Sheilah Birgen


Sheilah’s work in Kenya and across Africa includes co-creating digital policies, enabling the growth of startups and small and medium-sized enterprises (SME), and convening communities and entrepreneurs. She is the CEO of The CoRD, an innovation ecosystem building, policy creation, and advocacy agency based in Nairobi. Sheilah also serves on several international boards such as the Global Innovation Gathering, Africa Innovation Policy Task Force (AIPTF), the Vice Chair of the Association of Startups, and SME Enablers of Kenya (ASSEK). She has worked with over 1,000 entrepreneurs across the African continent. Sheilah often guest lectures on entrepreneurship and holds a Master of Business Administration in Social Entrepreneurship.