M-Pesa Pioneer Michael Joseph Joins Board of MFS Africa

April 14, 2017         By: Mike Dautner

MFS Africa, a leading Pan-African fintech company, recently announced that Michael Joseph has joined its Board of Directors as an independent Non-Executive Director.

Mr. Joseph served as CEO Safaricom in Kenya from 2000 to 2010, and is well known has the head of M-Pesa, a very successful mobile money service.

As Non-Executive Director, Mr. Josheph will lend a helping hand to MFS Africa CEO Dare Okoudjou and the Board of Directors to strengthen relationships with mobile network operators, money transfer organizations, banks and other financial institutions across Africa.

He will be asked to engage with regulators, development organizations, and other relevant stakeholders to advocate an open and inclusive cross-border digital payments infrastructure. Mr. Joseph’s role will also extend to corporate governance and the strategic direction of the company.

“There are over a billion mobile phone users in Africa and only one in ten are using mobile financial services. Despite the success of in-country schemes, consumers are increasingly demanding further ways to transact across networks and across borders. If we’re to create the “network effect” needed to drive financial inclusion and build a strong digital economy across the continent, new solutions need to be found,” said Michael Joseph, Head of Mobile Money at Vodafone and Non-Executive Director at MFS Africa.

“By connecting to 120 million mobile wallets – 75 per cent of all mobile wallets in Africa – and enabling cross border and cross network financial services, MFS Africa is helping to solve the industry’s biggest challenge. It’s an issue that’s close to my heart and I leapt at the opportunity to be part of the solution.”

“Michael’s the father of mobile money. His experience in making M-Pesa a near-ubiquitous service in Kenya and in many other Vodafone markets has helped create a rich ecosystem, rapidly and at scale, which will be invaluable to MFS Africa’s growth,” said Dare Okoudjou, CEO of MFS Africa. “Taking the lessons learned from M-Pesa and applying them across the entire region will help us achieve our mission: scaling mobile financial services so they serve the millions of un- and under- banked people across Africa.”