Consortium Team-1

Our Consortium Team

SOUTH AFRICA

College of Business & Economics, School of Accounting, University of Johannesburg, South Africa

Project Coordinator, Regional Cluster Leader, Country Coordinator, & Transitional Country Leader, Botswana & Rwanda

The University of Johannesburg (UJ)

is a leading, research-focused university in South Africa. The College of Business and Economics has significant expertise related to savings groups in the Research Unit in the School of Accounting. Specific focus on business development in Africa investigates the connection between business development, women’s empowerment, entrepreneurship and funding of SMMEs on the African continent.

Key person:

The project team of the University of Johannesburg, led by Prof. Grietjie Verhoef, as the President of the International economic History Association, has led African scholars in various international conferences in exploring African entrepreneurship, business development and empowerment initiatives of family businesses. She has published extensively on banking and financial development in Africa, as well as on voluntary savings organizations. Her working the Research Unit at the School of Accounting engages with the strengthening of empowerment, especially of women, in the SMME enterprise environment.

 


KENYA

Strathmore University

Data Management Leader & Country Coordinator

Data Management Lead: Strathmore as the data management leader will centrally manage all data from the project, drawing on its expertise in data management. Strathmore is more than an academic institution which develops practical applications, provides a platform to target today’s challenges, links parties and create knowledge to make society better. The Strathmore Africa Business Analytics Data Centre (SABDAC) has been established in Partnership with the Liquid Telkom and Strathmore Business School to bring the power of new technologies and innovations to some of the world’s oldest problems, demonstrate the power of partnership and provide new models through training, enhancing capacity, data analytics, predictive analysis, innovation and co-creation, data fellowship and research.

Organizational Description:

Strathmore Business School (SBS) was started in 1961 as an A-Level College by a group of professionals, who were inspired and encouraged by Saint Josémaria Escrivá, founder of Opus Dei. In 2005, Strathmore University made a bold step; to start a Business School that served leaders in positions of influence in society. It is our belief that when leaders are positively impacted, the ripple effect will be felt in the society at large. 10 years later, this dream has been realized in large strides and SBS has influenced over 7,500 business leaders, policy makers, professionals and thought leaders across the continent. Our value proposition is informed by the following.

Key Person:

David Mathuva, Ph.D., is currently a Lecturer at Strathmore University Business School where he teaches accounting and finance. Previously, David worked at KPMG Kenya in the Risk Consulting department, He currently serves as a board member in a Savings and Credit Cooperative Society. David continues to consult in the field of enterprise risk including forensic investigations. David has also published a number of articles in peer-reviewed journals.

Kenya Association of Manufacturers

Country-based Researcher

Organizational description:

Kenya Association of Manufacturers is a BMO representing value-add companies and associate services in Kenya. KAM provides a link for co-operation, dialogue and understanding with Government and stakeholders by representing its members’ views and concerns through fact-based policy advocacy.

Key person:

Phyllis Wakiaga is the Chief Executive of the Kenya Association of Manufacturers. Phyllis is an Advocate of the High Court of Kenya and holds a Masters in International Trade and Investment Law, Masters in Business Administration, Bachelor of Law Degree from the University of Nairobi, and Diploma in Law from Kenya School of Law. Phyllis is also the United Nations Global Compact Network Representative in Kenya and sits in the Board of the Kenya Electricity Generating Company (KENGEN)

Kent Business School

Expert-based Researcher; Conceptual Expert

Organization Description:

The University of Kent (formerly the University of Kent at Canterbury), was founded in 1965 and is recognised as a Beloff’s plate glass university. It is also a member of the Santander Network of European universities encouraging social and economic development. The University has a rural campus north of Canterbury, housing over 6,000 students, as well as campuses in Medway and Tonbridge in Kent. It also has European postgraduate centres in Brussels, Athens, Rome and Paris. As a result of these extensive ties with and geographic proximity to the continent the University brands itself as “The UK’s European university”. The University’s position as the UK’s European university is further evidenced by having students from 158 different nationalities and 41% of its academic and research staff being from outside the United Kingdom.

Key person:

Dr. Fredah Mwiti is a Marketing lecturer who has been a Marketing academic in the UK for almost 4 years. She has also taught in other countries including Kenya and Singapore. She has a Ph.D. in Marketing from Lancaster University, UK, and primarily engages in qualitative research focusing on Subsistence/BOP Markets, and specifically on areas such as Consumer Behaviour, Exchange Practices; Community engagement and collective savings.

