Populations on the continent that previously had no access to financial services now access a wide range of financial and payments services through their mobile phones. However, despite the demonstrated potential for increased financial inclusion for the continent’s poor, these services have yet to gain traction across Africa. This panel will probe how digitizing services like micro-finance, insurance, and many others are great opportunities to provide wider access to financial services.
Nshuti Lucy Mbabazi serves as Ecobank's Assistant Vice President for Push Payments, overseeing mobile payments strategy and implementation across all markets.
Prior, Nshuti served as Country Manager overseeing operations for Rwanda, Burundi and Malawi. Prior to this role, she led the coordination of Visa – Government of Rwanda (GoR) Public Private Partnership initiatives 2011 – 2015, established to lay the foundation for digitization of Rwanda’s economy and financial inclusion. She was also part of a team of seven who led the mVISA pilot in Rwanda. Prior to Visa, Nshuti also served as Policy and Strategy Advisor to the Head of Information Technology at Rwanda Development Board (RDB/IT), the coordinating and implementing body of all Government of Rwanda ICT initiatives. While at RDB she led the development of Rwanda’s National ICT Plan (2011 – 2015) whose initiatives are driving Rwanda’s transformation into the envisioned 2020 vision of an ICT driven society.
Nshuti serves as President of Girls in ICT Rwanda; Vice Chairperson, Broadband Systems Corporation (BSC) board; Rwanda Information and Communications Technology Association (RICTA) and Board Chair, Leo Africa Institute. Nshuti holds a Bachelor of Science in Information Technology from Laroche College and, a Master of Public Policy from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government.