ADVISORY BOARD

Angelah R. Madara – Head of Product Innovation – Wefarm, enable smallholder farmers to reach new markets. Previously headed MercyCorps’ Farmer Capability Lab bridged gap between DFS & small-holder farmers. Involved w/roll-out of platforms across Africa & South East Asia (M-PESA, MTN Mobile Money, Airtel Money, Fortis Mobile Money, Teasy Money, EasyPaisa, etc.), worked w/gov’ts, finc’l institutions, MNOs & NGOs on products, regulatory, go-to-market & alt delivery channels. Active member Mobile Payments Assn & World Economics Assn, a regular contributor to the Economist Intelligence Unit penning annual assessments of world’s financial inclusion landscape. A founding member of the Helix Institute of Digital Finance & developed the first curriculum, she is an avid promoter of youth & women empowerment. Currently she is one of the judges on the “Don’t Lose The Plot!” TV program, an East African reality tv series that aims to impart youth & women farmers with necessary skills & expertise to engage in farming & agribusiness for profit.

Anna Maj – FinTech Leader, Mentor & Advisor, Warsaw, Poland. Responsible for building the cooperation between banks and FinTech start-ups and partners, particularly with regard to the open banking projects, as well as driving innovation in the European payments ecosystem. Anna has 18 years of international experience in the banking and payments industries with focus on Poland and CEE – Central and Eastern Europe (including Citigroup, T-Mobile and mBank). Particular expertise in the field of innovative payment solutions, acquiring and digitally enabled financial products (consumer banking, e-commerce, open banking, chatbots), acquired in the strategy, innovation, product management roles. Ambassador for EWPN – European Women Payments Network. Expert member of the Jury at the EU European Innovation Council (Horizon 2020 SME Instrument). Featured in the “TOP 20 Women in FinTech” Report. Involved in the financial education and inclusion projects, advisor for Ashoka.  MA, MISH Cultural Anthropology, University of Warsaw; MBA London Business School; PhD Studies Finance & Financial Management Services, Warsaw School of Economics. 4Q2018 awarded for #volunteering activities by the Coalition of the Presidents-Volunteers “Koalicja Prezesi Wolontariusze” – person of Expertise & Experience.

Anthony (‘Tony’) Chigaazira – Executive Secretary Communications Regulatory Association of Southern Africa (CRASA) Botswana/Associação dos Reguladores de Communicacoes da Africa (13 countries). Previously – Turnaround Consultant Ahtran Consultants, Commercial Director Telone Zimbabwe (Pvt) Ltd.; Assistant General Manager CFX Bank. University of Zimbabwe – MBA Business Administration & Mgmt, B.S. Economics; Advanced Banking Diploma – Damelin School of Banking, South Africa; Money & Capital Markets qualification & International Investment Advice Certificate – UK Securities Institute. Active Rotarian & Immediate Past President of the Rotary Club of Msasa.

Corrina Chow – Sr. Director Emerging Payment Solutions, Visa, San Francisco, CA; previously Senior Director Corporate Strategy, TSYS; Director Emerging Payments, InComm; Sr. Manager Business Development Mobile, PayPal; Director Product Innovation | Mobile Innovation, Director Emerging Opportunities | Strategic Ventures. Director Mobile Commerce and New Channels Development | eVisa International. Visa International. University of California Davis, BS Managerial Economics.

David Unger – Executive Vice President Development and Operations Peerport.us LLC; previously Executive Director att.net Portal Operations, Executive Director AT&T Worldnet, DSL & AnyWho Product Management, Division Manager Data Services Development & Operations AT&T, Division Manager Product Strategy & Development AT&T Consumer, Division Manager Innovative Services Research AT&T Labs, Technical Supervisor AT&T Bell Labs, Research Physicist Carnegie Mellon University, Research Physicist University of Michigan, PhD University of Colorado, University of Canterbury, New Zealand.

Fatou Kamara – Owner and General Manager of SEGALSINE. Passionate about Digitization in Africa.  Digital finance consultant with accompaniment from end to end, in the implementation of the projects settled in Central and Western African Region.   Senior Consultant in Marketing and Communication strategies ( both Telecoms, Digital Finance and FMCG), with support from end to end in implementation of the strategies elaborated.  Previously – Brand and Digital services Director of Expresso Senegal (B2C and B2G) -Business Solutions & Services Director at Expresso Senegal ( B2B and B2G ) – Acting Chief Marketing Officer at Expresso Senegal ( 09 Years )   – Regional Account Director for 26 countries in Central and Western Africa Region (CWAR) at McCann ERICKSON SENEGAL ( 11 Years)   My Mission with Segalsine, is to allow a strong and efficient collaboration between Operators, Governments, central banks and granting entities, so that to create and implement quickly, safe and effective solutions that will speed financial inclusion in Africa, specially in the CWAR.

