2020 Jury Team

Robert Kuria

Digital Media Lead, Zilojo

Robert is a Digital Media guru. With over 11 years’ experience in Media Strategy, Planning and Buying, working with multinational brands in the Telco, Tech, Finance, Airlines, FMCG, NGOs and Real Estate, across Africa, UAE and Europe.   

He’s worked with some of the leading digital agencies such as Young & Rubicam Brands, WPP-Scangroup and is currently at Zilojo.

He’s handled various top brands such as;  Safaricom PLC,  Airtel Africa,  Warid Uganda,  Vodafone Ghana,  Tigo Tanzania,  yu mobile,  Samsung KE,  Tecno,  Co-op Bank, Barclays Africa,  Barclay KE & UK,  Stanbic Bank,  Standard Chartered KE & UAE,  Kenya Commercial Bank (KCB),  Equity Bank,  Kenya Airways,  Air Uganda,  Kenya Breweries (KBL)¬¬ Pernod Ricard Kenya,  Coca Cola,  P&G KE,  Reckitt Benckiser KE,  Unilever,  KPMG, and Damac UAE among others.  

He holds an MBA, Strategic Management and Marketing from JKUAT and B. Tech, Computer Engineering and Information Science from Moi University and is Google, Twitter and Facebook certified.

Maxwell Ngari

Executive Creative Director, Isobar

Max Ngari comes from Nairobi, the capital of Kenya; Yeah, that country where some of the world’s greatest marathoners come from. In a country, abundant of runners, Max’s sprints in his career have been nothing but award worthy. Grand Clio and 2 Gold Clio winner, 4x Cannes Lions Winner, Grand Prix Dubai Lynx, Gold Loeries and 2X Agency of the year at APA/Loeries Awards among others.

Ranked as one of the most awarded creatives in Sub Saharan Africa, he has served in a number of awards shows in the region, including Loeries Africa.

Max brings with him over 10 years’ experience in the creative industry having worked as a creative lead, for large and multinational brands in the Telco, FMCG, Software, Financial Services, Business solutions and Mobile technology spaces, just to name a few.

His career has seen him work in many markets in Africa and Europe, expanding his exposure and strengthening the potency with which he develops creative solutions.

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Alex Masika

Head of Business Development, BRCK

Alex Masika is a seasoned professional with over 15 years’ experience in the Energy and IT sectors.  He has previously worked for Chevron Energy, Digital Divide Data -an International Social Enterprise, Google Kenya and is now the Head of Business Development at BRCK, a technology company based in Nairobi Kenya.  Alex is passionate about technology that transforms people’s lives especially in emerging markets in Africa.

Alex has an IBA degree from the United States International University Africa and an MBA from the University of Nairobi Kenya. He contributed to the development of the National ICT master plan of Kenya 2017, serves at the KEPSA board (ICT subcommittee) and is also a board member of the Marketing Society of Kenya.

Caroline Mbarire

Assistant Digital Marketing Manager, Kenya Tourism Board

Caroline Mbarire is a Mentor,Mentee,Digital Media Prodigy,Lecturer and Lead.

Currently as an Assistant Digital Marketing Manager at Kenya Tourism Board (MagicalKenya) she has been part and parcel of the logo rebranding team and offered full and seamless support on the MagicalKenya Social Handles .She also extended her digital expertise during the premiere of The Lion King in Europe which gave the MagicalKenya a global stage visibility and talkability on Social Media worldwide. She has also helped in the strategy and annual work plan formulation which will guide the Financial Year 2019-2020 for the Digital Division Department.

Previously as a Digital Media Lead at Publicis Worldwide/Publicis Groupe (Access Leo Burnett Kenya) and WPP-Scangroup she has worked with a vast,diversified brand portfolio:Local and Diaspora brands such asFacebook ,Unilever Kenya

Unilever Southern and Central African Markets (Zimbabwe, Zambia, Malawi, Angola, and Ethiopia) ,Coca-Cola Sub-Saharan Africa , BBC Africa,WWF Zambia ,Gertrude’s Children Hospital,MRP Kenya ,Visa Kenya,NESCAFÉ ‘Kenya, Duracell Kenya,

 

Eugene Omolo

Creative Head, SCANAD

Eugene is a Creative Head at SCANAD and a leading voice for integrated marketing communication. In career spanning over 12 years – 7 of which in WPP and Omnicom agencies in Kenya, he has risen to lead the creative teams across agencies through his ability to recognise how creativity must adapt to technology.

