Michael Mbuthia

Regional Director East & Southern Africa, AfricaNenda, Kenya

Michael is a financial services professional with 15+ years of experience cutting across digital financial services, strategy formulation, project management and business development. His working knowledge spans across Banking, Aviation, Agriculture, and impact development covering multiple geographies in Africa.
He is currently the Regional Director East & Southern Africa for AfricaNenda, a digital financial services program funded by Bill & Melinda Gates foundation and incubated by Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors with the objective of supporting secure digital payment infrastructure that benefit all Africans and drive financial inclusion. Michael was the project lead for Rwanda National Digital Payments Platform (RNDPS) working directly with Access to Finance Rwanda (AFR) and National Bank Rwanda (BNR) spear-heading
Interoperability blueprint development and rollout. Prior to this he served as Pesalink Chief Information Officer (CIO) and Ag-Chief Executive Officer (CEO) for Kenya Bankers Association
payments services company - Integrated Payment Services Limited (IPSL) and was instrumental in leading the industry towards launching real-time interoperable payment platform. He was also the Head/Chief Information Security officer at Co-operative Bank of Kenya.
Michael holds two Masters degrees, MBA in Strategic Management from United States International University and M.Sc. in Information Technology from Nairobi University respectively and is currently undertaking a PhD in Information Technology at Cape Town University South Africa with research interests in Payments Interoperability, Making Markets Work for the Poor (M4P), Central Bank Digital Currency (CBDC) and ICT for development (ICT4D).
When he is not studying or building payment solutions, Michael is the Secretary at his alma mater “United States International University-Africa” and is passionate about youth mentorship. He is also an avid CrossFit enthusiast.

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