East Africa SACCOTech Forum 2020

East Africa SACCOTech Forum 2020
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About SACCOTech
The growth trajectory gained by deposit-taking Savings and Credit Cooperatives (SACCOs) in 2017 was according to key financial growth parameters appealing. With total assets increasing to Ksh 442.27 billion in 2017, it reflected a growth rate of 12.4 percent from the previous year. The total loans shot to Ksh 331.2 billion reflecting a hike of 11.29 percent from 2016; while deposits grew to Ksh 305.3 billion reflecting a growth rate of 12 percent from the previous year. Unlike in the banking sector, this growth has happened with very little technological interventions, but the sector is now ripe for technology driven efficiencies and innovation. To digitally transform and deploy technologies to meet changing customer demands and transform the customer experience. It is against this background that CIO East Africa is hosting the Second Sacco-Tech Summit. East Africa Sacco-Tech Forum purposes to explore technology use-case sand discuss ways in which the Sacco Societies can effectively identify, adopt and benefit from the implementation of disruptive technologies including Artificial Intelligence and Big Data.

Indulge in a single-day event that will let you engage with leading stakeholders from the Sacco Societies, policy makers in the financial services sector and the tech industry.

New Technologies

Explore New Technology and discuss ways in which the Sacco Societies can effectively identify, adopt and benefit from the implementation of advanced technologies.


Engage in intensive discussions sessions by thought leaders and domain experts in both financial services and technology sectors.


Network with your peers and other industry leaders. The entire C-suite in the Sacco community is expected to attend.

“Harnessing Technology in SACCOs for Socio-Economic Development!

SACCOTech Previous Speakers
Here are some of the Speakers that who we have had the chance to present on the previous summit.
Hon. Peter Munya
Cabinet Secretary / Ministry of Industry, Trade & Cooperatives, Kenya
Peter Gatirau Munya is the Cabinet Secretary, East African Community and Northern Corridor Development in the Government of Kenya. He is a politician who served as the first Governor of Meru County, and as the second Chairman of the Council of Governors.
George Ototo
Managing Director
George Ototo is the CEO of Kenya Union of Savings & Credit Co-operatives Ltd. (KUSCCO). Ototo joined the World Council Board of Directors in 2016. Ototo has been awarded a State Commendation in the category of the “Moran of the Order of the Burning Spear (MBS)” for his development of SACCOs/Credit Unions in Kenya. He holds an MBA degree in Finance, a BA in Mathematics and Economics and is a Certified Public Accountant. He is also a Bachelor of Law Degree (LLB) finalist at The University of Nairobi.
Ali Noor
Principal Secretary
Mariam Abdullahi
Africa Industry Lead
For the past 20 years, I have committed myself to developing a broad strategic, commercial & operational skill set and applying them across a range of blue chip organisations in Africa, the Middle East, Europe and the US. As a natural leader with a passion for relationship management, my ability to work in and lead cross-functional teams has helped build my confidence and capabilities as an executive-level business leader.
Niraj Shah
General Manager
He has extensive experience in the telco industry in Strategic business development, management and leadership. This has seen him leading key teams responsiblefor growth in GSM & 3G deployments. Niraj is considered as an aficionado within the information, communication and technology space.
Peter Njuguna
Chief Manager
Mr. Peter Njuguna holds an MSc. in Operations Research from the London School of Economics, UK, and a BSc in Mathematics. He is a holder of CPA (K) and a member of the Institute of Certified Public Accountants of Kenya (ICPAK).
George Ombado
Executive Director/CEO
Joel Onditi
Mr. Onditi is the President and CEO of Pathways International, a big data analytics and AI consulting company with offices and clients in North America and Africa.
James Gicheru
Territory Manager, East Africa
James Gicheru is the Territory Manager for East Africa, at Veritas Technologies LLC. A consummate IT Professional, James has worked in the IT industry in Africa for about 15 years, working with leading system integrators and Information Management vendors
Paul Mbugua
Managing Director
Paul R. Mbugua, Kenyan National, is a well known personality in the banking industry in Eastern, Central and Southern Africa for his contribution to the banking and ICT strategic forums. He has been instrumental in introduction and implementation of ICT automation solutions in many banks across Africa.
Imran Chaudhrey
Country manager, East Africa
With a number of years experience and expertise in Software, Hardware, Networks and Security business, allowing me to be well in tune to articulate a complete solution to a wide range of customers and helping them choose solutions that fit their needs and business requirements.
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.
David Kabundu
Managing Director
Mugambi has over 18 years’ experience in Designing, Building and Management of IT Infrastructure projects in US and Kenya from Datacenter infrastructure, Enterprise system architecture, Security solutions, Enterprise collaboration systems, Strategy and Governance.
Winnie Sergon
Head of ICT
I am one industrious and ambitious person with an inner drive and great passion in what I choose to undertake. My satisfaction is derived from the satisfaction of the people I interact with and appreciating what Technology can offer
Abdulrazaaq Adan
Henry Abea
ICT Manager
Over eleven years in the Sacco Industry with various Saccos. Tremendous experience in ICT Project Implementations, Capacity Building, Process Automations, User Training and ICT Policies/Guidelines for Development
Daniel Tabut
IT Manager
Robert Karioki
ICT Manager
Experience in the implementation of organisational strategy, Staff Training and Development Proven ability in capacity building and developing teams Ability to give policy direction and strategic advice on Information technology.
Sammy Nyambu
CIO - Mwalimu Sacco
Adept IT Executive with invaluable experience in all key dimensions of the ICT value chain including software/application development, business analysis, project management, IT management and end user support
Tony Mutero
General Manager IT and Business Innovations
17 years in Financial services technology administration and management
George Njuguna
CIO - Safaricom
George Njuguna is the Director, Information Technology (CIO) of Safaricom PLC. Prior to joint Safaricom, he worked at HFC as the Chief Operating Officer. Before this, he worked at Commercial Bank of Africa as the Head of Information Technology. He has more than 18 years experience in IT, and 13 years experience in Banking and Financial Services, specifically in technology, operations, product development, project management, channel management, digital transformation and large-scale implementations. During his illustrious career, he has held various technical and senior management roles locally, regionally and internationally. George holds a Bachelor's of Science Degree and MBA from Geneva College in Pittsburgh Pennsylvania. In 2018, he was Awarded CIO of the Year, East Africa. Specialties: Digital Banking, Digital Transformation, Banking Operations, Project and Program Management Change Control and IT Governance
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.
SACCOTech Previous Agenda
A look at some of the Hot Topics set for discussion in our Agenda.

