Joyce-Ann Wainaina is the CEO for Citibank N.A. Kenya and East Africa. In this role, Joyce-Ann has business responsibility for Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda and Zambia, where Citi operates a Corporate and Investment Bank with a balance sheet size of over US$2 Billion and revenue of about US$200 Million.
Joyce-Ann is also responsible for Governance oversight of Citi’s Non-Presence countries in East Africa - Ethiopia, Djibouti, Rwanda and Burundi.
She has an extensive career of over 26 years with Citibank and has held senior positions in East Africa, South Africa and Zambia covering country management, corporate banking, product management, operations and controls. Joyce-Ann joined Citibank in 1990 as an executive trainee / relationship manager.
Joyce-Ann is passionate about developing women in Africa; Co-designed a mentoring program for senior women in Citibank across Africa (Sapphire Leadership programme); Founding trustee of the JB Wanjui Education Trust focused on providing grants to girls in university in Kenya; Mentor with the Global Give Back Circle (GGBC) focused on disadvantaged girls.
Joyce-Ann holds B.S Finance from Duquesne University Pittsburgh, USA and M.S Financial Economics, University of London (SOAS).
Carole Kariuki holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Economics and Sociology from the University of Nairobi and a Masters Degree in Public Administration and International Affairs from Bowling Green State University, Ohio, USA. She has also pursued several professional courses on Public-Private Sector Dialogue, Global Leadership and Private Sector Development among others.
Ms. Kariuki has a wealth of experience in leadership having worked for Barclays Bank of Kenya, Nairobi Chapel and Sagamore Institute for Public Policy Research, Indianapolis – Indiana, where she acted as a liaison between Kenya Private Sector Alliance (KEPSA) and the institute before formally joining KEPSA.
Ms. Kariuki worked for several years at KEPSA before being appointed KEPSA CEO, and is credited for transforming the organization from a little known Business Institution to one of the most influential institutions in Kenya.
KEPSA is the Apex body of the private sector in Kenya, galvanizing the private sector through public-private dialogue and influencing the economic agenda of the country and the region.
Ted is a technology evangelist with a focus on guiding our customers and partners through market transitions and helping them achieve their desired business outcomes. He is currently the Regional Manager, Systems Engineering, Eastern, The Maghreb, West & Central Africa at Cisco, where he leads a team of technical experts in driving busines in excess of $150M across various verticals/degments including Commercial/enterprise, public sector and service provider. He is also the Sponsor/Architecture Leader for Cisco’s Data Center and Cloud business in Africa working closely with various subject matter experts to shape the go-to-market and delivery strategies for internal and external sales teams.
Ted is a graduate of Electrical & Electronics Engineering from the University of Nairobi and has Master’s in Business Administration.
Harry is an Entrepreneur with a passion for technology. ICT Consultant and e-Government Strategist at heart,he has worked with East African Governments in crafting e-Government implementation strategies. Harry has deep knowledge and understanding of the East African ICT landscape having followed it for the last 18 years. He is 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.
He is 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).
He is founder and Director of African eDevelopment Resource Centre. Founded DEMO Africa 2012 to discover innovative startups from Africa and presenting them to the world.
Esther is the National Coordinator of the Export Sector Competitiveness Programme called Netherlands Trust Fund phase III Programme (NTF III), a program funded by the Dutch government and implemented by the International Trade Centre (ITC). NTF III has partnered with ICT Authority and Kenya IT & Outsourcing Services (KITOS) as the trade support institutions with the aims of enhancing the export competitiveness of the Information Technology (IT) and IT enabled services (ITES) industry in Kenya.
Esther is the Executive Director of eMentoring Africa and an ICT for Development consultant. She has consulted for national, regional and international organizations including: International Trade Center (ITC), Geneva; National Environmental Management Authority (NEMA); Konza ICT Park (through IFC); Kenya ICT Authority, USAID, USDA, UN-FAO among others. She is in the board of the Kenya Information Technology and Services (KITOS) and sits in the Advisory Board of the Presidential Digital Talent Program (PDTP) where oversees the mentorship program. Prior to consulting, she worked for 18 years with USAID/East Africa as a Regional ICT Specialist. She is a Fellow with the Rockefeller Foundation Global Fellowship Program on Social Innovation, and holds an MBA and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Information Systems and Technology from USIU.
