Bitange Ndemo is currently Kenya’s Ambassador to Belgium and the European Union. He was formerly a Professor of Entrepreneurship at the University of Nairobi’s Business School. His work focuses on the link between Information Communications Technology (ICT) and small and medium enterprises with emphasis on how ICTs influence economic development in Africa.
He is deeply involved in digitalisation across the continent and has chaired the Kenya Distributed Ledgers and Artificial Intelligence Taskforce that developed the country’s road map for digital transformation. He has been an advisor and board member to several organisations including Safaricom one of the leading telecommunication companies in Africa, a member of the OECD Expert Panel for Blockchain, World Economic Forum Global Blockchain Council (part of the World Economic Forum’s Global Fourth Industrial Revolution Councils).
Prof Ndemo has been credited for facilitating many transformative ICT projects as Permanent Secretary of Kenya’s Ministry of Information and Communication, and senior advisor to UN’s Global Pulse (Big Data initiatives) and the UNCDF’s Better than Cash Alliance and UNICEF’s Innovation Council.
He is known as an Open Data/Big Data evangelist and dedicated to the simplification (visualisation) of data for ordinary citizens to consume. He writes two columns every week for the Business Daily and Nation on-line.
Prof Ndemo served on our board from January until June 2022.