Meet OurSession Speakers

Mish-al Booley
Mish-al Booley
Senior Project Manager,City of Cape Town Municipality
Abigail Sandala
Abigail Sandala
Project Management Expert | PMI Future 50
Alan Maturu
Alan Maturu
Program Manager, Safaricom PLC
Annastacia K. Musembi
Annastacia K. Musembi
Teacher Educator, TSC Kenya and Academic project Supervisor, JKUAT, Kenya.
Dr. André ONANA
Dr. André ONANA
Professor, École Supérieure Multinationale des Télécommunications (ESMT)
Aristide TANOH
Aristide TANOH
Project Management Officer, Entrepreneurial Solutions Partners, LLC (ESP)
Billy S. Mwape
Billy S. Mwape
Head Of Information Technology, FNB Zambia
Dr. Ehud Gachugu
Dr. Ehud Gachugu
Project Director Ajira, Kenya Private Sector Alliance
Essowe ABALO
Essowe ABALO
Project Management Consultant Lead Consultant, Woloyem PMI Global Volunteer, Francophone Outreach
Gbolahan Pearl Oyelakin
Gbolahan Pearl Oyelakin
President, Internationa EdTech Association at Quantic School of Business & Technology
Ivan Rincon
Ivan Rincon
Executive Director, Project Management, British Colombia Government
John Alfred
John Alfred
Innovation and Management Consultant
Joseph Musiitwa
Joseph Musiitwa
Director, Pearl Project Management Synergies Int.
Karin Van Rooyen
Karin Van Rooyen
Consultant, PMI® ATP Approved Trainer, PM.Ideas
Professor Martin Morgan Tuuli
Professor Martin Morgan Tuuli
Deputy Rector & Professor of Construction Business and Project Management, GIMPA
Obi Omoregie
Obi Omoregie
Head of Project Management Capability Building, Nawah Energy Company
Pete Omotosho
Pete Omotosho
Director, Pete Lauren Consulting
Ronald Kefa
Ronald Kefa
Program Management Lead, Peek Vision
Roseland Hupp
Roseland Hupp
Project Manager, Bonneville Power Administration
Shoayb Peerbocus
Shoayb Peerbocus
President, PMI Mauritius Chapter
Taiwo Abraham
Taiwo Abraham
Program Manager, Horizant Canada
Andrea Pratt-Smith
Andrea Pratt-Smith
CEO, Creative Minds Project Development & Consultation
Azmeena Bhanji
Azmeena Bhanji
Regional General Manager, Real Estate Development, PDM Holdings Limited
Njeri Ngaruiya Ng’ang’a
Njeri Ngaruiya Ng’ang’a
Lecturer, Technical University, Kenya
Naisenya Mungai
Naisenya Mungai
Digital Delivery Lead, Safaricom
Sabina Ngwanchang Nforba
Sabina Ngwanchang Nforba
Digital Innovation and Product Development, African Union
Sindi Kwenaite
Sindi Kwenaite
Executive Operations, Project & Construction Management Professions (SACPCMP)
Temi Kolawole
Temi Kolawole
Managing Director, Ilorin Innovation Hub
Wanja Murekio
Wanja Murekio
Strategic Portfolio Manager, Old Mutual Africa Region (OMAR)
Yannick Arekion
Yannick Arekion
Project Assurance Consultant, APDT Consulting
Edith Kivengea
Edith Kivengea
Group Head of Talent & Learning, Airtel Africa Plc
Clotilde Eteme
Clotilde Eteme
President, President Cameroon Chapter
Innocentia Mahlangu
Innocentia Mahlangu
Founder & CEO, SHEngineers
Kheri R. Mbiro
Kheri R. Mbiro
President and Board Chair, PMI Tanzania Chapter
Lilian Kimeto
Lilian Kimeto
Deputy Director, Communications, ICT Authority, Kenya
Oumar Diop
Oumar Diop
President, Senegal Chapter, PMI
Solomon Mahinda
Solomon Mahinda
Executive Vice President, Tatu City
Tahirou Assane Oumarou
Tahirou Assane Oumarou
Director, Brightline, PMI
Alex Gbaguidi
Alex Gbaguidi
Founder & CEO, Activalex Inc.
Bola Adesope
Bola Adesope
Transformation & Advisory Lead, STACEY & LLOYD CONSULTING
Emolot Allan David
Emolot Allan David
Chairperson, Independent Continental Youth Advisory Council on the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA)
Flora Mutahi
Flora Mutahi
Founder & CEO, Melvin Marsh International
Florence Nyole
Florence Nyole
President, Architectural Association of Kenya (AAK)
Kennedy Odero
Kennedy Odero
Kenya Country Office Programmes Manager, Christian Blind Mission (CBM) International
Lucy Ward
Lucy Ward
Academic Engagement Specialist, Project Management Institute
Megan White wa Mukuria
Megan White wa Mukuria
Founder and CEO, ZanaAfrica
Robyn T. Emerson
Robyn T. Emerson
Founding President, Women in Real Estate
Roopal Thaker
Roopal Thaker
Executive Director, ZanaAfrica
Sarah Maxwell
Sarah Maxwell
Chapter Engagement Specialist, Project Management Institute
Fatuma Haghe Adan
Fatuma Haghe Adan
Portfolio Manager, SAMA
João Sarmento
João Sarmento
Vice President, Education, PMI Angola Chapter
Susan Wachira-Nyika
Susan Wachira-Nyika
Founder, Transmitio. Hofstede Insights Associate Partner, PMP
Achille Ubalijoro
Achille Ubalijoro
Project & Program Executive Consultant | Professional Coach in Training
Bulla Boma Hekeno
Bulla Boma Hekeno
Co-Founder and Director, HEBO Consult
Dr. Lynn A Keeys
Dr. Lynn A Keeys
Director, Project Management Institute
Frank Owusu-Asamoah
Frank Owusu-Asamoah
President, PMI Ghana Chapter
Howard A. Mmayi
Howard A. Mmayi
Assistant Director, Research Innovation & Knowledge Management, Kenya National Highway Authority
Ike Nwankwo
Ike Nwankwo
Director, Project Management Institute
Tim Swain
Tim Swain
Grant Specialist, Project Management Institute Educational Foundation (PMIEF)
Alice B Onsarigo
Alice B Onsarigo
International Health Specialist
Innocent Kayigamba
Innocent Kayigamba
PMI Rwanda Chapter

George Asamani is the Managing Director for PMI’s Sub-Saharan Africa region. He is responsible for scaling the impact of PMI in Africa through chapter enablement, organizational development, sector partnerships and social impact. He works with PMI’s vast network to engage with corporate and educational institutions – offering solutions that develop skills and drive efficiency.

George holds a BSc Physics from Kings College London and an MBA from London Business School.

Pierre Le Manh is the President & Chief Executive Officer of the Project Management Institute. As a global executive with a multi-cultural background, Pierre Le Manh brings a proven track record of delivering results and guiding organizations through complex transformations. He is passionate about leading teams in innovating and creating new ways to disseminate specialized knowledge, upskilling and education.

Pierre Le Manh most recently led Galileo Global Education’s expansion project in North America. Galileo is the European leading provider of higher education serving more than 170,000 students across an international network of 54 institutions and high-growth education technology platforms.

He previously served as Chief Executive Officer North America and Global Deputy CEO at Ipsos, one of the world’s largest data, analytics, and insights companies. Pierre Le Manh played a crucial role in taking Ipsos from a $700 million primarily European-focused organization in 2004 to a $2.5 billion global leader in its industry in 2021, growing to more than 18,000 employees operating in 90 countries.

Earlier in his career, Pierre Le Manh served as CEO of Consodata, a leader in first and third-party consumer data, precision, and digital marketing. He started his career at consulting giant Accenture before serving as CFO of performing arts non-profit Adami, CEO of digital publisher Encyclopaedia Universalis, and CEO of CFL Holding, a family office owning various assets in direct-to-consumer, marketing services, and real estate industries.

Pierre Le Manh was born and raised in France by a Vietnamese father and a French mother. He has lived in several countries before settling in New York City in 2013. He speaks English, French and Italian. He likes traveling the world to visit his very large family and his friends, watching Paris Saint-German soccer games and wandering around Manhattan on his electric scooter. He has two sons who live in Paris and London.

With 25 years of association experience here, at PMI, Brantlee Underhill serves as Chief Community Officer and Interim Managing Director, North America. In this role, she’s responsible for broadening PMI’s reach and deepening impact in North America amongst organizations, individuals and communities, empowering people to make their ideas a reality.

Brantlee has led community, organizational and volunteer leadership transformation to achieve greater engagement and value outcomes for PMI members around the globe. She has led the establishment of PMI offices in Dubai, Singapore and Brussels, and oversaw business development planning for regional markets, including Latin America. Brantlee coaches teams in change and stakeholder engagement and work-life integration; and co-led the start-up team for implementing PMI’s culture and change management capability.

Brantlee has a Bachelor’s Degree in German, Russian, and Political Science from West Chester University. She’s a Certified Association Executive (CAE) through the American Society of Association Executives. Brantlee lives in the suburbs of Philadelphia.

