Engineering and particular focuses on making biodegradable plastics from methane gas through a microbial mediated process. She’s passionate about the sustainable development of our environment and making environmentally attractive products. Her desire is to partake in the advancement and implementation of emergent environmental initiatives on the African continent. Beyond academics, she loves cooking a variety of dishes.

Folake Ogunbanwo

Folake Ogunbanwo

Events Chair

Folake Ogunbanwo is a PhD student in Energy resources engineering interested in the simulation of reactive processes by hydrocarbons. Born and raised in Lagos, Nigeria, Folake is enthusiastic about ways in which technological advances can be effectively used to improve the standard of living of the less privileged in Africa. In her spare time, she loves to listen to music, read biographies and hike.

Amal El-Ghazaly

Amal El-Ghazaly

Publication

Amal El-Ghazaly graduated with her PhD in electrical engineering from Stanford in 2016 and is currently a postdoctoral fellow at the University of California Berkeley. Her research focus is on micro- and nano-scale electronic devices. She is passionate about the advancement of education, especially in small rural communities across the African continent. In her free time, she enjoys running, cycling, cooking, and playing music.

David Rosenzweig

David Rosenzweig

Publication

David Rosenzweig is currently a freshman at Stanford University. Although he is currently undeclared, he intendeds to study both economics and International Relations with a concentration in Africa. He has an deep passion for wildlife photography and conservation work and has travelled all throughout Africa documenting the plight of its wildlife. Aside from photography, David has interests in both entrepreneurship and investment banking and wants to combine these interests to focus on helping African companies grow their own economies.

Lyne Tchapmi

Lyne Tchapmi

Website and Events

Lyne is a PhD Candidate at the Stanford Computer Vision and Geometry Lab. Lyne is very passionate about technology and excited about the ways in which it can be used to bring about change on the African continent. Her passion for entrepreneurship stems from a desire to help improve living conditions for lower income populations In her free time, I enjoy dancing and watching movies.

Robel Mengistu

Robel Mengistu

Social Media

Robel is an Addis Ababan junior at Stanford who is majoring in Computer Science. He’s currently curious about the application of artificial intelligence in poverty alleviation in Africa. In his spare time, Robel enjoys mentoring his Fifa and ping-pong playing friends.

Robert Kinini

Robert Kinini

Webmaster

Robert Kinini is a Sophomore at Stanford. He is undeclared but has a keen interest in Computer Science and Entrepreneurship. He strongly believes that Africa's wealth is in its people and not its minerals and it is therefore fundamental to have a good entrepreneurial base for the continent's economic development. In his spare time he bikes, plays FIFA, follows soccer and plays music.

Timothy Mazai

Timothy Mazai

Events

Timothy intends to study Electrical Engineering with a focus on software. He believes that the social and technical skills he is going to gain from Stanford University will assist him in contributing to the undergoing technological revolution in the Zimbabwean community. Timothy hopes for a society where everyone has an equal opportunity, despite their social, economical, racial and religious background, through technology for social good.

Lucio Dery

Lucio Dery

Events

Lucio is a Physics Undergrad and Computer Science masters student at Stanford. Entrepreneurship is one of the greatest economic ladders, benefitting the wider community through job creation and provision of essential services. Lucio see's the bridging of technology and entrepreneurship as the way forward for Africa. That is why he is part of SAEN.

Founders

Johnny Giorgis

Johnny Giorgis

Johnny Giorgis, works as a Software Engineer at a Financial Technology company. His involvement in SAEN allows him to combine his interests in entrepreneurship, education and Africa. In his free time, he enjoys playing tennis, reading books and learning how to cook. He holds an MS in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University.

Dufie Addo

Dufie Addo

Dufie is the CFO of mPharma Data Inc., an emerging market pharmacy benefits manager. Prior to that she worked as an Investment Officer at the Washington State Investment Board, an Investment Banking analyst with Lehman Brothers and the International Finance Corporation, and a Management Consultant with AngloGold Ashanti and Vodacom Congo, where she acted as a member of the Board. She holds an MS in Chemical Engineering from Stanford University, and a BA in Chemistry and Mathematics from Mount Holyoke College.