#TFAAspotlight: Meet Catherine Mahugu, the techpreneur solving big problems with enthusiasm

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Catherine Mahugu is a seasoned techpreneur, independent ICT for social innovation and development consultant, change maker, youth empowerment champion and a strong advocate for equality and equity.

She is the founder of Chiswara. An agri-tech and online platform, that offers an equitable coffee experience for our farmers and consumers. Chiswara connects local coffee producers directly with our global consumers.

What more do we know about her?

  1. Catherine Mahugu is a software engineer by profession, and a change-maker by passion.
  2. 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 goal but to exceed them. She focuses on motivation and igniting vision to the high performing team and leaders.
  3. She founded Wazidata – a design-led innovation company, solving intricate and complex challenges with a focus on people. She is also the founder of Soko, an innovation fashion and technology; an ethical fashion brand that expands access to economic opportunity for artisans in emerging economies, disrupting the traditional export supply chain and revolutionising the way money and goods are exchanged between developing world artisans and global consumers.
  4. Catherine 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. 
  5. Her impressive contribution through her career has become a point of reference in international case studies and successful experiences to follow.
  6. Catherine has been recognised as: INC Magazine’s Female Founder 100, 2019. * Harambean 2019. * Queen’s Young Leaders advisory mentor 2018. * Safaricom eCommerce blaze mentor 2018 * Vanity Fair’s Women of Colour diversifying entrepreneurship in Silicon Valley and beyond 2018 * Women Super Achiever Award 2017. * One of Forbes top 30 under 30 Globally 2016. * Most Influential Woman in Business and Government(Continental Winner)-Africa 2016. * One of Forbes Most Promising Young Entrepreneurs In Africa 2015. * BBC’s top 30 under 30 2015. * BBC’s top 100 women 2015. * Kenya’s top 5 Female Entrepreneurs under 40. * Top 5 upcoming tech women in Kenya to watch. * World bank’s top 11 inspirational women * A Leader of Tomorrow at the St.Gallen’s 44th Symposium in Switzerland 2014.
  7. She was named as one of the recipients of the 2019 One Young World award, an award that based on the positive social impact of their business ventures and how they are transforming the way we work, learn, live and eat.
  8. She was nominated for The Future Africa Awards, prize in enterprise support, 2015.

Okay, we don’t need to tell you that Catherine Mahugu is the future!!!

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