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Laura Chite (CEO of CIO East Africa)

Laura Chite

CEO of CIO East Africa
Kadri Humal-Ayal (Honorary Consul at Republic of Estonia in Kenya)

Kadri Humal-Ayal

Honorary Consul at Republic of Estonia in Kenya

Honorary Consul of Estonia in Kenya, Regional Expert for Smart City Lab, joint project between the City of Tartu, ICT companies and infrastructure companies based in Estonia. Combining digital life skills as birthright of an Estonian with understanding of the region as resident of Kenya for 23 years. Early adopter by nature, her social science background proves necessary in translating technology to everyday application and meaning for non-technology natives. In her role, Kadri provides bridges, connections, linkages and practical understanding to e-governance, e-solutions and e-way-of-life.

Fiona Makaka (Data Protection Officer)

Fiona Makaka

Data Protection Officer

Technology Law| Financial Technology| Digital Payments| International Money Remittance|Data Privacy

Hartnell Ndungi (Chief Data Officer (CDO) at Absa Bank Kenya PLC)

Hartnell Ndungi

Chief Data Officer (CDO) at Absa Bank Kenya PLC

Hartnell is an experienced Data, Analytics & Digital professional in the East Africa Region. His specialty is in the Banking and Financial Services sector where he has been able to master the development and execution of key Data Strategies for large banks and financial institutions. He was previously the Head of Data & Analytics for Co-operative Bank of Kenya where he set up the bank’s Data office and delivered a comprehensive Data Strategy for the enterprise.

He is currently the Chief Data Officer at Absa Bank Kenya PLC where he leads the Data Science, Data Governance, Business Intelligence and Analytics teams. With a deep understanding of Artificial Intelligence, Data Management, Business Intelligence, Machine Learning, Advance Analytics and Governance, he seeks to ensure that organizations are able to set up dynamic data teams, understand the data they hold, harness actionable insights and deliver key use cases encompassing profitability, artificial intelligence, operational efficiency, product development and growth.

His top career achievements include setting up and mentoring data teams, delivering key finance, credit, retail and corporate use cases, setting up the foundation for digital transformation, developing predictive analytics models for business predictions, transforming enterprises to data driven organizations and maturing teams to the highest transformative maturity level.

Hartnell has also worked as a Data consultant providing advisory and analytics services to Governments, Banks, Insurance firms, Telco’s and Industrial markets.

Mutheu Khimulu (Cybersecurity, Counterterrorism and Crisis Management Lawyer)

Mutheu Khimulu

Cybersecurity, Counterterrorism and Crisis Management Lawyer

Passionate legal advocate with a proven record of strategic leadership working with cross-cultural/multi-disciplinary teams, motivated to explore the newly emerging area of cyber law and policy and help develop laws, regulations & policies.

I am also a skilled counter terrorism, anti-money laundering and crisis management lawyer with central banking regulatory experience.

Galvanized by situations that require thinking out of the box and learning new concepts especially in the new and emerging field of cyber security law which I am passionate about.

A great track record of promoting & establishing functional collaborative mechanisms, between government and non-governmental bodies.

Ability to work under pressure as well as a perfectionist, which is a great trait when it comes to preparing and formulating legal documents, policies and/or ensuring compliance.

Keith Andere (Director of Programs at African Youth Commission)

Keith Andere

Director of Programs at African Youth Commission
Vincent Ngundi (Assistant Director, Cybersecurity & Head of KE-CIRT at Communications Authority Kenya)

Vincent Ngundi

Assistant Director, Cybersecurity & Head of KE-CIRT at Communications Authority Kenya

Keen on strategy, leadership, technology and national cybersecurity governance.

Martin Kimani (Associate Director of KPMG)

Martin Kimani

Associate Director of KPMG

Martin is an associate director in KPMG’s Technology Transformation unit. He has over 12 years of experience in the area providing project management and quality assurance consultancy services during selection and implementation of business technology solutions, development and review of digital strategies, process control assessment, comprehensive IT audits, Network infrastructure review and IT audit training. Martin has also been keen on supporting various industrial sectors in IT systems benefits realization, data conversion exercises, application control reviews, IT general controls assessment.
Martin is part of the digital transformation team at KPMG.

