Kai Uwe Wulff, the former MD at Kenya Data Networks, now Liquid Telecom Kenya, has passed on. The nrws was broken on Twitter by Ben Roberts, the Group CTIO at Liquid Telecom.
Rest in Peace Kai Wulff who did so much to build the ICT infrastructure of East Africa. Your legacy lives on but we will miss your razor sharp insights. pic.twitter.com/IVUrRYM7zt
— Ben Roberts (@benliquidkenya) December 16, 2020
It’s now emerging that Kai Wulff and a colleague were killed in an air crash after the sports plane which they were flying on crashed as it approached landing at a remote air strip late Tuesday night, according to the Valley Morning Star.
The website reports that Grover Abel, 78, of Houston and Kai Uwe Wulff, 51, of Brownsville, were killed after Abel’s N449JP aircraft crashed as it tried to land at the Port Isabel-Cameron County Airport at about 11:58 p.m.
Troopers, state game wardens and sheriff’s deputies found the bodies of Abel and Wulff, his flying instructor, in a field near the airport outside of Bayview.
Bill Wright, Grover Abel’s brother-in-law, said Abel was taking his first flight in what was described as a “glider.”
“They had taken off from an airport on his first flight and he was coming in for a landing,” Wright said. “Evidently, it crashed on approach to the landing. It wasn’t a real airplane. It was a glider with an engine. It has no cockpit.”
Kai, who served in the German Airforce between 1986 to 1994 according to his LinkedIn profile, also served as the MD of Africa Safari Club from 1999 to 2004. From here, he joined Kenya Data Networks, now Liquid Telecom Kenya, as the in mid 2004 as the MD, serving in the role for almost 6 years.
KDN, which was part of Sameer Investment Group, was a full service, data communications carrier established in January 2003 as a Public Data Network Operator.
From there, he would move to Altech Stream East Africa as the Group Executive for over 2 years. Altech Stream East Africa is the holding company for all ICT related activities of Altech in East Africa. The group’s subsidiaries included KDN, Swift Global, Infocom, Altech Stream Rwanda, Pan African Digital Networks and African Digital Networks.
Between 2012 and 2015, Kai served as the Access Field Development Director for Google in US.
Kai’s latest position was as the Strategic Advisor at VOLT AI, an Artificial Intelligence and Robotics startup based in the US.