Nairobi, Monday, November 15th, 2021: The Konza Technopolis Development Authority (KoTDA) has embarked on a series of engagements with the T.D. Jakes Foundation, in a move that will see the Authority tap into a global partnership network that will propel the Technopolis forward.

Speaking shortly after the inaugural meeting, KoTDA Chief Executive Officer, Eng. John Tanui termed the engagement as successful, saying it marked the start of the building of a deeper relationship between the Authority and the T.D. Jakes Foundation.

Eng. Tanui said, “We are looking at deepening our engagement with the T.D. Jakes Foundation through quarterly meetings that will help build our relationship towards a long-term partnership in the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics (STEAM).”

STEAM represents one of the fastest-growing and highest-paid job sectors in the world.

“Through this engagement, we at Konza Technopolis are looking forward to being a platform that will not only impact Kenya but the rest of the world.” Eng. Tanui added.
On her part, the President and CEO of the T.D. Jakes Foundation, Hattie Hill said the Foundation will focus on building its relationship with Konza Technopolis with a view to supporting the Technopolis’ exposure to a global audience through film.

“We look forward to not only building a great relationship with Konza Technopolis Development Authority but also helping the Technopolis get the exposure it requires globally.
“In addition to film, we hope to stimulate interest in Kenya’s natural product sectors which include Kenya’s world-renown tourism product.” The T.D. Foundation CEO added.
Speaking virtually from Dallas, Texas, Bishop T.D. Jakes described Kenya as a best kept secret that needs to be explored, adding that film is an opportunity to help stimulate conversations and shape the narrative around Kenya’s opportunities.

The first roundtable meeting, which was held both virtually and physically at the Konza Complex, was also attended by the ICT, Innovation and Youth Affairs Cabinet Secretary, Joe Mucheru, the Chairman of the T.D. Jakes Foundation, Bishop T.D. Jakes. A cross-section of leaders from across Kenya’s business community and the academia also attended the event. They included KCB Group CEO, Joshua Oigara, National Commission for Science, Technology and Innovation (NACOSTI) Director-General Professor Walter Oyawa and Dedan Kimathi University of Technology Vice-Chancellor, Professor Ndirangu Kioni.

The T.D. Jakes Foundation is a workforce development and community building foundation that is committed to building bridges to opportunity in the United States of America and around the world.


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