Jeane is known for being fiercely passionate about project management as a fundamental enabler to business strategy and transformation. As an experienced practitioner, consultant and trainer in the US, Canada, and Sub Sahara Africa for over 23 years, she has built a diverse international project portfolio in ICT, health, insurance, financial services, hospitality, logistics and the built environment.
As Director of Program Delivery, Jeane leverages her consultancy work to demonstrate the value of effectively applied project management practices. She is currently serving as President and Board Chair of Project Management Institute Kenya, aiming to entrench the competence of project management nationally. As an avid mentor and recognized leader in the profession, Jeane actively supports talent growth through mentorship programs for rising professionals and women leaders. Her research interests are in strategy, performance, benefits realization and governance.

Mr. Davis Chirchir is the Cabinet Secretary in charge of Energy and Petroleum in Kenya. He provides policy, oversight and leadership in the corporate institutional framework of the Ministry. The institutions under this framework include:

  1. Kenya Pipeline Company (KPC)
  2. National Oil Corporation of Kenya (NOCK)
  3. Kenya Petroleum Oil Refineries (KPRL)
  4. Energy and Petroleum Regulatory Authority (EPRA)
  5. Kenya Electricity Generating Company PLC(KenGen)
  6. The Kenya Power and Lighting Company PLC (KPLC)
  7. Rural Electrification and Renewable Energy Corporation (REREC)
  8. Kenya Electricity Transmission Company (KETRACO)
  9. Geothermal Development Company (GDC)
  10. Energy Tribunal
  11. Nuclear Power and Energy Agency (NuPEA)
  12. Independent Power Producers (IPPs).

He has in-depth experience in project development, management and execution and is skilled in strategic analysis and financial management.

Mr. Chirchir previously led the Ministry in the same capacity from 2013 to 2015. This is therefore his second appointment as the Cabinet Secretary for Energy and Petroleum; a testament to his in-depth understanding of the sector and the impact he had. Prior to his nomination and appointment as the Cabinet Secretary, he was the Chief of Staff to the Deputy President.

Prof. Njuguna Ndung’u is the Cabinet Secretary, National Treasury & Economic Planning. He was appointed Cabinet Secretary by President William Samoei Ruto on September 27, 2022. Prior to the current appointment, Prof. Ndung’u was serving as the Executive Director of the African Economic Research Consortium (AERC), a Pan African premier capacity building network of researchers, trainers, students, universities, policy makers and international resource persons. He is an associate professor of economics at the University of Nairobi, Kenya and the immediate former Governor, Central Bank of Kenya.

Prof. Ndung’u has been a member of the Global Advisory Council of the World Economic Forum, Visiting Fellow of Practice at Blavatnik School of Government, Oxford University, Director of Training at AERC, Program specialist at IDRC and Team Leader in Macro-modelling at the Kenya Institute for Public Policy Research and Analysis.  He holds a PhD in economics from University of Gothenburg, Sweden. He is a Member of Brookings Africa Growth Initiative, Member of the Advisory Committee of the Alliance for Financial Inclusion, that coordinates financial inclusion policies in Africa, Asia and Latin America, and Senior Advisor for the UNCDF-based Better Than Cash Alliance.

Hon. Francis Asenso-Boakye, MP, is a distinguished public servant currently serving as the Minister for Works and Housing in Ghana, and Member of Parliament for the Bantama constituency. With over twenty-five (25) years of experience in development planning, project management, and policy, Asenso-Boakye has held several significant positions throughout his career.

Prior to his appointment as Minister, he served as the Deputy Chief of Staff and Political Assistant to President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo. During this time, he played a crucial role in aligning plans and programs of the various ministries with the President’s agenda, managing the President’s engagements with stakeholders, and overseeing impactful projects across the country.

As the Minister for Works and Housing, Asenso-Boakye is responsible for initiating, formulating, and implementing policies, projects, and programmes in the works and housing sub-sector to promote national development. He has achieved notable milestones, such as the establishment of the National Rental Assistance Scheme (NRAS), which provides rent advance payments to support low-middle income earners and alleviate the burden of paying rent upfront.

Furthermore, he led the passage of the Ghana Hydrological Authority Act, 2022 (Act 1085), which transformed the Hydrological Services Department into the autonomous Ghana Hydrological Authority. This Authority regulates the delivery of hydrological services and promotes efficient water management, including flood control, coastal engineering, sewerage, drainage improvement, and river development.

Under the leadership of Hon. Asenso-Boakye, he has also seen to the successful establishment of the Real Estate Agency Council (REAC), a regulatory body established by the Real Estate Agency Act, 2020 (Act 1047), with the mandate of overseeing and regulating the operations of real estate agencies. Additionally, REAC is entrusted with the responsibility of monitoring and evaluating real estate transactions to safeguard the interests of consumers. By ensuring adherence to standards and promoting transparency, REAC plays a vital role in maintaining a fair and secure real estate market for all stakeholders.

Currently, Asenso-Boakye is leading the review of the Rent Act, 1963 (Act 220) and the Rent Control Law, 1986 (P.N.D.C.L 138), with the aim of eliminating constraints and introducing incentives to stimulate private sector investment in the rental housing sector. The draft Bill is currently under consideration by Parliament.

Additionally, he has initiated steps for the establishment of the Ghana Housing Authority (GHA) to lead the supply side of the housing market. The Authority will not only serve as a regulator in the sector, but also as a facilitator to plan and manage housing development in the country. The Ghana Housing Authority will help complement the activities of the National Housing and Mortgage Fund in addressing the challenges of the housing market.

Notably, he is leading government’s efforts in the implementation of a safe, secure, decent and quality Affordable Housing programme to enhance access to housing through projects in Pokuase/Amasaman in the Greater Accra Region and Dedesua in the Ashanti Region. His efforts have resulted in the acquisition of land banks specifically allocated for these projects. The intervention seeks to cater to the housing needs of the low-to-middle income group, including public sector workers, and make affordable housing more accessible to them. These projects represent a significant stride towards addressing the housing challenges faced by many Ghanaians.

Overall, Asenso-Boakye is committed to promoting sustainable development, improving housing accessibility, and creating an enabling environment for private sector investment in the housing sector in Ghana. His extensive experience and dedication to public service make him a valuable asset in shaping the works and housing sector of the Ghanaian economy.

Asenso-Boakye’s career encompasses diverse roles in various sectors. He worked as a Development Communication Specialist at the Ministry of Employment and Social Welfare, where he focused on eliminating child labour in cocoa-growing communities. He also played a key role in coordinating efforts with the United States Government and the chocolate industry to eradicate child labour practices.

In addition, he has experience in the private sector, having worked at Global Media Alliance, where he managed high-profile projects such as the Ghana@50 fireworks display and the African Cup of Nations Opening and Closing Ceremonies. He also gained valuable insights into housing project planning and management during his tenure at Delta Acquisitions and Development LLC in the United States, where he monitored real estate acquisitions and oversaw home construction.

Asenso-Boakye’s dedication to public service extends to his work in the United States as a Policy and Research Associate for State Representative Michael C. Murphy and the Michigan Legislative Black Caucus. In this capacity, he addressed policy and legislative issues affecting African American and minority communities, including affordable housing.

His career also includes positions as a Planning Officer at the Ghana Free Zones Board and a Research Analyst at the Ghana Investment Promotion Centre, where he focused on attracting foreign direct investment and infrastructure development.

He graduated from the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, where he earned a B.Sc. degree in Development Planning. He further pursued his education and obtained a Master of Public Policy and Administration degree from Michigan State University in Michigan, USA, as a Rotary Scholar.

Prior to his successful academic journey, Hon. Francis Asenso-Boakye actively engaged in student activism and played a crucial role as the founding president of the Tertiary Students Confederacy of the NPP (TESCON).

In addition to his professional achievements, he enjoys a fulfilling personal life, and is happily married and blessed with three children.

Alex Alozie is the Executive Director/Group Chief Operating Officer for the United Bank for Africa. Since joining the bank, he has been responsible for driving the bank’s digital transformation and operational efficiency. Alex has worked extensively in the Nigerian Banking sector, serving as Head of Operations and Head of Digital and successfully carrying out various digital renovations that boosted the banking sector.
Alex has been recognized and commended by several regulators, including the Central Bank of Nigeria’s commendation for contributions to the introduction of the cashless initiative, the Security and Exchange Commission’s commendation for his role in implementing E-Dividend, and the CBN/NIBSS Award as a member of the BVN Implementation Committee, amongst others. He is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Bankers of Nigeria, the Nigerian Institute of Management, the Institute of Chartered Economists of Nigeria, the Chartered Institute of Strategic Managers and Leaders, and the Association of Human Resources of Nigeria.

