Meet our team

Multi-Disciplinary And Multi-Dimensional

We bring together a multi-disciplinary team with deep sector expertise in health and life sciences that spans the startup spectrum, from business and product development to manufacturing and financial modelling.
Wilfred Njagi
Co-founder & Chief Executive Officer
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Wilfred Njagi
Wilfred is Villgro Africa’s Co-Founder and CEO. He holds an MBA from the University of Milan and a BSc. in Computer Science. He is well plugged into the African entrepreneurial ecosystem as an Incubator Lead, an Angel Investor and a Transaction Advisor. He brings in a diverse set of experiences having lived and worked in the Middle East, India and East Africa. Following a short stint at the African Venture Capital Association, he was immersed in the startups and incubation world while pitching his idea to a Jordanian-based incubator, OASIS500 in 2012. He went on to do a one-year Villgro fellowship in India (2013/14) after which he took up the challenge of scaling Villgro to Africa. To date he has reviewed over 2,000 entrepreneur pitches and been involved in supporting and mentoring over 100 enterprises.
Rob Beyer
Co-founder & Executive Chairman
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Rob Beyer
As Villgro Africa’s Co-Founder and Executive Chairman, Rob brings a unique combination of seasoned experience in business, social entrepreneurship, education and technology. He is a visionary leader who has lived in Kenya for almost 20 years and is familiar with the unique challenges that entrepreneurs face when it comes to sustainability and scaling within the African context.
Robert Karanja
Co-founder & Chief Innovation Officer
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Robert Karanja
Dr. Robert Karanja is a biomedical scientist and development entrepreneur with 20 years of experience in STEM and development sectors. He holds a PhD in Parasitology and Entomology from JKUAT. As a scientist at the Kenya Medical Research Institute (KEMRI), Robert was actively involved in the establishment of the intellectual property (IP) and technology transfer office (TTO) where he discovered his passion for innovation. He contributed to intrapreneurial ventures developing diagnostics, nutraceuticals & phytomedicines products at KEMRI. Building on this experience, he launched and led a bio-entrepreneurship bootcamp at Strathmore University Business School for research commercialization in health and agriculture sectors. This paved the way for his entrepreneurial career as Co-founder at Villgro Africa. Robert is passionate about transforming Africa through innovation and building local value chains. In addition, he is an active angel investor and serves on the board of several firms and organizations in Kenya and the region.
Franciscah Nzanga
Chief Operations Officer
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Franciscah Nzanga
Franciscah Nzanga has a wide portfolio of experience in operations, programs and innovations’ design, set-up and management having worked with diverse teams that span across Africa, Asia, Europe and the US. She has set-up and run efficient operations systems, policies and processes in various countries working closely with regulators and other key stakeholders. 

She is a certified micro-insurance expert, having designed sustainable micro-insurance products and processes in East Africa; and has led the charge in the development of community health solutions focused on combating Covid-19, RMNCH, iCCM, ANC and PNC. 

Her actuarial science background and creative mind allows her to take a systematic approach to her work identifying opportunities for innovation through leveraging data and user insights. 

She also has an MBA from Heriot Watt University, Edinburgh Business School with a focus on Corporate Governance, Entrepreneurship and Strategy. Her experience in setting up operations and programs in various industries gives her a broad perspective to the different approaches needed to ensure excellence especially at an incubator such as Villgro Africa which supports a diverse range of early- to late-stage entrepreneurs.
Wambui Nyabero
Chief Technology Officer
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Wambui Nyabero
Wambui Nyabero is an inventor and innovator who is passionate about the healthcare industry, especially technology that keeps us healthy, helps us live better and get better faster. 

She has 20+ years of experience directing change and growth within both small and large enterprises in the U.S. She has a B.S in Mechanical Engineering & M.S in Manufacturing Systems Engineering from Stanford University and excels at finding creative solutions to human, technical, and logistical problems. 

Wambui’s focus at Villgro is building the eco-system for medical device development, growing the medical device pipeline and supporting Invention Based Enterprises in their journey from concept, through regulatory approval to commercialisation.
Moses Waweru
Senior Program Manager
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Moses Waweru
Moses holds an MSc. in Global Health from the University of Manchester and a Bachelor of Business Administration specialising in entrepreneurship from the Kenya Methodist University.

He has diverse experience in managing health research and intervention programs covering areas such as substance abuse, mental health, HIV/AIDS, health promotion and behaviour change programs. He has held senior roles in several non-profits including the Private Sector Development Trust, the Institute of Quantity Surveyors of Kenya and SCAD.
Snider Mugese
Finance Lead
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Snider Mugese
Snider Mugese is a multi-lingual finance and investment professional with over 5 years’ experience in business growth strategy and financial and investment analysis. She is a Certified Investments and Finance Analyst CIFA(K) and a Chartered Public Accountant CPA (K), holding a Bachelor’s degree (Hons) in Financial Engineering from Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT).

