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OUR SPEAKER FACULTY

We’re delighted that at this early stage we have managed to secure the individuals listed below as contributors. As organisation of the event progresses this page will be updated with details of additional industry leaders who will be presenting at this year’s Mobile East Africa conference.

  

Tomi T Ahonen

Consultant

Mr Tomi T Ahonen is a bestselling author of 12 books and a leading consultant in mobile with a global client base from the Fortune 500. Lecturing at Oxford University’s short courses on mobile, Tomi is referenced in over 140 books by his peers. Seen at over 300 conferences speaking in over 60 countries on all six inhabited continents, his cumulative audience has passed 100,000 people. His opinions are quoted in over 400 press articles such as Wall Street Journal, Business Week, the Economist and Financial Times. Forbes measured Tomi as the world’s most influential expert in mobile in 2012.

Tomi Ahonen is an ex-Nokia executive born in Finland who runs a boutique consulting company out of Hong Kong with clients around the world including Axiata, Bank of America, BBC, China Mobile, CNN, Economist, Ericsson, Google, HP, HSBC, IBM, Intel, Kaspersky, LG, Motorola, MTV, MTS, Nokia, NTT DoCoMo, Ogilvy, Orange, BNP Paribas, RIM, Saatchi, Sanoma, SK Telecom, Telefonica, Telegraaf, Telenor, TeliaSonera, Tigo and Vodafone.

A decade ago, Tomi Ahonen headed Nokia’s Global Consulting and oversaw Nokia’s 3G Reserach Centre. Before Nokia, he worked for the carriers/operatorsElisa/Radiolinja and Finnet Group in Finland, and started his technology career at New York City’s first ISP: OCSNY. Mr Ahonen’s  accomplishments include creating the world’s first fixed-mobile service bundle; setting the world record for taking market share from the incumbent; and creating the world’s largest multi-operator billing system. 

Tomi Ahonen serves on the advisory boards of several startups and sits on the editorial board of the Journal of Telecommunications Management.  He is co-founder and co-chair of Forum Oxford. Twittering daily as @tomiahonen, his blog is communities-dominate.blogs.com. Tomi Ahonen has patents in the mobile space and previously served in international telecoms standardization work. He holds an MBA in International Finance from St John’s University in NYC. Tomi’s latest book is ‘The Insider’s Guide to Mobile’ (2011).

  

Samuel Majani

Founder, Ghafla!

Samuel Majani, also known as Mr. Majani, is the founder of the largest blog in Kenya: ghafla.co.ke. Two years before founding Ghafla! he also built the largest lyrics site in Kenya: kenyanlyrics.com.

Ghafla! started after the IPO48 investor event in 2011 where Samuel received 2.5 million shillings from 88mph. Launched in late 2011, Ghafla! experienced phenomenal growth of 3000% in traffic over the next year.

Now with over 1.1 million monthly users, Ghafla! is the biggest blog in Kenya. It is also the 2nd most influential Kenyan media company online, according to Klout.com, and the 4th largest local website, according to Alexa.com and Opera Mini SMW. Mister Majani and Ghafla! are now focused on creating an innovative native advertising business model, following page view growth of 300% to 9.5 million.

  

Girish Dhanakshirur

Master Inventor, STSM, Mobile Notifications & GMU Mobility, IBM

Girish Dhanakshirur is an IBM Master Inventor and Senior Architect, leading IBM Mobile Platform development. During his fifteen years with IBM, Girish has led the development of various WebSphere products, such as WebSphere DataPower, WebSphere Voice Server and others. His IP portfolio includes six issued patents.

Girish has presented at forums including IBM Impact and the Business Agility Conference and has contributed to various external publications. He holds a Masters in Computer Science and an MBA, both from Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton, US.

  

Frank Maina

CEO, Sponge East Africa

Frank serves as the CEO of mobile agency Sponge East Africa. He is a communications planning specialist working with mobile techies, ad agencies and clients. He has served as CEO of media agency PHD and Media Director for media agencies Universal McCann, Media Initiative and Mediaedge:cia. He is also Founder and Co-chair of the Mobile Marketing Association in East Africa and a regular trainer on media and marketing.

