Fireside Chat with Dr Mary Okelo: Founder of Makini School and KWFT.

Mar 29, 2023, 7:00 – 9:30 AM

We invite you to fireside chat with Dr. Mary Okelo an accomplished retired banker, founder of Makini School and Kenya Women Finance Trust. Join us at Africa's Talking HQ on 23 Apple Cross Road on 29th March from 10:30AM to 12:00PM as we host a fireside chat with the most outstanding African women. Get your ticket.



About this event

It is a challenge for businesses to integrate to multiple telecommunication companies (telcos) across Africa in order to provide their services on multiple offline/2G channels (SMS, USSD, Voice, Airtime, Mobile Money) across countries, to their customers.

Africa’s Talking (AT), takes away the complexity of multiple integrations in Africa, starting in Nairobi, and ensures regulatory compliance by integrating with the different telcos and providing a unified platform that can be consumed by anyone.

We invite you to fireside chat with Dr. Mary Okello an accomplished retired banker, founder of Makini School and Kenya Women Finance Trust. 

Dr. Mary Okelo a retired banker, educationist, entrepreneur and gender rights crusader with vast and diverse experience in local and international finance, micro-enterprise, and international service in the public, private and NGO sectors.

"I hold a ladder for women to climb up" Mary Okelo

She will be hosted by one and only Dr. Leyla Sirad Hussein Gikandi OBE. 

Leyla Hussein is a consultant, psychotherapist, and international lecturer on Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) and gender rights. She currently works as the Global Advocacy Director and Deputy Team Leader of the Africa-led Movement to End FGM, fighting to eliminate violence against women and girls. In October 2020, Leyla was elected to become the first Black female Rector of the University of St Andrews and now works closely with a team of student activists to fight for more access, action, and accountability in higher education.

She is the founder of both the Dahlia Project, a specialist psychotherapeutic and counseling service for survivors of FGM, and Magool, an organisation promoting the rights and wellbeing of women and girls. Leyla is very experienced in the provision of safeguarding training to activists, wellbeing professionals, and others who confront the physical, psychological, and social implications of violence in their work. In 2020, Leyla co-founded Safe Spaces for Black Women alongside Fatima Hagi to create an emotional support and wellbeing community for Black women around the world.

Leyla's work has been presented at Oxford, Cambridge, UCL, Leeds, Exeter, and many Ivy league universities across the US. She is also a published writer, holding her own pages with the Huffington Post, Global Citizen, Cosmopolitan Magazine and The Guardian. She frequently lobbies at a political level, advises policy makers, and triggers much-needed national and international debate.

Target Audience:

  • Entrepreneurs
  • Women Leads
  • CTOs
  • CEOs
  • Developers


  • Welcome and Ice Breakers
  • Fireside chat with Dr. Mary Okelo  hosted by Dr. Leyla Sirad Hussein Gikandi OBE
  • AMA
  • Networking


  • Community
  • Knowledge
  • Network
  • Engineering Career

Africa's Talking community allows developers to learn skills for the modern-day African Developer. We are language and framework agnostic. All developers are welcome.

This is where Africa's Talking developers community meets to build, learn and exchange knowledge.

We are helping software developers and businesses bring their ideas to life through our easy-to-use APIs.


  • Dr. Mary Okello

    P & M Investement


Featured Attendees

  • glory osuya

    montana industries

  • Felix Kariuki

    Programme for Capacity Development in Africa

  • Gabriel John

    Le~Gabrielle Collections

  • Teddy Warria

    Africa's Talking (K) Ltd

  • Erick Ochieng

    Payless Africa

  • Joseph Olwanda

    Olwandez creations



Wednesday, March 29, 2023
7:00 AM – 9:30 AM UTC


Welcome, Introductions and Check-In
Fireside chat with Dr. Mary Okelo hosted by Dr. Leyla Sirad Hussein Gikandi OBE


  • Dr. Leyla Hussein

    Africa's Talking

    Psychotherapist | Consultant | Activist


  • Bennett Benedict

    University of Dar Es Salaam

    Tanzania, Community Lead,

  • Veronica Michael

    Tanzania, Community Lead

  • Jessica Randall

    University of the Western Cape

    South Africa Community Lead

  • Josphat Mwangi

    Kenya Community Lead

  • Sheriffo Jarju

    Community Lead Gambia

  • Isophel Natwijuka

    Uganda Community Lead

  • Sanusi Abdulkadir

    Nigeria Kaduna Community Lead

  • Avuzwa Ntshongwana

    South Africa Community Co-Lead

  • Josh Venceslas

    Altech Group

    Co-Lead: Rwanda Community

  • David Okwii


    Africa's Talking Community UG Co-Lead

  • Cynthia Moraa

    WIT Kenya Co-Lead

  • Michael Adedayo

    Africa's Talking

    Community Lead Lagos

  • Alexander Ikeh

    Community Co-Lead Abuja

  • Aaron Ujah

    Community Co-Lead Abuja