A community of entrepreneurs creating cool payment products for Africa’s mobile generation.

We are on a journey to digitise payments for Africa’s largest economies. 

Our day job is to deliver reliable pathways and our night job is to constantly improve the services offered.

It took $3000, a serviette and a dream

What are the odds that two young Africans could start a company over a cup of coffee and be successful?  In 2001 two young African men from opposite ends of the continent sat across each other at a dinner table that led to a discussion over a cup of coffee. So intense was the conversation that problem solving models were created on a serviette that would fuel the establishment and growth of a multinational African firm forever changing the payments landscape. Meet two simple, passionate and determined African entrepreneurs building a billion dollar business that’s changing the global payment landscape one problem at a time.

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Our Leadership

GLOBAL DRIVERS

David Waithaka

Chief Business Officer

David is a seasoned strategist and finance practitioner joining Cellulant from Syngenta E.A. He has been an integral part of managing the Cellulant’s expansion into various markets across Africa. He joined Cellulant Corporation in 2007 in Business Support Services then launched and led the Cellulant Zambia operations, building it to become the 3rd largest market within Cellulant’s multinational payment conglomerate. As Group Chief Business Officer, he is responsible for defining the commercial structure with customers while managing and executing new opportunities with existing & new customers.

Milkah Wachiuri

Chief Growth Officer

Milkah has vast experience gained at Deloitte. She joined Cellulant following the formation of the Group’s Shared Services Office to set up the group financial reporting structure, rose to Group Finance Manager then Group Chief Finance Officer. She has helped establish the group finance function and served as finance lead with the group management team in key business initiatives including the round two investor fundraising for the growth of group operations. Her role is to mature the group finance function, oversee long-term budgetary planning and ensure all programs are properly funded in alignment with Cellulant strategy.

Mohamed Faizal Hafiz

Chief Product Officer

Faizal is a seasoned technology practitioner with a strong background in software engineering alongside world-class expertise in high throughput transaction systems and new-age enterprise computing technologies. He joined Cellulant Group shortly after the Kenyan subsidiary opened and oversaw both software development and implementation until 2017. He had served as the chief technology officer and today leads our full circle technology loop from product ideation, till service management, and everything in between, ensuring speed of execution, and the best quality products. Faizal is a Computer Science graduate from the University of Natal, South Africa.

Moses Abindabizemu

Chief Operations Officer (Payments)

Moses is a passionate leader with over 13 yrs leadership and management in the Telecommunications sector. He has led Sales, Marketing, Mobile Money & Pricing teams in multi-million dollar Telecom Companies driving phenomenon growth in revenue market share and bonding scores in a volatile environment.

Before joining Cellulant, Moses worked with Airtel Rwanda overseeing Marketing & Airtel Money functions after the merger with Tigo that has seen Airtel be the Largest telecom company in Rwanda with over 56% Customer market share and growing.

He is excited about creating valuable enablers that will help consumers live their long desired dreams. Over the years Moses has gained special experience in; - Integration of telecom companies into one, Leadership and coaching of Sales and Marketing teams, pricing and business analytics, product design, development & Go-to-market excellence.

He is passionate about gaining market share, effective execution, team development in career and strategy formulation and more passionate about understanding the customer and addressing their real need. Moses holds a Bachelor’s degree in Engineering from Kyambogo University and a MBA in International Business Administration specializing in Global Management from Paris ESLSCA Business School.

