Sylke’s career spans twenty-five years in academic, industry and healthcare delivery settings. Her expertise covers both commercial and operational domains with a track record of leading service innovation and managing rapid growth projects. She is currently Vice President of Programme Management at IXICO PLC, a digital technology company in London. Previous roles include Head of Projects and Corporate Development at InHealth Group, UK, Operations Management at Alliance Medical Ltd, UK, and Sales and Marketing at Siemens Healthcare in the US.
Her academic tenure was at the Hammersmith Hospital in London and at the Wellcome Trust, where she completed an industry sponsored PhD in 1995. Sylke graduated with distinction from the Imperial College Business School executive MBA programme in 2010.

Dr. Sylke Grootoonk


Mr. Mbindu holds a BSc. in Computer Science from Germany and is a full member of the Institute of Human Resource Management in Kenya. He has over 30 years work experience, most of which has been in the Banking sector as a human capital specialist. He joined Equity Bank in 2013 from Standard Chartered, where he had served at senior management levels in Human resources for over 15 years. Mr. Mbindu is also an Executive Director for Equity Group Foundation and Equity Bank Tanzania. He has also worked in other sectors including public sector (UNEP), consultancy (Deloitte) and ICT (Siemens, Germany). He has also held other senior positions including Head of Corporate Affairs – Standard Chartered, East Africa and Chairman of the Standard Chartered Nairobi Marathon.

Mr. Reuben Mbindu


Khadija holds an MBA from Imperial
College, London and a Bachelor’s Degree from
the University of Nairobi. She worked in the UK
for eleven years as a Transformational Change
Management Consultant.
After living and working in London, United Kingdom for nearly eleven years, Khadija returned to her home country Kenya, in 2017 to establish Kwanza Tukule. The establishment of the start-up is drawn out of her passion to use technological innovations and advancements to solve societal problems sustainably.

Khadija Mohamed Churchill(MBA)

Founder and CEO, Kwanza Tukule

Benoît Demaurex started his professional career in consulting at Accenture Strategy in 2012. He later held positions in corporate strategy and as Head of Finance in mid-sized companies in the building material industry. Benoît holds a Bachelor degree in physics and a Master in Management, Technology and Economy (MTEC) from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne (EPFL) and Zurich (ETHZ) respectively. In 2021 he graduated with an MBA from IE Business School in Madrid and subsequently joined elea.

Benoît Demaurex

Executive Director at Elea.

Mohammed graduated from Kenyatta University in 2019 with Bachelor of economics and statistics. He worked as a Senior Accountant at an ICT firm before moving to Kwanza Tukule Foods Ltd where he joined as a Chief Accounting Officer back in 2021. He was later appointed as the Chief Operations Officer (COO) for Kwanza Tukule.

Mohammed Taisir

Chief Operating Officer at Kwanza Tukule Foods Ltd

Anne Njuki is a Senior Investment Manager at DOB Equity, based in Nairobi. Anne focuses on sourcing and structuring potential investments for DOB, and works closely with DOB’s portfolio companies to achieve their strategic, operational and impact objectives. She sits on the board of a number of DOB’s portfolio companies. Anne began her career as a process engineer and followed that with a career in management consulting. She is now focused on contributing to the growth and development of early-stage businesses in Africa. Anne is passionate about developing leaders, and investing in underrepresented female and local founders.

Anne Njuki

Senior Investment Manager at DOB Equity