He has been involved in the identification, mapping and integration of emerging and disruptive technologies to the prevalent business needs across the various industries
My international work experience extends to Uganda, Tanzania, Rwanda, Ethiopia, Malawi, South Africa, Sultanate of Oman, Bahrain, India and United Kingdom.

Tony Mutero (General Manager Information Technology and Business Innovations at Police SACCO)

Tony Mutero

General Manager Information Technology and Business Innovations at Police SACCO

My business understanding captures the best value by maximising solid knowledge of technology definition, selection, implementation, and management. I utilise technical skills to design and implement multiple simplified solutions. I analyse end-to-end process map across systems and technologies as well as I suggest and implement solutions with promising results. I focus on introducing key technology solutions to meet the changing needs of clients and dynamic business environment. I pursue project objectives and partner with others to meet common goals.

I formulate, implement, and evaluate cross-functional decisions for bottom-line results as well as I translate ICT requirements into executable plans for teams to follow. I possess spirited optimism that transcends collaborative environment. I maintain composure and make decisions in fast-paced, unpredictable, and stressful environments. I am an articulate and refined communicator who can easily foster rapport and trust from end-user to executive levels.

Stanley Chege (Group CIO at Jubilee Insurance)

Stanley Chege

Group CIO at Jubilee Insurance

I have experience in governance and management. My experience has spanned IT management, business process, internal controls, strategic planning and projects management

I am currently the CIO at Madison group

I hold an MBA, a BSC degree in IT and professional certifications namely, MCSE, CNE, CNA, CISA, CISSP, CISM, CGEIT, CRISC, PMP, CPP, COBIT and ITIL.

I am an active member of professional bodies namely, PMI, ISACA and ISC2 and the National Society of Leadership and Success (NCLS).

I have helped organizations throughout Africa improve IT governance and management practices hence improving the overall organizational effectiveness.

I have published many peer-reviewed articles and one book on IT governance. I am a Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) candidate of the Walden University.

Ken Ogwang’ (Head of Digital & Technology at Diageo South Africa)

Ken Ogwang’

Head of Digital & Technology at Diageo South Africa
Nyimbi Odero (Founder of Nyimbi Inc)

Nyimbi Odero

Founder of Nyimbi Inc

Finding and tackling really hard problems.

Specialties: Strategy, Startups, Technology, Policy, Software Development, Programming

Roles: Chief Information Officer (CIO), IT Strategy, Chief Technology Officer (CTO)

Robert Nyamu (Partner at EY East Africa)

Robert Nyamu

Partner at EY East Africa
Janet Othero. (Partner, Telecommunications, Media and Technology at TripleOKLaw)

Janet Othero.

Partner, Telecommunications, Media and Technology at TripleOKLaw

I currently practice in the Telecommunications, Media and Technology department with a special emphasis on Cybersecurity, Financial Technology and Data Privacy & Protection.

I have experience in negotiating, drafting and advising on sourcing agreements, strategic relationships, licensing agreements and other critical agreements and relationships that enable businesses and public bodies to accomplish their commercial objectives

My other practice areas include company and commercial law, privatization, banking, finance, capital markets, mergers & acquisitions, take-overs, joint ventures, investments, corporate restructuring, general commercial contracts, advise on land law matters and conservation, real estate and conveyancing.

Shadrack Anyuo (Solution Architect Lead (E/Africa), at AWS)

Shadrack Anyuo

Solution Architect Lead (E/Africa), at AWS

Shadrack is a senior Solutions Architect with AWS. In this role, Shadrack works with enterprise technology executives to share experiences and strategies for how the cloud can help them increase speed and agility while devoting more of their resources to their customers. Shadrack has a Master’s and bachelor's degree in Computer Science.

Nawaz Bagha (Territory Lead at VMWARE)

Nawaz Bagha

Territory Lead at VMWARE

Established leader with a long track record of building and growing multi million dollar business operations. Operated individually and as part of wider teams to lead, develop and actualize ambitious growth goals. Maintained strong customer and channel intimacy across East Africa and the UAE. Led direct and indirect teams across a wide geography.

