Woman Crush Wednesday (WCW): Charlette Desire N’Guessan

by Duke Magazine

Charlette Desire N’Guessan is an Ivorian tech blogger and entrepreneur. She is the co-founder and CEO of BACE, an AI-powered identity verification channel with OCR and facial recognition technology.

The company has been featured on Forbes for bringing cutting-edge facial recognition technology to ameliorate the problem of identity in Africa. 

BACE primarily works by asking the user to upload a picture of their ID and submit it or take a picture of it with the camera of the device currently in use. It could also be used for quick and seamless check-in at airports. Creating digital identities to access course materials in education, with additional applications in healthcare, telecommunications, and the public sector.

N’Guessan co-authored The AI Book, which is being published by Wiley Finance. It is reportedly the first globally crowdsourced book on the applications of AI in #finserv.

In 2020, the 27-year-old tech enthusiast becomes the first woman to win Royal Academy of Engineering’s Africa Prize for Engineering Innovation.

N’Guessan’s passion for technology started burning at a young age. Growing up in Ivory Coast, she was encouraged to focus on science and technology subjects by her father, a mathematics professor. 

“He inspired my choice for studying STEM. I was actually really good in science-related courses. After high school, I went on to study software engineering at university,” she said.

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