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Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
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Expert in ePayment and FinTech Development

Bizuneh Bekele has over 25 years experience in management, consultancy, and other professional capacities. His career is now focused on executive level management. In parallel he focuses on operating as strategy and implementation consultant of e-payment systems. He is the founder and former Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of EthSwitch S.C - the national inter-bank switch and clearing house of Ethiopia. Currently he is founder of DigiFinance Africa (under formation) and consultant on ePayment and FinTech Development. Bizuneh has earned M.Sc. degree in Computer Science and Applications and B.A. degree in Management
Questions I can answer:
How to develop and operate a National e-Payment infrastructure, through cooperation among competitors, and having various participants including Banks, MFIs, Switches, Third Party Service Providers, etc. ?


Experience
DigiFinance Africa

e-Payment and Fintech Development Consultant

2018 - Present (2 years, 8 months)
EthSwitch S.C. • Ethiopia

Chief Executive Officer

2011 - 2018 (7 years, 3 months)
As its founder CEO, established EthSwitch S.C. with total Authorized Capital of ETB 300 million (i.e., equivalent to USD 17.6 million) and total Subscribed Capital of ETB 220 million (i.e., equivalent to USD 12.6 million), in 2011;
Managed the company’s financial and other resources, organized and led the entire process of establishing the National e-Payment Switch and related infrastructure and its operation;
Organized and led International and Local Bidding, Bid Evaluation, Contract Negotiation, Project Management, and Contract Administration Processes of 16 separate contracts (i.e., 7 international and 9 local), with total worth of USD 10,054,203.87;
Led the Implementation of the National e-Payment Switch and Related Systems, having Data Center and sector-wide VPN infrastructure connecting 17 commercial Banks and the central bank, and implementing the National e-Payment Switch, Clearing, Settlement, Dispute and Fraud Management Systems on top of it;
Led a Team of Professionals and also worked hands-on in the Preparation of the System Rules and Fee Structure of the National e-Payment Switch of Ethiopia, which governs the roles and responsibilities of participants in the National Switch ecosystem
African Water Facility (under AfDB fund) - Ministry of Water Resources

IT Consultant - Knowledge Management System Design

2008 - 2010 (1 year, 5 months)
Information Technology (IT) Consultant to the Ministry of Water Resources – African Water Facility (AWF) Supported Information and Knowledge Management Project:
Conducting a study on the Requirements for Knowledge Management System for Water Research;
Design of a Knowledge Management System for Water Research
Consultant - Canadian Embassy in Ethiopia

Consultant to Study the ICT Market Potential in Ethiopia

2008 - 2008 (5 months)
Consultant to the Canadian Government (through the Canadian Embassy in Ethiopia) to study the Ethiopian ICT Market Potential:
Studied the market situation and potentials of the Ethiopian ICT sector and prepared a comprehensive report to be used by Canadian businesses
DWET PLC

Project Manager and Software Implementer

2007 - 2007 (3 months)
Contractor and Project Manager (to DWET PLC):
Prepared a proposal for world class documents and records management solution (Laserfiche);
Supplied a world class US DoD certified electronic documents and records management solution;
Project Managed the Implementation of the electronic documents and records management solution
Canadian International Development Agency

IT Consultant

2006 - 2006 (4 months)
IT consultant to CIDA, as member of the donors group, on the First Year PSCAP Joint Supervision Mission and produced a qualitative assessment report evaluating the program in the first year and providing various policy, strategy, and program level recommendations
Ethiopia - Federal Supreme Court

Consultant

2005 - 2006 (1 year, 1 month)
Consultant to the Federal Supreme Court:
Reviewed the status of IT administration and support services in the Federal courts in view of best practices of IT administration and support;
Prepared policy manual for electronic court records management;
Prepared a revised organizational structure for the Federal Courts;
Introduced the use of Electronic Records in the Federal Courts and led its pilot;
Prepared password management policy;
Prepared network IP addressing convention, naming, and numbering schemes;
Provided various training and orientation to develop the IT staff of the Federal Courts;
Provided various on-going consultancy services to ensure the sustainability of the IT systems in the Federal Courts
Canadian International Development Agency

