Enhancing Financial Innovation and Access says it has appointed Esaie Diei as its chief executive officer.
The firm said in a statement that in the capacity, he would be responsible for leading EFInA and ensuring that the organisation continued to advance on its mission of facilitating the emergence of an all-inclusive and growth-promoting financial system in Nigeria.
“Diei brings a deep experience of working at senior level in financial inclusion and financial markets; strong relationship management experience with the ability to effectively engage with diverse stakeholders; and a strong understanding of the operation, challenges, technical and political context of the Nigerian financial system,” it stated.
It added that he had over 30 years professional experience in management, product development, marketing and digital innovation.
Diei is an alumnus of Ecole Superieure de Commerce d’Abidjan, a highly rated business school in Cote d’Ivoire, in partnership with the University of Brighton (United Kingdom).
He began his career at IBM in 1998 as a sales manager before moving to United Bank of Africa in 1999, as Head, Card & Payments.
In 2009, he was appointed Group Head, Prepaid Card business and in this capacity he played an important role in UBA’s digital banking transformation.
He took up an appointment with Globacom in 2014 as Group Head, Mobile Financial Business and led the company’s digital transformation in mobile payments.
In 2017, he was appointed the Chief Executive Officer, MoneyMaster Limited, a Globacom subsidiary focused on digital financial business.
The statement said, “Diei has made substantial contributions to the development of financial inclusion in Nigeria, particularly through his work on the Central Bank’s committee set up to develop the regulatory framework for licensing super-agents where he served as the vice- chairman.
“He was one of the 40 digital innovation experts from Africa selected by the Consultative Group to assist the poor in 2011 to participate at a gathering in Washington DC, called to examine the challenges and opportunities which existed in promoting financial inclusion through innovation.”
Commenting on the appointment, the Chairman, EFInA, Mr Segun Akerele, said, “Diei has the right mix of experience in leadership, digital innovation and management needed to lead the next phase of EFInA’s growth.
“We are happy he has agreed to join us as he shares the values and aspirations of this company and its donors.”