Jacobs Ladder Africa


Bilha Ndirangu

Co-Founder, Jacob’s Ladder Africa

Bilha Ndirangu is the CEO of Great Carbon Valley.  GCV is a systems integrator and project development venture working to harness the abundant resources of the Great Rift Valley towards the global decarbonization efforts by developing large scale green industry and technical removals projects. She is also the co-founder of Jacob’s Ladder Africa, a non-profit with a particular focus on climate action and green workforce preparation. In this and other roles, she is at the intersection of climate action, technology and education, positioning Africa as an investment destination for the green economy, identifying and scaling relevant technologies, and preparing its youth to provide the requisite skills mix.

Previously, she was the CEO of the African Leadership Academy, where she worked on pathways to enable young leaders to solve key leadership challenges facing the continent. Prior to that, she was the CEO of Africa’s Talking (AT), where she expanded the company into 20 markets in African countries.

Bilha also worked at Dalberg, where she launched the Nairobi office, and  she advised clients on solutions to African challenges including energy, agriculture and education.

Bilha has been recognized on the Choiseul 100 Africa 2022 ranking, is a 2021 Desmond Tutu Fellow, and was awarded the Woman of Firsts- Excellence in Education Award by CMMI. She is also a 2022 Yale University Emerging Climate Leader, and a Co-Lead of Room 8, part of the 17 Rooms initiative of The Brookings Institution and The Rockefeller Foundation, focused on green workforce preparation efforts in Africa. Bilha holds a degree in Electrical Engineering from MIT.