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Akshay Grover is the Goup CEO at Cellulant with the responsibility for driving the strategic direction and expansion of the business across Africa.
Prior to Cellulant, Akshay held multiple C-level positions at iSON, a diversified group with a presence in 30+ countries and 25000+ employees in the MEA and Asia Pacific region. During his stint at iSON, Akshay led the restructuring of its technology business, enabled multiple rounds of private equity capital raise for the BPO business and drove the expansion of the group into the ME, North and South Africa regions via multiple acquisitions. Akshay also played a vital role in evangelizing iSON tower – a newly created digital infrastructure platform in the south east Asia region. In his capacity as the Chief Investment Officer for iSON – Akshay co-led the creation, definition and execution of the investment strategy of ISONs technology investment arm – ‘i3’.
Prior to ISON, Akshay spent 10+ years in investment banking at Ernst & Young and leading investments at the USD4bn+ TMT investment arm of Dubai Holding. During this tenure he has closed transactions in excess of USD 5bn.
A management graduate with specialization in Finance from one of India’s premier business schools, Akshay was selected by a leading credit rating agency as the ‘CRISIL Young Thought Leader’ and was identified amongst the top 15 ‘Leaders’ across the country by the Indian Institute of Management.
Chief Revenue Officer
David is a seasoned strategist and finance practitioner joining Cellulant from Syngenta E.A. He has been an integral part of managing Cellulant’s expansion into various markets across Africa. He joined the Cellulant Corporation in 2007 in Business Support Services then launched and led the Cellulant Zambia operations, building it to become the 3rd largest market within Cellulant’s multinational payment conglomerate. As Group Chief Business Officer, he is responsible for defining the commercial structure with customers while managing and executing new opportunities with existing & new customers.
Chief Growth Officer
Milkah has vast experience in finance and operations. She started her career at Deloitte as an auditor before joining Cellulant to start off the group finance function. In her role in finance she rose to CFO and in her tenure built out the group reporting framework and the global and country finance teams as well as maturing finance operations. She provided project leadership and oversaw the business through 2 critical growth rounds of fundraising series B&C.
She has led the Nigeria business as its COO and is now the CGO leading the growth team looking after the HR,Brand and Strategy teams. In this role, she is driving the next phase of organic and inorganic growth for the business.
Chief Product Officer
Mohamed Faizal Hafiz
Faizal is a seasoned technology practitioner with a strong background in Software Engineering alongside world-class expertise in high throughput transaction systems and new-age enterprise computing technologies. He joined Cellulant Group shortly after the Kenyan subsidiary opened and oversaw both software development and implementation until 2017. He served as the Chief Technology Officer and today leads our full circle technology loop from product ideation, till service management, and everything in between, ensuring speed of execution, and the best quality products. Faizal is a Computer Science graduate from the University of Natal, South Africa.
Chief Marketing Officer
Moses is a passionate leader with over 16 years of leadership and management experience in the Financial Technology and Telecoms Sectors across Africa. He has led and coached Operations, Sales, Marketing, Mobile Money, Pricing and Data Analytics teams in multi-million dollar organizations within Volatile market environments.
Before joining Cellulant, Moses worked with Airtel Rwanda for 3 years overseeing Marketing & Airtel Money functions after the merger with Tigo that saw Airtel be the Largest telecom company in Rwanda with over 56% Customer market share and growing. He is excited about creating valuable enablers that help consumers achieve their long desired dreams. He is Impact Driven and derives delight from changing lives for the better.
Over the years Moses has gained special experience in; – Mergers, Leadership and coaching of Sales and Marketing teams, pricing and business analytics, product design, development & Go-to-market excellence. Moses holds a Bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering from Kyambogo University and Masters in International Business Administration (MIBA) specializing in Global Management from Paris ESLSCA Business School.
Chief Business Officer
Sike is an experienced CFO with over 17 years of comprehensive experience in all facets of business and financial operations. Adept at interfacing with key stakeholders and proposing plans to ensure the attainment of financial and strategic objectives. Well-versed in determining customer financial needs and developing “win-win” solutions. Able to optimize business performance through process improvement and restructuring various business operations.
She has worked as a Finance and Business professional in Accenture, Alcatel-Lucent (now Nokia), Turning Point (UK), Buckhickman (UK), Business Connexion, TSL, and currently Cellulant.
She is a graduate of Management and Accounting from Obafemi Awolowo University and holds a Masters’ degree in Business Administration from the Alliance Manchester Business School, UK. Sike is also a Fellow Chartered Accountant of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (FCCA), UK, and currently studies as a Doctorate researcher at the University of Bradford (United Kingdom).
Chief Technology Officer
George is a seasoned IT veteran with 18 years’ experience in network engineering, service management, information security, cloud technologies and in scalable web architecture. George was instrumental in the design and delivery of East Africa’s first cloud services and in streamlining the engineering and technical operations of a major network operator that yielded superior customer service, reduced churn and delivered significant savings in CAPEX and OPEX. George is passionate about people and operational excellence and currently leads the technology operations team which has responsibility for the systems that power Cellulant’s payment services. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Electrical and Electronics Engineering from Jomo Kenyatta University and an MBA from Strathmore University. While not tinkering with technology, George is a cooking enthusiast whose zeal for the exquisite meal, has brought occasional misery to his friends and family who put up with his wanting culinary skills.
