FEMALE INNOVATOR OF THE YEAR AWARD
Voting is now open for the East Africa Com Female Innovator of the Year Award 2021.
ALICE MUNYUA, Director of Africa Innovation at Mozilla
If you are involved in public policy issues as they relate to Information Communication Technology then you know Alice Munyua.
Ms Munyua is the Director of Africa Innovation at Mozilla. She leads Mozilla’s Innovation and Public Policy portfolios for the Africa region.
She served as a member of the board of the Kenya Communications Regulatory Authority, led African Government engagement in the African Union Commission Dot Africa initiative, represented both the Kenya government and the AUC at the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers Governmental Advisory Committee (GAC), while there she served as vicechair for 2 years and founding chair of the GAC Public Safety and Under-Served Regions Working Groups. She has been involved with the internet society in different capacities, including as a member of the board of trustees for 3 years.
She is the founder and convenor of the Kenya ICT Action Network (KICTANet) is a multi-stakeholder network of people and institutions interested and involved in ICT Policy and regulation.
Bukky Ojeifo, Manager of Culture and Community at Twitter
Bukky Ojeifo is the Manager of Culture and Community at Twitter. In her role, Bukky is responsible for guiding how Twitter amplifies and engages with the underrepresented communities that use the service. With more than a decade of experience in community building and advocacy work, Bukky has stepped into her position supporting and driving strategy for initiatives that ensure the connectedness, inclusion and support of the communities on Twitter.
Most notably, driving the vision for the #TwitterVoices program -- an ongoing global event experience series that recognizes the contribution of diverse voices and offers opportunities for partnerships and connection with Twitter leadership.
The innovation of this program is the first of it’s kind for the Tech company and its sole focus is to center and amplify the conversations, movements, and moments that matter most to historically marginalized communities. With the understanding that many of the #TwitterVoices use Twitter as their megaphone to share about their lived experiences and bring awareness to important cultural happenings around the world, Bukky’s work consistently seeks to listen, understand and ultimately build a bridge between those powerful voices and Twitter’s product and service.
Her impact in community building and impact does not stop there, She is also the Founder and Executive Director of HairOnPurpose Inc. HairOnPurpose is a 501 (c)(3) non profit organization that is empowering generations of Black girls and women through hair education. Since 2015, they have invested programming resources in neighborhoods and communities in hopes of inspiring young Black girls to live, love and learn about their hair. Through interactive events, workshops and Conferences, she understands the connection of hair and the role hair plays in self-esteem and identity building for Black and Brown girls around the world. She is excited to continue her personal mission of amplifying people, stories and moments that shift culture and perspectives and she has no plans on slowing down anytime soon!
Follow her on Twitter at @BukkyOjeifo
EVELYN NGATIA, Founder and CEO at Techawatt
Evelyn Ngatia is a business advisor, trainer and thought leader who is passionate about the 4th Industrial Revolution (‘4IR’). Africa has lagged in previous industrial revolutions, and she would like to see the African continent actively participate in this 4th Industrial Revolution. She believes 4IR literacy is the first step towards thriving in the 4th Industrial Revolution and hopes to make her contribution through educating and advising others.
She is the Founder & CEO of Techawatt Ltd – a company that offers business advisory, training and research on 4IR. She is also the Founder & Lead Instructor at 4IR Academy, an online academy offering on-demand courses on 4IR.
As a thought leader, she has authored the book ‘Understanding the 4th Industrial Revolution’ and has been globally recognised by Thinkers360 as one of the Top 150 Women B2B Thought Leaders You Should Follow in 2021. She has also been interviewed by Metropol TV and Just Angie media platforms on the 4IR subject.
She has over 15 years’ experience in Corporate Banking and Oil & Gas. Prior to Techawatt, she was a corporate banker and gained expertise in financing different sectors such as manufacturing, real estate, consumer, power and infrastructure. Wide sector expertise is therefore one of her key strengths.
IMELDA NGUNZU, Manager, H&D Markets Development, Strategic Growth at Mastercard
I am responsible for the product management of our Humanitarian & Development digital tools. I work hand in hand with the products and the sales teams in creating value for our users at the Bottom of the Pyramid. Recognizing that a successful innovation, especially meant for this segment, will only create impact if consistently used by the communities we innovated for, I work with an ecosystem of partners to create and implement strategies that are commercially sustainable and that ensure these digital tools are adopted and used by the communities we are targeting.
Until recently I was the Business Development Manager for Agriculture Innovation at the Mastercard Labs for Financial Inclusion, an innovation hub based in Nairobi, Kenya. In this role I oversaw the Go-to-market strategy formulation and implementation for Mastercard Farmer Network (MFN), our Agriculture platform, to agriculture value chain actors in Sub Saharan Africa and India.
I am also the chair for The Women Leadership Network, WLN, Nairobi Chapter. A Mastercard initiative with members across the globe that seeks to empower our women employees with an objective of creating the next generation of women leaders in our societies.
I have an MBA(Distinction) from Durham University, UK, an Executive MBA in organizational leadership from the University of Witwatersrand, South Africa, a Bachelor of Commerce, Marketing from University of Nairobi and a Diploma in IT from JKUAT.
I am a wife, a mother of two and a champion for women economic empowerment.