Our Jury Team

Past Jury Team

Robert Kuria

Digital Media Lead, Zilojo

Robert is a Digital Media guru. With over 11 years’ experience in Media Strategy, Planning and Buying, working with multinational brands in the Telco, Tech, Finance, Airlines, FMCG, NGOs and Real Estate, across Africa, UAE and Europe.   

He’s worked with some of the leading digital agencies such as Young & Rubicam Brands, WPP-Scangroup and is currently at Zilojo.

He’s handled various top brands such as;  Safaricom PLC,  Airtel Africa,  Warid Uganda,  Vodafone Ghana,  Tigo Tanzania,  yu mobile,  Samsung KE,  Tecno,  Co-op Bank, Barclays Africa,  Barclay KE & UK,  Stanbic Bank,  Standard Chartered KE & UAE,  Kenya Commercial Bank (KCB),  Equity Bank,  Kenya Airways,  Air Uganda,  Kenya Breweries (KBL)¬¬ Pernod Ricard Kenya,  Coca Cola,  P&G KE,  Reckitt Benckiser KE,  Unilever,  KPMG, and Damac UAE among others.  

He holds an MBA, Strategic Management and Marketing from JKUAT and B. Tech, Computer Engineering and Information Science from Moi University and is Google, Twitter and Facebook certified.

Maxwell Ngari

Executive Creative Director, Isobar

Max Ngari comes from Nairobi, the capital of Kenya; Yeah, that country where some of the world’s greatest marathoners come from. In a country, abundant of runners, Max’s sprints in his career have been nothing but award worthy. Grand Clio and 2 Gold Clio winner, 4x Cannes Lions Winner, Grand Prix Dubai Lynx, Gold Loeries and 2X Agency of the year at APA/Loeries Awards among others.

Ranked as one of the most awarded creatives in Sub Saharan Africa, he has served in a number of awards shows in the region, including Loeries Africa.

Max brings with him over 10 years’ experience in the creative industry having worked as a creative lead, for large and multinational brands in the Telco, FMCG, Software, Financial Services, Business solutions and Mobile technology spaces, just to name a few.

His career has seen him work in many markets in Africa and Europe, expanding his exposure and strengthening the potency with which he develops creative solutions.

Alex Masika

Head of Business Development, BRCK

Alex Masika is a seasoned professional with over 15 years’ experience in the Energy and IT sectors.  He has previously worked for Chevron Energy, Digital Divide Data -an International Social Enterprise, Google Kenya and is now the Head of Business Development at BRCK, a technology company based in Nairobi Kenya.  Alex is passionate about technology that transforms people’s lives especially in emerging markets in Africa.

Alex has an IBA degree from the United States International University Africa and an MBA from the University of Nairobi Kenya. He contributed to the development of the National ICT master plan of Kenya 2017, serves at the KEPSA board (ICT subcommittee) and is also a board member of the Marketing Society of Kenya.

Caroline Mbarire

Assistant Digital Marketing Manager, Kenya Tourism Board

Caroline Mbarire is a Mentor,Mentee,Digital Media Prodigy,Lecturer and Lead.

Currently as an Assistant Digital Marketing Manager at Kenya Tourism Board (MagicalKenya) she has been part and parcel of the logo rebranding team and offered full and seamless support on the MagicalKenya Social Handles .She also extended her digital expertise during the premiere of The Lion King in Europe which gave the MagicalKenya a global stage visibility and talkability on Social Media worldwide. She has also helped in the strategy and annual work plan formulation which will guide the Financial Year 2019-2020 for the Digital Division Department.