Country Manager, Zambia
A seasoned B2B sales professional with 10 years senior sales management experience, Gilbert has worked in the fields of computer software and hardware sales as well as corporate Internet solution sales. He joined Cellulant in 2017 to lead the Zambia team. He previously held the positions of National Enterprise sales manager at MTN Zambia and most recently Head of Enterprise sales at Airtel Zambia.
He is a member of the Institute of Directors, Zambia and an associate of the Zambia institute of Marketing.
Country Manager, Kenya
Ms. Faith Nkatha is a transformational and influential leader and professional in Fintech in the region with over 10 years of experience. She has both broad and deep experiences and knowledge in Innovation, Sales, Business Development, Payments, Partnerships, Leadership, Product development, Strategy, and Culture Management etc. She is known as a strategic thinker with extensive insights into how present trends will translate into the future, and how to prepare organizations for future-readiness.
Faith works as the Country Manager for Cellulant, one of the leading Fintech and payments companies in Africa. Previously, she worked at the Oracle Corporation leading their Digital Transformation efforts for the Public Sector. She has also worked at Sidian Bank as the Director for Strategy, Monitoring, and Transformation where she provided valuable insights and oversight to the Bank’s Marketing, Customer Experience, Retail and Corporate banking operations.
Country Manager, Malawi
Jackson has over 15 years’ experience in mobile payments, strategic management, fund managements, private equity, business consulting, financial reporting and audit having worked for Global financial service providers in Zambia. He is responsible for the country strategy implementation and running the operation of the business in Malawi. He has a private interest in supporting and promoting entrepreneurs with a stake in Insurance broking, Microfinance, Agency network and Distribution of FMCG products.
Country Manager, Botswana & Zimbabwe
Bathusi brings on over 7 years’ experience as a seasoned business development professional. Her knowledge of Information and Communication Technology spans across multiple applications and sectors. Over the years she has also gained invaluable experience in marketing.
Bathusi was the Sales & Marketing Manager at Broadband Botswana Internet, a leading Internet Service Provider in Botswana. She joined Cellulant in 2018 as a Senior Bank Engagement Manager and now leads the Botswana team. As Country Manager for Botswana, her focus is on identifying growth drivers to achieve Cellulant’s Mission. This involves delivering the very best service to our customers, increasing market share and exploring innovative opportunities in Fintech.
Country Manager, Mozambique
Jose Silva Salvador
Jose has over 12 years’ experience in mobile payments, strategic management, business development in Mozambique. His responsible of the country strategy implementation and running the operation of the business. He has private interest in supporting and promoting Business, Banking and FMCG sectors.
He has a Bachelor in Business Administration (Pretoria Damelin College). He as a Certificate of Project Management (Wits Business School & ISCTEM Business School).
Before joining Cellulant as Business Development Manager, He worked for Ecobank Mozambique as Head of Consumer Banking, prior to this he worked at Vodacom Mozambique as Regional Sales Manager.
Country Manager, Tanzania, Uganda
Edwin is a seasoned information technologist, sales executive and thought leader in digital transformation.
He has over 15 years’ experience in the information technology field, having worked with multinational companies like Oracle, Microsoft and Dimension Data helping large enterprise institutions in public sector, financial services, telcos and tax authorities across Africa to digitize critical functions like finance, marketing, logistics, customer relationship, as well as adopt cloud computing as a concept and value creator to optimize operations.
He joined Cellulant Corporation in 2020 as Head, Global & Regional Merchants to drive commercial partnerships between Cellulant and global customers. In June 2021, he moved to Country Manager role responsible for Tanzania and Uganda. As Country Manager, he is responsible for driving up financial inclusion through expansion of digital payment options for small, medium, and large enterprises.
Country Manager, Ghana
Eric is a results-oriented leader with a combined 10 years of experience in the financial sector as well as the Energy sector. He started his career at KPMG Ghana where he rose to become a senior audit associate, with experiences in mining support, petroleum, financial non-banking sector, and NGOs.
He joined Cellulant Ghana Limited in April 2018 as the Finance Manager and later became a Cluster Finance Manager in June 2020 superintending over 10 markets, namely; Ghana, Cameroon, Morocco, DR Congo, Egypt, Senegal, Cote D’Ivoire, Ethiopia, Tanzania, and Uganda. A role he handled till March 2021.
Eric became the Country Manager of Cellulant Ghana Limited in April 2021. He is responsible for implementing and driving the Group’s strategy decisions within the market. He led the market to acquire its first ever regulatory license (i.e PSP enhanced license) without which Cellulant will be non-operational in Ghana under the Payment Systems and Services Act, 2019 Act 987. Under his leadership, the market gained direct integration with Glomobile USSD to power airtime and data bundle in the market.
He has a Master of Science degree in Development Finance (University of Ghana), Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics with Mathematics (University of Ghana). He is also a member of ACCA UK and ICA Ghana.
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