At Huawei since 2014, Adam is currently responsible for working with governments, intergovernmental organizations, NGOs, the media and other stakeholders with a focus on the Kenya and East Africa region. Adam helps these groups understand how to use ICT for Development in their strategies, policies and programs; as well as developing partnerships and cross-sector collaboration.
Previously, Adam was based in Huawei’s HQ as a Director for Corporate Sustainable Development responsible for Huawei’s global flagship project to bridge the digital divide as well as thought leadership on the digital divide. In 2015 Adam published Huawei’s white paper on Digital Enablement summarizing the challenges and solutions to bridging the digital divide. He then set-up a new digital divide project related to e-health in Kenya building on the findings from this white paper.Prior to Huawei, Adam worked for Business for Social Responsibility for more than 6 years based in Beijing. He worked with both multinational and domestic companies, NGOs and foundations on sustainability strategy, stakeholder engagement and strategic philanthropy initiatives.Before BSR, Adam was based in Xi’an where he established Plan International’s Corporate Partnerships function in China working with corporate partners such as Nokia, Accor, and Hilton on poverty alleviation programs in rural China.
Sailesh has expended a great deal of energy in driving CompuLynx from a single-office, 2-man upstart to its current 150-staff international status with over 400 customers in over 30 countries around the world. The energiser behind CompuLynx has been in the IT industry for over 20 years, starting as a programmer to the techpreneur that he is now. Sailesh has played strategic roles in the development and deployment of end-to-end solutions in domains that include Retail and Customer Loyalty, Identity Management and ERP.He is a pioneer and a visionary who has spearheaded revolutionary technological innovations that include innovative application for POS in Retail, application of smart cards in wild life park access & payments, smart card-based Customer Loyalty programs, and application of biometric technology to replace passwords in retail applications. Always in pursuit of the companys purpose Solve real business problems in a Smarter Way, Saileshs resourcefulness and usefulness can best be attested by the fact that he has been a board member of several enterprises including Nakumatt Supermarkets, EAN Kenya (the pioneering bar-coding in Kenya), and Entrepreneurs Organisation East Africa. He is also a member of Smart Cards and Biometrics Technical Committee of the Kenya Bureau of Standards.
John Barorot is Telkom Kenya’s Chief Technology Officer. John has over 20 years’ experience in the ICT and Telecommunications industry having served at senior management positions in Safaricom, Airtel Kenya and Telkom Kenya.
While at Safaricom he worked for over 10 years rising from the position of Network Maintenance Manager to becoming its Chief Technical Officer. He is credited with spearheading the successful development of the overall operation and planning of Safaricom’s cellular network rollout, network quality improvement and Information Technology. He was also in-charge of the financial planning and technology strategy formulation for: Planning and Engineering, Network Implementation, Network Maintenance, Information Technology, Billing and Technical support and Network Quality.
While at Airtel Kenya and Telkom Kenya, John served as the Technical Director and an assistant Manager respectively. John is a recipient of the Presidential Award of the Moran of the Burning Spear (MBS), in 2011, for his contribution towards the ICT sector in Kenya. He holds an MBA in Strategic Management from Moi University, Kenya and a Bachelor of Technology in Electrical and Communications from the same institution.
Since 2013 when he joined the Foundation’s Africa office in Nairobi, Mamadou Biteye has overseen the Foundation’s work across Africa, which includes initiatives such as Digital Jobs Africa, Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA), YieldWise which is the Foundation’s flagship agriculture initiative in Africa, among others such as Transforming Health Systems and Informal Workers’ Health.
Biteye has decades’ experience in development, with expertise in strategic leadership, program development and implementation, public policy and advocacy, and community participatory development. In 2015 he was awarded an honorary Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire, OBE, and is a member of the World Economic Forum Futures Council on Food Security and Agriculture.
