East Africa


Co-Regional Lead, East Africa (Kenya)
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Patricia has worked across Africa and Europe building international partnerships to help East African startups flourish. She is the Managing Director of GrowthAfrica, which has helped more than 1500 East African businesses scale through mentorship, training, and patient capital. She is an Acumen Fund East Africa Fellow and earned her BBA-Marketing from Makerere University in Uganda and her MBA from Copenhagen Business School in Denmark. Patricia leads and manages all Kenyan SPRING staff, operations, networks, and activities.
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Co-Regional Lead, East Africa (Rwanda)
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Sara Leedom is the COO of African Entrepreneur Collective with 15 years of experience in growing and managing social impact organisations, providing operations and fundraising strategy to growing nonprofits and social enterprises. Sara’s funded early stage tech startups in Ghana via SBS Venture Fund, and has developed affordable housing throughout the US. Former positions include: Interim Executive Director and Director of Strategy for the Level Playing Field Institute in California, MD of Inkomoko Accelerator in Rwanda, and co-chair of the Oxford Business Network for Africa.
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Kevin Thiong’o

Country Manager, Uganda
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Kevin has worked across East and Central Africa supporting the growth of scalable enterprises through acceleration programs, investment-readiness support and access to investments. He is a Growth Catalyst at GrowthAfrica, East Africa’s premier accelerator program that has supported over 1,500 across Kenya, Uganda, Ethiopia, Malawi and Zambia. He is also a Facilitator of the Malawi Growth Accelerator program, an initiative of UNDP supporting the growth and scale of Malawian ventures. Kevin has years of experience in management consulting and is the consulting Co-Founder at Bloom Insight Ltd
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Sylvie Richard Kinabo

Country Manager, Kenya and Ethiopia
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As  the Country Manager for Ethiopia and Kenya, Sylvie works towards ensuring smooth operations within three departments: programme recruitment, programme events and logistics. She is also a Programme Support Lead at GrowthAfrica – a leading acceleration and growth partner for African entrepreneurs. Prior to that, she worked with UK based law firms and joined United Nations Tribunal for Former Yugoslavia (ICTY) in the The Hague from 2010 to 2012 to work the defence teams on the re-trial of the former Kosovo Prime Minister Ramush Haradinaj, Idris Balaj and Lahi Brahimaj.
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Rizwaan Khambata

Country Manager, Rwanda & Tanzania
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Rizwaan Khambata works with SPRING’s Tanzania and Rwanda businesses as they built their prototypes, explore investment opportunities and grow. He also works with The Next Economy program, supporting business incubators and accelerators across Africa to develop strategy and programs that are community-based and increasingly sustainable. Rizwaan has worked on diverse economic development and civil society initiatives with partners such as Oxfam-Novib, Cordaid, AKF, VC4Africa and Civic.co