AIMS Graduation 2013
Putting Africa’s talented youth to work
As a business analyst and management consultant, Ms Anne Akoth Misere’s job is to put Africa’s talented youth to work growing African organisations.
After receiving a Bachelor’s in Education Science for physics and mathematics from Moi University, Kenya, Anne spent a few years teaching at Maseno School in Kenya, where she won the award for top teacher out of the faculty of sixty at the school. Despite her success as a teacher, she wanted to further her own education, and so in 2012 applied to AIMS South Africa. At AIMS Anne found students who shared a love of solving problems, whether those were related to physics, computer science, engineering or pure mathematics. As opposed to the harsh methods enforcing rote learning used by her past teachers, “the teaching style at AIMS was very interactive and the success of my fellow students at AIMS made me believe that anyone who puts their heart into it can be a mathematician.”
From AIMS South Africa, Anne joined Infinite Potentials Consulting (IPC) which from its inception has shared a close relationship with AIMS. Since joining IPC, Anne has continued to make valuable contributions to AIMS, notably being one of the visionaries and driving forces behind the hugely successful Next Einstein Forum that brought together leading scientists from across Africa to Dakar, Sénégal in 2016.
“By helping to bridge employers with regional talent, I am convinced that African firms will have exponential gains to productivity, while simultaneously tackling youth unemployment”
Her work with IPC is driven by the group’s vision of pairing the most brilliant and focused African youth with African organisations, whether corporate, governmental or NGO. “We believe organisations are not fully benefiting from Africa’s rapidly growing body of highly skilled young people. By helping to bridge employers with regional talent, I am convinced that African firms will have exponential gains to productivity, while simultaneously tackling youth unemployment.” She has created corporate growth plans for private education institutions in Ghana and South Africa, software development firms in Ghana and Rwanda, and provided investment strategy for firms in Europe and North America looking to expand into burgeoning African markets. Anne also helps IPC run its social outreach initiatives, which provide students with scholarship support and internships to grow the pipeline of indigenous skilled workers to African firms.