Biteye is an agricultural economist by training, with Master’s degrees in Agricultural Economics from Ohio State University Biteye and The Crimean Agricultural Institute in the Ukraine. He speaks English, French, Russian, Portuguese and Wolof.
Laura Mburu is the CEO of Unisol Communications Ltd, which was founded in 2010 to offer smart services in Education, Communications & Security. She is responsible for setting the overall direction and product strategy of the company. Laura attended University of Liverpool & Kenyatta University where she studied International Business Management and Telecommunication respectively. She has also held various senior management positions with Orange, Liquid and Access Kenya.
A Sales management Professional with over 17 years experience, 12 of which have been in the Telecoms industry (Safaricom Limited), having risen from an Account Manager to senior leadership. In addition to in-depth experience in management and leadership, a consistent track record of proven results in terms of revenue growth. Joseph has played a key role in driving innovative solutions for Safaricom Customers; among his many contributions has been the building of the Multinationals line of business over the last two and half years in collaboration with Vodafone Global Enterprise (VGE).
Jacqueline Mebur has over 6 years’ experience in deployment, integration and support of mobile core technologies, IP networks and converged (Unified Communications) Networks.
Currently, she is the Senior Officer for Social Innovation in Safaricom Limited, where she focuses on innovative products that provide solutions in Disaster Management, Diversity & Inclusion, and Utilities.
Jacqueline is also the Program Manager, for The Technology Academy, which is an all-inclusive internship program, which aims to build diversity into the workforce within Safaricom.
Myke is the founder and CEO of Homeboyz Group, East and Central Africa’s largest multimedia entertainment company. Since its inception Homeboyz has expanded its array of services and morphed into an integrated marketing and communications agency affiliated to Publicis Groupe. He is a key player in the marketing, communications and advertising industry, providing key services to some of Kenya’s most prestigious brands, companies and campaigns. Some of signature projects include, the production of Tinga Tinga Tales, an animated TV series in which Homeboyz produced in conjunction with BBC Ceebies and The Disney Channel. He has previously been a board member of several organisations including Vision 2030 committee, Safaricom / TingaTinga Foundation, and the Kenya Rugby Football Union where he was the Chairman. Mr. Rabar is also the founding governor of Capital Club, a business network club that brings together leading Kenyan businessmen. Mr. Rabar holds a BSc Degree, University of Nairobi; an Audio Engineering Diploma, London School of Audio Engineering. He also an alumni of Strathmore Business School- AMP, IESE Spain and Lagos Business School. He is a member of Marketing Society of Kenya (MCSK), the Public Relations Society of Kenya (PRSK), Kenya National Chamber of Commerce (KNCCI), Media Owners Association (MOA) Pan African Music Awards Secretariat and Professional Light Sound Association (UK) and British Council professional Development Centre. In 2012, he received the prestigious Head of State Commendation, awarded by the Government of Kenya in recognition of his outstanding services provided to the youth sports, entertainment and entrepreneurship. He has variously partnered with Microsoft and Rockefeller Foundation to run youth empowerment projects such as Y-Hub, TukoWorks and NikoJob.
Teresa Mbagaya holds a bachelor’s degree from Yale University. In 2015, she was listed as "30 Most Promising Young Entrepreneurs in Africa" by Forbes; distinguished among 4 honorees as Africa’s “Young Person of the Year” by the Future Africa Project, Africa’s largest youth awards entity; and an inductee to the African Leadership Network, a community of leaders crafting the future for Africa.
She has previously worked at Google Inc. and Econet Wireless. As the Education Lead for Econet Education, Teresa launched 3 education services in Zimbabwe including Econet Zero which enables zero-rated access to 50+ education websites including Coursera, EdX, Wikipedia, Codecademy to 5M users; a global first for any Mobile Network Operator in scale.
In 2015, Teresa joined Microsoft as the Education Lead for East and Southern Africa. In this role, she is responsible for national education engagements aimed at holistic digital transformation impacting millions of learners in the region.
