For Africa Day 2021, The Africa I Know (TAIK) announced its inaugural list of Africa’s most inspirational leaders from across the STEM industries, “The TAIK 54 Most Inspiring Africans.” To InstaDeep’s great honour, CEO and Co-Founder Karim Beguir featured on the prominent list.
TAIK compiled the list as part of its mission to positively change the narrative about Africa, drive innovation and inspire young Africans. The nonprofit organisation is dedicated to showcasing African success stories, history and knowledge. The list celebrates trailblazers from all 54 countries across the continent. Others on the list include Kenya’s Catherine Nyaki Adeya, Director of Research at the World Wide Web Foundation, Morocco’s Rachid Yazami, who invented the graphite anode in lithium-ion batteries, Nigeria’s Abasi Ene-Obong, Co-founder and CEO of the pioneering African genome research company 54Gene, and many more.
Since InstaDeep emerged in North Africa in 2014, Karim has been passionate about nurturing African talent. Today, the company is driving innovative R&D across all its offices including in Tunis, Lagos and Cape Town. TAIK was founded by Adji Bousso Dieng, a Senegalese computer scientist and AI Research Scientist at Google Brain, who is set to join Princeton University in September, becoming the first Black female faculty member in the School of Engineering and Applied Science. “Karim is what the list is all about. He dares to aim high and do the work,” Adji wrote on Twitter.
“It’s a huge honour to be featured amongst so many truly inspiring Africans,” Karim says. “The opportunities and potential that exist on the continent are incredible and initiatives like TAIK’s Africa Day help communicate these facts to the world. Only by working together can we showcase what African talent is capable of!”
Watch the video featuring all the 54 impressive individuals on the top of this blog!