Ken Njoroge currently serves as the group’s Chief Executive for Cellulant. The journey started with the unlikely meeting of him and Bolaji Akinboro with their subsequent dinner spawning the original business model for Cellulant on a table napkin. Cellulant is now in 8 countries, serving 12 banks, 34 merchants and has touched the lives of over 4 million customers.
Stephen Musoke Senkomago’s is currently the Project Manager at Thoughtworks. He is a self-taught software engineer, IT Business analyst and IT Project Manager with over 10 years’ experience in design, development and delivery of custom web based software solutions to customers in government, finance and agriculture sectors. He is passionate about making sense out of data and leveraging mobile technologies to improve efficiency and service delivery using “tried and tested solutions” to solve old problems in new and innovative ways.
Nicola joined Facebook in January 2012. Based in London, he looks after Facebook growth strategy and mobile partnership for Africa. Prior to joining Facebook, Nicola worked for the GSMA Development Fund. Based in Uganda, he managed the rural connectivity and Green Power for Mobile initiatives. Nicola also worked for Accenture within the Communication and High Technology division in Italy and Germany. Nicola holds a MSc in Telecommunication Engineering from the University of Pisa and earned an MBA with distinction at Cambridge Judge Business School, where he was a Sainsbury Scholar.
Isis Nyong’o Madison has spent the last decade pursuing her life’s passion in bringing innovative and fresh ideas to Africa in media & tech. As a pioneer on the founding Africa teams of Google, MTV & InMobi he’s made a mark scaling media and digital businesses across the continent.
Ed Simnett is the CEO of Delivr, a real-world analytics and QR code company. After founding a messaging company (ePostings) and working in the VoIP space, Ed spent six years at Microsoft, launching the first version of both Live Communications Server and Communicator, and then extending the reach of the product with web and mobile clients. He has also worked with Nokia, where he was responsible for strategy and business development within the services group, and has served as Chairman of the Pacific Telecom Council Advisory Council from 2007-9. He has degrees from Oxford and Harvard.
Mark Pickens is a Director of Emerging Market Solutions at Visa Inc. He’s based in Kigali, where he is part of the team working on the launch of an interoperable mobile money ecosystem in Rwanda. Mark joined Visa in 2011 with a decade of experience designing financial products geared to reaching unbanked consumers. Prior to Visa, Mark helped design and launch CGAP’s Technology Program which was one of the earliest socially-motivated investors at the nexus of electronic delivery channels and financial services for unbanked consumers. Pickens studied at the Institute of Design at Stanford University and holds a Master’s from Columbia University.
Camilo Tellez-Merchan leads the work in Brazil for the Technology and Business Model Innovation Team. His research area focuses on the use of the digital payments infrastructure in sectors such as energy, water and health. Prior to joining CGAP, he was an analyst for the Mobile Money for the Unbanked (MMU) Programme at the GSM Association in London where he supported mobile network operators in the LAC region as they developed mobile financial services. He holds an MA in international relations and Latin American studies from the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies SAIS, an MSc in information systems and economic development from the London School of Economics and Political Science, and a Diplome International from the Institut d’etudes politiques de Paris – Sciences Po.
Joyce Kyeyune Tonda is a communications consultant, a publisher and entrepreneur. Joyce Tonda’s is the Principal Consultant at The Knowledge Management Company. She has over 10 years of experience in the communications field having worked with not for profits, PR agencies and the private sector offering services such as communications strategy development; advocacy work; conference rapporteuring and newsletter production.She holds a Bachelors Degree in Mass Communication from Makerere University and a Masters in Business, Entrepreneurship and Technology from University of Waterloo-Canada.
Amrote Abdella’s is currently the Director, Venture Capital & Start-ups, Africa Initiatives at Microsoft. He brings in his vast knowledge after working as the Associate Director for Africa at The World Economic Forum, Financial Analyst at The World Bank, Senior Microfinance Program Officer at The Global Hunger Project and Program Associate, Africa/Capital Markets at Grameen Foundation.
Ken Mwenda is the Co-Founder and Managing Director of eMobilis Mobile Technology Training Institute. eMobilis has trained over 700 students in Mobile Application Development and Entrepreneurship. Ken previously worked as a Business Development Manager at Barclays and at Citibank. In 2012 Ken was selected for the US Government sponsored “President’s Young African Leaders” initiative that included an Innovation Summit in Washington and a 2 week professional enrichment program. He holds a BA in Economics from Queen’s University and an MBA from the University of Victoria. He also holds several certificates including one in Business Planning from Strathmore University.
Erik Hersman is an international technology influencer with a keen eye on the impact of web and mobile technology innovation across Africa. Raised in Sudan and Kenya, Erik brings unique energy and insight to the world of technology and innovation – bridging the gap between Africa and Silicon Valley. He has a B.S. in Business Management from Florida State University. As part of the Ushahidi strate egy he has been building the iHub (Nairobi’s innovation hub) since early 2010, a place that has grown to 3000+ Kenyan developers, designers, and entrepreneurs with connections in the corporate, academic and investor sectors.
Vincent van Dugteren, Implementation Team Manager
Vincent van Dugteren studied Business & IT and International Management at Twente University and started his career in Business Development at ING in 2007, where he worked on the launch of various retail banking and insurance greenfields in South East Asia and Eastern Europe. In 2009 he launched a consultancy business focused on emerging markets. Since then Vincent has advised SMEs and Corporates from over 25 countries on international expansion. Early 2012 Vincent relocated to Uganda from where he joined Musoni in April 2012.
- Michael Niyitegeka is currently the facilitator at FranklinCovey Uganda and an Associate Consultant at CEMM Group. He is experienced in Leadership training, Human Resource Management, Organizational Development, ICT Business Integration and IT Strategy Development.He has an MBA in IT management.
Elijah Kitaka is a Business Developer at Google based in Uganda. He is also the founder of True African, a Value Added Services company in Uganda and a 2009 Top 100 SME (KPMG Survey). He holds a BSc. Computer Science degree and is an entrepreneur passionate about developing Africa. He is also a Jazz activist; creator / 8-year presenter of the Jazz Evenings show on Radio One FM90 and co-founder of the annual Jazz Safari.
Seanice is an experienced and highly trained media practitioner with over a span of 10 years and have dealt with start up radio stations on a consultative basis. She is an eloquent and passionate MC and motivational speaker. She has worked with Kabira International in Uganda and freelanced for other major brands like Telecoms and breweries. She has a bachelors in Mass Communication she will be the MC for Pivot East 2013.
James Saaka is the Executive Director of National Information Technology Authority Uganda (NITA-U).
His responsibility is to ensure that NITA-U achieves its mandate: to coordinate,promote and monitor IT development within the context of national, social and economic
development of Uganda.James Saaka graduated from the University of Vladimir Polytechnic Institute, The Soviet Union, with Bachelors in Computer Science in 1988. He obtained a Masters in Computer Science from the same University in 1991.