Lindiwe Matlali

Chief Executive Officer, Africa Teen Geeks

Lindiwe Matlali is driven by the belief that no child should be left behind by the tech revolution. Her mission to bring science into children’s classrooms—underprivileged children especially, and girls in particular—led to her founding Africa Teen Geeks. It’s an NGO that teaches children and unemployed youth how to code, exposes them to computer science, and inspires a future generation of technology entrepreneurs and innovators. Lindiwe has won many awards including the 2019 Commonwealth Point of Light awarded by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and the Motsepe Foundation Shining Light award. She was also the first African to win the Digital Female Leader award by the German Global Digital Women 2019 network and was the MTN Women in ICT Community Builder Recognition Award winner in 2018. This resulted in her being selected to join the South African Presidential Commission on the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR). Lindiwe holds degrees and qualifications from the University of Cape Town, Stanford University, the University of Pretoria and Columbia University.