Karim SY is a serial entrepreneur, business angel and an active builder of the African innovation and entrepreneurial ecosystem with strong international alliances. Since 2010, he is creating invisible infrastructure throughout Africa, and beyond, to support entrepreneurs and innovators.
He is the founder of Jokkolabs – a private non profit organisation – and launches in Senegal on the 10/10/10 one of the first African innovation hubs (with 12 hubs in 8 countries including France) organising new format of events (startup weekend, Mobile Monday, etc.) and supporting different innovation communities. Karim is an Ashoka Fellow and a board member of the Global Entrepreneurship Network (both GEN Europe & GEN Africa). In August 2017, French President Emmanuel Macron appoints Karim SY to his Presidential Council for Africa.
In October 2018, he is elected Chairman of Digital Africa, a non profit alliance (led by the French Development Agency), with the mission of shaping and strengthening the African entrepreneurial & innovation ecosystem.