Former student of the Ecole Polytechnique de Montreal (Computer Engineering), Karim SY soon released his innovative entrepreneurial talent since university. It will bring him to successfully being involved in many Business projects in Canada, Mali , Senegal, Dubai and France. His international DNA and activities brings him to works in +20 African countries. Pioneer in various digital projects, Karim is an entrepreneur and digital activist around innovation. He is the founder and chief catalyst of Jokkolabs. He is an active player of the emergence of the African innovation and entrepreneurial ecosystem with the launch of one of the first innovation hub the 10/10/10 in Senegal (now 9 countries including France), the organization of new format of event and meetup (startup weekend, Mobile Monday, GEW, etc.) and supporting different tech communities. FOSS activist, he was board member of FOSSFA (2012-2014) and was partner of the software company Maarch SAS, Groupe Archiveco (#2 archiving company in France) and is the chairman of Maarch West Africa SA based in Dakar (Senegal). Karim SY is a founding member and executive of OPTIC the main IT organization of Senegal since 2003, was VP of the IT/BPO cluster – Accelerate growth strategy (Senegal Prime minister cabinet, 2004-2014). He is elected Ashoka Fellow in 2012, the largest network of social entrepreneurs worldwide, with nearly 3,000 Ashoka Fellows in 70 countries (300 in Africa). In 2013, Jeune Afrique Magazine futures Karim SY as one of the 25 leaders of tomorrow for francophone Africa. Since August 2017, the President of France, Emmanuel Macron, has appointed Karim SY , to his Presidential Council for Africa. He is actively involved in the GEN since many years in Africa and in France.