#WhereLeadersAreMade: Faith Nkatha Gitonga - Ngokonyo

Ms. Faith Nkatha is a transformational and influential leader and professional in Fintech in the region with over 10 years of experience. She has both broad and deep experiences and knowledge in Innovation, Sales, Business Development, Payments, Partnerships, Leadership, Product development, Strategy, and Culture Management etc. She is known as a strategic thinker with extensive insights into how present trends will translate into the future, and how to prepare organizations for future-readiness.

Faith works as the Country Manager for Cellulant, one of the leading Fintech and payments companies in Africa. Cellulant uses technology to connect people and their resources, making it easier to do business across Africa. Their goal is to facilitate more transactions between more people so that we can all live better lives. Cellulant’s belief in providing solutions to everyday challenges across Africa has led to digitizing payments end to end for various value chains and as a result providing increased transparency and broader reach within a single mobile commerce platform for financial sector players. Cellulant believes that when we are connected, we can accomplish more, together.

Previously, she worked at the Oracle Corporation leading their Digital Transformation efforts for the Public Sector. Her last role in banking was at Sidian Bank where she worked as the Director for Strategy, Monitoring, and Transformation. She provided valuable insights and oversight to the Bank's Marketing, Customer Experience, Retail and Corporate banking operations.

Ms. Nkatha has been involved in some Government projects, where she was involved from Strategy formulation and implementation and worked closely with Cabinet Secretaries, Ministers, and Boards. As a result of her work with in the Banking and Technology industry, she has developed strong networks and working relationships with Regulatory bodies, Insurance companies, Non-Governmental bodies, Embassies, Religious bodies, Manufacturing, Oil and Gas companies, Government Ministries, and Parastatals.

Faith currently serves on three (3) boards; the Women on Boards Network where she chairs the Finance, Partnerships and Administration Committee, the LVCT Health Board, and the Inuka Africa Board. She is also a Member of the African Women in Fintech and Payments, and a trainer and mentor for the Presidential Digital Talent Program (PDTP) in addition to volunteering at the Mpesa Foundation Academy.

Faith recently graduated from Yale University and the University of California, Berkeley with an Executive certification in Leading Effective Decision making and another in Leading Innovative Change respectively. She holds a Masters of Arts in Psychology from USIU-Africa, which gives her an edge in leadership, people management, managing strategic and c-level relationships, and a better understanding of customers, their needs and how they make decisions.

Faith also has a certification in Leadership, Project Management, and Management Development from the Gordon Institute of Business Science and Strathmore Business School. As a result of her outstanding work ethic, she was nominated to join the Swedish Institute Management Program team representing Kenya in 2020.

During her spare time, Faith is usually involved in some form of adventure with family, doing speaking engagements, and encouraging and mentoring women and young people.

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