Dr. Bitange Ndemo, Permanent Secretary, Ministry Of Information and Communication, Republic of Kenya

Dr. Ndemo

Dr. Ndemo was appointed Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Information and Communication where he promptly started new development programs, including marketing Kenya as a destination for Business Processing Outsourcing. Between 1989 and 1993 he was a Financial Systems Analyst with Medtronic Inc. a Fortune 500 company in the USA. He joined University of Nairobi in 1993 as a Tutorial Fellow rising through the ranks to become a Senior Lecturer in the Business School. In 2005, Dr. Ndemo continued to champion strategies of moving and transforming Kenya into the digital age in all spheres. Dr. Ndemo holds a Bachelor’s degree in Finance, and a Masters in Management Information Systems from Minnesota USA, and a Ph.D. degree in Industrial Economics from the University of Sheffield, England. For more information, please visit http://www.information.go.ke


Mr. Michael Joseph, CEO, Safaricom Kenya Limited 

Michael Joseph, CEO, Safaricom

Michael Joseph is the CEO of Safaricom Limited and has been in this position since July 2000 when the company was re-launched as a joint-venture with Telkom Kenya.  He has extensive international experience in the implementation and operation of large wireless and wire-line networks.  Since the re-launch of Safaricom in October 2000 he has guided the company from a subscriber base of fewer than 20,000 to 14,022,262 as of July 22nd 2009, including the launch of many innovative products and services such as M-Pesa over the past 9 years.  Today Safaricom is one of the leading companies in East Africa and is the most profitable company in the region. Michael has been the recipient of many awards, including CEO of the Year and Company of the Year.  Mr. Joseph has a B. Sc. (cum laude) in Electrical Engineering from the University of Cape Town and is a member of the I.E.E.E. and I.E.E. (U.K.).  For more information please visit http://www.safaricom.co.ke


Ms. Esther Koimett, Investment Secretary, Ministry of Finance, Republic of Kenya

Esther Koimett, Investment Secretary, Ministry of Finance

Esther Koimett is the Investment Secretary, Ministry of Finance. Mrs. Koimett has oversight responsibility for government investments & public enterprise reforms in Kenya.  Until the Privatization Act of 2008 she had overall responsibility for the implementation of Kenya’s privatization program. She has also been spearheading the development of the country’s PPP Framework which has now been gazetted. She has previously served as Kenya’s Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Tourism & Broadcasting and Managing Director, Kenya Post Office Savings Bank. She is an alternate director in several companies including Safaricom Ltd and Kenya Ports Authority. Mrs. Koimett holds a B. Com and an MBA from University of Nairobi, with over 25 years experience in public service in Kenya include over 18 years in investment promotion, privatization and public enterprise reform. For more information, please visit http://www.finance.go.ke/index.php?option=com_content&view=frontpage&Itemid=1


Mr. Matt Jackson Consulting Partner, Global Business Consulting, Cushman & Wakefield’s

Matt Jackson, Consulting Partner, Cushman & Wakefield

Matt Jackson is Consulting Partner in Cushman & Wakefield’s Business Consulting Group, VA.    Mr. Jackson has 15 years experience assisting corporations with the global configuration and optimization of corporate operations to achieve revenue, margin and innovation objectives.  Mr. Jackson specializes in assisting companies with global business platform design, SG&A deployment, supply chain optimization, work place strategy, structural cost reengineering, location strategy and selection.  He also has significant experience assisting corporations with the negotiations of real estate and economic development incentives.

Mr. Jackson has in-country field work experience in over 25 countries.  In addition, he has extensively analyzed countries in the AsiaPac, EMEA and Americas. Mr. Jackson has also published a number of articles in trade magazines such as Global Corporate Xpansion, Area Development and the Journal of Business Strategy.  Prior to joining Cushman & Wakefield, Matt was a Senior Manager with Deloitte Consulting.  Mr. Jackson graduated from Macalester College in St. Paul, Minnesota with a Bachelor of Arts Degree and the University of North Carolina at Charlotte with a Master of Arts Degree. For more information please visit http://www.cushwake.com/cwglobal/jsp/globalHomeSSO.jsp