Nadia is an exceptionally industrious and resourceful Policy and Communication specialist with a knack for results and quality outputs. Nadia Ahmed Abdalla has had a distinguished and quite illustrious career in both public and entrepreneurial service. With more than two years of experience working with the National Government of Kenya as the Youngest Chief Administrative Secretary ( Deputy Minister ) in the Ministry of ICT, Innovation and Youth Affairs, a solid academic background with her Bachelors in Public Relations and Mass Communications with a minor in Journalism, as well as a Master in Arts in International Relations and Cultural Diplomacy.
Nadia has exhibited excellent analytical and problem solving skills; with a vast hand son experience in public policy formulation, program management and digital transformation. In particular, she is an avid champion of Children, Teenage Girls, Youth and Young Women. She also champions for diversity and inclusion rights in Kenya and Africa as a whole. Nadia Abdalla is Global Communication specialist with an industrious and resourceful knack for results and quality outputs for Governments, Private institutions and Nonprofits across Africa and beyond.
Nadia is also a program expert with excellent analytical and problem-solving skills that help governments and private institutions to build on their presence and growth impact in technology, innovation & leadership. Nadia is also a Global Inspirational speaker who has graced international spaces with audiences from vast backgrounds. She is known for her vast experience in Millennial and GenZ leadership talks, her soft skills quality approach, her transformational programs and her mental health advocacy. She is an author, a Pan-Africanist, digital transformation champion, mental health advocate, an inspirational speaker and a mentor to many.

Fred Swaniker is on a mission to bring better leadership to Africa and the world. He leads the African Leadership Group – an ecosystem of organizations that aims to catalyze a new era of ethical, entrepreneurial African leaders for Africa. Over the past 15 years, he has founded and led African Leadership Academy, African Leadership University, African Leadership Network, ALX and The Room — a community of global leaders committed to unlocking opportunities forund is covered talent, starting in Africa.
Collectively, these endeavors aim to transform Africa by developing 3 million African leaders by 2035.Fred previously worked as a McKinsey consultant before earning an MBA from Stanford and becoming an entrepreneur. He has been recognized as one of the top 15 emerging social entrepreneurs in the world by Echoing Green; as a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum; as a TED Fellow, and as an Aspen Institute Fellow.
He holds honorary doctorate degrees from Macalester College, Middlebury College and Nelson Mandela University. He sits on the boards of the Rhodes Trust and the Graca Machel Trust and is a member of the International Advisory Board of Waterloo University (Canada) and the Creating Shared Value Council at Nestle. In 2019, Fred was recognized as one of TIME Magazine’s 100 most influential people in the world.

Lee R. Lambert has logged 50+ years of project management experience and is considered one of the world’s thought leaders on project management methods and how they can be utilized to create and sustain value added Leadership and Collaboration capabilities. He is one of only 70 in the world to receive the honor of PMI Fellow. Lee is a Past President of the Central Ohio PMI and was one of the Founders of the Project Management Institute’s Project Management Professional (PMP) credential. His book, Project Management-The CommonSense Approach, is a best seller in the field.

Simi Nwogugu is CEO of Junior Achievement (JA) Africa, part of the Nobel Peace Prize nominated JA Worldwide, one of the world’s largest youth-serving NGOs that prepares young people for the future of work. Simi was first introduced to JA while working at Goldman Sachs in New York City. Impressed by the organisation, she quit her lucrative job at age 24 to bring JA to Nigeria, where it now reaches more than 100,000 young people annually, before going on to head up JA’s operations across the continent.
She is currently a fellow of the Aspen Institute’s Africa Leadership Initiative for West Africa (ALIWA), where she is pursuing her passion to empower and equip 10 million African girls to build thriving sustainable communities by 2050.

Dr. Moses Adoko is currently the Chief Knowledge Officer of the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center. He also serves as administrator of the NASA Goddard Senior Fellowship program, a scientific and technical advisory committee that advises Center leadership on issues related to science, technology and engineering research investments and strategies. He has over twenty-three years of working experience with NASA. Dr. Adoko is also a Lecturer at Columbia University and The George Washington University and has authored and co-authored a number of technical articles and publications. He holds a Ph.D. in Systems Engineering (aerospace complex systems). Dr. Adoko is a recipient of various awards including the prestigious NASA Robert H. Goddard Award for Excellence in Analysis, Innovation and Creativity.

Snehar Shah, CFA brings over 25 years of diverse experience in multiple industries, geographies building and running businesses to Moringa School to scale it to the next level. Snehar holds a degree in Electrical and Electronic Engineering from Imperial College, London and Financial Qualifications in Chartered Accountancy from PwC and Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) while doing Equity Research at HSBC Investment Bank. Snehar spent 12 years at Orange/France Telecom in various roles in Strategy, Finance and Innovation in UK, Europe and in Kenya where he was Deputy CFO and launched the Orange Money business in partnership with Equity Bank.

Adeola Akande is the Transformation/Change Management
Lead at Dangote Industries Limited in Lagos, Nigeria.
Over the last 25 years, Adeola Akande has been privileged to
work in Nigeria and the United States across a broad spectrum
of business sectors including Banking, Technology,
Telecommunications, and currently at one of Nigeria and
Africa’s largest Manufacturing conglomerates.
Adeola is a PROSCI certified Change Management practitioner
(Italy 2013) and also obtained an SAP Master certification as a
Global Business Transformation manager using BTM2 methodology. (Germany 2016) Prior to this Adeola
has many technology certifications obtained in the USA having worked in IT for over 20 years.
She is a member of PMI global and currently serves in a volunteer role as the Chairperson of the PMI
Africa working group (Project Management Institute). She is also a member of ACMP Global (Association
of Change Management Professionals)
In her current role at Dangote, she has had the opportunity to be a major driver in diverse enterprise wide Transformation Initiatives and multiple SAP ERP Implementations.

Ben Breen is Global Director of Construction and Vice President of the Asia Pacific region at the Project Management Institute. Originally from Australia, Ben moved to Singapore in 1994 and has since supported or led hundreds of projects including iconic developments such as Marina Bay Sands and the award-winning Suntec Convention Centre. He has founded several project management and design companies, helping them to grow and develop into best-in-class providers. Before joining PMI, Ben served as Managing Director, South East Asia at Space Matrix Design Consultants Pte Ltd, Singapore, where he was responsible for servicing Space Matrix’s clients who were looking to expand their global footprint across Asia. He has also led the company’s digital transformation – moving it to the forefront of digital technology for interior design and building firms. Ben has a Bachelor of Engineering degree in building engineering from Victoria University of Technology in Melbourne, Australia, and is based in PMI’s office in Singapore.

Sydney Scott Sam is a celebrated leader in Africa’s marketing and entrepreneurship landscape, notably recognized as a Forbes 30 Under 30. Over the past decade, he has been at the forefront of a mission to assist more than 500 African entrepreneurs in establishing robust brands through his tech platform, This platform has revolutionized access to top-notch creative services and created remote work opportunities for countless African freelancers across Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, Uganda, and South Africa.

Sydney also leads operations for a non-profit organization called, which facilitates a global mindset transformation. Through open and honest group conversations, this initiative has positively impacted thousands of Africans both on the continent and in the diaspora, empowering them to lead change and live fulfilling lives. Sydney’s influence and expertise have garnered recognition from prominent media outlets like Forbes, CNN, Billionaire Tomorrow, and CNBC Africa, solidifying his role as a key contributor to discussions on entrepreneurship and business leadership in Africa.

Chairman, Bidco Africa, East Africa’s leading manufacturer of Edible Oils, Hygiene and Personal Care products, and Food & Beverages. Bidco has over 60 brands and a footprint in 18 African countries.

He is a distinguished global leader who is making an impactful difference in all fronts. Over the years, he has championed Innovation and initiatives towards a world-class excellence in the company’s operations that has earned Bidco numerous awards, accolades and global recognition in Energy Management, Business Leadership, ICT, Manufacturing and Sustainability fronts.

A seasoned IT professional, Brian Wesaala worked with various international organisations, including the World Organisation of the Scout Movement and the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland. In 2018, he set up The Football Foundation for Africa to help create a sustainable business model for the African football industry. A passionate football follower, he deeply understands the global football industry. He is keen to see the sport improve the livelihoods of youths in Africa and globally. Mr Wesaala is also the convenor of the Africa Football Business Summit.

Brian holds a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science from the University of Nairobi (Kenya) and a Post Graduate Diploma in Technology Management from the Open University (UK), where he focused on innovation and project management. In 2019 Mr Wesaala obtained a Professional Master’s in Football Business from the Football Business Academy (Switzerland). In 2022 he completed the Advanced Entrepreneurship Programme at the Institute of Small Businesses Initiative at Strathmore Business School.

Mr. Christopher Kirigua is currently the Director General of the Public Private Partnerships Directorate. He is a seasoned investment banker who worked with the Standard Chartered Bank for over 17 years, prior to joining the public service in December 2020.

Mr. Kirigua was recently a co-chair of a strategic committee in the United Nations Global Investors for Sustainable Development, focused on widening longer-term investments mainly in emerging markets where it is needed most.

Edward is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Acorn Holdings Limited. He has over 25 years’ experience in the Real Estate sector in East Africa. Acorn Holdings is focused on developing and managing quality and affordable rental housing in Kenya, starting with purpose-built student accommodation (PBSA), for university and college students.

In October 2019, Edward led Acorn to issue the first Green Housing Bond in Africa which, in January 2020, became the first Green Bond to be listed on the Nairobi Securities Exchange (NSE) and then the first Kenya Shilling Bond to list on the International Securities Market of the London Stock Exchange (LSE). Subsequently, in February 2021, he led Acorn to successfully launch the Acorn Student Accommodation D-REIT and I-REIT.

Edward was the Founding Chairman of the REITs Association of Kenya, a role he served in until October 2020. He is actively involved in developing avenues for sustainable investment in affordable housing through the Capital Markets.

