Airtel Kenya Now Appoints former M-Pesa Boss to Head Airtel Money

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Bharti Airtel has today announced the appointment of Topyster Namasaka-Muga and Venkateshwaran (Venkat) Ramakrishnan as the new head of Airtel Money and finance director respectively for its operation in Kenya.

Topyster was a principal product development Manager – M-Pesa at Vodafone Group Services, UK.  She comes with over 8 years’ experience in the telecoms industry, 5 of which have been with Airtel Kenya and a year within Airtel Africa. She started off at Airtel as an IT project coordinator/support and development engineer and grew within the ranks to become Manager, Management Information Systems.  She then joined Airtel Africa in 2010 as Senior Manager, Group Value Added Services.

You need to watch this video to understand Topyster. She is inspiring.

She later left Airtel in 2011 after being awarded the ‘Institute European De Administrations DeAffaires’ (INSEAD) Nelson Mandela scholarship at the INSEAD business school in France.

Topy is a holder of a First Class Honors Bachelor of Science degree in Information Technology from Kenyatta University.

Venkat who is Indian, joined Airtel India in 2006 as a Financial Reporting Manager, Prior to joining Airtel, Venkat worked for Vodaphone in Banglore where he was the head of consolidation for the Vodaphone Group in India. Venkat started his career in Finance with Standard Chattered (Thailand) where he was in charge of monthly closure

He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Commerce (Hons) from the University of Sir Sayatha Sayi and is a qualified Charteed Accountant and a member of the institute of Chartered Accountants of India.

Written by Robert

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