FSDT presents ‘The Gathering’

The Gathering is a one of a kind thought provoking series­­­­­ that triggers discussions on the future of the financial sector in Tanzania. Our first Gathering will focus primarily on the role of a financial market information system in driving effective decision making. The session will exploit the role of data in deriving insights in order to drive informed business decisions.

Connecting information with business decisions

Thursday, 6th April 2017

Location: Terrace Restaurant, Slipway.

6.15 to 6.30pm | 15 min


6.30pm to 6.45pm | 15 min

Connecting Information with Business Decisions.

Led by David Taylor (Useable Data)

6.45pm to 7.15pm | 30 min

Panel discussion with sector experts.

Led by Dr. Blandina Kilama (REPOA) Mr. Sitoyo Lopokoiyits (Vodacom), Eng. George Mulamula (DTBi), Mr. Jones Mrusha (JonSoft Group)

7.15pm to 7.50pm | 35 min

Open session.

Led by Elvis Mushi (FSDT)

7.50pm to 8pm | 10 min

Closing Remarks


The Venue

Terrace Restaurant, Slipway

The Terrace at the Slipway has established itself as one of the leading restaurants in a very short time. Fine Dining with a view. Arabian Architecture meets the ideal East African sunset over Msasani Bay. Indoor or pool side seating.

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Contact: Victor Kyando | + 255 222 602873/5/6 | victor@fsdt.or.tz

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Sitoyo Lopokoiyit

  • Managing Executive: M-Commerce at Vodacom Tanzania

    Sitoyo Lopokoiyit joined Vodacom Tanzania Ltd in October 2015. His current role, Director of M-Commerce is responsible for managing and growing M-PESA in Tanzania with a focus on driving financial inclusion and delivering products and services that make an impact to the lives of all Tanzanians as well as driving profitability. M-PESA in Tanzania is the market leader and has over 9M customers using the service.

    His previous role was Head M-PESA Strategy and Business Development at Safaricom.  During his tenure (over 4years) he lead the team in delivering several key products and services such as: development and launch of M-Shwari the world’s first bank account fully accessible via a mobile phone, driving merchant payments (lipa Na M-PESA), and moving M-PESA from a focus of peer to peer funds transfer to a collaborative payments partnership model.  During his time at Safaricom M-PESA revenue grew double digit every year

    Sitoyo has over 10 years’ senior managerial experience from different fields; oil & Gas (Chevron and Total Kenya Ltd) and in the Retail industry with Uchumi supermarkets in Kenya. He has worked extensively in the East Africa Region as well as in Mauritius and Reunion.

    Sitoyo holds a Bachelor of Commerce (Hons) degree in marketing from the University of Nairobi (2000) and an MSc in Information Technology Management and Organizational Change from Lancaster University in UK.

  • Charles Makau

  • Charles Makau has been in the social and market research industry in the region for the past 12 years, until end of last year, he was country president of Ipsos Tanzania – one of the leading market research companies. He is currently running a start up on big data integration, analytics and visualization.  Mainly what the organisations does is working with clients to mine actionable and financially feasible insights from data and information – whether from custom research, structured or unstructured data, to support decision making and strategy. Currently he is pursuing a PhD on Business Strategy.  He also has a master’s degree in social statistics and a Bachelor’s degree in Applied Statistics – Actuarial Science and Demography.

    Integration and visualization of information from different sources forms a very solid based for decision making. “The human brain does not make very accurate statistical computations without deliberate effort. But often we don’t make such an effort. Instead, we use shortcuts. We substitute questions, extrapolate from available memories, and try to construct plausible and coherent stories. We tend to underestimate uncertainty, are influenced by the way questions are framed, and our intuition is skewed by irrelevant details. “- Kahneman, winner of the Nobel Price for Economics in 2002