Dr. Edward Mungai, Dean, Strathmore Business School, Strathmore University

Dr. Mungai, Dean, Strathmore Business School Dr. Edward Mungai is the Dean of the Strathmore Business School, Nairobi Kenya, since 2008. He is a mathematics, computing, and entrepreneurship specialist with academic interests in entrepreneurship and innovation His previous assignments at Strathmore include service as the Academic and Research Director of Strathmore Business School and as Deputy Director and Lecturer of the Information Technology Centre of Strathmore University. Earlier in his academic career, Dr. Mungai was on the faculty of University of Nairobi, where he was assistant lecturer and tutorial fellow in the Department of Mathematics.  Dr. Mungai’s publications include Employee Transition to Entrepreneurship: The Influences of Families and Firms (2007), Companies and Brokers System for the Nairobi Stock Exchange (1996), and Behaviour of topological properties under effect of perfect mappings (1993). 

Dr. Mungai received his Ph.D. in Management from IESE Business School in Barcelona, Spain, a Master of Science degree in Pure Mathematics, a postgraduate diploma in Computer Science, and a Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics, all from the University of Nairobi.  For more information please visit http://www.sbs.ac.ke


Professor Olive M. Mugenda, Vice-Chancellor of Kenyatta University, Kenya 

Prof. Olive Mugenda, VC, Kenyatta University

Prof. Mugenda is the Vice-Chancellor of Kenyatta University. She has had an illustrious career at the University where she has been Head of Department, Dean of Faculty, Deputy Vice-Chancellor and now the first woman Vice-Chancellor of a public university in the East Africa region. Professor Mugenda has, over the years, built an international reputation as a university teacher and researcher. Professor Olive Mugenda obtained a Bachelor of Education (First Class Honours) from the University of Nairobi in 1979. Her masters and PhD degrees in Family Studies and Consumer Economics were obtained from Iowa State University. She has supervised numerous Masters and PhD theses and won several research grants and served as technical adviser and resource person to numerous workshops in and outside Africa. Among the numerous researches she has carried out, perhaps the current one on Improving the Performance of Girls in Science and Mathematics in Secondary Schools serves as a model project that has been nominated for a Commonwealth Education award. She has published numerous scholarly papers and books and she has received several scholarly awards.  Professor Mugenda serves on the board of a number of continental and global bodies including the Association of African Universities (Board Member) and International Association of University (Vice-President).  For more information, please visit www.ku.ac.ke


Dr. Reuben O. Marwanga, Dean, Faculty of Information Technology at Strathmore University, Kenya

Dr. MarwangaDr. Marwanga is Dean of the Faculty of Information Technology at Strathmore University, Nairobi Kenya. Dr. Marwanga has extensive teaching experience in technology and management. Prior to joining Strathmore, he taught at the Graduate School of Management and Technology at the University of Maryland University College, USA, Morgan State University in Baltimore, United States International University in Nairobi; and the University of Nairobi. During his academic career he has taught a variety of technology and management courses including but not limited to information systems, strategic management for technology and innovation. Besides teaching, he has significant experience as a management consultant and researcher in the areas of innovation and entrepreneurship, management information systems, business process management, operations management, project management, risk management, technology management, and manufacturing systems. 

He holds a PhD in Industrial Engineering from Penn State University, a Masters in Industrial Engineering & Management from Fourah Bay College and a BS (Honors) in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Nairobi. He is an Alumnus of both Fulbright and UNESCO Fellowships. In addition he helped found the following organizations: Kenya Community Abroad (KCA), Kenya Diaspora Network (KDN), and Strathmore Alumni and Friends Association (STRAFA). For more information please visit http://www.strathmore.edu/aboutus.php?id=45


Mr. David Palella, Founder Carbon Manna Unlimited

David Palella

David Palella is Founder of Carbon Manna Unlimited, a non-profit standards-setting organization based in San Diego, California.  David invented the cell-phone-based Carbon Micro Credit in April 2008, now called the Carbon Micro-Profit-Sharing System (CMPSS), which will allow millions of poor families in the developing world to directly monetize the value of carbon offsets they produce, for example, by cooking more efficiently or using solar power.  The CMPSS is a third and completely novel form of microfinance after micro-debt and micro-savings.  In contrast to all previous forms of microfinance, which are all merely down-sized forms of what already existed, Carbon Manna is a truly revolutionary and syncretic financial innovation combining technology and business practices from the cell-phone industry, the global carbon-trading markets, and the mobile money transfer & banking industries.  A U.S. patent application on the Carbon Manna System was filed in April 2009. For more information please visit http://www.carbonmanna.org  or http://carbonmanna.blogspot.com


Ms. Emily Trader, Director of Transfer Pricing, Lattimore Black Morgan & Cain, PC.

