Ms. Ndirangu becomes the institution’s 3rd CEO and is the first Kenyan and first woman to head the academy.
During her 7 years tenure at AT, Bilha oversaw the company’s incredible growth from a workforce of about 8 to over 100 employees growing its presence in over 20 African markets.
She has also served as the Senior Project Manager of Dalberg Global Development and is credited with conceptualizing the initial implementation of Equity Foundation’s Wings to Fly Scholarship project that has supported more than 26,000 needy and bright Kenyan children to access secondary and university education.
The ALA Board of Trustees Chairman, Khumo Shongwe, said: “Bilha’s experience in building a pan-African company and working with senior leaders across the continent has uniquely prepared her to lead the African Leadership Academy.”
“We are honored to see her step into the CEO’s role at ALA and we know that she will lead the academy to new heights and strengthen our track record of pan-African impact,” ALA Co-founder Fred Swaniker said.
“This was one of the most rigorous recruitment processes I have ever seen in my career. She exemplifies all the attributes that the ALA CEO in this day and age requires; youthfulness, business acumen, laser vision and pan-African corporate leadership experience,” Brian Waweru, an Alumni representative in the academy’s Board of Trustees who sat in the interview panel said.