MFS Africa appoints Christian Bwakira as CEO of Global Technology Partners

Three additional senior appointments also announced

London – 12 July 2022: MFS Africa, Africa’s largest digital payments network, has appointed Christian Bwakira as Chief Executive Officer of its recently acquired subsidiary Global Technology Partners (GTP). GTP is the number one processor of prepaid cards in Africa with over 80 banks – including UBA, Ecobank, BIA, Stanbic, Coris, NSIA and Zenith Bank – using its platform.

Mr. Bwakira joins GTP from Ingenico . As Managing Director, Middle East & Africa, he oversaw the strategic development and fast growth of the company’s regional business with P&L accountability for the Middle East & Africa cluster comprised of 70+ countries. Previously, he was Vice President & Area Business Head East Africa at Mastercard Inc. with responsibility for leading all regional business activities across the region. Christian has also been  Country Manager at Visa Inc. Sub Sahara Africa covering several markets including the Indian Ocean Islands, Lusophone countries, Rwanda, Ethiopia, Namibia, amongst others.

Dare Okoudjou, founder and CEO of MFS Africa, said, “I am delighted to welcome Christian Bwakira as CEO of our subsidiary Global Technology Partners. He brings a wealth of relevant expertise across many facets of the payment industry and will be instrumental in delivering on our ambitious growth strategy for GTP. With his leadership we aim to further expand GTP’s market dominance in prepaid card processing across Africa.”

Commenting about his appointment, Christian Bwakira stated that: “When Dare [Okoudjou] explained the vision and impressive growth intentions for GTP I had no hesitation in deciding to sign up. From expanding its geographical network across Africa, onboarding new clients to service, and adding new features and functionalities to our processing platform, we are poised to further extend our value propositions of last-mile connectivity and card connectivity across Africa.”

MFS Africa has also made three additional senior executives appointments:

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At MFS Africa, we believe that making a payment should be as easy as making a phone call. We believe that access is the currency through which Africans can overcome barriers and injustice and render borders insignificant. We give our partners access to a borderless world of opportunities, connecting enterprises, mobile money operators,  money transfer operators, banks, non-bank financial institutions, and online and offline merchants to each other and to more than 400 million mobile money wallets in over 35 African countries. We enable domestic and cross-border disbursements and collections across our network of networks and work closely with all our partners across the globe to make borders matter less. Watch our video manifesto here.