Previously as a Digital Media Lead at Publicis Worldwide/Publicis Groupe (Access Leo Burnett Kenya) and WPP-Scangroup she has worked with a vast,diversified brand portfolio:Local and Diaspora brands such asFacebook ,Unilever Kenya

Unilever Southern and Central African Markets (Zimbabwe, Zambia, Malawi, Angola, and Ethiopia) ,Coca-Cola Sub-Saharan Africa , BBC Africa,WWF Zambia ,Gertrude’s Children Hospital,MRP Kenya ,Visa Kenya,NESCAFÉ ‘Kenya, Duracell Kenya,

 

Eugene Omolo

Creative Head, SCANAD

Eugene is a Creative Head at SCANAD and a leading voice for integrated marketing communication. In career spanning over 12 years – 7 of which in WPP and Omnicom agencies in Kenya, he has risen to lead the creative teams across agencies through his ability to recognise how creativity must adapt to technology.

 Over the years he has accumulated experience across agency disciplines ranging from advertising and media to research and strategy before settling into digitally-led marketing communication. He has worked for brands in financial services, alco-bev, telco as well as Gov’t and non-profit. A lover of single-malt and single-grain distillates, he loves to decompress through distance running. 

Eugene’s ethos stems from a statement Alan Watts once said, “This is the real secret of life – to be completely engaged with what you are doing in the here and now. And instead of calling it work, realise it is play.”

In his spare time, Eugene is amassing distance running medals and a collection of Single-Malt whiskeys. He also takes time to mentor talent across the industry.

Joan Muriuki

COO, Belva Digital

A commercial and marketing operations specialist with over ten years experience in business development, product development, digital marketing and finance. Over the last 10 years I have had the opportunity to work on some of the leading and most exciting brands in the FMCG, Banking, Insurance and Motor industry in Africa.My drive lies in problem solving and working in digital marketing offers a great deal of this. Identifying the true challenge is at the heart of effective digital marketing; a data driven people first approach ensures incremental growth in overall brand value. My current role as COO at Belva Digital Limited overseeing key business functions drawn from commercial, strategy & innovation, creative design, media and technology gives me the opportunity to build and support collaborative teams that meet different brand and business challenges the African market has. In my previous role as General Manager at Alternative Agency I was charged with building strong internal business processes that ensured innovative and creative digital solutions met and exceeded brand and client needs. I hold a Bachelor’s degree in Finance from JKUAT and a Master Degree in Finance and Investment from the University of Nairobi.

Joel Rao

CEO, iProspect

As  CEO of, Joel Rao draws on deep digital marketing experience and business development savvy to fuel all-encompassing marketing, entertainment and communication initiatives in Africa, LATAM, Western Europe & South East Asia.

In his career, he has garnered a number of  awards, most recently being  Top 25 Men in  Digital , The MMA Smarties award and a recognition as the Industry Pioneer by Dentsu Aegis Network.

Joel is an adrenaline junkie who loves to work hard and play harder.

Leroy Kitonga

Chief Creative
Li Advantage Africa

A highly-experienced, concept-driven, hybrid-skilled, smart-thinking Senior Creative.

With over 13 years in the industry I’ve learned that it helps to be versatile. I’m highly conceptual, but with a keen eye for craft and design too. I lead teams and studios, but I’ll roll up my sleeves and get hands-on when the project needs it. I bring a potent mix of old-school skills and up-to-the-minute thinking to everything I do. 

I’ve helped my clients build successful campaigns and experiences for their customers and their people.

Manish Sardana

Managing Director, Squad Digital

Manish is  a digital entrepreneur with over 15 years experience across E-commerce, marketing automation, marketing and advertising. Manish has co-founded and scaled large internet businesses in India which were funded by Intel Capital and Jafco Asia. During this stint, he also designed patent-pending recommendation engine. At WPP-Scangroup, Manish has lead the growth of Squad across Africa, built the proprietary Optimus Marketing Automation platform as well as the Goby E-commerce app. He holds an MBA in Marketing/Finance with a graduate degree in Economics. He is an author of economics textbooks, a keen amateur photographer, a half-marathon man and an avid reader.