Frank has worked in marketing in various roles. He served as head of marketing at Trust Card in 1997 and later joined the advertising industry. He oversaw the media accounts of Coca-Cola, Diageo, and Reckitt Benckiser among various brands he has worked with. Frank has a Bachelor of Commerce in Marketing from the University of Nairobi.

  

Joe Murithi Njeru

Founder & CEO, Zilojo

Joe Njeru is the Chief Executive Officer of Zilojo (http://www.zilojo.com), a digital advertising and marketing company based in Nairobi. Zilojo recently won the 2013 Vodafone appStar Challenge for their app Automs.gs. Joe has handled the digital accounts of the Co-operative Bank, Africa Enterprise Challenge Fund, Deacons and Pernod Ricard, among others.

Joe holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Computer Science from JKUAT and is Google Adwords and Linux Professional Institute Certified. He is also one of the founders of the Linux Professional Association of Kenya. In 2010, he co-founded the gaming start-up Planet Rackus (http://www.planetrackus.com). They just released their second game Ma3Racer 1.5 on the Google Play Store: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.PlanetRackus.Ma3Racer&hl=en.

Joe is an avid fly fisherman and sits on the committee of the Kenya Fly Fishers Club (http://www.kenyaflyfishersclub.com). He is a regular speaker on entrepreneurship, technology and digital marketing.

  

Moses Kioko

Co-Founder, MobiDev Solutions

Moses Kioko is a Co-Founder of MobiDev Solutions, a company that explores and innovates around the use of mobile and mobile technologies to extend and build value for the industry, businesses, organisations, and for social good and transformation. He is responsible for project management and operations at MobiDev Solutions.

Moses often gives talks to university students and aspiring entrepreneurs through the iHub outreach program. He was recently interviewed by American television network PBS concerning the impact and social transformation of mobile technology in the region as we move from standard low-end feature phones to smartphones.

Moses is a web and SMS service developer with a passion to use technology to transform and improve the society. He is a graduate of the m:lab East Africa Mobile application development training program and was a finalist at Pivot East 2013.

  

Veronica Ogeto-Tchoketch

Head of Innovation, Safaricom

Veronica is responsible for building an innovative organisation and driving Safaricom’s innovation agenda. She has over 12 years of experience in telecommunications with a background in innovation, product development, project management, marketing and IT.

Veronica has held Senior Manager – Group Products and Innovation Manager roles in various organisations including Bharti Airtel, Zain Group and Celtel International where her responsibility spanned at any time between 17-24 markets, both in Africa and the Middle East. She holds a Diploma in IT (IMIS, formerly IDPM), a B.Sc. Information Sciences (IT) and an MBA from the University of Nairobi.

Veronica has a passion for helping the youth achieve their full potential by empowering them in business and technology.

  

Laban Okune

Founder, Ma3Route

Founder of Ma3Route, Laban Okune is currently working to establish the product as the go-to transport information provider in developing economies.

His technological achievements include Gigmoo, an industry- focused social networking site, and KEMSA’s Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) system. Laban earned his Bachelor’s of Science in Computer Engineering at Kenyatta University and has invaluable experience building software solutions for the government, private sector, and not-for-profit organizations.

  

Nadeem Juma

Chairman, AIM Group

Nadeem is a serial entrepreneur dedicated to economic and social development. While in university he developed a keen interest in issues related to youth and private sector involvement in Africa’s development and has since focused on projects that add value to the continent and drive new sectors.

Nadeem is the co-founder and Chairman of Dar es Salaam International Academy, a private school focused on providing quality education to the emerging middle class; co-founder and Chairman of E-Fulusi Africa, an R&D company that developed and deployed the first mobile banking platform in Tanzania; and co-founder and Chairman of AIM Group, the first New Media Agency based in Tanzania.

In addition, Nadeem serves on the boards of various organizations at the cutting edge of technology and service delivery in Africa.

