Esther Muchiri, Executive Director, E-Mentoring Africa

Prior to joining the private sector, Ms. Muchiri worked with USAID/East Africa for 18 years as a Regional ICT Specialist and managed regional ICT projects in the East and Southern Africa region. In 2009, she joined the private sector as an ICT for Development (ICT4D) Consultant where she has provided consulting services to national, regional and international organizations including: International Trade Centre (ITC), Geneva; National Environmental Management Authority (NEMA); Konza ICT Park (through IFC); Kenya ICT Authority, USAID, US Department of Agriculture (USDA), UN-FAO among others. In 2010, she chaired a Taskforce to assess Skills Gaps in the BPO sector with a view to identifying focus areas to develop the necessary talent pool for the growing ITES/BPO sector.

Driven by a passion to provide guidance, counselling, empowerment and motivation to youth and women to reach their full potential and seize opportunities, Ms. Muchiri founded and is the CEO of eMentoring Africa, a social enterprise based in Kenya. She has provided thought leadership in the development of numerous mentoring programs and facilitated transformational and servant leadership trainings to a cross-section of youth aged 13 to 35 years. She has a strong motivation of seeing more women get into the technology sector, and as such chaired an initiative under the Kenya ICT Authority to map women-focused initiatives that encourage girls and women to join the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) careers.

She is the 2017 Secretary for the IEEE (Kenya Section) and a member of IEEE-Women In Engineering (WIE). And also sits in the Advisory Council of the Presidential Digital Talent Program (PDTP) under the Ministry of ICT, as well as a member of the KEPSA Gender and Youth Sub-Sector board.

Ms. Muchiri holds a Global Executive MBA and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Information Systems and Technology from United States International University (USIU), Kenya. She is a certified eLearning in Practice (Design, Development, Management, and Tutoring) Expert with InWent, Germany; and a certified Mentoring Program Manager with Mentoring University (USA – online). Esther is also a winner of the “Goldman Sachs 10000 Women Entrepreneur Program” scholarship offered by the USIU in 2010. She is a fellow in the Rockefeller Global Fellowship Program for Social Innovation 2015-2016. This 2015 Fellowship Program brought together a diverse group of 21 leaders from Asia, Africa and Latin America to develop 21st Century transformative solutions that would result in more resilient systems, communities, and people.