At Villgro Africa, she supports sourcing, screening and selection of deal flow for investment and technical support in addition to managing several portfolio companies. As the Finance Lead, she oversees all areas of responsibilities within the department, ensuring compliance with regulatory requirements, successful implementation of budgets and the management of sub-awards.

Snider is passionate about improving the lives of the people living at the bottom of the pyramid through innovative and affordable solutions.

Immanuel Momanyi
Advisory Lead
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Immanuel Momanyi
Immanuel Momanyi has experience in business consulting, financial modeling, investment analysis and market research. As Villgro Africa's Advisory Lead, he oversees projects that range from market research to help clients understand the African market, the human impact potential for their innovations and the development of commercialization plans that convey go-to-market and business growth strategies, among others.

He has multi-sectoral experience working with businesses first-hand throughout Sub-Saharan Africa to develop new business strategies, raise capital, and pioneer innovative products and services.

He holds a bachelor’s degree (Hons) in Actuarial Science from Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT) and is in the process of acquiring his actuarial fellowship from the Society of Actuaries.
Joelle Mumley
Communications Lead
Joelle Mumley
Joelle Mumley is an experienced writer and entrepreneur. She has worked in several sectors including health, technology, business development, finance and recreation, supporting businesses with writing and editing services. She holds B.A. in Literature and a M.A in Social Entrepreneurship (Hons).

At Villgro Africa, Joelle leads the communications team, working to amplify the stories of innovators in our incubation program, advance the innovation agenda on the continent, and share the exciting work that Villgro Africa is involved in. 

Joelle is passionate about improving healthcare as a way to improve people’s lives. She believes that storytelling is a powerful way to create change.
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Deogratias Mzurikwao
AI Sector Lead
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Deogratias Mzurikwao
Deogratias has received his Ph.D. from the University of Kent on the Applications of Artificial Intelligence. He previously did his master's in AI at Tianjin University, in China.

Deogratias has been researching and practising machine learning, deep learning, image and voice signal processing which are the core elements of artificial intelligence since 2012. During his time in China, he also worked for GTA, a data analytics company based in Shenzhen, China. The company recruited him while he was still doing his master’s degree. While in China, Deogratias teamed up to form a team that became second runners in the international innovation competition for automation and UAV in 2014. In 2019, he was among the 15 AI researchers who received the IEEE Outstanding Young Investigator Research Visit award to Sapienza University, Italy.

His research interests are in the application of deep learning, machine learning, data analysis, and including explainable AI systems, virtual and augmented reality. He has published several papers in peer-reviewed journals including Nature and IEEE. Some of his published work has featured in global media houses including Forbes and the BBC.

Deogratias has conducted AI based consultation works for the UNDP and UNICEF. Deogratias has received a grant from Google to implement one of his AI projects, recently awarded a second round of funding from Google for the same project.

Steve Njenga
Investment & Transaction Lead
Steve Njenga
Steve Njenga is a finance, accounting and development finance expert with over 15 years of experience in corporate finance, deal structuring and capital raising. He has worked as an internal auditor for one of the biggest brands in FMCG sector and was able to gain expertise in and exposure to the industry. He was a CFO for several reputable firms before venturing into consultancy, where he acquired vast experience working for different firms across various sectors as a finance and management consultant. He has been deeply involved in several capital raising transactions across Sub Saharan Africa.

Beyond finance, Steve has a big heart for community service. He serves on the board of management of several schools on voluntary basis, and has been involved in several charitable events, particularly fundraising for bright students from disadvantaged families.

Steve is a Certified Public Accountant, Member of Institute of Certified Public Accountants. (ICPAK). He is also a holder of Bachelor of Commerce (BCOM), and currently pursuing MSC (Development Finance) at Strathmore University.
Loice Shirwa
Finance Analyst
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Loice Shirwa
Loice Shirwa has worked in the telecommunication and lean startups industries for two years. At Villgro Africa, she conducts financial operations through creating, examining and interpreting financial reports, taxation and budget analysis.

She also supports consultancy projects and portfolio analysis through market research, conducting diligence and selection of innovative startups for incubation across Africa.

Loice seeks to see healthcare businesses reflect life in the 21st century through adoption of viable models. She holds a Bachelor of Commerce in Finance from Kenyatta University.
Edwin Osora
Business Analyst
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Edwin Osora
Edwin Osora holds a Bachelor’s degree in Actuarial Science from Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT). He has prior experience working in the health insurance sector for over 3 years. 