Edward has been a guest speaker at several international conferences and events, including for the World Bank, Harvard, the University of Wisconsin, Urban Land Institute, the New York Stock Exchange, and the London Stock Exchange.

Collins Injera, OGW, OLY (born 18 October 1986) is a Kenyan rugby player known for his achievements with Kenyan national rugby sevens team.

He is the leading African try scorer and currently holds the second place for number of tries scored on the World Rugby Sevens Series with 279.

Injera represented Kenya in Rugby Sevens at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics which were held in July and August 2021, becoming one of only a handful of rugby players across the globe to have played in both the 2016 and 2020 Olympic Games.

In January 2023, Injera was inducted into the Fiji Sevens Hall of Fame and in March of the same year, into the Hall of Fame at Melrose Rugby Club where rugby Sevens was started.

In 2020, Injera was the highest try scorer at the inaugural World Tens Rugby Series played in Bermuda.

And in 2021, Injera was selected as a torch bearer for the 2022 Commonwealth Games’ Queens Baton.

In September 2022, Injera was selected to represent Kenya in the Rugby World Cup Sevens, which was played in Cape Town, South Africa, making it his fourth appearance at the Rugby Sevens World Cup, the most appearances by any Kenyan athlete at any team sport World Cup competition.

Mr. Samuel Dubik Masubir Mahama is a product of the Achimota School and Ghana’s premium university, the University of Ghana (UG), where he obtained a degree in Political Science and Sociology. He pursued Law at the University of Ghana, and later proceeded to the Ghana School of Law for his Professional Law Course.

In his business life, he has focused mainly on the Energy Sector where he worked with American companies such as Bridgewell resources LLC based in Portland, Oregon State, Gulf South Forest products based in Fort Lauderdale, Florida State. After gaining that foreign private sector exposure, he returned to Ghana and started soliciting for various firms. One such important firm is Elsewedy Electric based in Cairo, Egypt with subsidiaries in other African countries and in Ghana, where he was in charge.

Mr. Dubik Mahama is the youngest Managing Director (MD) ever to be appointed as the Head of ECG and also happens to be the first Board member to be officially appointed to that role.

Regularly mentioned among leaders contributing to shaping an African economic narrative, engaged as a council of women and men politicians or CEOs, through her functions at the African Development Bank (AfDB) or BIG4 PricewaterhouseCoopers (PWC) in the past, Gérardine Mahoro is constantly looking for impact.

She is the founder of ACT05 advisory whose mission is mainly to help promote local opportunities and attract investments through country and sector focus. Before ACT05 she worked for PWC Paris in strengthening the francophone Africa consulting and strategy practice of BIG4, and worked for the African Development Bank before PWC.

Gérardine Mahoro was cited by the magazines Forbes Africa and Tropics Magazine among the under 40s who are shaping Africa. Between Europe and Africa, she has been traveling the African continent for many years, and has created an important network on both continents.”

Mish-al Booley is a registered Professional Civil Engineer and Project Management Professional with over 10 years’ experience in Public Sector Project, Program and Contract Management. A civil engineering BSc and ECSA registration followed by extensive experience in the Western Cape Provincial Government’s Roads and Education Infrastructure Sector, where he specialized in mega capital projects, routine maintenance, and emergency maintenance. He holds a professional certification (PMP) with the Project Management Institute and is currently in a Senior Project Manager position at the City of Cape Town Metropolitan Municipality, Future Planning and Resilience Directorate’s Corporate Project, Programme and Portfolio Management (C3PM) department.

MBA, BSc Urban, and Regional Planning, Project Management Professional (PMP), PMI-Agile Certified Practitioner, PRINCE2 Practitioner, Business Continuity Management (BCM) Participatory Monitoring and Evaluation, Public Policy Analysis and Development.

Abigail is a visionary strategist and Project Management expert with 9+ years of experience spearheading impactful government and social projects. Recognized among the top 50 influential Project Managers worldwide, she has been honored alongside renowned change-makers like Marcus Rashford and Omran Sharaf. Abigail’s expertise has gained prominence, earning her a feature in Watt Mag as one of the five Women of Influence leading transformative change. She has made a significant impact in Zambia’s Education, Health, and Technology sectors. Abigail is a trusted Project Management Consultant, TEDx Speaker Coach, Post-Graduate Supervisor, and a passionate advocate for inclusive societies by 2030.

Alan is a highly qualified leader with over 12 years’ experience in providing business program leadership to projects of over $10 million in size. He holds certifications in PMP, PRINCE2 Agile, PRINCE2, and ITIL, and have a Bachelor of Science degree in Information Technology from JKUAT.
Prior to the current role, he has had a myriad of successful experiences across multiple countries ranging from my engagements at ABSA Bank (formerly Barclays Bank), ECI Telkom, Kenya National Examinations Council, United Nations Office of Nairobi and Sybyl Kenya.

Annastacia K. Musembi is a PMP certified project management practitioner, who holds a PhD in project management from Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology. She is also a certified monitoring and evaluation specialist, and a trained internal auditor. She has been a resource person in project management at the Kenya Institute of Management, Moi University, University of Nairobi and Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology where she has successfully supervised ten master’s degrees.
She has authored three book chapters and two journals. She is a board member of Machakos Teachers College where she is also the gender focal person. As chairperson of this committee, she has been able to formulate a Gender policy and Gender Based violence and sexual harassment policy for the institution. Dr. Musembi is a volunteer in the Education docket at PMI Kenya Chapter where she coordinates the University Student Outreach Program in charge of research.

Dr André ONANA is a professor in Digital Transformation Management and Project Management at the École Supérieure Multinationale des Télécommunications (ESMT) in Dakar, Senegal. He is also an international speaker on artificial intelligence in project management.
As a volunteer with the Project Management Institute (PMI), he founded the PMI® Senegal Chapter in 2015 and served as its president until 2018, as well as from October 2021 to December 2022. In January 2023, he joined the PMI® Francophone Outreach Committee.
André ONANA holds a PhD in Management Sciences from the Cheikh Anta DIOP University of Dakar, obtained in 2015. In 2022, Dr. André ONANA was registered on the eligibility list for the position of Assistant Professor at the Conseil Africain et Malgache pour l’Enseignement Supérieur (CAMES), specializing in Management Sciences.
He also holds the PMP®, PMI-SP®, PMI-RMP®, and PMI-ACP® certifications from PMI®.

Aristide has over 12 years of experience as a Project Manager, Program Manager and since 2021 as Project Management Officer.
He has previously worked on design and delivery of digital solutions to enable distribution teams of 10 affiliates of an international Telecom group to better manage their Point-of-Sale network. This tremendous journey led him to the PMP certification in 2017.
In his current role, one of his key missions is to set-up a Project Management system (tools; process; training) so that our programs can bring expected impact.

MBA, MSc Computer Science, Project Management Professional (PMP), PMI-Agile Certified Practitioner, Disciplined Agile Coach (DAC), Disciplined Agile Value Stream Consultant, Certified Expert Risk Management (CERM), COBIT 5

Billy is an experienced ICT expert with over 18 years of leadership experience in the mining and banking sectors. He specializes in digital transformation, IT strategy, information security management, ICT operations, telecoms, and solution development. He is a TED Speaker, keynote speaker, and has had several global speaking engagements. Notable events include the PM 4 Ukraine and PM 4 the World charity conferences, where funds were raised for charitable causes. Currently, Billy is the Head of Information Technology at FNB Zambia and Vice President for the Project Management Institute (PMI) Zambia Chapter. He is an advocate for progressive ICT regulations and holds advisory board and council member positions in esteemed organizations.

Dr Ehud Gachugu is an expert on Youth Employment and Skills Development with over 20 years of professional and technical experience in Kenya and abroad. He is currently, the Project Director of Ajira Digital Program at Kenya Private Alliance, a Ministry of ICT and Digital Economy project funded by Mastercard Foundation. He holds a Ph.D. in Business Administration from the University of Nairobi.

Essowe is a versatile consultant, an Agile Enthusiast & Servant Leader. Certified management and technology professional with over 17 years of experience and expertise in business transformation, strategy and innovation, business consulting, technology, project and program management, change management, business development and sales.

Essowe received his bachelor’s degree from John Moore University in Liverpool and later obtained his MBA from LIGS University in Hawaii (USA). He is certified PgMP®, PMP®, Certified Agile Leadership (CAL®), Scrum Master, Scrum Product Owner, ITIL.

Gbolahan is the founder of Engage Youth Africa Initiative, a not-for profit pan-African youth-led organization whose primary focus is leading youth in African communities in taking climate change actions and empowerment initiatives, with community operations in Nigeria and Kenya. He is an organization member of United Nations Sustainable Development Solution Network (UN SDSN).

He is also the Managing Director of Infiniti Pointe Nigeria Ltd – a growing technology-driven product and service engineering company and the Executive Director of Casting Crown Co., one of the leading Green Building and environmental sustainability firms in Nigeria.

He is currently the President of International EdTech Association at Quantic School of Business and Technology, USA and the Vice President Membership & Volunteering of Project Management Institute Nigeria Chapter.