Transforming the Traditional SACCO

Delegates Arrival, Registration, Morning Refreshments & Networking

Official Opening of the East Africa Sacco-Tech Forum

How can SACCOs better Align themselves with the current Big 4 Agenda?

The Nation is slowly but surely edging towards Digital Transformation, what part do SACCOs have to play in this?

Could this be the ultimate time for SACCOs to realise the Power of Disruption?

How best can we Level the Playing Field for SACCOs in the now Competitive game of Digital Economy?

• How are SACCOs re-aligning to revitalize national economies?
• What transformation opportunities do deposit-taking SACCOs have?
• How would digitization of SACCOs accelerate national economies?
• To what extent is un-accessibility to tech and innovation inhibiting SACCOs?

How much can we use the power of AI to attain higher levels of achievement?

With the digital economy delivering innovations at breakneck speed, how can SACCOs maximize the beneficial impacts of new technologies and business models, while also addressing challenges they may create?

MODERATOR: Robert Karioki, Chai Sacco

With the digital economy delivering innovations at breakneck speed, how can SACCOs maximize the beneficial impacts of new technologies and business models, while membership/customer experience and also address challenges that they may create?

Data Analysis is a Key Factor to consider during Transformation. How do we best go about this?

• Is the hope for SACCOs in delivering valuable customer experience?
• What are the imminent dangers in the digital SACCO sphere?
• To what extent can SACCOs become the subject of innovation?

MODERATOR: Francis Mwangi,CIO, TripleOKLaw

SACCOTech Previous Venue
Discover and tour the previous venue of the Sacco-Tech Summit.


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SACCOTech Previous Partners
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