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Kenfield Griffith (Co-Founder & CEO of Ajua)

Kenfield Griffith

Co-Founder & CEO of Ajua
Michael Onyango (AI Task Force at Kenya)

Michael Onyango

AI Task Force at Kenya

National Consultant - Design and Supporting United Nations-SDG Innovation Lab in Kenya - DL(Blockchain) & Artificial Intelligence, Taskforce - Ministry of ICT, Government of Kenya https://ict.go.ke/blockchain/ Public affairs, policy and ICT, worked accross Africa. 2015 - 2017, County Minister Kisumu Govt. - Comms, Info & Tech. Thoughtleader, covered 38 countries around the world talks and insights. Contact: monyango@africamail.com Government Relations, Goverment Affairs, public affairs and regulatory communications for Sub Saharan Africa.
Demonstrated track record of building strong working relationships with leaders in the public, private and non-governmental sectors.
Expertise in leading crisis communication response, anticipating emerging issues and developing viable solutions.

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Connecting African generation to first-class, global opportunities (scholarships, trainings, fellowships, grants, internships, funding, jobs), conducting practical soft skills trainings that fulfill the void of school learning – life’s soft skills, ensuring that Africa’s economic agenda now and in the future, is owned, in the hands and leadership of Africans.

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Strategic communications consultant.
Each client always a journey and some of my best friends/networth
now, were clients at one point.

Clients vary diverse; public/private sector, governments,
NGO’s. 95% of my clients are in Africa and at times
some from other global regions, about 5%.

Formal academic background is in the Sciences,
combined with my work history within the communication
and creative industries since 1994.

I have and continue to in various capacities informing
and leading key regional and country initiatives.

Jaine Mwai (CIO at Standard Chartered Bank)

Jaine Mwai

CIO at Standard Chartered Bank

Jaine Mwai is a dedicated and committed professional with over 22 years of experience working in Technology. She has worked in the Bank for 20 years in various roles with experience gained working in and with other countries across Africa. She has deep experience in project planning and execution, leading multi-functional and multi-cultural teams to exceed objectives Prior to this appointment she was the Country Technology Manager, Kenya & East Africa Head of Program and Change Management. Jaine holds a Graduate Diploma in Accounting from Mc Gill University and BA in Economics from University of Guelph. She is also a Graduate of the Female Future Leadership Development Program by Federation of Kenya Employers (FKE).

Moses Kemibaro (CEO of DotSavvy)

Moses Kemibaro

CEO of DotSavvy

I am a digital marketing professional based in Nairobi, Kenya. I have over 15 years of experience in digital marketing strategy, creative design, business apps, technology integration, digital marketing, social media and mobile (web, marketing & apps).

I have worked at leading Pan-African Internet companies such as Africa Online, 3mice interactive media, Kenyaweb and Dotsavvy, a cutting edge digital business agency that I founded in 2002 and maintain an interest in to-date as the CEO.

In 2010, I took on the challenge setting up Dealfish East Africa (Now OLX Kenya) in the capacity of Regional Manager for Naspers and succeeded with my amazing team in making it the leading online classifieds web site in Kenya and Uganda on both mobile and desktop.

In early 2012, I joined InMobi in the capacity of Sales Director for Africa where I drove the Africa sales strategy and go-to-market plans including revenue targets, quarterly goals, and strategic objectives, as well as overall budget and resource allocation in Kenya, Ghana, Egypt and Nigeria.

In early 2014, I joined the Perform Group as their Commercial Manager for East Africa. The Perform Group is one of the world’s leading sports media concerns that owns and operates premium digital sports media properties such as Goal.com and also delivers multichannel sports content to media businesses and other sectors.

I am an award-winning TechBlogger via this blog where I rant and rave about all things digital in Kenya and Africa. I regularly speak at major technology and marketing events throughout Africa. I contribute to media often on a broad range of technology and digital marketing topics within an African context.

