Shingai Manjengwa is the founder and Chief Executive Officer of Fireside Analytics Inc., a data science education solutions company that develops customized programs that teach digital and AI literacy, data science, data privacy, and computer programming. Clients include corporates, governments, non-profits, higher education institutions, and high schools. Data science courses by Fireside Analytics have over 450,000 registered learners on platforms like IBM’s and Coursera.

A data scientist by profession, Shingai is the Technical Education Specialist at the Vector Institute for Artificial Intelligence in Toronto where she translates advanced AI research into educational programming to increase AI capacity and, drive AI adoption and innovation in industry. She also serves on the advisory council for, “Accelerating the adoption of AI in health care,” a program by the Michener Institute of Education at UHN and the Vector Institute to build a front-line healthcare workforce with the knowledge, skills, and capabilities to power AI-enabled health practices, organizations, and systems.

Shingai has taught Business Analytics and Big Data Applications at a college level and she is the founder of Fireside Analytics Academy, a program that helps high schools develop and deliver data science education. Shingai’s book, ‘The Computer and the Cancelled Music Lessons’ teaches data science to kids from ages 5 to 12.

Prior to her work in technical education, Shingai worked as a data scientist specializing in business analytics in the consumer packaged goods sector (CPG), serving multiple blue-chip clients including Colgate, Wal-Mart, Clorox, Kimberly Clark, Wrigley, Kraft/ Cadbury, Mars, and McCain. Shingai holds a Master’s degree in Business Analytics from New York University’s Stern School of Business and she is this year’s recipient of the Public Policy Forum, ‘Emerging Leader’ award.