A school without borders
The Explorer School is an online primary and secondary school that does all its teaching remotely over the internet in real-time.
The Explorer School is a division of Explorer Academy, a US based education technology company. Explorer Academy is an affiliate of Nkwashi, a US$1.5 billion private city being developed in Zambia.
Education is often called “the great leveler.” A phrase used to describe the ability for formal education to enable people to attain their full potential, regardless of their backgrounds. Whilst this has historically been true. Access to high quality education has often been a privilege that only those with means can attain. This often starts young, with attendance to prestigious private schools, and the use of private tutors; and thereafter attendance to prestigious universities and colleges. Within the context of culture this is often called “getting a leg-up.” We believe this “boost” shouldn’t be available only to those with the means to afford it, but rather through the internet, high quality international education can be democratized. We are a private school without borders.
Our Board of Directors
Explorer School is a division of Explorer Academy whose board of directors include:
Mark Lutter is the Executive Director of the Charter City Institute where he leads efforts to build the global ecosystem of charter cities. Mark is also on the Board of Directors of Radical Exchange, and prior to that worked as an Economist at NeWay Capital.
Jordan is an Engineering Manager at Atrium. Prior to this he was Senior Data Scientist at the United States Digital Service. Jordan also served as Digital Service Expert in the White House.
Despite being a co-founder of the school and planning of the academic curricula, Sepo gets in on the action and teaches Specific Topics in Biology, Chemistry, Economics and Business Classes. She loves to dive into the inter-relationships across these subjects but always shows students how to understand the basics before things get more complex. With a BA in Biology from McDaniel College in Westminster, MD, US, an MSc in International Business Management from the University of Surrey, Guildford, Surrey, UK, and a PhD in Management from the University of Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa. Sepo loves to interact with students and brings an interesting disciplinary approach to their learning.
Mwiya is Chairman and CEO of Explorer Academy. He is also a co-founder of Nkwashi, a private city being developed in Zambia, as well as Frontier Capital Partners, an Africa focused private investment firm.
Spencer is Executive Vice President at the Allen Morris Company, a real estate development firm with over US$2 billion of real estate development pipeline. Spencer is also a co-founder of Frontier Capital Partners, an Africa focused private investment firm.
Carl is Managing Partner at Frontier Capital Partners, an Africa focused private investment firm. Prior to this Carl led strategy at Bayport Financial Services, where he was part of team that built a US$30 million deposit taking platform. Carl also worked in private equity and M&A in Miami, where he was involved in over US$100million of transactions.
Explorer Academy’s board of advisors includes:
Vitalik is the Founder of the Ethereum Foundation. Ethereum is a global, open-source platform for decentralized applications. Ether is the token whose blockchain is generated by the Ethereum platform. Vitalik is also a Thiel Fellow, having been awarded a fellowship in 2014.
Joe is a Founding Partner of 8VC and was an early institutional investor notable companies including Wish, Oculus, Oscar, Illumio, Blend, RelateIQ, Joby Aviation, Guardant Health, Synthego, and in 2016 and 2017 was the youngest member of the Forbes 100 Midas List. Joe is a co-founder of Palantir.
JD is a Co-Founder of Open Door and was previously VP of Product at Addepar. Whilst at Open Door, JD led the company’s growth team and product teams. Previously, as VP Product at Addepar, he launched products that brought over $100 billion in assets onto the technology platform.
Dr Mumba Chalwe is a Consultant Urological-Surgeon. She holds a Master of Medicine in Urology (MMED- Urol) and has vast experience working in both local and international healthcare settings. Dr Chalwe boasts of several awards and recognition from various organizations worldwide and has previously given a TEDx talk on women in STEM. She is an Associate Fellow of the American College of Surgeons.
Amjad is the Founder of Repl.it whose mission is to make programming more accessible by building powerful yet simple tools and platforms for educators, learners and developers. Prior to Replit, Amjad was a software developer at Facebook, and was a founding engineer at CodeAcademy.
Akshay is COO at Notion. Prior to this he was Country Manager for LinkedIn in India. Prior to working as Country Manager for Linkedin in Bangalore, Akshay was principal product manager at LinkedIn based in Mountain View. Prior to joining LinkedIn he co-founded Pulse, which was itself acquired by LinkedIn.
Nolan is CEO of Double GDP, a San Francisco based startup building an end-to-end platform for cities to manage municipal and communal services in a more efficient, responsive and accountable way. Prior to this Nolan was Head of Global Customer Education and Community.
Shola is Co-Founder and CEO at Paystack, a Lagos based fintech startup. Paystack builds technology to help Africa’s best businesses grow. Paystack was the first Nigerian company to be accepted to Y Combinator, and has subsequently processed billions of Dollars worth of transactions for African companies.
Yury is CEO at Openland, a professional messenger designed to support all communication needs of a modern business. It can be used for fundraising, sales, recruiting, customer service, and business operations. The company was founded in 2017 and is based in San Francisco.
W. Gyude Moore is a visiting fellow at the Center for Global Development. He previously served as Liberia’s Minister of Public Works with oversight over the construction and maintenance of public infrastructure from December 2014 to January 2018. Prior to that role, Moore served as Deputy Chief of Staff to President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf and Head of the President’s Delivery Unit (PDU).
Tonjé Bakang Tonjé is part-time director at The Family, a startup accelerator focused on nurturing European tech startups. Previously Tonjé was Founder & CEO of Afrostream, the “Netflix for African, African-American and Caribbean content” a streaming site serving the European and African markets. Prior to founding Afrostream, Tonjé worked in the entertainment industry for over 15 years.
Amit is a serial entrepreneur and has founded companies spanning domains from consumer healthcare to cybersecurity. He’s co-founder and Managing Partner of Nairobi-based Akili, Partner at NYC venture studio Prehype, and founder of Arabella, an Akili portfolio company and product development shop.
Dustyn is co-founder and Managing Partner of Akili, a venture development firm and holding company. He works alongside Africa’s most talented entrepreneurs and with the backing of its most forward-thinking corporates and investors to discover opportunities, build, and spin-out companies that are uniquely African with global ambition.