Jyoti Murkhejee, CEO Software Technologies has won the Ernest and Young (EY) Entrepreneur of the Year 2013 Awards in the Emerging category at a regional ceremony.
Mrs Murkhejee is among three women who won the awards in the different categories in last year’s awards. The other two include Jennifer Riria, CEO of Kenya Women Finance Holding and Prof Olive Mugenda, the Vice-Chancellor of Kenyatta University, who were awarded in the Master and Lifetime Achievement categories respectively.
“The three of us had equal chances but I’m humbled to carry the day,” said Murkhejee during the ceremony
Ms Mukherjee founded Software Technologies Ltd (STL) in 1991. As the Group CEO, she has paved the way for the company’s continuous growth with plans to expand in east Africa and Middle East.
STL today has over 150 corporations in East Africa as its clients, making Mukherjee one of the few women who have founded and run big technology firms in the region.
Mukherjee has steered STL from humble beginnings with just five employees to one of the largest software houses in eastern Africa with a presence in countries such as Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Zambia, Nigeria, Ethiopia, India and the United Arab Emirates.
In 2007 she was recognised as the Top ICT Businesswoman in Africa at the African ICT Achievers Awards. Mukherjee also founded the Institute of Software Technologies (IST), a fully fledged ICT training institute that provides education for IT professionals, developers and business analysts.