In 2011 a consortium comprising of iHub, eMobilis, University of Nairobi (school of computing and informatics) and the World Wide Web Foundation were awarded the infoDev (a program of the World Bank) grant to set up mlab East Africa. John Kieti took up the challenge to setup and run programs at the m:lab from the consortium. With the four years, he has managed to build the m:lab East Africa and PIVOT East names into strong brands as regards to mobile innovations and start-ups among other achievements.
John will be leaving his position as the Director of m:lab East Africa from March this year to pursue his doctoral studies at the University of Nairobi. “Looking back four years, its been a great experience, sometimes a roller coaster ride – a great thrill, but very importantly; a learning experience for me” said John.
According to John, the m:lab has great prospects! “The board and team I leave behind are great! Building on our successes and failures will open a new chapter for the m:lab and its affiliates for its prosperity in the next couple of years,
John shared his own reflections on the success and failures of his four year tenure in a blog article.
The team at m:lab is very grateful to have worked with John Kieti. He has been a great teacher, mentor, leader and boss – all rolled into one. He has inspired us in so many ways and for that we are very grateful. We wish him well in all his endeavors.