Mentors


  • Lowell Ricklefs Lowell Ricklefs

    Bio: I am passionate about building high performance teams that drive scale at early/mid stage tech companies. Recent successes include Toluna (COO) in 4 years leading global growth strategy and acquisitions to drive revenue from $15M to $120M with a $260M exit (PE firm April 2011) – GMI (CRO/EVP) accelerating sales/professional services in 36 months from $1M to $60M with a $100M strategic exit (sold to WPP). Early stage success has been built upon F500 discipline at Rockwell as Global VP Channels for Rockwell Automation ($3B) and Business Manager Rockwell Software ($100M) . I want to help great people accomplish great things at early to mid stage tech companies as an investor, board member, advisor or CEO. Specialties Driving scale quickly (Revenue, organization, platform, profit). High integrity, high energy, common sense leadership. Worldwide experience – I lived with my family in Europe for 3 years driving entrepreneurial success at Toluna HQ in Paris, FR + 11 years working with Europe, Asia, Latin America. Media/Internet/Advertising/IT/Software sectors. Captive offshore leadership - high performance teams in India (300+ people) and Romania (125+ people). Developing strong partnerships & relationships. http://www.linkedin.com/pub/lowell-ricklefs/0/4b5/194


  • Sean Paavo Krepp Sean Paavo Krepp

    Bio: Sean, currently Kampala-based, is a results-driven social entrepreneur with over 12 years of international telecom and internet experience in strategy, business development, brand marketing, government liason and product development roles. His strengths lie in translating strategy into operational execution at the front end of business development and he excels at building high performance, diverse teams that deliver upon challenging targets and breakthrough change initiatives. He has managed budgets of up to 30 MEURs, led large teams/networks of over 150 professionals, driven stakeholder relations at the highest level and successfully delivered several key web and mobile product development projects. He is passionate about the role of mobile communications in serving Base of the Pyramid consumers and currently leads AppLab Uganda and the Communication Knowledge Worker Program in Uganda. He previously led Nokia Life Tools business development in Middle East and Africa as Head of Emerging Markets Services in the region. Sean is recent graduate in the Class of 2009 from the TRIUM (LSE, NYU Stern, HEC Paris) GEMBA program which ranks 2nd in the FT global business education rankings. Specialties business development, spearheading strategic change initiatives, partner evaluation, developing alliances, identifying M&A opportunities, negotiation, deal-making, building operations, leading high performance teams, growth business ventures with a social entrepreneurial mission, government liaison


  • Michael Niyitegeka Michael Niyitegeka

    Bio: Leadership training, Human Resource Management, Organizational Development, ICT Business Integration and IT Strategy Development Goals Deliver Impact driven trainings with influence on the lives of the trainees Mentor the next generation of business leaders Live a fun fulfilled life Specialties IT Strategy & Management, Business Development, Motivational Speaking, Conference/Workshop facilitation, Peer Trainer


  • Reinier Battenberg Reinier Battenberg

    Bio: Reinier is director of Mountbatten Ltd, www.mountbatten.net and program manager for Fruits of Thoughts,www.fruitsofthought.org. He has been very active in the local ICT community, organising Linux User Group Meetings, www.linux.or.ug, Mappingdays, www.mappingday.com and other events. He has a great passion for Free and Open Source Software, particularly Drupal,www.drupal.org, and for Open Data,especially when you can make a map out of it. He is currently working on his first Android app.


  • Boaz Shani Boaz Shani

    Bio: Born in Israel and with a background in production, events, ICT, Marketing and logistics, Boaz Shani has been living in Uganda for over 13 years and has fully integrated with the local culture. Aware of the many challenges that many face on a day to day basis in the ICT field he continually looks for fast, practical and modern solutions to solve these. Boaz Shani has been specializing in the ICT field for over 20 years and in 2010 teamed up with a group of young Ugandan technicians and designers for a heartfelt project Known as UGO - which is his biggest contribution to Uganda. In 2011 Boaz initiated the formation of the ICTAU (ICT Association of Uganda ) along with the ICT Institute of Uganda. Boaz also passionately assists and is a mentor for many young Ugandans entrepreneurs. Boaz Shani is also often associated with the Punchline brand and the entertainment business in Uganda as he gladly lends his ICT, Logistics, PR and organizational skills to help out the Children’s’ Centre of Namuwongo Little Light. Boaz Shani lives in Kampala with his wife and daughter.


  • Deborah Elzie Deborah Elzie

    Bio: Deb Elzie is one of the co-founders of The Kuyu Project and StorySpaces http://www.storyspaces.net. Additionally, she is part of a team of mobile and web programmers working here in Uganda and is involved with Africa Women in Tech. Deb works primarily in front-end design - user interface and interaction design. She uses a variety of tech tools for mocking up interfaces, but always loves to start with low-tech paper mockups. She also works as a graphic designer and videographer. She is an entrepreneur who has worked on startups in the past and is currently working on several startup teams now. When not working on apps, she works as an Instructional Designer with the Disaster Resilience Leadership Academy at Tulane University. Deb is currently based in Kampala, working closely with Makerere University’s School of Public Health.


  • Phares Kariuki Phares Kariuki

    Bio: My background is in both startups and the old \'boring\' corporate scene, having been both Business Manager/Solution Architect for VMware at Westcon. I have worked for dataposIT, which was a startup at the time. In addition to this I have a background with Mentorship, having setup and ran the mentorship program for the iHub in Nairobi as well as done the same for the Garage 48 brand. My strengths are primarily around developing business/revenu models for startups as well as understanding the ecosystem in which they play.