Fernando González Mesones – CEO B! (NTT Docomo Group), COO Docomo Digital Madrid-London-Milan; previously Consejero y Coordinador Mobile Internet ISDI Madrid – Mexico; Investor and Co-Founder Pulsayvoy; President MPS Buogiorno, Spain and LATAM Proctor and Gamble.  Universidad Complutense de Madrid – Law and Business Administration/Economics, Harvard University Business Case Study Program, IMD Business School – Global Leadership Development Program. Member of the Academic Council of the ISDI (Instituto Superior para el Desarrollo de Internet) and Head of Mobile Internet for the Master in Internet Business, (www.mib.isdi.es). Co-author of the book: Mobile Marketing. The Media Revolution (Ed Esic).

Harold Montgomery – Chairman & CEO Calpain Commerce, Director of subsidiary Mobile-On-Money India; formally CEO A.R.T. Holdings; resource to Federal Reserve Bank Philadelphia and U.S. Congress; Board member St. Marks School of Texas; President Dallas Committee on Foreign Relations and Big Thought, a community education agency; Trustee of the Communities Foundation of Texas, the Caruth Foundation, a member of the Council on Foreign Relations in New York, Young Presidents’ Organization (YPO), Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) Authorization election campaign and Wellington Associates, regular contributor to Transaction World Magazine, Stanford University International Relations & Stanford University Graduate School of Business Finance.

Henry Molaba – Payments, Fintech & Financial Services Consultant, Kenya/Botswana/Nigeria/Tanzania/UAE/Uganda/Zambia/Zimbabwe: Visa Financial Inclusion-Sub Saharan Africa; MTN/Commercial Bank of Africa-Uganda: Credit Scoring; TechnoServe/Visa: Agriculture Value Chain Financing; USAID/ Enclude Solutions: Payments Project; KPMG/Financial Sector Deepening-Uganda: EMV Card Payments; Financial Sector Deepening-Kenya/Tangaza Kenya (MVNO): Mobile Payments . Previously Ericsson MFS Growth Manager, Grameen Foundation Project Director, Bharti Airtel International (Netherlands) Country Corporate Manager Airtel Money, Barclays Branch Manger. Massachusetts Institute of Technology held J-Pal Executive Education Course Evaluating Social Programs, MBA Kenya Methodist University, BBA SMC University. Certified International Project Planner.

Jennifer N. Barassa – Founder & CEO of Top Image Africa Ltd., Kenya, the leading Below The Line Advertising agency in East Africa with presence in Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Rwanda, Cote D’Ivoire, Ghana, Mali, Cameroon, Benin, Niger, Zambia, South Sudan, Nigeria & Guinea Conakry, Senegal, Congo Brazzaville & Madagascar with clients including Airtel. MTN, Orange, Safaricom, & UNDP.  Board experience at National Council of Women of Kenya (NCWK), Kenya Women Finance Trust (KWFT), Organization Women in International Trade (OWIT), Kenya National Chamber of Commerce & Industry (KNCC&I), College of Insurance (COI), The Danish Business Advocacy Fund (BAF), USIU Chandaria School of Business Advisory Board & former Chairperson for Constituencies Development Fund Board (CDF). Bachelor’s Degree Education University of Nairobi, Diploma Marketing & Advertising London Chamber of Commerce.  

John Cushman – Vice President & Chief Business Strategist for Tech Mahindra; previously Vice Chairman Shanghai Symphony Telephone, a global joint venture between AT&T and China Telephone, Vice President of AT&T Billing Solutions, Vice President of eSales & Service, a chief network architect behind toll-free number portability and 8YY deployment, and a driving force for fair and equitable legislation of Payphone Compensation and Pay 800 Service. MBA in Organization Behavior – Iona College, BS in Sports Management – St. John’s University, NY. Blue Star Mothers of America, Big Brothers & Big Sisters, Junior Achievement, The Cristo Rey Network, American Corporate Partners, Safe at Home Foundation, and The Kim Long Orphanage in Vietnam.

