Andela Strengthens Senior Leadership to Spur African Expansion
Wambui Kinya appointed Chief Strategy Officer to lead Andela’s growth strategy across the continent
Building on the momentum of a Series B investment from the most respected and innovative minds in the global tech ecosystem, Andela is pleased to announce the appointment of Wambui Kinya to the role of Chief Strategy Officer.
With over eighteen years’ experience in digital, mobile marketing and technology consulting, Kinya will spearhead Andela’s partnership strategy in Africa and ramp up the company’s efforts to recruit technical leadership across the continent. This follows Andela’s $24 million Series B funding, announced last month, led by Mark Zuckerberg’s Chan Zuckerberg Initiative with participation from GV, formerly Google Ventures.
“As Andela launches into the third quarter with incredible momentum, we are thrilled to welcome Wambui to the team,” says Christina Sass, co-founder and COO of Andela. “She is uniquely positioned to help Andela recruit senior technical talent as well as develop relationships with top companies in Africa, and she will be central to Andela’s growth strategy across the continent in the coming years.”
Kinya was formerly Group Managing Director, Pan Africa and South America, for global technology consulting firm ThoughtWorks, where she was responsible for the strategic evolution of the business. She has since transitioned to a consultative role in order to continue building the open source and health service ecosystems in Africa, both areas of great personal passion.
Kinya brings immense experience to the Andela team, having worked in North America, Europe and Africa for companies including Praekelt Consulting, IBM Global Business Services and Digitas (Publicis Groupe).
A long-time advocate for women in technology, Kinya will help drive Andela’s mission to promote and empower female software developers. Currently, women make up 34% of the Andela Nairobi fellowship and the company has launched initiatives that include all-female bootcamps and free educational events in an effort to recruit more women into the program.
“Wambui is the embodiment of what is possible for extraordinary women pursuing career paths in technology,” says Sass. “Given Andela’s company-wide goal of advancing and promoting women in tech, this is a huge step forward for us.”
Kinya will be based out of Andela’s Nairobi headquarters with frequent visits to Andela Lagos and Andela NYC.
Andela is founded on a simple truth: Brilliance is evenly distributed around the world, but opportunity is not. With headquarters in Nairobi, Lagos, and New York, Andela recruits the most talented software developers on the African continent, shapes them into technical leaders, and places them as full-time distributed team members with companies that range from Microsoft and IBM to dozens of high-growth startups. Backed by Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, GV (formerly Google Ventures), and Spark Capital, Andela is building the next generation of global technology leaders.
Wambui Kinya Bio:
Wambui Kinya is Chief Strategy Officer at Andela, a company that recruits the most talented software engineers on the African continent and pairs them with global tech companies as full-time, distributed team members. Founded on the premise that brilliance is evenly distributed but opportunity is not, Andela has built one of the most selective engineering institutions in the world, with headquarters in Lagos, Nairobi, and NYC. As Chief Strategy Officer, Wambui develops partnerships with top tech organizations across Africa and spearheads Andela’s efforts to recruit technical leadership.
Wambui was formerly Group Managing Director, Pan Africa and South America, for global technology consulting firm ThoughtWorks, where she was responsible for the strategic evolution of the business. She has since transitioned to a consultative role in order to continue building the open source and health service ecosystems in Africa, both areas of great personal passion.
Currently based in Nairobi, Wambui has been in the professional services (digital, mobile marketing and technology consulting) industry for over eighteen years and has worked in North America, Europe and Africa for companies such as Praekelt Consulting, IBM Global Business Services and Digitas (Publicis Groupe).