Bilha Ndirangu

Co-Founder, Jacob's Ladder Africa

Bilha Ndirangu is an African leader, dedicated to the transformation of the African continent through the building of multiple industries and platforms. She is a notable thought leader and solutions architect who is driven to bridge gaps in technology, education, climate action, youth and women leadership for the overall emancipation of Africa. Her current work is focused on positioning Africa as an investment destination for the green economy, identifying and scaling relevant climate technologies, and preparing its youth to provide the requisite skills mix and ventures. She was named in the inaugural 2022 cohort of the Yale Emerging Climate Leaders Fellowship

Bilha is a co-founder of Jacob’s ladder Africa, a sustainable development hub that is looking to activate 30 million jobs in the green economy over the next ten years. In her role as the Chief Executive Officer of the African Leadership Academy, Bilha worked on, among other things, pathways to enable young leaders to solve key leadership challenges facing the continent. Formerly, Bilha was The Chief Executive Officer of Africa’s Talking, based in Nairobi, Kenya. Africa’s Talking enables the continent’s technology ecosystem by empowering software developers. Over seven years, Bilha expanded Africa’s Talking into 20 markets, with offices in 14 African countries.

Bilha previously worked at Dalberg, where she advised governments, corporations, and foundations across the continent on solutions to African challenges. Bilha has been recognized on the Choiseul100 Africa 2022 ranking, among the young African leaders set to play a major role in the economic development of the continent. She is also a 2022 Desmond Tutu Fellow (Africa Leadership Institute) and was awarded the Woman of Firsts- Excellence in Education Award by the Charlotte Mannya-Maxeke Institute in 2021. Bilha holds a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering and a minor in Economics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.