iHub appoints Mary Gicharu as new MD

The iHub the pioneer tech hub in Kenya and home of Ushahidi and BRCK has announced appointment of Mary Gicharu as the new Managing Director effective May 8, 2017.

Ms. Gicharu will continue with the implementation of the strategy and operating model of iHub 2.0. She brings over fifteen years of experience and demonstrated performance from globally respected firms within the U.S. and recently at a Pan-African Bank within Kenya.

She is formerly worked for Morgan Stanley (New York City) within the Corporate Post Trade Technology, COO Office and honed skills in implementation and integration management of business units from her past tenureships including Coca-Cola Enterprises, Inc. (Atlanta) Strategy Planning & Portfolio Management Unit.

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In 2013, Mary relocated back to Kenya to lead and manage the implementation of Equitel, a secure converged banking and mobile services channel and the largest MVNO (mobile virtual network operator) in Africa. 

“I feel honored to have been selected for the MD role at the iHub. The iHub has played a pivotal role to develop the tech ecosystem in Kenya and set an example for the whole continent.  We are on a great path, and want to ensure we provide the best services possible to the tech community”

Kamal remains close to the iHub and tech community as he takes on a full-time role as the Chief Innovation Officer at Safaricom Limited. He will continue to be engaged with the iHub in an advisory role supporting the team and the investors as the Chairman of the Board of the iHub.

“I’m excited to welcome Mary as the iHub MD. We’ve gone through a tremendous amount of changes and right now we need a steady hand to implement our new model. Mary has over a decade of private sector experience and the kind of personality that will give our constituencies, the tech community in Kenya and our private and public sector partners, the confidence that the iHub will continue to be the center of the regional tech universe. I am very much looking forward working with her and the iHub team going forward.”

  • Josiah Mugambi is the Director of Strategy and Products. He leads strategy and product lines for our Entrepreneur and Innovation Journeys. Both of these Journeys are geared towards providing a support system for entrepreneurs on their journey, and engagement with the public and private sector as they build new products and improve existing products while creating job opportunities for our contractor members. To read Josiah’s biography, click here
  • Nekesa Were is the Director of Platform Services. She will manage our events, membership and member services and also oversee efficiency improvements of the iHub in addition to manage special iHub projects. To read Nekesa’s biography, click here
  • Njoki Gichinga is the Director of Partnerships and Sales. In this role, she drives collaborations that will lead to iHub becoming the best African support system for the tech community, as well as a platform for developing amazing enterprises in Africa.  Her role also seeks cooperation with private and public sector actors to engage with iHub’s product lines. Njoki joined the iHub in January after nearly fifteen years in various international roles in the US and Kenya. To read Njoki’s biography, click here
  • Rosemary Njeri is the Director of Support Services. She heads all the work currently being carried out in the operational business support functions in Finance, Human Resources, Logistics, Administration and Procurement and legal. To read Rosemary’s biography, click here

iHub recently moved to a new space at Senteu Plaza. For a desk or office space, please contact membership@ihub.co.ke. For partnerships and collaborations, please contact info@ihub.co.ke.