East Africa Fintech Summit 2020

East Africa Fintech Summit 2020
21st - 22nd MAY 2020
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About Fintech Summit
Fintech is no longer about digitizing existing financial products. It’s about integrating financial services into applications and services you use every day. It’s a global phenomenon that cannot be ignored. In East Africa, more than anywhere the impact of Fintech has the potential to be both socially and economically transformative. Research from Statista's latest report on Africa and Middle East, shows that the transaction value in the Fintech market amounts to US$6.89billion in 2018. Incidentally, more Fintech companies are leveraging on technology to provide innovative financial service, including payment, lending, savings, financial advice and financial infrastructure, resulting in greater efficiency, better service and lowering of costs. It is from this background that CIO East Africa has organized the Fintech Summit 2020, a two-day event that will gather disruptors, tech and finance professionals, regulators, and investors from across East Africa to discuss the technologies revolutionizing finance.

Indulge in a two-day event that will provide a great opportunity to learn New Innovative Ideas and Information.

New Technologies

Learn about New Technologies impacting the FSI Sector and how they can better Improve Financial Services.


Engage in Intensive Discussions Sessions in order to explore aspects affecting the Financial Sector.


Engage and interact with other attendees, exchange information and develop professional or social contacts.

Fintech is no longer about digitizing existing financial products. It’s about Integrating Financial Services into applications and services you use every day. It’s a global phenomenon that cannot be ignored. ”

