Our Director, Eng. Wainaina Mungai is a Trustee of the Internet Society Kenya Chapter, an Associate of Communication for Development, UK; a member of the Technical Committee of the MobileGovernment World Summit to be held in Brighton, UK on 14th and 15th June 2018. He served as Chairman of the Assembly of Broadcasters in East Africa until 2014 for the EACO in Kigali, Rwanda.
He is a researcher and author of several ICT and Development publications such as Uchaguzi: A Qualitative and Quantitative Analysis of ICTS, Statebuilding, and Peacebuilding in Kenya, “Using ICTs for Poverty Reduction and Environmental Protection in Kenya: The ‘Mvironment‘ Approach, and others. He is a passionate writer on technical and non-technical issues. For instance, in 2017, he reviewed and edited a soon-to-be published autobiography for reknowned African author, Rebeka Njau.
He has been a panelist and speaker at global summits (such as United Nations in Geneva & WSIS, Geneva & Tokyo),the Stockholm Internet Forum 2015, the Global Summit on Tech Policy Challenges at the TechPolicyLab.org, University of Washington, 2016, regional conferences by CTO & EACO and national policy forums such as the Consultative Forum in the National ICT Policy 2016 in Nairobi, Kenya, and the DBSF 2014/15 on invitation from the Commonwealth Telecommunications Organisation (CTO) and as an expert speaker at the ICT Industry and Academia Forum, East Africa Communications Organisation (EACO) Assemblies, Kigali, Rwanda (June 2016), among others.
Wainaina is a former CIO of the Year Award recipient in East Africa (2013), ICT Manager of the Year 2011 (CAK) and Networking Award recipient from CIO100. was a winner of the ICT Leadership Award 2015 which he received alongside industry giants such as the newly appointed Principal Secretary for ICT and Innovation, Mr. Victor Kyalo; CEO of mHealth Kenya, Dr. Cathy Mwangi; and Peter Mutunga of DHL Kenya. At the time, he was also the Chairman of the Lands, Urban Planning, Roads and Public Works Committee on Langata SubCounty Public Participation Board and Chairman of the School PTA in South C for three consecutive years.
[ FAILURES ]
Like all flawed humans, Wainaina has his record of failures. He started but did not finish a Graduate programme in ICT for Development at the University of Manchester and has grown to value the failure and success experience cycle. He has started many mildly successful and some “failed projects” such as BungeSMS (actually, this one is a widely celebrated & cited project 😉 ), BuyGas (LPG retain platform), Mjumbe (campaign fundraising), MadeinKenyaNetwork (an ecommerce platform for Kenyan goods), a domain hosting service, a video streaming platform and others experiences from which he draws life lessons on what failure and success means for social entrepreneurs.
Four sources of ‘education’ for Wainaina are his own exploration into the history of ancient to modern civilisations around the world the origins of modern religions, his love for traveling around the globe and the lessons from project failures mentioned earlier. Those have provided an incomparable source of knowledge, skills and experience outside the laboratories and lecture theatres.
Time spent with his children reconnects him with his childhood curiosity in pursuit of ‘Why?’. Officially though, he also holds an undergraduate degree in Electrical and Communications Engineering from Moi University, a postgraduate certificate in Communications Management from Birkinghamshire New University (United Kingdom), is a registered Practitioner of the British Computer Society (former IMIS/IDPM), certified in ITIL version 3 and trained in citizen journalism and digital media at Rhodes University (South Africa).