Yinka Adegoke is Africa editor for Quartz where he oversees and coordinates coverage of the news and ideas in partnership with writers across the continent. He has reported from more than 10 countries across Europe, Africa and the Americas. Before joining Quartz, Yinka was deputy editor at Billboard where he ran the business coverage. Prior to that he was Reuters’ senior media correspondent covering the global media business where he focused on the digital disruption of the traditional media industry. He has written for The Financial Times and The Guardian in the UK among others.
Roland Amoah ~ Associate Director, KPMG East Africa
Ashirul is a Senior Associate at BFA, specializing in forensic portfolio analytics of financial institutions, which provide savings and loan services to low-income clients. His work informs discussions around client segmentation, product sustainability, savings behavior and cross-sell by utilizing custom-built algorithms. He has worked on projects such as InFocus, GAFIS and OPTIX, and his work-related travels have taken him to Latin America, East and West Africa and South and South East Asia. He has previously worked at a financial services company focused on emerging markets and an impact investment firm. Ashirul has a PhD and MALD in Development Economics from The Fletcher School at Tufts University and a BSE in Computer Science with a focus on Artificial Intelligence from Princeton University.
Ovo Emorhokpor ~ General Partner, Beta.Ventures
Ovo is a General Partner at Beta.Ventures - a VC fund that invests in early-stage tech-enabled businesses in Nigeria. He is a serial entrepreneur and a seasoned executive with over 15 years experience in senior-‐level roles in technology and business development in the US and Nigeria.
His past professional experience includes managerial positions at Goldman Sachs, AOL and Chubb Insurance.
Ovo is also the co-founder of Siziba International Ltd., a sub‐Sahara African investment firm.
He sits on the boards of Yuzah, Abia Retail (Real Estate) Company (ARCO) Ltd and Financial Trust Group in Nigeria.
Stefan Grundmann ~ President and CEO, BrightLife
Irene Hu ~ Principal, Open Capital Advisors
Ethan Kay ~ Managing Director, Emerging Markets, BioLite
Eric Muriuki ~ GM, New Business Ventures, CBA
Panelist / Facilitator
Rose Muturi ~ Regional Manager, East Africa, Tala
Rose Mutiri is currently leading an exceptional team as TALA Kenya Director. Her background is in Statistics and Information Technology. She was named one of Kenya’s Top 40 Women Under 40 in Business Daily – 2015. S he is also a laureate for Choiseul 100 Africa 2016 and 2017: Economic Leaders for Tomorrow.
Rose has more than 12 years of experience in the financial services industry through various roles at Standard Chartered Bank, leading product development and strategy at Chase Bank as well as Director for Product and Strategy in Africa, for TransUnion. She is passionate about Credit Information Sharing and Financial Inclusion for the growth of any credit market. She also writes in the monthly online publication https://InnovateDigest.com. In her free time, she enjoys travelling, swimming and reading.
Saqib Nazir ~ CEO, Interpay
Saqib Nazir is an entrepreneur with a passion for solving local problems using technology.
Saqib has a Bachelors in Computer Science from the University of Ghana, Legon, and a Masters in Information Systems Engineering from the University of Manchester, UK.
Saqib has been working with applying technology in West Africa for the last 20 years and is currentlyCEO of Interpay, a payment processor that seeks to enable digital financial services across emerging markets. Interpay’s payment processing capability empowers merchants to initiate transactions and to interact with consumers via the consumer’s preferred payment mechanisms. Interpay provides interoperator services, enhancing the entire payments infrastructure, as well as growing ecommerce and financial inclusion.
Amolo Ng'weno ~ East Africa Regional Director & Director, Finance for Life, BFA
Benjamin Njenga ~ Director of Operations & Co- Founder, Apollo Agriculture
Alessandro Pietrobon ~ Business Intelligence Manager, ZOLA
Veronica Ogeto-Tchoketch ~ Head of Innovation, Safaricom
Veronica is responsible for building an innovative organisation and driving Safaricom’s innovation agenda through collaboration with the developer community, start-ups, corporates, government and universities.
Veronica has over 13 years of experience in telecommunications with a background in innovation, product development, project management, marketing and IT.
She has held Senior Manager – Group Products and Innovation roles in various organisations including Bharti Airtel, Zain Group and Celtel International where her responsibility spanned at any time between 17-24 markets, both in Africa and in the Middle East. She holds a Diploma in IT (IMIS, formerly IDPM), a B.Sc. Information Sciences (IT) from Moi University and an MBA from the University of Nairobi.
Veronica is married with 4 children and has a passion for helping the youth achieve their full potential by empowering them in business and technology.
Nir Tsuk ~ Social Entrepreneur & Academic, New York University
Mark Wensley ~ Associate Director, Mastercard Foundation
Jacob Winiecki ~ Senior Associate, BFA; Off-grid Energy & Digital Finance Specialist
Jacob is an off-grid energy and digital finance specialist with over ten years of experience launching and growing energy enterprises and end-user finance initiatives in developing markets. He is a co-founder of Simpa Networks, one of the world’s first pay-as-you-go solar companies that now provides modern energy to over 100,000 rural Indian consumers. He has held senior product and operational roles at leading off-grid solar providers in Asia and Africa, and has authored industry-leading publications on energy access and digital finance. Jacob has provided off-grid energy strategy and business development services to development and impact investors, multilaterals and bilaterals, banks and microfinance institutions, and distributed energy service companies. He holds a Master’s degree in Environmental Science and Policy from Columbia University and a Bachelor’s degree in Financial Accounting from George Mason University.
John Won ~ Consulting Associate, BFA
Jane del Ser ~ Deputy Director of the Insights & Influence, BFA