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Natalie Payida Jabangwe

Executive Secretary, Timbuktoo

Group Digital Executive Officer, Sanlam Group. Sanlam Africa’s largest non-banking financial services firm,
spurning operations across 34 African countries in addition India and Malaysia. Sanlam is $6bn revenue firm per annum, delivering key financial services in investments, pension funds, asset management, personal finance and wealth management.

Natalie is responsible for a USD600m budget that will spearhead the firm’s digital financial services, ventures, mergers and acquisitions included. She is the former and youngest chief executive to have run a mobile money business in Africa, EcoCash. EcoCash is Zimbabwe’s leading and fastest-growing mobile money service in Africa of telecoms giant, Econet Wireless and was the 2017 corporate recipient of the Mobile World Congress “Best Mobile Payment Solution”, Glomo Awards. With over 13 years of experience in Finance and Technology, she began her career as a software engineer, eventually moving to Investment banking and retail banking sectors, across the EMEA region.

Prior to joining EcoCash, she was a Senior Mobile Financial Services Consultant at a Fortune 500 company, NCR Corporation, where she developed NCR’s digital financial service strategy across 52 countries. Natalie holds a BSc Information Technology and an Executive M.B.A. (Specialisation in Hi-tech Strategy and Corporate Turnaround) from Imperial College London, UK and is 2017 Oxford University Tutu Fellow.

In 2017, Ms. Jabangwe became a member of YPO Africa. In 2018, named World Economic Forum YGL and nominated # 11 on the Choiseul 100, Africa Emerging Economic Leaders. She is passionate about finance, technology, telecoms and development.