Summit Previous Speakers
Here are some of the Speakers that we have had over the previous summits
Lorraine Maina
Everline Kamau Migwi
Channel Lead, East Africa - VMware
As I continue the journey to virtuous leadership with determination to be the best I can in the Information Technology Sector. My skills and knowledge will focus on bringing change and adding value to my country.
Alex Muriu
Digital & Innovation Manager - BBK
I'm a creative technologist. Which is just a fancy way of saying I don't code, but simply work with amazing people to design technology solutions to business problems. I'm educated as a computer scientist, trained as a business information technologist, with 11 years experience in digital marketing and innovation. I'm 31 years old, married, and blessed with two daughters (I also own a machete). I'm presently the Assistant VP for Digital & Innovations at Barclays Bank of Kenya. The long title allows me to support the executive team in ushering in a new era of digital banking and marketing for the connected age. My day is filled with buzz words like Audience planning, Fintech, Social Media, Design thinking, Artificial Intelligence, Content Marketing, ChatBots, Mobile, Internet of Things et cetera.
Joseph Githaiga
Director - Regulatory Compliance and Advisory
Joseph is an accomplished corporate lawyer and compliance professional with more than 18 years post admission experience. Joseph has knowledge and experience in broad range of areas including financial services compliance (including AML, Sanctions and Anti-Bribery and Corruption), corporate goJoseph is an accomplished corporate lawyer and compliance professional with more than 18 years post admission experience. Joseph has knowledge and experience in broad range of areas including financial services compliance (including AML, Sanctions and Anti-Bribery and Corruption), corporate governance, private equity, joint ventures, M&A, capital markets, competition law and wealth management.vernance, private equity, joint ventures, M&A, capital markets, competition law and wealth management.
Hadassah Mombo
Specialist, Innovation Support - Safaricom
Hadassah Vui Mombo currently works in the Business development division, Safaricom PLC. She has worked in various roles within Safaricom most notably, she set up the legal and operations arm of Alpha, Safaricom’s innovation hub.In her current role, she is a Specialist in Innovation support and is responsible for Legal administration for the Big Data and analytics team, research and insights team and Regional expansions teamShe has a law degree and is passionate about Ethics and technology specifically in regard to Data scienceand the use of data in the product development process
Mark Straub
CEO - Smile Identity East Africa Ltd
Mark is the CEO and Co-founder of Smile Identity, a leading provider of digital authentication and KYC services across Africa.  Smile’s facial recognition and ID validation software enables banks, telecoms and fintechs to confirm the true identity of any smartphone user with just a Smartselfie™. Previously, Mark led the Khosla Impact fund, with investments in payments, solar, lending and ecommerce across Africa and India (Flutterwave, BBOXX, Branch, Kopo Kopo, Supermart.ng). Mark began his career in investment banking at Bank of America in Silicon Valley. He is passionate about the power of technology and entrepreneurship to transform Africa.
Georgina Mukami
Head Enterprise Services - National Bank
A Service Delivery Ambassador with over 12 years’ experience managing multi-faceted projects that cut across various functions within the bank operations. The experience acquired cuts through two well know banks within the Kenyan market. Competency in product development , Evaluating current and future technologies such as RPA, Data and Analytics, Productivity Tools and Leading purchase planning for such to ensure they support both short and long-term IT initiatives. I am a hands on Prince 2 certified project manager, able to coordinate and direct all phases of project-based efforts while managing, motivating, and guiding teams, cultivating excellent relationships, and communicating effectively across the organization to build focused and productive teams.
Martha Mgendi Fisher
Founder - EWPN & AWFP
Martha Mbhendi-Fisher is the Founder of European Women Payments Network (EWPN) & African Women in FinTech & Payments (AWFP)- the 1st and only Pan-European and Pan-African platforms focusing on bringing together women from all over Europe and Africa working in fintech & payments. EWPN & AWFP strives to create visibility, celebrate women and promote diversity in fintech & payments. Martha is also Global Director of Card Scheme Compliance for Payvision, a global acquirer and payment service provider based in Amsterdam.
Jeremiah Chunge
Head of Alternative Channels - Genghis Capital
Jeremiah heads the Alternative Channels and Technology desk at Genghis Capital Ltd, where he is tasked with the responsibility to innovate investment products and solutions using technology and partnerships for the mass market. He is an Information Technology professional with over 14 years’ experience in management and setting up of server systems, physical and virtual networks, Enterprise-wide Resource Planning (ERP) software, social media and ICT consultancy. Jeremiah holds a Bachelors in Information Sciences (IT Major) degree from Moi University, and is currently pursuing a Masters in Predictive Analytics (Business Analytics) at Northwestern University. He is also trained in ISO 9001, and has worked for various companies in diverse sectors including NGO, Audit, Automotive and ICT.
Daniel Ndirangu
Senior Systems Engineer - VMWARE
Provide support to the VMware sales team and channel partners in pursuit of virtual infrastructure business opportunities. Gain prospects' technical recommendation to develop a business relationship with VMware and its channel partners. Help define, accelerate and close transactional and enterprise business within a geographic territory or defined set of accounts. performing a variety of asks, including product overviews, customized presentations and demonstrations, complex solution design, infrastructure surveys, proposal development, advanced product evaluations and product feature/benefit discussions.
Tamara Cook
Head of Digital Innovations - FSD, Kenya
Tamara Cook is the Head of Digital Innovations at FSD Kenya managing work on retail innovations and consumer insights. Prior to FSD Kenya, Tamara spent seven years on the Financial Services for the Poor team of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation where she led the foundation’s work in Kenya on digital financial services and managed a global portfolio of grants and loans supporting financial institutions reaching the poor. Prior to the foundation, she spent ten years working with CGAP including a year-long assignment with Equity Bank in Kenya. She has an MBA from INSEAD and a BA in International Affairs from George Washington University.
Wango’mbe Kariuki
CEO - Competition Authority
I Head the Competition Authority of Kenya and I am the Government's Chief Advisor in Matters of Competition Policy and all that appertains to provisions of the Competition Act No. 12 of 2010
Kevin Mutiso
CEO - Alternative Circle
