Chris Carroll: Director
Chris has spent his time trying to combat sources of oppression and inequality. This pursuit has led Chris throughout the U.S., Europe, and Middle East working in counterterrorism, counter-human trafficking, and venture capital.
Barrett Nash: Board Member
The cofounder and CEO of SafeMotos, Nash has been involved with startups since he was seventeen years old, when he was hired as the original employee of Shearwater Research, a Canadian diving computer company. Since then he has worked as a team member or advisor to more than ten startups in five countries.
As a Canadian with more than ten years experience in Africa, Nash understands the continent intimately. He originally came to Rwanda in 2011 to work with MIT Media Lab’s One Laptop Per Child programme, which Rwanda was the biggest deployment in Africa.
Nash’s projects have won him East Africa’s PIVOT East founders award, the Boston Lean Startup Challenge Pivot of Excellence and he has been a finalist in both MIT’s Global IDEAS Challenge and MIT’s 100K pitch challenge.
Thomas C. Barry: Board Member
Tom is the President and Chief Executive Officer of Zephyr Management, L.P., an investment management company which he founded in 1994. Zephyr has sponsored twenty two specialized investment funds with approximately US $2 billion in committed capital. Zephyr’s private equity funds have invested in Mexico, South Korea, Sri Lanka, Africa, and India. Zephyr also has sponsored marketable securities funds that invested in the stock markets of developing countries.
Peter Kariuki: Adviser
The CTO and cofounder of SafeMotos, Peter is one of Africa’s best software developers. Born to a farming family in the town of Engineer in Kenya, his first brush with a computer was a cousin sharing with him his computer science homework at age 12; afterwards, Peter promptly went to an internet cafe where he printed more than 200 pages of C++ documentation, was beaten by the cafe owner when he couldn’t pay, and went on to teach himself to code. He was ranked number one in computer science in Kenya in his final year of high school.
Since then Peter has worked with some of Africa’s premier large technology companies such as Techno Brain, but has felt more at home at startups including Innovys, a bus ticketing startup which brought him to Rwanda in 2011.
Peter’s projects have won him East Africa’s PIVOT East founders award and he is often featured in international media and conference panels for both his personal story of learning how to code and for his deep technical knowledge of software engineering.