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Rebecca Enonchong: Aim to be the best!

About Her:

Rebecca Enonchong is a Cameroonian technology entrepreneur and Founder of AppsTech; a tech firm located in more than 50 countries. AppTech helps to provide global enterprise application solutions to organizations. She was born in Cameroon; she relocated to the United States of America with her family when she was a teenager. Her father was a popular Barrister in Cameroon. His name is Dr Henry Ndifor Abi Enonchong.

Rebecca is very popular in Africa mostly due to the fact that she renders a lot of advisory and mentoring services for tech related start-ups. She has been an industrious person ab-initio. When she was 15, she worked as door – to – door vendor for a newspaper outfit. She later became the Manager of the company at 17.

She graduated with BSc and MSc in Economics from the Catholic University of America in 1986 and 1994 respectively.

She has an Oracle Professional Certification (Oracle Financials) in 1996. She became an Oracle E-Business Suite 12 Financial Management Certified Implementation Specialist in 2012. Rebecca is the world’s pioneer Oracle Financial Certified Professional with almost 100 Oracle certifications. Beat that!

Her Work:

  • Between 1996 – 1998, she worked as Consultant at the Inter-American Development Bank (IaDB)

  • From January 1998 – September 1999, she was a Consultant at Oracle.

  • In August 1999 she founded AppsTech. AppsTech specializes in Oracle Database, Oracle E-Business Suite, Oracle Business Intelligence, Oracle Training, Mobile Security and Enterprise Software and Applications for Organizations.
  • From 2000 – 2005, she became the Founder and chaired the African Technology Forum. ATF is a non-profit initiative with the goal of reducing the digital divide among African women and promoting the usage of technology in Africa.

  • She’s been a Board Member of Salesforce Foundation since 2002.

  • She is also the Chairman of African Centre for Technology Innovation and Ventures (ActivSpaces) in Douala, Cameroon, since 2010. ActiveSpaces is a tech hub that operates different segments focused on making resources available for technology start-ups and providing mentoring services for young technology entrepreneurs.

  • In 2011, she became an Advisory Board Member of Venture Capital for Africa (VC4Africa); the largest online community for entrepreneurs and investors building companies in Africa.

  • In November 2014, she Co-founded and became the Treasurer/VP Central Africa, Africa Business Angels Network (ABAN), Mauritius.

  • In July 2015, she Co-founded I/O Spaces; a co-work tech hub space for diaspora entrepreneurs.

  • Enonchong is also a mentor to many technology start-ups located in Africa and beyond.

    Here are some of her Awards and Recognition:

  • In 2002, she was recipient of the Global Leader for Tomorrow Award by World Economic Forum of Davos, Switzerland and African Entrepreneurship Award from Enterprise Africa.

  • In 2003, Rebecca was bestowed the Benjamin Franklin Award by the Common Wealth of Pennsylvania.

  • In 2013, she emerged as the 2013 African Digital Woman of the Year Finalist.

  • In March 2014, she was named among Ten Female Tech Founders in Africa by Forbes Magazine. Rebecca was also recognized as one of the most influential Africans in 2014 by New African Magazine.

Why TechHer Loves Her:

She is a go getter, one who is ambitious and concerned about the way digital technology affects African women. She is a one determined woman who is using her international ambience to promote technology and strengthen tech related start-ups in Africa. Rebecca once said in an interview that;

“We simply can’t afford to be mediocre or good enough, we have to aim to be the best.

‘’Women much more so than men need external validation of their expertise. So women should go about getting as many certifications as they can. I have almost 100 Oracle certifications and after almost 18 years in the industry, I still do the exams when Oracle releases new technology or new versions.”

‘‘Work hard, think big and never give up. When you do experience success, stay humble. Success is not linear; you will experience ups and downs. Humility helps keep it all in perspective.’’

Words on marble!

Information gleaned from the Internet.

 

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