About Us

Lasting Change In Africa, Lead By Africa

Mission:

To create lasting development in Africa by building a network of scholarship-based coding bootcamps across the continent.

Long-Term Goals:

By partnering with investors and mentors from around the world, our goal is to make high-tech learning available to students in underserved areas, enabling students to become highly skilled engineers, participate as instructors and become founders of the next generation of schools and companies.

In the long-term, our goal is to:

 

  • Create a network of code academies all across Africa.
  • Establish an offshore development company, staffed by ACA graduates, that will provide engineering services.
  • Create a start-up accelerator firm to aid student entrepreneurs.
  • Use profits to fund the academies allowing them to become fully self-sufficient.

Core Values

We recognize that simply acquiring technical knowledge and coding skills are only a small part of becoming an effective engineer. When hiring and evaluating prospective employees, there are many other qualities that are requirements for success.

Intangibles like integrity, diligence and compassion are some of the basic qualities that are instilled and expected from everyone involved with the ACA, without exception. The ACA is also based on effective collaboration, be it working together in small teams or supporting each other through mentorships. As such, the developing ability to cooperate and communicate clearly and effectively are also vital of being a part of the academy.

We believe being able to meet these expectations are of equal, if not of greater importance over any technical skill that we may impart and will, in the end, make far more successful engineers and leaders.

The academy maintains and strictly enforces a simple and clearly stated code of conduct that has very clear consequences ranging from verbal warnings to dismissal from the academy.

Core Values

We recognize that simply acquiring technical knowledge and coding skills are only a small part of becoming an effective engineer. When hiring and evaluating prospective employees, there are many other qualities that are requirements for success.

Intangibles like integrity, diligence and compassion are some of the basic qualities that are instilled and expected from everyone involved with the ACA, without exception. The ACA is also based on effective collaboration, be it working together in small teams or supporting each other through mentorships. As such, the developing ability to cooperate and communicate clearly and effectively are also vital of being a part of the academy.

We believe being able to meet these expectations are of equal, if not of greater importance over any technical skill that we may impart and will, in the end, make far more successful engineers and leaders.

The academy maintains and strictly enforces a simple and clearly stated code of conduct that has very clear consequences ranging from verbal warnings to dismissal from the academy.

team

Joon Lee

Founder and CEO

Joon Lee is the founder and CEO of the Africa Code Academy. With over 20 years of experience in software development, he has done and seen it all: spending long hours debugging code to managing a team of highly motivated engineers to shepherding new software products to market. Having grown up in the developing world while spending most of his professional life in the Bay Area, he is passionate about the potential for both Africa and software to shape the future.

He currently resides in San Francisco with is wife and son.

Justin Kagin

Dr. Justin Kagin holds a Ph.D. in Agricultural Economics from the University of California, Davis, with over 15 years of experience working in the field of development economics. He has managed and worked on numerous agricultural, social protection, and other poverty alleviation projects. He is the founder and CEO of Kagin’s Consulting, and has worked in numerous developing countries (several East and West African countries, Latin American countries, and countries of Eastern Europe and Asia). Kagin’s Consulting has partnered with several UN agencies (UNFAO, UNDP, UNICEF, UNILO, and the World Bank), as well as the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, University of California, Davis, NGOs and government ministries. He is a published author and referee for various journals. And he is the founder and director of the Economic Diplomacy and Integrity Forum which has conferences around the world promoting moral solutions to problems of corruption, poverty, youth hopelessness, greed and other issues related to economics, politics and business. Finally, he is a proud husband and father of four.

Bonnie Schulkin

Bonnie Schulkin has a demonstrated passion for both teaching and coding. She has spent over fifteen years in the software industry, and has taught in a variety of formats: from high school physics and software industry training to coding bootcamps and online courses. You can see an example of her warmth and clarity in React Testing with Jest and Enzyme. This course has attracted students from over 80 countries worldwide.

