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Swaady Martin


How does one leave a successful 10-year career at General Electric and follow a passion for African culture and heritage?  Is it possible to capture African luxury in a contemporary way and build a truly African luxury brand on the global stage?  Swaady started an award-winning brand of African products with African artisans. It has been nominated as the Best Locally-Sourced Luxury Brand in 2014 by The New Economy magazine.

January Makamba

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Tanzania is considered to be at a political crossroads, facing high levels of joblessness, emerging divisions and regional insecurity. In 2015 it will see its fifth multiparty election. The current Tanzanian President - Dr. Jakaya Kikwete (64) – has been in office since December 2005.  January has launched a campaign to to elected as President of his country, saying: “for countries to change, politics has to change.

Samuel Mensah


Having grown up surrounded by family members involved in the fashion industry, Sam Mensah always had a “passive interest” in clothes. Upon returning from travels as an investment banking and private equity professional to various African countries, his friends began offering him money to pickup contemporary fashions from the continent. Based on this, he had a hunch that he could apply some of his experience making investments in technology companies and start-ups to build an African fashion brand.

Francois Bonnici


How do you take a decade of work in paediatric medicine and humanitarian/development programmes, as well as experience in public-private partnerships in health and development, and turn it into an innovative academic programme?  By founding the Bertha Centre for Social Innovation & Entrepreneurship.

Kariuki Gathitu

Kariuki GathituBackground/Challenge:

From a young age, Kariuki had an insatiable appetite for dissecting electronic devices. As he sees it, his purpose in life was to create technology that will heal Africa and transform it from the Dark Continent to the continent of light.

Angellah Kairuki


She is currently the Minister of State in the President's Office for Public Service Management and Good Governance. She was also selected as a WEF Young Global Leader in 2014 and is a graduate of the University of Hull. She holds a PgDL in Legal Practice from Staffordshire University.


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