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DTB to Sponsor Africa Regional e-Conference for Leading Women

DTB to Sponsor Africa Regional e-Conference for Leading Women in Banking and Finance to Promote Gender Diversity in Leadership

  • Conference to draw speakers and attendees from 10 countries
  • Oxford Scholar and former World Bank as Treasurer Arunma Oteh Confirmed as Keynote Speaker
  • Deputy Governors of Kenya and Zambia Central Banks Confirmed as Guests of Honour
  • DTB, Stanbic, Mastercard, Safaricom and Strathmore Business School to sponsor event

Nairobi, 31 August 2020… DTB in partnership with Kenya Bankers Association (KBA) and other partners are set to convene the Africa Regional e-Conference for Leading Women in Banking and Finance from 15th to 16th October 2020. The virtual summit 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.

"As a signatory to the United Nations Women's Empowerment Principles (WEPs), DTB is keen to support diversity and inclusion, and we have, as a Bank, done this within and in the form of support of a variety of businesses," said DTB Group CEO and Managing Director Nasim Devji. "It is important that we come together as an industry to promote gender parity across the continent, and this conference is a progressive step to achieving this."

Themed "Breaking Barriers and Redefining Leadership in Africa," the e-summit will consist of fireside chats, panel discussions and interactive breakout sessions. Other sponsors are Stanbic, Mastercard, Safaricom and Strathmore Business School, in addition to strategic partners Rwanda Bankers Association, Bankers Association of Zambia, New Faces New Voices, a network organization under the Graça Machel Trust, and Kenyan Wallstreet, a leading digital business media content platform.

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." He called on financial service providers and corporates across Africa to tap into the different viewpoints emanating from a diverse leadership team to aid further innovation.

The pertinent topics set to be covered include the impacts of the Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic and 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 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, 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

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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. "We thank all the speakers, sponsors and partners for their support."

During the e-summit, KBA in partnership with Strathmore Business School, New Faces New Voices and Kenyan Wallstreet will launch the Amari Book Club, which will build a community of women in the financial services sector and facilitate transformational leadership development through mentorship and networking.