Ivan Rincon, P.Eng. is an IT professional with 30 years of experience. He holds an electronics engineering degree with post-graduate master’s in business administration and Project Management. He holds credentials as PMP, PgMP, PMI-RMP, Scrum Master, and CISA. He is also licensed as P.Eng. in Canada.

He is currently Executive Director, Project Management with the BC Government where he oversees components of the Connecting British Columbia program, aiming to connect 100% of households in British Colombia to broadband internet services by 2027. He is also responsible for Emergency Management and Public Safety Communications initiatives in support of several provincial ministries.

John is a multifaceted professional in finance, project management and business development. He has worked with renowned corporates, Non-Governmental Organizations, and startups in moving their operations and he has trained on various concepts like design thinking with the Friedrich Egbert Stiftung, financial literacy with the Global Shapers World Economic Forum Community and he is an accredited TEDx speaker.

He holds a Bachelor of Commerce in Corporate Finance from the University Of Dar es Salaam and has also been trained on being a certified associate in Project Management by Hebo Consult, an organization that has partnered with the PMI Tanzania chapter to accredit project management knowledge in Tanzania. He is passionate about investments, startup projects and the bits of new and adaptive emerging technologies like artificial intelligence and how they can impact the society.

Joseph Musiitwa is a visionary leader and accomplished professional with a passion for driving positive change and making a lasting impact. With over 8 years of experience in project management, training, and strategic planning, Joseph has demonstrated exceptional expertise in delivering successful outcomes across diverse industries.

Committed to professional growth and continuous learning, Joseph is a graduate of Computer Engineering and holds prestigious certifications including Project Management Professional (PMP), Project Management Institute Agile Certified Practitioner (PMI-ACP), and Program Management Professional (PgMP). He actively contributes to the project management community by volunteering with professional organizations and mentoring aspiring professionals. He is also an Authorized Training Partner for PMI certifications with PPMSI (Pearl Project Management Synergies Int.).

Karin is one of the founding members of PM.Ideas Pty Ltd whose passion is developing people and enabling organisational improvement. As an International Consultant, Karin has developed and implemented various project management, leadership, and business skills programmes for several multi-national organisations both in private and public sectors.

Karin has extensive business, project, program and portfolio management experience, in General Business, Information and Communications Technology as well as Mining & Engineering business management. Karin has been actively involved in fulfilling different roles, including coaching and mentoring, as well as developing and presenting training various training programmes. Karin has assisted numerous organisations in defining their strategy, improving their operating model, and their people’s project management, leadership, and business skills and competency levels over the past 25 years. Karin holds certifications in PMP®, Disciplined Agile® Senior Scrum Master (DASSM), PMI-PBA® & Kirkpatrick Certified Facilitator.

Professor Martin Morgan Tuuli is a Project Management Expert, Professor of Construction Business and Project Management and is currently Deputy Rector of the Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration (GIMPA). Professor Tuuli is in charge of strategic leadership on Academics, Research, Training and Advisory/Consultancy Services at GIMPA. He is also the Technical Advisor on Reform Projects at the Parliamentary Service of Ghana and a Board Director of the Project Management Institute (PMI) Global Accreditation Center (GAC). Prior to his appointment as Deputy Rector, he was the Dean of the GIMPA Business School. Professor Tuuli holds a BSc (First Class Honours) in Building Technology from the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Kumasi, Ghana and a PhD in Construction Project Management from the University of Hong Kong. Professor Tuuli is well published in top journals in his field, including 50+ peer-reviewed journal papers, conference papers and book chapters, cited over 1,600 times in highly rated journals across many disciplines.

For over a decade, Obi has played a leading role in delivering highly regulated projects, executing complex programs and leading multinational teams in achieving enterprise strategic objectives. He is a strong advocate of redefining and implementing corporate strategy through projects, ensuring corporate agility and developing frameworks to empower organizations, functions and employees in delivering consumable solutions.

Obi is currently responsible for Project Management Competency development at the Middle-Easts First Nuclear Power Plant; Nawah, where he leads a team of project management professionals in ensuring a culture of effective project practices enterprise wide.  He is an active voice in providing thought leadership through his writings and public speaking sessions with PMI®. He is an advocate of volunteering to enrich communities of practice.

When he is not engulfed in projects, you will find him outdoors with his family where he frequently engages in hiking, cycling and snowboarding.

Pete Omotosho is an experienced Agile Coach, Trainer, and Consultant who understands the complex challenges facing contemporary organisations. He has over 20 years of proven professional experience in Energy, Telecommunications, Information Technology, Financial Services, Education, Government, Consulting, and Not-For-Profit sectors. Pete is passionate about mentoring, coaching, and working with new and existing agile teams, growing teams to maturity, and liaising with non-agile domains within enterprises to embrace agile processes.

Pete is the founder of Pete Lauren Consulting, an organisation committed to solving business problems and imparting knowledge, enabling customers to thrive through innovative advisory solutions. He is passionate about developing the agile practice in Africa and he is actively working towards achieving this goal.

Ronald is a development professional with more than 10 years of experience with International NGOs. He has managed public health programs in Water, Sanitation, and Health (WASH); Integrated Management of Childhood Illnesses; elimination of Trachoma, and prevention of avoidable blindness. He is a certified Project Management Professional and Discipline Agile Scrum Master. He is a PMI-accredited PMPâ and DASM Instructor. He also holds the Project Management for Development Professionals (PMD Pro) certification. Ronald was elected to the board of the Project Management Institute (Kenya Chapter) as Secretary in 2019. In 2021 he received the Volunteer of the Year (Runner-Up) Award at the National Project Management Excellence Awards. Ronald currently works as a Program Management Lead with Peek Vision.

Roseland Hupp is a highly accomplished senior project manager with a wealth of experience in Supply Chain and Transmission Engineering. Her strategic mindset, exceptional leadership abilities, and remarkable achievements in dynamic supply chain strategies have set her apart as a true industry leader. Roseland holds a master’s degree in organizational leadership and management, which has equipped her with a comprehensive understanding of the complexities of leading teams and driving organizational success.

One of Roseland’s notable achievements is her outstanding track record in developing and implementing dynamic supply chain strategies. Her innovative approaches have played a pivotal role in numerous successful projects throughout her illustrious career. As a testament to her exceptional contributions, she has been honored with prestigious awards for Outstanding Achievement in Dynamic Supply Chain Strategies.

With her relentless pursuit of excellence and commitment to driving success, Roseland continues to make a significant impact in her field.

Certified Project Manager with strong academic background, proven track record of high performance and leadership working with large multinationals and technopreneurs.

With 20+ years of solution development experience, he supports organizations to enable the delivery of value sooner and becoming flexible to changing conditions by focusing on sustainable change. He has significant consultancy expertise helping organizations adapt quickly to changing technology and cutting through the complexity to focus on  building   solutions   that  meet business needs. As an agile coach, he provides whole team training, coaching, and one-on-one mentoring at the team level as well as executive management, leadership, and oversight roles. Shoayb is also a thought leader in the field of Project Management, focus on creating value for organisations.

Shoayb holds BEng (Hons) Computer Sc. & Eng., Master App. Science IT (RMIT, Australia.) and MBA (Melbourne Business School, Australia).

Taiwo Abraham is a North America-based IT program manager, college professor, conference speaker, and researcher. He has over 15 years of experience in project management, business administration, and organizational change management. He holds several certifications, including PMP, CFA-ESG, GRI-CSP, and several others. He is also a co-author of the PMBOK Guide 7th Edition and a three-time PMI awardee including his recognition as PMI Future50 Honoree.

He passionately shares his expertise in leveraging project management toward delivering complex projects and programs in various domains, such as IT, workplace tech, start-ups, and sustainability. He also shares his insights on the latest trends and best practices in project management, such as agile, hybrid, and adaptive approaches. He is an inspirational speaker who is passionate about teaching, impact volunteering, and researching.

Taiwo is a recognized leader and influencer in the project management profession. He has contributed to the development of global standards for project management. He has also demonstrated his commitment to social responsibility and environmental stewardship through his work and volunteerism.

Andrea Pratt-Smith is a Bahamian visionary who advocates for the empowerment of others through continuous learning, networking, and community building.
She is passionate about philanthropic projects and strongly supports volunteerism, serving in numerous volunteer capacities locally and internationally. She is an active member of her local church, a Certified Youth Leader, member of the Bahamas National Society of Youth Practitioners and FEM STEM Bahamas Advisory Board member.
Andrea has numerous professional globally accredited agile and project management certifications and is a continuous learner. She is a member of the Project Management
Institute (PMI), PMI’s Baton Rouge and Chicagoland Chapters, Scrum Alliance, Agile Alliance, South Florida Agile Association, Lean in Agile (LIA), Women PowerUP Network, Women in Agile, Women in Kanban and Toastmasters.

Azmeena Bhanji is Regional General Manager (East Africa), Real Estate Development for PDM Holdings Limited, an affiliate of the Aga Khan Development Network
A lawyer and structural/civil engineer by profession, Azmeena has over 30 years of experience in public and private sector real estate development, construction, facilities management, sustainability in the built environment and construction claims litigation.
Azmeena is also Certified Energy Manager and sustainability expert as well as Chair of the Kenya Green Building Society and a member of the KPDA Affordable Housing Task Force.

