Top 5 Upcoming Tech Women In Kenya to Watch

By Jessica Colaço
iHub Research
  Published 14 Apr 2013
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Top 5 Upcoming Tech Women In Kenya to Watch
1. Catherine Mahugu - Co-Founder of Sasa Africa nowShop Soko - Catherine Mahugu is an alumni of the School of Computing and Informatics in the University of Nairobi. She has been involved in various ICT for Development projects including Stanford University's Nokia Africa Research Center Design Project that involved building mobile applications targeting informal communities.With training acquired from Stanford's Design school she has facilitated the design thinking course in various ICT4Development workshops in Kenya. Kate joined the SasaAfrica team to help develop a culturally appropriate technological solution, and acts as Sasa's Mobile Development Lead and Technology Strategist.     2. Manka Angwafo is the founder and Director of Hadithi Manka is a young entrepreneur, passionate about education and knowledge sharing. She began her career in the financial services industry as a merger and acquisition’s analyst, where she became seasoned in company valuations and market analysis. For the last three years, she served as core staff at the Chief Economist for Africa’s office at the World Bank’s Headquarters in Washington, DC. In this capacity, she co-authored several volumes of Africa’s Pulse—a regional flagship report analyzing recent economic trends across Sub Saharan Africa.Ms. Angwafo also co-edited Yes Africa Can: Success Stories from a Dynamic Continent. She is an American national of Cameroonian and Jamaican origin and is fluent in both French and English.   3.Nivi Mukherjeeis the founder and CEO of eLimu - As a social entrepreneur, technophile and community volunteer, she is passionate about empowering youth and engaging in community initiatives that foster development andfun. She was the Education Quality Assurance Manager at theInstitute of Software Technologies, an IT training company based in Nairobi. She alsorunsMaisha ni Matamu, a "funucational" social project that aims to bring a day full of joy every month to children who are underprivileged and/or orphaned. eLimu is an education technology startup that utilizes tablets to make learning more interactive, fun and effective for Kenyan primary school students.   4. Charlene Migwe - Co-Founder of Syncacor - Charlene is the Marketing Director of Synacor Consortium, a Kenyan company that specializes in designing and developing mobile websites, web applications and consultancy. They have createdMajiRipoti, asolution is designed to act as a link between the general public and Water Service Providers. The solution will allow the Kenyan public to report broken water pipes, sewer pipes and illegal manipulation of the water supply, therefore assisting in the conservation of water and preventing pollution through leaking sewerage.     5. Shikoh Gitau - Founder of Ummeli - Shikoh Gitau is a Computer Scientist and holds a PhD and and an MSc in Computer Science from the University of Cape Town, South Africa. She is the founder of and a User Experience Researcher with Google primarily focusing on Emerging Market Users. In this role, Shikoh uses insights drawn from continuous and constant interaction with users to inform design and product development of Google products for this market and users. Passionate about technology especially mobile phones and their possible catalyst effect in empowerment and development, Shikoh provides mentorship and support to various start-ups and research efforts in Africa both in the academia and industry that strive to make technology relevant, usable and useful in the everyday life of African users.  
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