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.
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.
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.
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.
Damien is a Mobile Services Expert and an ICT4D practitioner with over 15 years of experience designing implementing, and monitoring digital programmes and projects across Africa.
His key areas of interest and expertise include mobile communication, digital transformation, cybersecurity, e-governance, e-agriculture, financial inclusion, digital finance services, innovation and change management. Damien was the first Director General of the Benin Government Agency in charge of ICT Development, he designed and implemented e-commerce and e-government initiatives for the United Nations Development Program in Burundi, as well as managed IT projects for the African Development Bank.
Damien holds an advanced degree in management science, option management of information systems and a master's degree in management science from the University of Abomey-Calavi (Benin); an engineering degree in wireless communication from the University of Sciences and Technologies (Nanjing, China) and a masters degree in strategy with a specialisation in change and innovation management (USAWC, USA).