Njeri Ngaruiya Ng’ang’a (PhD) is a researcher specializing in ICT for development and sustainability which she believes is the way to contextualise lasting solutions that are accepted and adopted. This thought is enhanced with the adoption of human-centred methodologies that highly regards empathy as one synthesizes the possible solutions in the context of the people under study as one considers different factors ranging from culture, literacy levels, infrastructure, and emerging technologies amongst others.

Njeri is currently a lecturer in the School of Computing and Information Technologies at the Technical University of Kenya, an ICT4D researcher and a consultant. She is also the Chair of the IEEE Women in Engineering – Kenya Section. She also takes up the role of mentorship to Inspire, Encourage, Empower and Engage young ladies and gents in STEAMM-related areas.

Naisenya Mungai is an accomplished and results-driven Digital Delivery Lead at Safaricom Limited with an illustrious career in leading digital transformation and fostering innovation at the organizations. With a profound expertise in talent and capability building, software engineering, network planning and optimization and agile methodologies, Naisenya has consistently propelled the organization to the forefront of technological advancement.

With a bachelor’s degree in Electrical and Telecommunications Engineering and a portfolio of esteemed certifications, Naisenya Mungai epitomizes leadership excellence and continues to shape the digital landscape with their visionary strategies and unwavering dedication to technological advancement.

She is currently serving as a Digital Innovation Fellow on the Cabinet of the African Union Chairperson through the office of the Youth Envoy. She adds value to the Commission by designing services that improve the delivery of the African Union using technology. Sabina is the co-founder of AfriTech Hub, a multiple award-winning social enterprise that has impacted over 300,000 young Cameroonians in the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics.

A US Department of State TechWoman fellow, Sabina was one of top 10 young African innovators selected to drive Digitalization at the African Union Commission Headquarters in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

Sindi Kwenaite is the Executive Operations for the South African Council for the Project and Construction Management Professions (SACPCMP). Kwenaite has a master’s degree in the Arts and has worked mainly in Higher Education Institutions with a focus on research and postgraduate supervision. She has been a Project Manager in South Africa’s Further Education and Training (FET) sector on a skills training project for disadvantaged youths and women who could not afford tertiary education, lacked skills to support themselves and faced joblessness.

Temi Kolawole, a software engineer and tech enthusiast with a BSc in Computer Engineering Technology, founded Antigravity, delivering solutions to organizations like the Tony Elumelu Foundation, ECOWAS, and the European Union. He held roles in the Kwara State Government and now serves as Managing Director of the Ilorin Innovation Hub, driving digital skills programs and empowering scalable startups. Temi takes pride in being a full-stack developer, adapting to emerging technologies with ease.

Wanja Murekio is an experienced project leader and a 2020 PMI Future Honoree. A certified PMP and Professional Scrum Master, she is currently a Strategic Portfolio Manager at Old Mutual Africa Region (OMAR) covering East Africa, West Africa and SADC. She is responsible for leading strategic projects, agile transformation and PMO Maturity. Prior to joining Old Mutual, she was a Senior Program Manager at Safaricom PLC, where she led projects delivery for 9yrs with key contribution in delivery of fintech platforms and products that facilitate over 200 billion dollars ($200B) in mobile money transactions yearly and deepen financial inclusion.
She is currently serving as a volunteer member of the PMI Standards Consensus Committee.
She is passionate about mentorship for fellow women and the youth.

Yannick is the Immediate Past President of the PMI Canberra Chapter with over 25 years of experience working with C level executive with broad and deep technical background coupled with an excellent business acumen. Yannick’s career has spanned countries including England, United States and Australia where he has worked for some of the largest global software and technologies companies in the world.

His passion is to help organisations achieve their business outcomes, become more productive, effective and increase their customers & stakeholder’s “user experience” using technology, agile and good governance.

Yannick is a very strong advocate of Agile, having been one of the manifesto signatories in 2004 and currently certified in Scrum, SAFe and PMI ACP. His is currently based in Canberra working as a consultant assisting projects deliver on their intent and objectives.

Experienced HR professional and leader with a demonstrated track record of high performance in leading multinationals.

Over the years, I have accumulated vast experience in Talent Management, HR Business Partnering, Industrial/Employee Relations, and Change Management from Banking, FMCG, Communications & currently Telecommunication.

I am currently the Group Head of Talent & Learning- Airtel Africa.

My project manager career started in 2002. To properly manage large and complex projects, I told myself I needed a PMP certification, which I will get in 2013. I will then started looking for even bigger challenges. Thanks to the PMP, I had the opportunity to work on various types of projects: IT, Archiving, Construction, Payroll, Finance, Insurance.

Later, I realized that project is at the heart of the organization’s performance and production. That’s why I started working on project governance on topic like creation, maturation, management or outsourcing of PMOs.

In 2018, I created my company “The V-PMO” ( which stands for The Virtual Project Management Office which activities are: Pre-project work, Project Management and Training. Our trainings target educated people but also rural people who are in disadvantaged areas.

I’m also committed as volunteer with organizations which work on project management like PMI that I’m serving since 2015

Innocentia Mahlangu (PMP) is a global award-winning Project Manager & Civil Engineer, keynote speaker and author. She has a Bachelor of Science and a Master of Science in Civil Engineering. She has held positions such as design engineer, resident engineer as well as roles in project and construction management. In her current role at Hatch, she is a specialist project manager in the project management and construction division, overseeing projects in the mining, metals, energy and infrastructure sectors. Innocentia serves on the executive board at the South African Institution of Civil Engineering and is Vice President for Professional Development at the PMI South Africa Chapter. She is also the chair for diversity at SAICE. Additionally, she is the founder of a non-profit organisation for women in engineering, SHEngineers and the author of Unleash Your Unique Advantage, a book dedicated to advancing women. She is also a PMI Future 50 recepient and the PMI Global Rising Leader for 2022.

Kheri is a Co-Founder and Senior Partner at Breakthrough Attorneys, a full sized corporate commercial law firm in Tanzania. He is an Accredited Arbitrator, a Registered Tax Consultant, and a member of PMI (Project Management Institute) global currently serving as it’s Tanzania Chapter President. He is also co-founder of a technology company known as Breakthrough Technologies Africa Limited, a software solutions company. Kheri founded and manages Laws of Tanzania 101, an online platform with over 15,000 Members discussing issues of policies, law, regulations, economy and general development matters in Tanzania and beyond.

Kheri has advised and consulted in major projects across the country including those with cross-border element in the manufacturing, mining, agriculture, FMCGs, Finance, and energy among others. Apart from sitting in various boards and task forces including; Silicon Zanzibar Initiative; Kheri is active in speaking, writing, training, capacity building and policy advocacy in various areas including law, project management, capital mobility and venture capital, innovation, startups, technology, labor mobility, and creative sector.

Kheri is passionate about growth, sustainable development, knowledge sharing, technology and how it simplifies work and the future of work, networking and also goodwill projects.

Lilian Kimeto is a Kenyan Communication expert, specialized in Media Studies and Development Communication.

Lilian has over the years been instrumental in developing for different organization in Public Sector: Communication Policies, Strategies and Project Communication Plans to support the delivery organizational Strategic Plans. She has also developed Stakeholder Engagement guidelines as well as Grievance Redress Mechanisms.

During her 22-year career as a communication specialist, Ms. Kimeto has designed national Media campaigns to address the emerging challenges in the society and this is borne out of her belief in professionalizing the communication function Kenya. Communication is yet to be integrated into project Management nor rendered in a structured way, yet it is a tool to improve governance and public service delivery.

Oumar is a Civil Engineer, Investment Expert, and Certified Project Manager (PMP)® with over 25 years of experience leading development funding organizations and managing sizeable infrastructure projects and programs in the power sector.

Before his current, Oumar was the Managing Director of Envol Capital, an investment company developing infrastructure projects in Africa.

Oumar has an impressive professional background, having served as Deputy CEO at Shelter Afrique, a financial institution in Kenya, where he oversaw 44 countries for seven years. He was Resident Representative in Nigeria and Director of the Portfolio and Project Management department.

Oumar held various technical and managerial roles in Senegal, including Technical Director at SIPRES SA, Territory Manager at Mobil Oil Senegal, and Prospecting Engineer at SIEMENS NT.

As the President of the PMI Senegal Chapter, Oumar’s extensive experience in strategy, leadership, entrepreneurship, program management, public-private partnerships, and corporate governance is highly valued. He holds several other professional certifications, making him a true expert in his field.

Solomon is currently the Executive Vice President at Tatu City, the 5,000-acre Mixed Use Special Economic Zone (SEZ) on Nairobi’s doorstep.  Tatu City is the flagship project under Rendeavour – Africa’s largest urban development company building new cities in the growth paths of Sub-Saharan Africa’s fastest growing urban areas. Previously, Solomon was the Managing Director, East Africa at Hill+ Knowlton Strategies, WPP Scangroup.

A seasoned government relations, public affairs, stakeholder management, communications, and marketing expert with over 18 years experience developing and executing extensive stakeholder and investor relations strategies with a particular focus on large infrastructure and urban development projects across the continent. He has vast experience in managing the complex world of aligning corporates with government(s) and regional long term economic plans across multiple markets.

