These are 3 prominent business leaders from Kenya who are attending the WEF Africa 2017

The three day event will attract global leaders including president Robert Mugabe of Zimbabwe.

Global business leaders, non-governmental organisations and other public figures have also been invited to come and contribute on this year’s theme, “Achieving Inclusive Growth through Responsive and Responsible Leadership” and play a hand in shaping the continent’s future.

Among those invited, includes some of top African business leaders based in Kenya.

Jesse Moore – CEO and co-founder, M-Kopa solar

Founded in 2011 by Nick Hughes, Chad Larson, and Jesse Moore, M-kopa has steadily grown to become one of the most profitable companies in Africa.

The company sells home solar systems in Kenya,Tanzania and Uganda, customers pay a deposit of 3,500 KES (approx $35), take the system home then pay 50 KES (approx $0.50) a day for a period of one year, to own the solar system.

Controversy has however clouded the company with some accusing it of making a profit on poor Africans.

Jabu Basopo – General Manager - Visa Southern & East Africa, Sub Sahara Africa.

Basopo has been at the helm of the financial company since 2011 and has steered the company to even greater growth.

He holds an MBA in strategic management from the University of Kwa Zulu Natal, management programme from University of Cape Town and Executive education programme, leading strategic growth from Columbia University.

Penetration of cardless transaction in Africa is an interesting topic Basopo would shed light on.

Visa Inc. (NYSE: V) is a global payments technology company that connects consumers in more than 200 countries to fast, secure and reliable electronic payments.

Christian Bwakira - Vice President & Area Business Head, East Africa at MasterCard

This is not the first time Mastercard will be attending the world economic forum, last year during the annual forum held in Kigali it sent a strong delegation led by its President for the Middle East and Africa, Raghu Malhotra.

Bkawira has had a long illustrious career in financial companies, before becoming the vice president of MasterCard he served as the country manager, senior business manager at Visa from November 2012.

He has only served at MasterCard for one year and six months.

Mastercard has been at the forefront of financial penetration and early this year it  launched 2KUZE, a digital platform that connects smallholder farmers, agents, buyers and banks in East Africa.


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