Ethiopian nanophotonics scientist Solomon Assefa becomes one of Young Global Leaders Class of 2013

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The World Economic Forum has announced its Young Global Leaders Class of 2013, a group it describes as the best of today’s leaders under the age of 40. African Voices highlights some of the most inspiring Africans who made the list.

Solomon Assefa

Solomon Assefa is an Ethiopian nanophotonics scientist working for tech giant IBM. His work focuses on developing chips that make it easier to communicate data via pulses of light, rather than electrical signals.

Assefa, who holds a PhD from Massachusetts Institute of Technology, is also the co-founder of the MIT Africa Internet Technology Initiative, a program that sends students from the prestigious university to teach internet skills to African youth and teachers in a number of African countries. He has been named by MIT Technology Review as one of the leading 35 innovators aged under 35.

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