I am passionate aboutI am most passionate and engaged about the intersection between business,
technology and impact. In particular, I am passionate about connecting the
3.5 billion people who are still offline in the world today. I believe this
will be a catalyst to solve some of the world's largest problems such as
equal access to education and economic empowerment.
Drawing my roots from Kenya, India and UK, then moving to China, has enabled
me to see first-hand the disparity between those who are connected to the
internet and those who are not. I want to spend my life thinking about
tackling some of the world's most pressing issues using social enterprise,
which I believe is the most efficient solution to take on these problems,
where NGOs and Governments cannot.
In line with connectivity, I am a strong proponent of equal opportunity in
all forms, not least because I believe diverse teams create better solutions.
I am often inspired by meeting similar young people to myself with huge
levels of motivation but a lack of opportunity, yet they are still innovating
to make a better life; unlocking the human potential of this youth is a great
challenge facing the world. Innovation is not always high tech and doesn’t
always happen in resource rich environments – some of the best innovations
are the opposite, achieved through accessible design and unique distribution.
I think resource rich countries can learn from this to focus on designing in
a more accessible way and apply technology for good, from blockchain and
digital identity or solar to provide power to unlit families.
ActionsI help to create positive change by aiming to bring positivity to those
around me every day and encouraging youth to use entrepreneurship for good.
As a Regional Director at Hult Prize Foundation, I have helped catalyse
thousands of students to change the world through entrepreneurship. Each
year with the United Nations, Hult Prize releases a global challenge which
150,000 students all over the world respond to. This summer, I co-designed
the content for the world's largest start-up accelerator - in terms of cohort
size, investment dollars and land (it’s in a castle), with the aim to
invest 1 million USD in one start up.
Prior to joining McKinsey, I co-founded a tech social enterprise, Mandala
Group, building mobile applications for low-income and rural communities to
solve social issues. For example, teleStory enables illiterate mothers to
read to their children around Mumbai through a call-in audio book system and
MCOCO provides a marketplace for farmers to sell their coconuts in rural
Kenya. I have previously spoken about Tech for Good at Houses of Parliament,
Osaka City Hall, WISE NYC, TEDx and Startup Grind.
At McKinsey, I have led various environmental, entrepreneurship and global
experience initiatives. This includes advising governments on tax efficiency
to improve public and social service provisions in their countries.
Finally, as a World Economic Forum Global Shaper, I am part of a global
community creating dialogue, action and change on a local level. With the
Shapers, I have been able to connect tech innovations and learnings China to
tech hubs in different African countries.