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2020 Team


Jacqueline Karithi
Jacqueline Kariithi

Jacqueline is a Post-doctoral Research Associate in the Department of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology at Princeton University.


Her engagement with the African Summit is derived from her interests in mentorship, youth development and addressing the science-policy gap in research and education.


Gabriel Mekbib

Gabriel is a Masters in Public Affairs candidate ‘21 at the School for Public and International Affairs at Princeton University.


Gabriel is a development professional who has worked in the microfinance, agricultural and health sectors in Eastern Africa.

Brand Marketing & Promotion

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Daniel Somwaru

Daniel Somwaru is an undergraduate student (Class of 2022) at Princeton University majoring in Comparative Literature.


He is pursuing a certificate in the History and Practice of Diplomacy and is also passionate about the intersection between data science and social change.


Syndae Taylor

Sydnae Taylor is a sophomore at Princeton University majoring in Neuroscience on the pre-medical path. As a research assistant in the department of art and archeology, she is curating a digital resource for visualizing the interconnected nature of colonialism, image-making and medicine in the British Empire.


Sydnae is passionate about building bridges that connect Africans on the continent to those in the diaspora. She hopes to use her role in the Africa Summit to encourage global change-makers and innovators to re-engage with the continent.

Business Development

Mutemwa Masheke

Mutemwa is a Zambian national and a sophomore at Princeton University studying Computer Science in the school of engineering. Drawing inspiration from his work in Zambia Robotics and work experience with Microsoft, Mutemwa has had a keen interest in Afrofuturism and the impact of technology on people from all over the African Diaspora.


A large amount of Mutemwa's interest also lies in entrepreneurship in the technology sector and its influence on policy, economics and equality in all parts of the world. Mutemwa believes that the future of the Afriican continent is the prioritization of pan-African development and is commited to contributing to the prioritization of African people from across the world in all sectors of the global economy.

Speaker Coordination

Brian Gitahi

Brian Gitahi is a sophomore at Princeton University interested in urban planning, language and has a keen eye for art.


Most recently, he worked on a project to assist a French startup customize its website to adapt to the COVID era.

Molly Aguina

Molly is a Junior studying Sociology with a certificate in Neuroscience. She is on the pre-med track and hopes to go to medical school to be a neurosurgeon or pediatric oncologist.


While she is passionate about medicine, she is also interested in studying in Africa after Princeton and exploring both social activism and public health there. She hopes that the Summit will increase exposure to Africa to the Princeton student body!


Kezia Dickson

Kezia Dickson is a second year student at Princeton University studying at the School of Public and International Affairs.


Her interest in Africa lies in developing strategies to foster an economically independent Africa and ending the environmental injustice policies that continue to create a polluted Africa.

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