Stephen Musoke

General Manager, ThoughtWorks Uganda

Stephen leads the ThoughtWorks Uganda office. He is a self-taught software engineer with over 15 years experience in design, development and delivery of custom software solutions to customers in government, finance and agriculture sectors. Stephen is passionate about leveraging mobile technologies to improve efficiency and service delivery using “tried and tested solutions” to solve old problems in new and innovative ways.

Prior to ThoughtWorks Stephen worked with a non-profit to develop and build sustainable models, where farm and crop management tools and financial services are “bundled” in affordable, unified platforms delivered via mobile phone channels to promote commercially viable mass uptake by small holder farmers.

  

Algy Williams

CEO, Every1Mobile

Algy co-founded Every1Mobile in 2010. He’s fascinated by the prospect of building a successful business around the delivery of large scale and measurable social impact using mobile phones.

Algy specialises in technology and creative business start-ups. He has been involved in airships, graphic design, special effects for film and television, themed entertainment, video game development and now mobile social networks in sub-Saharan Africa. In 1999 Algy founded Babel Media, building it from three staff to an international organisation with offices in the UK, US, Canada and India and 400 FTE employees. Babel’s clients include the world’s top 20 games publishers. In June 2008 the company was sold to Delhi-based Quatrro BPO Solutions, backed by the DE Shaw Group, a New York hedge fund.

  

Nick Miller

Managing Director, Jumia Kenya

Nicholas has been the Managing Director at Jumia Kenya since the site was launched almost 4 months ago. Before joining Jumia Kenya, he worked as the Buying Managing Director at Zalora Vietnam. Prior to joining Rocket Internet, Nick worked for P&G in the UK and graduated from Edinburgh University, Scotland. Nicholas loves to travel, as well as watching and playing sports.

“Working at Jumia Kenya has been a wonderful roller-coaster, from our humble beginnings borrowing office space from Hellofood and an official headcount of two, to our now much larger office with 500sqm warehouse and over 40 employees. Since starting at Jumia Kenya I have helped build the team, find our office, set the overall direction, negotiate with suppliers and much more. Every day is a new challenge, and knowing you are bringing e-commerce to a new market and changing the habits of many by providing superior service makes the challenge very exciting.”

  

Tim Legg

Group CEO, Ole! Media Group

Group CEO of Ole! Media Group and Managing Director of TEAMtalk.media, Tim Legg has a pragmatic approach to new media and digital communications. He is a firm believer in the message of the campaign dictating the medium and not the other way around. Having said that, he acknowledges that digital channels are changing the way in which people communicate although the core purpose remains ‘communication’ not ‘digitisation’. Digital is therefore a means to an end and not an end in itself.

Tim thrives on growing companies into successful commercial entities offering true value to clients and consumers alike. Self-effacing, Legg has an industry-acknowledged and respected background in telecommunications consulting which he brings to bear at the Ole! Media Group. He is excited about the developments in the digital and mobile media ecosystem across the African continent and sees huge opportunities for operators in this space in terms of economic and information growth. His people-centric approach and talent for creating productive, happy working environments combine with his business savvy to make him a real champion of digital business success stories.

  

Stone Atwine

Co-Founder & CEO, RedCore Interactive

Stone Atwine is the CEO of RedCore Interactive, the company that developed http://remit.ug – an online international mobile money transfer platform. He is experienced in building technology based financial services businesses in Africa.

  

Mark Kaigwa

Principal, Nendo Ventures

Mark is a web marketing consultant based in Nairobi, Kenya. As a creative consultant and strategist he’s done award-winning work for international clients such as Warner Bros. Interactive, Nokia and Media Focus on Africa. He writes on emerging market innovation and technology perspectives at www.mark.co.ke.

Mark has been described as one of East Africa’s leading independent digital thinkers and is frequently sought by local and international media to discuss technology and social media in the region. His speaking engagements have seen him work with Nomadic Marketing at the University of Cape Town Graduate School of Business, Ogilvy Kenya and IRIN News, among others Pan African clients.

  

Simon Kaheru

Chairman, ICT Association of Uganda

Simon is an enthusiastic Ugandan communicator who loves writing, new age media technologies and their uses, his country and his family (definitely NOT in that order). He is also a reporter with suomiafrica.org and a columnist with Sunday Vision, Uganda’s leading newspaper. He works with SMS Media, a new age media firm in Uganda, where he is a Director; and at Media Analyst, where he is Lead Analyst.

