Nekesa Were is the Director of Strategy at AfriLabs, a Pan African network of 225 hubs across 47 African countries. She leads the planning and execution of AfriLabs’ strategy to consistently elevate innovators across the African continent. Ms. Were has worked at the heart of the tech and innovation ecosystem in Kenya and in Africa for 10 years, 8 of which were with iHub, Kenya’s leading innovation hub. She has more than 15 years experience in leadership, human resource management, operations and communications.
She provides leadership across Africa’s innovation ecosystem by serving on the boards of Creatives Garage a multi-disciplinary space for artistes, the Africa Tech and Creatives Group, a grassroots movement working to ensure that the Africa Continental Free Trade Area works for African startups and small African businesses, and Missing Child Ke, a community-led portal that works with organizations and individuals in the child protection sector and the public to help share information on missing children using various media platforms and increase search efforts at no cost to the affected families.