Michael Joseph

Michael Joseph serves as a non-executive Director on the Boards of Vodacom Group South Africa, Vodacom Tanzania, Vodacom Mozambique and Safaricom Limited. Michael is currently employed by Vodafone Group Services Limited as the Director of Mobile Money and is responsible for leading the strategic growth and development of successful M-Pesa proposition across the Vodafone footprint.

Michael was one of the first World Bank Fellows, appointed in March 2011 to advise Governments, Regulators and other institutions on Mobile Money and other ICT initiatives.

Previously, Michael was the founding CEO of Safaricom Limited, steering the company from a subscriber base of less than 18,000 in 2000 to over 17 million subscribers at his retirement in November 2010 making it the most successful company in East Africa. This phenomenal growth straddling nearly a decade was notable for the launch of many innovative products and services and he was behind the launch of the highly successful launch and phenomenal growth of M-Pesa and its related services. He has extensive international experience in company start-ups, the implementation and operation of large wireless and wire-line networks.

Michael will be speaking about Innovations in the inclusive digital economy and will share his personal story about the launch of Safaricom and of MPesa.

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