About Us

The tremendous contribution by women to the Banking, FinTech & Payments Industry is phenomenal. Women continue to challenge the norms and venture into what was previously considered men dominated industries. The average number of women working in FinTech is still low compared to male , but there have been amazing improvements in the past years.

This brings the importance of creating a Network that provides the opportunity for women working within the industry to network, share and inspire each other while at the same time recognising the women who have continuously contribute to the industry for years.

African Women in FinTech & Payments (AWFP) provides a platform that inspires, empowers and mentors women in payments to help them realise their full individual potential and position themselves for greater personal success while continuing to learn and contribute to the payments industry. Our events and workshops offer an opportunity to the women to listen to renowned and upcoming female payments experts and role models who are leaders in the field; female pioneers and innovators in the payments industry and female leaders who are paving the way to success for women across all sectors.By creating a European wide network, AWFP opens doors of opportunities to women within the African  Region.

Women issues and challenges faced especially in male dominated industries like FinTech and Payments are very similar regardless of the country. AWFP realises that by trying to address these issues in smaller silos, progress will be extremely slow. Breaking the silos and having conversations across the borders will not only help women in the industry share, but will also provide the opportunity to learn from one another. AWFP offers this professional and safe platform for women working in this industry.

The Faces Behind AWFP

Armed with years of experience in variety of topics, AWFP Advisory Board members bring on board tremendous amounts of expertise. Apart from defining the activities and programmes undertaken by AWFP, The Advisory Board also in charge of picking speakers and defining the agenda for AWFPs events.The board reviews all awards applicants and votes for the best candidates to be awarded for making tremendous contributions to the industry as a whole.

MARTHA MGHENDI-FISHER- Founder African Women in FinTech & Payments

Martha Mghendi-Fisher

Founder-AWFP  & EWPN

Viola is the Co-founder & President, Ovamba,an Emerging markets focused marketplace funding and investment platform. Ovamba matches investors who want to invest in qualified African SMEs who need short term funding. Previous to this Viola was the co-founder and Managing Partner of Praxis Management Advisors LLC, and the Executive Director of Investor Communications and Marketing at Praxis Asset Management Advisors, LLC.

Viola Llewellyn

Co-founder & President, Ovamba: Africa’s Leading SME Funder

NSHUTI LUCY MBABAZI Group Manager Push Payments -Transnational Incorporated

Nshuti Lucy Mbabazi

Group Manager Push Payments -Transnational Incorporated

LEE ANN LANCASTER-Chief Commercial Office for Above the Fold

Lee Ann Lancaster

Chief Growth Officer- Mama Money

FARIDA BEDWEI- Co-Founder & Chief Technical Officer at Logiciel

Farida Bedwei

Co-Founder & Chief Technical Officer at Logiciel

SALMA INGABIRE- Chief Operating Officer (COO), AC group Ltd

Salma Ingabire

Country Director- Visa

AGATA SZYDLOWSKA – Senior Business Development & Programs Manager Creditinfo Group

Agata Szydlowska

Senior Business Development & Programs Manager Creditinfo Group

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AWFP Advisory Board members bring on board tremendous amounts of expertise.Read more on their profiles.