Before establishing Interswitch in 2002, Mitchell worked with TELNET as the
Group Head for Business Development after an impactful time as a Wireline
Engineer at Schlumberger.
An alumnus of the IESE/Wharton/CEIBS Global CEO Program, Mitchell is a Bishop
Desmond Tutu fellow of the African Leadership Institute. Building a remarkable
career on his background as an Electrical/Electronic Engineering graduate from
the University of Benin, Nigeria, he has won several awards, including the
CNBC/Forbes All African Business Leader (AABLA) for West Africa, and Ernst and
Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award.
Mitchell currently serves as a Board Member at Endeavor
and is reputed as a High Impact Entrepreneurship Enabler.
Divisional CEO, Payment Processing
A Member of the founding Interswitch management team in 2002, Akeem has Over 22
years experience in the implementation and management of projects in the
Financial Services sector; Information & Communications Technology, and the
Oil & Gas industry.
Currently the Divisional CEO of one of the Payment Processing business division
at Interswitch, Akeem is Responsible for some of the innovations driving the
payments industry in Nigeria today.
Before joining Interswitch in 2002, he worked with Oildata Services Port
Harcourt, and later with TELNET in a Senior Engineer role.
A Desmond Tutu fellow of the African Leadership Institute, Akeem is an Associate
Member of the Institution of Electrical Engineers (IEE). He holds an MBA from the Lagos Business School of the Pan Atlantic University and a first-class degree in Electrical / Electronics Engineering from the University of Benin.
Group Chief Financial Officer & Supply Chain Management
John Maguire embodies 30 years of multi-geographical experience garnered across
diverse markets including the UK, Asia and Africa, working within the telecoms
and technology sectors.
John has worked in several senior finance roles in organizations like Cable
& Wireless PLC where he was VP Finance, Japan and Asia. He was also CFO at
the THUS Group PLC, CFO at Etisalat Nigeria and CFO at Intelligent Energy
With a 1st class honours degree in Civil Engineering from the University of
Manchester Institute of Science and Technology, John is a UK Chartered
Accountant (ICAEW) qualifying with Ernst & Young.
Divisional CEO, Interswitch Networks
Chinyere joined Interswitch with over 16 years experience in
the banking industry where she had held numerous functions including; Financial
Control; Branch Management as Branch Manager of various branches; Regional
Business Executive; Head Global Strategy Retail; Divisional Head Electronic
Banking, and Divisional Head, Branch Banking and Electronic Banking.
She joined the Interswitch team in January 2012 as the Chief ATM and Devices
Officer and went on to become the Divisional CEO, Industry Vertical Markets in
April 2014. Chinyere is a qualified chartered accountant, an alumnus of the
Lagos Business School and an alumnus of the London Business School.
Divisional CEO, Payment Tokens(Verve)
Mike joined ISW in 2015 as the Divisional CEO, Interswitch Financial Inclusion
Before this, he had garnered experience spanning over 15 years in the banking
sector working for First Bank, Eco Bank, AfriBank and UBA, holding key
management positions as Head Mobile Financial Services; Head Cards &
e-Products / Ag. Head Domestic Products; Group Head, E-Business; Group Head CID
and FT, and Head, e-banking Support Group / Ag. Div. Head NRN & Funds
Mike holds a first degree in Computer Engineering from the Federal University of
Technology Owerri (FUTO), and an Executive MBA from the Lagos Business School.
He has also attended Executive Programs at INSEAD and CEIBS.
Divisional CEO, Industry Vertical Solutions
Jonah joined Interswitch in 2007 and has served the company in different
capacities across the business. Responsible for overseeing SmartGov. CRSG
Limited from 2012 till date as the Managing Director, he was appointed as the
Chief Strategy Officer in 2014 and elevated to become the Divisional CEO for
Industry Vertical Markets in April 2018.
Jonah has completed programs from the IESE Business School, Oxford University,
and Wharton Business School. He holds a Masters in Business Administration (MBA)
degree from the Lagos Business School and a First degree in
Electrical/Electronics Engineering from the Ambrose Alli University, Ekpoma.
Titi is a veteran professional with over 14 years industry experience. She
joined Interswitch in 2004 and has since served the company in different
capacities with responsibilities in functions within Operations, Product
Management, Sales, Key Account & Customer Value Management, and Project
Before she was appointed Divisional CEO, Interswitch Financial Inclusion
Services Limited in 2018, Titi had served as Chief Payment & VAS Officer in
2012, and then as Group Head, Social Systems & Services within the Industry
Vertical Markets Division in 2014. In that capacity, she was responsible for managing Education, Government, Power, and Transport industry verticals.
