The Story

Covid-19 and Artificial Intelligence have both disconnected, but also in a way brought people together closer than ever.

 

Manatee Mentor was born exactly for that reason - in response of the need to give back in the most human way possible – solidarity. After running interviews and surveyed several dozens of professionals, the team figured out there is a real need: 80% of surveyed people shared that the value of mentoring as a strengthener of company culture is often underestimated. 70% said that top mentors as inaccessible, while 85% considered paid coaching and training unaffordable.

 

Still....90% answered that they are ready to be mentored and to mentor others but majority couldn’t find a mentoring solution or program corresponding to their individual needs and preferences. This led to the creation of Manatee Mentor, whose goal is to be the digital platform to match mentors and mentees by making mentoring simple, trustworthy and accessible to anyone. Our vision is to transform the way people build themselves and their businesses up through values of solidarity, courage and curiosity. The team believes the solution will contribute vastly to the social sustainability in the dimensions of economic development, education, professional development and integration. Manatee Mentor will offer mentoring not only for individuals and large companies but also for startups and SMEs.

Meet The Founders

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Lucy Setian

#chiefmentor #marketer #techie

Lucy Setian: Lucy is the founder of MANATEE. In her day job she leads HealthTech Innovation at the Novartis Foundation, responsible for the strategy and implementation of Digital & AI programs in low- and middle income settings. Throughout her intra- and entrepreneurial path, Lucy has held different leadership roles with a focus on corporate strategy and business development, digital project and program management, innovation through technology, marketing and communications across different industries. She is passionate about driving positive societal impact with the help of technology and helping the growth of both organizations and individuals.

Claes Backman

#chiefrecruiter #operations #bizdev

Claes Backman: Many years experience with working in sales and business development as well as recruiting and IT. Claes loves people projects and is passionate about continuous learning. Having worked in many fields and with many different companies he knows that the most valued assets a company has is its people. With the right people, well motivated and guided, a company's limit is the sky. He believes that MANATEE will be a way for companies to keep their talents around and to assist companies with recruiting new talent. The idea of helping people inspire other people is a cause that he can dedicate himself wholeheartedly to.

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Aditya Raj

#chiefproduct #techie #experienceofficer 

Aditya Raj: Almost a decade of experience of working in the field of ICT with special focus on IoT, AI & Blockchain Technology. Aditya has both technology and Business background. His business acumen coupled with technology know how has been his strength when it comes to solving real world problems by seeing it from three lenses of innovation that is desirability, feasibility and viability. He wants to give back to the society by helping others learn from his experiences and at the same time keep learning himself from greatest mentors out there. He is a continuous learner and strongly believes that sharing of knowledge and experience is the way forward. MANATEE is the way forward.

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Caroline Candido Schmidt

 Inspiration Ambassador

 

(Intern, Argentina)

Caroline is responsible for Manatee Mentor's marketing and communications with partners in Argentina and Brazil. She is passionate about digital marketing, which allowed her to demonstrate and bring out the creative and artistic vision that has always been within her. She has experience in social media content creation and management, with focus on e-commerce businesses. Caroline loves to learn and constantly evolve together with the latest technology and marketing trends.

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Prince Lokedo

 East Africa Inspiration Ambassador

 

(Intern, Malawi)

Prince is responsible for Manatee Mentor's marketing and communications with partners in East Africa. Prince holds a BA in Management from Southern New Hampshire University and a Diploma in Social Work from Regis University. Previously, he has worked as a marketing and business development manager. In addition, he has an experience as an educator and a community counselor, radio presenter, and others. Learning new languages is one of his passions helping him to connect with people authentically.

Khashiya Adegbite

 Inspiration Ambassador

 

(Intern, UK)

Khashiya is responsible for Manatee Mentor's marketing and communications with partners in the UK. She is a graduate in Journalism and Spanish, with experience across different industries in content marketing and social media marketing. She has an avid interest in photography, visual arts, and storytelling and speaks English, French and Spanish. Khashiya is adventurous and keen to discover places, people and things by engaging people of diverse backgrounds and industries. She is excited about helping people connect, progress and collaborate in a time of social distance.

Lionel Osamba

NLP Developer

(Intern, Kenya)

Lionel Osamba is an NLP Intern at Manatee Mentor. He graduated with an M.Sc. Bioinformatics degree from Newcastle University. He is an aspiring Machine Learning engineer and has a background in machine learning and data science. He is  leading the R&D in the field of NLP for building a recommender system. He is also  collaborating with other team members in the development of a chatbot for the platform and is happy to be part of the international team.

Georges Rhayem

Business Developer

(Intern, France)

Georges Rhayem is a Business Developer Intern at Manatee Mentor. He completed his Bachelor in Business Marketing at the American Business School of Paris. A self-motivated attitude ready to go above and beyond on any project and learn all valuable skills within his role.  Georges understands the value in time management and clear communication. His adaptability allows him to work in many different environments, in addition to speaking with people from various backgrounds. Having a strong commercial character and a customer-oriented profile, Georges is committed to expand Manatee Mentor’s value proposition and support the growth of the organization.

Uzochukwu Asiabaka

Social Media Intern

(Intern, Nigeria)

Uzochukwu is a Social Media Marketing Intern at Manatee Mentor. He is passionate, creative, and knowledgeable in Digital Marketing and has extensive experience in developing data-driven marketing campaigns and strategies, successfully managing marketing teams and monitoring the performance of the campaigns. He is also a Content Creator and Skilled Communicator with a knack for continuous research and staying up-to-date with digital technologies developments that allow for effective delivery of outstanding service. Uzochukwu is very excited to be part of a global team that seeks to bring out the best in people through mentoring. He loves soccer, movies, and good music.

Kedar Kshatriya

Blockchain Developer

(Intern, India)

Kedar is a Blockchain Developer Intern at Manatee Mentor, currently completing his Bachelor's degree in Computer Engineering from Pune University. He is interested in distributed ledger technology and is excited about its potential in different applications. His role is to drive the R&D of Blockchain, Crypto Tokens and Tokenomics. He is very excited to work with an international team while gaining professional experience and skills.

Arda Gözüpek

UI/UX Designer

 

(Intern, Turkey)

Arda is responsible for Manatee Mentor’s User Interface and User Experience. He is going to take his Software Engineering Degree in Summer 2021. Arda started his journey in the science and engineering world and then due to his creative side started to take the lead, he started understanding human behaviors and design principles and started to focus on his artistic side. Fueled with creative energy to create and improve the designs to the next level. And he is also secretly a rock star.

Do you want to join our international team?

Contact us with your cover letter and resume to apply for an internship in finance, technology, marketing or research.