At Villgro Africa, he provides analytical and technical support for conducting market research, scouting, screening and selection of innovative startups across Sub-Saharan Africa for incubation. He manages companies that have been onboarded to the portfolio and provides strategic support for their growth.

He provides support in consulting projects, which includes market research for clients, helping them to better understand the African market and the human impact potential for innovations in the African region, market entry strategies, commercialization plans, etc.

Edwin leverages on his artistic hobbies such as graphic designing and photography to tell Villgro Africa’s impact stories.

Amadi Growman
Investment Analyst
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Amadi Growman
Amadi Growman has over 2 years of experience working with startups. At Villgro Africa, he provides analytical and technical skills for conducting diligence and selection of innovative startups for incubation across Africa. He also oversees business growth, investor readiness and go-to-market strategy support for early-stage companies.

His additional roles include supporting consulting projects, providing advice on go-to-market strategies, commercialisation plans and helping clients understand the African market.

His ultimate goal is to use his data science skills to help innovative startups solve Africa's toughest problems and positively impact the people living in low-resource settings on the continent.

He has experience in data analysis, qualitative and quantitative research and development of the ecosystem. He holds a B.Sc. Actuarial Science from Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT).
Winnie Wangari
Technical Analyst
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Winnie Wangari
Winnie Wangari is a B.Sc. Mechanical Engineer graduate from the University of Nairobi. A registered graduate member of the Engineering Board of Kenya (EBK) and the Institute of Engineers of Kenya (EIK). Prior to Villgro Africa, Winnie gained her experience in engineering skills from Kenya Ports Authority (KPA), National Industrial Training Authority (NITA) and Gearbox Kenya.

She provides technical support to invention based enterprises to help them through their product development stages, clinical validation phase and go-to-market strategies.
Rebecca Amo
Consultant
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Rebecca Amo
Rebecca is an experienced professional with 8+ years experience across human capital management and strategy in multinational organisations, medium sized business and startups in Kenya, South Africa and India.

Rebecca holds an Executive-MBA in Leadership and Management from USIU, a BSc. in Environmental Health Science from Kenyatta University and currently is an Executive Master’s candidate at the London School of Economics pursuing Behavioural Science.

She is working toward expertise in research and evidenced-based incubation in the social impact healthcare innovations space. At Villgro Africa, she is institutionalising insights management across learning and development, occupational health, safety and wellbeing alongside academic research opportunities.
Christian Khisa
Video Content Developer
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Christian Khisa
Christian Khisa is a creative storyteller and content developer. He gained his skills and knowledge through working in digital communication and also from Pan African Christian University while doing a Bachelors of Arts in Communications, majoring in public relations and minoring in journalism.

Prior to Villgro Africa, he sharpened his skills by creating content for clients such as Mua Insurance and Heroes for Change.

At Villgro Africa, he collaborates with the team to communicate and tell impact stories. Chrisian leads video production and provides creative support to the communications team through content development such as photography and graphic design.

Ann Kariuki
Operations & Investment Analyst
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Ann Kariuki
Ann holds a Bachelor's degree in Mass Communication (majoring in Public Relations) from Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology. She has prior experience working in the Micro Insurance sector, in the operations department for over 5 years.

At Villgro Africa, she supports the implementation of internal company processes and operations systems, sources and facilitates capacity building programs for team development and growth among other operational duties.

She also supports consultancy projects, conducts desk and on-site due diligence of potential incubatee and selection of innovative start ups for incubation across Africa.
Freeman Malit
Investment Officer
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Freeman Malit
Freeman holds a bachelor’s degree in Financial Engineering from Strathmore University where he gained Portfolio Management, Business Finance and Financial Analytics skills.

At Villgro Africa, he works in the portfolio management department providing analytical and technical skills for conducting due diligence and selection of innovative startups for incubation.

Board & Investment Committee

Paul Basil
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Paul Basil
Mr. Basil is a Co-Founder of Villgro Innovations Foundation. Over the last decade, Mr. Basil has incubated over 130 innovative enterprises, creating over 4,000 jobs, touching around 5 million lives in villages across India. He also co-founded Menterra Venture Advisors, a seed stage, impact fund that makes venture investments in for-profit, impactful enterprises.

Apart from the core of his mission, which is incubating early stage, innovative businesses, Paul also has contributed to building the social enterprise ecosystem in India. Unconvention, India’s leading conference on innovation and social entrepreneurship is organised in 15 cities across India, a Centre for Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship at IIT-Madras that focuses on research and education, the ANDE India Chapter (Aspen Network for Development Entrepreneurs) a network of intermediaries that support small and growing businesses etc., are some of his achievements in building the eco-system in India.

