Martin Mbaya's Profile


Massachusetts Institute of Technology


Nairobi Capital

Job Title

Co-Founder and Director





Martin Mbaya is one of the Co-Founders of AITI (the precursor to MIT Global Startup Labs). He currently focuses on the long term financial and organizational sustainability of GSL in collaboration with various partners. He also works closely with university partners, corporate partners, students, alumni and emerging entrepreneurs with a focus on developing the IT, innovation and capital clusters in the respective countries and regions where GSL is involved. Martin is a Co-Founder and Director of Nairobi Capital, Inc. a global mobile money financial intermediary with operations in Kenya offering working capital solutions and business know how to small businesses and individuals in Africa. He also serves as an advisor to Maurice + Fischer and the BeeClan Group. He holds degrees in engineering from MIT and public policy with a concentration in international trade and finance from Harvard. He is also a member of the MOC (Microeconomics of Competitiveness) network based at Harvard's Institute for Strategy and Competitiveness. Over the past decade and a half, Martin has worked in strategy, operations, technology consulting, higher education and finance primarily in Africa, America and Asia.

Technical Lead Instructor

Kenya Summer 2000