These three private sector experts were part of the selection committee for the Digital cluster and will advise and support the Digital Cluster through its AU-EU Youth Cooperation Journey:

Co-founder and managing partner of id8 Space, an online social platform for founders created to foster collaboration and innovation, supporting early stage startups across Africa.

Zuweina has worked mostly in project management and business development advisory and has a working passion in business modelling, product design and development, user requirement gathering, and prototyping of tech products. With 9 years of experience creating, managing, and mentoring startups, Zuweina’s vision is providing startups a platform to showcase and scale their products, and connect with various stakeholders.

Zuweina has served in an executive director role in her professional career, co-founded companies, and co-created FinTech solutions presently in the market. She takes a keen interest in the areas of market strategy and analysis, community engagement and research, design thinking, and project design and integration..

Murungi is an ICT policy & legal expert with experience in researching, speaking, shaping and advising on complex issues at the nexus of policy, law and technology in Africa. He is passionate about the role of technology in fostering social, cultural, economic and democratic development on the continent. Currently, Michael is serving as Google’s lead for Government Affairs and Public Policy in Eastern Africa.

Previously Michael was CEO of the National Council for Law Reporting (Kenya Law), a state corporation in the Judiciary that is the official publisher of the laws and law reports of Kenya.

In his 12 years of service at Kenya Law – starting as a volunteer in 2002 and leaving in 2014 as CEO – he worked with a great team to transform access to public legal information in Kenya by establishing the portal as a leading source of authoritative and quality public legal information.

He is also one of Africa’s ICT Legal Experts taking part in UNESCO’s Economic Commission for Africa’s Sessions of the Committee on Development Information, Science and Technology (CODIST) where he made key contributions on the formulation of an appropriate legal regime for the knowledge society. Michael was Kenya’s contributor to the International Encyclopaedia of Cyberlaw and wrote the text book: Cyberlaw in Kenya (2011).

David is an engineer specialized in energy production, coupled with a Master of Business Administration (MBA) and a certificate in innovation management, trained at Belgian, Danish, Dutch and Canadian universities.

David has set up and managed several innovation initiatives: startup incubators and accelerators, scaleup preparation, innovation management training, creative hubs, innovation policies and financing.

With international experience in Europe, United States, Africa and Middle East, his ability to speak simultaneously to entrepreneurs, investors and public decision-makers is often highlighted.