Team

 

Ruby is responsible for raising capital, business development, and building partnerships for Lumen. Her experience includes leading business development in Africa for Endless Computers, consulting  for Nairobi based social enterprise Sanergy, helping start-up the Langa Quarter social enterprise precinct in Cape Town, and working as a member of  LA Mayor Garcetti's Business Team. 

Paul Wanyanga brings years of experience in data analysis, sampling methods, and customer engagement to Lumen's team. Paul was formerly a lead analyst at mSurvey, and has worked as a lead statistician in projects with clients including Safaricom, McKinsey, PharmAccess, and the Comm. Authority of Kenya. Paul holds a degree in Statistics from the University of Nairobi. 

Rick grew up in a rural community in Eastern Kenya, and touched a computer for the first time when he was 21 years old. From there, he taught himself how to use and operate basic computer software, and went on to help found the idea for Lumen. With a firsthand understanding of the ICT challenges in Kenya, Rick serves as the anchor between Lumen and the communities that we work with. 

Leslie brings five years of management consulting experience across the philanthropic, public, and private sectors. Previously, she worked as an associate with Global Impact Advisors, where she provided strategy and evaluation experience to international development organizations such as the Gates Foundation and the World Bank. Leslie holds a Masters of Philosophy from the University of Cambridge. 

 

Advisory Board

 Eric Osiakwan, Managing Partner at Chanzo Capital

Eric Osiakwan, Managing Partner at Chanzo Capital

Eric Osiakwan is a Tech Entrepreneur and Angel Investor with 15 years of ICT industry leadership across Africa and the world. He has worked in 32 African countries setting up ISPs, ISPAs, IXPx, and high-tech startups. He co-founded Angel Africa List, Angel Fair Africa, and currently serves on the board of numerous startups and companies across the continent. Eric has also founded and built companies and organizations including GNVC, GISPA, AfriSPA, Internet Research, and GhanaConnect. He has served as an ICT Consultant for the World Bank, Soros Foundation, UNDP, USAID, USDOF, USDOS, as well as African governments and private firms. He co-authored the “Open Access Model”, adopted globally by the telecommunications industry, “Negotiating the Net- the Politics of Internet Diffusion in Africa”, and “The Internet in Ghana” with the Mosaic Group. Eric was invited to contribute ideas to Prime Minister Tony Blair’s Commission for Africa, and is a Stanford, MIT, Harvard, TED, and Poptech fellow.

 Judith Owigar, Co-Founder at Akirachix

Judith Owigar, Co-Founder at Akirachix

Judith Owigar is the Co-Founder of AkiraChix, a non-profit that works to develop a successful network of women in technology to change Africa’s future. In 2012, AkiraChix was recognized with the Google RISE Award for their work with women in tech. In 2015 Judith shared a panel with President Barack Obama of the U. S. and President Uhuru Kenyatta of Kenya at the Global Entrepreneurship Summit. She is a member of the Africa WeTech (Women Enhancing Technology) Leadership Council, a 2015 East African Acumen Fellow and a 2014 International Focus fellow. In 2012 and 2009 Judith was named as one of the Top 40 under 40 women by the Business Daily newspaper in Kenya. In 2012, she was named as one of the 10 African voices to follow on Twitter by CNN. Judith was recognized with the Anita Borg Change Agent Award 2011 by the Anita Borg Institute for Women and Technology. Judith has also been honored by the US Embassy in Kenya with the Unsung Heroes Award in recognition of her work with Akirachix to promote women. 

 Kago Kagichiri, Co-Founder and CTO at Eneza Education

Kago Kagichiri, Co-Founder and CTO at Eneza Education

Kago Kagichiri is the Chief Technology Officer and co-founder of Eneza Education, an EdTech company that offers a virtual tutor and teacher's assistant that uses a simple low-cost mobile phone to make rural kids in Africa smarter. With over 2 million registered users in 4 different countries, Eneza Education was the winner of the 2014 ICT Innovation awards at the Connected Kenya Summit, and was named by Fast Company as Africa’s Most Innovative Company in 2015. Before founding Eneza Education, Kago also founded MiliQi Networks, a web design and development firm. Kago is an Unreasonable Institute Fellow, an Echoing Green Fellow, and was named to Forbes’ Top 30 under 30 Social Entrepreneurs in 2015.

 Mike Miller, Co-Founder and Principal at Wild Horse Labs

Mike Miller, Co-Founder and Principal at Wild Horse Labs

Mike Miller is the Co-Founder of Wild Horse Labs, an International Education and Investment Network based in Los Angeles, California. Wild Horse Labs focuses on mentoring and training Global Entrepreneurs to fund promising early-stage companies resulting in successful and self-sustaining businesses. In his role, Mike oversees Accelerator, Incubator, University, Membership & Sponsorship Development and International initiatives. He is also the Chief Instructor of the world-class Wild Horse Labs Investment Accelerator, a seminar created to educate entrepreneurs on how to receive funding and resources beyond capital by investors. He is also an Investor Member of Tech Coast Angels, the largest angel investment group in the US. Mike serves on the Advisory Board of California State Polytechnic University’s Technology Transfer Office and Innovation Village, as a Board Member of the Swedish American Chamber of Commerce, as the Entrepreneur-In-Residence at Loyola-Marymount University, and as the Executive in Residence at the Economic Development and Corporate Training (EDCT) Foundation in San Bernardino.

 Nivi Sharma, President at BRCK Education and Managing Director at BRCK

Nivi Sharma, President at BRCK Education and Managing Director at BRCK

Nivi Sharma is the President of BRCK Education and the Managing Director of BRCK. BRCK provides hardware, software, and connectivity tools to enable internet and content access in the most remote of locations. The educational arm of BRCK, BRCK Education works to enable millions of children in schools across emerging markets to access digital education tools for better learning. For their impact and innovation, BRCK has been featured in the Guardian, Quartz, CNN, Forbes, and the Financial Times. A thought leader in Education Technology for emerging markets, Nivi is a social entrepreneur, community volunteer, and technophile who has dedicated her career to education, and is passionate about digital access and community initiatives that foster learning through. Previous to joining BRCK, she was the co-founder of eLimu, the first company to digitize the Kenyan Primary School curriculum for revision and literacy. Nivi is a 2014 East Africa Acumen Fellow, and a 2016 Fellow of the Fast Forward Leadership Program led by Sunny Bindra.

 Tonee Ndungu, Founder and CIO at Kytabu Inc. 

Tonee Ndungu, Founder and CIO at Kytabu Inc. 

Tonee Ndungu is the Founder and CIO of Kytabu, an educational app that provides low-cost access to digitalized versions of all Kenyan textbooks for primary and secondary students. Under Tonee’s leadership, Kytabu has won numerous local and global awards, including Google: The Education Application Most Likely to Change the World in 2013, Microsoft4Afrika Best Education Application in 2014, and Citi Mobile Challenge: Best Social Impact Application in 2015. One of the pioneers of the Kenyan tech sector, Tonee also founded NAILAB, Kenya’ first and largest tech startup accelerator. With over $5 million raised, NAILAB has gone on to employ nearly 50,000 young people, helping address serious problem of under- and unemployment among Kenyan youth. Tonee has been featured as a speaker in 4 TED talks, as well as in numerous conferences around the world. In 2016, Tonee was name a recipient of the prestigious Eisenhower Fellowship.