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Open Webinar - African Innovations in SME Finance - Mobile Financial Services

20 May 2020
8 : 00
9 : 15
African lady selling in a local market receiving payment via contactless transfer of funds from a customer using their mobile phones

The use of mobile financial services (MFS) has grown exponentially over the last 10 years, making sub-Saharan Africa a leader in MFS innovation, adoption, and usage. Banks and financial institutions are building digital financial services ecosystems and partnering with telcos and fintechs to provide financial services like online deposits and withdrawals, money transfers, merchant payments, loans and savings products amongst others to reach both the ‘last mile’ and scaling up to serve SMEs. By utilizing transactions and other data, mobile products offer affordable, simple and innovative solutions, increasing access to financial services for millions across the continent. According to the GSMA, West Africa is the 2nd largest region with mobile money accounts. In this webinar, we will hear from members EcoBankJumo, and the South African multinational mobile telecommunications company, MTN, who are leading MFS in this region.

Members and non-members are welcome to participate!


Jeremy Quianoo is the Country Operations Manager for Capital at JUMO Ghana. His role entails managing the relationships with financial service partners in-country. Jeremy has a passion for the execution of innovation in digital financial services to advance financial inclusion in emerging markets. Prior to joining JUMO, he worked the majority of his career in a tier-one Ghanaian bank where he was the manager for retail strategy, digital products and served concurrently as a scrum master in the bank's digital office.


Martin Vogdt is the Chief Product & Platform Officer at Jumo. Martin has considerable expertise in building rapidly scaling digital start-ups across Asia, Europe, and Africa, with a focus on user experience and technology in large e-commerce companies in developing markets. Prior to joining JUMO, Martin held several positions at Rocket Internet and was an early team member at Lazada (now Alibaba Group) and Home24, followed by senior positions at Jumia Group, Africa’s biggest e-commerce venture.


Owureku Asare, Head, Digital Solutions, Group Commercial Banking at Ecobank with oversight of 33 Countries in Sub-Saharan Africa. Prior to his current role, he was the Regional Head, Consumer Distribution for Ecobank Anglophone West Africa. He also led digital financial services initiatives in more than 15 countries in Central, East and West Africa. He is a seasoned subject matter expert in financial services with over 17 years of experience in large-scale product management, Sales and Distribution, Credit Structuring, Structured Trade, Cash Management, and Relationship Management. He is a specialist in Digital Financial Services with a focus on Financial Inclusion, Payment innovation, Issuing and Acquiring. Owureku is an international speaker on Digital Financial Services with speaking engagements in Africa and Asia. He currently serves as a Board member of Diabetes Youth Care and a Member of Rotary Club of Accra La-East with an objective to serve above self. He also serves as a Director of Enovate Advertising, Impact Food Hub and Financial Inclusion Forum Africa. 

William Danso-Abeam is the segment Head, Direct Banking for Ecobank Ghana Limited and leads the execution of the bank's strategy for the Mass Market, driving self-service through digital and convenient channels. With 13 years in Retail Banking, William started from retail banking operations and evolved into Direct Banking via Digital channels. As the segment Head, Direct Banking, he led Ecobank Ghana Ltd to launch the very first Digital lending offer within the Ecobank Group which has disbursed over 4.1m loans valued at $227m to over 1.2m customers within the first 10 months. Prior to joining Ecobank Ghana Ltd, William worked with the International Community School (ICS), Ghana, as the Resource and Finance Manager.

Eli Hini is the General Manager of MobileMoney Limited. Mr. Eli Hini is the General Manager for MobileMoney Limited, the MTN Ghana subsidiary responsible for mobile financial services, and is responsible for driving strategy, business development, innovation, and relevant operations of MTN’s Mobile Money business. Prior to Eli’s appointment as General Manager, he was the Commercial Senior Manager for MTN Mobile Money, a role he held for approximately seven years. Eli was instrumental in setting up Mobile Money services in Ghana and growing the subscriber base, transaction volumes, and value. He also led the MTN Mobile Money team to receive ISO certification (ISO/IEC 12007: 2013 certification) in January 2016 and the GSMA Mobile Money Certification in November 2019. Eli Hini is a Chartered Marketer with 20 years’ experience and has also held leadership positions in Unilever Ghana Limited and Coca-Cola Bottling Company Limited. Eli Hini holds a Bachelor’s degree from the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology and a postgraduate diploma in Marketing from the Chartered Institute of Marketing, UK. Eli serves on the board of MobileMoney Limited.

A summary of the webinar will be posted in the blog section here.

For more information, please contact: Jessica Alfaro


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