Dr. Tonny K. Omwansa holds a PhD in Information Systems and is a faculty member at the School of Computing and Informatics, University of Nairobi. He is the co-author of the book “Money, Real Quick: Kenya’s Disruptive Mobile Money Innovation”.
Besides teaching, he coordinates the innovation activities at the University of Nairobi, including running startups accelerator (TUMI Startup Accelerator and an upcoming CISCO Edge Accelerator), overseeing the annual Nairobi Innovation Week, which he founded in 2015 and designing innovation courses. He is also the founding Director of the C4DLab, the innovation and incubation lab of the University of Nairobi.
Through Nairobi Innovation Week, over the last four years, Dr. Omwansa has mobilized over 50 local partners from private sector, government, development agencies and academia to enhance the local innovation ecosystem. The Nairobi Innovation Week was graced by the HE the President of the Republic of Kenya and has since then grown into a national pride with participation from several other countries.
As part of his focus on startup movement, Dr. Omwansa founded NIW.Startups in 2018 which pulls together hundreds of startups that compete and prepare to pitch at the close of the Nairobi Innovation Week. Other initiatives he has founded include the C4DLab, University of Nairobi Innovation Fellowship, TUMI Startup Accelerator and is considered as one of the most prolific scholars at the University of Nairobi.
Dr. Omwansa has conducted extensive research and consulting work on ICT, Innovation, financial inclusion, mobile transactions and information systems in various countries resulting in numerous products, publications and reports. His research interests are in the design, adoption and impact of innovative low-cost appropriate technologies in developing countries and how private sector, through startups contribute towards solutions in challenging societies in the region.
Daniel Ernesto Moser is the Management Head of the Transformative Urban Mobility Initiative (TUMI). As such he is leading the strategic development and the planning of activities of the initiative. Daniel is an accomplished urban mobility and transport specialist with +7 years of international experience. He has strong public and private sector experience and through his work has collaborated closely with non-governmental organisations and world leading research institutions. His special interests lies at the intersection of urban mobility, strategic infrastructure implementation and technology.
The Transformative Urban Mobility Initiative has as its goal to accelerate the implementation of sustainable urban mobility in cities worldwide. The joint initiative was launched at Habitat III by Germany and works together with 10 global partners such as the development banks ADB, CAF, KfW, the networks C40, ICLEI and SLoCaT, the think tanks ITDP and WRI as well as UN-Habitat and the GIZ. The initiative has three fundamental pillars of activities (1) Mobility Innovation through pilot projects, identified through an annual global competition, (2) public sector consulting with urban leaders, and (3) financing of large scale urban mobility infrastructure projects. As of 2018 the initiative worked with over 1000 urban decision makers and committed more than € 1.3 Bn to urban mobility endeavours worldwide. For more see: www.transformative-mobility.org
Prof. Timothy Mwololo Waema is Professor of Information Systems in the School of Computing and Informatics in the University of Nairobi.
Prof. Waema has carried out research and consultancy in many aspects of ICT and development, including the growth of the Internet market in Kenya, assessment of Kenyan ICT sector performance, policy development for business process outsourcing and off-shoring in Kenya, development of a centre of excellence for training in BPO/IT enabled services (ITES) in Kenya, impact of ICT on governance, bridging the global digital divide in ICT and agriculture, role of ICT in alleviating poverty, and e-readiness assessment of 50 universities in the Eastern Africa region and building roadmaps for accession to higher levels of e-readiness.
He also has broad experience spanning over almost 30 years in ICT and management consultancy, including information systems design and development, strategic planning, project management, change management, information systems management, and human resource management.
He holds a PhD in Strategic Management of Information Systems from University of Cambridge (UK) and an Honours Degree in Electrical and Electronics Engineering from University of Bath (UK). Prof. Waema has extensive ICT for Development (ICT4D) research experience and has been published widely in journals, conference proceedings and in books. He is a professional member of the Association for Computing Machinery.
Stefanie Holzwarth is working in the Urban Mobility Unit at UN-Habitat, headquartered in Nairobi, Kenya. She is involved in providing knowledge, advocacy, and technical assistance to national governments and local authorities in the development and implementation of sustainable urban mobility strategies. In her work, she supports broad consultation processes of stakeholders to develop mobility strategies that are adapted to local needs, avails international expertise and best practices, and is also involved in capacity building, training events or city-to-city exchanges. Previously, she has worked with GIZ in Urban Development Projects in Cairo, Egypt and Cape Town, South Africa. Disregarding of the bike-unfriendliness of many big cities around the globe that she lived in, Stefanie has discovered her enthusiasm for cycling. Not only for commuting-to-office purposes – but also by joining Critical Mass Events to create awareness of the cyclists’ rights to shared urban roads.
Anna is an Urban Planner and Architect with over ten years of international development experience. She specializes in urban design, managing projects at the intersection of planning, architecture and engineering, and has worked at multiple scales of governance in East Africa, and the United States. Anna holds a Masters of Science in Urban Planning and Master of Architecture from Columbia University, a Post-Graduate degree in Urban Management from the University of Nairobi and Bachelor’s degree from the University of California, Berkeley. Anna is currently based in Kampala, Uganda where she teaches Urban Design at Makerere University, College of Engineering, Design, Art and Technology (CEDAT).
Frederic Tesfay is a Project Manager focused on project implementation. A Mechanical Engineer by education, Frederic immediately went into project management within the field of construction; having worked two years in USA and a further five years for GIZ in Africa. After developing a strong focus on monitoring and controlling, he then successfully began managing a variety of projects in the field of technical education and capacity building in Asia.
Through his personal and professional cultural experiences, he has gained understanding of the cultural intricacies, which are a factor in his past success. Frederic joined the TUMI team in May 2018 and is working hard to support the successful execution of projects and advancement of Sustainable Mobility Project
More advisors, mentors, and facilitators to be announced in course of August/September.