Our Jury Team
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.
Outside her professional duties, Caroline is a mother to a teenage son and an active Rotarian. Currently she serves as the Assistant Public Image Coordinator (RPIC) for District 9212. She was the President of the Rotary Club of Nairobi East in 2014/5. During her tenure, she raised $35,000 by leading 39 volunteers up Mt. Kilimanjaro to raise money for the eradication of Polio through the Rotary Foundation.
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.
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.
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.
As a speaker 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.
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
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.
Passionate about brands and curious about their role in consumers’ lives, and the delicate balance between heart and science
I am working to transition from my current go to market focus towards driving scientific influence of brand and product propositions; driven by quantitative data, or big data.
The vision I have for my next role (s) is a more strategic role that has a 2-5 years outlook on the business, while ensuring that we continuously optimise the current capability framework that is geared towards the realisation of the long term business and brand goals. My desired role would have the responsibility of;
Driving strategic business transformation through a holistic approach that includes data, technology, process, people, vision and culture
A strategy partner to marketing professionals, with an operational partnership with technology teams – as an enabler to convert technology towards being a competitive advantage with a long term potential approach
Accountability champion for measurable ROI on marketing investment, with proactive insight generation + implementation of consumer insights across customer touch points
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.