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Nairobi, Kenya
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An expert in mobile money in Sub-Saharan Africa

Chidi Okpala is an expert in entrepreneurship, payments, sales & distribution, retail & consumer banking. He also has expertise in mobile money, digital financial services and integrated payments services in Sub-Saharan Africa. He graduated with degree in Master of Business Administration at University of Nigeria


Experience
Atlas Mara Ltd • United Arab Emirates (UAE)

Group Managing Director: FinTech

2016 - Present (3 years, 5 months)
Atlas Mara’s strategy is to become sub Saharan Africa's premier financial institution;
It will achieve this through a combination of the experience and expertise of its team and by providing access to capital, liquidity and funding;
It will support economic growth and strengthen financial systems in Africa;
The company recently acquired BancABC, the commercial arm of the Development Bank of Rwanda, African Development Corporation and it has a 29.9% stake in Union Bank of Nigeria
Bharti Airtel International (Netherlands) BV

Director and Africa Head, AIRTEL MONEY

2012 - 2015 (3 years, 9 months)
Airtel Money is a leading provider of digital financial services in Africa, with a coverage across Airtel's operations in 17 African countries, they serve more Africans than any other financial institution in Africa;
Founded in August 2011, Airtel Money is now at the forefront of efforts to create entire cashless payments ecosystems, deepen financial inclusion, facilitate regional trade and reduce transaction costs across Africa;
They are leaders in the provision of integrated payments services for governments, businesses, NGOs, embassies, schools and other types of institutions with solutions that meet their everyday payments administration and processing needs;
They are one of Africa's largest provider of Digital Financial Services, with over 12 Million active customers, 100+m and c$1.9 Billion in monthly transaction
UBA Group

Division Head, Retail Banking Group

2010 - 2012 (2 years, 2 months)
Oversaw personal and business banking businesses across 19 countries and managed a multi-geography and multi-lingual sales force across Africa;
United Bank for Africa Plc is one of Africa's leading financial institutions offering banking services to more than 7 million customers across 750 branches in 19 African countries;
With presence in New York, London and Paris, UBA is connecting people and businesses across Africa through retail and corporate banking, innovative cross border payments, trade finance and investment banking
United Bank for Africa Plc • Africa

Division Head, Global Consumer Bank

2008 - 2010 (1 year, 12 months)
Direct oversight over the consumer banking business of a frontline pan African banking group with responsibility for branch banking, segment banking (Prestige, Non Resident and SMEs), marketing and sales of CASA and consumer finance
United Bank for Africa Plc

Division Head, Retail Products & Propositions

2002 - 2008 (5 years, 10 months)
Successfully developed and managed products across the consumer finance, e-Banking, remittances and retail banking suites;
Was responsible for building and managing alliances that furthered the retail banking agenda