Nicholus Thiongo is a financial journalist based in Nairobi, Kenya. He is a seasoned expert in strategic communications with over 13 years of experience in both media and public relations industries. He has a wealth of experience in practice areas spanning public relations strategy formulation, investor relations, crisis management, editorial content development, stakeholder engagement and online reputation management. Nick started his career as a business journalist and has worked for and contributed to an array of national newspapers and business magazines in Nairobi, Kenya. A Bloomberg Financial Journalism Fellow, he also independently contributes as a freelancer to Techonomy, a business and technology publication jointly owned by Forbes and the former Technology Editor of Fortune Magazine and Financial Management (FM) which is published by the Association of International Certified Professional Accountants. He honed his experience in integrated marketing and communications working for agencies such Gina Din Corporate Communications, Ogilvy PR and Redhouse Public Relations and Homeboyz/Publicis One. He has crafted and implemented strategic communications for organizations such as Ecobank, KCB Group, IMF, Vision 2030, First Lady’s Half Marathon, Privatization Commission, The Economist Conferences, Ministry of ICT, LG Electronic and the African Union among others.
Gates Foundation Supports Tech in Kenya Despite Political Turmoil Brace yourselves; developing countries are on the verge of a technological revolution. This was the overarching message when Melinda Gates, the co-chair of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, launched Pathways for Prosperity, a commission on technology and inclusive development in Nairobi, Kenya. The commission is tasked with exploring how emerging technologies can create economic opportunities in the developing world. The use of technological innovations that the commission is investigating is at a nascent stage in Kenya. Use of artificial intelligence (AI), big data, robotics, automation, and nanotechnology, among other technologies, is expected to stir inclusive growth and improve governance across the developing world. Gates says the “commission gives us a way of working together to understand how to harness technology for good.”
Cyber Vulnerabilities Threaten Kenya’s Vaunted Fintech Kenya has led the world in the adoption of mobile money, and now it is moving to the next stage, with the formation of a government-backed Blockchain and Artificial Intelligence taskforce. But as the country positions itself to reap even more economic benefit from the global digital revolution, the security of the system may become the next big challenge.