Bilha Ndirangu is the Board Chairperson of GDI Africa and the current and first non-founder CEO of African Leadership Academy (ALA). She is driven to build great organizations that will shape Africa’s future in her lifetime. Prior to joining African Leadership Academy, Bilha was the CEO of Africa’s Talking, based in Nairobi, Kenya. Africa’s Talking enables the continent’s technology ecosystem by empowering software developers. Over seven years, Bilha expanded Africa’s Talking into 20 markets, with offices in 14 African countries, and significant revenue growth. Throughout her time at Africa’s Talking, Bilha gained a reputation as an extraordinary operator and team builder. She has been recognized as an Endeavor Entrepreneur.
Bilha previously worked at Dalberg, where she was the first employee of the consulting firm’s Nairobi office. At Dalberg, she advised governments, corporations, and foundations across the continent on solutions to African challenges. She particularly thrived in education projects, including the design and delivery of Wings to Fly, Kenya’s leading secondary school scholarship program, with Equity Group and the Mastercard Foundation.
To date, Wings to Fly has enabled over 26,000 promising youth in Kenya to access high-quality secondary education. Bilha holds a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering and a minor in Economics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Before returning to Africa, she worked with the Mitchell Madison Group in New York City.