Faith Nkatha Gitonga, 38

Country Director

Cellulant
My Story

Faith has built an impressive resume over the years as a strategist, helping organisations position themselves for future growth.

She started her career at Sidian Bank where she worked as the Director for Strategy, Monitoring, and Transformation, helping streamline its marketing, customer experience, and retail banking operations. Within a few years, the transformation was evident as Sidian fashioned itself as the bank for small businesses.

Then when she believed that her work at Sidian was done, she took another assignment at Oracle Corporation where she was charged with leading their digital transformation efforts with an eye for the lucrative public sector contracts.

Now as Cellulant Country Manager, she is charged with steering the regional financial technology (fintech) and payments company in the next phase of its growth.

"I got trained to become a semi-techie. I got proper training; from artificial intelligence, blockchain, the whole journey to cloud computing. It gave me a fantastic grounding and set me up fantastically to fit in the fintech space where I am now."

She is a firm believer in seizing opportunities and learning on the job. When she got the Oracle job she knew little about technology and the latest trends.

“I got trained to become a semi-techie. I got proper training; from artificial intelligence, blockchain, the whole journey to cloud computing. It gave me a fantastic grounding and set me up fantastically to fit in the fintech space where I am now.”

And she has big plans for where she is now.

“As more of our merchant customers prefer digital payments, we’re innovating new payment frameworks and growing our partnerships in response to this growing demand. We’re seeing more of our customers from airlines, e-commerce companies, ride-hailing companies, online travel agencies, utilities, and telcos asking for platform-style digital products and diversity in the payment method they offer to their customers.”

She recently graduated from Yale University and the University of California, Berkeley with executive MBA’s in Leading effective decision making and Leading innovative change, respectively.

She was nominated to join the Swedish Institute Management Programme team representing Africa in 2020.

She has a Master’s in Psychology-corporate focus. Faith also has a certification in leadership, project management, and management development from Gordon Institute of Business Science and Strathmore Business School. Currently, she says she is learning French to keep up with her three sons.

She also sits on several boards.

Hilary Kimuyu