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iHub By Jessica Colaço / May 31, 2011

Impact and prospects generated by the mobile money ecosystem

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This Friday (3rd June 2011) from 2pm – 4pm at the iHub, Tonny from the University of Nairobi will be discussing the impact and prospects generated by the mobile money ecosystem. He is a lecturer at the School of Computing and Informatics of the University of Nairobi in Kenya and specializes in Information Systems and Information Technology for Development (ICT4D).

His research interests are in design and implementation of low-cost technologies for developing countries, with particular emphasis on mobile applications and their socio-economic impacts. He is pursuing a PhD, exploring the impact of mobile money at the bottom of the pyramid.

He works with GSMA Development Fund’s Mobile Money for the Unbanked initiative, with support from Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. In the last three years, Omwansa has presented at several ICT4D conferences, discussing mobile money in and the M-PESA experience in Kenya. He is author of “M-PESA: Progress and Prospects” (Innovations Journal, MIT Press) and a contributor to M-Banking Status in Kenya, Economic Commission of Africa (2008).

He is the recipient of the prestigious Bellagio Fellowship from the Rockefeller Foundation to write a book on M-PESA and mobile money, which could be out early 2012.

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Author : Jessica Colaço

Jessica Colaço is currently the Director of Partnerships at iHub. She was the Founding Manager between 2010 and 2011 at iHub and Research Director between 2011 and 2013 at iHub Research. She is passionate about Innovation, Research, Mobile and Robotics Technology, Mentorship and Entrepreneurship in Kenya as she uses her position at iHub to court local, regional and international stakeholders to adopt Kenyan-made and African-made solutions. As an upcoming angel investor, she courts local and international investors to invest in great tech ideas and companies at idea and concept stage. She is also a Mobile and Robotics Tech Evangelist, Co-Founder of WMIAfrica and AkiraChix, ISOC-Kenya Chapter, Treasurer, ACM-W Nairobi Chapter Chair, TED Global Fellow 2009 and upcoming Guitarist. She was named one of the top 40 women under 40 years in Kenya's business scene by Business Daily on 2009, 2011 and 2012. Her endeavour is to put Kenya and Africa on the map for technology achievements and spur innovation within the country and continent! She blogs at: www.jessicacolaco.wordpress.com


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