Kenya Bankers Association (KBA) says all is set as it prepares to host the Africa Regional e-Conference for Leading Women in Banking and Finance from 15th to 16th October 2020.
The virtual summit themed “Breaking Barriers and Redefining Leadership in Africa,” will bring together senior women officials from more than 10 countries.
The online event will enable networking, exchange of ideas, and inevitably promote gender diversity in leadership.
The e-summit will consist of fireside chats, panel discussions, and interactive breakout sessions.
KBA CEO, Dr Habil Olaka said, “The e-conference topics have been designed to showcase the immeasurable opportunity a gender-inclusive leadership has on the overall performance of an organization.”
Olaka calls on financial service providers and corporates across Africa to tap into the different viewpoints emanating from a diverse leadership team to aid further innovation.
Topics set to be covered include the impacts of the COVID- 19and the Fourth Industrial Revolution on the financial services sector, and transformational leadership and cross-generational culture management approaches.
The former World Bank Treasurer Ms. Arunma Oteh, who currently serves as an Academic Scholar at St. Antony’s College, as well as, an Executive-in-Residence at SAID Business School, at the University of Oxford, is confirmed as the Keynote Speaker.
Prior to the World Bank, Ms. Oteh served as Nigeria’s Director-General of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). Central Bank of Kenya Deputy Governor Sheila M’Mbijjewe and Bank of Zambia Deputy Governor Rekha Mhango are confirmed as Guests of Honour. The other conference speakers include:
- Bank of Kigali, Chief Executive Officer, Diane Karusisi
- Mastercard, Senior Vice President, Franchise, Omokehinde Adebanjo
- DTB Group, Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director, Nasim Devji
- Stanbic Bank Kenya, Chief Executive Officer, Charles Mudiwa
- Safaricom, Chief Customer Officer, Sylvia Mulinge
- Citibank, Head of Treasury and Trade Solution, Sub-Saharan Africa, Esther Chibesa
- Egyptian FinTech Association, Founder and Secretary-General and Africa FinTech Network, Vice President, Noha Shaker
- Co-founder of Ushahidi and Boya App, Juliana Rotich
- International Banking Federation (UK), Managing Director, Hedwige Nuyens
- FSD Africa Investment, Chief Investment Officer, Anne-Marie Chidzero
- Absa Group Board Member & Serena Group Board Chairman, Francis Okello
- KCB Group, Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director, Joshua Oigara
- Family Bank Kenya, Chief Executive Officer, Rebecca Mbithi
- Access Bank, Zambia Managing Director, Joana Bannerman
- Absa Bank Ghana, Managing Director, Abena Osei-Poku
- Old Mutual South Africa Responsible Business Director Maserame Mouyeme
- Credit Bank Kenya, Chief Executive Officer, Betty Korir
- UBS Investment Bank, South Africa, Head of Equity Advisory Sales, Lindi Farisani
- Bloom Consultancy, Chief Executive Officer, Rose Ogega
KBA held the inaugural Leading Women in Banking and Finance Symposium in Nairobi in 2016 as a means to encourage gender inclusivity in the financial services sector.
The Association sponsors the Leading Women in Banking and Finance initiative which has provided a platform for leadership capacity building and networking.
“This conference is a conscious step towards promoting inclusivity in financial sector management. Organizations have the responsibility to ensure that gender parity is achieved in leadership, from C-suite and the board to senior management,” said Ms. Nuru Mugambi, KBA Public Affairs Director.
“It takes deliberate efforts to break the systemic barriers and unconscious biases inhibiting gender parity. We are excited to broaden our scope and bring in other countries so that we can collaborate towards a more diverse and inclusive banking industry across the Continent,” she said.