An alumnus of the Cardiff University of Wales, Titi holds a First degree in Business Economics and Masters’ degree in Business Administration.
Divisional CEO, Interswitch Digital
With over 15 years experience in software development and architecture, IT and
general management in organizations like Enterprise & Information Systems,
and IPNX Nigeria Limited, Muyiwa joined Interswitch in 2004 and has progressed
across increasingly senior management roles.
Seconded to East Africa in 2014, where he successfully grew the business as CEO
Interswitch Uganda, Muyiwa completed the Senior Management Programmes (SMP36) of
the Lagos Business School, he is a Microsoft Certified Solution Developer
(MCSD), an Alumnus of the Shell Special Intensive Training Program (SITP) and a
Computer Science graduate from the University of Lagos.
Group Chief Marketing & Communications Officer
With over 20 years functional and leadership experience from the fast-moving
Consumer Goods and Telecoms industry, Cherry joined Interswitch in 2014 as the
Chief Marketing Officer (CMO).
Before joining Interswitch, Cherry's career began with Diageo where she progressed through the ranks to become Marketing Manager Guinness Brands. She
later joined MTN as Senior Manager, Segment Marketing, and later GlaxoSmithKline
(GSK) as Head of Marketing for Nutritionals.
Cherry has completed executive programs from Columbia University, Cranfield
University, Wharton Business School, Kellogg Business, Lagos Business School,
and The Fintech Program at Oxford University Business School.
An alumnus of the Senior Management Programme (SMP) of Lagos Business School (LBS), Cherry is a fellow of the Nigerian Institute of Marketing and a Biology graduate from the University of Benin.
Chief Information Officer
Babafemi is an astute technology expert with strong technology capabilities
garnered over 18 years of core experience spanning IT infrastructure, Software
and application development in Fintech, and Consulting and software development
His career commenced at Accenture in 2001 from where he proceeded to Neptune
Software (formally Computer Systems Associates), building banking software for
the biggest and most successful financial institutions in the country.
Babafemi joined Interswitch in 2003 as an Interface Engineer and has since risen
through the ranks to become Divisional Head for Software Development, and later
promoted to CIO in 2013.
He is an alumnus of the Senior Management Programme (SMP) of Lagos Business
School, Pan-Atlantic University and holds a Computer Engineering Degree from Obafemi Awolowo University, Ife, Nigeria.
Group Chief Human Resources Officer
Tolulope's career spans over two decades in national and international roles,
both as an HR consultant and practitioner with SCG Consulting, Arthur Andersen
(now KPMG Professional Services) and Unilever Nigeria Plc. Her career
progression has seen her work as Company Learning Manager, Regional Training
Manager, Unilever Africa Regional Group Learning Director (Africa Middle East
& Turkey - AMET), Leadership Development Director, AMET and Human Resources
Director, Nigeria. A position she held from 2010 till March 2016.
Tolu joined United Nations World Food Program in May 2016 as the Senior
Strategic Regional Human Resources Business Partner (based in Johannesburg,
South Africa) before joining Interswitch Group as the Group Chief Human
Resources Officer in March 2018.
General Counsel & Chief Compliance Officer
Gbenga is the Chief Legal Officer with oversight function over Legal and
Compliance, armed with over 18 years' experience across Legal, Compliance,
Corporate Governance and Risk management spheres in diverse sectors including
Legal practice, Banking & Financial Services, Financial Technology, and
Gbenga is enrolled as a Solicitor and Advocate of the Supreme Court of Nigeria, he is a member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (United Kingdom);
Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators (United Kingdom); Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), and The International Bar Association (IBA).
He holds an LLB (Hons) degree from the University of Lagos.
Group Chief Software Architect
Francis Chukwunyem assumed the role of Chief Software Architect at Interswitch
in September 2019, where he is responsible for the delivery and maintenance of
all software solutions designed, architected and maintained by Interswitch's
Engineering Team. Francis commenced his 28-year career in Technology in 1991 as
a Systems Engineer with Intersystem Computers, Kano. From there, he went on to
become a Programmer with Data Designs Laboratory Ltd. from October 1992 to
October 1993. Francis joined Zenith International Bank, in November 1993 as a
Software Programmer and rose steadily to become Senior Software Engineer and
Senior Lead Payments Solutions Architect, becoming the bank's Chief Information
Officer (CIO)from 2010 - 2019.
Francis is a Second Class Upper Degree holder, as well as a Master's Degree
holder in Computer Science from the Universities of Benin and Lagos
respectively. He has also attended courses at Harvard Business School and the
Sloan Business School of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).