Kamal Budhabhatti, (CEO of Craft Silicon)

Kamal Budhabhatti,

CEO of Craft Silicon

I am the Group CEO at Craft Silicon - which provides Banking and payment technologies across Africa and emerging Asia. Also founded Little, a pan African Ride hailing platform, now emerging into a Super App. Get the Little App at

Jeremiah Chunge Munyasa (Head of Alternative Channels & ICT at Genghis Capital)

Jeremiah Chunge Munyasa

Head of Alternative Channels & ICT at Genghis Capital

Genghis Capital - Transformational Chief information Officer (CIO) for business alignment from in-house to external customers using Technology platform integrations and partnership for value propositions, revenue generation and operational efficiency. Also in charge of Technology strategy, budgeting, policy and procedures formulation, risk management and stakeholder participation.

I have over 15 years’ experience in management of cloud infrastructure, physical and virtual networks, Enterprise-wide Resource Planning (ERP) software, mobile & web applications, social media, ICT consultancy, budgeting and strategy formulation.

I’m trained in ISO 9001 and worked in diverse sectors like Financial Services, NGO, Audit, Automotive and ICT. My objective is using technology as a driver for business efficiency, revenue and productivity.

2020 - Most Innovative Investment Bank in Kenya by Global Business Outlook from UK.

2019 - Silver Mark of Excellence in Enterprise Technology Adoption by CIO East Africa.

2018 - 1st Runner-up, The Most Innovative Company in 2018, Investment Banking Sector by Think Business Awards.

Dave Funnel (Senior Cloud Solutions Architect SSA at VMWARE)

Dave Funnel

Senior Cloud Solutions Architect SSA at VMWARE

Dynamic solutions-driven professional with over 20 years IT experience.
Exceptionally well organized and motivated achiever who exceeds sales targets, has been promoted regularly and earns high customer satisfaction ratings.
Outstanding success in building and maintaining relationships with key corporate decision makers in the top customer base in Johannesburg and developing high profit accounts, to bring solutions to the #1 spot within customers’ purchasing priorities.
Articulate communicator who can speak the languages of both business and technology. Strong interpersonal skills which have paid dividends when interacting with both customers and colleagues. Able to engage, relate and place at ease, individually or larger groups; adept at giving presentations.
Resourceful and creative problem solver with a track record in understanding, analyzing and translating complex customer requirements and business problems into real world solutions.

Harry Hare (Chairman & Publisher at CIO East Africa)

Harry Hare

Chairman & Publisher at CIO East Africa

I am a serial Entrepreneur with a passion for technology. ICT Consultant and e-Government Strategist at heart, I have worked with East African Governments in crafting e-Government implementation strategies. This work includes setting up the East African eGovernment Working Group and the development of the East African eGovernment Framework that was ratified by the East African Council of Ministers.

I have deep knowledge and understanding of the East African ICT landscape having followed it for the last three decades. I am a regular ICT commentator on ICT issues in the region and consulted widely by Government Agencies, International Organisations and the Private Sector on strategic ICT issues.

I write regularly and I am a founder and publisher of CIO East Africa, an ICT information platform that has a monthly print publication (CIO East Africa), an online ICT portal ( and a series of events including the CIO Executive Breakfast Series, the CIO Golf Series and the CIO 100 Awards and Symposium.

I am also a founder and Director of African eDevelopment Resource Centre. Probably one of the best corporate IT and Telecoms training firms in Africa. We have trained Engineers from over 27 African Countries in the last 8 years.

Founded DEMO Africa 2012 to discover innovative startups from Africa and presenting them to the world. DEMO Africa has since launched 150 startups who've raised over US$65 million. I am also a partner at Akili, DEMO Ventures and InsightWells Research.

Specialties: Entrepreneurship, Investment, Innovation, Startups, Mentorship, Consultancy, eGovernment Strategy, Training, Writing, Farming

Mark Hosking (Head of Emerging Technology Sales, CEMEA at Red Hat)

Mark Hosking

Head of Emerging Technology Sales, CEMEA at Red Hat

Mark leads Red Hat's Hybrid Cloud solution specialist teams across the CEMEA region. He works with customers and partners to help them address their business challenges by leveraging the power of open source innovation, and raising awareness of Red Hat’s role as a catalyst in the world of Open source software.

Mark’s passion is building high performance teams, fueled by a relentless focus on unlocking value for customers through transformational IT initiatives.

