Jean Guo (CEO/Co-founder) and Binta Jammeh (CCO/Co-founder) met as Fulbright Scholars in Paris. They were motivated to launch Konexio based on their personal journeys. As children of immigrant families, they saw firsthand the challenges their families faced in navigating the social, cultural, educational, and professional challenges of settling in a new country.
Prior to Konexio, Jean worked as a consultant in Silicon Valley. She was awarded a research grant to come to France in 2015, during which time she researched economic and health issues for marginalized populations, including refugees and migrants. Prior to Konexio, Binta was a teacher in Thailand and the United States. She was awarded a teaching grant to come to France in 2016. As a teacher in an underprivileged suburb of Paris, Binta explored ways to increase access to educational and professional growth opportunities for minority and low-income students.
Aside from Jean and Binta, Konexio works with a well-entrenched and dedicated team of teachers, support staff, and interns, and a community of volunteers, who have varied and unique backgrounds as developers, instructors, digital marketing strategists, consultants, financial experts, and more.
Awards and Prizes
Team Konexio embodies a fighting spirit of diverse members from all walks of life and nearly every corner of the globe. We’re refugees, migrants, expatriots, locals, men, women, old, and young who are committed to using digital learning to highlight the potential of excluded and disadvantaged publics to be the at the forefront of digital and socio-economic inclusion.
THE MALAWI TEAM
Konexio’s advisory board guides and supports the organization’s growth. Our board members each began their journey with Konexio as mentors and advocates. Their formal appointment to the advisory board is a natural extension of their dedication to empowerment and inclusion through digital learning. The board is comprised of individuals with a variety of professional backgrounds from both France and the USA, reflecting Konexio’s diverse and international mindset. Among other duties, board members will advise on strategy and growth, as well as serve as ambassadors for Konexio.
Marion Abecassis, L.L.M Attorney-At-Law, McDermott, Will & Emery
Marion Abecassis is an attorney-at-law admitted to practice in Paris and New York, focusing her practice in life sciences with a special interest in bioethics. She assists French and international healthcare stakeholders at the Paris office of McDermott, Will & Emery. In parallel, she follows the works of the INSERM Ethics Committee and has regularly participated in its activities since April 2016. Finally, she has chaired the disciplinary commission for doping for the French Disabled Sports Federation since July 2017. She holds a Master's in Health Law from Université Paris-Descartes and a Master's in Global Health Law from Georgetown University under a Fulbright Grant awarded in 2014. She has also authored papers in several well-known publications, including the Hastings Women’s Law Journal.
"Kommitment: Konexio is fully committed “to making a difference”
Kollaboration: I truly appreciate Konexio’s ability to gather and collaborate with very diverse people
Kreativity: education is the cornerstone of integration and Konexio uses innovative approaches to integrate refugees through IT learning."
Anne-Claire Pache, Ph.D. Chaired Professor in Philanthropy,
Alex Budak, M.P.P. Changemaker in Residence & Professional Faculty,
Nathanael Molle, M.A.