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Communications Manager, IBM, West, Eastern & Central Africa
2018 Africa Youth Awards Winner
Leaders of the Year

Elizabeth (Lizz) Ntonjira is currently the IBM Communication Manager for Central, East and West Africa leading external communication activities supporting business issues of major consequence to IBM and the business units in 25 sub-Saharan countries as well as acting in a consulting capacity, providing communication advice and counsel to executive line management. She is a strategic communications specialist and has a vast experience managing and overseeing, external relations, stakeholder engagement, digital innovation, integrated communications & public relations, marketing, media relations and journalism practice, public policy and business strategy; experience she has gained within a number of roles in the public, private and international development sectors spanning over 10 years. In her current capacity, she is tasked with developing communication plans and strategies, collaborate on messaging architecture that helps IBM’s mission, and help arm the sales and business partner organizations with messages and success stories that promote IBM’s leadership in Sub-Saharan Africa. She was recently awarded ‘International Woman in Tech’ in the prestigious Women4Africa Awards that took place in Kensington, London on the 19th of May, 2018. She was also awarded the ‘IBM Smart Communicator Award’ for World Class Media Relations and exemplary communications work in Middle East and Africa in June, 2018.

Prior to IBM, Lizz was the Communications, Campaigns and Outreach Manager for an NGO where she managed and coordinated communication, campaigns and outreach programs across 16 countries in Africa. She has also worked for a USAID funded project where she implemented networking and communications strategies to facilitate policy development and learning in the East and Southern Africa region. Lizz also worked as a prime time news anchor and show host for NTV, Nation Media Group, which is the largest media house in East and Central Africa. During her tenure at the TV station, she was awarded the Best TV Reporter on Gender and Development issues by the United Nations Population Fund Awards, 2012. She is also a recipient of former US President Barack Obama’s Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders (2015).

She holds a Bachelor Degree in Law from the Catholic University of Eastern Africa, a Post Graduate Professional Diploma in Public Relations (Chartered PR Practitioner) from the Chartered Institute of Public Relations and she is currently awaiting graduation on her Master’s Degree in Public Policy and Management from Strathmore Business School. She is also Public Policy Management Fellow from Virginia Commonwealth University in Virginia (USA).