TechHer Spotlight

Sylvia Mukasa : Engaging Young African Women

About Her:

Sylvia Mukasa has done a lot of good work around technology.  She is from Kenya, Nairobi and a graduate of Economics from Egerton University. She bagged her M.sc in E-Business from University of East Anglia in 2002.

She is a certified a chartered accountant by Kaplan FTC Birmingham.

She also has certificates in Strategic Thinking Skills, VSP-SV(Server Virtualization 5.5 , VSP-NV(Network Virtualization 1.0), VSP – BC (Business Continuity 5.8), VSP 2015VSP – MO (Management Operations 6), VOP-CP (Cloud Provider) ,VSP – CP (Cloud Provider), and VSP 5.5.

Sylvia Mukasa has hands-on experience in various fields but to mention a few: Business Development, Balanced Scorecard & Performance Management, Market Research & Analysis,and Tactical Marketing.

She has bagged several awards and honors such as:

  • The current Next Einstein Forum Ambassador representing Kenya. Ms Mukasa’s “Afya Mama”, came third at the Young Einstein forum in March, 2016. Sylvia Mukasa pitched an idea of  using mobile phones to provide women with better information about health issues surrounding pregnancy, immunization, family planning and HIV/AIDS
  • In May 2014, her team was among the finalist of over 200 applicants, who participated in the Kenya Feed the Future Innovation Engine.
  • In 2014, she became one of the Techwomen Fellow and Honoree.
  • In 2011, she was awarded a local innovative grant by the World Bank and Kenyan’s ICT Board to develop an Interactive Voice interface that would allow the tax payers to access information about taxation as pre-recorded voice, using any mobile phone.
  • She was also selected as Africa’s emerging Tech woman leader; an initiative of the US Department of State Bureau of Educational and cultural affairs.
  • She was also nominated Ericsson’s Innovation Coach: helping to coach employees who have innovative ideas in Sub-Sahara Africa.
  • In 2015, Sylvia was recognized at the GES summit in Nairobi, by Maria Contereras- Sweet as one of Kenya’s female contributor in the entrepreneurial tech space.

Her Work:

In 2015, she was a delegate for UNESCO who strategized the framework for Transform Africa Summit. The workshop was aimed at empowering and offering young African women entrepreneurs a quality training on how to develop, market and promote mobile Apps.

She served as the regional ambassador for Technovation Kenya; a tech entrepreneurship program and competition for young women in developing mobile Apps

From January 2011 – September 2012, she was the strategic planning manager for the Sub-Saharan Africa Region at Ericsson.

In 2012, she founded Globalx Investments Limited out of her passion to use technology in solving business issues as well as provide solutions with a social impact using ICT and Telecomms. The core business of Globalx is to provide high-end consultancy in technology and telecommunication.

In 2008, she joined FSS/Telecloud ­(FSS deals with the provision of VOIP and business consulting on VOIP/Interactive Voice Response technologies mainly for SMEs ) as their strategy and business development expert, and worked for a period of  2 years and 4 month.

Sylvia worked in United Kingdom at Nestor Healthcare Group Plc, as the finance and business developer between January 2005 to July 2008.

In 2004, she founded Empire Global Services UK; an organization hinged on providing outsourced services on international VoIP calling cards and termination

Between 2001-2002, she worked as an office administrator at Norwich Union International.

Why TechHer Loves Her:

She is passionate about her beliefs: which is engaging more young people to discover their inherent talents, and focus on what they do best.

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