Obinna Ukwuani, has been appointed as Chief Digital Officer for Bank of Kigali replacing Regis Rugemanshuro who was appointed to head Rwanda Social Security Board in February this year.
It was announced by the bank on Tuesday morning through a statement shared by Rwandan Media.
Obinna who was an executive of Paystack,a Tech startup, before joining the Bank of Kigali, will lead the Bank’s Digital Factory Division for product innovation and development in Digital Banking, a role he has been working on since June.
The division is responsible for innovation such as Ikofi, a digital wallet that offers financial services with a focus on Rwandan farmers, agro-dealers, Agri-businesses, and other players in the agricultural ecosystem.
Obinna’s experience cuts across entrepreneurial ventures in software, agricultural processing, and education among others.
Obinna Ukwuani grew up in Washington DC, graduating with honours in High School which earned him a place at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Boston,where he obtained a degree in Economics.
Straight out of the MIT,Obinna Ukwuani took the path less travelled to open a STEM (Science Technology Engineering Mathematics) campus in Nigeria to offer young aspiring Nigerians the chance he had.
He launched the NESA by Makers programme in 2017, a software development skills acquisition scheme for Nigerians in 2017, enabling Nigerian developers to gain global skills in web development in 3 months.
In Rwanda, he launched the Makers Robotics Academy in 2018. The first robotics boot camp in the East African nation, a programme linking Secondary school students in Rwanda with coaching from MIT robotics students.