Dr. Shikoh Gitau
Chief Executive Officer, Qhala
Shikoh is the CEO of Qhala, a Digital Innovation company that catalyzes digital transformation capabilities for organizations across Africa. She has over ten years of experience in the research, design, implementation, and management of digital technologies. She has established expertise in both African and emerging markets specialized in solving problems in agriculture, education, health, payments, retail and renewable energies. She is responsible for the set-up of Safaricom Alpha, a first of the kind corporate innovation hub in Africa, where she worked as the head of products – innovation, and acted as the chief innovation officer. She has worked for Safaricom, Africa Development Bank (AfDB), and Google. Shikoh sits on various boards in ICT companies and contributes to a number of steering committees and think tanks on Africa and technology. Shikoh holds a PhD and MSc in computer science from the University of Cape Town, South Africa.