RobinMillerBilha Ndirangu


Kenya


Occupational Information


Job Title: CEO of African Leadership Academy

Professional History


Bilha Ndirangu is the CEO of African Leadership Academy, an institution focused on developing young leaders who will address Africa's greatest challenges. In this role, she says she is responsible for accurately moulding and nurturing the ethical leadership the ALA is looking to inculcate in its young leaders. This entails shaping their outlook to become the type of authentic leaders who will be able to tap into the uniqueness of Africa and bring solutions that will ensure the prosperity of the continent.

Bilha is also the co-founder of Jacob’s Ladder Africa, a youth-focused foundation. Bilha says it is important to train young people and transform their minds so they can serve the continent better in the future. The various roles she has held throughout her career have provided platforms to not just build strong organizations, but also nurture and raise gifted young leaders.

Prior to the ALA, Bilha was the CEO of Africa's Talking, rising to that position after being the Chief Operating Officer.  Africa’s Talking provides technology infrastructure and support to software developers with the aim of building a viable, entrepreneurial technology ecosystem in Africa. She joined the company as a partnership with former university friends and together set out to build a world-class technology company.  Since its beginning as a small, fledgling start-up, it has since grown to a Pan-African business serving thousands of clients and impacting millions of Africans. Bilha says that it proved that it is possible to build and grow a world-class tech company on the continent.

Before Africa's Talking, she was a Senior Project Manager at Dalberg Global Development Advisors and was the first employee at their Nairobi office. Tutu Fellow James Mwangi, who nominated her for the Tutu Fellowship, says that office became one of Dalberg's most important, globally.  She advised clients across Africa and globally on strategy, organizational structure, program implementation and development policy.  She was also a Business Analyst at Mitchell Madison Group before joining Dalberg.

Separately, as a way of paying it forward, Bilha offers free business advisory services to some select startups in Kenya, helping them from her experiences as an entrepreneur and business leader. She says that she is motivated to see businesses grow and not make some of the mistakes she had made, allowing them to scale faster. Since 2012, she has mentored young people with career structuring, working towards achieving goals, and making the transition from high school and university.  Bilha was awarded the Woman of Firsts - Excellence in Education Award by the Charlotte Mannya-Maxeke Institute, and is an Endeavour Entrepreneur.

She has attended Harvard's Business School & Endeavor on Scaling Entrepreneurial Ventures, which is aimed at supporting business leaders.

Qualifications


Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering with a minor in Economics from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)

Programs


2022 Archbishop Desmond Tutu Leadership Fellow


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