Bonnie has long championed underrepresented groups in tech, especially women, transgender and non-binary individuals, and minorities. She maintains close contact with communities of former students and delights in their successful roles as software engineers at companies such as Apple, Microsoft, and a host of start-ups.

Timo Faber

Timo has worked in the marketing technology software industry for almost 20 years in various client facing roles. He helped building enterprise software solutions for international clients, among them many Fortune 500 companies. As a curious and open minded person with natural empathy he has always enjoyed translating between business and engineering. Timo likes working internationally and strives to learn new things continuously. If he is not at work, he likes to travel the world with his wife and daughters.

VUYANI SIFINIZA

Vuyani has worked in the development and management consulting industry for over 15 years in various roles. He has helped design, build and manage implementation of community development programs – including digital connectivity solutions for international mining companies in rural communities.
Currently, he is leading the establishment of a major community empowerment and development program which has seen rural mining host communities become shareholders in a global mining company. This includes supporting the communities drive economic diversification from mining and sees great potential in the area of software development and ICT. 

Vuyani holds a degree from Wesleyan University. He currently resides in Johannesburg with his wife and three sons.

team

Joon Lee

Founder and CEO

Joon Lee is the founder and CEO of the Africa Code Academy. With over 20 years of experience in software development, he has done and seen it all: spending long hours debugging code to managing a team of highly motivated engineers to shepherding new software products to market. Having grown up in the developing world while spending most of his professional life in the Bay Area, he is passionate about the potential for both Africa and software to shape the future.

He currently resides in San Francisco with is wife and son.

Justin Kagin

Dr. Justin Kagin holds a Ph.D. in Agricultural Economics from the University of California, Davis, with over 15 years of experience working in the field of development economics. He has managed and worked on numerous agricultural, social protection, and other poverty alleviation projects. He is the founder and CEO of Kagin’s Consulting, and has worked in numerous developing countries (several East and West African countries, Latin American countries, and countries of Eastern Europe and Asia). Kagin’s Consulting has partnered with several UN agencies (UNFAO, UNDP, UNICEF, UNILO, and the World Bank), as well as the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, University of California, Davis, NGOs and government ministries. He is a published author and referee for various journals. And he is the founder and director of the Economic Diplomacy and Integrity Forum which has conferences around the world promoting moral solutions to problems of corruption, poverty, youth hopelessness, greed and other issues related to economics, politics and business. Finally, he is a proud husband and father of four.

Bonnie Schulkin

Bonnie Schulkin has a demonstrated passion for both teaching and coding. She has spent over fifteen years in the software industry, and has taught in a variety of formats: from high school physics and software industry training to coding bootcamps and online courses. You can see an example of her warmth and clarity in React Testing with Jest and Enzyme. This course has attracted students from over 80 countries worldwide.

Bonnie has long championed underrepresented groups in tech, especially women, transgender and non-binary individuals, and minorities. She maintains close contact with communities of former students and delights in their successful roles as software engineers at companies such as Apple, Microsoft, and a host of startups.

Timo Faber

Timo has worked in the marketing technology software industry for almost 20 years in various client facing roles. He helped building enterprise software solutions for international clients, among them many Fortune 500 companies. As a curious and open minded person with natural empathy he has always enjoyed translating between business and engineering. Timo likes working internationally and strives to learn new things continuously. If he is not at work, he likes to travel the world with his wife and daughters.

VUYANI SIFINIZA

Vuyani has worked in the development and management consulting industry for over 15 years in various roles. He has helped design, build and manage implementation of community development programs – including digital connectivity solutions for international mining companies in rural communities.
Currently, he is leading the establishment of a major community empowerment and development program which has seen rural mining host communities become shareholders in a global mining company. This includes supporting the communities drive economic diversification from mining and sees great potential in the area of software development and ICT. 

Vuyani holds a degree from Wesleyan University. He currently resides in Johannesburg with his wife and three sons.

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