The Hague Marriott Hotel, Netherlands


Regional Head, UNESCO Emerging Technologies.

Founder Ida Nganga leads the award winning Regional Consortium (of Experts) for Development who use technology and engineering as an enabler for achieving the SDGs (RCD Africa); and is the Regional Head, Anglophone Countries for UNESCO Emerging Technologies for Development, which is based in Bordeaux, France.

Ida is very active in the innovation ecosystem. She sits on a number of advisory boards such as: Global President, Startup Innovation at the Global Council for International Trade; ATU’s Africa Innovation Challenge, GPF’s Leap Innovation HUBS, and, has trained, mentored and judged in innovation competitions across the world including the $1 Million HULT Prize.

She is on the advisory committees for Digital Innovation Framework – International Telecommunication Union (ITU); Government – AFRINIC; New Africa Strategy – ICANN; and Online Safety & Security – Communications Authority of Kenya.She is Co-Chair, Internet for Development Global Community. She is the former Chairman, Membership and Outreach for Kenya, for the Internet Society, the first woman to hold this position.

She is a Tech for Good & GOOGLE global partner and an Ambassador for Africa Code Week by SAP and UNESCO which has introduced over 8 million young learners to coding.She is committed to putting a spotlight on startup development, innovation, youth mentorship, technology transfer, gender inclusion, stakeholder engagement & intercontinental collaboration.

Ida is one of the most awarded women in tech on the continent having received many accolades, such as IoT Innovation Award by European Union, Prolific Woman by United Nations & Mara Foundation, Timeless Woman Governance Award by UN Women, African Leadership Top Award ‘Outstanding Mentor’, Top 100 Global Women in Leadership Award, ISOC Africa Region Internet Development Fellow, Africa Rising – Women in Tech recognition, to name a few. She is President of the Women in STEM Leaders Network; and an executive trainer in adaptive leadership, intrapreneurship, artificial versus emotional intelligence and strategic resilience, for all sectors.

She has trained and mentored great innovators and helped in the digital transformation of corporates and institutions.Mentor Ida is a certified Carnegie behavioral science & transformational change coach, a Master Class Facilitator at Strategia Business School, Netherlands, as well as a much sought after global speaker known for her oratory prowess