Judges & Mentors
Willy is the Co-founder and Director of Pygma Group. He has 21 years’ experience in communications specialising in African Markets. Having developed excellent high-level contacts within Africa, over the past 22 years, Willy has used these to become involved in developing numerous ventures in Africa. As a consequence he has expertise in modus operandi and business practice in both French and English speaking Africa and further developed a network of contacts in the upper political, business and social echelons.
Sangu is an entrepreneur, author, clean water activist, Soros Fellow and TEDGlobal Fellow. He is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Golden Palm Investments (GPI); an investment holding and advisory company focused on building world class companies in Africa. GPI operates companies in high growth industries and funds promising start-ups that can have social impact and generate jobs. GPI has backed startups such as SOLO Mobile in Nigeria, mPharma in Ghana and Stawi Foods in Kenya.
George W Bakka is the Founder & CEO of Angels Initiatives. George is a serial pan-African entrepreneur passionate about building solutions and companies that catalyze growth in Africa. Some of the companies started include Angels Hub, and Unreasonable EastAfrica etc. He an Acumen, Educate, and Anzisha Fellow!
Heba Gamal is an entrepreneurship and technology expert. She is the Managing Director of Endeavor Egypt, a non-profit focused on supporting high-impact entrepreneurs. Prior to Endeavor, Heba was managing search quality for the Middle East & North Africa at Google, Inc. Her international expertise span Silicon Valley, India, Eastern Europe, Africa and the Middle East. Heba has been a speaker at various conferences and summits about entrepreneurship, technology and women in leadership. Heba received her Bachelor of Arts from the University of California at Santa Barbara.
Khanyi, began her media career as an award-winning television news and lifestyle anchor, followed by an eight-year stint as Editor of the women’s magazine True Love. In 2008, she launched Ndalo Media, a joint venture between Media24 (one of SA’s leading media companies) and herself. In 2003, she was named one of the most influential women in South African media by The Media magazine. In 2010, she was selected as a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum and was recently named one of Forbes magazine’s 20 Most Powerful Women in Africa aged under 40.
Wanjiru, is a Creative Social Entrepreneur. As an Interior Architecture, she setup a company specialising in interior architecture for individuals, hotels and corporate organisations. She also setup a fashion hous called Dawn of creation with the label, “Spice” after 11 years of running it, she founded Funkidz in 2011. Funkidz is Africa’s first children’s brand and is operational in Kenya, Uganda and Rwanda.