Dr David Attipoe (MD, iiAfrica), a Ghanaian permanent resident in South Africa, holds a PhD in Mathematics from the University of Cape Town. He is currently the Managing Director of Industry Immersion Africa (iiAfrica) a pan-African institution that trains top graduates in business and soft skills. He is an AIMS Alumnus and he graduated from Senegal with an MSc in Mathematics (Cum Laude) with a focus on finance. Before his joining AIMS, he studied bio-mathematics (Botany, Zoology and Mathematics) at the University of Ghana. He was the Program Lead of the AIMS ESMT Industry Immersion Program from 2019 to 2021, a program that sought to build the bridge for Mathematicians to transition to industry. Under his leadership, the program scaled to 3 African Countries from South Africa. In 2021, in partnership with Academics Without Borders (AWB Canada) and Strathmore University, he successfully launched the IIP Program in Kenya. In 2022, David has further scaled the program to Cameroon and the iiAfrica team has trained 100 top Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) graduates from more than 15 African countries. His vision is to train 1 million STEM graduates in the next 10 years to build an African ecosystem where the graduates impact the continent’s 4IR ambitions.
He was recently selected as one of the 40 African German young business leaders (AGYLE). The Programme brings together “40 under 40” young leaders from Germany and Africa in a long-term business network for the development and promotion of innovative ideas and business models between Africa and Europe. He is passionate about STEM education in Africa. His particular interest in experiential learning leans toward how STEM education enhances entrepreneurial efforts for the economic transformation of the African continent.