iHub By Jessica Colaco / May 31, 2011
Impact and prospects generated by the mobile money ecosystem
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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