Jamila Abass

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Jamila Abass
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Jamila Abass. Retrieved from Wikipedia, October 2020.
Born1984 (age 38–39)
Alma materUniversity of Waterloo
Loyola Jesuit College
OccupationComputer scientist, entrepreneur, Country Director of Give Directly
Known forCo-founder of MFarm
WebsiteLinkedIn Profile

Editor: Tamia Adolph

Jamila Abass is the co-founder and former CEO of Kenyan-based MFarm, an agri-business start-up that provides transparency for farmers on farming prices, buying, market information and current agri-trends.[1] MFarm provides this information to farmers via SMS or a web-based application which is available worldwide for free.

Abass is a computer scientist, software engineer, entrepreneur and businesswoman.


Abass had agricultural roots that involved her and her brother planting and selling coriander and kale to neighbours as young children. [2] Her academic achievements led her to study a BSc in Computer Software Engineering from Abdelmalek Essaadi University in Morocco, which she completed from 2005 - 2009. [3] In 2009, Abass began working at the Kenyan Medical Research Institute (KEMRI), where her main responsibility was building a web-based Medical Record System. Abass worked as a Business Development Manager at Akirachix in 2010 before she co-founded and became the CEO of MFarm. Abass and her co-founders, Susan Oguya and Linda Kwamboka, came across the IPO48, a development competition for young entrepreneurs where they won first place for MFarm and used the prize money to start-up the company.[4]

In 2018, Abass was the Head of Growth at WeFarm until 2019 when she joined Give Directly as the Country Director.[5]


In 2014, Abass was named as one of Forbes’ 10 Female Tech Founders To Watch In Africa. [6]

In that same year, Abass was named one of The 20 Youngest Power Women in Africa by Forbes.[7]

In 2015, Forbes listed Abass as one of the women for the 2015 New African Woman Women of the Year. [8]

In the same year, Abass was named one of Quartz Africa’s 30 African innovators. [9]

In 2018, Abass was part of’s 40 Africans Under 40. [10]