Milkah describes herself as a driven and focused individual with a strong will who loves to organize in chaotic and complex situations. Pretty pushy yet patient.
She has been in Cellulant for 9 years in finance & strategy. She is the Chief Growth Officer.
What drives you?
In life, I`m driven by an insatiable need to beat the odds and do things that would otherwise not be typical of my level or age etc. I am passionate about living a life that meant something to me, to my friends and family and to those whose lives I touched. At work, I am passionate about taking on risky but fulfilling projects and seeing every team member I work with realise their dreams and seeing cellulant truly break the mould in creating a business we can all be proud to have been a part of.
What drove you towards Fintech/Agritech generally?
Pure luck really and a lot of things falling into place, I, however, fell in love with fintech for the many possibilities it offers us
What would you say have been some of the most challenging moments for you as a woman in tech?
I wouldn’t want to think of my challenges as being there because I was a woman as I have never felt less than or treated less than in the business for being a woman. My most challenging moments though were when I was CFO running a finance function that had little to no money but still needed to keep the business going and growing. I was pushed to my limits, survived and learnt a lot of lessons along the way.
Which have been the most rewarding moments?
The most rewarding moments if I could summarise them would be successfully executing on series B&C funding, Building a finance reporting culture and the team from scratch and challenging myself with taking on the Operations role in the marketplace.
What words of inspiration would you give to young women and girls who still feel that tech or certain professions are not for them
Tech is certainly not just about the technical part of it – every tech business has non-tech roles that one can take on.
What do you love most about working at Cellulant?
The business is agnostic of age, experience etc to take on any role or project – there is nothing I have wanted to do or take one where I was not fully supported especially by my bosses Bolaji and Ken.
Before joining Cellulant, Milkah was previously an auditor with Deloitte
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