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Alliance Girls Engineer Alumnus Depicts How the School Mentored her to Lead Mpesa and Jumia Kenya

Betty Mwangi chose her career path based on her interests in science, the outdoors, and experimenting.

The CEO of Jumia is a unique person in a world where males dominate scientific jobs. Betty has gone from playing around with domestic electronics at her parents' house out of pure curiosity to becoming a recognised electrical engineer.

She has worked for major corporations such as Safaricom and is now the CEO of Jumia, Africa's biggest e-commerce marketplace.

What is unique about Betty?

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Betty has practically broken the glass ceiling by rising through the ranks. "I was highly focused on being an engineer from a very young age since I wanted to experiment with electronics," she adds.

How does Mwangi spend a normal day? She begins her day at 5 a.m. by checking her emails and organizing her daily domestic tasks.

She awakens her son around 6:45 a.m. after she's finished. Before getting him dressed and ready for school, they eat breakfast together.

"By 8.30 a.m., I'm in the workplace." I start by planning my weekday, which consists largely of back-to-back meetings beginning at 9 a.m. "My assistant manages my calendar," she explains.

Betty discusses her professional life, Alliance Girls teachings, and the worst business blunders she's made.

"Never say 'I should have...'," my headmistress, the late Mrs Joan Waithaka of Alliance Girls High School, used to advise. Just get it done. This is a lesson I've taken with me throughout my career."

"Just as an illustration. We previously lost a lot of money by launching a product without consulting our consumers. We — the ten of us – were the only ones who used it. But we got back up, shook off our failure, and tried to make the best of it. I feel that there is something valuable to be gained from every failure. The goal is to bounce back fast, move on, and learn from each failure."


Betty Mwangi named Jumia Kenya's New CEO

The CEO of Jumia Kenya is a certified marketer with the Chartered Institute of Marketing and has an MBA. She received a Moran of the Burning Spear from the late President Mwai Kibaki for her commitment to financial inclusion while at Safaricom. She oversaw the M-Pesa company for almost nine years from its inception.

She is now heading an educated, imaginative, and dynamic team of young tech-savvy professionals that are working together to establish Jumia as a daily shopping experience for their clients with items that are relevant to them.

They also have a large network of vendors that benefit from access to our three million plus customers to grow their businesses. She is driven by her engagement in solutions that benefit the average person, and she believes she is in the right place at Jumia.

She has seen SMEs join the Jumia e-commerce platform and build their companies from anywhere in Kenya by connecting them with Kenyans who want to buy these things from the comfort of their own homes.


Linus Gitahi, her supervisor at one of the firms she worked at before joining Safaricom, was one of her mentors and persons who influenced her along the road.

He instilled in her the value of honesty, telling her that it was all she had when she left.

Mwangi-Thuo was named one of the top 10 most influential women in mobile technology by Mobile Communications International.

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