The 2018 African Women in Technology (AWIT) Conference, Nairobi, theme is “Be Bold”, so we are asking our female leaders and guests – panelists, speakers, moderators, and mentors – to reflect and share the early days of their careers, advice for younger women in tech and/or the most crucial need of their businesses today.
These women have proven commitment to building and scaling tech businesses or growing social enterprises on the continent and they come from diverse backgrounds and sectors with different levels of experience.
It is our hope that these short interviews show a glimpse into the everyday lives of African women in tech and builds bridges between organizations and individuals who are looking to partner, fund, mentor or simply interact with these pioneering women.
This week we shine the spotlight on Celestine Ukpere, ed-tech enthusiast and Business Development Director at Rekindle Learning.
Welcome Celestine, it’s our pleasure to have you. Tell us a little about yourself and background.
With a career spanning across various industries – telecommunication, retail, technology and currently Ed-Tech and Youth Skills; I have 15+ years of practical experience in youth skills development & training, research, corporate and business development and worked in extensive environments all over Africa in Kenya, Nigeria, and South Africa.
I am passionate about marketing, promoting personal development and improving community lifestyles by embracing and incorporating technology in training and skills development and entrepreneurship. I am currently pursuing my passion in new technologies and platforms for education business and career growth.
How has women conferences (or AWIT specifically) helped you in your business/career so far?
Women conferences have enabled me to network with more women in different fields. Through listening and learning what they do, there has been more avenues of collaboration or just connecting to much-needed synergies within both our networks.
I have also walked the talk in terms of “Your network is your net worth” and this has been demonstrated through the new connections I have made through conferences.
What areas in your career do you need more boldness to succeed? This question is based on the theme of this summit “Be Bold”.
I need to be BOLD going out of my comfort zone by attending and speaking at more women targeted events that are diverse and embrace technology, finance, leadership and skills development.
Join Celestine and other pan-African women in technology at the 2018 African Women in Technology (AWIT) Conference, Nairobi this July.