Sylvia MakarioSylvia Makario



Occupational Information

Job Title: Industry Innovation Lab Fellow

Professional History

Sylvia Makario is a geospatial engineer and space technologist. She has worked for and with various other organizations, with a key contributing focus being the use of space technology for socio-economic development. In 2013, she co-founded a startup company, while still a sophomore. This technology company focused on utilizing geospatial technologies for social good. She is the co-founder of Hepta Analytics, a Machine Learning company working with organizations in Africa, to make quality decisions faster. She occasionally writes for blogs and news websites on space technology, advocating for investments in Africa as a possible and viable driver for change in all sectors.

Sylvia is a former Mastercard Foundation Alumni committee member where she volunteered her time in strengthening the alumni network, employing monitoring and evaluation expertise to determine efficient processes that work in retaining and sustaining an alumni network.  As a WEF Global Shaper Member at the Kigali Hub, she offers her time and expertise in developing societies in Rwanda and beyond.


BSc. Geospatial Engineering & Space Technology from the University of Nairobi
MSc. Information Technology from Carnegie Mellon University


2020 Archbishop Desmond Tutu Leadership Fellow

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About AFLI




The African Leadership Institute (AFLI) focuses on building the capacity and capability of visionary and strategic leadership across the continent. Developing exceptional leaders representing all spheres of society, the Institute’s flagship programme is the prestigious Archbishop Tutu Leadership Fellowship. Offering a multifaceted learning experience and run in partnership with Oxford University, it is awarded annually to 20-25 carefully chosen candidates, nominated from across Africa. Alumni of the African Leadership Institute form a dynamic network of Fellows passionately committed to the continent’s transformation, bridging the divide between nations and ensuring that Africa is set centre-stage in global affairs.