Gikandi is an experienced Information Communication and Technology (ICT) expert and the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of a company called Africa’s Talking.
The objective of Gikandi's company is to unlock the huge potential of mobile communication networks in Africa by simplifying the technologies and processes needed to exploit them.
So far, his firm has enabled thousands of ordinary Kenyans to build superior customer engagement experiences by easing the complexity which comes when people have a direct working relationship with mobile operators.
He believes that with easier access to telecommunication infrastructure, developers can employ powerful SMS, USSD and Airtime Application Programming Interfaces (APIs) to bring ideas to life, as they sustain and build scalable businesses.
Gikandi has partnered with a number of corporations in Africa, including Tala, Branch, Jumo and Echo Mobile.
Samuel, who holds a bachelor's degree in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) is currently the non-executive director of Stanbic Bank.