Simon holds qualifications in cyber diplomacy, PRINCE2 project management, business and economics reporting, and management skills. He is a graduate of Mass Communications with Honours from Makerere University and has more than 20 years experience at various levels in the mainstream media. He is particularly passionate about corporate governance, new media technologies and the impact of globalisation on development in his home country of Uganda.

  

Taha Jiwaji

CEO, Bongo Live & Co-Founder, Kinu Innovation Hub

Taha Jiwaji is an entrepreneur who believes that technology is the next frontier in enabling businesses to grow across Africa. Taha is the founder and CEO of Bongo Live, an award winning mobile technology and marketing company that was ranked by Forbes Africa as one of Africa’s Top 20 tech startups.

Taha is one of the pioneers in Tanzania’s technology sphere and continues to nurture the ecosystem as a Co-Founder of Kinu Innovation Hub. He regularly speaks at conferences on entrepreneurship and mobile technology and has been featured in media outlets including the BBC and Al Jazeera.

Taha attended Lafayette College in Pennsylvania where he received a Bachelor’s degree in Electrical & Computer Engineering and Economics & Business. After graduating, Taha worked as a technology consultant with Capgemini in Los Angeles where he gained experience in translating business processes for Fortune 500 clients and collaborating with global delivery teams.

  

Leonard Kambona

Business Development Manager, SMECOSS

Leonard Kambona is the head of business strategy and research specialties at SMECOSS, based in Juba, South Sudan. SMECOSS is the biggest and leading premiere consulting firm in South Sudan and works to spur economic development through enhancing capacities and supporting innovation in South Sudan. Leonard is a professional with extensive market experience, having worked in Zimbabwe, Kenya, Rwanda, Uganda, Burundi and now South Sudan.

With a firm belief in IT as a critical factor in business growth and sustainability, Leonard has teamed up with a team of experts in Africa, Europe and the USA to champion best practices in IT service management. The initiative has seen top IT policy makers and business experts from academia, government and the private sector in East Africa and the Netherlands receive highly valuable mentorship and coaching in IT service management.

Anne Salim

Researcher, iHub Research

Anne studies the growth of African mobile-based education with a focus on the sustainable use of technologies in schools. She is passionate about the creation of local digital content and works with Waza Experience, an initiative aimed at prompting under-privileged children to explore innovation and entrepreneurship concepts grounded in real-world experience.

Anne is currently a researcher at iHub, where she leads the programs on mGovernance and Technology for Education. The mGovernance study has focused on the role of mobile devices for enhancing transparency in governance of the water sector.

Prior to working with iHub, Anne was involved in business development at SemaSoft. She also has experience working with the Embassy of Mexico in Kenya, and Pablo Tours. Anne studied Business Information Technology at Strathmore University and her interests include applying design thinking processes to Kenya, as well as facilitating hackathon events.

  

John Waibochi

Founder & CEO, Virtual City

John Waibochi is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of the Kenya-based Virtual Group of companies of which Virtual City, an innovation specialist in supply chain automation, knowledge management and interactive solutions, is a key pillar. He founded Virtual City in 1999 and went on to establish mobile products distribution and cashless transaction services company Virtual Mobile in 2003 and Internet service provider Virtual Sat in 2005; he also serves as chief executive of these companies.

Virtual City has won prestigious accolades for its work, including grants from the Legatum Pioneers of Prosperity award, the Africa Enterprise Challenge Fund and Nokia Growth Economy Venture Challenge. Before founding Virtual City, Mr Waibochi worked for LANTech Africa, a leading systems integration company in East and Central Africa. He holds a BSc in Electrical Engineering from Michigan State University.

  

Jones Mrusha

FOUNDER, JONSOFT GROUP & CO-FOUNDER, KINU INNOVATION HUB

Jones is a serial entrepreneur with a focus on achieving social impact utilizing mobile and web. He plays a vital role in Tanzania’s start-up ecosystem as a Co-Founder of the KINU Innovation Hub, a board member for industry initiatives, and as the proprietor of numerous tech start-ups in the region.

