More advisors, mentors, and facilitators to be announced in course of August/September.
Dr Tonny K. Omwansa
Dr. Tonny K. Omwansa is the current CEO of Kenya National Innovation Agency and member of ISACA, IEEE, the Board of Trustees of Kenya National Research Fund and the National Commission of Science, Technology, and Innovation. He has been involved in the technology start-up ecosystem in Africa for the past 10 years, founding and running various entrepreneurship programs and accelerators, across different sectors including fintech and mobility. These include the University of Nairobi’s C4DLab, the TUMI Start-up Accelerator, the CISCO Edge Accelerator, the Africa Mobility Initiative (AMI) and the Nairobi Innovation Week (NIW) Start-up program. He has also been a mentor and member of jury of other start-up programs (e.g. the Zambezi and PIVOT competitions). He has been a faculty member at Strathmore University and the University of Nairobi. Dr. Omwansa created the Nairobi Innovation week, mobilizing over 50 partners from the public and private sector and academia to enhance the local innovation ecosystem. Dr. Omwansa is interested in the design, adoption, and impact of innovative low-cost, and appropriate technologies in developing countries. He has been conducting extensive research and consultancy projects for the past 15 years on technology, innovation, financial inclusion, and mobile transactions, for various clients ranging from government institutions, international donors to multinationals (Kenyan government, Mastercard Foundation, Microsoft, World Bank, USAID, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, GSMA, Rockefeller Foundation). He, therefore, produced numerous products, reports, and publications, including a book: “Money, Real Quick: Kenya’s Disruptive Mobile Money Innovation” in 2012.
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
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).
Prof. Timothy Waema
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.
Daniel Ernesto Moser
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
Hesham was ranked #39 out of top 50 investors (Forbes 2018) based on investment and successful exits.
Hesham is an angel investor, a mentor and sits as a board member on many companies. A growth-oriented business leader with entrepreneurial skills, and +20 years of proven experience in leading multinational businesses. Hesham has invested in +100 startups. He has co-founded more than 40 startups. He has a passion for building innovative start-ups around the principle of developing simple solutions to challenging problems. He is multilingual and can speak, read and write Arabic, English, French. He has also some good knowledge in German and Spanish. Hesham invests in AI, Fintech, Blockchain, e-commerce, IoT, HR, b2b startups. He wears various hats from team management to technical cofounder to user experience and product/process/knowledge management. Hesham is a cofounder and CEO of FasterCapital. FasterCapital is an online accelerator/incubator who has border-less reach. Hesham has already co-founded (as a technical cofounder) and invested as an angel investor in more than 100 startups and has helped expand FasterCapital to have more than 1000 regional partners, a network of 1000 mentors, +500 offices worldwide, 100 partnerships (incubators/accelerators and venture funds) and more than 400 startups. Hesham has invested and helped improve and refine the product in each of the 40 incubated startups. Hesham has co-founded and invested in Edunoor.com, dooet.com, letuscloud.com, Mobayle.com, Meody.com, abcmob.com, TVlize.com, Nakkeb.com, BeamGift.com, PickTaxi.com, MobAdv.com, Bazarmaker.com, puttag.com, fulhost.com, Entablet.com, PinProfile.com, mp3ready.com, BookThatbook.com Newsanalyse.com, B2Butterfly.com and many more. He is also a mentor for more than 50 companies. Hesham started his first company ZGroup Mobile in 2002 with less than $20/month and grow it to reach a valuation of $2.5-$3.25 million in 2005 by Public company Incagold plc (it would have been the first company in MENA region to be acquired by a public company). ZGroup Mobile is a developer and publisher of mobile content (mobile games, mobile apps, mobile music, mobile videos) and services. He started writing his first programs in 1989 in Basic and then moved to Qbasic in 1992. He has been writing software since 30 years now. He has been ranked 7th in Baccalaureate tests among 200,000 participants. He has completed his engineering degree at HIAST then he has done an MBA at Edinburgh business school and a Master in computer information science at AABFS.