Catherine MahuguTechpreneur l Professional Speaker
Technology, Culture, Business,
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Catherine Mahugu is an award-winning seasoned entrepreneur, keynote speaker, sustainable luxury enthusiast, changemaker, youth empowerment champion and a strong advocate of gender equality and equity.
She is a software engineer by profession, and a change-maker by passion. With a love of all things binary and a keen eye for 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)
As a globally acclaimed serial techpreneur, she founded Soko (www.shopsoko.com). An ethical, innovative, fashion brand that expands access to economic opportunity for artisans in emerging economies by selling their handmade products to international retailers, global e-commerce consumers and several large brands such as Nordstrom, Fossil, QVC, TJMaxx, Edun and Anthropologie. Her international achievements have made her a global thought leader in matters pertaining to Africa, international trade, next generation leaders and the role ICT and women play in the entrepreneurship realm. Her impressive contribution has become a point of reference in international case studies and successful experiences to follow.
An in-demand speaker, Catherine’s practical experiences, creative use of multimedia and her enthusiastic and passionate delivery, have proven to be a winning formula for tens of thousands of conference attendees including the World Bank 2015 conference, the Economist 2016 conference and Harvard 2017 conference.
She has been recognised 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 has been featured in Forbes Magazine -June Issue 2015 and Jan issue 2016 as one of the top 30 under 30 (2015 and 2016 ) and highlighted as top 100 women by BBC. She has also been featured on CNN, CNBC, Marie Claire, Airbnb, South Africa Airways in-flight magazine, World bank and other mainstream media. However, it is not these accolades that define her, but rather the impact that she has through her work
“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