John Matogo is the Global University Programs Leader for International Business Machines Corporation (IBM), Africa. John joined IBM in Sept 2014, bringing with him vast experience from the academic community in East Africa. His role involves leading IBM academic programs with universities in countries in the Sub-Saharan African region.
John has been instrumental in forging collaborations for IBM with numerous institutions of higher education and ministries of education in the African region. The outcome of the programs initiated so far includes having over 1000 certifications and over 5000 trained students and faculty members on the new and emerging technologies, including cloud computing, artificial intelligence, quantum computing, Internet of Things, data science, cybersecurity, and many more.
Before joining IBM, John was the founding Manager of @iBizAfrica, the Business Incubator and Innovation Center at Strathmore University, and a faculty member in the Faculty of Information Technology at the same institution, teaching software engineering and computing courses. He was instrumental in coordinating the first-ever e-readiness survey of over 50 universities in East Africa while working with Kenya Education Network Trust (KENET). He is interested in the application of technology in educational environments and developing digital skills among young professionals. His research interests include ICTs in education, ICT4D, Free & Open source software, and Innovation & entrepreneurship.
His contribution to the local technology community was recognized at the iHub Tech Community Award ceremony on 8th March 2015.
Matogo is an active volunteer with IEEE in Region 8 (EMEA region) and is serving as the current Chair for the Action for Industry sub-committee in Region 8. (EMEA region). He served as Chair for the IEEE Kenya Section 2014-2015. John is a former board member of AfriLabs (2012-2015), which is the umbrella body for innovation hubs on the African continent.