Women Who Build Africa is an intentional community designed to bring together women and non-binary people across Africa's tech space with a goal of enabling them to build better. Born out of a need we identified for a central community like this one, we facilitate spaces and opportunities for underrepresented groups across the continent (and beyond) to meet, share ideas, learn and connect.

Women Who Build Africa also aims to make meaningful space for the outstanding junior women we work with to nurture the next generation of talent.

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Thea Sokolowski

Head of Marketing & Communications


(Nairobi/Cape Town)

Thea has nearly a decade of experience advising early-stage tech startups in Africa on business and marketing strategies and currently leads marketing and communications at fintech Stitch.

She’s worked across the investment and consulting space, as well as within tech businesses, with inclusive fintech accelerator Catalyst Fund, entrepreneurial training program and incubator MEST Africa and global SaaS firm Meltwater.

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Gwera Kiwana

Founder in Residence: Crypto
MFS Africa


Gwera is the Founder in Residence for Crypto at regional payments giant, MFS Africa.  She has spent almost a decade building and scaling fintechs across the globe ranging from startup, to enterprise. Gwera is recognised as a Rising Star on the Innovate Finance Women in FinTech Power List. 

She's is currently very focused and involved in building diverse teams for fintechs and institutional crypto firms to propel the future of Africa’s web3.


  • > 350 members 
  • 33%+ are senior leaders (C-level, directors)
  • Members include founders, operators and investors focused on building in Africa
  • Events held in Nairobi, Cape Town and Accra with more to come!
  • Members who are thought leaders contribute to our newsletter

What we do

  • In person & virtual events  
  • Special invite-only events
  • Job board
  • Intra-community advisory
  • Monthly newsletter
  • Pitch Reviews 
  • Investor introductions 
  • Mentor-mentee connections
  • Demo day