Prior to Red Hat, Mark spent 20 years working in the Data Center, Cloud and IT Automation market with Juniper, Cisco and BladeLogic. Mark has lived in the UAE for the past 10 years with his wife and 3 daughters, and in his spare time enjoys exploring the beautiful UAE desert, and being on the golf course or tennis court with his family.

Evelyn Kilel (Cybersecurity Engineer at Safaricom PLC)

Evelyn Kilel

Cybersecurity Engineer at Safaricom PLC

Passionate about and knowledgeable on web, network and application security, software development (Web Applications), penetration testing and business intelligence.

Passionate in supporting Women to elevate the careers in cyber security through @Shehacks KE initiative focused on women in cyber security

Ken Kimani (Channel Manager at ESET East Africa)

Ken Kimani

Channel Manager at ESET East Africa
Clifford Levi (Subject Matter Expert Cloud Computing at Safaricom Limited)

Clifford Levi

Subject Matter Expert Cloud Computing at Safaricom Limited

Clifford has been with Safaricom for the last 11 years working in various IT and strategy roles and is currently the SME for cloud computing.

He has evangelized the adoption of cloud computing technologies in the organization since Safaricom’s initial deployment in 2010.

Prior to working for Safaricom, Clifford worked with Gyron Internet in London and Fintech Kenya as an Oracle consultant

Nuno Martins (Senior Solution Architect, at Red Hat, SSA)

Nuno Martins

Senior Solution Architect, at Red Hat, SSA

Nuno Martins is an Internationally experienced, business-savvy solutions architect and systems integrator. His focus on media rich environments, Storage, DevOps and System Architecture allows him to be specialized and highly skilled in workflow design and optimization, specifically high-performance storage, file systems and automation.

He is truly passionate about everything technology, is actively looking for opportunities to solve old problems by applying new technology, and develops and builds new solutions to meet new requirements and demands. Hr is out-the-box thinker, pragmatic high achiever, customer-focused and solutions oriented doer with management and leadership skills.

He is a quick learner and serious workhorse (though borderline workaholic), Straight-to-the-point with anything is possible attitude, always ready to rock.

Joseph Mathenge (COO at Serianu LTD)

Joseph Mathenge

COO at Serianu LTD
Dr. Bright Mawudor (Head of Cybersecurity at Dimension Data)

Dr. Bright Mawudor

Head of Cybersecurity at Dimension Data

I am a self driven Information security enthusiast that will go all length to keep updated with the latest methodologies and help the entire community to be Information Security aware.
I constantly like to get involved in Information Technology forums and discussions that are a lot more focused on Cyber Security. Knowing how wide it is, I always try to get a grip of bits and pieces of each section even though my main interest lies with System Penetration Testing, Big Data Security and Information Security awareness training through all mediums available.

Cyber Security Engineer for 10 years
Information Security Consulting for Enterprise
Web Application/Network Vulnerability Assessment, Penetration Testing across varying Infrastructure, Intrusion Detection and Prevention
Corporate Governance, Risk Assessment and Mitigation
Cyber Security Training: Technical and Awareness
FOSS Enthusiast

Chibuzo Mbuka (Director, Systems Engineering of Data Group IT)

Chibuzo Mbuka

Director, Systems Engineering of Data Group IT

Chibuzo Mbuka leads a team of highly skilled cybersecurity specialists across West, East and Southern Africa at DataGroupIT, Africa’s biggest Value-added cybersecurity distributor providing world-class solutions to the biggest companies and governments in Africa.

He is a distinguished cybersecurity leader with more than 10 years of experience in product management, information security, leadership and technology space and a graduate of Mathematics and Computer Science.

Chibuzo is experienced in building and leading world class teams and capabilities, design and implementation of cybersecurity roadmaps, evangelizing best-practices to the market, developing and executing go-to-market strategies, security product development, improving customer cybersecurity services across different sectors and driving revenue through direct sales and channel partnerships.

A strong communicator, adept at multi-tasking with effective cross-functional organizational and project management skills. A creative leader & analytical thinker who helps companies develop, facilitate & implement decisions across their organizations that help the company achieve both their growth & profitability goals.

Chibuzo has great relationship and goodwill across the customer and partner community within East, West and Southern Africa countries.

