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Jennifer is a driven, ambitious “Queen of the Nerds” whose role is to plan how best we can build great products and support growth for Cellulant.

What drives you? 

I enjoy finding simple solutions to complex problems. It’s a habit that started from solving crossword puzzles with my father when I was young

What drove you towards tech and Fintech generally?

My interest is mostly due to the quickly changing technology landscape. I wanted a career where I would be constantly challenged to learn new things. The move to fintech happened quite organically as I was trying to find an opportunity to use my technology skills to solve problems that were close to home.

What would you say have been some of the most challenging moments for you as a woman in tech?

During the early days of my career, some clients would still request for a man’s validation on any feedback/response/commitment that I made. It took a while for me to realise that the client’s bias had nothing to do with me personally but rather the unfortunate reality that I was the first female in technology they were encountering and they simply had no idea how to treat me.

Jennifer Msimuko Cellulant Product Lead

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Which have been the most rewarding moments? 

One of the most rewarding moments of the job is when I see my work impacting customers’ lives e.g. when we created a solution for Yalelo and gave them a wide range of cashless payment options for their customers (MTN money, Airtel money, Zamtel Kwacha) in 4 simple steps, therefore reducing traffic and cash payments at the store.

What words of inspiration would you give to young women and girls who still feel that tech is not for them?

Every rule has an exception. You can either be that exception or watch someone else do it, the choice is yours.

What do you love most about working at Cellulant?

The knowledge that I am working for a company that is obsessed with solving problems  African consumers face every day. 

Favourite Quote

“I have been impressed with the urgency of doing, Knowing is not enough, we must apply. Being willing is not enough, we must do “~ Leonardo da Vinci

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Parting shot

When you bring your best self every day, even ordinary tasks can achieve extraordinary results


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