As we goal to highlight a few of the finest technologists, innovators, CEOs, and highly effective girls holding management roles within the know-how business in an effort to acknowledge and reward sturdy girls who’re advancing know-how, it will be remiss to not spotlight somebody I really admire and who I’ve had absolutely the pleasure of working with, Hilda Moraa.
I met Hilda when she was nonetheless working Weza Tele, a startup she constructed and managed while nonetheless finding out at Strathmore. Weza Tele is a cell resolution agency within the distribution, provide chain and monetary providers.
“The concept for the mission got here to me once I was working as an information analyst at a big international beverage and distribution firm. I had tried to innovate a product often called “MyOrder” along with some buddies however we failed. Weza Tele received the highest prize on the 2011 Cell BootCamp and in 2015 monetary agency AFB bought it for KES 166 million. My function on this acquisition additionally concerned designing the technique of latest channel improvements within the SME area in addition to figuring out the appropriate strategic companions together with the appropriate exterior experience i.e. authorized, tax and compliance wanted to efficiently shut the deal,” she recalled.
Hilda is at the moment the CEO of Pezesha, a digital monetary ecosystem connecting and empowering the underserved in Africa via its sturdy worth chain that entails monetary schooling, credit score selections and connecting MSMEs with reasonably priced financing. As CEO, she is chargeable for total technique, improvements, expertise acquisitions, useful resource administration, partnerships and implementing the group’s imaginative and prescient, mission, and total route. She led Pezesha to be the primary firm to exit from the CMA regulatory sandbox and get approval, an incredible fete.
Her final purpose is that Pezesha’s digital monetary platform can handle the $328 billion financing hole that exists for small and medium-sized companies in Sub Saharan Africa — and that this, in flip, will create tens of millions of job alternatives for African youths.
Hilda is a member of the Board of Administrators at Konza Metropolis- The Silicon Savannah. In 2015, she was featured as one of many prime 40 beneath 40 girls and Quartz Africa’s prime 30 innovators in Africa in 2018. She has continued to champion the native tech, innovation & Entrepreneurship scene in Kenya by supporting and mentoring different younger techpreneurs via sharing her classes, entrepreneurial data and experiences in inspiring methods similar to via her first guide that was revealed when she was solely 26 years old- “A Kenyan Startup Journey- 10 Key Classes I learnt. She was a keynote speaker on the World Entrepreneurship Summit in 2015 and in 2019, she was among the many few chosen to be a part of the Obama Leaders Program. She was named as one of many 50, Africa’s most promising innovators by World Shaker in 2020 and in April 2020, the Loreto Limuru Excessive Faculty alumnus was appointed to the Covid-19 ICT & Improvements Advisory Committee for Kenya.
Hilda is really a exceptional girl. Her dedication to self-discipline, construction and routine and her zeal to mentor the following technology of African entrepreneurs makes her one of the crucial phenomenal girls I’ve ever had the privilege to work together with.
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