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Top 10 Most Influential Figures In African Technology

The use of technology in the day-to-day running of life on the African continent grows immensely every passing day. There are a plethora of engines driving the wave of technology usage on the continent, with goals and dreams to see it to its full potential.

Africa has a number of people/entrepreneurs who have invested in technology and these have boosted the growth of Africa’s technology industry and of course, the development of technology has in one way or the other enhanced the development of other various sectors.

Today, Monkeypesa brings the top 10 most influential entrepreneurs and Chief Executive Officers who have either sponsored or have been responsible for the growth of Africa’s technology industry.

Top 10 Most Influential Figures In African Technology

1. David Osei, Dropifi

David Osei is one of the most influential entrepreneurs in Africa. David Osei is an award-winning entrepreneur from Ghana, and a co-founder of Dropifi Limited, Africa’s first technology startup to be accepted into Silicon Valley’s 500 Startups Accelerator Program.

He graduated from Meltwater Entrepreneurship school of technology. In 2014 he was named one of 40 under 40 by the New York-based, Network journal. He was invited to the 1st US – Africa Business Forum by Bloomberg in Washington. He has been a guest speaker at Harvard University and Stanford University, speaking about Venture Financing Africa and Accelerating African Startups.

The growth of Osei’s company is owed to the help he has always offered to small and medium companies. The process of helping others has helped him to learn and correct his own mistakes. This enhanced the growth of Dropifi. He has the ability to solve a huge issue in the simplest terms or ways possible and that has helped him grow his company fast.

2. Phares Kariuki

East Africa’s cloud champion, Phares Kariuki, is the founder of Node Africa which is an IT infrastructure and cloud consulting company. With the aim of aiding large and medium companies move their workloads to a cloud hosting environment, Node Africa’s CEO Phares is accountable for moving sales, marketing, business development, talent management and public relations.

Before starting up Node Africa, Kariuki put up a cloud computing company Angani in Kenya. He was part of this till 2015 where he was accountable for strategy, finance, budgeting, business development, sales, talent management and fundraising and he described the company as “the first fully automated cloud computing company in Sub-Saharan Africa.”

3. Kahenya Kamunyu

He is the founder and the CEO of Able wireless, which is located in Nairobi-Kenya and was established in December 2012. Kahenya worked with a technical and media company in South Africa, United Kingdom and Kenya.

Able wireless strives to convey on-demand streaming; live streaming and wireless internet access to its customers especially students, low and middle income families across the country and thus has helped to decrease capital and expenditures of operators by 83%.

4. Johann Jenson

He is the founder and the CEO of sleepOut, a Kenyan accommodation website. After understanding the rate at which ecommerce was growing in Africa and the surrounding regions, Johann Jenson joined forces with Kenyan digital entrepreneur, Mikul Shah to form SleepOut.com.

While coming to the end of and the beginning of 2012, the company started acting as a booking service assisting travelers in finding discounted rates for hotels, apartments and other popular accommodations.

5. Neil Du preez

Neil Du Preez is the original founder and the managing director of South Africa’s mellowcabs who is passionate about urban transport and the development of last mile delivery solutions. Over time, he has gained loads of experience, owing to the fact that he had worked in a chemical and transport sectors. His technology innovation is an integration of technologies that include recovery of kinetic energy, converting it into electricity and storing it.

Neil has had very many other innovations including; Mellowcabs which develop and manufacture light electric cargo vehicles, called MellowVans that provide low cost, efficient and emission-free delivery services in cities. He has had many other innovations including; hydrogen fueled Mellowcabs, adaptable, renewable body shells and an app to book cab rides that can be paid for with cash or credit. These come with eye catching and user friendly services like; tracking the cab’s location, wifi access and mobile charging during the ride.

6. Jeremy Hodara

Jeremy is a co-founder and currently, a co-CEO at Jumia Technologies. Jumia is Uganda’s number one online shopping agent. It is spread beyond Uganda to the entire African continent.

Additionally, Jeremy Hodara is the Founder & Managing Director, Africa and France at Rocket Internet GmbH, he worked at McKinsey in France, India and the US for 7 years where he was focusing on retail and e-commerce and he holds a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from HEC Business School, France.