Three Kenyan women have their names in Africa’s twenty most influential women in technology this year, courtesy of IT News Africa.
Safaricom’s General Manger of Financial Service Betty Mwangi Thuo was on top of the list; along side the former InMobi’s Vice President and Managing Director for Africa Isis Nyong’o and the co-founder & executive director of Ushahidi, Ory Okollo.
South Africa celebrates National Women’s day annually,celebrating their role in the country as well as giving tribute to them.
IT News Africa celebrated the day by listing and paying tribute to twenty women in the continent who have significantly contributed to the development in Information Technology.
Safaricom’s General Manager of Financial Service had this to say: “I would like to thank ITNews for bestowing upon me this great honor. Being named one of Africa’s top 20 most influential women in technology is to me a great endorsement of the great impact that M-PESA continues to have in the lives of millions of people in Kenya and beyond.”
She joined Safaricom in December 2007 as Head of Division charged with managing the New Products Division comprising M-PESA business and GSMA projects and was later promoted to Chief Officer New Products Division in October 2008 with the additional responsibility for Safaricom’s Value Added Service which championed product innovation and new product road map.
In December 2011, Betty was awarded the prestigious State honors “Moran Order of the Burning Spear” by the then president of Kenya his Excellency Hon. Mwai Kibaki in recognition of her contribution to Kenya’s Information Communications Technology (ICT) sector. In addition, she was featured by MCI (Mobile Communications International) as one of the top 10 women in mobile globally In June 2010.