CyberSecurity Roadmap Design
New Product Development and Management
Channel Partnership Development
Identifying evolving cybersecurity opportunities and Risks
Cybersecurity evangelism and best practices
Cybersecurity strategic planning
Industry communication and leadership
Customer engagement
Security Return-on-Investment Analysis


Martin Mirero

CTO at Ajua
John Ward (Principal and SME for Cloud Technologies, Africa at Fortinet)

John Ward

Principal and SME for Cloud Technologies, Africa at Fortinet

With more than 20 years of cybersecurity experience and proven track record making a difference, specializing in the solutions space and everything that interacts.
Assisting and partnering with people to provide solutions that are scalable yet cost effective.
Cloud is a thing.... where is yours?
Specialties: Engineering, Cybersecurity, Cloud and anything that connects... or is connected to...


Anthony Muiyuro

Head of EY at EY
Francis Mwangi, (IT Security Consultant)

Francis Mwangi,

IT Security Consultant

I am a Technology Executive with over 10 years of experience in delivering enterprise-wide projects within scope, on time, and on budget while cutting costs, spearheading ROI-focused projects, and bridging the gap between business and technology to realize essential integration.
I have done all these and much more under a variety of professional hats- working as Head of IT, System Support Engineer, and IT Administrator.

I have led the development, deployment, and integration of IT systems and solutions, owning the full system and project management cycle- from requirements gathering to concept development, implementation, and deployment to propel changes, system, and operational efficiency.
 Implementation of an e-payment channel including mobile banking, internet banking, and USSD.
 Digitization of 20 000 files from paper format to digital format.
 Revamp of corporate website.
 Migration to the cloud-based Office 365 platform, as well as upgrade from Windows 2003 to Windows 2008.
 End-to-end implementation of an ERP platform.
 Initiation of a legal blockchain solution.
 Installation and user support on Windows Small Business Server 2008, Windows 2008, Microsoft Exchange 2007, and Microsoft Office Communications Server.

Additionally, I have been instrumental in network security, IT procurement, WIFI implementation and administration, P&L oversight and resource planning, as well as technical end-user support to elevate and enhance user experience.

With strengths in big picture thinking, analysis, and interpersonal communication, my expertise includes:
IT Project Management; Process Improvements; Business-Centric IT Leadership; IT Security & Compliance; Infrastructure Management; Business Continuity; Network Reeengineering

 Certifications: Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist (MCTS) | Microsoft Certified Professional (MCP) | Certified Information System Security Professional (CISSP)-In progress
 Languages: PHP, Java, Python

Tevin Mwenda (Policy Associate at KICTANET)

Tevin Mwenda

Policy Associate at KICTANET
Philip Ndegwa (Technology Solutions Consultant at Oracle)

Philip Ndegwa

Technology Solutions Consultant at Oracle

In his 21st year in Technology, Philip is currently doing what he enjoys most; using Technology to innovatively solve business challenges and empower them to exist in continuously evolving digital environment. An ardent of cybersecurity and IT governance, Philip has consulted for diverse customers within East Africa in Network and Infrastructure Management, Service delivery and cybersecurity. Philip is currently Principal Solutions Consultant at Oracle Kenya. In his current role, Philip Orchestrates adoption of Oracle Security solutions to new and existing customers

Mbugua Njihia (COO at Safiri Express)

Mbugua Njihia

COO at Safiri Express
Irene Njoroge (IT Risk & Information Manager at Faulu Microfinance Bank)

Irene Njoroge

IT Risk & Information Manager at Faulu Microfinance Bank

I'm enthusiastic about matters cyber security. I've been involved in the development and implementation of ISO 27001:2013 and PCI-DSS certifications, development of cyber security policies and frameworks as well as providing general assurance of Confidentiality, Integrity and Assurance (CIA) at various fronts. I conduct various information security awareness programs through different media. I also consult for various firms, offering my time and expertise on information security matters.

Through public participation in various forums, presentations and conferences I continuously reach out to the general public, organizations and individuals on cyber security. I believe in nurturing young talent especially students who wish to get into IT and more so, into cyber security. Active involvement in mentorship programmes at secondary and post secondary levels, has enabled me to offer mentorship to students and to grow their skills in STEM subjects.