If you need to reach me for any reason, whether its to ask questions, engage me for a conference or workshop, or require my relevant insights, please drop me an email on moses@moseskemibaro.com or reach me on twitter at @moseskemibaro and I promise to respond as soon as possible.

Dr. Toseef Din (CEO of MP Shah)

Dr. Toseef Din

CEO of MP Shah

She is an accomplished,management professional with extensive experience of over 19 years, in finance, 10 years of which are in healthcare in management at the M P Shah hospital that offers the highest quality professional healthcare.
She attended basic primary and secondary education in Nairobi.
Under her leadership she has realized many projects which include the:
 New pediatric unit
 Kidney transplant program
 Diabetes care Centre
 Launch of the new village medical Centre
 Cancer programs and the cochlear implants in Kenya
 Digital marketing platforms in the COVID-19 era
She is Fellow of the Association of the chartered certified accountants,UK (ACCA)
A member of Institute of Chartered public accountants in Kenya (ICPAK)
Holds a Bachelor’s degree in applied accounting from Oxford Brookes University, UK ( BSc
Applied Accounting)
Attained a Masters with distinction in financial management from Heriot Watt University
Edinburgh ( MSc Financial Management)
Managing Healthcare business, Strathmore business school
Executive Coach and And is Certified Kaizen practitioner

Role in Mentoring and Developing Women Leaders
• She is a firm believer of equal opportunity for any gender based on ability, qualification
and performance and believes that a woman’s voice needs to be heard and is no longer
an invisible entity.
• She strongly believes that adding women in leadership and decision making positions
enhances the efficiency and operations of the organization
• The senior management of the M P Shah hospital comprises 80% women of high caliber
fitting this description.
• She has always kept her doors open to juniors and peers and advised them on
continuous professional development and growth pathways, leading to the promotion
of many women within the hospital.
• Has mentored and supervised students preparing for BSc in Applied Accounting

Peter Kahiigi (Cybersecurity Specialist, Global Cybersecurity Capacity Center (GCSCC) at University of Oxford)

Peter Kahiigi

Cybersecurity Specialist, Global Cybersecurity Capacity Center (GCSCC) at University of Oxford

Peter Kahiigi is a Digital Transformation expert.
With over 20 years’ experience in the delivery of complex, secure, successful IT projects and enterprise risk management, he is part of the panel of eminent experts at the Global Centre for Cyber Security, University of Oxford. He is a member of the Executive Committee of the Commonwealth Cybercrime Initiative (CCI), the Information Security Forum (ISF), ISACA and the International Information Systems Security Certification Consortium ((ISC)²)
In light of his achievements, Peter was recognized as the top Chief Information Officer (CIO) in Africa for the year 2008 at the prestigious African Achievers Awards.

Laura Chite (CEO of CIO East Africa)

Laura Chite

CEO of CIO East Africa

Customize marketing activities as per requirements.
Drive customer relationships and improve customer satisfaction
Demand Generation in customer segments and accountable for marketing pipeline and the impact of marketing in these segments.
Own market intelligence in the different countries and industries and feeding back insights
Contribute to the objective of growing market share products.
Sales Review of proposed activity types

Specialties: •Financial:Budgeting/Planning:strategy and methodology for sound event planning.
•Performance analysis:Structuring actuals reporting,budget variance analysis and recovery planning.
•Manage cost drivers and planning tactics to keep flat or reduce to approved budget the cost of reach per head.
Deliver measurement standards for operating efficiencies.
•Analysis of event performance relative to stated objectives,audience reach and effectiveness of messaging and audience demographics.

