Leonida Mutuku

Leonida is the founder of Intelipro, an African company that builds data platforms for financial and retail institutions. Intelipro aims to make big data analytics more accessible to businesses and empower them to develop new financial products, targeted digital marketing strategies and optimized business operations. She is also the big data research lead at the Local Development Research Institute, a non-profit action-oriented think tank whose work contributes to the efforts of African governments to end extreme poverty, end hunger and reduce inequalities.

Previously, she led the Research and Data Science teams at iHub, Nairobi’s Innovation Hub. In these capacities, she spearheaded a team of local researchers to conduct groundbreaking research on the uses and approaches to technology in Africa.

She is experienced in data science, designing and leading research projects, and implementing financial technologies. She has done extensive research, published and traveled globally as a keynote speaker on the opportunities and social impacts of new technologies and the application of big data to improve financial services and governance.  She obtained a Bachelors of Science (Hons) in Actuarial Science from University of Nairobi and a Masters in Business Analytics and Big Data from IE Business School in Madrid, Spain. She was privileged to be named one of Forbes Africa’s Top 30 under 30 in 2018.