Paul Njuguna (CIO at Sarova Hotels)

Paul Njuguna

CIO at Sarova Hotels
Sammy Nyambu (CIO at Mwalimu National Sacco)

Sammy Nyambu

CIO at Mwalimu National Sacco

Adept IT Executive with invaluable experience in all key dimensions of the ICT value chain including software/application development, business analysis, project management, IT management and end user support

Joseph Nzano (Manager, KE-CIRT at Communications Authority of Kenya (CA))

Joseph Nzano

Manager, KE-CIRT at Communications Authority of Kenya (CA)
Humphrey Odhiambo (Head of Partnerships & Content at CIO East Africa)

Humphrey Odhiambo

Head of Partnerships & Content at CIO East Africa
Cephas Okal (CISO at Madison Group, Kenya)

Cephas Okal

CISO at Madison Group, Kenya

Cybersecurity Strategist specializing in the evolution of threats, opportunities, and risks in pursuit of optimal security

Varun Parikh (Manager, Sales Engineering at Sophos)

Varun Parikh

Manager, Sales Engineering at Sophos
Fatma Said (Head of Digital Marketing at AAR)

Fatma Said

Head of Digital Marketing at AAR
Peter Sandkuijl (Solution Engineer Director, EMEA of Check Point Software Technologies)

Peter Sandkuijl

Solution Engineer Director, EMEA of Check Point Software Technologies

I have been in the IT industry with a focus on security for over 25 years. During my time in Check Point (+20 years) I worked my way up from an engineer responsible for 3 countries to the SE director for EMEA heading up all presales teams and everything that belongs to that playing field.
The overlay team as it is known today was started by me and has since been extended and duplicated. Concepts such as Partner Training Kit (PTK), Subject Matter Experts (SME) and the dialogue between the field and HQ has been improved over the years and today is a strong supportive force.
I like to create the team based on honesty, a clear expectation of what is expected and a drive for excellence. I'm terrible at losing and it takes a lot before I give up. Anyone in my team gets the trust and confidence they can be great(er). My job is to coach that process.

I'm known to deliver presentations on any topic to any audience. Story telling and understanding what is truly important for the one listening is key.

Competencies include: Firewall and access control, IPS and more advanced threat prevention, cloud computing, data security, endpoint security, networking and much more

Michael D. Tumusiime (Solution Engineer Team Leader, East Africa, at Check Point Software Technologies)

Michael D. Tumusiime

Solution Engineer Team Leader, East Africa, at Check Point Software Technologies

Michael Tumusiime is a recognized industry security professional with more than 20 years’ experience in various security consulting roles across Africa, he leads the security engineers in East and French North Africa and is a security evangelist for Check Point with the office of the CTO. Michael is widely regarded as a respected authority on information security. In Check Point he works closely with all the Check Point partners and customers to advise and support the sales consultants during the presales cycle. Prior to joining Check Point, Michael worked at PricewaterhouseCoopers, AIG, MTN, Electricity Regulatory Authority, in various roles including consulting, security policy development, penetration testing and network and security management, security software development lifecycle and business continuity and many more.

Michael earned his Bachelor’s degree in 2001 and since then he has been in IT industry specializing in software development and Information security. Over the years Michael has gotten several security, cloud and network certifications from ISC2, Cisco, Comptia, Microsoft, ITIL, Check Point, and Core Impact.

Diana Waithanji (CyberSecurity Enginee at Consultant.)

Diana Waithanji

CyberSecurity Enginee at Consultant.
Esther Wambugu - Obado (Africa Lead: SAP S4Hana & RISE Program at SAP Africa)

Esther Wambugu - Obado

Africa Lead: SAP S4Hana & RISE Program at SAP Africa

Esther Wambugu-Obado is an experienced business-technology advisor with more than 13 years of track record . Currently the Africa lead for SAP S/4Hana at SAP Africa ,focused on helping organizations digitize their business operations. She has held multiple roles in telco, banking and technology both at consulting, software development and leadership roles, she prides herself in helping brands across Africa thrive through technology inclusion.

She is a true woman in tech with a bachelors in computer science and currently pursuing her masters in artificial intelligence. She is a mentor in the Girls boardroom program which seeks to mentor young girls in STEM .

Her career has been driven by passion to do what’s right (“purpose”), the drive to exceed expectations (“performance”) and the love for what technology can do