Nottingham University

Expert-based Researcher & Conceptual Expert

Organization Description:

The International Centre for Corporate Social Responsibility at the Nottingham University Business School is a leading research facility that promotes sustainable and responsible business education and management practice. Our teaching reflects the quality and influence of our research which is often developed in partnerships with a network of international academics and institutions.

Key person:

Dr. Judy N. Muthuri is an experienced educationist with accumulated research and teaching experience in the area of business ethics, responsibility and sustainability. Before joining academia, in the non-profit sector in East Africa specializing in gender & economic empowerment, volunteering and business and social development.

Independent Researcher

Country-based Researcher, Conceptual Expert

Kanini Mootoni is a UK Chartered accountant and has worked at Director and board level positions at Merrill Lynch Bank of America, KPMG, Ernst and Young and Kleinwort Benson Bank over the past 15 years in Wealth Management and Investment Banking across 3 continents. She is currently the Director for Investment at The East Africa Trade and Investment Hub in Nairobi, an 8 country initiative created to increase and attract patient capital investments into the East African region. In just 2 years, the unit has facilitated the direct investment worth $57m into SMEs in the East Africa region


ETHIOPIA

Addis Ababa University, School of Commerce, Ethiopia

Regional Cluster Coordinator & Country Coordinator

Organizational Description:

Addis Ababa University School of Commerce (AAUSoC), the first business school in Ethiopia, was established in 1943 to train Ethiopians for occupations in the commercial and business sector of the nation. The school has 75 years of experience building the nations human capital providing trainings in a number of fields of studies such as Accounting, Business Leadership, Business Administration and Information systems, Finance and Development Economics, Marketing Management and the like. Currently the school has six undergraduate programs, five graduate programs, and one Ph.D. program. In addition to this, the school participates in a number of research projects and provides community services providing professional consulting and training services to various organizations in the country.

Key person:

Konjit Hailu Gudeta is a senior lecturer at AAUSoC and a doctoral candidate at Tilburg University, NL. She has researched and published in the area of women entrepreneurship and their work-life experiences. She has received the 2014 Addis Ababa University President’s award for Emerging Faculty Scholar Award category as a young scholar with outstanding contribution.


GHANA

Central University

Regional Cluster Coordinator & Country Coordinator

Organizational Description:

Central University is a Christian educational Initiative of the International Central Gospel Church. It started in October 1988. It has six faculties, namely the School of Theology and Missions, Central Business School, the School of Applied Sciences, School of Research & Graduate Studies, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences and Faculty of Law.

Key person:

Christopher Boachie is the head of banking and finance department of Central University Ghana, and a Chartered Accountant, UK. He was educated in KNUST in Ghana, Technical University of Freiberg, Germany and Open University of Malaysia.


NIGERIA

Lagos Business School Sustainability Centre, Nigeria

Country Coordinator

Organizational description:

Lagos Business School Sustainability Centre seeks to implement sustainable solutions to Africa’s needs for reliable energy, resilient environment and robust human and economic developments through research, business platforms and encouraging dialogue and collaboration between business, government, civil society, and academics.

Key person:

Ogechi Adeola teaches Marketing Strategy at Lagos Business School, Nigeria. A core area of her research focuses on social and economic development in sub-Saharan Africa


UGANDA

Makerere University Business School, Uganda

Country Coordinator

Organizational description:

Makerere University Business School is a public tertiary institution affiliated to Makerere University. Its mandate is teaching, researching, and development of business and management education. It offers courses from certificate, diplomas, undergraduate, masters, and PhD

Key person:

Vincent Bagire is Associate Professor at MUBS; teaching/research areas are management, strategy, organizational theory and corporate strategy. Current in studies on managerial practices in the public, civil society, and SMEs

Independent Researcher

Country Coordinator & Conceptual Expert

Nathan Were, a native Ugandan is a Program Manager – Financial Inclusion, Africa at FINCA Canada. He oversees a large scale financial inclusion program sponsored by the MasterCard Foundation that is helping FINCA scale-up alternative delivery channels in Tanzania, Malawi, and Zambia. Prior to this engagement, Nathan worked for the Grameen Foundation [GF] as a Program Manager Agricultural Finance supporting Kenya, Uganda and Cote Devoir based at the GF Africa hub in Nairobi. Nathan is a Harvard Business School fellow and holds an MSc in Rural Finance from the State University of Bergamo Italy and a BA [Economics and Social Work] from Makerere University, Kampala.


