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Prof. Bitange Ndemo (Professor of Entrepreneurship at University of Nairobi)

Prof. Bitange Ndemo

Professor of Entrepreneurship at University of Nairobi

Bitange Ndemo a Professor of Entrepreneurship at the University of Nairobi’s Business School. His research centres on the link between ICTs and small and medium enterprises with emphasis on how ICTs influence economic development in Africa. Prof. Ndemo is the Chairman of Kenya’s Distributed Ledgers and Artificial Intelligence Taskforce that will develop a road map for the country’s digital transformation. He is also an advisor and Board member to several organizations including Safaricom one of the leading telecommunication company in Africa, Mpesa Foundation, Research ICT Africa that is based in South Africa. Besides having been a Permanent Secretary of Kenya’s Ministry of Information and Communication where he was credited with facilitating many transformative ICT projects, he is a Senior Advisor to UN’s Global Pulse (Big Data initiatives) and the UNCDF’s Better than Cash Alliance. He is an Open Data/Big Data evangelist and dedicated to simplification (visualization) of data for ordinary citizens to consume. He writes two columns every week for the Business Daily and Nation on-line.

Ali Hussein (Chairman at KICTANet)

Ali Hussein

Chairman at KICTANet

C-Level Executive with extensive experience in Strategy, Marketing, New Media, Business Development, Start ups and turn around situations.

Board level experience in both For-Profit and Not-For-Profit Organisations.

I like to spend part of my time (about 10%) engaging with IT policy at both the Global and local level. I am a regular commenter on Internet Freedom and Net Neutrality.

I also spare time to mentor young Techpreneurs around the Tech Start Up belt - #OffNgongRoad - in Nairobi, Kenya.

Specialties: Corporate Strategy, Digital Marketing, Business Development, Strategic Marketing, Sales Management, Corporate Development, CRM, Strategic Management, General Management, New Media, Internet Policy, Enterprise Marketing Management

Hon. William Kisang' (Chairman National Assembly at ICT Committee)

Hon. William Kisang'

Chairman National Assembly at ICT Committee
Prof. Sylvia Kang’ara (Founder & Former Dean, Riara Law School & Visiting Professor of Riara University)

Prof. Sylvia Kang’ara

Founder & Former Dean, Riara Law School & Visiting Professor of Riara University
Joel Karubiu (CEO of KENIC)

Joel Karubiu

CEO of KENIC

I strive to excel in an enabling environment where

I am an instigator of innovation
I consistently monetize opportunities
I plan diligently and execute relentlessly

I have unwavering determination to bring product to market by keeping up with cutting edge technologies.

I offer selfless and ethical leadership, being an influencer and agent of positive change

Astute marketer with experience in service and product marketing, as well as enormous interest in sports marketing and country branding.

Wide experience in new product development, product launches, route to market executions.

Excellent brand custodian

Specialties: Sports marketing, organizational and country branding, brand custodian, rebranding, and intellectual banter on marketing and proposal analysis.

Karimi Ruria (Senior legal council at Safaricom PLC)

Karimi Ruria

Senior legal council at Safaricom PLC
Dr. Kate Getao (CEO of ICT Authority, Kenya)

Dr. Kate Getao

CEO of ICT Authority, Kenya

Until her appointment, Dr. Getao served as the ICT Secretary at the Ministry of ICT. She has also held other senior appointments in government such as ICT Secretary, e-Government at the Presidency and also served in the United Nations as a member of the Group of Governmental Experts on Security in the context of ICT.

Among the key contributions Dr. Getao has brought to the government is spearheading the Huduma Kenya Initiative that has brought a raft of government services close to the citizens and has made public service delivery accessible and efficient.

In addition, as ICT Secretary, Dr. Getao spearheaded efforts that saw government integrate the ICT into Public Service delivery and the realization of Vision 2030.Those efforts transformed access of government services by citizens especially in the rural areas.

Dr. Getao played a critical role during the formation of the ICT Authority in 2013 where she provided expert advice on the strategic planning, a role which saw three entities merge into one Authority in a seamless transition process.

Dr. Getao brings to this office immense experience as a researcher, policy maker, expertise in ICT for education, project management in an ICT environment, among others. She holds a B.SC (Hons) in Combined Sciences (Chemistry & Computer Studies) from the University of Brighton, U.K; an M.SC in Intelligent Knowledge-based Systems from the University of Essex and a Ph.D. in Computing from Lancaster University, U.K.

Dr. Getao takes over from Mr. John Sergon, EBS who is retiring from the Public Service after a long and distinguished career, most of it in the ICT sector.

Paul Kiage (Assistant Director, USAC of Communications Authority of Kenya)

Paul Kiage

Assistant Director, USAC of Communications Authority of Kenya
Grace Bomu (Research Fellow at Strathmore University  CIPIT)

Grace Bomu

Research Fellow at Strathmore University CIPIT
Barrack Otieno (Member Board of Trustees at KICTANet)

Barrack Otieno

Member Board of Trustees at KICTANet
Rosemary Kimwatu (Public Policy Manager at Safaricom PLC)

Rosemary Kimwatu

Public Policy Manager at Safaricom PLC
Robin Njiru (Business Lead,  East Africa at AWS)

Robin Njiru

Business Lead, East Africa at AWS

I’m an accomplished and tenured business leader with 15+ years of experience in Strategic operations and Business Development. I have a strong understanding of Technology solutions and their alignment with client business needs. I’m an expert at influencing change by analyzing business needs, negotiating deals and building effective relationships. I have a reputation for meeting organizational objectives, developing repeatedly successful teams and exceeding productivity and revenue goals while identifying and mitigating possible risks or issues that may sidetrack success.

Most recently, as a Regional Sales Director, I was charged with transforming and growing revenue realization and operational processes to maximize performance. I leveraged industry expertise to improve market performance, thereby ensuring sustainable organizational growth . As a senior leader I am focused on understanding business needs and expectations, providing effective solutions and utilizing cross-functional collaboration to drive team engagement in order to execute a clear vision to achieve organizational objectives.

Colleagues know me as a highly creative & analytical provider of solutions who can always be trusted to come up with out of the box approaches. But I know that stakeholder expectations are a priority, and I use a collaborative approach to develop solutions together. I spend time understanding business and team needs before conceptualizing, suggesting & rolling out these ideas.

John Walubengo (Lecturer at Multimedia University, Kenya)

John Walubengo

Lecturer at Multimedia University, Kenya
Diana Gichengo (Programme Manager - Political Pluralism at Kenya Human Rights Commission)

Diana Gichengo

Programme Manager - Political Pluralism at Kenya Human Rights Commission
Grace Githaiga (Convenor at KICTANet)

Grace Githaiga

Convenor at KICTANet
Keith Andere (Director of Programmes at African Youth Commission)

Keith Andere

Director of Programmes at African Youth Commission
Col. Evans Ombati (National Command cyber centre)

Col. Evans Ombati

National Command cyber centre