Mark Kaigwa

Founder, Nendo

Mark Kaigwa is an African entrepreneur, author and professional speaker. He is the Founder of Nendo, a consultancy delivering solutions in digital strategy, communications and data science working across Sub-Saharan Africa from Nairobi, Kenya.
As an author, he is a contributing author in books such as Doing Ideas, ON! The Future of Now (with Seth Godin, Jonah Perreti et al.), 10 Open Innovations (published by GIZ), Africa & China: How Africans and their Governments are Shaping Relations with China and Digital Kenya – An Entrepreneurial Revolution in the Making the country’s first management book set for release in December 2016. His seminal chapter From the Cyber Cafe to the Smartphone: How Social Media Zooms in on Kenya and out to the World is among the nation’s most accurate portrayals of the history of Kenyans on Twitter.
As a speaker and facilitator he’s built up a repertoire speaking to a combined audience of tens of thousands in over 35 countries to date. Kaigwa has found acclaim in sharing stories on the reframing of Africa’s narrative thanks to technology, connectivity & the impact of the

Mike Otieno

CEO, Threewin Group

Mike Otieno is the Group CEO and co-founder of Threewin Limited a digital transformation company based in Nairobi, Kenya and Estonia.

Threewin’s flagship product is Wowzi, an innovative product designed to democratize influencer marketing: “Make everyone an influencer and enable any business to promote their services using social media influencers. Wowzi will not only create millions of jobs in the gig economy but also enable small and medium businesses to unlock the power of digital media.

Mike Otieno has a background in strategy consulting and has worked with renowned firms such as Mckinsey and Company and the Palladium Group. Mike was also an Uber Nairobi Ambassador. He is also the consular of internations Nairobi Professional Networking group that brings together 1299 members from 106 countries. Every month he hosts a CEO networking forum for the community. Some of his past speakers have included: Nick Nesbitt, CEO of IBM EastAfrica, HE Ambassador Fionnuala, Irish Ambassador to Kenya, Mr. Jeff Odundo, CEO of the Nairobi Stock Exchange, John Ngumi, Chairman of the Kenya Pipeline Corporation, Isaac Awuondo, CEO of CBA Bank Kenya, among others.

Noah Miller

MD, Sochin

Noah Miller is the Managing Director of Sochin Limited, a communications consultancy based in Nairobi. He is a highly experienced communications advisor with a track record of providing strategic communications expertise to governments and assisting with capacity building strategies.    

Mr. Miller has a deep understanding of social media analytics and a strong interest in social network theory, disinformation, and computational propaganda.

 He holds a BSc. in Business Administration from Babson College, a MSc. in Development Studies from The London School of Economics and Political Science, and graduated from the Advanced Management and Leadership Programme, Said Business School, University of Oxford.

Ngaruiya Kamau

Innovations and Strategy Manager, Redhouse Group

An energetic thinker, Ngaruiya is especially gifted in understanding how technology can be used to solve business, marketing and communication challenges. He has a wide background in software engineering and is a graduate of Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology, 

His keen interest in human behaviors and philosophy makes him the “go-to guy” for fresh perspectives and views. His great understanding of disruptive technologies and emerging behaviors, has allowed him to interrogate and integrate innovation with business, marketing and communications. With over 16 years of experience, Ngaruiya has worked with various East African and global brands like Visa, Tusker, Guinness, Blueband, Unga Group, NCBA just to mention a few.

Philip Mwaniki

Digital Editor - Royal Media Services.

Philip Mwaniki is an experienced journalist with over 15 years experience. He is currently the Digital Editor for Royal Media Services Ltd and leads one of the top digital brands in the country and region.

Mr. Mwaniki has also worked with the Nation Media Group as a lifestyle writer and editor for the Daily Nation/ Sunday Nation.

