Pan-African network of tech and innovation hubs, AfriLabs has elected a new board. The new board will be tasked with bringing “fresh ideas” to the network and fuelling the continent’s tech ecosystem.
In what was only the second board election in AfriLab’s six year history, five new board members were selected to replace the current board.
The new board members were selected after a vote took place which asked the members of the AfriLabs community to cast their votes virtually, and to chose candidates who they believe should be representing member-hubs across Southern, East, and West-Central Africa.
The role of board chair will be taken up by Rebecca Enonchong of Cameroon’s Activ Spaces, who is known as one of Africa’s leading tech entrepreneurs and the founder and CEO of AppsTech, a leading global provider of enterprise application solutions. Enonchong is also a fierce advocator for the role of women in Africa tech.
“It is truly an honour to be elected board chair of the AfriLabs board, continuing the visionary work of its founders. As African tech hubs mature and gain momentum, the mission and work of Afrilabs is more important than ever before,” said Rebecca Enonchong.
The other four new board members who were elected to join the board were: Bernard Chiira of Kenya’s iBiz, who will be the new board secretary; Rakoroarivo Noharintsafidy Sarobidy from Madagascar’s HABAKA Hub, who will take the role of board treasurer; the board’s new francophone representative is Regina Mbodj, of CTIC Dakar, Senegal; and Nekesa Were from Kenya’s iHub, who becomes a board member.
AfriLabs said the new team will bring “fresh ideas” to the organisation, and ensure the tech ecosystem continues to contribute to Africa’s economic development.
“The membership elected one of the strongest teams in the history of AfriLabs. We’re confident they will surpass all our expectations. We wish them well,” said Michael Oluwagbemi, outgoing board chair.
“I am excited about the opportunities ahead in this next phase of growth for the organisation, solidifying its position as a catalyst in Africa’s entrepreneurial ecosystem. I look forward to working with our dynamic new board and secretariat to accomplish our mission.”