About Us

10 Academy bridges the gap between employers looking for top talent and brilliant young people in Africa.  It’s like Google Search for Talent.  10 Academy’s vision is that by getting exceptional African talent into careers, a group of thousands of exceptional young Africans will go on to impact many millions of people.


10 Academy is a volunteer-run organization and operates not-for-profit.


Berhanu Abegaz, Former Executive Director – African Academy of Sciences

Berhanu Abegaz is a chemist by profession with long years of experience in teaching, research, ST&I, policy and Executive leadership. He is working closely with the Au HRST in developing a strategic plan for the pan African University. He is also a member of the African Union High Level Panel on Emerging Technologies. He is the immediate past Executive Director of the African Academy of Sciences who has led the efforts within the Academy in increasing the Fellowship, women Fellows, think-tank and advisory services, and creation of the Agenda-setting and funding platform known as Alliance for Accelerating Excellence in Science in Africa (AESA ). Abegaz has served in many organizations such as the UNESCO, ICSU, IOCD and IFS.

Berhanu brings his experience in teaching, research and innovation from across Africa to 10 Academy.

Bruce Bassett, Professor University of Cape Town, Head of Data Science at SKA Africa

Bruce’s work focuses on machine learning, artificial intelligence, and inference, historically with an emphasis on cosmology and astronomy but more recently in a wide range of applications including COVID-19. Through his involvement in large astronomical international surveys such as the MeerKAT, SDSS, and DES, Bruce has also worked extensively in optimisation, Bayesian statistics and Big Data.

Bruce was one of the vice-presidents of the International Astrostatistics Association and brings his experience in teaching and education in Data Science to 10 Academy.

Phil Clay, Professor and former Chancellor, MIT

Phillip Clay is a professor of housing policy and city planning at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and served as its Chancellor from 2001 to 2010. As Chancellor he was responsible for graduate and undergraduate education as well as institutional partnerships. He has served the US National Housing Trust, the Mastercard Foundation, UNC Chapel Hill, the Kresge Foundation and others.

Phil brings his MIT experience in education and recent work in education and research in Africa to 10 Academy.

Alex Farcet, Cofounder and Managing Director – Startupbootcamp

Alex is a Founder and Partner at Rainmaking and Co-Founder and Managing Director of Startupbootcamp, a global network of 20+ industry-focused programs that has helped 700+ startups raise more than $600MUSD in funding.

Alex brings his experience in startups, partnering and company founding to 10 Academy.

Elsie Kanza, Head of Africa and Member of the Executive Committee – World Economic Forum

Elsie is Head of Africa and Member of the Executive Committee at the World Economic Forum. From 2006 to 2011, she served as Personal Assistant to H.E. J.M Kikwete, President of the Republic of Tanzania (responsible for Economic Affairs). World Economic Forum Young Global Leader, Elsie serves on a number of non-profit and advisory boards, including the UONGOZI Institute of African Leadership for Sustainable Development and The Nature Conservancy.

Elsie brings her experience in launching continent-wide and global initiatives to 10 Academy.


Arun Sharma, Cofounder 

Arun has experience in the development of talent in Africa working with (among others) the African Institute for Mathematical Sciences (AIMS), the Next Einstein Forum (NEF), World Bank, Johnson & Johnson, GIZ, Robert Bosch Foundation and IDRC.

Dr. Yabebal Fantaye, Cofounder

Yabebal is an award-winning data scientist with extensive research and teaching expertise. He taught at 10 Academy pilot and was recently named WEF Young Scientist, NEF Fellow, Research Chair holder in Data Science and Cosmology

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