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Abdihakim Ainte
Abdihakim Ainte Co-founder iRise Hub Abdihakim Ainte is co-founder iRise Hub, Somali’s first innovation and technology Hub in Mogadishu. Prior to launching this venture, he was advising to Somali government and development agencies as well as private firms operating in Somalia.  He’s currently a social entrepreneur with interest in the intersectionality between development and technology....
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Rahim Mngwaya
Rahim Mngwaya Community & Comms Manager Buni Rahim works at Buni Innovation Hub as a Community and Communications Manager.  He is a founder of Colifly, a company that makes drones used deliver life saving medical drugs as well as vaccines to rural Tanzania. Rahim has worked as a worldbank consultant under the project Refab Dar...
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Kojo Boakye
Kojo Boakye Africa Public Policy Manager Facebook Kojo Boakye is the Africa Public Policy Manager, Access and Connectivity for Facebook. He’s an experienced ICT for Development Practitioner, with more than 10 years’ experience working with governments, fixed-line and mobile operators, development partners, online service providers, content developers and civil society organisations. Before joining Facebook, he...
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Chidi Afulezi
Chidi Afulezi Co-Founder aKoma Chidi Afulezi's mission is simple - Inform. Educate. Entertain. And tackle big problems. He is a product guy and digital insurgent, with a day job of co-founder of aKoma Media, a content and storytelling platform for Africa focused content creators and audiences. This includes Amplify, a paid fellowship program for African...
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Zain Verjee
Zain Verjee Co-founder & CEO aKoma Zain Verjee is one of the world’s most respected and recognized journalists, with 14 years of experience at CNN as an anchor, reporter and profound interviewer. Her passion for Africa has led her to create aKoma, Africa’s premier digital storytelling platform.  aKoma wants to capture the diverse and creative...
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George Ndirangu
George Ndirangu Presenter CNBC Africa George Ndirangu is currently a Presenter and Senior Producer at CNBC Africa, Africa’s most powerful multi-platform business media brand. He is a Bsc. Actuarial Science holder, and a renowned journalist passionate about finance and ICT. George has conducted interviews from across the world, recent ones being with 8 Heads of...
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Kamal Bhattacharya
Kamal Bhattacharya Chief Innovation Officer Safaricom Dr. Kamal Bhattacharya is currently Chief Innovation Officer at Safaricom, responsible for Safaricom's newly established Innovation unit. He has been working in R&D over the last two decades, and has spent the majority of his career at IBM Research. During his time in Kenya he has setup IBM Research...
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Wambui Kinya
Wambui Kinya CSO Andela  Wambui Kinya is Chief Strategy Officer at Andela, a company that recruits the most talented software engineers on the African continent and pairs them with global tech companies as full-time, distributed team members. Founded on the premise that brilliance is evenly distributed but opportunity is not, Andela has built one of...
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Elizabeth Rossiello
Elizabeth Rossiello CEO BitPesa Elizabeth Rossiello co-founded BitPesa Ltd. in 2014 and serves as its Chief Executive Officer. Elizabeth has worked in Kenya as a Microfinance Analyst and Investment Associate since 2009. She is an expert in East African financial product development and establishing best practices in risk, governance and IT for local banks. Prior...
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Chinasa Udeala
Chinasa Udeala Managing Director Songa by Safaricom Chinasa Udeala is the General Manager at Songa by Safaricom a music streaming service partnership between Safaricom and Radio Africa Group based in Kenya.  Before Songa by Safaricom, Chinasa was previously Regional Director East Africa for Techno Mobile's Boomplay Music application where he successfully set up the services Kenya...
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