Zachary Ouma

Creative Director, Dragonfly Limited

Co-founder and Creative Director of Dragonfly Limited. He has worked in the digital advertising industry for over 10 years with several digital agencies: Dotsavvy, Metrocomia East Africa, Creative Edge and Squad Digital. He has led creative and strategic teams working in diverse digital playgrounds; Manufacturing, Insurance, Telecommunication, Lifestyle, Education, Banking, Entertainment and Technology, with an overarching philosophy: to creatively help clients craft relevant brand stories as they achieve their business objectives

Some of the brands he has worked with include: Unga wa Dola, LG Electronics East Africa, Sanlam, EABL, Crown Paints, NIC Bank, Dairyland Products, Keroche Breweries, Ferrero Group, Vodafone Ghana, Safaricom, SBC, Phillips, Madison Insurance, Longhorn publishers, P&G, Standard Chartered, KLM and many more.

 Recent Awarded; Muse Creative Awards 2020( platinum), Muse Creative Awards 2020 (Gold) ,DMA Awards 2019 – Best in Storytelling, DMA Awards 2019 – Best Use of Live Streaming/Hangout, African Cristal 2018 ( Gold And Silver) and APA Awards 2018 (Bronze)

Caroline J. Kimutai

Managing Editor Digital at Standard Group Plc

She is a trained journalist with 15 years’ experience in print and online media
At Standard Group, she is responsible for growing online audiences for KTN Home, KTN News, Standard newspapers, Nairobian, Radio Maisha and the Standard Group online assets that include: www.standardmedia.co.ke, www.sde.co.ke – Kenya’s #1 entertainment website and Ureport.co.ke – a citizen journalism website. She previously worked at Genesis, a global internet consumer company with headquarters in Kiev, Ukraine. While at Genesis, she started www.tuko.co.ke Kenya’s first viral news website that disrupted the Kenyan media landscape in 2015. She was the first Managing Editor of Tuko that started out as a “Breaking News” website.

Caroline is an alumni of the Kenya Institute of Mass Communication, Moi University, and the University of Leicester (UK) where she did an MA in New Media & Society. She is also a prolific writer and has been contributing to various local and international publications. In 2017, she started her personal blog called www.uncommon.co.ke.

Mike Manuthu

iHub Software Consulting

I am an end-to-end product developer who takes a wide view of the whole system. I’ve been developing solutions since 2011.
I’m the lead software engineer at the iHub Software Consulting and a co founder of East36 Ltd a Fintech Company providing Mobile Money & Credit Card integrations in East Africa. I have Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science from JKUAT University and over seven years of experience working as a software engineer.

Leroy Kitonga

Creative Director, Bean Creative

A highly-experienced, concept-driven, hybrid-skilled, smart-thinking Senior Creative.
With over 13 years in the industry I’ve learned that it helps to be versatile. I’m highly conceptual, but with a keen eye for craft and design too. I lead teams and studios, but I’ll roll up my sleeves and get hands-on when the project needs it. I bring a potent mix of old-school skills and up-to-the-minute thinking to everything I do. 
I’ve helped my clients build successful campaigns and experiences for their customers and their people.

Mark Kaigwa

Founder of Nendo

Mark Kaigwa is an African entrepreneur, author and professional speaker. He is the Founder of Nendo, a consultancy delivering solutions in research, training and strategy across Sub-Saharan Africa. He is the publisher and co-author of respected digital trends & insights publication, The Nendo Social Media Trend Report.
As an author, he is a contributing author in books such as Doing Ideas, ON! The Future of Now (with Seth Godin, Jonah Perreti et al.), 10 Open Innovations (published by GIZ), Africa & China: How Africans and their Governments are Shaping Relations with China and most recently Digital Kenya – An Entrepreneurial Revolution in the Making the country’s first management book set for release in December 2016. His seminal chapter From the Cyber Cafe to the Smartphone: How Social Media Zooms in on Kenya and out to the World is among the nation’s most accurate portrayals of the history of Kenyans on Twitter.

Maryann Wanjiku Michuki

Strategic Marketing Technologist

A strategic marketing technologist, operating at the center of technology, strategy and customer engagement. Over the last 10 years, I have had the opportunity to work with leading technology, travel, financial services and FMCG, brands across Africa, harnessing my passion for strategic interweaving of the the heart; human insights and the science; data to develop solutions that are relevant, contextual and drive long term commercial and brand aspirations.

