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Top 10 Africa’s leading youths in technology

Advancements in technology have been so rapid over the last decade, and Africans definitely aren’t left out of this development. It might be interesting to know that emerging markets boast of an estimated growth rate of 5% to 10% per annum outpacing traditional industry sectors such as energy and finance. In this article, we’ll review a list of Africa’s leading youths in the domain of technology; according to the Institut Choiseul for International Politics and Geoeconomics, an independent research center that analyzes international relations, economic and political strategies as well as international cultures.

1 – GENEVIEVE SANGUDI

Age : 41

Nationality : Tanzanian

Achievement : Managing Director at The Carlyle Group LP. Ms. Sangudi focuses on buyout and growth opportunities in Sub-Saharan Africa and is a part of Corporate Private Equity business segment. received an M.B.A. from Columbia Business School, a Masters in international affairs from Columbia University School of International and Public Affairs and a B.A. from Macalester College.

2 – BONY DASHACO

Age : 42
Nationality : Cameroonian

Achievement : Ninth overall on the Institut Choiseul in 2017, the London School of Business and Finance-educated Dashaco is CEO of Acmar Media Group. The 40-year-old Cameroon native is in charge of a leading media firm in West and Central Africa, focusing on news coverage, big data, digital media and more. ranked 9th on the Institut Choiseul list.

3 – AMROTE ABDULLAH

Age : 37

Nationality : Ethiopia

Achievement : Abdella is the regional director of Microsoft 4Afrika, the tech giant’s initiative to develop affordable access, skills and innovation on the African continent. She is ranked 12th on the Institut Choiseul list.

4. RONALD KARAURI

Age : 39

Nationality : Kenya

Achievement : Karauri is the CEO of Kenya’s highly successful online sports betting company, SportPesa. The 39-year-old former commercial pilot, with over 10 years of flying experience, invested in the online sports betting firm and has played a leadership role in the company since 2015. Success has followed, with SportPesa now operating in Europe and sponsoring sport across the globe, hence his ranking at 22 on the list.

5 – ASHISH THAKKAR

Age : 37

Nationality : Uganda

Achievement : Ugandan investor, entrepreneur and philanthropist Thakkar is followed by a whopping 1.02 million Twitter followers, which says a great deal about his ability to be a tech influencer on social media, and translates to a 24th place Institut Choiseul ranking. The 37-year-old is the founder of Mara Group, a Pan-African conglomerate with interests in internet, telecom and communications, property, manufacturing and finance.

6 – ALAN KNOTT – GRAIG JR

Age : 35

Nationality : South African

Achievement : founder of Project Isizwe as well as executive chairman of Hero Telecoms, Ever Africa, and Happimo NPC. The Institut Choiseul ranks him 84th on the continent as an economic leader.

7 – FATOUMATA BA

Age : 32

Nationality : Senegal

Achievement : Chief marketing officer for Jumia Group, Africa’s first unicorn startup, which was valued at over $1 billion earlier this year. The e-commerce ecosystem serves customers in 23 countries across the continent, and as marketing head, the Toulouse Business School graduate shapes the message that goes out to customers all over Africa. Ranked 77th on the Institut Choiseul list.

8 – VINNY LINGHA

Age : 39

Nationality : South Africa

Achievement : tech entrepreneur who is the co-founder and CEO of Civic, an identity protection and management startup. He previously founded Gyft, a mobile gift card company backed by Google Ventures, selling it to First Data Corporation for around $54 million. Lingham is also the co-founder of SiliconCape, which aims to support tech startups in Cape Town. He features in the South African versions of reality TV investment shows Shark Tank and Dragon’s Den, and is ranked 78th according to Institut Choiseul.

9 – ANGE DIAGOU

Age : 37

Nationality : Ivory Coast

Achievement : Managing director for Ivorian software company NSIA Technologies, 37-year-old Diagou is in charge of a tech company with operations in 12 African countries. Having served as deputy managing editor for the company from its establishment in 2012 until 2015, he then took over as managing director and is thriving in the role. For his success thus far and future potential, he has earned a ranking of 81 on the Institut Choiseul list.

10 – MWAMVITA MAKAMBA

Age : 38

Nationality : Tanzanian

Achievement : Makamba is in a powerful position in the continent’s telecoms landscape as managing director for Vodafone Africa, placing her 82nd on the overall Institut Choiseul list. The Tanzanian 38-year-old studied at the University of Dar Es Salaam, and was a business manager at Vodafone Africa between 2012 and 2014 before she became managing director.

11 – BOUJIQUE JOEL

Age : 17

Nationality : Cameroon

Achievement : CEO and co-founder of InnoSOFT, a software company aimed at solving basic societal problems with innovative technological utilities. Started in 2017. Ranked N/A on the Institut Choiseul list.

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