Nigerian born Obinna Ukwuani has appointed as Chief Digital Officer of the Bank Of Kigali in Rwanda.
Ukwuani replaces Regis Rugemanshuro, who was appointed to head Rwanda Social Security Board in February this year.
His work among other things involves leading the Digital Factory division for product innovation and development in digital banking.
The division is responsible for innovation such as Ikofi, a digital wallet that offers financial services with a focus on Rwandan farmers, agro-dealers, Agri-businesses and other players in the agricultural ecosystem.
Obinnan, who holds a degree in Economics from Massachusetts Institute of Technology, had worked with Paystack, a tech startup involved in facilitating payments, joining Bank of Kigali.
Ukwuani was a robotic instructor with the District of Columbia Public Schools from 2009 to 2010,and between 2010 and 2012, Ukwuani was the Vice President and Creative Director of Harambe Nigeria.
In 2012, after graduating with a B.Sc. in Economics from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Obinna founded and directed the Exposure Robotics Program, a first-class, first-of-its-kind robotics education program in Lagos, Nigeria through the Exposure Robotics Academy (XRA).
He founded Makers Academy Africa – a software development training school in Lagos, and Makers Robotic Academy Rwanda – an engineering bootcamp which helps boys and girls in the technological development world for problem solving first, in partnership with Bank of Kigali.
He is also the founder and CEO of Bruk Oil Mills, a palm oil processing company in Nigeria where he oversees factory development and leads plantation development efforts.
Obinna is set to bring to the Bank of Kigali his experience from entrepreneurial ventures in software, agricultural processing, and education, among others.