Passionate about service, Teresa co-founded the Bidii Children Foundation, a non-profit that funds tuition for girls in Bungoma, Kenya. She serves as an advisory member on the Global Education Platform, under the UN Special Envoy for Global Education, and previously served on the board of Zimbabwe’s Muzinda Incubation Hub.
Bettirose is a Graduate Cloud Consultant at Oracle Kenya working with the Cloud Architects team responsible for providing presales technical / functional support to prospective clients as well as design, validate, and present Oracle software solutions to include advanced product concepts. She is passionate about innovation and entrepreneurship was involved in the planning of Oracle Developers’ Day that saw over a hundred developers from all over Africa converge in Kenya and get hands-on-skills on the Oracle Cloud offerings.
In team of five, she participated in the first ever AngelHack hackathon in Africa and emerged winners with their garbage reporting app for Nairobi, Report Taka. AngelHack further enrolled the team on their HACKcelerator program and Report Taka got to be among the 14 teams out of 46 teams globally in the Program that got an invitation to Silicon Valley. It was the only team from Africa and on behalf of her team, she pitched during Global Demo Day organized by Angel Hack in San Francisco, U.S.A. (Silicon Valley).
During her free time, she volunteers with organizations such as Equity Group Foundation and Akirachix where she mentors girls and helps organize Tech events.
Eng. Martin Obuya is the President and Chairman of Internet Society Kenya Chapter. He is Founder and Chairman of LiJoMe Group Incorporation. He is the Projects Director and Chief Expansion Strategist for DEMO Africa. He is a Member of the Technical Committees of International Telecommunications Union (ITU), African Telecommunications Union (ATU), Forum of International Independent Association (FIINA) and Southern African Telecommunications Association (SATA).
He is an Advisor for Euro Africa ICT, TechSoup Global, BusinessCom Networks and Xprize. He is a Board Member of Tech Executive Council, Pro Sports East Africa, Konfidants, Drones Systems East Africa and Aero Dimensions Africa. He has been a Judge/Chief Judge in various Hackathons held locally, regionally and internationally during the past nine years.
Tonya Nyakeya is a program management and client engagement specialist with experience from both public and private sector with a concentration in ICT for government transformation and societal development.
The central function of all the positions she has held, have possessed an ardent emphasis on a citizen-led agenda; working within multi-institution arrangements; the delivery of programs on time and within budget; and the delivery of tangible and measurable results.
Tonya is an avid innovation and technology enthusiast and is keenly pursuing her moral bucket list.
Francis is a tech evangelist and a social entrepreneur. He is currently the SingularityU Global Impact Challenge East Africa Lead. He has worked in both public and private sector on several startups and innovation support programs/initiatives including DEMO Africa, Presidential Digitalent Program, Connected ICT Innovation Awards, inaugural Kenya National Innovation Forum and the Global Entrepreneurship Summit in 2015.
Francis holds an MBA in Global Business Sustainability and undergraduate degree in Computer Technology.
Margaret is the Director, Business Development at BSEA responsible for business development, performance software and management of BSEA’s corporate brand.
She has over 10 years of experience in sales and marketing in the motor industry, specifically in the luxury vehicle segment.
Margaret holds an MBA in International Business from the University of Nairobi and a Bachelor of Education degree from Kenyatta University.
Jessy M. Kiveu is the Head of public sector, Enterprise Division at Telkom Kenya with 11 years experience in Telecommunication and ICT sector. He is responsible for providing strategic thought leadership to a team that contributes in growing and retaining revenues in the Public sector environment by designing and executing growth-oriented sales penetration and customer relationship strategies.
He holds a Bachelor of Science (Bsc) degree in Telecommunication and Information Technology from Kenyatta University and is currently pursuing a Master of Science (Msc) degree in ICT Policy and Regulation at Jomo Kenyatta University of Science and Technology. He is also a Certified Information Systems Auditor-CISA and Certified Project Manager Professional - PMP