Murendeni Mafumo

Murendeni is a water scientist with 10 years experience working within the water and sanitation sector. He is a YALE University Mandela Washington Fellow, 2014. He started off working within the City of Cape Town as a water scientist, looking at developing systems for a city that only receives winter rains. Murendeni worked as part of a team of scientists in design and monitoring water treatment systems for the City of Cape Town . He studied chemistry at the Cape Peninsula University of Technology, and is currently founder of Kusini Water. Kusini Water has developed a mobile solar powered water system for water treatment. The system uses off-waste Macadamia nut shells as Activated Carbon and a locally produced membrane to produce more water using renewable energy than the current best practice of Reverse Osmosis. He sees Kusini Water as a private water utility company working within communities to significantly improve access to drinking water.

Adetayo Bamiduro

Adetayo Bamiduro is the Cofounder and CEO of Metro Africa Xpress (MAX) – a last-mile delivery platform that uses proprietary apps, maps and motorcycles to provide express delivery to retailers in Africa.

 

Adetayo graduated top 2% in his Computer Science Class at the University of Ibadan and earned his MBA from 2 of the world’s most prestigious institutions – MIT in the USA and London Business School in the UK. Before founding MAX, Adetayo worked as a Developer, Product Manager and Management Consultant across 4 continents for global companies such as PwC, Shell and Dalberg.

 

During his MBA program, Adetayo was awarded the MIT Legatum and MasterCard Fellowships to develop MAX. After graduating in summer 2015, Adetayo launched MAX and immediately led his team to remarkable success. Within 3 months, MAX grew 1500% and signed up over 100 retailers including Jumia.com.

 

In September 2015, MAX became the first startup from Africa to join the exclusive Techstars New York Startup Accelerator Program. By December 2015, MAX had set another record as the 1st technology startup from Africa to win 1st runner-up at Techcrunch Disrupt Startup Battlefield in London.

 

MAX is on a mission to fix Africa’s broken urban delivery and transport system using proprietary apps that connect independent drivers to businesses and consumers in real-time. MAX clocked 20,000 deliveries in July 2016 and is on its way to becoming Africa’s No 1 Urban Transport Network.