Jones spent the past 10 years working with mobile network operators in East, Central and West Africa to harness the power of open innovation in the areas of Value Added Services, billing and Intelligent Networks.

He is currently leading the JonSoft Group team on aggregation and integration of Mobile Money (mWallet) solutions for eCommerce.

  

Jonathan Endersby

Head of Special Projects, Praekelt Consulting

Jonathan heads up the Special Projects division of Praekelt, executing cutting edge projects with a frequently iterating small team.

Jonathan joined Praekelt as a Senior Strategist, and then moved into the Special Projects role. Jonathan has worked in myriad industries including travel, finance, security, communications and even a few years at an online dating company. He joined Praekelt after selling a startup that he’d been working on for 2 years.

Jonathan straddles the worlds of business and technology with a foot firmly in each camp. When not writing business plans he is equally comfortable coding a prototype or tinkering with embedded electronics.

  

Simeon Oriko

Community Lead, Open Institute & Co-Founder, Jamlab

Simeon Oriko is passionate about using digital technology to respond to real world challenges and opportunities and to effect social change. This shapes his vision and work in digital and innovation strategy. This passion previously led him to establish initiatives as well as participate in numerous projects premised on exploiting the value of digital technology to empower people to achieve their goals.

Simeon is a recipient of the 2012 Google Zeitgeist Young Mind Award, the 2013 Dewey Winburne Community Service Award by SXSW, and an inaugural Africa Diaspora Fellow with the Capital City African-American Chamber of Commerce. Simeon currently serves as the Community Lead at the Open Institute – a think-do tank in the Open Data and Open Government space, and is a co-founder of Jamlab – a co-creation community for high school graduates in Africa.

  

Robert Lamptey

CEO, Saya

Robert Lamptey is a co-founder and CEO of Saya, the most promising messaging tool to come out of Africa.

Robert started his foray into software development through a challenge from a friend. The friend claimed he could break into any system and did that right in front of his eyes. This got him excited and he decided to go to school to study how to protect computer systems from pranksters. Robert has been designing and developing software for the past 7 years and is an avid mobile software engineer.

Even though he’s a techie at heart, Robert has proven his skill and abilities in leading and managing startups and occasionally mentors up and coming startups around the world. He has strong problem solving skills and is often called upon to firefight challenges at various companies.

Robert graduated from the University of Cape Coast and the Meltwater Entrepreneurial School of Technology.

  

Nanjira Sambuli

RESEARCH MANAGER – GOVERNANCE & TECH PILLAR, IHUB

Nanjira Sambuli is a mathematician, new media strategist/consultant and tech enthusiast based in Nairobi. She is currently working with iHub Research on a project developing a framework for the Viability of Election-Centered Crowdsourcing, with the 2013 Kenyan General Elections as a case study; as well as on Umati, an online hate speech monitoring project.

  

Kariuki Gathitu

Founder & CEO, Zege Technologies

Kariuki Gathitu is the Founder and CEO of Zege Technologies, a technology company focused on payments. He has a Bachelors degree in Computer Science and has over 7 years experience in the technology and finance industries.

Kariuki has been recognised as one of Kenya’s top software engineers and developed the first ever mobile to bank integration solution called MKESHO. In the past he has worked with Equity Bank, World Bank, IMF and Africa Union among other consultant engagements in mobile money and entrepreneurship.

As a passionate entrepreneur, Kariuki envisions a connected African market where African businesses and customers have access to the rest of Africa and the world.

  

Newton Kitonga

Co-Founder & Chief Product Officer, WezaTele

Newton is a Co-Founder & Chief Product Officer at WezaTele, where he is responsible for strategic development of product strategy, models and ensuring the product meets the needs of the users. He has more than 5 years experience in product development, operations and customer relationship management.

  

Cory Wiegert

Director of Product Management, Software Group – Africa, IBM

Cory Wiegert is the Director of Product Management for Software Group – Africa. He is responsible for definition of our software solutions for the African markets, and ensuring the growth of the IBM software business. He is focused on market assessment, solution definition, business partner ecosystem development and go-to-market strategy.