Tahirou Assane has over 20 years of experience in leadership roles, civil engineering, strategy, transformation, and project management. As Director of Brightline at PMI, Tahirou oversees the activities under the three benefit pillars of thought and practice leadership, networking, and capability building. Through Brightline, Tahirou led the development of the Organizational Transformation Series, championed Brightline flagship event Strategy@Work, and pioneered the very first Digital Transformation in Action Conference.

Alex Gbaguidi is the Founder & CEO of Activalex Inc. in Montreal (Quebec) and Atypic Digital based in Dakar (Senegal). His two boutique firms are specializing in Project Management Consulting and Innovative Ways of Working.

He started his career in early 2000 in telecommunications in West Africa before moving to Canada to pursue a Master of Science (M. Sc) in Business Intelligence. After graduating in 2009, he spent the last 14+ years working in various industries focusing on Product & Project Management.

Acting as a volunteer with PMI’s Agile Think Tank, Alex is also a licensed expert trainer for leading organizations like (PST), (PKT), SAFe Practice Consultant 6.0 with Scaled Agile Inc and PMI-ATP. Continuously learning, he holds a few certifications among which the PMP, PMI-ACP, DASM, DASSM, PSM III, PSPO III, etc.

With his team, he regularly organizes (training) events in Africa & around the globe to make new ways of working more accessible to leaders. To give back to his community, he often makes time to coach and mentor a few hand-picked professionals with high potential. Do not hesitate to reach out to Alex via LinkedIn.

Bola wants to change the world of work and the way we add/deliver value

But then, who is he? In recent times, he has been described as a multi-award winning, highly sought-after, best-in-class Consultant, Trainer, Speaker, and Coach with demonstrated track record driving and leading Agile, Business, and Digital Transformation for organizations across North America, Europe, and Africa.

His consulting experience spans over a decade advising and coaching companies in Telecoms, Insurance, Banking, Retail, IT, and Tech, etc on solving complex business problems and improving the value they deliver to their clients and stakeholders.

A widely versed individual with knowledge, expertise, and experience in Business Analysis, Project/Portfolio Management, Change Management, and Agile Transformation.

As a sought-after trainer, Bola is certified and accredited to train a number of courses in Business Analysis, Project Management, and Agile/Scrum and has trained over 3500 professionals, spoken at several conferences, and coached several leaders and professionals towards mindset transformation.

Emolot Allan David is a highly accomplished professional with a diverse background in youth leadership, development practice, climate change, advocacy for socio-economic development and Africa’s Industralisation agenda. Currently serving as the Chairperson of the Independent Continental Youth Advisory Council on the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA), he plays a pivotal role in facilitating youth participation in the implementation processes of the AfCFTA. Emolot has gained extensive professional experience through his involvement with renowned organizations such as the African Union Youth Envoy Office, World Vision International, MSTCDC, and the Human Rights and Peace Centre at the School of Law, Makerere University, among others. In recognition of his significant contributions, he was honored with an esteemed award as one of the top 100 most influential people of African descent supporting the United Nations International Decade of African Descent (2015-2024) in 2022. Emolot’s dedication to youth economic empowerment, governance, Africa’s Industralisation Agenda and human rights establishes him as a respected leader and advocate in his field.

Flora is the founder and CEO of Melvin Marsh International Ltd, which is the largest flavoured tea company in Kenya operating under the Melvins brand. She is the chairperson of the Kenya Private Sector Alliance (KEPSA). She serves as a board member in the UN Global Compact New York (UNGC), UN Global Compact Kenya and SBM Bank Kenya Limited. Flora has held previous board positions at the Anti-Counterfeit Authority (ACA), Kenya Association of Manufacturers (KAM), Jubilee Insurance Ltd, Tea Board of Kenya and the Export Promotion Council.

Florence Nyole is a registered architect and environmental designer with over 12 years experience in private practice. She currently runs an architectural practice in Nairobi, Kenya known as EcoSpace Architects Ltd and serves as the President of the Architectural Association of Kenya leading the advocacy for 8 professions that make up the the Association and the Built Environment at large.

As a leader she has served as the President of the East Africa Institute of Architects for 2020/2021 session. Previously, she worked at Waweru and Associates Architects, the first indigenously owned architectural firm in Kenya which is now more than 50 years old and has experience in both high‐end and low‐cost sustainable architectural design working with communities to bring about social change using built forms.

Mr Kennedy Odero is the Kenya Country Office Programmes Manager at Christian Blind Mission (CBM) International, a Non- Profit Organization whose main work is about improving quality of life for persons with disability in low income countries.

Kennedy brings on board over 15 years’ experience of health programs management in with capabilities in the areas of systems strengthening, partnership management, networking, grant management, programme development & management, monitoring and evaluation among others. Kennedy also worked with Family Health International (FHI 360), Kenya Medical Research Institute (KEMRI) and US Center for Disease Control (CDC) where he has coordinated and managed public health programs and research.

Kennedy holds a master’s degree in medical Sociology from the University of Nairobi and Bachelor of Arts Degree in Social Sciences from Moi University.

Lucy, an Academic Engagement Specialist at PMI, is deeply passionate about empowering students and early career professionals. Having joined PMI in April 2021, Lucy’s journey began as the Region Youth Lead for North America, where she spearheaded impactful initiatives to bridge the gap between academia and the project management industry. As a strong advocate for education, she played a pivotal role in implementing Citizen Development training in colleges and universities in the region, equipping the next generation of professionals with cutting-edge skills.

Beyond the academic realm, Lucy is an ardent advocate for the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (UN SDGs) and sustainability. Her passion for creating a positive impact on the world drives her to collaborate with experts in the field, empowering professionals to harness Citizen Development for accelerated technological changes and advancement of the SDGs.

Megan White wa Mukuria is a recognized leader in the field of menstrual and reproductive health, with 20+ years’ experience in non-profit and for-profit leadership in Kenya. She successfully built ZanaAfrica from ideation into a recognized leader internationally, creating holistic impact in menstrual heath management through policy, product innovation, sales, rights-based health education in schools, and social and behavior change communication.

She has participated in several global firsts: entrenching sanitary pads into Kenya’s budgets for schoolgirls (2008); formulating the first Menstrual Hygiene Policy (2013-2020); creating a mobile app to coordinate pad distribution in schools (2013); developing intellectual property of non-wood pulps on commercial pad machines (2012-2015); and, creating a “Fast Moving Educational Good” to leverage fast moving consumer goods (FMCGs) into a mechanism for consumer education while expanding access to primary healthcare services. She holds a B.A. from Harvard University.

Robyn is the Asia Pacific Housing Forum Coordinator for Habitat for Humanity International and President Emeritus of Women In Real Estate Kenya (WIRE).  She is also the Chair of the Nairobi City County’s Women in Leadership and Decision-Making Taskforce. She is the founding project lead of Leadership Nairobi which develops and connects community leaders. As an urban planner and participatory engagement practitioner have initiated several programmes and interventions that have transformed whole communities and segments within for over 18 years in Kenya and nearly 30 years in the US.

She is the co-author of ‘Building in Kenya: A Real Estate Developers Toolkit’ now in its Second Edition and Co-host of BIK Mjengo Clinics, the only comprehensive book providing open-source information on the building process. She is the co-founder of the Kilimani Project Foundation (an internationally recognized community foundation) leading on its several of the organizations seminal projects. She is a Board Member of Buildher (empowers Kenyan Women through connecting advocacy, accredited construction skills and life skills training to employment) and KDI (works with local residents to transform unsafe and under-used sites into “Productive Public Spaces”). Additionally, she weekly leads transformational and leadership seminars for graduates of the Landmark Forum in Africa.

Roopal Thaker is a highly experienced program and project manager for the non-profit and NGO sector. She is passionate about impacting communities and shaping public policy from the ground up. She currently leads ZanaAfrica’s non-profit education and health work.

Roopal has a Master of Public Policy from Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government. She is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP).

Sarah Maxwell is a PMI chapter engagement specialist, working with PMI Chapter leadership to enhance the chapters’ value for their membership.

Sarah believes, like the NASA janitor who helped to put a man on the Moon, that supporting PMI’s chapters is important to helping make the world a better place.

Sarah is a trained singer, actress, costumer, and massage therapist.  She is an avid facilitator and speaker and was honored to be chosen by PMI to attend TED2019. She is the co-founder of PMI’s Toastmaster Club, PMI Speaks, and a PMI Cultural Activator.

Sarah holds a Bachelor of Arts in Theater Arts from George Mason University.

Accomplished SAP software implementation consultant with a proven track record in both on-premise and cloud software project management. Adept at seamlessly transitioning businesses to cutting-edge technology solutions, enhancing operational efficiency and driving growth. Specialized expertise includes SAP ECC, S4HANA, computer vision, AR/VR , and GEN AI program management, further enriching the scope of transformative projects. Leveraging a forward-thinking approach, Fatuma Haghe Adan empowers organizations to embrace innovative technologies and achieve sustainable success.

Fatuma Haghe Adan is dedicated to delivering strategic solutions that optimize business processes and elevate customer experiences through a blend of technical proficiency and visionary leadership.

João Sarmento strongly believes in everyone’s potential for greatness and overcoming challenges.

An engineer by training, a seasoned project/program manager mainly in IT and telecoms, as well as an international trainer and multilingual keynote speaker—having worked in 4 continents before returning to Africa.

