Mbwana Alliy is the founder and managing partner at Savannah Fund, an Africa focused Technology Venture Capital fund that runs both an accelerator and seed investments in e-commerce, gaming, education technology and social networking. As of 2014, he has overseen 15 investments in Africa in 5 countries (Kenya, Uganda, South Africa, Nigeria and Ghana). These companies, most less than 2 years old have generated over 145 full time jobs. Mbwana also advises Golden Gate Ventures, a South East Asia VC fund with $60M under management. He is passionate about product development and launching new ventures in technology. He is an experienced Product Manager within consumer web, enterprise Software & SaaS. He is originally from Tanzania and has lived and worked in 3 continents (USA, Europe and Africa). He has a Bachelor's Engineering degree from Bristol University and an MBA from Stanford Graduate school of Business.
Before returning to East Africa and founding Savannah Fund, Mbwana started his career working in military flight testing at QinetiQ, once a UK Government defense research organization as a systems engineer and software developer and most recently working as a Product Manager in the Office and Business Intelligence Group covering products inc. Groove Excel, Excel Services and Access at Microsoft. He later went on to co-found Tanzania's first ecommerce travel portal, YellowMasai.com and then worked as an Entrepreneur in Residence (EIR) at i/o ventures- a silicon valley based accelerator and seed fund.
Mbwana enjoys blogging about technology in Africa whenever he can to tell the truth (not hype about Africa's technology revolution- journalists BEWARE!)
His passions include Travel and Photography, hiking, snowboarding and has recently gotten back into coding on ruby on rails and working on a few web and mobile side projects. One of them is trying to improve the safety in Tanzania's Ferry system, Usizame via a mobile application.