Mai-Wah Cheung – Founder & CEO of Media Lab Limited, Hong Kong, a company that offers analytics as a service, specialized in digital marketing and analytics, leveraging advanced technologies such as big data and machine learning.   Prior to her entrepreneur venture, Mai-Wah was the Group CIO and CTO of the most popular news organization in Hong Kong and Taiwan, Next Digital Limited.  Mai-Wah has over thirty years of experience in broadcast operations, software development and technology innovation in the Media & Entertainment industry.  Mai Wah spent over twenty years in IT executive positions leading major media companies in process re-engineering, business automation and digital transformation.  Before joining Next Digital, she worked at Univision Communication Inc. for 17 years where she held various positions.  Her last position at Univision was Senior Vice President of Digital Operations and Services where she created the Digital Content Delivery department and spearheaded the Digital Supply Chain Optimization program to transform Univision from a TV broadcast centric operations to cross-platform Digital Media entertainment network operations.  She was also a founding member of Univision Interactive division where she led Univision.com from a start-up operation to perform and grow into a profit-making business division.  Prior to Univision Communication Inc., she worked at American Broadcasting Company and National Broadcasting Company. 

Ogundele Adwale  – a certified Financial Inclusion Ambassador with a proven history of community development in the program of the National Peer Group Educators on Financial Inclusion in Nigeria. He led a team of volunteer corporate members that organized the first Financial Inclusion Week (FIW2018) in the North central area of the country with proven wealth of experience in grass root advocacy to the unbanked. He is a writer, Project Manager, Brand Consultant, strategy developer towards the realization of the mandate of 80% financial inclusion rate by the year 2020 in the country. Presently building a career in digital financing, Financial Inclusion strategy development and global trends towards the sustainable development goals of which financial inclusion is a key driver.

Dr. Olayinka David-West – Academic Director and Senior Fellow,- Operations, Information  Systems and Marketing Division of Lagos Business School (Nigeria); Director – Sustainable and Inclusive Digital Financial Services initiative (Nigeria); Certified Digital Money Expert, previously Head of e-Business – National Bank of Nigeria; currently a governing council member of the Fintech Association of Nigeria; MSc in Business Systems Analysis & Design from University of London; DBA in Business Administration from Manchester Business School. In September 2018 she facilitated a meeting of Nigeria’s largest GSM operators: – Glo, 9Mobile, Airtel & MTN Nigeria – where the telcos made a commitment to deepening financial inclusion and providing Nigerians with access to a range of affordable financial services.to help expand advance of financial inclusion to 90 million Nigerians by 2020

Rohit Sanghani – a Bengaluru-India based Fintech professional, has more than a decade of hands-on experience on Financial Inclusion Landscape. Rohit was part of the Business Consulting Team at Panamax and now with Infobip which focuses on advising clients on best market practices and enhancing overall growth. Rohit has diverse and rich cross-functional experience on different market understanding (APAC, Africa, Europe, Americas and Latin America) encompassing support, Project Management, Business Development, Service Account Management, Strategy and consulting in the domain of Telecommunication, Mobile Finance, CPaaS – Communication Platform as a Service. Rohit is also an insightful advocate and industry writer, driving awareness for the evolving solutions of mobile financial services that are helping advance financial inclusion to the unbanked globally. 

Ruhullah Raihan Alhusain – Chief Executive Officer, ADN Digital Bangladesh. Chief Digital Business &  Marketing Officer – ADN Group, Bangladesh. Digital Business Strategist and Management Consultant. Previously Head of mCommerce Operations, Airtel;  Head of Mobile Money Finance, Grameenphone Ltd, a Telenor ASA; Head of Governance & Compliance, TechValley Group Limited; Business Support Head, Financial Service, Grameenphone Ltd., a Telenor ASA. Senior Vice President Finance Society, University of Texas at Arlington; Supplement Instructor, University of Texas at Arlington. Mentor Business School, University of Texas at Arlington, Graduated from the University of Texas at Arlington. Active Rotarian and Evangelist of Mobile Banking, Digital Financial Service, Digital Marketing and Financial Inclusion in Bangladesh.