Emily TraderEmily Trader is the Director of Transfer Pricing for the eight largest regional accounting and tax firms in the Southeast. She is a PhD economist with almost fifteen years of transfer pricing experience including planning, compliance documentation, and a winning record in audit defense.  Emily spent her first three years in transfer pricing with the IRS as a large case transfer pricing economist, an experience that helps her ensure that compliance documentation meets auditor's needs.  After leaving the IRS, Emily worked for a national accounting firm as Principal, where she was heavily involved in transfer pricing for both state and local tax planning and international compliance and planning.  Her industry experience is diverse and includes automotive supply industry, financial and health services, business process outsourcing, electronics, industrial parts, consumer retail, forestry products, paper and packaging, and pharmaceuticals and chemicals.  For more information, please visit



Reverend Dr. Lukas Njenga, CEO, Heart for the City, Glasgow, Scotland

Rev. Dr. Lukas NjengaRev. Dr. Lukas Njenga is Founding Director and CEO of the Heart for the City an International Christian Charity based in Scotland working with over ten nations with a mandate of addressing the Scourge of Poverty.  He is also the Anglican Chaplain of the Glasgow Caledonian University, Advisor to the Bishop and Primate of the Episcopal church of Scotland on African matters, Board Member of the Priority Areas strategy Group, The Chief Promoter of Ushindi Commercial Bank (under-formation) and Chairman of Faith Initiative Group of Companies.  Rev. Dr. Lukas Njenga has wealth of experience in the ICT, SME, regeneration, reconciliation, micro-finance and community development sectors which he has transformed into the current Heart for The City integrated business model.  The integrated model seeks to balance between the two objectives of outreach to as many member-clients as possible and commercially sustain and record profits for the business. He was trained as a theologian in Kenya, and then persued Specialized Ministerial formation Training in Geneva Switzerland. He obtained B.Th. (Hons.) at The University of Natal and did Masters Degree in same University. He did his Ph.D. research in the United Kingdom at Birmingham University, Sellyaok College. For more information please visit www.heartforthecity.co.uk


Thomas Brooks, Founder and Managing Director of Alpha Multimedia, Inc

Mr. Thomas Brooks

Thomas Brooks is an award-winning author who has published several articles, and has been featured frequently on the radio and on television. In 1998, Brooks won a national award from the Career Communications Group in the category of Technical Sales and Marketing for his work in corporate America.  Brooks was formerly a Director of Marketing at Lucent Technologies. Since 2002 the Kenyan-American entrepreneur has served as the Founder and Managing Director of Alpha Multimedia, Inc., a marketing and public relations firm. His bestselling book, A Wealth of Family: An Adopted Son's International Quest for Heritage, Reunion, and Enrichment, was named a “Best Books” Award Winner by USA Book News. Thomas Brooks earned his B.S. Electrical Engineering from the University of Pittsburgh and his MBA from the University of Maryland. For more information please visit www.AlphaMultimedia.com


David Kobia, Director of technology development, Ushahidi.com

David Kobia

David Kobia's experience is varied and extensive. David has almost 10 years in the technology field. After pursuing a B.S. in Computer Science at the University of Alabama, he has been a professional Web developer and has worked with nearly every Web technology including VB, .NET, PHP, Perl, MySQL, JSP, Flash, XML, Javascript, CSS and HTML. David is Director of technology development at Ushahidi.com. He is the former Head of Internet Services at Latitude 3 Media and Allied Media, in addition to software development experience at Vulcan Publications and Time Inc. David is the owner of numerous websites, including Mashada.com (an online African community), ScubaDivingPlanet.com (a site geared to scuba divers) and TextHQ.com (a text messaging site) to name a few.


