Class of 2014 alumna named to Forbes Top 30 under 30 list
Ms. Esther Lugoe – Mengi (Co-founder Serensic Africa) named to Forbes Top 30 under 30 list.
Twenty six year old Esther Lugoe - Mengi (IST, ’14) has been listed by Forbes Africa in their annual list of the 30 Most Influential Young Entrepreneurs in Africa under the age of 30. Mrs. Mengi and her husband Benson, are founders of one of Tanzania’s leading indigenous cyber security and software development companies - Serensic Africa. The company offers cyber security, software solutions and general IT consultancy services.
“I could not be where I am without USIU-Africa especially my lecturer, Mr. Dalton Ndirangu (Lecturer of Information Systems and Technology), who played a huge role in inspiring me to achieve my dreams. I am forever grateful to him for giving me the push I needed,” she said.
Some of Serensic’s blue chip clients include IPP Media Group (Tanzania’s largest media house), multinationals (Coca Cola) and the United Nations.
In its sixth year, the annual list has become according to Forbes, “an influential and definitive guide to the most exceptional young innovators and entrepreneurial leaders who are building the companies that will rewrite Africa’s future.”
The final list was compiled from over 250 entries received from 23 African countries - African entrepreneurs who have not just created a product or service that is filling a critical need, but are also ethically and socially responsible.
Mrs. Mengi, is not the first alumna to make it to the list – that honor belongs to Ms. Hellen Dausen (IBA, 2010). She was included the 2016 edition of the Forbes Africa Top 30 under 30 list as founder and organic skincare formulator of the two-year old Nuya's Essence; a natural bath & body care company based in Zanzibar, Tanzania.
During her undergraduate career at USIU-Africa, 29-year old won the 2007 edition of Ms. USIU, went on to win the 2010 Ms. University Tanzania crown and thus represented her country at Miss Universe finals later that year.
- Written by Jackie Chirchir and Dan Muchai