Njeri Rionge

Portfolio Entrepreneur, Corporate Director, Business Strategist and investment liaison to African projects

Described as ‘One of East African’s most successful serial entrepreneurs’, by Forbes. Njeri has over 2 decades of leadership experience working with both start-ups and large corporates. Njeri is the Founder and CEO of NRBC Inc, a business advisory and financial services firm for entrepreneurs and investors focused on African investment opportunities (www.nrbcinc.com) and Fund Manager of UpCountry Africa Fund.
Njeri is best known as the pioneering co-founder of East Africa’s first mass market oriented ISP, Wananchi Online (a Swahili word meaning ‘citizen’) in 2000, which made Internet connectivity affordable for the first time to the average Kenyan household. She grew the business from a typical start-up to become the largest Triple Play Operator in East Africa.
Following the success of Wananchi Online, Njeri founded Ignite Consulting & Investment Limited in 2006. In 2008 she was asked to oversee the restructuring of Telkom Kenya, soon after the merger with France Telecom, and was instrumental in the launch of the Orange brand into the country and the launch of the iPhone 3G.
Njeri is also a seasoned corporate director and has held board positions with Unilever Tea (Brook Bond Kenya), Institute of Directors Kenya, Internet Corporation of Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), East African Tea Trade Association (EATTA), Ambulance Air Rescue (AAR) Holdings, and Wananchi Group.