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 continent’s youth population. Mark Kaigwa was feted among Forbes Africa’s inaugural 30 under 30 Best Young Entrepreneurs in Africa in 2013.
He is the publisher of insights and trends newsletter The Letter N shared bi-monthly to +1900 subscribers. And maintains a YouTube channel Digital Africa with Mark Kaigwa providing practical insights, statistics and provocations on African cyberspace, social media and how brands, business and impact leaders can tap into the connected continent.
Mark has been featured on BBC, CNN, El Paìs, Deutsche Welle, CCTV, Al Jazeera and The Guardian not to mention publications such as Fast Company, WIRED, The Atlantic among many others.
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.