March 1, 2021

Deborah Dormah Kanubala

Deborah developed her passion for mathematics after an exciting lecture on algebraic expression at the Junior High School in Ghana. She subsequently enrolled in the University for Development Studies where she obtained a Bachelor’s degree in financial mathematics.

Having distinguished herself with her performance during her undergraduate studies, she enrolled in AIMS Senegal, obtaining a position at Manobi Africa, a digital orchestration company for her work placement. During this phase, she worked on developing risk scoring and control algorithms for farmers in the smallholder setting.

 While at AIMS Senegal (2017-2019, Mastercard Foundation Scholar), she participated in the Next Einstein Forum hosted in Kigali, as well as the 6th Heidelberg Laureate Forum in Germany. She went on to become one of the winners of the Mastercard Foundation Scholars Research Fund, taking on a project to assess the social and cultural factors accounting for gender disparity in higher education in Africa, and identifying ways to overcome them.

A remarkable orator, Deborah’s dream is to become a renowned transformative Data Scientist in Africa and beyond – she believes the key to the development of Africa lies in the manner in which we decipher the large data sets generated on the continent.

After graduating from AIMS Senegal, Deborah joined the African Master’s in Machine Intelligence (AMMI) program at AIMS Ghana.

“I am currently lecturing with Academic City University College in Accra Ghana. I feel very proud to say I landed this opportunity through my association with the AIMS Alumni network. Little did I know that I would have met my current employer during the AIMS Alumni Meet-Up in Ghana. I attended this meet-up with the sole idea of meeting other AIMS alumni from my country and getting to know how life has been for them after school. However, these alumni meet-ups presented me with more opportunities than that. I met my current employer there, which already explains the huge impact AIMS has had on me,” she said.

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