  • Eng. Georger Mulamula

  • Eng. George Mulamula is currently the founder and CEO of the Dar Teknohama (ICT) Business Incubator (DTBi) for entrepreneurship & innovation hosted at the Commission for Science & Technology, the only tech incubator in the country. He is also the Senior Government Advisor on ICT entrepreneurship & innovation for an enabling environment and eco-system.  Prior to that he was the first Principal Deputy Chief Executive Officer of the Rwanda Development Board (RDB) and Senior Advisor in the Ministry of Commerce & Industry in Rwanda and worked on their SME and Entrepreneurship Policy. He was also the Senior ICT Advisor in the Government of Rwanda and in that capacity, the Lead Policy Advisor on the Rwanda National Information Communication Infrastructure Policy Plan II and WSIS Document preparation. George Mulamula was for over 8 years the first Africa Technical Expert in Intellectual Property (IP) Automation with the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), based in Geneva, Switzerland and worked with Sub-Sahara African Governments on the utility of ICT in IP innovation. He also was a catalyst in transforming the African Advanced Level Telecommunications Institute in Nairobi, Kenya to be a Centre of Excellence for the International Telecommunications Union. He has run ICT companies and has written extensively on ICT, Technology Transfer for Sustainable Development, including lecturing at Higher Learning Institutions in East Africa. He is a Mentor and Coach for entrepreneurs and has conducted pitching sessions around the country and outside the country, including at Global Entrepreneurship Summits, GIST boot camps in Tanzania & South Africa, Unreasonable East Africa and Demo Africa. He is the Chair of the Tanzania Airtel Fursa judging team for youth entrepreneurship growth, a member of the National mHealth Committee, Board Member of Demeter, a MIT Startup which is going global, on the Advisory Board of the Global Learning XPRIZE in California (USA), a member on the Tanzania National ICT Think Tank and Commissioner on the Tanzania National ICT Commission and member of the Tanzania Financial Services Deepening Trust.

  • Dr Blandina Kilama

  • Dr. Blandina Kilama has practical experience in research, training and policy analysis. She works with REPOA, a Tanzanian Think Tank based in Dar es Salaam. As a senior researcher, in addition to training and providing technical assistance to the Tanzania Second Five Year Development Plan, she works on economic transformation, financial inclusion, SDGs, women empowerment and poverty mapping and is a Joint Programme Director of the five years research programme on “Tanzania as a future Petro State” working on the component on Data for Policy Making and Public Engagement. She holds a PhD from Leiden University, a Master’s (MPAID) from Harvard Kennedy School.

  • Mwombeki Baregu

  • Mwombeki is responsible for project design, implementation, and management of the projects and portfolio of the Agriculture and Rural Finance theme. The theme project interventions focus on reducing transaction costs and growing product development for agriculture and rural finance. The projects focus areas include microfinance, digital financial services, value chain financing, sector development, and financial and agriculture research and policies.

    He has experience in banking, finance, agriculture and policy research, and economics. He has worked for various institutions including the International Finance Corporation (IFC) in their Financial Institutions Group, with NMB Bank in Tanzania as Head of Product Development and Research with a focus on Agribusiness; and with the World Bank in Tanzania as a Consultant in the Poverty Reduction and Economic Management Unit (PREM) where he researched and consulted on agriculture and economic policies in Tanzania. Mwombeki has published on agriculture policies, has participated in various agriculture related workshops, and is active in agriculture and policy initiatives.

    He holds a Bachelor of Science in Economics with minors in Business Administration and Political Science. An enthusiastic economist from his early years of study, he received recognitions for Economic Excellence and for Macroeconomic Theory during his undergraduate studies. He holds a Masters in Business Administration.

    He is an avid reader of financial and economic history and is a follower of financial and economic trends.

  • Innocent Ephraim

  • Innocent is the Head of Digital Finance at the Financial Sector Deepening Trust, an organisation that drives financial inclusion in Tanzania. His mandate is to advocate the use of Digital means to better the lives of poor men and women.

    In his previous role, Innocent was the M-Pesa Product Manager for Vodacom in South Africa, responsible for managing the product delivery with a responsibility to deliver m-pesa product, re-launch, roadmap and strategy for South Africa. In Tanzania he managed the product support call agent at the call centre, through his passion for career growth, determination and commitment, Innocent advanced his career to the Head of M-Commerce product development position at Vodacom.

    Innocent has an undergraduate degree in Commerce and Management from the University of Dar es salaam and a general MBA from East & Southern Africa Management Institute (ESAMI). He has been attending a series of executive programs from Harvard Business School and Harvard Kennedy School of Financial inclusion.

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