About


BuildAfrica.org is my blog/project which focuses primarily on the convergence of the two passions in my life: technology and Africa.

My name is Matt Berg. I was born in small village in Cameroon and grew up in Dakar, Senegal in West, Africa. I believe that technology, when used appropriately, can make a difference in people’s lives and I’ve been been fortunate to be able to spend the majority of my career focusing on this.

Currently, I serve as the Director of the Modi Research Group | Africa based in Nairobi, Kenya. I have been part of the Modi Research Group at Columbia University, led by Professor Vijay Modi, for the past seven years. We build software to help improve development through data informed decisions.

Prior to that, I had the honor of serving both as Geekcorps volunteer in Dakar then as the director of Geekcorps Mali program in Bamako, Mali. I have an MBA in International Business (with a minor in Rugby) from Thunderbird in Glendale, AZ. I did my undergraduate studies in Computer Science at Knox College in Galesburg, IL. Both schools are a testament that it is possible to get an incredible education while having a great time.

In 2010, I was named one of Time Magazine's 100 Most Influential People. I'm a PopTech Social Innovation Fellow and the 2010 Knox College Young Alumni Achievement Winner. Currently, I serve as a member of the Thunderbird Global Council.