Mariéme grew up in rural Senegal, from an oligarch mother who gave her away at an early age and later was raised in various foster houses including in an orphanage and then trafficked as a young prostitute to Paris at the age of 13. She experienced considerable hardship during her childhood and did not have a formative education until the age of 16 years old when she taught herself how to read and write. Passionate about education and providing Digital Skills for free to the marginalised communities, Mariéme Jamme became the Duke of York (Inspiring Digital Enterprise Award) Industry Ambassador. She’s an award- winning Technologist and pioneer in system change, a Young Global Leader of the World Economic Forum. In Sept 2017, she won the Innovation Award at the Global Goals Award 2017 by UNICEF and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation as a GoalKeeper for her work in advancing the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, supporting globally young women and girls and governments.
A BBC 100 Women nominee, she was named twice on the UK Powerlist 2017 and 2018 of Britain’s 100 most influential people of African and African Caribbean Heritage, Mariéme Jamme is a Senegalese-born British businesswoman and investor in technology. Her consultancy company Spotone Global Solutions helps technology companies to set a foothold in Africa, Europe, the Middle East, and Asia. She has supported and advised many organizations such as Google, Ernst and Young, Microsoft, UN Women, Unilever, Legatum Institute, HSBC Private Banking, The Office of Gordon and Sarah Brown, The Africa Progress Panel
chaired by Kofi Annan, The Obama Administration, DOW Chemical, the Argentine Government and multiple African governments. Often called the diplomat of technology, Mariéme was also named twice in 2014 and 2016 as one of the 100 most influential Africans by the African Business Magazine and as 2012 Forbes 20 youngest powerful women in Africa. Mariéme is a judge and Academy member of the Prestigious Global Teachers Prize Academy. Co-Founded Africa Gathering; the leading platform Europe that enable businesses, governments, investor and entrepreneurs to share ideas about Africa for positive change. She also recently joined forces with a group of African leaders to create Accur8Africa, a new platform aiming at enabling governments, businesses, entrepreneurs and the civil society in Africa at measuring the success of the Sustainable Development Goals by 2030 with Accurate Data.
She was honoured as a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum for her activism work in empowering and investing in young women and girls in Africa through Creative learning, entrepreneurship, science, technology, engineering, art, mathematics, and Design (STEAMD). Marieme’s latest venture includes the launch of IAMTHECODE, as the first movement aiming at mobilising governments, businesses and investors to support girls and young women in STEAMD (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Mathematics, and Design). Her goal is to empower 1 million young women and girls globally to become coders by 2030 and to align with the United Nations 2030 Agenda. Mariéme is the newest board member of the Web Foundation. She will be supporting the Foundation in the area of gender and digital equality. Mariéme is the first black woman to be named and invited to be part of the UBS Group Global visionaries program.
In 2018, Mariéme became a founding member of the Future Talks Expedition, which gathered 100 global leaders from 42 countries to visit the Arctic (North Pole.) She is the first Senegalese woman who made it to the Arctic.