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A Rwandan Executive, Ingabire, New VISA Boss

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A Rwandan Executive, Ingabire, New VISA Boss

Salma Ingabire, another Rwandan female executive has been appointed as country director for Visa Inc, a global payments technology company, replacing Lucy Mbabazi.

Ingabire has been serving as COO for AC Group, a Rwandan tech firm offering public transport bus fare payments system after heading Group Business Development and Special Projects for Eastern Africa at Wari, a South African-based financial technology company.

She helped the firm’s implementation and launch of Wari services including money transfer, bill payment, and airtime sales across the East Africa through partnerships with different banks like Bank of Africa, United Bank for Africa and Ecobank.

She also served as a corporate manager at Airtel for two years, facilitating deployment of Airtel Money and microloan products.

She has six years of experience in banking, telecommunications and third-party providers in Senegal, Rwanda and USA.

Her areas of expertise include project management, product development and management, business development, e-banking and mobile financial services operations.

Between 2010 and 2013, she held two different positions at Banque Populaire du Rwanda, currently BPR-Atlas, first as mobile banking product manager and then as the bank’s product manager.

She holds a bachelor’s degree in Food Science and Technology from Kigali Institute of Science and Technology and currently pursuing a Global Master of Business Administration with Oxford Brookes University from the UK, She is fluent in English, French, Kiswahili and Kinyarwanda

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