Mrs. Rattansi is the Chair / Trustee of the Rattansi Educational Trust. She also served as Chancellor of the University of Nairobi and as Chair of the Board of Governors at Highway Secondary School. She has served as chair of Allavida, EAAG (East Africa Association of Grantmakers) and Centre for Africa Families Studies (CAFS). Dr. Vijoo has also served as Trustee of Sir Michael Blundell Trust, Kenya Community Development Fund, Northern Kenya Education Fund, (NKEF), Flying Doctors’ Society of Africa and Kenya Childhood Cancer Trust (KCCT). In December 2006, she was awarded the Order of the Grand Warrior by His Excellency Hon. Mwai Kibaki C.G.H.,M.P. and also a Honorary Doctorate by Moi University.
Linda Lockhart is the founder and CEO of the Global Give Back Circle. She is American and began her career in New York City, working in both the retail and financial services sectors. Her expertise in customer experience design and behaviour change management led her into consultancy at a global level. She founded the Global Give Back Circle in 2006, and dedicates her time to designing processes that support program sustainability, while building capacity through the transference of institutional knowledge to beneficiations who have stepped-up to scale-up the program globally. Linda holds a BS degree in Design from Drexel University and an MBA in Finance from the Johnson School at Cornell University.
Rita Field-Marsham, is a Kenyan born lawyer and is the co-founder and CEO of the Field-Marsham Foundation & the founder and CEO of the school library program Knowledge Empowering Youth (KEY). She’s also a co-benefactor and director of the KenSAP program, which during her period of involvement, has placed on full academic scholarships over 160 of Kenya’s brightest and needy students in U.S. and Canadian élite universities. Before moving to Canada in 2004, she practiced law in Kenya in the private sector, the executive arm of government as prosecuting counsel at the state law office, and subsequently pro bono in the High Court and Court of Appeal judicial legal-aid system.
Brenda Mbathi is responsible for developing strategy and executing operational plans to drive CSR (through GE’s signature program known as GE Kujenga) across all GE business units in Africa. In addition, Brenda has responsibilities managing government relations & advocacy across East Africa. Born in Kenya, she is particularly passionate about initiatives that help empower Africa’s success. She leads GE Volunteer network across Africa and GE Women’s Network in East Africa. Brenda is a board member of the Kenya Private Sector Alliance (KEPSA). She holds a BA (Hons) degree in International Relations & Geography from Mount Holyoke College, Massachusetts.
Nick has been at the forefront of mobile commerce activities in emerging markets for over 15 years. He is the co-founder of M-KOPA, a company providing pay-as-you-go solar energy services in East Africa, reaching over 370,000 customers since 2012. Nick was previously at Vodafone where he started and led the team that developed the ground-breaking mobile payment service called M-PESA. He also serves on the Board of bKash, a mobile banking service in Bangladesh that has over 20 million subscribers. Nick was a winner of The Economist’s Innovation Award in 2010 for his work on M-PESA. He has a PhD in Applied Science and an MBA from London Business School.
Social Entrepreneur Su Kahumbu Stephanou, is a passionate organic farmer, Founder and CEO of Green Dreams Ltd and Green Dreams Tech Ltd. She is a pioneer in the organic industry in Kenya working with small holder farmers for over 17 years. Through her company Green Dreams TECH Ltd, she developed the award winning mobile phone application “iCow” winner of the first Apps4Africa Award, winner of the Vision 2030 Innovation Award for Agriculture in Kenya, finalist in the Innovation Prize for Africa 2012. Su is a TED Global Fellow and sits on the Advisory Board of The Changing Course in Global Agriculture as well as the Technical Group of the Changing Course in Kenyan Agriculture. She lives in Nairobi, Kenya.
Sanda Ojiambo is the Head of Corporate Responsibility at Safaricom Limited, where she leads the Social Innovation, Sustainability, Environmental Management, Social Policy and the Corporate Social Investment portfolios. She is also a Director of the Kenya Investment Authority (KenInvest) and has worked as Director of Programmes at the Africa Regional Office of the International Planned Parenthood Federation, and at CARE International and UNDP. Sanda has a Master’s degree in Public Policy and Development Economics. She has completed several Executive Leadership trainings at Strathmore Business School in Kenya; and Harvard Business School in the USA.
Thibaud Rerolle is the Chief Technology Officer of Safaricom in charge of Networks, IT and Financial Services platforms. Thibaud Rerolle joined Vodafone in 2011 and has a wealth of experience having worked in senior management positions in the Telecommunication Industry for over 20 years in roles spanning 7 countries in Western and Eastern Europe, South America, Carribean and Africa. Thibaud is a French national fluent in several languages. He holds a Master of Sciences Degree in Telecommunications Engineering with a specialization in Networks from the prestigious Telecom ParisTech (ENST) and has also attended the PrytanÈe National Military Preparatory School in France.
A Kenyan national, Business Development professional with over 30 years’ experience of start – ups all over Africa with specific focus on East Africa. He has extensive experi-ence in Business Development and Strategic Planning initiatives for existing local com-panies and Multinational subsidiaries in many sectors. More recently he has been a di-rector of a security advisory company and served as Chairman of the Laibon Society (Old Boys of Lenana School) and as a member of the School’s Board of Governors. He is a keen and active musician, using the activity to raise money for charities, and has represented Kenya at schoolboy and National level at rugby.