Chief Customer Experience Officer
Oremeyi joined Interswitch in 2002 and has since performed several roles within
the organization including Payment processing, Cards business and product
With over 16 years work experience, Oremeyi became the COO in April 2016. An
alumnus of the University of Cambridge UK and MBA holder from the Judge Business
School, Oremeyi is an Electrical and Electronics Engineering graduate from the
University of Benin.
A member of the Winning Team at the 2011 Hult Global Case Challenge (largest
international crowdsourcing competition), Oremeyi was awarded divisional head of
the quarter (Interswitch Limited Q2 2010) for team motivation and work expertise
and served as the first certified e-payment Postilion (now S1) trainer in Africa
(outside South Africa).
Group Chief Product Officer
Vincent is a pioneer staff of Interswitch and is currently the Group Chief,
Product Management. He joined Interswitch as a Solutions Engineer and through
diligence and dedication rose to become a member of the Senior Management
Committee in diverse capacities including Team Lead, Systems & Applications
Integration and Support Divisional Head, Systems Integration, Chief Technology
Officer (CTO) and Group Head, Business Incubation; a role he took up in April
With over 16 years industry experience, Vincent now oversees product development and management functions at Interswitch. Before this, for four
years, Vincent was the Chief Executive Officer of National Payment Switch of The
Gambia (Gamswitch) in which Interswitch has vested interest.
He is a graduate of Computer Science from the University of Nigeria, Nsukka.
Chief Strategy Officer
Ndifreke joined Interswitch with over 12 years experience in
PricewaterhouseCoopers, working with clients in both the public and private
sector, where she successfully managed engagements that covered Strategy
Formulation & Implementation, Performance Tracking, Monitoring and
Evaluation (M&E system implementation), Business Transformation, Project
Management, Process Reviews, and Redesign.
In her current role with Interswitch, Ndifreke supports the group and business lines in articulating where and how it will win within its markets; implementing and tracking realization of its strategies and introducing new ways of working and managing change with a focus on people development.
Outside the office, she collaborates with one of the leading foundations on entrepreneurship in Nigeria where she volunteers as a guest facilitator for training programmes to small businesses and entrepreneurs.
Ndifreke is a qualified accountant with the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants and she holds a First degree in pure and applied chemistry (University of Ibadan).
Group Chief Service Delivery Officer
Wale has invested over 18 years in the information technology industry with
experience spanning: Hardware and software infrastructure solutions; Enterprise
management and security solutions; Network solutions, and Systems Integration.
He has spent the past decade managing projects with medium-sized and large teams
through the project management life cycle.
Before joining Interswitch, Wale worked with Soft Solutions Limited as a
Software Developer; Telnet Nigeria Limited as Enterprise Infrastructure
Solutions Specialist; Airtel (formerly Celtel & Zain Nigeria) as Manager,
and Intelligent Networks & VAS Projects and Head, IT Projects.
Wale holds a Bachelor's degree in Computer Science from the Federal University of Technology, Akure, Nigeria and a Master's degree in International Management. He is an Alumnus of the Lagos Business School where he attended the Senior Management Programme (SMP).
Wale is a certified PRINCE2 Practitioner and Certified Managing Successful Programs (MSP) Practitioner, he holds technical certifications including CISA, CISSP, MSCD, Novell Certified Administrator and Lean SixSigma GreenBelt.
Group Chief Operations and Technology
An experienced organizational transformation professional with over 18 years experience spanning Organizational Change, Program Management, Sales,
Technology, Operations, and Finance.
A Lean Six Sigma (LSS) Master Black Belt with hands-on experience implementing
and mentoring Lean Six Sigma Belts to deliver LSS initiatives that have helped
improve the top and bottom-line of organizations across industries such as
Financial Services, Manufacturing, Aviation and Telecommunications.
Ehia holds a first degree in Mathematics from Ambrose Alli University, an MBA
from Norwich Business School, University of East Anglia, UK and has completed
executive programmes from The Graduate School of Business, University of Cape
Town, and The Nobel International Business School Accra amongst others. He is certified by the Project Management Institute USA and The Scaled Agile Framework as a SAFe Agilist and SAFe Practitioner.
Before joining Interswitch, Ehia held various positions working with, Standard Chartered Bank, Ecobank and Stanbic IBTC.
Country General Manager - Kenya
Romana is the country General manager at Interswitch EA Kenya Ltd where she leads the Interswitch business in Kenya. She is a seasoned market leader in the payment industry not only in Kenya but across different African Markets.
Romana has over 30 years’ experience in identifying new business opportunities, cultivating business relationships, and spearheading effective market penetration strategies in the financial technology world. She has developed and implemented projects in various industries including banking and insurance within East and Southern Africa.