Mr. Wiegert has over 20 years of experience in delivering enterprise software solutions. Prior to joining IBM, Mr. Wiegert was vice president of product management at Sterling Commerce, which was acquired by IBM in 2010, where he led the end-to-end product strategy and lifecycle of their market leading Selling and Fulfillment Software Suite. Previously, he was at Siebel Systems, where he was responsible for the implementation and design of their sales force automation, call center, integration technology and analytic solutions. Prior to Siebel, Mr. Wiegert was with Gupta where he held roles in technical support and application design, and led consultative implementations for Gupta’s top customers.

Dr. Bitange Ndemo

Honorary Chairperson, Alliance for Affordable Internet

Dr. Ndemo is the Honorary Chairperson of the Alliance for Affordable Internet. He is immediate former Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Information and Communications, Kenya. He is regarded as the father of broadband in Kenya, having championed the development of fiber-optic cables and other supporting infrastructure in the Eastern Africa region, making Kenya one of the most wired countries in the world.

It was during Dr. Ndemo’s tenure as Permanent Secretary that Information and Communications Technologies (ICTs) came to be regarded as a critical component of Kenya’s economic development. His works, such as Open Data, incubation of start-ups and Konza Technology City, propelled him to the global stage. Today, Kenya is regarded as the regional ICT hub. Currently, he teaches Entrepreneurship and Research Methods at the University of Nairobi’s Business School and conducts research on social entrepreneurship. He joined University of Nairobi in 1993 as a Tutorial Fellow rising through the ranks to become a Senior Lecturer before moving to civil service in 2005. Between 1989 and 1993, he was a Financial Systems Analyst with Medtronic, a Fortune 500 company in the USA.

Dr. Ndemo is now focusing his energies on the demand side of IT through aggressive local content development. Besides having authored several papers and published in international development journals, he has also contributed to a number of policy papers. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Finance and Accounting from University of Minnesota, an MBA from University of St. Thomas, St. Paul, Minnesota and a PhD in Industrial Economics from the University of Sheffield, England. He also serves on the board of the Better Than Cash Alliance, a global initiative to digitalize payment systems worldwide.

  

Jose Henriques

Group Vice President Data, Airtel Africa

Jose is Group Vice President for data and online services at Airtel Africa group. Prior to his current role, he acted as Chief Marketing Officer at Unitel Angola and Executive Head of Online Product Management at Vodacom.

  

Evelyn Namara

Regional Manager – East Africa, Beyonic

Evelyn Namara is a technologist and social entrepreneur who is passionate about ICTs for development and empowering women and girls in Technology. She is based in Kampala, Uganda. She currently works as the Regional Manager, East Africa for Beyonic (www.beyonic.com).

Beyonic offers innovative tools for businesses such as Funds-To-Phones, which is a SaaS platform for mobile money management that enables organizations and businesses to reap the benefits of moving to mobile-based disbursements while maintaining full control over the payments life cycle, and retaining advanced, secure funds management processes.

Previously she was the Country Director for an innovative Social Enterprise called Solar Sister which seeks to eradicate energy poverty using women as active participants in the clean energy distribution market. She was with the organisation for close to 3 years. Evelyn has worked in the Telecommunications sector, working with Orange Uganda Limited for close to 3 years as the IT UNIX Administrator and is also a founding member of GirlGeek Kampala (www.girlgeekkampala.com) – a forum that seeks to erase stereotypes against women in technology.

Evelyn is a Bsc. Computer Science graduate and an Acumen East Africa fellow for the class of 2013.

  

Adam Nelson

Founder, Kili

Adam Nelson is the founder of Kili, a local cloud infrastructure service focused on East African markets.  Before moving to Nairobi, he was the CTO of numerous New York startups where he was mostly a user of cloud infrastructure.  Now he is deploying it here so that startups, NGOs and SMEs have access to low latency infrastructure for deploying their applications.

