Evans Wadongo is the inventor of the MwangaBora solar lantern. For this invention and his work helping alleviate poverty in Kenya, he was named CNN Top 10 Hero in 2010.
Tom Osborn is the young founder of Greenchar which was conceived while he was still a student at Alliance Boys High School. Greenchar manufactures smokeless charcoal briquettes made from recycled agricultural waste.
Kago Kagichiri is the CEO and co-founder of Eneza Education. Eneza Education has become an e-learning pioneer and leader, providing learning resources to students through the simplest of mobile technology. They have reached nearly 2 million learners since inception.
Prof. Bitange Ndemo was the permanent secretary in the Kenya Ministry of Information and Communication between 2005-2013. During his tenure, the ministry was credited with instituting the policy framework that has shaped the Kenya ICT industry to its current vibrant state.
Njeri Rionge is one of the most celebrated woman entrepreneur in the African continent. She is best known as the co-founder of Wananchi Online which is now known as the Wananchi Group, one of Kenya’s largest home entertainment providers.
Erik Hersman has spent most of his life in Africa having grown up in Sudan and Kenya. He is the founder of iHub, an innovation space that is helping young Kenyan innovators to develop and cash in on their ideas.
Amolo Ngweno is a veteran and pioneer of the Kenya ICT industry being co-founder of Africa Online, Kenya’s first Internet Service Provider (ISP) that she founded alongside Ayisi Makatiani and Karanja Gakio.
Twiga Foods is bridging the gap between the farmer and the produce vendor in Nairobi using a mobile based supply platform. Benefits include – Better prices, quality control and produce delivery saving the vendor a 5 AM trip to the market.
M-KOPA Solar is working towards connecting Kenyans off the electrical grid with affordable solar power packages that include solar powered TVs, rechargeable torches and radios in addition to charging accessories for small electronics.
Dr. George M. Warimwe is a researcher based at the University of Oxford, UK. His group is working to develop a single dose vaccine for Rift Valley Fever. The vaccine has been shown to be effective in livestock and is slated for human trials by the end of 2017.
Juliana Rotich is an innovator and technologist best known as a co-founder and the former Executive Director of Ushahidi Inc. She is a Senior Ted Fellow, MIT Director’s Fellow, Board Member at Kenya Vison2030, all among many other roles that she holds.
Dr Thumbi Ndung’u, is the Scientific Director of the HIV Pathogenesis Programme (HPP) at the University of KwaZulu Natal in South Africa. He was the first scientist to clone the infectious molecular HIV C virus subtype.
Professor Calestous Juma, Professor of the Practice of International Development at Harvard Kennedy School of Government is a leading authority on innovation and its effects.
Charles Kabiru has scaled the heights of succcess, in the international circles of the literary genre called Afrofuturism.
Wangechi Mutu has scaled the heights of success in the international circles of the literary art genre called Afrofuturism. The New York based artist and sculptor is considered to be one of the most preeminent contemporary African artists among her peers.
BRCK, Popote Payments and Sokowatch were some of the hottest and most recent TECH innovation to come out of Kenya’s Silicon Savannah.
Agosto Liko, is the founder of PesaPal. Recently named as one of the 100 most influential fintech leaders in 2016 by Hot Topic, hear Agosto talk about the future of electronic payments in Kenya on an interview with CNBC Africa.
Yvonne Adhiambo Awuor is among the Kenyan artists who have made continued to make headwaves in the international literary writing scene. In 2003, she won the prestigious Caine Prize for African Writing for her short story, “Weight of Whispers.”
Binyavanga Wainaina is an internationally celebrated literary writer. He is also the founding editor of Kwani? which has become an influential African literary magazine and platform for up and coming literary artists.
Okwiri Oduor is the 2014 winner of the prestigious Caine Prize for African Writing, awarded to her for her short story entitled “My Father’s Head”.
Picking up the baton: Mukoma Ngugi Mũkoma is an Assistant Professor of English at Cornell University. In 2009 he was shortlisted for the prestigious Caine Prize for African Writing and once again for the Penguin Prize for African Writing in 2010.
Champions of Innovation: Professor Shaukat Abdulrazak is the Director for Africa at the Vienna-based International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA). He was previously the CEO of Kenya National Commission for Science, Technology and Innovation between 2008-2014 .
Dr. F. George Njoroge is a Senior Research Fellow at Eli Lilly and Company. He led the research in the discovery and approval of hepatitis C drug Victrelis™ (BOCEPREVIR®). He is the first African to be granted more than 100 patents by the US Patent Office.
Science Innovation: Kenyan Professor in Iowa is receiving accolades for his ground-breaking research in the area of metal welding.