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Nairobi, Kenya
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An Expert in Digital Financial Services and Financial Inclusion

Abigail Komu - Okonji has more than 11 years of experience in digital financial services and financial inclusion across Africa and Asia. She is a specialist in development and deployment of digital financial services in mobile operator and fintech organizations with a solid background in electronic payments, mobile payments and mobile money. She has won several awards for developing innovative ways to train and manage internal and external stakeholders
Questions I can answer:
Mobile Money State of the Industry, Financial Inclusion Efforts, Enabling Mobile Financial Services

Independent Consultant • Kenya

Digital Financial Services Consultant

2017 - Present (2 years, 4 months)
Scoping and managing industry ecosystem collaboration projects such as bulk payments, collections, government and school fees payments etc.;
Capacity building for ecosystem partners such as regulatory authorities on topical issues such as fraud, interoperability, alternative currencies etc.;
Business process readiness review in preparation for the GSMA mobile money code of conduct certification
GSMA • Africa

Market Engagement Manager, Mobile Money

2015 - 2017 (1 year, 7 months)
The GSMA represents the interests of mobile operators worldwide, uniting nearly 800 operators with more than 250 companies in the broader mobile ecosystem, including handset and device makers, software companies, equipment providers and internet companies, as well as organisations in adjacent industry sectors;
The Mobile Money program within GSMA, works with mobile operators and the financial industry to accelerate the availability of affordable financial services that provide safety, security and convenience to the unbanked;
Supported the operators to develop strategies that will enable Mobile Money services to scale, to facilitate industry collaboration in building Mobile Money Ecosystems and to enable interoperability among operators
Visa • Africa

Director, Emerging Markets Digital

2014 - 2015 (1 year, 6 months)
Visa is a global payments technology company that connects consumers, businesses, financial institutions and governments in more than 200 countries and territories to fast, secure and reliable electronic payments;
By expanding its network, products, partnerships and people over the past 50 years, Visa has helped make life easier and more secure for millions of people, helped businesses grow and helped governments operate more efficiently and transparently;
Developed and adopted of Visa's interoperable mobile ecosystem, to enable phone to phone transactions for all socioeconomic segments and across all underlying account types
Fundamo, a Visa Company

Lead, Customer Strategy & Market Activation

2013 - 2014 (12 months)
Fundamo is a wholly owned subsidiary of Visa Inc. and one of the largest specialist providers of mobile financial services in the world;
Fundamo has built one of the worlds most advanced and sophisticated mobile financial service platforms which has been deployed across Africa, Asia, and the Middle East, offering mobile financial services to the unbanked and under banked people;
Worked in priority markets to stimulate growth in accounts and transactions through partnerships, opportunity analysis and solving in country hurdles, as well as evaluating adjacent industries to establish large net new transaction opportunities
Red Ant International • Kenya

Senior Consultant - Mobile Money

2012 - 2013 (1 year, 4 months)
Red Ant International Company is a specialist mobile payments consultancy with over 17 years experience in the banking and payments industries;
It is uniquely positioned to advise companies and help to implement go to market strategies in this rapidly expanding sector;
To date, Red Ant International has worked with a number of clients including banks, MNOs, card payment companies and technical vendors;
Provided end to end Mobile Money Payments training and consulting
Safaricom • Kenya

M-PESA Key Accounts Operations Officer

2007 - 2011 (3 years, 10 months)
Safaricom is the leading provider of converged communication solutions in Kenya;
In addition to providing a broad range of first class products and services for Telephony, Broadband Internet and Financial services through M-PESA;
Safaricom seeks to uplift the welfare of Kenyans through value added services and support for community projects;
M-PESA has over the past seven years evolved from a money transfer service to a robust payment platform and driver of financial inclusion for Kenyans;
Since its inception, the service has grown to incorporate the unbanked and underbanked;
Provided business partners with day to day training and operational support to ensure effective seamless operations, timely and efficient delivery of Mobile Money services