 Over the years he has accumulated experience across agency disciplines ranging from advertising and media to research and strategy before settling into digitally-led marketing communication. He has worked for brands in financial services, alco-bev, telco as well as Gov’t and non-profit. A lover of single-malt and single-grain distillates, he loves to decompress through distance running. 

Eugene’s ethos stems from a statement Alan Watts once said, “This is the real secret of life – to be completely engaged with what you are doing in the here and now. And instead of calling it work, realise it is play.”

In his spare time, Eugene is amassing distance running medals and a collection of Single-Malt whiskeys. He also takes time to mentor talent across the industry.

Joan Muriuki

COO, Belva Digital

A commercial and marketing operations specialist with over ten years experience in business development, product development, digital marketing and finance. Over the last 10 years I have had the opportunity to work on some of the leading and most exciting brands in the FMCG, Banking, Insurance and Motor industry in Africa.My drive lies in problem solving and working in digital marketing offers a great deal of this. Identifying the true challenge is at the heart of effective digital marketing; a data driven people first approach ensures incremental growth in overall brand value. My current role as COO at Belva Digital Limited overseeing key business functions drawn from commercial, strategy & innovation, creative design, media and technology gives me the opportunity to build and support collaborative teams that meet different brand and business challenges the African market has. In my previous role as General Manager at Alternative Agency I was charged with building strong internal business processes that ensured innovative and creative digital solutions met and exceeded brand and client needs. I hold a Bachelor’s degree in Finance from JKUAT and a Master Degree in Finance and Investment from the University of Nairobi.

Joel Rao

CEO, iProspect

As  CEO of, Joel Rao draws on deep digital marketing experience and business development savvy to fuel all-encompassing marketing, entertainment and communication initiatives in Africa, LATAM, Western Europe & South East Asia.

In his career, he has garnered a number of  awards, most recently being  Top 25 Men in  Digital , The MMA Smarties award and a recognition as the Industry Pioneer by Dentsu Aegis Network.

Joel is an adrenaline junkie who loves to work hard and play harder.

Leroy Kitonga

Chief Creative
Li Advantage Africa

A highly-experienced, concept-driven, hybrid-skilled, smart-thinking Senior Creative.

With over 13 years in the industry I’ve learned that it helps to be versatile. I’m highly conceptual, but with a keen eye for craft and design too. I lead teams and studios, but I’ll roll up my sleeves and get hands-on when the project needs it. I bring a potent mix of old-school skills and up-to-the-minute thinking to everything I do. 

I’ve helped my clients build successful campaigns and experiences for their customers and their people.

Manish Sardana

Managing Director, Squad Digital

Manish is  a digital entrepreneur with over 15 years experience across E-commerce, marketing automation, marketing and advertising. Manish has co-founded and scaled large internet businesses in India which were funded by Intel Capital and Jafco Asia. During this stint, he also designed patent-pending recommendation engine. At WPP-Scangroup, Manish has lead the growth of Squad across Africa, built the proprietary Optimus Marketing Automation platform as well as the Goby E-commerce app. He holds an MBA in Marketing/Finance with a graduate degree in Economics. He is an author of economics textbooks, a keen amateur photographer, a half-marathon man and an avid reader.

Mark Kaigwa

Founder, Nendo

Mark Kaigwa is an African entrepreneur, author and professional speaker. He is the Founder of Nendo, a consultancy delivering solutions in digital strategy, communications and data science working across Sub-Saharan Africa from Nairobi, Kenya.
As an author, he is a contributing author in books such as Doing Ideas, ON! The Future of Now (with Seth Godin, Jonah Perreti et al.), 10 Open Innovations (published by GIZ), Africa & China: How Africans and their Governments are Shaping Relations with China and Digital Kenya – An Entrepreneurial Revolution in the Making the country’s first management book set for release in December 2016. His seminal chapter From the Cyber Cafe to the Smartphone: How Social Media Zooms in on Kenya and out to the World is among the nation’s most accurate portrayals of the history of Kenyans on Twitter.
As a speaker and facilitator he’s built up a repertoire speaking to a combined audience of tens of thousands in over 35 countries to date. Kaigwa has found acclaim in sharing stories on the reframing of Africa’s narrative thanks to technology, connectivity & the impact of the

Mike Otieno

CEO, Threewin Group

Mike Otieno is the Group CEO and co-founder of Threewin Limited a digital transformation company based in Nairobi, Kenya and Estonia.