ANGOLA

Universidade Agostinho Neto

Country Coordinator

Organizational description:

The Agostinho Neto University is regarded as the oldest and one of the most prestigious public institutions of higher education in Angola. The Agostinho Neto University is based in Luanda and was established in 1962, but its activities began in colonial period. The Agostinho Neto University exerts significant influence in all areas relating to education policy, and frequently lobbies public officials. With a large alumni, faculty, and student base, the university is often at the forefront of the debate on perennial hot-topic issues such as the country transition to market economy.

Key person:

Afonso Zinga is an Assistant Professor of Strategic Management at the Faculty of Economics of Agostinho Neto University. He holds a Ph.D. in Business Management from the University of Coimbra. His research interests include strategy, health economics, entrepreneurship, entrepreneurship policy, developing and transition economies, internationalization, growth and international development of new enterprises, networks, family business governance, and institutional theory.


SENEGAL

Universidade CEGAG, Senegal

Country Coordinator

Organizational description:

CESAG Business School (Centre Africain d’Etudes Supérieures en Gestion) is a public academic institution specialized in training, consulting and research in management. It has established itself as the premier business school in West Africa and ranks among the top academic institutions on the continent. CESAG is implementing a financial inclusion capacity building project for West Africa.

Key person:

Edoe Djimitri Agbodjan is a Lecturer and Researcher at CESAG, and Coordinator of the CESAG and MasterCard Foundation’s co-financed project on capacity building for financial Inclusion. His research areas are: financial inclusion, result-based project management


ZIMBABWE

Economic History Department, University of Zimbabwe

Country Coordinator

Organizational description:

The Department of Economic History is a haven of largely qualitative research on the economic history of Africa. It is part of vibrant and agile institution, the University of Zimbabwe, which gives premium to quality research and internationalisation of the institution through collaborative research.

Key person:

Ushehwedu Kufakurinani is a holder of a PhD in African Economic History and a researcher on gender issues and economic processes.

The Zimbabwe Ezekiel Guti University

Country-based Researcher

Organizational description:

A Christian institution that exists to provide a learning environment for the development of entrepreneurial skills and engage in economic development activities that is innovative, research driven and lead to a better quality of life for individuals and the community.

Key person:

Linda M. Mabwe holds a Masters and Honors degree in Accounting. Currently pursuing Doctoral studies and ACCA. Research areas of interest are accounting in relation to entrepreneurship.

Centre for Training, Research and Consultancy Services

Country-based Researcher

Organizational description:

The Centre for Training, Research & Consultancy Services is a, Research, training, and development consultancy institution registered in Zimbabwe. The Centre is an independent multi-disciplinary institution which focuses on professional training and applied research. The Centre was founded in 2017.

Key person:

George Musvovi is a 29 year old economist with applied experience in programming, research and over two years’ experience in data analysis, planning, budgeting and development project implementation

Financial Inclusion for Sustainable Development Zimbabwe

Country-based Researcher

Organizational description:

At FISDZim we believe financial literacy is the bridge between financial inclusion and sustainable financial inclusion. We are a financial inclusion research and consulting firm with over 10 years of experience. We provide research, strategy, and ongoing implementation support to donors, governments, MNOs and FSPs

Key person:

Gerald Nyakwawa; Managing Consultant at FISDZim. He is interested finding solutions to the problems facing the bottom of the pyramid. He believes financial inclusion is catalyst for sustainable economic development.

 


IVORY COAST

Centre Suisse de Recherches Scientifiques en Côte d’Ivoire (CSRS)

Country Coordinator

Organizational description:

CSRS has research sites, laboratories, library, computer room and the Herbarium. There are eight research groups for ten major areas of research. Research is multidisciplinary a transdisciplinary and the results of the research are valued.

