Catherine MahuguTechpreneur l Professional Speaker
Technology, Culture, Business,
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Catherine Mahugu is a seasoned techpreneur , changemaker , youth empowerment enthusiast and a strong advocate of gender equality and equity. With a love of all things binary and a keen eye on design, Catherine has been involved in various ICT for Development projects. In these projects, she has applied design thinking for social innovation. She is a certified human-centered design expert, a skill acquired at Stanford University -Hasso Plattner – d.School (California ,USA)
She is an award-winning serial social entrepreneur. She founded Wazidata, a social impact consultancy focused on harnessing the power of data and design to change lives for social good by applying design thinking concepts and methodologies. Wazidata has worked with Bill and Melinda Gates foundation, FH1360 and Quicksand. She is also the Founder of Soko (www.shopsoko.com). Soko is an innovation in fashion & technology; an ethical fashion brand that expands access to economic opportunity for artisans in emerging economies, disrupting the traditional export supply chain and revolutionizing the way money & goods are exchanged between developing world artisans & global consumers. She is a proven leader who inspires with enthusiasm. She is passionate about helping teams unlock their leadership potential and talents to not only achieve their goals but to exceed them by focusing on motivating and igniting vision.
She has an extensive background and experience in strategic planning, operations leadership, and management. She is a certified Global trade specialist through the International Trade Centre . At Soko, she has eectively overseen the end to end operational execution and delivery of products to over 450 international retailers, several large brands such as Nordstrom, Fossil, QVC, TJMaxx, Edun, Esprit, Anthropologie and global e-commerce consumers. Notable press that have featured Soko products include Vogue and Glamour magazine. Celebrities such as Lupita Nyongo, Nicole Kidman, Oprah Winfrey and Emma Watson have been styled with Soko ‘s jewellery. By driving and supporting the technology innovation at Soko, she has contributed to transforming the traditional global supply chain and changing the fashion industry for good.
Recent Speaking Engagements:
- Harvard 2017 conference.
- Lioness of Africa Conference (Panelist)– Johannesburg, South Africa 2017
- Asia – Pacific Economic Cooperation Workshop (Taipei, Taiwan)
- Blaze – Be Your Own Boss By Safaricom (Nairobi, Kenya)
- The Economist 2016 conference
She has been recognized as:-
- Women Super Achiever Award 2017
- One of Forbes top 30 under 30 Globally 2016
- Most Influential Woman in Business and Government –Africa 2016
- One of Forbes Most Promising Young Entrepreneurs
- BBC’s top 30 under 30 2015
- Kenya’s top 5 Female Entrepreneurs under 40
- World bank’s top 11 inspirational women
- A Leader of Tomorrow at the St.Gallen’s 44th Symposium in Switzerland 2014
She is an International Telecom Union (ITU) Innovators fellow, the United Nations specialized agency for information and communication technologies – ICTs, a World Bank Fellow through infoDev and an Ashoka-American Express Emerging innovator fellow.
“Catherine Mahugu made quite an impression when she was in Washington, DC for our 2013 Mobile Startup Camp. She not only impressed infoDev but has caught the attention of global corporations and well-established organizations.” – The World Bank Group.Read more Read less