He works at UNITEL, Angola’s largest telecom operator, as a project/program manager and head of the Mobile Data Core Network Development & Quality team. In this role, João helped leverage cutting-edge technology, while fostering innovation and disruption within the sector and the country, through the delivery of programs, projects, and the development of professionals.

As a service to its community, João helped Project Management Institute (PMI) Angola Chapter become official and remains a very active member and volunteer. He frequently presents workshops and led the Nomination Committee for the first elections. He has served as the Education Director and nowadays is the VP of Education and Professional Development of PMI Angola. He also currently holds positions and volunteers in several high-profile organizations impacting the development of the country, the continent, and its people.

Susan has over seventeen (17) years experience managing a wide range of programs. Susan’s professional experience encompasses Information Technology, Banking, Customer Success management, Cross-Cultural team management and Strategic leadership experience locally and internationally. Susan has strong organizational, analytical and interpersonal skills.

Susan holds a M.Sc degree in Software Systems from University of St. Thomas, MN, and B.Sc degree in Computer Information Systems and Business Administration from University of Sioux Falls, SD. Susan also has a Knowledge Management professional certificate from The George Washington University in Washington, DC. Susan is a certified Hofstede Insights Organizational Culture consultant, Cultural Adaptability Profile, and Cross-Cultural consultant. In this role, she delivers culture training and workshops throughout the United States and internationally.

Susan is also an active member of the Project Management Institute (PMI), maintaining memberships with the PMI South Maryland (USA) chapter and the PMI Kenya chapter. She is also a nominated board member of the Kenya North America Diaspora SACCO (KNAD SACCO), the largest diaspora SACCO in Kenya with over 1300 members in the USA, Canada and Mexico.

With over 28 years of experience, Achille Ubalijoro is a visionary leader in project and program management, specializing in strategic digital solutions globally. Currently the Chairman of Irembo, he drives the development of e-government and e-payment products, expanding access to 100+ online public services for millions in Rwanda and beyond.

Achille is equally dedicated to nurturing individuals and organizations for a better world. As a Trainee Professional Business Coach at Coaching de Gestion, he learns to empower clients for personal and professional success. He mentors at the Black Wealth Club, serves on the boards of PMI-Montreal and the Canadian Consortium for the Digital Economy in Africa, and founded the Rwandan Professionals Network in Canada.

Educated at École Polytechnique de Montréal (B.Eng. Mechanical Engineering) and Concordia University (MBA Strategic Management of Technology), Achille boasts numerous ITIL, Agile, Project & Program Management certifications.

Bulla Boma Hekeno is the Co-Founder and Director of HEBO Consult who has etched her mark in the project management discipline across various sectors over an illustrious 17-year career.

With an educational background in ICT and Business Administration, Bulla holds a BSc in Information Systems and an MBA in Project Management. Her passion for project management advancement has led her to pursue and earn a range of prestigious credentials such as the Project Management Professional (PMP®) and the Disciplined Agile Senior Scrum Master (DASSM®) and Agile Certified Practitioner (PMI-ACP®) from the esteemed Project Management Institute (PMI®); Bulla’s reputation is well-earned. Beyond these certifications, she emerges as a coach and mentor of unmatched caliber, ushering both young graduates and seasoned professionals into the intricate art and science of project management across the public and private sectors all across the East Africa through her work at HEBO Consult.

Under her visionary leadership, HEBO Consult has birthed pioneering programs and partnerships with global educational and research authorities including PMI®, CertifProf, PeopleCert and Westford University, empowering thousands of team members and facilitating hundreds of professionals across various industries with global standard credentials such as the PMP®. Other programs she spearheads include The Future Project Professional Program (FPP), an initiative, tailored for university students and fresh graduates, aiming to bridge the prevalent industry’s job and talent gaps, reinforcing her belief: The Future is Bright, the Future is Projects.”

Beyond her immediate corporate realm, Bulla’s influence radiates. Having served the PMI Tanzania

Chapter Board as the VP Volunteering Services (in 2021), adjudicating as the Chief Judge for the Women in Management Awards (WIMA) (in 2023), and contributing to other pivotal PMI initiatives are but a few testaments to her expansive professional footprint.

A former diplomat with US Agency for International Development, Dr. Keeys has worked in portfolio, program, and project management, strategy, and organizational leadership in the international development field, and as a consultant, researcher, author, and presenter. She has presented at international conferences and published in journals and books on organizational project management, strategy, benefits co-creation, open innovation, and sustainable development. She is an adjunct professor at the SKEMA Business School in Paris, a visiting research fellow at the Project Management Group, WU Vienna University of Economics and Business, and former part-time faculty at Boston University Metropolitan College master’s program in project management from 2014-2017. She is a member of the International Editorial Board of the International Journal of Project Management, former president of the PMI South Africa Chapter, and now a PMI Global Board Director. (Dr. Keeys’ contributions are made in her individual capacity).

Frank Owusu-Asamoah is a highly accomplished and results-driven Project Professional and Leader with an impressive track record spanning over 18 years. His expertise encompasses a diverse range of industries, including Mining Process Plant Construction, Mining Maintenance Operations, Power Generation, Telecommunications, and Road and Building Construction Projects. Throughout his career, Frank has thrived in key roles with Organizations such as TIC, Mantrac Ghana, Woodgroup Power Operations, Zain, and Vodafone Ghana.

Presently, Frank serves as the Project Director for FESPONN COMPANY LIMITED, where he has consistently demonstrated his exceptional leadership and strategic acumen. Additionally, he is the CEO of Tech Startup – Tabor Online, which is the driving force behind the Social Networking apps and websites, kasalingua and apprecia8.

Howard is a Civil Engineer passionate in matters spatial planning with over 17 years of experience in design and construction of Roads, 5 of which he has worked in The Road Corridor Management Directorate of The Kenya National Highways Authority. He has interacted first-hand with handling and processing roadside developments, reclaiming encroached road reserves, processing land acquisition for road expansions and evaluating compensation during resettlement action on Highway development contracts.

He is a graduate of Civil Engineering (JKUAT) a Holder of a Master of Laws, in Construction Law, Arbitration and Adjudication and has Studied a Master of Science in Construction Engineering and Management at Jomo Kenyatta University. He is a Certified PMP with PMI USA, A member of The Chartered Institute of Arbitrators UK and a Member of The American Society for Quality.

He is a Professional Engineer registered with The Engineers Board of Kenya and a Corporate Member of The Institution of Engineers of Kenya and a Member of The Architectural Association of Kenya.

He is a trainer, coach and mentor in Civil Engineering Construction, Contracts and Dispute resolution having trained construction professionals spanning Engineers, Construction Managers, Quantity Surveyors and Lawyers.

Ike Nwankwo is a member of the PMI Board of Directors and Chair of the Governance Committee. He is also the managing director at Distinct Management Ltd., an independent project management consultancy focusing on information technology, construction and business transformation.

As an internationally recognized leader, award winning performer and catalyst for social change, Tim Swain has inspired global audiences for nearly 20 years. With over 15 years of experience as a leadership development professional and program manager, he uses his unique style of empowerment to fuse life lessons into entertaining and innovative seminars.  

He is a global citizen and a Grant Specialist with Project Management Institute Educational Foundation (PMIEF), an organization that enables youth to realize their potential and transform lives through project management. Swain holds a Bachelors in Communications and a Masters in Education from Texas State University, as well as a Masters in Theology from the Akrofi-Christaller Institute of Theology, Ghana.  

Swain has extensive experience in curating, innovating, and developing leadership programs for various countries including Ghana, UK, and Jamaica.  He is a transition and cultural consultant, and a bi-continental citizen, traveling between the U.S. and Ghana with his wife and son. 

Alice is an International Health professional with Program Management experience spanning 22 years with a focus in HIV and AIDS, Nutrition, Neglected Tropical Diseases, Sexual Reproductive Health Rights, & broader health programming in Sub Saharan Africa.  She provides oversight in design, planning, management, coordination, monitoring and technical support for multi-sectoral projects. Has successfully worked with international and local partners and collaborated with Ministries of Health, Gender and Education in East, Central and Southern Africa to deliver projects that provide integrated services to under-served populations in sustainable, measurable and meaningful ways, including recently setting up a Toll -free hotline and WhatsApp Chatbot that will provide answers to health questions across all SRHR topics and referrals/linkages to various points of care. This will ensure the youth know about their rights to health and safety, so they can protect themselves, make informed choices, and seek out health services, ultimately actualizing their full health rights.  Alice is well versed in program management, implementation science, performance monitoring and organizational capacity strengthening and mentoring.

A seasoned IT project professional with a career spanning over 15 years. Innocent led IT projects in the Tax Authority and finance sector, cultivating a reputation for driving successful outcomes. Transitioning seamlessly from complex regulatory environments to dynamic financial landscapes. He honed his skills in process optimization, risk management, and strategic alignment. A pivotal moment arrived when he co-founded the PMI Rwanda Chapter, showcasing his dedication to fostering a community of collaboration and professional growth. Currently Innocent is serving as Chapter President, where he continues to spearhead initiatives that empower project management professionals. Holding certifications in PMP, he remains committed to elevating project management standards and achieving impactful results.