Meet the 4Afrika Advisory Council

Introducing the 4Afrika Advisory Council comprised of high ranking individuals within the African continent.

As part of the 4Afrika Initiative, our Council members have been specially chosen for their vision and strategic insights. Each is dedicated to creating opportunities for the next generation, for the benefit of Africa.

The Council is chaired by former Tanzanian President, H.E. Benjamin Mkapa.

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H.E. Benjamin Mkapa

Benjamin W. Mkapa, a seasoned journalist, diplomat and politician, was elected President of Tanzania in November 1995, the third President of the United Republic of Tanzania since independence in 1961. On 21st December 2005, President Mkapa relinquished powers voluntarily at the end of his two five-year terms in office as President of United Republic of Tanzania. He continued to chair the ruling party (CCM) until June 2006, when he voluntarily handed the party leadership over to his successor, President Jakaya Mrisho Kikwete.
Louis Otieno

Louis joined Microsoft in 1997 as Country Manager for Kenya, helping drive one of the highest growth rates for Microsoft subsidiaries worldwide. In 2002, he became the Director for Business Operations & Marketing in WCA (West & Central Africa), a position he held until 2004 when he moved to become Director of Enterprise Sales in WECA. In 2007, Louis was promoted to General Manager, East & Southern Africa, responsible for sales, marketing, services and business development across 15 countries.
Akaliza Keza Gara

Akaliza a Multimedia Technology & Design graduate from Rwanda, is the founder of Shaking Sun, a multimedia company that specialises in graphic design, animation and web development. She is also a mentor at kLab and Girls in ICT Rwanda. During her studies, she was only one of a few women taking ICT courses. There were hardly any female role models in the industry. She now encourages girls to pursue careers in ICT, sharing key insights with emerging tech entrepreneurs in Africa. She holds female empowerment, quality education and youth unemployment very close to her heart.
Tayeb Sbihi

Tayeb is a Moroccan entrepreneur with a BSc in Computer Science, an MSc in Computer Networks and an Executive MBA in International Business. Backed by strong technical expertise and knowledge of the telecom markets in Morocco and Africa, Tayeb founded B2N Consulting, a company offering a wide range of telecom services and solutions to its customers in Morocco and Africa. B2N Consulting is an Authorised Distributer of IXIA in Morocco.
Bright Simons

Bright Simons is president of the mPedigree Network, where he pioneered a system that allows consumers to instantly check whether their medicines are counterfeits or not by sending a free text message. He is honorary director of development research at IMANI; a member of the World Economic Forum's Global Agenda Councils (on Data and development), Young Global Leaders, and Technology Pioneers Communities; a TED and Ashoka fellow; and a Brain Trust member of the Evian Group at IMD. He is a recipient of numerous awards, ranging from an Archbishop Desmond Tutu Award, Marie Curie and Commonwealth Vision Grants to a PPARC Scholarship in Gamma Ray Astronomy.
Hanan Abdelmeguid

Ms. Hanan Abdel-Meguid serves as the Chief Executive Officer of Orascom Telecom Ventures S.A.E. (also known as OT Ventures). Ms. Abdel-Meguid has 25+ years of experience in the IT field. She served as the Chief Executive Officer of LINKdotNET's software development spin-off firm, LINK Development. She joined LINKdotNET in 1996 and served as its Chief Solution Officer, where she contributed immensely to its success and growth. She was involved in the establishment of various communities and projects. She serves as a Director of Joyent, Inc. She is an active Member in many academic and business alliances and associations in Egypt.
Olivia Mukam

Olivia, a self-described 'solutionneur' is driven by her passion to solve socio-economic problems. She initiated a water addition project during her first year of university. The project engaged the Engineers Without Borders team from the University of Delaware to work in the community of Bamendjou, in the West Region of Cameroon. After six years of execution, the project significantly solved the problem of rampant water-borne diseases such as cholera and dysentery. Today, more than 5,000 villagers have access to clean water.
Chude Jideonwo

Chude is a lawyer, award-winning journalist, media entrepreneur and youth development expert. He is co-founder and managing partner of RED, an innovative media company with a focus on content, communication and development. RED owns The Future Awards Africa, the Continent's premier youth event. Chude is also the founder of Enough Is Enough Nigeria, one of Nigeria's foremost civic participation groups.
Juliana Rotich

Juliana Rotich is a Technologist, MIT Media Lab Director's Fellow, TED Senior Fellow and currently serves as Chair of World Economic Forum Global Agenda Council on Data Driven Development. Juliana is Executive Director of Ushahidi Inc, a non-profit tech company, born in Africa, which specializes in developing free and open source software for information collection, interactive mapping and data curation. Ushahidi builds tools for democratizing information, increasing transparency and lowering the barriers for individuals to share their stories. She leads a team that is expanding its global footprint and making crowdsourcing tools available and useful, and catalyzing entrepreneurial initiatives like iHub in Kenya.
Marieme Jamme

Marieme Jamme is a Senegalese born-British businesswoman who ran a technology consultancy business in London, her company Spotone One Global Solutions helps International tech companies selling enterprise software solutions, to set a foothold in Africa, Middle East and Asia. Marieme is best known for her role in promoting technology , good governance, transparency and a better education standard in Africa. She is a blogger, tech activist and social entrepreneur who works tirelessly to empower her fellow Africans through education, empowerment, mentoring, leadership and economic development.
Monica Musonda

Corporate Lawyer turned entrepreneur, Monica has held senior positions in private practice and in house. Her last position was General Counsel the Dangote Group, where she was project lead responsible for the Group's $500m investment in Zambia to build the country's largest cement plant. Under the mentorship of Aliko Dangote, Monica moved back to her home country of Zambia and set up Java Foods, which will be Southern Africa's first instant noodle manufacturer. She sits on the board of Bank of Zambia (central bank) and is also the chairperson of Kwacha Pension Trust Fund, Zambia's largest single employer pension fund. She is also a 2013 World Economic Forum Young Global Leader and a Arch. Tutu Leadership Fellow.
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