Kevin Mutiso, 30, is the co-founder and CEO of Alternative Circle, which has developed a Kenyan Mobile based app “SHIKA” that enables individual’s access credit through their mobile phones as well as provide financial institutions a platform on which they can lend their customers. Alternative Circle recently raised a seed capital of 1.1 Million USD. Previously, Kevin was the CEO of a leading Micro Finance Institution a company that offers loans to small and medium enterprises. He served in this position for 5 years before departing to start Alternative Circle. He has also worked at a Senior Relationship Manager and as an Investment Manager in the past. Kevin has completed a number of programs at the Strathmore Business School including Owner Management Program, Entrepreneur studies, and the Master Negotiator Program. He has also been nominated for the Business Daily Top 40 under 40.
Dr. Bitange Ndemo
Chairman - Blockchain & AI Taskforce
Prof. Bitange Ndemo is an ICT specialist and an Associate professor in Entrepreneurship
Patrice Kiiru
Group Associate Director, Diaspora Banking & Remittances - Equity Group
Responsible for the Diaspora Banking and International Remittances strategy at Equity Group
William Nanjero
Digital Finance Expert - IFC
Anita Chege
Head of Digital Transformation - HF Group
She is the head of Digital Transformation for HF Group and part of the Fintech Advisory Board
William Lawrence
Principal Business Solutions Manager: Fraud & Financial Crime, Africa - SAS
William is responsible for the Fraud and Financial Crime solutions across the African region for SAS.
Nyasha Mutsekwa
Regional Sales Executive - Adapt IT, East Africa
With a strong entrepreneurial drive, I thrive in roles that involve developing business strategy, sales leadership and innovative product development. I have a strong bias for customer facing roles with a focus to develop, nurture and close revenue opportunities.
Joash Mitei
Senior Pre-sales Consultant - Sage Business Cloud Enterprise Management
Joash Mitei is the Senior Pre-sales Consultant handling Sage Business Cloud Enterprise Management for the East Africa region.
Nancy Kinyanjui
Head Products & Analytics - Credit Info
Nancy is a financial inclusion and financial technology enthusiast with over 9 years experience as a product manager and credit data analyst.
Adelide Odhiambo
CEO & Founder - Bluewave
My vision is to use this experience to eradicate poverty and at the same time play a key role in improving Insurance uptake and penetration.
Duncan Muchangi
Operating Partner - Element Inc.
Active mentor/advisor for various tech-startups, investors & entrepreneurship ecosystems in Africa.
Leon Kiptum
Country Manager - Betway Kenya
A seasoned financial services professional, active thought leader in payments and digital value transfer services and builder of high performing teams. Highly skilled in strategy, digital transformation, project planning, design and implementation as well as stakeholder management.
Vincent Njoroge
CEO - Element Blue
Vincent is a business executive with over 20 years experience, with expertise in business strategy, business development, product management, and software development
Michael Kimani
Founder Chairman - Blockchain Association of Kenya
I am a co-founder and Chief Marketing officer at Chamapesa, a company using blockchain elements to digitize the indigenous social savings groups culture of Africa.
Zeituna Mustafa
Digital Finance Service Manager - Musoni Microfinance
Zeituna is a DFS Manager at Musoni Microfinance. She focuses on digital transformation strategy within Musoni.
Abel Masai
CEO - Kocela
Award-winning mobile solutions expert with vast experience in the design, development, deployment and delivery of mobile products ranging from Mobile VAS to Mobile Commerce. Leading Kocela's disruption of the mobile landscape in EA.
Laura Chite
CEO - CIO East Africa
Laura is the CEO at CIO East Africa and has over 20 years industry experience having worked at Microsoft for 16 years before joining CIO East Africa.
Sidney Shilako
Lead Consultants - DIME Consultants
He is the Lead consultant at Dime Consultants.
Robert Yawe
Managing Director - Synaptech Solutions Limited
Providing IT staff with peace of mind by offering real time visibility on their data centre infrastructure through implementing intelligent monitoring for proactive management
Stephen Mwaura
Chairman - Fintech Institute
Dr. Fernando Wangila
In his industry, Fernando Wangila is called “Starter of Things.” He is the director of ICT and Innovation at National Transport and Safety Authority (NTSA).
John Walubengo
Senior Lecturer - Multimedia University
Kamau Kunyiha
CEO - Creditinfo Kenya
Over 14 years experience in Credit Information and Information Management Services at Senior Management Level.
Fiona Makaka
Associate TMT - TripleOKLaw Advocates LLP
Fiona is extensively involved in a broad range of cross border contract negotiations in the financial services industry
Dr. Bright Gameli Mawudor
Head of Cyber Security Services - Internet Solutions
I am a self driven Information security enthusiast that will go all length to keep updated with the latest methodologies and help the entire community to be Information Security aware.
Rose Muturi
CEO - Tala Kenya
Rose was named one of Kenya’s Top 40 Women Under 40 in Business Daily, and we are excited to bring her experience, insight and sense of humor to our team and to our customers in Kenya and East Africa. 
Willie Kanyeki
Regional Director - Myriad Connect
Willie Kanyeki is the Business Development Director – Africa at Myriad Connect. He is a Sales and Business development professional with over 20 years’ experience and has been involved in projects across most major markets in Africa including South Africa, Nigeria, Ghana, Ivory Coast, Uganda, Tanzania, Ethiopia and Cameroon. He is currently involved in driving the Out of Band Authentication & Sim Swap Detection market strategy for Myriad Connect.
Michael Michie
Head of IT - TripleOK Law LLP
Michael Michie currently in M Oriental Bank limited as the Chief Information Security Officer started his career in the IT industry in early 2014.
Aprielle Moraa
Cyber Security & Risk Professional
Nikki Summers
Regional Director, East Africa - Sage
Nikki Summers leads the Sage business in East Africa. She is responsible for the growth and positioning of Sage in East Africa, a fast-growing territory that the company has targeted for strategic investment in the years to come.
Ali Hussein
Co-founder & CEO - FinteXX
C-Level Executive with extensive experience in Strategy, Marketing, New Media, Business Development, Start ups and turn around situations. Board level experience in both For-Profit and Not-For-Profit Organisations.
Steve Njenga
CIO - Barclays Bank (Kenya) Ltd
Hands-on, visionary leader with over 20+ years’ experience designing, implementing, and managing global Information Technology systems, operations, and teams on multiple continents.
Catherine Muraga
Director IT & Operations - Sidian Bank
Experienced IT professional with a demonstrated history of working in Manufacturing, Airline and Banking industry. As Director IT & Operation Sidian Bank, mainly responsible for the formulation and execution of IT Operational plans and in alignment to the Bank’s overall strategy.
Tonia Kariuki
CEO - Tellistic
A corporate professional with a diversified set of skills and a strong track record within various disciplines. With a background in Law, my experiences include Finance, HR and Marketing.
Harry Hare
Publisher & Chairman - CIO East Africa
Harry Hare is the Chairman and Publisher of CIO East Africa, an authoritative IT networking platform for CIOs and Senior IT and Business Executives.
Fintech Summit Previous Agenda
Theme: Collaboration & Innovation in the Financial Services Industry
Here is a brief look at what to expect at the Summit