Somanta Raj Bhattarai – M-Each Group of Technology, Kathmandu, Nepal. Communications Engineering Operations Management, Senior Project Manager . With Airspan Networks Inc., Installation Manager. team mobilization, liaison with vendors, and project monitoring, plan, coordinate and execution of field activities,  organization of meetings and report writing.  Worked with Hello Nepal (GSM Telecom Operator) as Rollout Engineer for three years – the project launched implementation of GSM technology in rural areas of mid-western Nepal. Master in Science (M.Sc) (2017-2019), Engineering Management, and Bachelor in Engineering (BE) (2003-2007), Electronics and Communication, both at Purbanchal University, Biratnagar, the economic centre of Nepal. Thought leader , writer on financial inclusion and sustainable development.

Tarik Ghanim – Chief Marketing Officer, Democrance (Dubai, UAE); Digital Business Consultant; previously Head of Digital Business & VAS Umniah; Head of Digital Commerce & Business Development Director du; Group Senior Manager – Performance Management Etisalat Group; Regional Director GCC Waseela for Technology Consultations; Senior Strategic Management Consultant Booz & Company. Hult International Business School Leadership Program, Fulbright Scholar West Virginia University MSc. In Electrical Engineering, Electrical & Computer Engineering Lafayette College, International Studies Lafayette College.

William Nanjero – Digital Financial Services professional , worked with diverse set of financial institutions focused on digital financial services, financial inclusion & distribution (commercial banks, micro finance institutions, mobile network operators & non-banking financial corporations as well as donors, investors, multilaterals, governments & corporates. Thematic areas include DFS agent network management, formulation of strategy, risk management, product development, segmentation, market research, hands-on support during implementation, trained institutional management teams on digitisation strategy, agent network management, DFS product development, DFS marketing communications, DFS Risk, deployments including Safaricom’s M-PESA in Kenya and Zoona in Southern Africa. He restructured the distribution model for Zoona Zambia to be more inclusive & enabling scale & a platform for excellence; Restructured the Zoona Malawi model from market entry to scale; Executed training &consulting for FSPs in Solomon Islands, Fiji, Samoa & Vanuatu; Executed Safaricom M-PESA’s rollout strategy; plus work at Zoona Mozambique. His most recent role was Regional Operations Mgr. He was actively invlolved in developing & building an industry focus group with UNCDF in Zambia with the objective of accelarating inclusion. He has also been faculty with Gateway Academy, The Helix Institute of Digital Finance, Frankfurt School & The Boulder Institute of Microfinance. MBA – University of Greenwich in London, U.K & International Business Administration degree from The United States International University.

Dr. Yury Grin – Deputy Director General – Interval Group of Companies, Russia, Belarus and Czech Republic (Czechnia); Vice Chairman ITU-T FG DFS (International Telecommunication Union Focus Group Digital Financial Services); Chief of Conference & Publication Department and Deputy to the Director and Chief of Administration and Operations Coordination Department of the Telecommunication Development Bureau (BDT) of ITU, Geneva, Switzerland – assisting developing countries in areas including cybersecurity, m-payments, etc.; Director General Int’l Cooperation Dept of the Ministry of Information Technologies & Communications of the Russian Federation; Chairman ITU Council; UN ITC Task Force;  Deputy Director General, R&D Institute of Economics and Composite Problems of Communications; Leading Engineer/Senior Scientist/Chief of Department Moscow Radiocommunications R&D Institute, leading R&D of Satellite Communications Systems; PhD in Physics & Mathematics, Lomonosov Moscow State University; author of over 80 scientific and technical publications; holds over 20 copyrights of inventions in the field of communications and information technologies.

John BaRoss – Founder & President FINCCLUDE Inc., boot-strapping global non-profit Knowledge-Community uniquely focused on finding & facilitating sharing of financial inclusion success-knowledge. Led innovative Telco-Commerce initiatives for the unbanked since near the dawn of monetizing the internet at AT&T/AT&T Labs, Accenture JV, ClickandBuy, & Amdocs Qpass Digital Commerce – Americas, Eastern & Western Europe, East & South Asia for telcos & partners in retail, clearinghouses, banks, money transfer & prepaid card companies & others. Guest advisor to ITU (International Telecommunication Union) Focus Groups on Digital Financial Services & Digital Fiat Currencies. President Marketing Bus-Dev Americas, Iksula eCommerce & Director Bus-Dev Datamatics, both India BPOs. M.S. Management Georgia State U., Atlanta; B.S. Marketing Ball State U., Indiana. Two telco-commerce inventions with USPTO. CFO & Board member Alumni Assoc.; Legal advocate Alzheimer’s/Americans with Disabilities Act; Adoption Advocate; Relay-for-Life American Cancer Society; Docent, Women’s Association for Morristown Medical Center.

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