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Foundation

Inclusion with automation

The Proto Foundation delivers the benefits of conversational AI to marginalized populations in the least developed countries, via a combinaton of catalytic cash and in-kind grants.

our projects
The Proto Foundation fills a critical gap between sponsoring organizations and governments in the least developed countries that need efficient mass-communication technology to overcome gender, inclusion, and health challenges.
Daiene Vernile
Managing Director

Some of our projects

Here’s how we invest

We target investments into supported countries where AICX technology has the highest potential for return on investment for beneficiaries, and alignment with the following Sustainable Development Goals.

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Supported countries i
Afghanistan, Angola, Bangladesh, Benin, Bhutan, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cambodia, Central African Republic, Chad, Comoros, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Djibouti, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Gambia, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Haiti, Kiribati, Lao People's Democratic Republic, Lesotho, Liberia, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mauritania, Mozambique, Myanmar, Nepal, Niger, Rwanda, Sao Tome and Principe, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Solomon Islands, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan, Tanzania, Timor-Leste, Togo, Tuvalu, Uganda, Vanuatu, Yemen, Zambia

Empower Women and Girls

We support projects that collect gender disaggregated data and enable recourse communication directly to the state, without the involvement of male representatives.

Ensure Economic Growth

We support projects that increase the capacity of entire financial ecosystems to equalize support across banks, insurance, microfinance, and other services.

Strengthen Public Institutions

We support projects that promote greater trust in the state by providing citizens with equalized and efficient access to government services.

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Foundation team

Bo Bocar

Field Director
Nouakchott

Bo Bocar Abdoulaye

MA

Ba Bocar is a special attaché to the president of Mauritania, and he also serves as the president of the African Network of Youth and Adolescents in Population and Development for the Pan-African Youth Forum.

Daiene

Managing Director
Toronto

Daiene Vernile

Daiene is a former Minister of Culture for Canada's largest province and an award-winning broadcast news journalist, specialized in community-building, innovation promotion, and inclusion initiatives.

Emma

Field Director
Kigali

Emma Ndoringoma

Emma is an engineer and telco services company founder with experience serving NGOs, public & financial institutions and telecom operators across fifteen African countries.

Gwendolyn

Field Director
Monrovia

Gwendolyn Myers

Gwendolyn is the founder and executive director of Messengers for Peace, overseeing a thousand volunteers in over twenty schools and vulnerable communities in Liberia.

Jean Marc

Field Director
Abidjan

Jean Marc Aouely

MBA

Jean Marc is a fintech leader with 13 years experience across agricultural innovation and financial inclusion projects, including with World Microfinance.

Landry

Field Director
Bujumbura

Landry Nzokira

Landry is a strategic planning expert with 10+ years experience in the communications, impact investing and internet sectors in Burundi.

Simone

Advisor
New York

Simone di Castri

PhD

Simone is a frontier digital economy leader with 15 years of high-impact via the GSMA Code of Conduct for Mobile Money Providers, AFI Consumer Empowerment and Market Conduct group, and the RegTech for Regulators Accelerator (R2A).

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