Kennedy Kirui is the Consulting Lead at iHub. The iHub is an open space for technologists, investors, technology companies and software developers in Kenya. Kirui holds a Bachelor of Science in Computer Technology from Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology. In his current role at the iHub he works with different individuals and organizations to help them develop relevant technology strategies and systems. Kirui is passionate about the impact that technology can have on people’s lives. From automating tedious processes for organizations and allowing them to engage their audience better, to helping individuals tells their stories better, his day-to-day work seeks to create a positive impact.
He previously worked at Verviant Consulting as a web developer. Verviant is an integrated software solutions provider behind a successful online payment gateway Pesapal. During his time at Verviant Kirui worked on a good number of interesting projects that showed the untapped potential of the web. He was part of the team that developed Nairobi Securities Exchange (NSE) website and integrated a payment gateway to allow visitors to buy historical data from NSE, get a live feed of trading on the bourse’s floor and access information about NSE. He also worked on Zuku’s online platform allowing Zuku’s customers to pay their bills easily via Mpesa or online using a debit or credit card. After a year with Verviant Kirui decided it was time for a change. He ventured out by himself offering software development and project management services on a consultancy basis.
Seeing the low technology adoption levels among small and medium sized companies, Kirui focused his efforts on this segment. He worked with organizations to select relevant tech tools, implemented the selected tool(s) and trained them on how to make the most of it. It was while working as a freelancer when Kirui started working with iHub. iHub had just started a tech consultancy initiative. Kirui joined as a project manager and system analyst on a consultancy basis. After six months he took over as the initiative lead, a role he has now played for one year and five months. When not hunched over his computer or out in the field interacting with system users Kirui volunteers his time teaching young kids problem solving techniques using a design thinking approach.
You will regularly find him going out to universities with his colleagues to inspire the next crop of techies