Moustapha Cissé: Celebrating Black Excellence In Technology Development

by Duke Magazine

Moustapha Cissé is a Senegalese research scientist and the director of Google’s Artificial Intelligence Center in Accra, Ghana, dubbing as Google’s first AI lab in Africa.

As academia and tech-savvy, Cissé aims to better the society through axiological artificial intelligence, “particularly the lives of those who need it most.” 

As an advocate for talent development among African youth, Cissé is the founder and director of the African Masters of Machine Intelligence, a year-long graduate program that provides state-of-the-art training in machine learning and related technologies to African students. 

Adroit in his roles as a tech champion, Cissé has been at the fore of changing Africa’s narrative through the tool of science and technology. He is a co-founder of Black in AI. 

Cissé has widely worked in his capacity as a tech expert, one of which was the stint he had at Facebook Artificial Intelligence Research (FAIR) in Paris.

He hold a degree in mathematics and physics from Universite Gaston Berger in Saint-Louis, Senegal, a master’s in machine learning and a PhD in computer science from the Universite Pierre et Marie Curie in Paris, France.

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