Primary Role
Managing Partner at Savannah Fund
University of Bristol

Person Details


Mbwana is the Managing Partner of Savannah Fund.

Hehas worked in a variety of roles in Silicon Valley, UK and Africa from startups to corporations, most recently as a Entrepreneur in Residence EIR at i/o ventures where he founded Savannah Fund.

Mbwana has worked as an aerospace systems engineer & software developer at QinetiQ (formerly the UK’s Defense Evaluation Research Agency) in flight testing with clients such as Airbus. He has also served a Product Manager in the Microsoft Office and Business Intelligence Group responsible for Excel and Access product line. He has since worked and advised at 2 US startups in social networking & gaming (AppPrizes and PixPulse) and worked as a founder of the first East Africa online travel portal, Yellowmasai.

In Africa, he is an advisor and blogger/author at, a technology innovations media company focusing on Africa and was an advisor of the Dar es Salaam Teknohama Business Incubator via the President’s Office. He was accepted to the Kauffman Foundation Global Partners program in 2012.

He has a bachelor’s degree in Electrical & Communications Engineering from the University of Bristol, and an MBA from Stanford (2007).

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