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Kiteka’s founder, Hephzi Pemberton, believes passionately in the power of good business and technology to transform society. As an entrepreneur who successfully built and sold her own business in the UK, and who spent part of her childhood in eastern DRC, she is committed to unlocking the huge untapped potential of female African entrepreneurs.
Kiteka Project Director, Bethy Isingoma, leads the Kiteka network in Uganda. After studying Law at the University of Lubumbashi, Bethy has been working with several local NGOs in the DRC and Uganda, focusing on community development and gender equality. Bethy is in charge of recruiting and training Kiteka’s community of entrepreneurs.
Nitishah Patel is the Programme Manager at Kiteka. Born in Kenya, raised and educated in the UK. A psychology graduate from the University of Reading, Nitishah has worked with both national and international charities, having also lived in Burkina Faso working on female empowerment projects. She believes in development for good with a key interest in gender equality.
Tong oversees and manages the Kiteka volunteers in the UK. He is a graduate of UCL and future trainee at Norton Rose Fulbright. He enjoys the combination of private and public sector experience having worked in law firms, start-ups, and charities all over the world including Mayer Brown (Hong Kong), SUP (a social media application), and Brixton Soup Kitchen.
Born in Venezuela and educated in the US and Spain, Kiteka trustee Alexandra has lived and worked from Europe to Latin America, the Middle East and Turkey. A growth strategist with a global view, she helps leading-edge organisations to build partnerships and expand beyond borders. Alexandra takes a keen interest in disruptive solutions to the world’s most pressing challenges – and in enabling people to overcome barriers and connect.
Sarah-Jane is a Kiteka trustee and lecturer in international development at Edinburgh University. Prior to this, she taught graduate students international development and humanitarianism at the LSE. Before this, she taught African politics and international development at the University of Oxford, where she also completed her DPhil in International Development.
Kiteka Trustee Elizabeth Nyeko is co-founder of Mandulis Energy, a renewable energy developer for off-grid and on-grid biomass gasification power projects. She is also co-founder of Modularity, a digital platform that uses artificial intelligence and blockchain for the distribution of electricity. It enables local demand-based sharing of electricity peer-to-peer. In 2016, Elizabeth was recognised by the World Economic Forum as one of the “Top 10 Female Innovators in Africa”.