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Michael Joseph

iHub By Jessica Colaço / October 2, 2010

Reflections with Michael Joseph



The *iHub_ Nairobi and the Elimisha_us initiative are pleased to announce that Michael Joseph, the CEO of Safaricom Ltd, who is due to retire on November 1, 2010 will come to the *iHub_ Nairobi to meet with young techies, entrepreneurs and tech creatives and reflect on various issues including his last decade at the helm of the most successful company in East Africa.

In a candid discussion (just ten days before his retirement), Mr. Joseph is expected to share the wisdom gathered in his many years as a technology leader and his decade at Safaricom with young future technology leaders who are on the rise today. Among the issues that he may cover in his honest reflections are – his experience setting up and running Safaricom, the values that have driven him, his views on Kenya’s ICT development and its future direction and innovation.

In addition, as October 20th 2010 is Heroes day, the young developers, bloggers, tech creatives and entrepreneurs, will toast to the success of this leader, who through his visionary leadership at Safaricom has made significant contributions to the development of the opportunities they have today.


The event will be an Invite-Only moderated “town hall” discussion for which participants will apply for invitation. Michael speak for some minutes and then allow for questions in a moderated fashion. In order to organise a high quality event, only 60 young bloggers, developers, tech creatives and entrepreneurs will have the opportunity to be in the room. The event will however be recorded thanks to support by Nokia and Thellesi Media and possibly live streamed online with support from Safaricom Ltd.

All interested participants (young bloggers, developers, tech creatives and entrepreneurs) will read more information on the Elimisha _Us initiative and register their Applications for Invitation. Because of the high demand in such an initiative, all interested participants are encouraged to read the rules of engagement on the website before applying for their invitation. A panel appointed by *iHub_ and Elimisha_Us will review the applications and invite the applicants. Invitation to this event is entirely at the discretion of this panel.

For Registration, Visit the Elimisha_us initiative website.

Author : Jessica Colaço

Jessica Colaço is currently the Director of Partnerships at iHub. She was the Founding Manager between 2010 and 2011 at iHub and Research Director between 2011 and 2013 at iHub Research. She is passionate about Innovation, Research, Mobile and Robotics Technology, Mentorship and Entrepreneurship in Kenya as she uses her position at iHub to court local, regional and international stakeholders to adopt Kenyan-made and African-made solutions. As an upcoming angel investor, she courts local and international investors to invest in great tech ideas and companies at idea and concept stage. She is also a Mobile and Robotics Tech Evangelist, Co-Founder of WMIAfrica and AkiraChix, ISOC-Kenya Chapter, Treasurer, ACM-W Nairobi Chapter Chair, TED Global Fellow 2009 and upcoming Guitarist. She was named one of the top 40 women under 40 years in Kenya's business scene by Business Daily on 2009, 2011 and 2012. Her endeavour is to put Kenya and Africa on the map for technology achievements and spur innovation within the country and continent! She blogs at:

  • kevin Isaac at 08:23:13AM Saturday, October 2, 2010

    A visionary company doesn’t simply balance between idealism and profitability: it seeks to be highly idealistic and highly profitable. A visionary company doesn’t simply balance between preserving a tightly held core ideology and stimulating vigorous change and movement; it does both to an extreme.
    Excited to be part of the vision!

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