She setup the PMO office for Kenya; managed operations, business development and sales; led a strategic Mobile Payment project, various Third-Party Processing integrations; PCI DSS and EMV Issuing Migration projects for Interswitch Kenya. Before Interswitch, she worked with the Group Technology team at Standard Chartered Bank for over 10 years, leading IT Disaster Recovery; IT Service Management and Service Delivery for Kenya Centralization. She was pivotal to the success of IT projects across 12 countries in Africa and various retail banking projects.
She also led the development of Insurance Management Systems for Amarco Kenya Ltd and developed and maintained numerous systems at Data Centre, the first computer bureau in East Africa. Romana is a value driven leader who enjoys supporting business growth across Africa.
Group Head Corporate Finance
Stephen has decades of cross-cultural experience working in finance-related
roles across industries and nations. He began his career in New Zealand with
Clarke Craw and Partners working within the business services function, and The
New Zealand Government in various accounting functions including Treasury, and
Management and Financial Accounting.
He moved to London where for 18 years he worked for many of the leading
investment banking institutions in various roles within the front office,
operations, finance, and risk including SBC Warburg Dillion Read; Lazard Capital
Markets; NMR Rothschild and Sons; BNP Paribas; ABN Amro; Bank of America;
Deutsche Bank; Credit Suisse First Boston; Northern Trust, and Royal Bank of
In 2012, Stephen moved to Nigeria and worked as the CFO for VANSO until they were acquired by Interswitch. He joined Interswitch in November 2016 and has worked in several roles before his appointment as Group Head – Corporate Finance.
Stephen is a Chartered Accountant, qualifying with the Chartered Accountants Society of Australia and New Zealand and he holds a Bachelor’s degree in commerce with majors in Accounting and Finance from Otago University New Zealand.
Group Chief Risk Officer
Griffith joined Interswitch on the first of July 2019 as Group Chief Risk
Officer. Until he assumed duties at Interswitch, he was the Head, Information
Security Governance, Risk and Compliance in Access Bank Plc. With over 18 years experience in the Nigerian banking industry: spanning core IT services, Process
Re-Engineering, Information Security and Risk Management & Control.
He worked with Diamond bank as Head of Operational Risk management and as Chief
Information Security Officer (CISO) between 2012 and 2019. He also worked with
Fidelity Bank from 2002 - 2012, where he held the position of IT Security
Administrator, Head of Networks and Head of E-Channels Support at different
times, having begun his banking career with UBA Plc in the year 2001 as network
Griffith holds a Bachelor’s (B.Eng.) in Computer Science & Engineering from the Enugu State University of Technology, an Executive Master’s in Business Administration (MBA) from Pan-Atlantic University (Lagos Business School), as well as multiple professional certifications in IT, Risk Management, Audit and Cybersecurity.
Chief Financial Officer, Nigeria
Chinomso, as Chief Financial Officer (CFO) for Nigeria, has oversight over financial strategies and operations for our flagship operations in Nigeria, providing strong support to the Group CFO, having previously served as Group Financial Controller.
With 13+ years cumulative experience, she is a veteran Finance Manager with
comprehensive experience in audit of financial statements in the manufacturing
and telecommunications industries. Before joining Interswitch in June 2015,
Chinomso had invested over 9 years in Audit Services in Big-4 firms, rising to
Manager with PricewaterhouseCoopers Nigeria.
Her expertise covers statutory and regulatory compliance, financial reporting,
and accounting in accordance with GAAP, financial management and analysis,
business analysis, and financial advisory.
A Biochemistry graduate of the Imo State University and an Associate Member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria Chinomso recently completed a course on the Emerging CFO program with the Stanford Graduate School of Business San Francisco and is currently completing a Global Executive MBA programme at Imperial College Business School in London.
Country General Manager, Interswitch Uganda
Peter Kawumi’s career spans over a dozen years with roles in technology, business analysis and retail banking, including leading the Digital Finance departments in regional and local banks. He has extensive experience in developing and commercializing products, customer acquisition, digital channel utilization and scaling plans in consumer services.
In his current role as the Country General Manager at Interswitch East Africa (U) Ltd, Peter is championing the use of technology to deliver responsive and responsible financial services to varied market segments including youth, women, and small businesses.
A Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer (MCSE), Peter holds a BSc (Hons) in Software Engineering from Kingston University and a Master of Business Administration (with distinction) from the Edinburgh Business School.
Peter serves on the Boards of New Vision Group (non-Executive Director), The Leadership Team (non-Executive Director) and the Fintech Association of Uganda (Board Chairman).
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