Lesley Mbogo

Member of Blockchain and Artificial Intelligence Taskforce, Ministry of ICT, Kenya

Lesley Mbogo

Member of Blockchain and Artificial Intelligence Taskforce, Ministry of ICT, Kenya


Lesley Mbogo is a technical product leader, entrepreneur, and strategic advisor, experienced in delivering enterprise software, infrastructure cloud-based services, and mobile solutions to new and existing markets. She has 14 years’ experience building and managing technology products at massive scale – across product management, software engineering, and business development roles at Amazon, IBM Research, M-KOPA Solar, and Nomura Securities International. Ms. Mbogo holds 4 patents issued by the United States Patent and Trademark Office.

Ms. Mbogo is currently a General Partner at Innogen Ventures, an incubation lab for high growth startups providing access to angel investment and ongoing operational support in product and technology development, growth, analytics and general business development.

Ms. Mbogo is a member of the Ministry of ICT task-force for the exploration and analysis of upcoming digital technologies that demonstrate great potential to transform Kenya’s economy. The task-force is comprised of key sector experts responsible for developing a roadmap on the application of emerging technologies such as Blockchain, Artificial Intelligence, Internet of Things, etc., to enhance public services and deliver on the Government’s Big Four Agenda.

She serves on the board of directors of Cently Ltd. (formerly Kopacent), a mobile-based fintech company, and on the advisory board of Sproutfy, an EdTech platform for learning management.

Ms. Mbogo holds an MBA from the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, and an M.S. in Computer Science from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

About the Talk

Role of Blockchain and Other Emerging Technologies in The Digital Transformation of Africa


New digital technologies are rapidly making their way into all facets of African life. These emerging and disruptive technologies have potential to transform economies, labor markets, and productivity of society. We will review the details how the use of Blockchain, Artificial Intelligence, and other technologies could be transformative across several key sectors including healthcare, agriculture, education, and government services.

About the Tutorial

Developing Blockbuster Products for Sub-Saharan Africa – Where Will The Next M-Pesa Come From?

Goals and objectives

Digitization of Sub-Saharan Africa continues to present remarkable opportunities that will reshape the economies and firms for a long time to come. The last wave of digitization has brought about few successful products and services such as M-Pesa for mobile payments, Jumia (e-commerce), and other social informal e-commerce. Where will the next blockbuster product come from?

This tutorial gives you an understanding of how to innovate in the context of emerging technologies.

  • How do we leverage emerging technologies and changing macro-environments to bring about innovative business models and disruptive products and services? We shall review a set of proven frameworks and tools that can help you create new market creating innovations.
  • Participants will learn how to practically bring about new disruptive products to life, and how to systematically conceive, develop and deploy new business models and commercial ecosystems in order to successfully take the products to market.
  • Think like a master Product Manager. Learn how to develop solutions that are not misaligned with their use cases and focus on real problems. We do not always know how new technologies will be deployed. For instance, mobile phone has become more useful in banking more than a telecom tool.

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