BRIAN ODHIAMBO – Associate, Novastar Ventures

Brian Odhiambo is an honours graduate from Yale University with degrees in Political Science and...


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Brian Odhiambo NovastarBrian Odhiambo is an honours graduate from Yale University with degrees in Political Science and African Studies. A week after graduation, he joined the management team that started Jumia, a leading and award-winning e-commerce platform across Africa. He headed the general merchandise department of the business and helped grow profits across product categories month on month.

Brian then moved to Zambia to co-found Zamsolar, a last-mile distribution company focused on creating employment and delivering energy solutions to poor populations in Zambia. Brian grew the company’s national branch network from 1 to 10 branches and recruited and managed a staff of 20 full-time and 400 part-time personnel. With this team, monthly revenues grew from $3000 per month to $40,000 per month in the company’s first year.

Most recently, Brian was the Operations Director at LivelyHoods, a last-mile distribution social enterprise in Nairobi. While there, he led the startup’s growth from 1 to 4 branches in Nairobi and doubled annual revenues to over $100k in 2014.

Brian is a winner of several fellowships and has been featured in the Huffington Post, Fair Observer, Yale Daily News, Yale Monthly Magazine, Ayiba Magazine among others. When not working, Brian enjoys motorcycles and political satire. Brian will be speaking about this entrepreneurial journey at the AfricaTalentbank.com (ATB) Entrepreneur Bootcamp on Friday, 31 July 2015 (8.30am to 4pm), New Hall, St Andrews Church, State House Rd. EVERYONE welcome. Click link for details incl. tickets: http://goo.gl/W8F0lI

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