University Relations Leader
IBM East Africa, Kenya
John is the University Relations Leader for IBM in East Africa. John joined IBM in Sept 2014 bringing with him vast experience from the academic community in East Africa. His role involves leading IBM academic programmes with universities in countries in the Sub Saharan African region. Most recently he is also involved in steering the roll out of IBM’s Digital- Nation Africa platform (http://developer.ibm.com/africa )
John has been instrumental in forging collaborations of IBM with numerous institutions of higher education and ministries of education in the region. The outcome of the programmes initiated so far include having over 1000 certifications and over 5000 trained students and faculty members on the latest technologies including cloud, artificial intelligence, mobile, data science, cyber security and many more.
Prior to joining IBM, John was the founding Manager of @iBizAfrica, the business innovation centre at Strathmore University and a faculty member in the Faculty of Information Technology at the same institution, teaching software engineering and computing courses. He was instrumental in coordinating the first ever e-readiness survey of over 50 universities in East Africa while working with KENET. He is interested in the application of technology in educational environments and developing digital skills among young professionals. His research interests include: ICTs in education, ICT4D, Free & Open source software and Innovation & entrepreneurship.
His contribution to the local technology community was recognized at the iHub Tech Community Award ceremony on 8th March 2015. John is a former Chair of the IEEE Kenya Section and a former board member of AfriLabs. He previously served as a Council member of the Free and Open Source Foundation for Africa (FOSSFA). He is currently the IEEE Region 8 Action for Industry Africa Ambassador. He holds a Bachelor of Science (Hons) Degree from the University of Nairobi, a graduate Diploma in Information Management from the University of Greenwich, an Msc in Information Systems from Strathmore University and is at present finalizing his dissertation for a Master in Business Administration at Strathmore Business School.