Dr Charles Lebon Mberi Kimpolo, from the Republic of Congo, has a passion for software development, recently joined ThoughtWorks where he works as a Consultant Developer. Thoughtworks is a global IT consultancy company which recently opened its first office in Johannesburg, South Africa. One of its core objectives is to build local capacity in the IT sector by training developers who have not had formal training before.
Charles graduated from AIMS in 2005. He completed his postgraduate studies at the University of the Witwatersrand and his doctoral studies in the school of Computational and Applied Mathematics in 2010. After completing his postgraduate studies, he worked as a short-term postdoctoral fellow doing research with the support of the MRC/Wits Rural Public Health and Health Transitions Research Unit (Agincourt), and as a Business Analyst & Researcher in the Strategic Planning Division. “I believe that the training at AIMS provided me with excellent graduate-level mathematical modelling skills that are required as basic prerequisites to quickly learn software development.”