Bilha Ndirangu is an African leader working at the intersection of climate action, technology, and education. Her current work is focused on positioning Africa as an investment destination for the green economy, identifying and scaling relevant technologies, and preparing its youth to provide the requisite skills mix. She is a co-founder of Jacob’s Ladder Africa, a sustainable development hub that advances the agenda of youth in Africa towards self-reliance and productivity.
In her role as the CEO of the African Leadership Academy, Bilha worked on, among other things, pathways to enable young leaders to solve key leadership challenges facing the continent. Formerly, Bilha was CEO of Africa’s Talking (AT), based in Nairobi, Kenya. AT catalyzes the continent’s technology ecosystem by empowering software developers. Over seven years, Bilha expanded the company into 20 markets in African countries. She has been recognized as an Endeavour Entrepreneur.
Bilha previously worked at Dalberg, where she advised governments, corporations, and foundations across the continent on solutions to African challenges including energy, agriculture and education. Her achievements and leadership track record in building creative solutions to Africa’s challenges has been recognized, as she was named a 2022 Tutu Fellow by the Africa Leadership Institute. Bilha was awarded the Woman of Firsts- Excellence in Education Award by the Charlotte Mannya-Maxeke Institute in 2021.
Bilha holds a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering and a minor in Economics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.