African technology has changed quite a bit. For the first time ever Africa was able to lead in a segment of technology through Mobile Payments that was fostered by MPESA and launched in 2007. We see the rest of the world playing catch up when it comes to Mobile Technology. From then onwards Africa has made several strides in Technology that in most cases may not go noticed by the rest of the world but are game changing back here on the continent. This article honors the silent heros in Africa Technology, the people that are creating technologies built for Africa to help the people on the continent. These are the top most influential people in African Technology. PS: This is not a rating just a listing of who they are:
- Mike Quin: Position CEO and Co-founder Zoona. CEO of Zoona, an African FinTech business that helps communities thrive. Since launching in 2009, Zoona has grown to an active customer base of 1.5 million consumers and 1,400 agents in Zambia and Malawi, and has processed over $1 billion in transactions. In 2015, the Nike Foundation and Unreasonable Institute selected Zoona for the inaugural Girl Effect Accelerator as one of the top start-ups in the world helping girls out of poverty based on our micro-franchise model that empowers girls and young women to become entrepreneurs.Mike holds an MBA with Distinction from Oxford University, where he was a Skoll Scholar for Social Entrepreneurship, along with an MSc in Management Development from the London School of Economics. He has lived in Ghana, Zambia, and South Africa for the past 12 years, and now calls Cape Town home. Mike grew up in Calgary, Canada, and completed his undergraduate degree in Mechanical Engineering at the University of British Colombia Contacts: https://www.linkedin.com/in/mike-quinn-b629b23/
- Iyinoluwa Aboyeji: He is the CEO of Flutterwave and Andela. Iyinoluwa Aboyeji is the Founder and former CEO of HOF portfolio company Flutterwave, a business building payments technology and infrastructure for businesses in Africa to accept payments online.
- Katlego Maphai: Co-founder Yoco: His company Yoco builds tools and services to help small businesses accept card payments and manage their day to day activities.Since launching its first product in late 2015, a card reader that connects with a merchant’s smartphone or tablet, the company has grown its base to over 27,000 South African small businesses, 75% of which had never accepted cards previously. The company is adding more than 1,500 new merchants every month, making it South Africa’s largest and fastest growing independent card payments provider by number of merchants.Yoco’s strategy is to partner with small businesses early in their life cycle and actively help them grow. Its payments solution now includes point of sale software, business intelligence, accounting integrations, and working capital financing.
- Kenneth Ntende: Co-founder DusuPay and Investor in Several African Technology startups in Tech, Media, Sports and Retail in Uganda and Across Africa. DusuPay provides financial API’s that most Businesses in Europe and US are using to transact with Africa. Most of the Betting, Forex and Money Remittance companies use the company’s technology as a back bone to transact in Africa.
- Ricky Thomson, founder and director, SafeBoda. Ricky Thomson is an entrepreneur from northern Uganda who’s working to keep the capital Kampala moving. His company Safeboda beat Uber at the motor bike ride hailing game and has since expanded to Kenya and Rwanda as the new front of operation.
- Fahim Saleh, Gokada CEO and Co-founder. Fahim Saleh is the Co-CEO and founder of Gokada. He has over 15 years of entrepreneurial experience. His first company in high school generated over one million dollars in revenue
- Zachariah George: Based in Cape Town, he is the founder of the startup Bootcamp program in Africa. Zach is the Co-Founder and Chief Investment Officer of Startupbootcamp AfriTech – the leading multi-corporate backed venture accelerator program in Africa. He is the founder of Cactus Advisors – a specialist corporate finance advisory firm and micro VC fund specializing in high growth, high impact African tech ventures. Zach is a prominent Angel investor in 40+ leading tech startups in Africa including Flutterwave, HouseME, Recomed and several others. He was featured on the cover of Fast Company South Africa in May 2018 and on several occasions on CNBC Africa.
- Elizabeth Rossiello: CEO of Bitpesa. The company recently closed a $15m USD round of funding supported by Goldman Sachs. Elizabeth is the founder and Chief Executive Officer of digital payments platform BitPesa. She grew up in Queens, New York, and now lives in Dakar, Senegal. She is an expert in East African financial product development and establishing practices in risk, governance and IT for local banks.
- Strive Masiyiwa: He is one of the continents richest men. He is the founder and executive chairman of the telecommunications, media and technology company Econet Wireless. The company is the home to Zimbabwe’s largest mobile money network accounting for over 90% market share in the country.
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