Senegalese-born British Mariéme Jamme has been appointed member of the Board of Directors at the Web Foundation in a move expected to help guide the Web Foundation’s fight for digital equality in Africa.
As a co-Founder of Africa Gathering, JJiguene Tech Hub in Senegal, Accur8Africa, and IAMTHECODE, a movement supporting girls and young women in Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Mathematics, and Design (STEMD) with a goal to empower 1 million young women and girls globally by 2030,  Mariéme recently joined the Tony Elumelu as a select committee member and adviser for his $100M Entrepreneurship Program and Microsoft’s skills program Microsoft 4Afrika.

Apart from her role in promoting education, technology, good governance and transparency in Africa, Mariéme also runs Spotone Global Solutions a consultancy firm helping firms launch in Africa, Europe, the Middle East and Asia, she is an Advisory Board Member of Data Pop Alliance, a global Big Data alliance and a judge and Academy member of the Global Teachers Prize Academy and has been honoured as a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum for her activism work to get more girls in STEMD.

In a statement, Jose M. Alonso, interim CEO of the Web Foundation said, “We are delighted to have Mariéme join the Web Foundation Board of Directors. We look forward to harnessing her skills, experience and passion – especially in the area of online gender equality – as we work towards our vision of digital equality.”The World Wide Web Foundation or simply the Web Foundation aims at advancing the open Web as a public good and a basic right through advocacy, research, and innovation to influence policy change.

Mariéme believes the internet must be used for good, especially in Africa where she is passionate about ensuring young African women growing up can access the internet to improve their lives and learn about the world around them. Having fought hard as a young girl in Africa for an education that was denied to her; women’s education, empowerment and freedom is paramount to her, and by joining the WF as a board membe, Mariéme is well placed to advocate for the advancement of the open web for the good of all.