Threewin’s flagship product is Wowzi, an innovative product designed to democratize influencer marketing: “Make everyone an influencer and enable any business to promote their services using social media influencers. Wowzi will not only create millions of jobs in the gig economy but also enable small and medium businesses to unlock the power of digital media.

Mike Otieno has a background in strategy consulting and has worked with renowned firms such as Mckinsey and Company and the Palladium Group. Mike was also an Uber Nairobi Ambassador. He is also the consular of internations Nairobi Professional Networking group that brings together 1299 members from 106 countries. Every month he hosts a CEO networking forum for the community. Some of his past speakers have included: Nick Nesbitt, CEO of IBM EastAfrica, HE Ambassador Fionnuala, Irish Ambassador to Kenya, Mr. Jeff Odundo, CEO of the Nairobi Stock Exchange, John Ngumi, Chairman of the Kenya Pipeline Corporation, Isaac Awuondo, CEO of CBA Bank Kenya, among others.

Noah Miller

MD, Sochin

Noah Miller is the Managing Director of Sochin Limited, a communications consultancy based in Nairobi. He is a highly experienced communications advisor with a track record of providing strategic communications expertise to governments and assisting with capacity building strategies.    

Mr. Miller has a deep understanding of social media analytics and a strong interest in social network theory, disinformation, and computational propaganda.

 He holds a BSc. in Business Administration from Babson College, a MSc. in Development Studies from The London School of Economics and Political Science, and graduated from the Advanced Management and Leadership Programme, Said Business School, University of Oxford.

Ngaruiya Kamau

Innovations and Strategy Manager, Redhouse Group

An energetic thinker, Ngaruiya is especially gifted in understanding how technology can be used to solve business, marketing and communication challenges. He has a wide background in software engineering and is a graduate of Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology, 

His keen interest in human behaviors and philosophy makes him the “go-to guy” for fresh perspectives and views. His great understanding of disruptive technologies and emerging behaviors, has allowed him to interrogate and integrate innovation with business, marketing and communications. With over 16 years of experience, Ngaruiya has worked with various East African and global brands like Visa, Tusker, Guinness, Blueband, Unga Group, NCBA just to mention a few.

Philip Mwaniki

Digital Editor - Royal Media Services.

Philip Mwaniki is an experienced journalist with over 15 years experience. He is currently the Digital Editor for Royal Media Services Ltd and leads one of the top digital brands in the country and region.

Mr. Mwaniki has also worked with the Nation Media Group as a lifestyle writer and editor for the Daily Nation/ Sunday Nation.

Zachary Ouma

Creative Director, Dragonfly Limited

Co-founder and Creative Director of Dragonfly Limited. He has worked in the digital advertising industry for over 10 years with several digital agencies: Dotsavvy, Metrocomia East Africa, Creative Edge and Squad Digital. He has led creative and strategic teams working in diverse digital playgrounds; Manufacturing, Insurance, Telecommunication, Lifestyle, Education, Banking, Entertainment and Technology, with an overarching philosophy: to creatively help clients craft relevant brand stories as they achieve their business objectives

Some of the brands he has worked with include: Unga wa Dola, LG Electronics East Africa, Sanlam, EABL, Crown Paints, NIC Bank, Dairyland Products, Keroche Breweries, Ferrero Group, Vodafone Ghana, Safaricom, SBC, Phillips, Madison Insurance, Longhorn publishers, P&G, Standard Chartered, KLM and many more.

 Recent Awarded; Muse Creative Awards 2020( platinum), Muse Creative Awards 2020 (Gold) ,DMA Awards 2019 – Best in Storytelling, DMA Awards 2019 – Best Use of Live Streaming/Hangout, African Cristal 2018 ( Gold And Silver) and APA Awards 2018 (Bronze)