IT Consultant

2005 - 2005 (5 months)
IT Consultant to CIDA together with Douglas Hull, President of Connectivity Partners International, Canada and David Sutherland, Vice President of Connectivity Partners International, Canada on Total Cost of Ownership Analysis of the ICT Component of the Ethiopian Government Public Service Capacity Building Program (PSCAP) with evaluation of various strategic approaches and provision of policy, strategy and program level recommendations
Canadian International Development Agency

IT Consultant

2004 - 2004 (2 months)
IT Consultant to CIDA together with Douglas Hull, President Connectivity Partners International, Canada on Sustainability Analysis of the ICT Component of the Ethiopian Government Public Service Capacity Building Program (PSCAP), and produced a report with analysis of various policy, strategy, and program implementation level issues and provision of policy, strategy, and program level recommendations
B.i.S PLC.

Principal Consultant

2004 - 2011 (7 years, 3 months)
Providing consultancy services on IT Strategy, Policy, and Implementation issues, including Information Systems requirements specification, design and development, LAN and WAN design and implementation, capacity building and institutional development; Providing pre-sales consultancy services on various software and network solutions; Providing Information Systems and Technology Project Management services
Office of the Commissioner for Federal Judiciary Affairs

IT Consultant

2003 - 2005 (1 year, 7 months)
Evaluated the Case Management System (CMS) and Court Records System (CRS) software implementations and presented a report consisting of my observations and findings, conclusions, and recommendations;
Evaluated and tested the Court Case Management System (CCMS) and its corresponding touch-screen software which is developed as an alternative to CMS using Visual Studio.NET, XML and Microsoft SQL Server 2000, in terms of its service capability, its required hardware and software platforms, capability of data migration from CMS to CCMS, easiness to learn and use, and performance and presented a report consisting of my observations and findings, conclusions, and recommendations;
Provided consultancy and coordination services during the migration from CMS to CCMS;
Prepared policy and procedure manuals for Courts IT Help Desk and Maintenance Administration Services and Network and Database Administration;
Prepared a standard contract agreement for external IT maintenance and support services, to be used as a template by the Courts;
Urban Development Capacity Building Office

IT Consultant

2003 - 2003 (2 months)
IT Consultant for Urban Development Capacity Building Office (UDCBO):
Conducted the IT needs assessment for UDCBO and produced a document;
Prepared technical specifications of a huge volume of IT equipment and software to be procured for UDCBO, National Urban Planning Institute (NUPI), and Ministry of Federal Affairs (MFA) under the World Bank procurement procedures
UN-FAO

Consultant

2002 - 2002 (9 months)
Senior Programmer to design and develop the National Agricultural Information System (NAIS) application software
African Lakes (Ethiopia) Plc.

Business Development Manager

2001 - 2002 (6 months)
Preparing business development strategy and plans, identifying business requirements and potential markets, writing proposals, conducting pre-sales presentations, closing business deals
African Lakes (Ethiopia) Plc.

Customer Engineering and Services Manager

2000 - 2001 (12 months)
Planning, Organizing, Leading, and Controlling the IT Engineering, Support, and Maintenance services department activities;
Preparing Technical Proposals for Information System and Technology projects;
Supporting the Sales Team in the preparation of proposals and pre-sales technical presentaitons
African Lakes (Ethiopia) PLC

Professional Support Specialist

1999 - 2000 (1 year, 7 months)
Study business and information system requirements;
Prepare proposals;
Provide pre-sales consultancy services;
Provide information systems implementation and technical support services
Civil Service Bureau

O&M Senior Expert

1993 - 1996 (3 years, 8 months)
Study and designed organizational structures and staffing plans of various (over 20) government agencies;
Led studies of allowance and per-diem rates for government employees;
Led studies to establish public enterprises;
Participated in position classification of government positions in over 20 government agencies
Ministry of Foreign Trade

O&M Expert

1989 - 1992 (3 years, 4 months)
Studied and produced various procedures manuals, forms, and office layouts;
Participated on various management problem case studies

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