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Kris Senanu
Managing Director - Telkom Digital at Telkom Kenya

Profile

For about 25 years now, my mission has been to offer insights and guidance towards the evolving narrative that is Africa’s Digital Transformation. I have focused on growing businesses, be they corporates, public sector and technology start-ups as well as the requisite capacity needed to ensure consistent digitisation in these areas.   

I am a salesman at heart, with a focus on Technology solutions that will enable you to do more for your business and your life. I however remain committed to also invest in new entities that bring to the fore, disruptive uses of technology, and as a result, unprecedented efficiencies.

I am, currently, the Managing Director – Telkom Digital, at Telkom Kenya. Prior to this, I had worked with Access Kenya (Now Internet Solutions) for close to 15 years, getting that business to become the first ICT firm to list on the Nairobi Securities Exchange, expanding the business’s footprint into East Africa and steering its acquisition by Internet Solutions in 2014, before exiting as its Deputy CEO, in 2016. Before that, in 1996, I had worked with pioneer tech company, Swift Global, where my career in Technology began.   

Away from the office, I chair Blackrock Capital Investments, an investment company that I co-founded, whose objective for the last 13 years has been angel investments in tech-based start-ups. The long-term objective here is to grow tech businesses and mentor techpreneurs, through further investment and capacity building across the continent.

I am also the Chair of the United States International University Council, the Chair of the Governing Council at the Kenya Institute of Management, and the Chair of the Pan African agency BTL Africa, headquartered in Ghana. I am also interim Chair for the financial solution provider Craft Silicon and I sit on the Advisory Board of (TBA) The Board Room Africa, a bold initiative that strives to accelerate the placement of female talent to boards across the African continent.

More recently, I took up a cause that is close to my heart, a Board membership at the Amahoro Coalition, an African-led initiative of which I am also co-founder, that is championing the economic inclusion of refugees on the continent, majorly by way of post-secondary education.

I am also a fellow of both the Chartered Institute of Marketing and the Kenya Institute of Management. I hold an MBA in Strategic Management from Warwick Business School as well as an International Business Administration Degree, majoring in Marketing, from USIU – Africa.