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.

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.

Throughout his political career, President Mkapa worked to strengthen Tanzanian democracy, entrench civil rights and fight poverty, while increasing the country’s exposure to international trade and investment. He was active in conflict resolution in the Great Lakes Region of Africa, and an active player in regional economic co-operation within the East African Community, and the Southern African Development Community of which he was Chairperson for 2003/2004. In retirement, in early 2008, he was a member of the African Union Panel of Eminent Persons under former United Nations Secretary-General, Kofi Annan, which successfully reconciled opposing political parties in Kenya after over 1000 people died in post-election conflicts.

In January 2002, President Mkapa was appointed, together with the President of Finland, Co-Chair of the World Commission on the Social Dimension of Globalisation. In March 2004, he was appointed one of the Commissioners in the Commission for Africa established by British Prime Minister, Tony Blair.

President Mkapa continues to be very active regionally and internationally. He is Chairman of the South Centre, a Geneva-based intergovernmental organization of developing countries. He is Co-Chair of the Investment Climate Facility for Africa, and Co-Chair of the Africa Emerging Markets Forum (AEMF). He is a member of the board of trustees of the Africa Wildlife Foundation (AWF), Aga Khan University, (2008-2011) and a Commissioner on the United Nations Commission on the Legal Empowerment of the Poor (2006-2008). President Mkapa is a member of the Board of the International Crisis Group (2010 - to date), Club of Madrid, InterAction Council, Africa Forum as well as of the current Chair of the Advisory Council of the Microsoft 4Afrika.