Akshay Grover

Chief Financial Officer

Akshay Grover is currently the Chief Financial Officer at Cellulant with primary responsibilities for overall finance functions, Business growth strategy & Business optimization.
Prior to this engagement, Akshay was the chief growth officer at ISON Group responsible for the growth and expansion of ISON Group. This included investments, mergers, and acquisitions, developing new partnerships, and foraying into new geographies. Key among these growth initiatives was Akshay's leadership role in ISON Innovation and Investments ('13'), which invests in digital and internet business in the MEA region. Akshay drove the i3 investment strategy, its investments, and works closely with entrepreneurs to build businesses to the next level and create monetization opportunities for ISON. Akshay has 13+ yeahttps://www.cellulant.com/wp-admin/post.php?post=207781&action=edit#rs of experience focused on the TMT across Europe, India, the Middle East, and Africa ('EMEIA') and has closed transactions in excess of USD 5 bn. His prior experience spans business consulting, strategy, investment banking, and private equity investing across a wide range of companies in the region.
Prior to ISON, Akshay was a Director with Ernst and Young's (EY) - Transaction Advisory practice focused on M&A, fundraising, and restructuring in TMT. In addition to his role in M&A, he was responsible for driving cross-border cooperation between EY's India and MEA offices. This included leading thought leadership events, representation at industry conferences, and media interactions. Akshay's Private Equity stint was with Dubai Holding's TMT investment arm
EIT with an AUM of ~USD 4bn. During his tenure at EIT, Akshay led EITs investment in some of these companies, in driving portfolio value creation activities – organic and inorganic. Akshay began his career with E&Y India in the Telecom Advisory team in 2004 where he worked on a range of advisory engagements for telecom operators in India, South-Asia, and Africa. A management graduate with a specialization in Finance from Narsee Monjee Institute of Management Studies, Akshay was selected by a leading credit rating agency as the 'CRISIL Young Thought Leader and was identified amongst the top 15 'Leaders' across the country by the Indian Institute of Management.

Solomon Abiakalam

Group Chief Compliance Officer

Solomon Abiakalam leads the Compliance and Risk function. He is an experienced Compliance and Risk executive with international exposure and track record in the development and implementation of Compliance programs: AML/CFT, Anti- Fraud, Anti-Bribery & Corruption, Operational Risk, Ethics, Consumer Protection and Privacy. Solomon has 19 years cognate experience within Banking and Payments. He has had successful stints in Standard Chartered Bank as Executive Director responsible for Financial Crime Compliance across Nigeria and West Africa; HSBC as Vice President, Compliance and responsible Regulatory and Financial Crime Compliance across the banks relationships in West Africa; and MoneyGram International where he had compliance oversight over a network of over 150 financial institutions as Regional Compliance Officer responsible for English and Portuguese speaking Africa.

Solomon has led large, diverse and highly motivated teams to successfully implement multiple risk management initiatives across multiple jurisdictions. He constantly provides independent opinion or works as part of risk committees to assess risks associated with ventures, clients and even countries. He is familiar with the rigors of managing risks around complex financial products, within high risk geographies relating to Retail and Corporate clients. Solomon is highly experienced in managing risks that are related to payments as well as managing vast agent/partner networks. He is a Certified Anti- Money Laundering Specialist (CAMS), a Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA) and holds an MBA. As an African and who has worked mostly within Sub-Saharan Africa, Solomon believes if the current economic order in Africa isn't radically disrupted, prosperity will remain elusive to the teeming poor on the continent. He is excited by the potential value that could be unlocked by connecting 700million mobile users to payments that power their everyday lives. For him, this is a mission- the business of prosperity and one he is proud associating with.

Sike Bamisebi

Acg CEO, Nigeria

Sike is an experienced CFO with over 17 years of comprehensive experience in all facets of Business and financial operations. Adept at interfacing with key stakeholders and proposing plans to ensure the attainment of financial and strategic objectives. Well-versed in determining customer financial needs and developing “win-win” solutions. Able to optimize business performance through process improvement and restructuring various business operations.

She has worked as a Finance and Business professional in Accenture, Alcatel-Lucent (now Nokia), Turning point (UK), Buckhickman (UK), Business Connexion, TSL, and currently Cellulant.

She is a graduate of Management and Accounting from Obafemi Awolowo University and holds a Masters’ degree in Business Administration from the Alliance Manchester Business School, United Kingdom. Sike is also a Fellow Chartered Accountant of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (FCCA), UK, and currently studies as a Doctorate researcher at the University of Bradford (United Kingdom).