Leading the Way in ICT Innovation in Africa: Fiona Asonga

The Information Technology (IT) sector has played a crucial role in driving innovation, transforming industries, and fostering societal development on a global scale. It has revolutionized the way we manage data, communicate, and collaborate across borders. One individual who has significantly contributed to the evolution and impact of the IT sector is Fiona Asonga.

Fiona’s journey from the finance sector to becoming the CEO of TESPOK exemplifies the transformative power of perseverance and dedication. Under Fiona’s leadership, TESPOK has become a trailblazer in advocating for the legal protection of ICT infrastructure and promoting stakeholder satisfaction through multistakeholder engagement. Her focus on diversity and inclusivity has been instrumental in driving transformative change across the continent.

Fiona’s career trajectory into the field of information technology began when she recognized the growing importance of the sector during the Y2K bug scare. She transitioned from a finance background to working as an intern at Seven Seas Technologies, where she honed her skills in Cisco networks and client relationship management. Her journey led her to TESPOK, where she started as an office administrator and eventually rose to the position of CEO.

As the CEO of TESPOK, Fiona is responsible for overseeing the organization’s day-to-day operations, building human capacity, and ensuring statutory compliance. She engages with industry stakeholders to address key policy issues and identifies opportunities and risks arising from ICT policy and regulatory developments in the region. Fiona also focuses on empowering women in STEM fields, advocating for diversity in leadership positions, and fostering stakeholder satisfaction.

Under Fiona’s leadership, TESPOK has been at the forefront of advocating for the legal protection of ICT infrastructure in Kenya. The organization has also been actively involved in cybersecurity efforts to safeguard digital infrastructure and sensitive information. Fiona is committed to representing the private sector in the National Cybersecurity Co-ordination Committee and ensuring multistakeholder collaboration on cybersecurity matters.

Looking ahead, the ICT sector in Kenya is expected to continue evolving in areas such as IPV6 adoption, investments in ICT infrastructure, internet penetration, and innovation. Fiona offers guidance to aspiring tech leaders, emphasizing the importance of self-belief, building a support network, and seeking growth opportunities. She is dedicated to empowering women and youth across the continent, mentoring them to drive innovative solutions and create positive change.

In conclusion, Fiona Asonga’s transformative journey into the field of information technology exemplifies the impact of visionary leadership and dedication in shaping the future of ICT in Kenya and beyond. As she continues to advocate for diversity, inclusivity, and stakeholder satisfaction, Fiona is paving the way for a more inclusive and innovative ICT sector in Africa.