James Lethem | Head Mentor Launchpad(London)

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Strategist & Mentor, experienced in growth and strategy roles for tech startups and consultancies. I lead agile, cross functional teams to ship and iterate products, engage their audiences and drive growth. I work with large corporations & charities to drive innovation through workshops and hackathon events. I can also be found mentoring startups at different incubators (BGV, Oxford and Google Launchpad) as well as a few on the side.

Ire Aderinokun | Google Developer Expert, Web

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Ire Aderinokun is a self-taught User Interface Designer and Front-End Developer based in Lagos, Nigeria. She is passionate about all aspects of technology, but specialises in HTML, CSS, and JavaScript, and has written over 100 articles on her blog, bitsofco.de. In addition to writing articles, Ire also spreads her knowledge through speaking at conferences worldwide.   

Dirk Lehmann | Startup Mentor

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Dirk Lehmann supports early stage startups in business models, marketing and pitching as an advisor, coach and mentor. Over the last four years he has been involved in over 10 startup programs, including two corporate accelerators of Techstars, and has created intrapreneurship programs for leading global organizations. Before becoming an entrepreneur himself, Dirk led the global driver trainings and travel experiences of Mercedes-Benz.

Enrico Ferrari | Chief Marketing Officer at Rocket Internet SE

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Enrico started his career in AdTech, at a company that developed a software to scale and optimize search engine advertising for large ecommerce companies globally. He then held several positions at Rocket Internet portfolio companies, including Head of Performance Marketing for a car classifieds business active in emerging markets across Africa, South East Asia, Middle East and Latin America, and Co-Founder and Managing Director for a grocery delivery app in Germany and Australia. He is currently Chief Marketing Officer at Rocket Internet SE, the largest internet incubator and investor in Europe. As CMO, he is in charge of supporting the growth of >100 companies worldwide. 

Prosper Otemuyiwa | Google Developer Expert, Web

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Prosper is a full stack software engineer, renegade open-source advocate and Google Developer Expert in Web technologies. He has worked on biometric, health, financial and developer tools. He works with developers and teams across the globe, improving web performance and building developer communities that will change the face of the earth. He is adept at technical writing and breaking down complex concepts to be easily understood at all levels. Since starting his blog, goodheads.io, in 2015, he has churned out over 250 articles on PHP, Laravel, and Javascript which has been featured in several newsletters around the globe.

Mbugua Njihia | CEO Symbiotic Media

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An entrepreneur with over 14 years experience in the web and mobile industry, instrumental in the set up and operations of some of the East Africa's inaugural and most visible mobile value added services. He possess unique insight that marries technology to the market place. 

Daniel Johnson | Growth Mentor

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Data-driven marketing and growth consultant working with EU and US based startups to help them rapidly and cheaply validate marketing channels. Like many wannabe entrepreneurs, when I was younger I had time but little finance and learned through grind how to start and grow businesses from small beginnings. Since then I have worked for multiple startups in marketing capacities culminating as the Head of Marketing for a fast growing, VC & Seedcamp backed, SAAS business. Additionally, I am a private mentor for the growth and executive departments of multiple startups and am a Growth Mentor at Google’s Accelerator Launchpad. Currently offering growth services to London, EU and South African based startups. Drop me a message if there’s any way I can help.

James Mwai | Google Developer Expert, Cloud

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James is a software engineer, mentor and entrepreneur with over seven years experience in design and implementation of mobile and web based software systems and is actively involved in the Kenyan tech community where he has participated in many technology events both as an a organiser and a speaker. James key technical skills are Python, Django and Cloud Architecture and during his career he has worked on many web apps, mobile apps and information systems. He currently works as a consultant building web based systems in Python and cloud automation tools for various companies in Kenya and abroad. He is also a member of iHub Consulting in Nairobi.  

Femi Taiwo | Google Developer Expert, Cloud

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Femi is Co-Founder and CTO of INITS. He is a firm believer in growing the tech community, supporting and giving back to the ecosystem as a whole. This has put him on a path that has made him the Mentor for all the Google Developer Groups in Nigeria. This is in addition to his role as a Co-organizer for the GDG chapter in Lagos. Through this, he has had extensive experience in organizing meet-ups and workshops and engaging several hundreds of developers, graphic designers and technology enthusiasts, both young and old across the entire country and now beyond. His experience with Cloud Infrastructure cuts across several Cloud products, including Google Compute Engine, Load Balancers, Network & Clusters, Cloud SQL, Storage, Versioning, Modules, DevOps and much more. He joins the league of Google Developer Experts as a Cloud GDE.

Kenneth Kinyanjui | Google Developer Expert, Cloud

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Kenneth believes in re-imagining Africa to what he calls Africa 2.0 . He knows he cannot do this alone . He has been building both the tech and startups ecosystem for the past 6 years across Africa . You will find him either speaking at confrence on Cloud , Running a Design Sprint , or offering his knowledge and experience to a startup through office hours. When he is not doing this he is busy solving the Payments problem in emerging markets and make it easier for the next generation companies to tap into the next Billion. He is Co-founder and Chief of Product at WeCashUp , a global mentor at Google's Launchpad Accelerator based in San Francisco and finally a recognized Google Developer Expert in Google Cloud Platform. 

John Kimani | Google

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John is a Program Manager with Google's Develoepr Ecosystem team in Sub-Saharan Africa. He is passionate about modern apps development practices and how developers can leverage them to build successful startup ventures. Previously, John was a Developer Evangelist with Microsoft and had spent 5 years before that as a software developer building financial and human resource solutions for enterprises in Africa.

Aniedi Udo-Obong | Google

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Aniedi is an IT Professional, Open Source Evangelist, JavaScript Developer and Product Manager, with over 12 years practical experience working with startups in the Human Resources (Computer-Based Testing), Media (Online News Publishing), Finance (Mobile Money), Education, Logistics and Location-Based Services (Ride-Sharing) industries. Currently Program Manager, Developer Ecosystem (Sub-Saharan Africa) for Google.