  

Kyai Mullei

CEO & Co-Founder, Mobi Changa

Kyai Mullei is the CEO and Co-Founder of Mobi Changa Limited. Kyai’s professional career has spanned multiple sectors including information management services, financial information services and mobile services. In 2006, he co-founded Kenya’s first development-focused information web portal, DevInfo Kenya, and went on to develop hybrid software and Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) solutions to over 20 small and mid-size organizations including the African Centre for Economic Growth. He developed and managed financial services platforms for EPASS International in Kenya – a trade finance company with over USD$ 50 million in turnover. He has designed and developed mobile applications for financial services firms in Kenya and mobile commercial gaming  in Haiti. He was featured in Africa Business Review’s Young Tech Entrepreneurs in 2012. Kyai holds a Masters degree in Computer Information Systems from Georgia State University in the USA.

  

NDUTA MAINA

LEAD DIGITAL STRATEGIST, AIM GROUP

Nduta Maina is currently the lead strategist at AIM Group, the leading Tanzanian digital agency. She is in charge of creation and execution of new media strategies for companies such as Vodacom and Tanzanian Breweries. 

She has previously worked for Young & Rubicam and Zilojo, where she handled both traditional and digital media marketing and innovation projects for high profile clients such Commercial Bank of Africa, Zuku, Toyota, Ecobank and Chloride Exide.

Nduta holds a degree in Marketing as well as a diploma in Information Technology from Jomo Kenyatta University. She is passionate about entrepreneurship and has taken several university students under her wing.

  

Laura Walker Hudson

CEO, FrontlineSMS

Laura leads the Foundation behind the award-winning free desktop SMS management platform, FrontlineSMS.

Prior to this she worked for British Red Cross, working on humanitarian policy and learning, focussed on innovation, urbanisation, cash transfer programming and civil-military relations, as well as strategic planning. Laura served for three years as Secretary of the NGO-Military Contact Group, acted as a Steering Group Member for Enhancing Learning and Research in Humanitarian Action (ELRHA) and was a member of the Communicating with Disaster Affected Communities (CDAC) reference group.

Laura is a Member of the Board of Directors of SpaceUnited, a nonprofit organization dedicated to improving lives through space exploration. She is also a committed activist for the rights of the UK’s Gypsy and Traveller community. She holds an LL.B (Hons) in Law, French and German from the University of the West of England, Bristol, and an LL.M in International Development Law and Human Rights from Warwick University.

  

Mark Redman

CTIO, Smile Tanzania

Mark Redman, CTIO Smile Tanzania, is a key member of the leadership and management team, having worked across all Smile operations to ensure that Smile’s networks and services are world class.

Mark brings a wealth of technical and operational experience across many technologies and is a leading expert in spectrum management and engineering. He played a leading role in Smile’s acquisition of LTE spectrum and in formulating the business, strategy and implementation of Africa’s first 800MHz LTE networks.

Prior to Smile, Mark was a Principal Consultant with Mott MacDonald (UK) and a Senior Associate at OFCOM (UK). He has over 20 years of experience in the communications technology sector.

  

Sarah Mudukuti

Telecommunications Consultant & Visiting Researcher, iHub Research

Sarah Mudukuti is a telecoms consultant, visiting researcher at the iHub and an aspiring Ph.D. candidate based in London and Nairobi. Sarah has knowledge of the telecommunications industry gained over 8 years, including new product development, business processes, network technologies and billing systems.

Sarah has worked on projects with clients such as Vodafone UK, Cable & Wireless Worldwide, Safaricom and Cambridge University. Her main areas of interest in research are technology and social inclusion and quality of service in mobile networks.

  

Agnes Muthoni

Digital Banking – Business Development East Africa, Standard Chartered Bank

Agnes Muthoni is in charge of business development in East Africa for Standard Chartered Bank’s digital banking solutions.

Prior to her current role, Agnes acted as Group Account Executive for Mobile Payments at Cellulant. She has extensive international exposure and experience in service related industries including management consulting, information technology, retail and mobile commerce. Agnes has worked on a wide range of projects including product development, mobile value-added services in emerging markets, marketing & sales, change management, data migration and business process development.

Agnes is passionate about driving digital adoption and using digitization to make a remarkable difference in the lives of others.


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