Technology expert Tom Mboya has been named Kenya’s CIO of the year after he trumped his peers at an award ceremony in the country’s coastal city of Mombasa organised by CIO Africa.

Mboya could barely contain his joy at the recognition, stating that it has has been 25 years of hard work in Kenya’s tech ecosystem.

“I have gotten a lot of support. I know people who have previously won the Africa CIO100 Awards and I really respect them,” he noted in his brief thank you speech as he received his award on stage,” he said.

Tom Mboya, who is also Unga Group Plc’s head of ICT thanked all those who voted for him and his colleagues who cheering him on.

“Thanks to my Group MD Nick Hutchinson, our Group Finance Director James and my wife Sylvia Kezengwa who have been very supportive. Many thanks to my very able team current and past, Pauline W. KaranjaOuma RonaldRaymond OsoroBenard NjukiaJoyce RuttoDuncan Aming’a SararaBrian Saa, Dennis Too, Emmanuel Kimathi and our very supportive business users,” he posted on his LinkeIn profile.

Chief guest, Ezra Chiloba, the Director-General at the Communications Authority of Kenya (CA), congratulated the winners stating that “I think it is great to pause and celebrate good leadership in this sector, given its contribution during the global pandemic.” 

He added that he has been contemplating leadership in times of uncertainty as a result of his previous roles, appreciating that it had become clear in the past two years that most organizations’ decisions on COVID-19 were driven by interventions and events that were happening at the global level.

“This is not uncommon for problems that are transboundary in character. And we are likely to see more and more of this. The question is, how will this context shape our leadership decisions?”

The nominees for Africa CIO of the Year included last year’s winner Jaine Mwai, the first woman to ever win the coveted award, Ramakrishna Potluri, Steven Obare, Francis Kamuyu, and Kenneth Ogwang.

“Each year, we have a team of judges from across Africa weighing the applications the CIOs share. We had a total of 450 applications. From this number, we whittle it down and shortlist the top candidates for the awards.

“With this being our 13th year, we are proud to say that we have had the support of the industry, and this is something we want to give back to the hardest working and least recognised members of any organisation – the tech team. Tom Mboya has worked exceptionally hard and deserves this recognition,” said Andrew Karanja, Director, CIO Africa.

The Africa CIO of the Year award is determined by fellow CIOs who assess and deliberate on the most accomplished CIO of that year in a rigorous selection process.

The peer-to-peer recognition is what determines which CIO claims the title, Africa CIO of the Year based on applied technologies that improve the bottom line, set the organization apart from their competitors, offer creative solutions, and save money.

Other big winners of that night were:

  • Manufacturing Sector Award – Dangote Projects Ltd., Nigeria
  • Banking Sector Award – Standard Chartered Bank of Kenya Ltd.
  • Insurance Sector Award – Zep-Re (PTA Reinsurance).
  • Health Sector Awards – M.P. Shah Hospital
  • Public Sector Award – National Social Security Fund (NSSF)
  • Education Sector Award – Moringa School
  • Local Government Sector Award – County Government of Mombasa
  • Hospitality Sector Award – Sarova Hotels & Resorts
  • SACCO Sector Award – Safaricom SACCO Ltd
  • Transport Sector Award – Kenya Airways Plc
  • GreenEdge Award – Uku’hamba Prosthetics & Orthotics (Pty) Ltd
  • Overall Company Winner – British America Tobacco (BAT)
  • CIO of the Year – Tom Mboya – UNGA Holdings Plc
  • Inhouse Solution Award – Unga Group Plc
  • Technology Partner Award – Safaricom PLC
  • Women in Tech Leadership Award – Grace Vihenda, Kenya Airways

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