Sera Afrika is committed to achieving positive impact for current and future generations by influencing the development and implementation of responsible research-backed policies and programmes. We do this to secure the sustainability of the economic and social development of Africa. We are proud proponents of African innovation for African solutions to Africa's problems. The Sera Afrika team has over 70 years' combined experience in technology, sustainable development, policy, and legal contexts. We are conversant with facilitating innovation and impacting growth in a plethora of organisations—from start-ups to large multi-nationals and governments—across varied sectors and geographies. Sera Afrika offers insight on the creation and augmentation of multi-lateral partnerships that drive sustainable and inclusive development. Through our seasoned and highly dexterous team, we partner with our clients and pertinent stakeholders to deliver data-driven policy solutions that actualise Africa's potential.
Our Leadership Team
Louis Onyango OtienoChairman
Louis provides strategic leadership to the Sera team. With over 30 years' experience as a technology and business leader, Louis has accrued a unique set of experiences from the public and private sectors in the US and Africa. He drove vision and business growth for Microsoft where he held various senior roles and played a key role in the establishment of Microsoft 4Afrika as a founder Director. Louis has served as ICT advisor to the Presidents of Tanzania, Uganda, and Mozambique. He has also served on the boards of Kenya’s Vision 2030, Enablis East Africa, Red Media (Nigeria) and the COMESA Business Council. Louis currently sits on the Nation Media Group PLC and Absa Asset Management (K) Ltd boards where he provides guidance on digital transformation.
Kate KrukielManaging Director
Kate drives the strategy, operations, and delivery of the Sera Afrika team. She served as the United Nations Director for Microsoft and worked heavily in the Middle East and Africa, breaking down social, political, and language barriers to create lasting change in emerging markets. She has over 20 years' experience building solutions, teams, and business models to spur social and economic development. Kate brings expertise in the creation of sustainable partnerships between government, private sector and the UN/NGO world which are critical to the successful development of Africa.
Teki Akuetteh FalconerDirector
Teki has over 15 years' experience in ICT law, policy, and data governance garnered in legislative, regulatory and executive roles she has held in the private, public and civil society sectors. She served as an ICT Legal Expert in Ghana’s Ministry of Communications, a member of the Board of the Postal and Courier Services Regulatory Commission, Secretary to the Ministerial Advisory Committee to Ghana’s Ministry of Communication and the first Executive Director of the Data Protection Commission of Ghana. Teki was appointed as Co-Chair to the Common Thread Network; and served as advisor of the 40th International Conference of Data Protection and Privacy and a member of the Taskforce on Privacy and Medical Data to the UN Special Rapporteur on Privacy. She is the International Bar Association’s Communications Law Committee’s Publications and Africa Liaison Officer. Teki is currently a Senior Partner at Nsiah Akuetteh & Co., the Founder and Executive Director of Africa Digital Rights Hub, a member of the UN Global Pulse Advisory Group, and a non-resident fellow at the Centre for Global Development.
Elisa is a healthcare policy leader and public health expert with over 20 years’ experience in organisational management, strategic leadership, business development, and consensus-building in both the United States and Africa. She is the former Senior Vice President, Quality Measurement, of the National Quality Forum—a not-for-profit organisation that works to catalyse healthcare improvements in the US through evidence-based standards, public-private partnerships, consensus building, and quality measurement and reporting. Elisa is currently the global public health consultant for the Health and Rights Education Programme (HREP), Malawi, playing a pivotal role in ensuring community health advocacy and better integration and equitable delivery of community health services throughout Malawi. She also advises HREP leadership and the responses to emerging public health issues by the Community Health Ambassador of the Malawian Ministry of Health. Elisa’s research and policy interests include health systems financing and regulatory policy, population health, infectious diseases, maternal and child health, and health equity. She has served on several professional and volunteer expert panels and boards.
Peter has more than 10 years’ experience providing advisory services to private and public sector players in Australia, the United States, Southeast Asia, Europe, and Africa. He has advised on a range of issues in governance, extractives, environmental management, and global energy governance. His experience in impact projects has seen him manage over eighteen million US Dollars in development funding and research grants since 2011. These includes projects with BHP, Rio Tinto, ADB, UN, Microsoft, and the Australian, Belgian, Swiss, and Dutch governments. More recently, he held an advisory role to the World Energy Council on Sub-Saharan Africa policies, where he played a critical part in initiating and negotiating the Council’s 2018 partnership agreement with COMESA.