In my current role, as business director at WPP Scangroup, I lead a team of community of experts drawn from business, strategy, creative and technology working as blended teams to solve business challenges whilst serving as a strategic partner driving innovation and creating value across the consumer decision journey.

Moses Kemibaro

Founder & CEO of Dotsavvy

Moses Kemibaro is Founder & CEO of Dotsavvy, Kenya’s first digital business agency which conceptualizes, develops, delivers and manages high-performance business results for its clients via digital channels. Previously, he was the Africa Sales Director at InMobi where he led sales in Kenya, Egypt, Nigeria and Ghana. He was also the Founding Regional Manager at Dealfish East Africa (now known as OLX Kenya), Kenya’s leading online classifieds platform. Moses is a multiple award-winning TechBlogger at MosesKemibaro.com where he rants and raves about all things digital in Kenya and Africa. He is also a long-suffering but loyal Arsenal Football Club fan, aspiring mountain biker and Formula One racing fanatic.

Robert Kuria

Digital Media guru

Robert is a Digital Media guru. He has more than nine years’ experience in Media Strategy, Planning and Buying, working with key accounts in Telecommunication, FMCG, Airlines, NGOs, Finance and Real Estate across Africa, UAE and Europe.
He has worked with some of the leading digital agencies such as Y&R Africa under Wunderman, Scangroup and currently at Zilojo, handling various accounts such as Safaricom, Airtel Africa (Digital Manager and Planner for all the 17 African markets), Warid Uganda, Vodafone Ghana, Tigo Tanzania, yu mobile, Samsung Mobile KE, Tecno Mobil, Barclays Africa, Barclay KE & UK, CFC Stanbic Bank KE, Standard Chartered KE & UAE, KCB, Equity Bank, Kenya Airways, Air Uganda, Coca Cola, Pernod Ricard Kenya, EABL, P&G KE, Reckitt Benckiser KE, Unilever, Damac UAE, P&G, Co-operative Bank of Kenya, KPMG among others.
He holds an MBA, Strategic Management and Marketing from JKUAT and B. Tech, Computer Engineering and Information Science from Moi University and is Google, Twitter and Facebook certified.

Nelly Ndonye

Digital Marketing professional

She has over 13 years’ experience in digital communication and marketing with a focus on strategy and technology working with global brands and agencies such as Diageo as the marketing partner for Africa, WPP Scan-group as the business director for Squad digital, Bean interactive as the business Manager and Ringier Africa as the General Manager among other roles.
She attended the United States International University (USIU) and pursued a Bachelor of Science (BSc) in Information Systems and Technology with a concentration in Networking and Marketing.
Her passion for technology is in its use in the improvement of business and communication process; this has seen her grow into one of the leading ladies in Kenya’s digital tech, marketing, and advertising spaces. She is also keen on finding new ways to apply tech solutions to aid in the growth of businesses across Africa.
In her spare time, Nelly enjoys following the happenings in the developments of technology, local and international money markets and American politics.

Eugene Omolo

Managing Director of Redhouse Digital

Eugene is the Managing Director of Redhouse Digital, a company of the Redhouse Group and has a passion for consumer behaviour, trends and the integrated marketing communication. He supports the need for companies to alter the perspective of clients, bringing about novel perspectives on diverse products.
In a career spanning close to 15years, he has worked in editorial teams, research and strategy, before taking a number of leadership roles from Ogilvy East Africa, to BBDO Media Edge Interactive and now within the Redhouse Group.
He has worked on various brands ranging for multinational companies such BAT, Unilever,EABL, Mars Wrigley; financial services companies such as Liberty Group, Ecobank and Chase Bank (now SBM Kenya) and technology companies such as Uber, Interswitch, Visa and Tala.
He was appointed General Manager of Redhouse Media in 2015 and Managing Director of Redhouse Digital in 2018.
In his spare time, Eugene is amassing distance running medals and a collection of Single-Malt whiskeys. He also takes time to mentor talent across the industry.