- Bernard Odhiambo, Kenya Investment Authority

- Mercy Wanjau, Director Legal Services, Communications Authority

Speaker: William Lawrence, Principal Business Solutions Manager: Fraud & Financial Crime, Africa, SAS

Moderator: Harry Hare, Publisher & Chairman, CIO East Africa

- Delegates Arrival, Registration, Morning Refreshments & Speed Networking.

- What Transformation opportunities do financial services have?
- How would Digitization of FSIs accelerate National Economies?
- To what extent are Regulations Overlapping or Inhibiting emerging Fintech from service rollout?
- What obvious risks risks do the emerging FSIs pose that Consumer Demand Rises?

MODERATOR: Tamara Cook, Head of Digital Innovations,
FSD Kenya

- To what extent regulatory intention and interpretation?
- What are the implications of the recent progress in the area of machine-readable regulation?
- To what extent does the machine executed regulation represent a realistic (and desirable) goal?

MODERATOR: Ali Hussein, CEO, Fintexx

Speaker: JOASH MITEI - Senior Pre-sales Consultant,

Speaker: Peter Kisa, Blockchain Consultant




Speaker: Anita Chege, Head of Digital Transformation

Speaker: Judy Muoka, Resolution Insurance


Speaker: Alex Muriu

Speaker: Jeremiah Chunge, Head of Alternative Channels, Genghis Capital

Speaker: Zeituna Mustafa, Digital FInance Service Manager, Musoni Microfinance


There are numerous mergers and acquisitions underway in the country’s corporate circles. Several have happened before and hence giving a new life to the business. In this context, what’s the CIO’s role in M&A deals, along with advice for his/her fellow IT leaders on navigating the complexities of bringing two distinct organizations together.

MODERATOR: Tonia Kariuki, Managing Partner, Tellistic Technology Services

- Delegates Arrival, Registration, Morning Refreshments and Networking

- What constitutes a strong framework centered on
Digital Identity and Access management that
minimizes breaches whilst providing the forensics
and visibility needed to meet or exceed compliance?

MODERATOR: Dr. Bitange Ndemo, Associate Professor, UoN-School of Business

• To what extent do the benefits of CRYPTO balance their risks?
• Could they represent a threat to financial stability on the systemic level?
• What are the key regulatory challenges?

MODERATOR: Daniel Kamau, Director, Algocent

- Is AI taking over from the people’s digital plains?
- How is the current deployment of artificial intelligence (AI) in Fintechs?
- How are financial firms using data analytics, ML, voice recognition to spur their businesses?

MODERATOR: Michael Michie, CIO, TripleOK Law

1: Caesar Tuva - Founder, Loyalty Club
2: Kevin Mutiso - Founder, Alternative Circle
3: James Karoki - Tujenge Pay
4: Adelaide Odhiambo - Bluewave

MODERATOR: Harry Hare - Publisher & Chairman, CIO East Africa

Feedback Panel:
- Loius Otieno - Digital Transformation Advisor, BBK

- Tania Ngima - DEMO Ventures

- Kris Senanu - MD Enterprise Telkom

- Ali Hussein - CEO, Fintexx

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Event Details
  • Start Date
    May 21, 2020 8:00 am
  • End Date
    May 22, 2020 6:00 pm
  • Address
    Processional Way, Nairobi

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