Key person:

Amanzou Nogbou Andetchi Aubin is associate researcher at Centre Suisse de Recherches Scientifiques (CSRS)and PhD Student at the Economic Department of the University Alassane Ouattara


MOZAMBIQUE

Universidade Zambeze

Country-based Researcher

Organizational description:

The Zambeze University (UniZambeze) is a public institution of higher education based in Beira (Sofala Province) founded in 2007. It is established in the central region of the country with six faculties throughout the four provinces of middle Mozambique providing courses in the various fields of natural and applied sciences, and social studies and counts with 7096 students enrolled (2017).

Key person:

Eugénio Gujamo is a young Mozambican citizen, trained in sociology and public health. Currently, I am lecturer and researcher at Zambeze University.

Aga Khan Foundation

Country Coordinator

Organizational description:

The Aga Khan Foundation (AKF) is a non-denominational, international development agency established in 1967 by His Highness the Aga Khan. AKF has been active in Northern Mozambique since 2001, working to improve Quality of Life for vulnerable households through integrated rural development programmes.

Key person:

Graham Sherbut is currently the Director of Monitoring, Evaluation & Research with the Aga Khan Foundation in Mozambique and Madagascar.

Ux Information Technologies

Country-based Researcher

Organizational description:

UX Information Technologies is a Mozambican ICT4D company developing digital services for social impact. Established in 2013, UX developed, launched and currently operates the largest online job board in Mozambique, emprego.co.mz. UX partnered with the World Bank to launch mopa.co.mz, a digital platform for citizen reporting of Municipal Services, and with the Aga Khan Foundation it created soma.co.mz, a Savings Groups training, and monitoring platform.

Key person:

Tiago Coelho is a Mozambican social entrepreneur, researcher, and developer of IT services for social impact and co-founder of UX Information Technologies. He worked as a technical consultant for projects from the World Bank, USAID, UNICEF, GIZ, Microsoft, among others.

Fundación Capital Mozambique

Country-based Researcher

Organization description:

Fundación Capital (FK) is an international organisation working to expand inclusion, partnering and innovating to help millions of families define their own paths out of poverty. Founded in 2009, FK leverages lessons from the field to develop solutions that facilitate financial and productive inclusion, aligning key players and new ideas to address entrenched problems and co-create innovative and scalable solutions. FK works to improve and develop public policies and private services that facilitate financial inclusion, transformative social protection, and economic opportunities on a massive scale. Most importantly, our organisation strives to understand the problems and needs of low-income families in order to create long-term and scalable solutions, not for them, but with them.

Key person:

Filipa Costa is the country representative of Fundación Capital in Mozambique, where she develops projects on financial education and inclusion for savings groups. She is an expert in strategy design and highly skilled at building sustainable societies and achieving results on a broad scale. Filipa has a master’s in development studies.


TANZANIA

Policy Research for Development REPOA

Country Coordinator

Organizational description:

REPOA, a Tanzanian think tank based in Dar es Salaam, is an independent research institution which creates and uses knowledge to facilitate socio-economic development. R REPOA produces research, provides training, facilitates knowledge sharing and promotes the use of information in policy development

Key person:

Blandina Kilama has practical experience in research, training and policy analysis. She works in economic transformation, financial inclusion, SDGs, women empowerment, value chains and poverty


CAPE VERT

University of Cabo Verde

Country Coordinator

Organization Description:

The University of Cape Verde (Uni-CV) is a higher education institution in Cape Verde established in 2006. It has five faculties (Faculty of Science and Technology; Faculty of Social Sciences, Humanities and Arts; Faculty of Engineering and Marine Sciences; School of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences; Business and Governance School) and around five thousand students. At Uni-CV are undergraduate and postgraduate courses in various scientific fields. There are also some short courses and vocational/professional courses Uni-CV pursues, among others, the following purposes: promote human development; Fostering fundamental research activities; Promoting the entrepreneurial capacity of Cape Verdean society; Developing scientific Exchange.

Key Person:

João António Furtado Brito is a Ph.D. in Economics from the Faculty of Economics, University of Coimbra (FEUC) and the School of Economics and Management, University of Minho (EEG_UM). The research topics interests are macroeconomics, economic growth and development, small countries and financial area. He participated in some conferences at the national and international level as a speaker it is a research area. Actually is Assistant Professor at the University of Cabo Verde, teaching in graduate and master levels and coordinator of Master Course in Economics and Finance.