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We're empowering the next generation of leaders

We're a passionate bunch of idealists from all over the world who share a mission to prepare talent from underserved and displaced backgrounds to start lifelong careers in the digital economy

We're advancing social and economic mobility

Re:Coded has enabled tens of thousands of people from under-represented backgrounds to succeed in the workplace of today and tomorrow with access to market driven training, career support and a thriving community

Talent can be found anywhere. That’s why we are dedicated to removing the barriers that holds underserved talent back.
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Over 90% of our participants are unemployed when they come to us, more than half of our are women and one-third are refugees.
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Our goal is to lay the pathway to prosperity for exceptional people, whatever their background.
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We're driven by our values

Our core values define what we stand for, how we show up for each other and make decisions. They are the foundation of our organization and the DNA of our culture.

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Care deeply

Everyone has unlocked potential and a story to share and we are all committed to creating a welcoming space for everyone we encounter. We learn through caring.

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We rely on the trust from our community and the foundation of that is built on accountability, transparency, and openness as we aim to hold ourselves up to high ethical standards.

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Our impact is built on team effort and great partnerships. The diversity in our team comes to life in our everyday discussions and we know we can rely on our community of mentors, supporters, and partners to achieve great things together.

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We strive to be at the top of our game in everything we do. We want to define the modern digital non-profit and we live and breathe continuous learning and improvement.


Our path to impact


2017: A dream becomes a reality

In 2017, Marcello Bonatto and Alexandra Clare launched Re:Coded after identifying the education-to-employment gap for populations heavily impacted by conflict and displacement. They brought the coding bootcamp model to Iraq and Turkey, impacting youth who were being left at the margins of the digital economy. Their goal was to give them access to new skills and life-changing employment in tech, allowing participants to transcend the boundaries of local labor markets and open themselves up to new possibilities in the digital economy.


2018: Scaling our impact and model

Re:Coded's impact was scaled to new geographies, including a pilot in Yemen, a country deeply impacted by conflict. The team continued to refine the education model, improve internal operations, and build a network of partners dedicated to developing diverse tech ecosystems.


2019: Growth and experimentation

This year, our organization experienced significant growth. We doubled our team size to over 30 and tripled our impact. We established the first co-working space in Northern Iraq, known as Re:Coded House, which became a hub for our operations and a learning and networking space for our students. We opened our first Istanbul office, experimented with more advanced training programs and technologies like Blockchain, and laid the groundwork for future scalability and impact.


2020: Taking everything online

The pandemic provided us with an opportunity to shift our education model online and restructure the organization for optimal efficiency. We haven't looked back since. No longer limited by physical locations, we ran seven country-wide programs in 2020 and eight in 2021, now adding Lebanon, Jordan, and Palestine to our countries of operation. We grew our team to over 40 and went fully remote, embracing a new world of work and flexibility.


2021: Scaling to become a educational leader in the region

Currently, we operate in seven countries and plan to expand to new markets within the next year. Our organization teaches digital skills and promotes a critical mindset to enable underserved talent to thrive in the job market and effect change in their families, communities, and the tech industry as a whole. Our primary objective for the upcoming year is to continue improving and automating our operational model for growth.


Our impact numbers

Employment rate

We believe in the power of employment to change lives. Our goal is to prepare, place and support our learners into life-changing careers.

Retention rate

We only select students who are deeply committed to building a sustainable career in tech.

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Female students

We support gender diversity in tech and aim for 50% of women in our programs.

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Our 2023 Impact Report

We are proud to have increased both the depth and the breadth of our impact in 2023. We expanded to new countries and lay the groundwork for an expansion into Europe in 2024. We also trained record numbers of students, launched new online courses and put in place a strategy to align our programs with the shifts we witnessed in the technology industry.

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Meet our team

Our team is the driving force behind Re:Coded. United by a shared passion for transforming education and workforce systems, they are fueling our mission to empower the next generation of tech leaders.

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Alexandra Clare

CEO & Co-founder

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Marcello Bonatto

COO & Co-founder

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Maddi Dick

Head of People Operations

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Kristine Bergstrom

Deputy Director, Program Management and Operations

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Fareed Ahmad Agha

Director of Finance

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Eliska Hookham

Director of Growth

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Bhavik Panchal

Senior Program Manager

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Maher Alaqil

Technology Manager

We're governed and supported by a world-class board of leaders and innovators.

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Our partners

Re:Coded works with and receives funding from amazing partners across government, philanthropy, business, and technology.

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Blossom Hill
Western Union Foundation
Qatar Fund
QAF Media Lab
Flatiron School
Techstars Foundation
Catalyst Foundation
Altai Consulting
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Diversity is at the heart of our story

It’s why we exist. At Re:Coded, we have an unwavering belief that the tech industry needs more diversity. And change starts with our team.

Our commitment to inclusion across race, gender, sexual orientation, age, religion, and ethnicity is indispensable to our culture and innovative thinking.

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What others are saying about Re:Coded

"Re:Coded is training refugees to become software developers. Not in an ordinary, multi-year degree program, but quickly and intensively in just eight months."

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“…[Re:Coded] are supporting refugee youth, furthering their agency in telling their own stories and the potential to chart their own lives and careers by providing them with the tools to do so…”

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“we need organizations like Re:Coded to create long-term social and economic mobility for refugees"

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"When you educate you allow people to create their own solutions and bring their ideas to life. It gives them power."

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"We want to shift the negative narrative and tell stories of refugees who are a strong economic asset to any country."

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“If there’s enough momentum, solutions like Re:Coded can have a transformative impact on the lives of people.”

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"This is high-tech meets humanitarianism. Innovative refugee projects [like Re:Coded] are emerging in the areas of information, training and employment."

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“Re:Coded is connecting people affected by conflict to coding skills, affording them safe employment options, and better pay."

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"[Re:Coded] has a fresh take on how to help bring refugees out of impoverished and dangerous living conditions: Teach them to code."

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“Flatiron School teams up with Re:Coded to help Syrian refugees. What always excited us about the industry is the potential not to see this as an opportunity for reskilling but to create real economic mobility.”

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