As a naturally curious person, Linda Kamau is no stranger to trailblazing. She is the Founder and Executive Director of AkiraChix. For 10 years working as a software engineer, she found herself being the only woman of color in a leadership position working with people from over 10 different countries and it’s with this inspiration that she founded AkiraChix whose mission is to uncover underserved young women in Africa and equip them with technology skills to compete economically and bridge the gender gap in technology.
An engineer turned entrepreneur, Linda nurtured her entrepreneurship skills through the Executive Program at the Stanford Graduate School of Business. She holds a Bsc. in Business Information Technology from Limkokwing University.
With her passion of championing diversity and inclusion as well as advocating for girls and women, she sits on the advisory board of WISER Girls School, a high school that empowers girls to overcome poverty,HIV/AIDS, and gender-based violence through education and health.
Linda is part of the Inaugural class of Obama Leaders:Africa as well as a returning leader 2019. She is also a Segal Family Foundation African Visionary Fellow , a 2018 Cordes Fellow, a 2019 Builders of Africa’s Future Awardee and a 2020-2023 Skoll World Forum Fellow.
As the leader of an organization at the forefront of getting more women in technology, Linda continues to champion the inclusion of women in the technical workforce. With skilled women, you are assured not only of economic changes, but also a shift in societal norms.
She enjoys watching Formula 1, is an avid Mercedes AMG and Lewis Hamilton fan.