Techfugees’ local chapter in Nairobi, Kenya, started in early 2017.
📰 Read all the Techugees’ news here
🗓 Take a look at the Techfugees global calendar here
⏮ 2019, March 23rd: Techfugees’ Regional development Volunteer in Africa, Priscilla, will speak at the Facebook Women of Developer Circle’s Barcamp in Nairobi
⏮ 2018, October 2nd: Panel Discussion @Sandbox x Nairobi Conversations
⏮ 2017, February 22nd: Techfugees Kenya kick-off conference ⛓Blockchain & Refugee Emergency Response: can Blockchain technology help save the lives of refugees?
The Core Team
Techfugees Kenya is currently led by:
Benjamin Hounsell, Nairobi
Ben has over 15 years experience as a researcher, technology entrepreneur and development practitioner in low and middle-income countries, with a longstanding background in exploring the role of technology and innovation in the global south. Ben has authored multiple innovation studies for a range of organisations including UNICEF, UNHCR, UNDP, the Norwegian Refugee Council and Terre des hommes and the Humanitarian Innovation fund. In his work, and as Chair of the Techfugees Chapter in Kenya, Ben encourages collaboration between NGOs, multilaterals, academics and entrepreneurs to develop digital services that better serve refugees and low-income communities. Benjamin holds a PhD in Information Engineering from the University of Edinburgh and a cum laude Master in Development Practice from Sciences Po, Paris. He has also earned multiple honours and awards for his entrepreneurial achievements, including the EBAN Most Investable Business Award, the Scottish Entrepreneur Award and the Enterprise Fellowship from the Royal Society of Edinburgh.
Techfugees’ Regional Development Volunteer in Africa, Priscilla Queirolo, is also in town for a few months:
Born to an Italian father and Finnish mother, Priscilla spent the last six years studying and working in Paris. Her career in the digital sector first started with Jumia, the main reference for e-commerce on the African continent, where she contributed to the development of the Moroccan market. She pursued her career in the tech sector in one of the leading digital marketing platforms, Teads. What she then came to realize is the potential for technology to solve some of the most critical social and environmental issues of our days. Her previous experiences have in this sense been her main lead in her aspiration to join Techfugees and serve the displaced people’s cause. Being raised in Italy and having a European background obviously makes her quite sensitive to this urgent and international matter. She’s now eager to cross boundaries and share her passion, knowledge and energy as part of an exciting community. Nairobi, one of the most dynamic tech hubs in Africa, felt like the perfect place to do so!
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