Mr. Benin Brown, Co-founder, Pamoja Media, Inc

Mr. Benin Brown, Co-founder Pamoja Media, IncMr. Benin Brown was born in Atlanta, Georgia.  He received a B.A. in Economics from Morehouse College in 1999.  Prior to graduation he studied abroad at the University of Cape Coast in Ghana with his father Dr. C. S. Brown . Upon graduating he immediately started his first company in the financial services sector.  In 2006 Benin began blogging about economic development opportunities in Africa and in 2007 he became a partner in African Path Communications and the Editor of African Path's business publication called the Cheetah Index.  In 2008 he and Joshua Wanyama co-founded Pamoja Media, Inc. an interactive ad agency that helps marketers to engage the African and Diaspora audience.  Today Benin resides in Kennesaw, Georgia with his family.

For more information please visit http://www.pamojamedia.com/


Mrs. Barbara Karuri-Kihumba, Esq, Attorney at Law, Geerdes & Kim LLC

Barbara Karuri

Barbara Karuri-Kihumba is an Attorney at the law firm of Geerdes and Kim LLC.  Her practice is focused on immigration law and litigation. She has significant experience in all aspects of employment-based immigration and family immigration matters, and has counseled domestic and multinational corporations on procuring employment authorization for foreign nationals, executives and managers, and on establishing corporate policies and procedures to meet I-9 compliance guidelines. She has also successfully processed numerous employment-based visas and permanent residence applications for foreign nationals and investors, and represented individuals in immigration courts.

Mrs. Kihumba brings a unique perspective to the immigration practice. Prior to joining Geerdes & Kim, LLC she represented individuals and corporations in civil proceedings before state and federal courts, and advised domestic and multi-national corporations on diverse aspects of corporate law, including establishing operations in the United States and cross-border issues. A native of Kenya, Ms. Karuri has a unique personal understanding of the immigration process. Barbara received her J.D. degree from Harvard Law School, and has a B.A in Legal Studies from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, where she graduated magna cum laude. She is admitted to practice law in Georgia and New Jersey, and is an active member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association.


Ms. Christine Miako, Founder of AfricaAlumni.com

Christine Miako

Christine Miako is the founder of AfricaAlumni.com, a global network of African professionals and entrepreneurs.  In less than one year AfricaAlumni.com membership has expanded tremendously and has members residing in USA , Canada , Europe and over 30 African countries. Alongside running the AfricaAlumni.com operations, Christine is also a manager at Accenture where she is a SAP Finance Process Architect.  Prior to joining Accenture, she was a Senior Accountant at Trammell Crow, a leading commercial real estate company.  She holds a B.S. in Management Information Systems from the University of Texas at Dallas where she graduated among the top of her class with Magna Cum Laude honors.  She has also completed CPA courses from Strathmore University in Nairobi, Kenya. 

Christine enjoys devoting her time participating in the AfricaAlumni.com informal mentoring program where she mentors six girls from the African community.  She also hosts occasional networking events to foster networking among Africans in the Diaspora.


Samuel Klein, Director of Content, One Laptop per Child

Samuel KleinSamuel Klein has been Director of Content for One Laptop per Child for the past two years, helping OLPC communities achieve universal access to knowledge and tools via schools, telecoms and repositories.  He has previously developed a number of online multilingual projects, including the first Wikipedia translation network and a collaborative multilingual dictionary. For more information, please visit http://laptop.org


Mr. Troy Rackley, President, Next Level of Performance, LLC

Troy Rachley

Troy is the President of The Next Level of Performance, LLC., which provides coaching and consulting services.  He is also a Brand Partner with Vemma Nutrition Company. He has 20+ years in Operations management with 7 of those years in Australia. Mr. Rackley has worked with well known companies in Australia such as Campbell Soup Company, Goodman fielder, and Coca-Cola Amatil and spent over 10 years in various operational positions for companies including Pepsi Cola, Coca Cola Bottling Company, Sherwin Williams and Nestle Beverage Company in the United States.

He has a B.S. from Ohio University in Industrial Technology Engineering and received his MBA from Mt. Eliza Business School in Melbourne, Australia. He was selected to study with internationally renowned Master Coach, the late Dr. Susan Skiffington, of Sydney, Australia, earning a Certified Master Coach (CMC) designation. He currently resides in Oviedo Florida with my wife and two children. 

For additional information, please visit www.coachthenextlevel.com and www.energydrinkverve.com
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