Megan Yates

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Megan Yates
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Image retrieved at Talent Talks on 14 July, 2021.
Johannesburg, South Africa
NationalitySouth African
Alma materUniversity of CapeTown
Known forBeing the Co-founder of Zindi and Chief Scientist at Ixio Analytics

Editor: Tamia Adolph

Megan Yates is the Co-Founder of Zindi, an AI startup that acts as a data science competition platform, dedicated to solving Africa’s problems by bringing together a community of data scientists who collaborate and compete to come up with the best possible solutions.[1] Zindi is based in Cape Town, Johannesburg, and Accra.[2]

Yates is passionate about data science and how it has the ability to solve challenges.[3]


Yates holds a BSc in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, as well as a BSc Honours in Botany and Plant Biology at the University of Cape Town. She also completed her MSc in Evolutionary Biology at the same university.[4]


In 2011, Yates worked as a Spatial Analyst at Knowledge Factory where she was responsible for creating revenue prediction models, customer profiling and segmentation, customer penetration analysis, gap analysis, creating predictive models to assess store location as well as a variety of analyses that help businesses to better understand their customers in a spatial context. Other job functions included providing web-based spatial information and insights to one of South Africa’s leading private subscription TV service providers.[5]

In 2012, Yates founded Ixio Analytics, a company that specialises in advanced statistics, predictive analytics, machine learning, and big data processing,[6] where she currently works as the Chief Scientist of the company.[7]

Yates co-founded Zindi in 2018, with American, Celina Lee, and Ghanaian, Ekow Duker.[8] She currently leads platform development for the start-up.

Awards and Achievements

After completing her BSc Honours degree in 2007, Yates achieved an 80% average which was the highest grade of the year. As part of her degree, she was chosen to attend an Ecology and Conservation course run by the Organisation for Tropical Studies, Duke University.[9]

In 2010, Yates was one of the authors of a published journal article titled, Ecophysiological significance of leaf size variation in Proteaceae from the Cape Floristic Region. The journal article was published in the British Ecological Society’s Functional Ecology journal and was a result of her Honours research.[10]