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Our Team

ADFI is managed on a day-to-day basis by a coordination unit housed and managed by the African Development Bank
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Sheila Okiro

ADFI Coordinator

Sheila is a financial services professional with 20 years of experience in the African financial sector. Her areas of expertise include digital financial services, transactional banking, SME banking and corporate banking. Key aspects of her roles in financial services include strategy formulation, business development, portfolio management, risk management, eChannel development and optimisation, client and stakeholder relationship management, project management and capacity building.

Sheila has worked with several reputable banks in Kenya including Co-operative Bank of Kenya, Standard Chartered Bank and Commercial Bank of Africa. In this time, she held key roles as a Senior Corporate Banking Manager and Head of EChannels. Sheila has also worked in the digital financial services sector, helping to build capacity and knowledge in digital financial services amongst banks, fintechs and regulators. Sheila is currently a Chief Investment Officer in the Financial Intermediation and Inclusion Division of the African Development Bank.

Sheila holds an executive MBA and a Bachelor of Commerce from Strathmore Business School in Kenya.

Sheila Okiro

ADFI Coordinator
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Louise Simpson

Communications and Knowledge Management Consultant

An effective communicator with a proven track record of over 20 years supporting financial inclusion, social and economic development, using strategic and hands-on communications and knowledge management skills.

Lou brings broad expertise from building brand awareness, sharing impact and learning to using communication to connect with stakeholders and partners.

Her finance sector clients include the Bank of Tanzania, finance ministries and regulatory authorities in Tanzania and Malawi, Financial Sector Deepening Trust in Tanzania and FinMark Trust, as well as social and economic development agencies such as CARE International, Vétérinaires Sans Frontières, Oxford Policy Management and the Foundation for Mother and Child health.

Lou holds a Masters in International Development from the UK Open University, Diploma from the UK Chartered Institute of Marketing and a degree in French and Economics from London Metropolitan University.

Louise Simpson

Communications and Knowledge Management Consultant
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Mohamed Agrebi

ADFI Administrator

Mohamed manages the administrative and financial operations for ADFI. He has extensive knowledge and experience with the African Development Bank’s procedures and guidelines pertaining to procurement, financial control, and financial management, amongst other corporate areas. Mohamed has been managing procurement and operations at the Bank since 2010.

Mohamed holds a master’s degree in Finance from ESSEC (École Supérieure des Sciences Économiques et Commerciales) in Tunis, Tunisia.

Mohamed Agrebi

ADFI Administrator
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Khalila Salim

ADFI Digital Financial Services Specialist

Khalila is a digital financial services specialist with over 15 years of experience in the digital financial services sector in Africa. Previously, she served as the Director for Business Development and Strategic Partnerships with Mastercard Labs for Financial Inclusion, where she worked on strengthening market linkages for agriculture across East Africa, PAYG solutions for education in Uganda and DFS services for small and micro retail traders in Kenya. Khalila also worked on social and economic inclusion innovations across multiple organisations including the Praekelt Foundation, Plan International and other cross sector partners on consulting assignments.

Khalila holds an MBA in Strategic Management from the United States University in Kenya, and a BSc in Information Sciences from Moi University, Eldoret, Kenya.

Khalila Salim

ADFI Digital Financial Services Specialist
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Jamelino Akogbeto

ADFI Digital Financial Services Specialist

Jamelino is a digital financial services specialist with over 17 years experience in the telecom, finance and business consulting sectors. Prior to joining ADFI, Jamelino served as a Digital Financial Services Expert with the United Nations Capital Development Fund in Benin where he helped lead the expansion of the country’s digital ecosystem. As an Orange Money project manager in Mali, he successfully led the development and launch of Flooz mobile money and served as the Head of Mobile Financial Services for the Etisalat mobile money solution in Benin. 

Jamelino holds an MBA from Laval University in Quebec, Canada.

Jamelino Akogbeto

ADFI Digital Financial Services Specialist

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