Noah W. Miller

Sochin Limited

Noah Miller is a highly experiencedcommunications advisor with a track record of providing strategic communications expertise to governments and assisting with capacity building strategies. In 2015 he founded Sochin Limited, an advisory firm that works with individuals and companies who need to solve complex challenges in communications, reputation management, and public policy.

Mr. Miller has a deep understanding of the role of social media during elections and has written extensively on the topic. He was a juror for the inaugural Digital Media Awards in 2018.
Mr. Miller holds a BSc. in Business Administration from Babson College, a MSc. in Development Studies from The London School of Economics and Political Science, and he graduated from the Advanced Management and Leadership Programme, Said Business School, University of Oxford.

Brian Mung’ei

COO, Socialight Media Ltd.

Brian Mung’ei has over 10 years experience in Africa’s digital communication and technology sector. He is considered one of Kenya’s leading digital strategists and is well respected in the new media and corporate communication circles. Mr Mung’ei graduated from Kenyatta University with a BSc in Software Engineering and later with an MBA in Strategic Management from JKUAT.
Until 2016 he was in-charge of Digital Strategy and Social Media for Safaricom Limited, where he was instrumental in rolling out award-winning digital campaigns and projects that changed the landscape in how corporates engaged with their clients and online influencers in Kenya.
He is currently the COO at Socialight Media (www.socialmedia.co.ke), a youthful Kenyan company that develops robust digital-led strategic and technical communication solutions for Private institutions and Governments. He is a Director at Novato Africa, a technology solutions company based in Nairobi and also doubles up as a one of the Judges of the Kenya Social Media Awards.

Fred Kithinzi

Founder & CEO of Belva Digital

Fred Kithinzi is the Founder & CEO of Belva Digital – an industry recognized performance marketing agency. His JD reads something like “…delivering consistent ROI for our partners while diversifying and growing the business.” Belva Digital is a recent winner of KPMG Top 100 mid-size companies in Kenya. Previously, Fred worked at Google and IBM where he spent considerable amount of time supporting businesses in Kenya and beyond to meet their growth objectives. Some of Belva Digital’s clients include established brands such as L’Oreal, Ecobank, Samsung, Microsoft and Kenya Power; as well as standout start-ups like Cellulant, MYDAWA, BitPesa and PESABAZAAR. Fred is a Bsc. Computer Science graduate.

Zachary Ouma

Creative Director Dragonfly Ltd

Co-founder and Creative Director of Dragonfly Limited. I’ve worked in the digital advertising industry for over 10 years with several digital agencies including: Ebitsonline, Dotsavvy, Metrocomia East Africa, Creative Edge,Squad Digital.
I’ve led creative and strategic teams working in digital playgrounds across manufacturing, insurance,telecommunication, lifestyle, education, banking, entertainment and technology, and with an overarching philosophy: to creatively help clients achieve their objectives by standing out from the rest. Some of the clients I’ve worked with include: Unga wa Dola, LG Electronics East Africa, Sanlam, EABL, Crown Paints, Dairyland Products, Ferrero group, Vodafone Ghana, Safaricom, SBC, Phillips, Madison Insurance, Longhorn publishers, P&G, Standard Chartered and KLM.
Recent awards and honours in 2018; Muse Creative Awards( Gold), African Crystal ( Gold And Silver) and APA Awards (Bronze)

As  CEO of, Joel Rao draws on deep digital marketing experience and business development savvy to fuel all-encompassing marketing, entertainment and communication initiatives in Africa, LATAM, Western Europe & South East Asia.

In his career, he has garnered a number of  awards, most recently being  Top 25 Men in  Digital , The MMA Smarties award and a recognition as the Industry Pioneer by Dentsu Aegis Network.

Joel is an adrenaline junkie who loves to work hard and play harder.