Betelhem Dessie

Project Manager
I-Cog Labs

Betelhem is Ethiopia’s leading youth technology education entrepreneur. She was named the youngest pioneer in Ethiopia’s emerging tech scene by CNN and BBC and was also included in the list for African innovators to watch for 2019 by Quartz Africa. Partnering with iCog Labs — Ethiopia’s first AI and robotics lab – she started an initiative called iCog – Anyone Can Code (ACC) hoping to create a platform in which children throughout the developing world can have the same opportunity as she had when she was young. She is currently working on this project as a project manager and is also an advisor for ‘Solve IT’, a project aimed at equipping young people with the necessary skills to innovate and create their own start-ups. Betelhem has spoken alongside industry leaders at events including The Milken Institute – 2018 summit, MIT’s Solve event and The Global Change Award.



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SEWF 2019


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SEWF 2019

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