In 2005, he was a member of the Panel of Eminent Persons appointed by the UNCTAD Secretary-General to review and enhance the role of UNCTAD within the United Nations reforms. In 2006, he served as a member of the High-level panel on UN System-wide Coherence in areas of Development, Humanitarian Assistance and Environment, appointed by the United Nations Secretary-General. He was also partly associated with the work of the Commission on Growth and Development, an independent commission established with the support of the World Bank, the Swedish, Dutch and UK Governments and the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation. President Mkapa was appointed in 2006 to be Patron of the UN committee of 2008 International Year of Planet Earth.
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. In that role, he also served as part of the leadership team for WECA and the Indian Ocean Islands. Louis lists many accomplishments in his overall career but most notable is the lead role he played in the localization of Microsoft Office & Windows into Kiswahili – a first for an African language - which paved way for the extension of the localization program into seven other African languages. Before joining Microsoft, Louis was a developer and rose to become Vice President, Information Systems at EEC Financial Services Inc, a firm based in New York & New Jersey, USA. Louis serves on the Kenya Vision 2030 Delivery Board as well as the Enablis East Africa Board. He is also a member of a select group of CEOs in the IGD Frontier 100 program, an advisor to the Presidential Investor’s Round table in Uganda and Tanzania, as well as in the Presidential ICT round table in Mozambique. In addition, he is a member of the East Africa Business Summit and served as chair of the American Business Association in Kenya in 2005. Louis Otieno at WEF Africa 2015, talks about Public Private Partnerships in Africa to create enabling environment for technology to thrive
Akaliza Keza Gara
I’m really looking forward to joining the 4Afrika Advisory Council. I hope to help the 4Afrika Initiative better understand my country, to share the needs that exist here and to talk about the opportunities to use technology to impact people’s lives.
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.
Akaliza’s dream has been to create cartoons and films targeting African children, specifically Rwandan children. She barely remembers cartoons representative of her culture and wants to create characters and settings that African children can relate to. She has completed her first cartoon as part of an educational series. The artists and the animators who brought the cartoons to life were all Rwandan.
Tayeb Sbihi
I’m very excited to be joining the Council as a youth leader. As a telecommunications professional, I hope to bring affordable broadband access to the youth in Africa.
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.
Tayeb is also working on e-commerce projects and is a member of CEED, where he mentors young entrepreneurs to help them start their businesses. He is most passionate about bringing affordable internet access to Africa. He believes connectivity will play a big role in improving Africa’s competitiveness and independence, reducing Africa’s reliance on the West.
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. Bright is consulted on innovation strategy by international organizations such as the World Bank, UNECA, USAID, and the Commonwealth; and is a member of the United Nations taskforce on innovative models in healthcare. He is a Global Fellow of the Salzburg Global Seminar, where he also served on the 2011 faculty for healthcare. Bright is furthermore a member of the Advisory Board of IC Publications, one of the world's leading publishers focused on Africa and the African diaspora, and of the Sanofi Digital and Africa 2.0 Advisory boards.
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. Hanan Abdelmeguid at WEF Africa 2015, talks with Its Africa Time on the need for Public Private Partnership to accelerate the economic growth in Africa
Olivia Mukam
As a youth council member, I hope to bring light to Africa’s youth aspirations, ambitions and current actions. I also hope to bring my various networks within Cameroon and more than 20 countries in Africa to the 4Afrika Initiative and action plan.
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.
Olivia started an NGO called Harambe Cameroon after graduating. Its aim is to engage youth to be national problem-solvers. Together with a team of dedicated young adults, they inform, train and stimulate thousands of youth across the Nation with marketing, accounting, business and project management skills. After only four years, Harambe has ignited a movement of passionate problem-solvers in 8 out of 10 regions of Cameroon.
Olivia also co-founded a business, Solutioneurs SARL (LLC), that taps into the database of competences that Harambe gathered in four years (e.g. statisticians, accountants, engineers, IT technicians, translators, marketists) to deliver affordable micro-tasks to small businesses in Cameroon, Nigeria, the U.K and the U.S.
Chude Jideonwo
I’m looking forward to being part of a committed group of African leaders who are working hard to open up access to opportunities and be part of the transformation story for the continent and its people. 4Afrika has huge potential to make a lasting impact and it’s exciting to be part of that process.
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.
Chude was named in the Business Day 40 under 40 list and was profiled in Forbes 30 Under 30: Africa’s Best Young Entrepreneurs. Chude’s achievements include being selected as Nominee for Most Enterprising Youth by the Nigeria Youth Merit Award (2012); appointed a Youth Champion by the Federal Ministry of Youth Development (2012); selected by the World Economic Forum as a Global Shaper, Lagos Hub (2011); received the Inside Out Award for exemplary commitment to positively affecting society (2009); received the Nigeria Media Merit Award as Entertainment Writer of the Year (2007).
Chude has a Masters in Media and Communication from the Pan-African University, and his writing has appeared in the UK Guardian, the Huffington Post and He is most passionate about bringing jobs and opportunities to the youth of Africa, and believes very strongly in the media as an active, participating tool in the evolution of the African media, society and economy.
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. She is a board member for Ushahidi Inc, iHub Ltd, BRCK Inc. and serves on the advisory council of Microsoft 4Afrika, and
Mariéme 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. She was named one of Forbe's '20 youngest power women in Africa 2012' , nominated by the guardian african community network as one of the African women to watch in 2013 and recently nominated as a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum in Davos. Mariéme has founded many ventures aiming to support the development of Africans such as Spot1mentoring (A mentoring and Business Accelerator) and co-founded of Africa Gathering, a platform bringing entrepreneurs and others together to share ideas for positive change in Africa. She was recently voted one of Africa’s top 25 women achievers by The Guardian Newspaper in the UK". Marieme has supported Google in Senegal, Appfrica International Inc. and the State Department in the USA for 3 years in organising the Apps4Africa contest across Africa and the Africa Progress Panel chair by Kofi Annan to host events on the state of the Extractives of Africa in many countries. Having fought hard as a young girl in Africa for a better education; women's education, empowerment and freedom is paramount in Marieme's life, hence the creation of the JJiguene Tech Hub in Senegal: the first women Tech Innovation Network supporting young women in Science,Technology, Engineering and Maths. Marieme has recently joined the Microsoft 4AfriKa team as a council member advising them on how to engage the youth in Africa's development and increase their competitivenes in the global market by creating profitable SME's.

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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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