Fellowship Year: 2022
Nationality: Kenya
Job Title: Co-Founder
Organisation: Jacob's Ladder Africa


Job Title: Co-Founder

Organisation: Jacob's Ladder Africa

Professional History: Bilha Ndirangu is a co-founder of Jacob’s Ladder Africa, a sustainable development hub that advances the agenda of youth in Africa towards self-reliance and productivity, with a particular focus on climate action, and leadership and governance. In this and other roles, she is at the intersection of climate action, technology and education, positioning Africa as an investment destination for the green economy, identifying and scaling relevant technologies, and preparing its youth to provide the requisite skills mix.

Previously, she was the CEO of the African Leadership Academy, where she worked on pathways to enable young leaders to solve key leadership challenges facing the continent. Prior to that, she was the CEO of Africa’s Talking (AT), based in Nairobi, Kenya. AT catalyzes the continent’s technology ecosystem by empowering software developers. Over seven years, Bilha expanded the company into 20 markets in African countries .

Bilha also worked at Dalberg, where she advised governments, corporations, and foundations across the continent on solutions to African challenges including energy, agriculture and education. At Dalberg, she launched their Nairobi office. She was a Business Analyst at Mitchell Madison Group before joining Dalberg.

Bilha was awarded the Woman of Firsts - Excellence in Education Award by the Charlotte Mannya-Maxeke Institute, and is an Endeavour Entrepreneur.

Academic and professional credentials: Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering with a minor in Economics from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
Scaling Entrepreneurial Ventures, which is aimed at supporting business leaders, at Harvard Business School



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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.