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I believe brands need to tap into the power of bloggers and it is therefore important that brand and communication professionals in the industry understand this. It will also help bloggers to be more professional in their approach the blogging and finance.
Andrew Mahiga serves as the Managing Director of Maanisha! – a youth-related media organization based out of Dar-es-Salaam, Tanzania which aims at educating and empowering young Tanzanians for business success through ‘edutainment’ programs (www.maanisha.co.tz). Andrew’s vision is to create more entrepreneurial-minded Tanzanians and to produce a more creative and innovative society. He believes education is key but it is not the only key that opens doors. Andrew is active on social media and runs two blogs which he mostly shares news, music, technology, art, design and fashion. www.druyork.com
Anthony is a wordpress developer based in Nairobi. He works for Sprint Interactive as lead developer and consult for several international companies.
His talk will be aimed at assisting bloggers learn how to choose themes, expose them to the coolest plugins and widgets of 2012. As for businesses how they can utilize wordpress CMS to get the best out of their websites.
I have a diverse background in the corporate world, from working in Fortune 500 companies in North America to working for the betterment of the down-trodden in Kenya through the Civil Society. I am a pragmatist who amalgamates different schools of thought to reach a unique blend in leadership, and I believe in living for a purpose beyond self.
“Photography is my life. One of the most powerful tools in the world is a camera, it has been used to bring down dictators, change society and influence change. I strive to create vibrant, interesting and unusual images of the world we live. My life mantra is ‘living my life to make a difference” and l make the difference through my work as a social documentary photographer.
Amidst the violence that followed the 2007 election in Kenya, l falsified my identity and risked my life to photograph the atrocities my countrymen were inflicting on one another.”
Boniface Mwangi is a TED FELLOW and the founder of Picha Mtaani, a UN-funded initiative that focuses on reconciliation through photographic exhibitions and debate.
Brian Wangila is a technology enthusiast, a computer science student and all-round fun-loving geek. He has 5 years experience in web development having worked with The Kenya Embassy in Ethiopia, Oxfam among other clients.
He is currently the Lead Developer at Skyline Design. WordPress is his CMS of choice when it comes to developing dynamic websites.
David Mugo is a WordPress enthusiast, blogger and a digital media professional. He is currently the C.E.O. and board chairman of Wikimedia Kenya. David has been in the Kenyan online space since early days when there was only a very small presence of Kenyans online. He will also be the DJ for the Saturday Word Party at WordCamp Kenya 2012.
Gloria S. Mangi
Gloria comes from a media professional background having worked in numerous platforms both behind and in the front lines. She has successfully hosted and produced a national TV show in Tanzania, produced and presented numerous other programs, hosted and produced the 2010 national election commentary in Tanzania for the English side, part of numerous networks, a MILEAD fellow, and currently work as the Media and communication director for Maanisha!
As a team lead and designer for the Mobile Team at Automattic, Isaac helps plan and design the official open source WordPress apps. Each month, over half a million posts are published from these apps on WordPress.com alone. Co-founded IntenseDebate back in the day and is a TechStars ’07 alumni. Swedish. Likes coffee, road trips, and temperatures above freezing.
My name is Kelvin Jayanoris. I’m 25 and an accountant by training. I stumbled upon WordPress when I quit Deloitte to start my own company. I got into web design because I was looking for something to do and suddenly got a whole lot of people needing sites. My first business after Deloitte: www.nickelpro.com
While working with WordPress we hit a point in time when we needed to create lots of online shops. We wanted to use WordPress but got really bad experiences with the available ecommece plugins so we wrote DukaPress. We open sourced it because we felt that others could benefit. However, the response was so much that we decided to launch dukapress.org, dukapress.com and madoido.com to try and make a business of it.
Kimanzi Constable is Kenyan in the US, an author who has self-published two eBooks and sold over 50,000 copies. His first published book will be out this February (Sound Wisdom Books). His mission is to help people live the full and abundant life they deserve.
Lilian Okado is an internet marketing consultant and CEO of Say Cheese Writers, a copywriting and inbound marketing agency. Say Cheese Writers helps SMEs and B2B companies in Africa generate leads and sales online, using content and inbound marketing strategies. Lilian is also a professional copywriter and certified SEO, who has been blogging since 2006. She is also an active Rotarian and a Paul Harris Fellow.
Moses Kemibaro is a digital services professional based in Nairobi, Kenya. He has close to 15 years experience in business development, account management and strategic planning in the areas of internet strategy, web site design, internet applications, multimedia, internet marketing and email marketing.
He Blogs at http://moseskemibaro.com
Njeri Wangare Wanjohi
Njeri is a multi talented Kenyan poet and performer, IT specialist and arts blogger whose collection of poetry was recently published under the title ‘Mines & Mind Fields; My Spoken Words’. She has now among some of the most talented Kenyan poets. Njeri has come to be known as the voice of reason and change in the Kenyan poetry circles due to the content and theme of her poems.
Paul Kukubo is the Chief Executive Officer of the Kenya Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Board—a State Corporation under the Ministry of Information and Communications that oversees the development and the marketing of Kenya as an ICT investment destination.
In his capacity, Paul has resounding influence in the Kenyan ICT field and has a keen interest in developing the various subsectors such as business process outsourcing; public sector shared services and e-Applications; local content; digital inclusion; and public key infrastructure.
I’m ICT Officer and Head of Social Media at Kenya Red Cross. Social Media for me was pastime but when i joined Kenya Red Cross it became a calling, when through social media we saved lives. I launched #iVolunteer a vitual volunteer it has become a success as now every Kenyan on social media, blogger, techies etc can volunteer to report emergency via social media or donate their time and skill virtually.
Co-founder and business coach at Nailab Incubation, an early stage Start-up accelerator and Incubator, in Nairobi, Kenya. His work involves, consulting for NaiLab Incubation by coaching start-up founders, brainstorming on new ideas, due diligence for VC/Angel investors, filtering VC/Angles for start-ups seeking funding, searching and creating substantive partnerships, learning and sharing knowledge/Co-creation with others in the start-up world.
Soud works at Al Jazeera and is involved in the Sauti Project, a citizen journalism initiative supported by Al Jazeera and Pawa254. Soud is also a social media professional and a blogger and he shares in his talk fast hand info on how to influence positively using new media in general.