MEST Africa Summit

The MEST Africa Summit is our annual flagship tech conference, held each year in a different market across the continent.

The Pan-African Tech Conference

The MEST Africa Summit is our annual Pan-African conference. It aims to bring together top entrepreneurs, investors, executives and ecosystem players from across Africa, and globally, to create a meeting grounds, networking and learning opportunities, while exploring the latest innovations in the tech and startup space on the continent.

MEST Africa Summit 2019

Watch scenes from the 2019 Summit in Nairobi



Jorn Lyseggen Founder & CEO

Jorn Lyseggen

Founder & CEO

Jorn is the Founder & CEO of Meltwater and MEST Africa. A Norwegian entrepreneur and philanthropist, he founded Meltwater in Oslo, Norway in 2001 with an investment of just $15,000. Built on the notion of Outside Insight, Meltwater is now a global leader in B2B online media intelligence, with over 60 offices across six continents, serving more than 30,000 clients. He founded the Meltwater Entrepreneurial School of Technology (MEST) in 2008, and launched SHACK15, a data science hub and members club in London and San Francisco, in 2016.

Bilha Ndirangu Africa's Talking - CEO

Bilha Ndirangu

Africa's Talking - CEO

Bilha Ndirangu is the CEO at Africa's Talking (AT), a Pan-African mobile technology company HQ in Nairobi. Africa’s Talking helps software developers bring their ideas to life and build sustainable businesses. Prior to joining AT, Bilha was a senior project manager at Dalberg Global Development advisors in its Nairobi office where she advised varied clients including national governments, multilaterals, foundations and private sector companies.

Chris Lwanga Microsoft - Senior Director Software Partnerships

Chris Lwanga

Microsoft - Senior Director Software Partnerships

Mr. Lwanga is currently working on the Africa strategy for his division at Microsoft; leading a team that engages with partners from a community perspective. In addition, he leads a team focused on helping his engineering colleagues build next generation innovation in conjunction with customers and partners. Before that he worked with startups and ISV partners in the Cloud and Enterprise Division – ISVs that innovated on Windows Server, System Center and Azure. Prior to joining the Cloud and Enterprise Division, he was a Director in Microsoft’s Unlimited Potential Group (UPG), where he delivered mobile solutions to partners in emerging markets; in this capacity he also served on the board of Oxigen Services in India and handled another major partnership in sub-Saharan Africa with the Blue-Label investment group.

Bruce Nsereko-Lule Chandaria Capital - Investment Principal

Bruce Nsereko-Lule

Chandaria Capital - Investment Principal

Bruce Nsereko-Lule is an investment and finance guru that passionately contributes to the development of African businesses. He established and leads the operations of Chandaria Capital, one of the most pioneering and respected Venture Capital funds in East Africa. With intent to fuel African development, the fund proactively provides African SMEs business expertise, contacts, and funding to successfully scale.
Chandaria Capital has participated in debt, and equity fund raises worth over USD 23 million for burgeoning businesses that are now scaling across Africa and economically empowering over 17,000 Africans. The fund’s portfolio includes award-winning and impactful companies such as Sokowatch, Koko Networks, and Kobo360.

Vivian Nwakah Medsaf - Founder

Vivian Nwakah

Medsaf - Founder

Vivian Nwakah is the founder of Medsaf, a tech-enabled medication supply chain management solution for hospitals and pharmacies. A first generation Nigerian, she grew up in Chicago where she started a chain of home health care agencies that expanded across the Midwest. Her first venture in Nigeria was a renewable energy company, focused on hybrid diesel solar installations. However, she returned to the healthcare field after witnessing the widespread issue of fake medication in Nigeria firsthand. She started Medsaf to reduce preventable death and streamline the pharmaceutical industry. 

Kwaku Owusu-Achaw Shell Foundation - Business Development Advisor

Kwaku Owusu-Achaw

Shell Foundation - Business Development Advisor

Kwaku Owusu-Achaw joined Shell Foundation in April 2017 and works across multiple portfolios with a focus on West Africa. Kwaku started his career in the asset management industry working with Fidelity Investments. Prior to joining Shell Foundation, he spent five years in Shell Trading working in global crude and products trading across market risk, FX and credit risk.

Nicole Kayode Medixus - Co-Founder

Nicole Kayode

Medixus - Co-Founder

Nicole Kayode is the Co-founder of Medixus, a mobile platform connecting medics across Africa in real time, allowing them to collaborate on patient cases. Medixus uses technology to centralise medical knowledge on the continent and ensures every frontline healthcare worker has access to that knowledge.
She has a background in medical research and a career working in tech startups in both commercial and product development roles. Medixus is the product of combining her background, with her dedication to improving healthcare systems, and belief that communication is the key to driving change.

Olugbenga Agboola Flutterwave - CEO & Co-Founder

Olugbenga Agboola

Flutterwave - CEO & Co-Founder

Olugbenga is the CEO and co-founder of post Series A payments technology company Flutterwave. Flutterwave was launched over two years ago with the goal to build digital payments infrastructure for Africa and enable businesses receive or make any payments across Africa and globally. GB has contributed to the development of fintech solutions at several tech companies and financial institutions such as PayPal, Standard Bank, among others.

MEST Africa Summit 2019: Nairobi, June 10-12

This year's Summit took place in Nairobi, Kenya, in partnership with Microsoft, sponsored by Africa's Talking, Intel, Ethiopian Airways, Flutterwave, Liquid Telecom, Oracle and more. See more.

MEST Africa Challenge

The Pan-African scale-up competition returned in 2019.
Congratulations to this year's winners Ozé, WayaWaya and Snode Technologies!

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