About


Njeri Rionge, Africa’s Most Successful Woman. —Forbes




Throughout her career, Njeri has been known to take courageous initiatives to unravel complexity and lead companies through challenges and deliver success in all economies. In 2011, Forbes titled Njeri as Africa’s Most Successful Woman. Since then Njeri has continued to work at the intersection of international business, technology and governance; as she proceeds to help scale emerging businesses as an investor, ignite potential in others through her public engagements, and delving into emerging technologies to solve problems effectively and efficiently.

Rionge started her first company as a twenty-year-old selling yoghurt to the International School of Kenya and Loretto Convent Musongari High School and since then she’s co-founded multi-million dollar companies and continues to bring positive impact to the environments around her. Rionge never fails to thank god for her successes, and her dad for the values he's passed on to her. When she's not working, she enjoys a good game of golf and spending time with her family, eating good food and reading.


Experience


Present—

CEO, UpCountry Africa Fund Assets Corp.


Past—

Member Board of Directors, Wananchi Nominees Limited
Founder & Executive Director, Ignite Consulting and Investment Limited
Board Executive Director, Ignite Consulting Limited
Founder & Director, Insite Limited
Member Board of Directors, East African Tea Trade Association
Chairperson & Member, Urukundo investments
CIO EA Member, CIO East Africa
Member Board of Directors, Institute of Directors (Kenya)
Chief Commercial Officer, Telkon Kenya-Orange
Member of the Board of Directors, ICANN
Co-Founder & CEO, Wananchi Group
Manager of Corporate Sales & Marketing, Form Net Africa

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Awards—

CryptoChicks Hackathon Business Track Winner, 2018
Role Model Diversity Black Canada Award, 2016
Forbes Africa's Most Successful Business Women, 2011
Computer Society Wall of Fame, 2009
World Technology Forum Nominee, 2009


Talks—

ElevateTech 2018 Co-Chair ElevateEveryOne, Project Belong July - September 2018
The Entrepreneur Journey at EVE Program, a Danone Initiative Women In Leadership in Dakar, Senegal December 2017
Aspen Institute Diaspora and OPIC Forum Cambridge MA 2015
Africa Business Forum UBC Vancouver BC 2015
Diaspora Kenya Conference ICKDO 2015
Africa Business & Entrepreneurship UBC Vancouver 2014
MasterCard Foundation UBC Vancouver 2014
CDC’s (Commonwealth Development Corporation) UK AID, a Launch event for its new investment strategy, London UK – September 2012
‘Entrepreneurship in Kenya’ to Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) graduate students Kenya 2007, 2009, 2011
‘Work-Life Balance’ to the Kenya Commercial Bank 2011
Re-Investing, working and Doing Business in Kenya at Kenyan Diaspora Conference and Career fair 2011
Strathmore Business School— Round Table for Executive Director Training to Share Corporate Governance Experience 2009, 2011
Strathmore Business School— Entrepreneurship Class of 2009, 2010