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STEM DRC Initiative Announces 2020 STEM Excellence Award Winners!


For the first time, STEM DRC Initiative is offering the STEM Excellence Award to celebrate the success and actions of our members who use STEM to find solutions.


We thank all members who submitted their nominations for our STEM Excellence Award. We had a lot of high quality entries which made the selection of the jury very difficult. The winners of our first edition of the 2020 STEM Excellence Award are … Dr. Linda Mobula and Pascal Kanik


Without further ado, we invite you to discover their inspiring profiles of men and women determined to move the lines. Real examples to follow!


Dr. Linda Mobula

Dr. Linda Mobula is Assistant Professor in the Johns Hopkins Department of Medicine and works as Senior Health Specialist at the World Bank. She has worked on several epidemics, including the Ebola epidemics (9th and 10th DRC), the Ebola epidemic in West Africa and the cholera epidemic in Haiti. She provided technical assistance in the development of the Strategic Response Plan for the Response to the Ebola Virus Disease, as well as for the response to COVD-19 in the DRC. She worked as a clinician in the COVIdD19 response in New York City in 2020.

It responded to multiple humanitarian emergencies; including Typhoon Haiyan of 2013 in the Philippines, the European response to refugees in Greece, as well as Haiti’s response to the earthquake. Previously, she worked as a Health and Infectious Disease Advisor at USAID’s Bureau of Foreign Disaster Assistance, where she worked on pandemic preparedness and provided technical assistance for humanitarian emergencies in Nigeria and DRC. She previously worked in the USAID HIV / AIDS Office where she provided technical assistance to South Sudan, DRC, Mozambique and Burundi. During her residency, she made several trips as a medical volunteer to Haiti with Samaritan’s Purse, working in a primary care clinic in Cité Soleil, the largest and poorest slum in Haiti. She then headed the Cité Soleil clinic and a maternal and child health program in Haiti.

She received a Bachelor of Science with Honors from the University of AZ in 2004 and attended medical school at the University of California, San Francisco. She received a Masters of Public Health from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health with a concentration in Crisis Health and Humanitarian Assistance. She completed her residency in internal medicine at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center. She completed a postdoctoral fellowship in the Division of General Internal Medicine at Johns Hopkins Hospital. From 2014 to 2017, she was Co-Principal Investigator for the Access and Accessibility Program in Ghana funded by the Bill Gates Foundation, which aims to improve access to treatment for noncommunicable diseases.

Pascal Kanik 

Pascal Kanik, 34, graduated from the University of Kinshasa in applied mathematical sciences 2012-2013. After his university studies, he was recruited by Vodacom RDC through the Vodacom Elite program of excellence, which recruits young graduates from among thousands of candidates. He began his career as an agent in the sales and distribution department, in charge of commercial analyzes, then worked with the Market Intelligence team before occupying the position of business intelligence within the commercial department to finish as business support to the General Manager Assistant. 4 years later, he decided to quit his job out of ambition and to embark on entrepreneurship by creating Labes Key, then schoolap which offered schoolap.com to the Congolese education system.

In April 2018, he won the Kinshasa Digital Startup contest with schoolap, then joined sycomore venture (owner of Ingenious city), won the Seedstars rdc and rawbank prize in September 2018, then the educational innovation prize organized in France by the association “Learn and Succeed” with the support of the Francophonie, before winning the edtech prize of the major competition for startups from emerging countries in April 2019 which led the schoolap delegation to the Palais de la Nation to meet SEM President Felix Antoine Tshisekedi who decides to quote the founder and crown the latter’s career by mentioning him among the Congolese champions during his address to the nation before the two chambers of parliament meeting in congress in December 2019.

Since then, schoolap has raised more than $ 500,000 to accelerate its growth and several partnerships for the expansion of its various solutions, with more than 300 schools in its customer database to date and more than 15,000 visits every month in its site. Schoolap wants to offer a self-taught online school, organizing all the options of the secondary and primary cycle in the DRC before going to conquer other African countries in 2021 with the vision: One nation, one school. In this period of pandemic, schoolap disseminates all the lessons of Congolese education online to ensure pedagogical continuity and has increased its production in order to offer all finalists better preparation content for the state exams that will intervene in this context of crisis and while schools remain closed.

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