Mr. Basil was awarded the Ashoka Fellowship in 2002 for his outstanding social entrepreneurship in setting up Villgro. He has also been conferred the Samaj Seva Bhushan Award and the Star Entrepreneur Award.
Wesley Ronoh
As Villgro Africa’s Co-Founder and Executive Chairman, Rob brings a unique combination of seasoned experience in business, social entrepreneurship, education and technology. He is a visionary leader who has lived in Kenya for almost 20 years and is familiar with the unique challenges that entrepreneurs face when it comes to sustainability and scaling within the African context.
Rob Beyer
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Wilfred Njagi
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Wesley Ronoh
Wilfred is Villgro Africa’s Co-Founder and CEO. He holds an MBA from the University of Milan and a BSc. in Computer Science. He is well plugged into the African entrepreneurial ecosystem as an Incubator Lead, an Angel Investor and a Transaction Advisor. He brings in a diverse set of experiences having lived and worked in the Middle East, India and East Africa. Following a short stint at the African Venture Capital Association, he was immersed in the startups and incubation world while pitching his idea to a Jordanian-based incubator, OASIS500 in 2012. He went on to do a one-year Villgro fellowship in India (2013/14) after which he took up the challenge of scaling Villgro to Africa. To date he has reviewed over 2,000 entrepreneur pitches and been involved in supporting and mentoring over 100 enterprises.
Daniel Ohonde
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Daniel Ohonde
Daniel Ohonde is a dynamic, strategic and visionary leader with more than 25 years of exceptional leadership experience in CEO / COO and investment stewardship roles managing high performance teams. He has a combination of international development experience and broad commercial experience gained from diverse markets.

His experience in the provision of patient capital to small and growing businesses (SGBs) is extensive across Africa and, as a member of the Aspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs (ANDE) Global Executive Committee, he also brings on board a deep understanding of the SGB landscape in other developing and emerging markets globally.

He is former CEO at the Africa Enterprise Challenge Fund (AECF). His passion is in supporting and catalysing early stage (and scaling) innovative enterprises and business models that can sustainably deliver social change.

He has a rich mix of human resources, operations, strategy, finance, investment, governance, resource mobilisation and portfolio management experience having previously worked (across various locations internationally) with African Development Bank, Real People Financial Services, African Management Services Company (AMSCO), USAID, Plus Consultants, ExxonMobil, Coca-Cola Africa, and WestConsult.
Daniel has a BSc in Mechanical Engineering from University of Nairobi, MBA in Strategic Management from USIU-A and an MSc in Finance from the University of London.

He is an avid tennis and cricket supporter, is married and blessed with two sons.
Dr. Abdi Mohamed
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Dr. Abdi Mohamed
Dr. Abdi Mohamed is an award winning serial entrepreneur who was voted as one of the Top 40 under 40 men in Kenya. He is the co-founder and CEO of Ladnan Hospital which has been acquired by a PE Fund. Dr. Abdi has been elected into leadership positions by his medical professional colleagues. Dr. Abdi has strong entrepreneurial acumen with a leaning towards social enterprises.
Dr. Beatrice Murage
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Dr. Beatrice Murage
Dr. Beatrice Murage is an experienced, results-oriented leader in systems strengthening, healthcare management, entrepreneurship, intrapreneurship, digital innovation and exploration/ventures. She has successfully built teams and led strategy, policy formulation, and project implementation in emerging and established markets.
Ndeye Thiaw
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Ndeye Thiaw
Ndeye Thiaw currently heads deal sourcing and transaction execution as the managing partner and a co-founder of Brightmore Capital, an impact investment firm focused on enterprises with regional high growth potential. She has experience leading the identification of investment opportunities, executing transactions, actively managing portfolio projects and building relationships with clients in the banking sector. Her professional experience and insights into Francophone West Africa will further strengthen the expertise and knowledge base of our board.
Nazeem Mohamed
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Nazeem Mohamed
Nazeem has over 40 years of experience in global pharma, working in both private and public sectors, giving him unique insight into the need for better coordination and harmonisation between these sectors in order to improve the quality of lives of people in the developing world. 

He has played a key role in the development of the local manufacturing industry through his work as the Chair of the Federation of East African Pharmaceutical Manufacturers (FEAPM) and the Vice Chair of the Federation of African Pharmaceutical Manufacturers Associations (FAPMA). 

Interested in joining our team?

We work with ambitious, hard working, creative people who are adaptable and able to work both independently and as part of a team. If you think you are a good fit, please reach out to us.

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