A Spotlight on Corporate Intrapreneurs Building Africa’s Future
A showcase of rockstar intrapreneurs from some of Africa’s largest organizations.
The panelists have driven social change, positive impact and business results. They will share their professional journeys and how they’ve lived their purpose through their work leading as a force for good.
Benjamin Makai is the current Senior Manager- Technology for Development (T4D) at Safaricom Ltd
where he leads a team of innovators responsible for leveraging on technology to create, develop,
adopt and integrate new concepts, products and practices for public good. These innovations
address social, cultural, economic and environmental needs. Formerly, he lead the social innovation
unit at, which works with like-minded organizations to form partnerships aimed at identifying issues
and finding solutions in areas such as health, agriculture, education, and disaster management. He is
responsible for building and maintaining winning partnerships with ecosystem industry stakeholders.
Mr. Makai has a B.Sc. in computer science from Egerton University, various developing leadership
capabilities training from Strathmore Business School, and was recently awarded a certificate of
completion for the Rethinking Financial Inclusion Program from Harvard Business School.
Bridgitte Backman thrives on living her purpose. The golden thread throughout her life and her
career has been to foster the greater good.
Developing, harnessing and leveraging partnerships to assist in strategy execution / business growth
is pivotal to her work ethos. She has the ability to work with stakeholders proactively to harness
synergies, co-create leveraged opportunities to enhance an organization's growth path and its
reputation. She is a seasoned senior executive who has excellent board experience (Social & Ethics
and Risk Committees) She is looking for a challenging career opportunity globally or nationally. She
would welcome a non-executive board opportunity in 2020.
Bridgitte has the ability to conceptualize a compelling vision / strategy for an organization and to
develop a tactical execution plan to achieve this. Designing and implementing successful turn-
around strategies and creating order out of “chaos” is a key strength. She is a strategic thinker and
self starter who can inspire a team towards a common goal and can align different business units for
She is an accomplished change executive that will deliver the strategic vision and objectives for an
organization successfully with maximum people engagement and optimum results.
Camilla’s career has spanned, roles in government, civil society and corporate. She has had a keen
interest in innovation and enjoy bringing together local and global stakeholders to deliver on
strategic goals. With a background in Social Innovation, she is a systems thinker, drawing on human-
centred design thinking. Camilla is passionate about innovation, entrepreneurship and technology
and particularly the transformative role it can play in Africa. Growing a community for start-ups and
helping them scale, in partnership with investors and the bank, is her current focus and she loves it!
Core to this focus is driving digital engagement for our clients at Investec.
Chipo is Divisional Executive of Emerging Payments at Nedbank Group. She has more than eight
years’ experience in the technology and financial services sector, having previously served as Head
of AlphaCode at the Rand Merchant Investment Holdings innovation center and, before that, as
General Manager and Management Consultant for DOTNXT and FeverTree Consulting respectively.
She is passionate about entrepreneurship and small business development, and is a founding
member of MESH, a curated entrepreneurs club, as well as a coach for the Goldman Sachs 10 000
women initiative and a sought-after speaker, particularly at entrepreneurship and business events.
As an established trailblazer in technology and leadership, Chipo is known as a thought leader. She
has contributed to multiple thesis projects and research papers on entrepreneurship, served as a
judge for various entrepreneurial competitions, and offers advisory services to numerous small
business incubators and accelerators. Her entrepreneurial expertise has seen her contribute to
national dialogue and policy and regulation in support of collaboration between public and private
She is highly creative and has her own fashion label, CHIPO, which supports the establishment and
development of micro-entrepreneurs by enabling them to source fabrics from across Africa and use
them to produce unique women’s garments. She is married to Gilchrist Mushwana and is a mother
to two boys, Zion and Nhlamulo Mushwana.
Chipo has a Bachelor of Social Sciences degree, an Honours qualification in Development Studies,
and an MBA in Entrepreneurship from the Gordon Institute of Business Science.
Lenin Oyuga is a Global Technology, Strategy & Business Leader with a passion for People , Purpose
and Profit ; making ever-changing technology relevant and use my different positions of jurisdiction
to influence actual policies and consequently, embrace the needed change.
As a visible leader in the research, deployment, and management of Technology, across different
Industries & verticals globally, his specialty in technology, multiple industry application and my
generalization of understanding different Business processes has driven him to work across
continents and for various industries where technology is applied.
He is an Excellent communicator to CXO, Governments, Industry Leaders and Large audience on
presenting Complex and Diversified Technology aligning to individual Business needs, helping
companies to run faster , better and more efficiently through making technology and its application
simple. He is also a Top 40 under 40 Men Business Leaders East Africa for the Business Daily in 2017
Saidah Nash Carter
Saidah Nash Carter is a digital business native with a passion for value creation and the use of
technology to create new opportunity for business and for humanity. She began her career with
Reuters NewMedia during a period of profound digital transformation and went on to build and
launch some of the first online news services for early internet sensations like Yahoo! and AOL.
She thrives pushing the boundaries of corporate thinking and business development through
emerging technology, co-creation, and a focus on sustainability. She has an eye for identifying
opportunities to stretch businesses to new frontiers while remaining connected the company’s core
DNA and value proposition. This strength led her to design one of the first customer co-creation
programs in Thomson Reuters resulting in a new way of approaching partnership and IP ownership
and creating a pathway for richer collaboration with both customer and partner ecosystems.
As SVP- Africa Innovation, she launched Thomson Reuters data science and innovation lab in Cape
Town, one of seven innovation Labs globally and the only one in an emerging market. She is
particularly proud of her team’s work delivering Thomson Reuters successful Africa Startup
Challenge, Africa's first Intrapreneurship Conference, and her flagship initiative to bring financial
inclusion to Africa’s small scale farmers – Bankable Farmer.
Today she leads Bright Insights Global (BIG), a boutique consultancy and expert network committed
to helping companies do better business in Africa. BIG’s network expertise spans financial services,
media, private equity, law, talent management, digital product and business development. BIG was
formed out of a desire to design and accelerate forward thinking, purpose driven, globally
competitive organizations that will drive sustainable economic development across Africa.
She is also passionate about Africa’s Intrapraneur ecosystem and works to identify, connect and
empower these thought leaders inside large corporations who are working to leverage innovation,
inclusion and impact to make their companies more sustainable. She works in partnership with the
global League of Intrapreneurs (https://www.leagueofintrapreneurs.com/), as League Catalyst for
Most Recent Awards & Recognition: 2017 Inspiring 50 Women in Tech, United Nations 2018 Voices
of African Mothers Innovation Award, League of Intrapreneurs Global Fellow – 2019