François de Ryckel

François de Ryckel

Teacher, Farmer, Educational Data Analyst

The KAUST School

Biography

My name is François de Ryckel. I have grown up in Belgium then I emigrated from there to finish up my study and start working. I lived in several places over the last 20 years. I’m a math / philosophy teacher with some stunts at business. I created 2 companies in Zambia: a fruits farm and a fresh produce trading company.

  • Lived in Paris, France, for 2 years to complete my undergrad and start my master
  • Lived in Freiburg & Leipzig, Germany, for 3 years to complete my master and do some teaching gigs at Alliance Française, Leipzig Universitat and Leipzig International School
  • Lived in Dhaka, Bangladesh to teach at the International School Dhaka
  • Lived in Zambia for 9 years to teach math, stats and philosophy at the American international School of Lusaka. I also started a citrus & mangoes farm (over 9,000 trees) and a produce (fresh fish, fruits, and meat) trading company
  • I am currently living in Saudi Arabia as math teacher on the KAUST university Campus

As a teacher, I’m always looking for good examples to incorporate in my practices.
Lately I am especially interested in machine learning applications in finance and education.

Interests

  • Modeling & machine learning
  • Math Education
  • Produce Farming

Education

  • Master in Philosophy, 2001

    Paris I - Pantheon Sorbonne

  • Bachelor in Logic, 2000

    Paris I - Pantheon Sorbonne

  • Bachelor in Philosophy, 1999

    Paris I - Pantheon Sorbonne

Skills

R

90%

Statistics

100%

Triathlon

10%

Experience

 
 
 
 
 

Math & TOK Teacher

The KAUST School

Aug 2017 – Present Thuwal - KAUST

Responsibilities include:

  • IB MYP and DP Math
  • Team Lead for Mathematics
  • Grade Level Lead (Grade 12)
 
 
 
 
 

MD

Capital Fresh

Jun 2015 – Jul 2016 Lusaka, Zambia
Started a fresh produce trading company with a focus on fresh fish, meat and fruits. Opened 6 depots within 12 months.
 
 
 
 
 

MD

Ifitwala Farm Ltd.

Oct 2009 – Present Chisamba, Zambia
Founded and developped a 9000 trees orchard.
 
 
 
 
 

Math & TOK Teacher

American International School, Lusaka

Aug 2008 – Jun 2015 Lusaka, Zambia

Responsibilities include:

  • IB MYP and DP Math
  • Head of Dpt. for Mathematics

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