Carol Koech (Country President at East Africa Schneider Electric)

Carol Koech

Country President at East Africa Schneider Electric

Dynamic, astute, open-minded individual with technical and financial background, good business acumen, commercial awareness, entrepreneurial mindset & strong analytical skills.
An energy and sustainability Enthusiast passionate about energy access and programs to improve lives at the bottom of the pyramid.
Experienced in value selling, Account and channel partner management, economic modelling, developing business in new markets/countries, strategic positioning and execution of strategy.
Proactive and self- driven with ability to work in unfamiliar situations and deliver results in uncertainty
Team player with excellent communication, negotiation and interpersonal skills with ability to interact with people of diverse interests and levels of authority
Skilled in co-ordination, team building, coaching, budgeting and resource allocation

Mbugua Njihia (COO at SafiriExpress)

Mbugua Njihia

COO at SafiriExpress

I am an entrepreneur with over 15 years’ experience in the web and mobile industry, instrumental in the set up and operations of some of the regions inaugural and most visible mobile value added services. Having held key positions, I possess unique insight that marries technology to the market place.

My current role is to drive go to market and service growth at Sure Corporation by nurturing business relationships, closing on key partnerships and most important ... sales!

Companies around the world have successfully deployed web and mobile solutions to increase sales, reduce costs, streamline communications and create competitive advantage. Yet despite their success, these companies represent only a fraction of those that realize the potential of mobile especially in the African context.

However, there remains a lack of expertise in what works and what doesn't and how to apply these advances to achieve business value. I fill in this void by providing business and technology consulting to companies, governments, non-governmental organizations, SME’s and individuals looking to realize the full benefit of technology.

Building on broad industry knowledge, networks and many years of experience designing and implementing “mission-critical” solutions, I leverage my knowledge to deliver measurable business results, reduce implementation risk and achieve project success.

I have consulted for the Government of Kenya with special focus on consolidating efforts to take government services closer to the citizen as well as recommending models to ensure sustainability.

Specialties: Mobile technology strategy, Solution architecture, Business modelling, Partnership building, Custom platform development, User experience evaluation and design, Monetization on mobile, Mobile Value Added Services, Technology consulting and Project management

Anatole Gahongayire (IT Security Manager at RISA)

Anatole Gahongayire

IT Security Manager at RISA

>>From December 2016 today, she works as IT Security Division Manager at Rwanda Development Board (RDB) where she is implementing all National Cyber Security Activities and Strategies as follow;
 Administration of the Division
 Cyber Security Strategy and its implementation
 Coordination of cyber security activities and programs
 Security Governance, Risk and Compliance
 National PKI strategy and its implementation

>>March 2013 to September 2016; PKI Unit Manager at RDB. Established and implemented Public Key Infrastructure (PKI) Project.
>>April 2010 to February 2013; Senior Network Engineer at RDB.
>>September 2008 to March 2010; Network Specialist at Rwanda Information Technology Authority (RITA).
>>October 2004 to September 2008; Head of Technical Services Unit, at Kigali Institute of Science and Technology (KIST) in ICT Center.
>>Bachelor of Science degree in Electromechanical Engineering from KIST in 2004, Master’s Degree in Communications Management at KIST in collaboration with Coventry University, United Kingdom (UK) in 2009. Added Skills from Special Cyber Security Expert Courses
>>Apart from my daily work, she is one of the Techwomen Alumnus- Rwanda and Team leader: With the aim to Inspire, Connect and Innovate” in STEM” for school Girls

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 (www.cio.co.ke) 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

Rose Muturi (CDO at HF)

Rose Muturi

CDO at HF

Rose is a seasoned Commercial and Business Transformation practitioner with 13 years working experience cutting across banking, credit scoring, product development & pricing, digital financial services and technology. She joins us from Tala, where she was an Executive Director, and Regional Manager (East Africa). Prior to this, she was the Country Manager for the Kenya business.

She has previously worked with TransUnion Kenya where she was the Ag. Country Manager, an Executive member of the Board; and Director Products & Strategy. She also worked at Chase Bank as a Pricing and Retail Banking lead in the projects office. At Standard Chartered Bank, she held various roles, including Snr. Relationship Manager – Priority Banking; Business Planning Manager and Business Analyst.

