The abantu are the people, in our case those people who drive forward the mission of strengthening African machine learning. These are our organisers and advisory board members.

Organising Committee

Shakir Mohamed

Research Scientist, DeepMind, London

Ulrich Paquet

Research Scientist, DeepMind, London

Vukosi Marivate

Chair of Data Science, University of Pretoria; CSIR; ​and Deep Learning Indaba

Benjamin Rosman

Researcher, Council for Scientific and Industrial Research

Nyalleng Moorosi

Researcher at Google AI, Ghana

Stephan Gouws

Research Scientist, Google, Brain Team, London

Willie Brink

Senior Lecturer, Stellenbosch University

Richard Klein

Associate Lecturer, University of the Witwatersrand

Avishkar Bhoopchand

Research Engineer, DeepMind

Kathleen Siminyu

Data Scientist Africa's Talking; Co-organiser, Nairobi Machine Learning and Data Science

Herman Kamper

Lecturer, Stellenbosch University

Daniela Massiceti

PhD Candidate, University of Oxford

Karim Beguir

Co-founder and CEO of InstaDeep, Google Developer Machine Learning Expert

Advisory Board

Bitange Ndemo

Former Kenyan Permanent Secretary; Assoc. Professor Univ. of Nairobi; Board Director Safaricom

Bonolo Mathibela

Research Scientist, IBM Research South Africa

Bubacarr Bah

Research Chair, African Institute for Mathematical Sciences

Danielle Belgrave

Researcher, Microsoft Research Cambridge; Research Fellow Imperial College London

George Konidaris

Assistant Professor, Brown University​

Joy Buolamwini

Algorithmic Justice League and MIT Media Lab

Nando De Freitas

Principal Scientist and Team Lead, DeepMind; and Deep Learning Indaba advisory board member

Rachel Thomas

Co-founder; and University of San Francisco

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