Ripples of Impact Docuseries: Shamsuddeen Ibrahim

Mastercard Foundation Scholars are giving back to their communities and exercising leadership and agency across the African continent. Ripples of Impact is an inspiring 12-part docuseries showing how Scholars are using their knowledge, resources, and lived experiences to solve challenges, fill gaps, and drive meaningful change in their communities.  

Shamsuddeen Ibrahim, known to many in his community as the “humanitarian mathematician” because of his dedication to helping children succeed, is the founder of Numeracy Aid Foundation (NAF), a not for the profit based in Adamawa State, Nigeria with a mission to help children in Africa overcome numeracy phobia. Using the latest technology and resources, Shamsuddeen has developed a three-step method to assess a child’s math skills and track their progress. Since 2013 NAF has helped more than 1397 children improve their math scores.

As a mathematician with a background in disease modelling and research, Shamsuddeen has more than 10 years of experience working in various sectors including health, education, and information technology with organizations like Sunshine International School Bauchi, Inspire Paradigm Academy Yola, Abubakar Tafawa Belewa University Bauchi and Society for Family Health Nigeria. He is a results-focused and compassionate leader who believes in instilling young people with a “you can do it” mindset.

Shamsuddeen graduated with a First-Class Honours degree from the University of Jos Plateau State Nigeria, and he is an alumni of the Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program, holding an MSc in mathematical sciences from the African Institute for Mathematical Sciences (AIMS) and Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) Ghana.

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