Rose is currently pursuing an Executive MBA from Strathmore University Business School. She holds a BSc. Statistics & Computer Science from JKUAT and a Diploma in Information Technology. She is the current chairperson of the Digital Lenders Association of Kenya (DLAK).

Stanley Chege (GCIO at Jubilee Insurance)

Stanley Chege

GCIO 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.

Imran Chaudhrey (Country Manager at Fortinet)

Imran Chaudhrey

Country Manager at Fortinet

Imran Chaudhrey has a number of years’ experience and expertise in Cloud | Automation | Software | Hardware | Networks and | Security business, This allows him to be well in tune to articulate a complete solution to a wide range of customers while helping them choose technologies that fit their needs and business requirements. Great analytical skills and an ability to understand business situations with a proven ability to develop and initiate business development strategies and discussions with key stakeholders and decision makers across the business. Result oriented with a strong personal drive and great communication skills.

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 https://www.little.bz/app

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

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Martin Mirero

CTO at Ajua
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Anthony Muiyuro

Head of EY at EY
Francis Mwangi (IT Consultant at Kenya)

Francis Mwangi

IT Consultant at Kenya

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.
#RESULTS:
 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

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

Carol Odero (Editor-in-Chief at CIO East Africa)

Carol Odero

Editor-in-Chief at CIO East Africa

Vividly creative. Ambitious. Curious. Dynamic. Versatile.

In the beginning, there was a lawyer who became a business journalist who became a lifestyle journalist who turned into a fashion journalist and ended up as a tech journalist.

How did this happen, I hear you ask. Well, it all started when I was 17... But, that is too far back. Instead, let us go to the day of my swearing-in in 2006. On a day where only I knew that Thursday - swearing-ins for some reason always happened on Thursdays in my time - that come Monday, I would walk into the Nation Media Group newsroom and not the courtroom as someone of my ilk was expected to.

As my peers started their legal careers, I went all the way to the bottom of the rung and started out as an intern on the newsdesk. I worked my way to a photo-byline two months in, earned myself another column almost immediately, and by December 2006, I was a full-fledged contributor at Nation writing three weekly columns and immersing myself in both the features and business journalism desk.

A year and then some in, I was courted by True Love EA magazine for a one-on-one with Richard Branson. I took a slight detour into writing for Adam, Kenya's first ever male lifestyle magazine. Here, at the magazine level, maintaining my trio of Nation columns, I thrived.

I must have done something right seeing how I was eventually tapped to run my own magazine. DRUM is regarded as the very first lifestyle magazine in the African continent. My DRUM was an East African off-shoot of the original. A receptacle for prolific, sometimes difficult personalities. I worked with, and led, a remarkably talented team.

I interviewed Nobel Laureates, fashion luminaries, Kenyan politicians and other very formidable humans. There was a fashion magazine involved at some point.

Then, I hit a ceiling. I had been typecast as a fashionista while in fact, I was a journalist who happened to cover the lifestyle, culture cum fashion beat. I felt stuck in this rut. I took a break to reinvent myself. Skirting the edges of journalism with a label that wouldn't quit. Somewhere inside my sabbatical, I got a surprising call. A job offer. To join a tech publication. Of course, I said yes. What is life without unexpected detours? Here we are. At another beginning.

This is a giant leap without even a hint of a safety net in my career as Editor-in-Chief, CIO East Africa. Once again, I am interviewing, meeting and profiling brilliant minds. It appears to be my lot in life. I have made peace with it.

I am a storyteller. And this is my story. What's yours?

Humphrey Odhiambo (Head of Partnerships & Content at CIO East Africa)

Humphrey Odhiambo

Head of Partnerships & Content at CIO East Africa
Caine Wanjau (Group CTO at Twiga Foods)

Caine Wanjau

Group CTO at Twiga Foods

Experienced entrepreneur and technogist with a demonstrated history of working in the computer software and hardware industry. Skilled in managing teams and projects to achieve desired objectives for all stakeholders.