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We are Africa AI

Company values

We move quickly. We drive results with limited resources. We aren’t afraid to correct course if something isn’t working.

Teke teke is a Sheng adverb, a dialect of Swahili spoken by urban youth. It comes from the noun “Mateke” which literally translates to "a kick". When you've been told to do something "teke teke", It means to move fast and accomplish tasks with urgency.

We value long-term growth over short-term gains, and we have the resilience to make it happen. We overcome adversity together.

Uvumulivu is a Kiswahili noun which means patience. Its connotation is that if you are patient and trust that the outcome will be good, then you will achieve your goals and reach where you are going.

To build a world-class team, we give workers top-tier training to deliver the best product. This is how we win the hearts of our clients.

Mali Safi is from Sheng, a dialect of Kiswahili spoken by urban youth. It translates to “Good Property.” It refers to anything that is of excellent quality. For example, you can commonly hear it from a proud, second-hand clothes shop owner describing his clothes.

We don't just show up. We drive consistent results everyday. We build trust by following through and meeting deadlines.

Wale wasee is from Sheng, a dialect of Kiswahili spoken by urban youth. It literally translates to “We are those guys”, and connotes someone that commands respect because they are reliable, and will always hack a solution to deliver on what they promised. “Guys” also has the connotation of very fond colleagues, and people you can trust.

We put people first. We uplift our local communities by nourishing mutual respect and creating shared value.

Twatunza is from the Kiswahili verb “Kutunza”, which means "to care for". Its conjugation translates to “We care”, and it means all of us are caring for each other with purpose and intention.

Leadership

Vassia Daskalakis

CEO & CO-FOUNDER

John Mucoki

CDO & CO-FOUNDER

Evan McElwain

COO & CO-FOUNDER

Ken Wairagu

VP OF DELIVERY

Matthew McMullen

VP OF SALES

Vassia Daskalakis

CEO & CO-FOUNDER

Vas is a former JPM Investment Banker who moved from New York to Nairobi to raise capital for startups & SMEs across East Africa with investment advisor, I-DEV International. She subsequently built up an early stage ed-tech startup as Growth Manager, helping to refine their model to achieve product-market fit for Pan-African expansion. Africa AI Labs developed organically from her work at a Kiambu orphanage to stop high school graduated orphans from returning to the slums from which they were rescued.

John Mucoki

CDO & CO-FOUNDER

John Mucoki has been championing and representing underserved Kenyan communities with his healthcare & fundraising expertise for 8+ years. As program manager and healthcare provider for a Kiambu orphanage, he fundraised for the orphanage to triple its size while zeroing child mortality rates. At that point, he started an ICT training program for high school students at the orphanage, which ultimately developed into Africa AI Labs.

Evan McElwain

COO & CO-FOUNDER

Evan is a former JPM stock broker who spent the last six years in the NYC startup ecosystem across a variety of roles at a VC and VC-backed startup. Most recently, Evan was the Director of Growth at Bowery Capital where he worked with seed-stage founders on their sales, marketing, and customer success strategies. Previously, Evan built a GTM team as the Director of Strategic Partnerships at Rocketrip, a Series C travel tech startup.

Ken Wairagu

VP OF DELIVERY

Ken is an impact-driven, service delivery professional with a career building out Business Process Outsourcing workforces. Most recently, Ken led the client services delivery team at Samasource Nairobi as Director of Service Delivery. Over 6 years, he helped grow Samasource from 30 agents to 3,000 agents. Prior to that, he was the Service Quality and Delivery Manager at Horizon Contact Centers, and the Head of Recruitment and Learning & Development at KenCall.

Matthew McMullen

VP OF SALES

For over 15 years, Matthew has directed commercial strategy and execution for high growth companies. With a passion of equal parts, profit and purpose, Matthew has served as a Board Member, Advisor and Executive tackling important challenges with companies like CloudFactory, Driver Technologies, MindSumo and IngeniousIO. Matthew began his career as the Principal of Trans National Holding Company, where he was in charge transforming acquired companies into investments. Over the years, Matthew’s efforts have led to 8 rounds of capital raises and 11 exits.

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Vassia Daskalakis

CEO & CO-FOUNDER

Vas is a former JPM Investment Banker who moved from New York to Nairobi to raise capital for startups & SMEs across East Africa with investment advisor, I-DEV International. She subsequently built up an early stage ed-tech startup as Growth Manager, helping to refine their model to achieve product-market fit for Pan-African expansion. Africa AI Labs developed organically from her work at a Kiambu orphanage to stop high school graduated orphans from returning to the slums from which they were rescued.

John Mucoki

CDO & CO-FOUNDER

John Mucoki has been championing and representing underserved Kenyan communities with his healthcare & fundraising expertise for 8+ years. As program manager and healthcare provider for a Kiambu orphanage, he fundraised for the orphanage to triple its size while zeroing child mortality rates. At that point, he started an ICT training program for high school students at the orphanage, which ultimately developed into Africa AI Labs.

Evan McElwain

COO & CO-FOUNDER

Evan is a former JPM stock broker who spent the last six years in the NYC startup ecosystem across a variety of roles at a VC and VC-backed startup. Most recently, Evan was the Director of Growth at Bowery Capital where he worked with seed-stage founders on their sales, marketing, and customer success strategies. Previously, Evan built a GTM team as the Director of Strategic Partnerships at Rocketrip, a Series C travel tech startup.

Ken Wairagu

VP OF DELIVERY

Ken is an impact-driven, service delivery professional with a career building out Business Process Outsourcing workforces. Most recently, Ken led the client services delivery team at Samasource Nairobi as Director of Service Delivery. Over 6 years, he helped grow Samasource from 30 agents to 3,000 agents. Prior to that, he was the Service Quality and Delivery Manager at Horizon Contact Centers, and the Head of Recruitment and Learning & Development at KenCall.

Matthew McMullen

VP OF SALES

For over 15 years, Matthew has directed commercial strategy and execution for high growth companies. With a passion of equal parts, profit and purpose, Matthew has served as a Board Member, Advisor and Executive tackling important challenges with companies like CloudFactory, Driver Technologies, MindSumo and IngeniousIO. Matthew began his career as the Principal of Trans National Holding Company, where he was in charge transforming acquired companies into investments. Over the years, Matthew’s efforts have led to 8 rounds of capital raises and 11 exits.