Jury Member

Shikoh Gitau

Shikoh is the CEO of Qhala, a Digital Innovation company that catalyzes digital transformation capabilities for  organizations across Africa. She has over 10 years of experience in the Research, Design, Implementation, and  Management of Digital Technologies. She has established expertise in both African and Emerging Markets  specialized in solving problems in Agriculture, Education, Health, Payments, Retail and Renewable energies.

She is responsible for the set-up of Safaricom Alpha, a first of the kind corporate innovation hub in Africa. Where  she worked as the Head of Products – Innovation and acted as the Chief Innovation Officer. Shikoh also led  Safaricom’s foray into becoming a digital company, by putting together a strategy, and cross-functional teams to  execute the strategy.

Previously worked with Africa Development Bank (AfDB), where she was leading and advising governments across  Africa to adopt ICT for service delivery, she developed the Digital Government Blueprint {put links}, a strategic  document to guide governments in digital transformation, now adopted by Smart Africa. She has also worked with  Google and Microsoft in their emerging markets teams. She has received numerous awards in recognition of her  efforts in influencing Business and Government as well as Technology.

Shikoh seats on various boards in ICT companies and contributes to a number of steering committees and think  tanks on Africa and technology. Shikoh holds a PhD and MSc in Computer Science from the University of Cape Town,  South Africa.

Recently, she was appointed to the COVID-19 ICT Advisory Committee set up by Joe Mucheru, Cabinet Secretary  for ICT, Innovation and Youth Affairs to facilitate containment of the spread of coronavirus in the country using  information communication and technology. She also is part of the COVID-19 Modelling team, informing the  Government of Kenya’s policy formulation using Data.

Nairobi, Kenya

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