Marc Mcilhone

Marc Mcilhone is AfricanBrains' Editor - sourcing news and features content and overseeing the work of the site’s contributors. Marc’s work is informed by his technical background in architecture having worked for some of the UK’s leading practices on projects within the education, healthcare and housing sectors. Marc has a particular interest in how African innovators are creating sustainable solutions that have a positive impact on people’s everyday lives. Please email press releases and news to:

Airbnb CEO Brian Chesky Attends Global Entrepreneurial Summit in Nairobi with Presidents Obama and Kenyatta


Home Sharing Company Plans to Expand Further Across African Continent. Airbnb (, the world’s leading community-driven hospitality company, announced that its CEO, Brian Chesky will attend GES 2015 today to meet with entrepreneurs from around the world and explore the sharing economy’s impact and expansion, particularly on the African continent – which represents a huge opportunity for the company. In ...

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Stage set for growth in Tanzania

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Business Connexion positive about untapped opportunities. Tanzania has tremendous untapped potential. According to the World Bank, the economy is set to grow by an estimated 7.2% this year and the government’s significant investment in the national fibre optic cable increases business and citizen access to technology creating opportunities to leapfrog technologies. Together with the emergence of disruptive technologies, the stage ...

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GEN, Entrepreneurs’ Organization, Elumelu Foundation Join Forces to Spark Global Entrepreneurship

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An impressive collection of organizations have come together to answer President Barack Obama’s call at the Global Entrepreneurship Summit yesterday in Nairobi, Kenya, to advance entrepreneurship and economic growth around the world. Representatives of the Global Entrepreneurship Network (GEN), Entrepreneurs’ Organization (EO) and Tony Elumelu Foundation (TEF) participated in a formal signing ceremony at the Summit, committing to lead the ...

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Windows 10 available in 190 countries as a free upgrade

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— People and organizations can do great things with Cortana, Microsoft Edge, Xbox App, new Office Universal apps and more Microsoft Corp. announced that Windows 10 will become available Wednesday as a free upgrade1 or with new PCs and tablets. Windows 10 includes innovations such as Cortana,2 an Xbox app and Microsoft Edge for a familiar, yet more personal and ...

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GE and Partners Announce New Renewable Energy Project to Boost Kenya’s Power Grid


Project follows a successful run of more than $2.5 billion worth of booked orders across Africa in the last year • 100MW wind farm near Nairobi will contribute to installed energy capacity in Kenya • $2.5 billion in new orders serve transport, aviation, healthcare and energy sectors • Deal lands as GE makes substantial progress on its 2014 commitment to ...

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XIV World Forestry Congress Durban, South Africa, 7–11 September 2015


XIV World Forestry Congress Durban, South Africa, 7–11 September 2015 / Vision 2050 for forests and forestry –Launch of Global Forest Resources Assessment 2015 The need for governments, civil society and the private sector to boost investment in forests as a key to sustainable development will be the focus of the XIV World Forestry Congress taking place in Durban, South ...

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Orange increases its interest in the Moroccan operator Méditel with the acquisition of an additional 9% of its capital


Orange now holds 49% of Méditel’s share capital. Fipar-Holding (the Moroccan Caisse de Dépôt et de Gestion group), FinanceCom and Orange signed the final documentation today increasing Orange’s interest in Méditel, the Moroccan telecommunications operator, in application of the agreements they signed in December 2010. Through this transaction, Orange ( has acquired an additional 9% of Méditel’s capital and benefits ...

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Advanced technology increasingly shaping Africa’s financial sector

Sumesh Rahavendra, Vice President of Sales for DHL Express Sub Saharan Africa

The African financial services industry is rapidly evolving as a result of advancing technology which is fueling innovation and growth in the sector. While the sector is mature in most developed countries, it is less saturated in Africa, therefore offering many opportunities for new market entrants to challenge the status quo of how business has traditionally been conducted. This is ...

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GE Africa and Gearbox announce plans to launch GE Garages for technology skills acquisition


To work with Seven Seas Technologies, University of Nairobi and Technical University of Kenya. • The GE Garages – Nairobi skills building program will bring together partners from academia and private sector including Gearbox, University of Nairobi, Technical University of Kenya and Seven Seas Technologies to support sustainable skills and job growth in Kenya • GE Garages and local shared ...

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BOAD plans to raise USD 500 million in international markets in the final quarter of 2015

Christian ADOVELANDE, Président de la BOAD

Mr Christian Adovelande, President of the West African Development Bank (Banque Ouest Africaine de Developpement, BOAD) (, held a press conference at the BOAD headquarters in Lomé, which was attended by approximately thirty journalists representing both public and private media of WAEMU states (West African Economic and Monetary Union) as well as the international media. Discussions focused on BOAD ambitions ...

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