IGD is proud to announce our second Jennifer Potter Emerging Leaders Fellow, Kabirou Mbodje, CEO of Cellular Systems International (CSI). The fellowship program, named to honor IGD’s former CEO, supports the rise of the next generation of African business leaders.
“IGD is excited that Kabirou Mbodje will join the inaugural class of Emerging Leaders Fellows,” said Mark Green, IGD President & CEO. “He brings tremendous depth of experience in the use of mobile technology to deliver important services to African consumers, many of whom have not had access in the past, and will be a strong addition to our network.”
CSI, based in Dakar, Senegal, is a pioneer in providing value-added services online and via mobile phones. Through its Wari Gateway technology platform, it delivers innovative financial services, including money transfer, electronic payments, and insurance, with a focus on the large numbers of Senegalese and other Africans who do not have bank accounts. After successfully establishing the business in Senegal, CSI has now expanded its offerings to more than 20 countries across the continent, working with established local partners, such as telecommunications operators, financial institutions, insurance companies, and government agencies, to deliver innovative solutions.
Mbodje, along with Susan Mashibe of Via Aviation whose fellowship was announced in July, will join IGD’s Frontier Leader network at the Frontier 100 Forum in New York this October and participate in initiatives throughout the coming year to catalyze investment in high-need, high-potential regions of Africa.