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Akshay Grover, the Chief Executive Officer of Cellulant, has been named among the top 20 digital economy leaders in Kenya. Grover draws on his extensive experience in technology and business to help drive the African digital economy forward. He is a natural leader, having founded and led numerous successful business enterprises over the past decade. Grover’s passion for innovation and leadership has been an invaluable asset to Cellulant.

Here is a press release recognizing Akshay’s achievement:

The Digital Economy Magazine has named Cellulant Group CEO Akshay Grover as one of the top 20 individuals leading Kenya’s digital economy. He is listed alongside 20 other influential leaders in Kenya pioneering the way in digitalization.

Akshay Grover joined Cellulant in January 2021 as the Chief Financial Officer and was later appointed as the Group CEO in October 2021. Prior to joining Cellulant, he served as the Chief Investment Officer at ISON. With a passion for promoting entrepreneurship in Africa, he leads the African chapter of TiE, a worldwide organization committed to supporting and nurturing entrepreneurship. He is also an enthusiastic angel investor.

Since joining Cellulant in 2021, Akshay has guided the company in transforming into a merchant-centered payments business. Through his efforts, the organization has made substantial progress in productizing its services and has undergone a complete overhaul of its technology stack. This has resulted in a significant improvement in service levels for its customers, attracting tremendous year-on-year growth in revenues and key business performance indicators. The company’s reach has also expanded to 18+ countries in Africa, providing further opportunities for growth. Under Akshay’s visionary leadership, Cellulant has consolidated its product offering into a single platform that allows businesses to collect and make payments seamless across Africa. 

The list showcases the game-changers of Kenya and Africa’s digital economy, who are transforming the direction of the industry. Included among these leaders are Safaricom CEO Peter Ndegwa, Will Meng of Huawei Kenya, David Bunei, Managing Director of Oracle Kenya, Dan Kwach, Africa Data Centres East Africa Managing Director, Shehryar Bakht Ali, Mastercard East Africa Country Manager, and Phyllis Migwi, Microsoft Kenya Country Manager.

The compilation of the list was focused on highlighting exceptional leaders who embody performance excellence, professional growth, organizational change, and individual achievements. According to Mr. Akin Naphtal, the publisher of Digital Economy Magazine, “ We are proud of individuals who are accelerating the development of the digital economy in Kenya with their innovative ideas, intellectual capacities, and solutions. The listed individuals were identified based on painstaking research, analysis, and reviews of their activities and operations in the digital economy industry in Kenya.”

In Summary

Grover is dedicated to creating a secure and efficient payment ecosystem for all customers. With an emphasis on digital infrastructure, Grover helps Cellulant offer a wide range of services including mobile money, digital payments, and value-added services. Under his leadership, the company has grown from a small startup to a leading digital payments provider in Africa. Through its innovative products and services, Cellulant is changing the way people pay and make transactions in Africa, making it easier and more secure than ever before.


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