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Machel Waikenda

iHub By Josiah Mugambi / November 7, 2013

#AskWaikenda at the iHub on 14th November at 6pm


On Thursday, 14th November , we will be hosting Machel Waikenda at the iHub for a fireside chat.

Kenya’s population is primarily youth (over 78% under 34 in 2010), and this can be a source of competitive advantage for Kenya. Join us at #AskWaikenda at the iHub next Thursday as he engages the tech community on youth empowerment, specifically focused on tech business and start ups, and the Government 30% procurement directive for youth, women and those with disabilities.

Machel Waikenda was born on April 23rd 1981. He holds a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from the University of Phoenix, bachelors of Science in Electrical Engineering from the University of Florida and a Diploma of Arts from Santa Fe College. Machel also holds a certificate from the m:lab East Africa, Africa’s first mobile incubation digital hub. He is a commercial pilot, former Kenya airways employee with over 2000 hours on the Boeing 737 and 767 Jets.

Machel began his career as a pilot trainee in Kenya airways in 2005 and was promoted to be a first Officer (FO) six months later. After flying the Boeing 737 and 767 jets for 5 years, Machel quit his lucrative flying career to concentrate on his entrepreneurial endeavours. He decided to focus on the company that he founded in 2006 called Blackstar Entertainment where he sits on the board of directors.

He was the first Executive Director of The National Alliance, thereafter taking up the position of Director of Communications and Secretary of arts and Entertainment. Machel was behind the Jubilee Coalition’s youth campaign dubbed “Dunda na Uhuru” and spearheaded the communications campaign for the party during the elections.

Currently, he is a member of the National Olympics Committee Youth commission, and a board member of the World Youth Parliament.

This event is free of charge but registration is required. Please register by following this link.

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Author : Josiah Mugambi

Josiah Mugambi has had several years’ experience in ICT, including software solutions development and networking, and spent nine years working in the telecommunications space with NSN and Huawei. Josiah is one of the co-founders of Skunkworks, an informal gathering of Kenyan technology enthusiasts, have participated in organizing numerous meetings and talks bringing together mostly software & web developers, designers, engineers and bloggers to share their knowledge and network. Kenya’s first BarCamp was a result of this networking, and has been regularly held since then. One of the main aims behind the forming of this group is networking of common techies with the aim of spurring innovation amongst them. Additionally, Josiah has been involved in several startups.   He sat on the Board of Advisors at the Nairobi iHub from its inception before taking over as Executive Director from Erik Hersman in Sept 2013. He is also an iHub Trustee.

  • Kevin Hinga at 20:01:13PM Thursday, November 7, 2013

    Very inspiring reading the two stories (michel/josiah) certainly encouraging for aspirants like myself. Would love to brace the occassion. Thanks

  • Musau Joshua at 20:01:15PM Thursday, November 7, 2013

    Josiah, you better stream this event… Will that be possible?

  • Josiah Mugambi at 20:10:26PM Thursday, November 7, 2013

    Should be possible. We’ll confirm closer to the day.

  • HELLEN MAINA at 20:22:36PM Thursday, November 7, 2013

    How can I attend?

  • Josiah Mugambi at 20:24:53PM Thursday, November 7, 2013

    Hi Hellen,

    Register here:

  • Hellen at 21:14:08PM Thursday, November 7, 2013

    Thanks, I just did that

  • mathias mamo at 15:38:15PM Thursday, November 14, 2013

    waiting to hear more.


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