EFInA (Enhancing Financial Innovation and Access) is pleased to announce the appointment of Esaie Diei as its Chief Executive Officer. In this capacity, Mr. Diei will be responsible for leading EFInA and ensuring that the organization continues to advance on its mission of facilitating the emergence of an all-inclusive and growth-promoting financial system in Nigeria.
Mr. Diei brings a deep experience of working at senior level in financial inclusion and in financial markets; strong relationship management experience with the ability to effectively engage with diverse stakeholders; and a strong understanding of the operation, challenges, technical and political context of the Nigerian financial system.
Esaie’s has over 30 years of professional experience in management, product development, marketing, and digital innovation. He is an alumnus of ESCA (Ecole Superieure de commerce d’Abidjan), a highly rated Business School in Cote d’Ivoire in partnership with the University of Brighton (United Kingdom).
Mr. Diei began his career at IBM in 1998 as a sales manager before moving to United Bank of Africa (UBA) in 1999, as Head, Card & Payments. In 2009, he was appointed Group Head, Prepaid Card Business and in this capacity, he played an important role in UBA’s digital banking transformation. Esaie took up an appointment with Globacom in 2014 as Group Head, Mobile Financial Business and led the company’s digital transformation in mobile payments. In 2017, he was appointed the CEO, MoneyMaster Limited, a Globacom subsidiary focused on digital financial business.
Esaie Diei has made substantial contributions to the development of financial inclusion in Nigeria particularly through his work on the Central Bank’s Committee set up to develop the regulatory framework for licensing Super-Agents where he served as Vice Chairman. He was one of 40 Digital innovation experts from Africa selected by the Consultative Group to Assist the Poor (CGAP) in 2011 to participate at a gathering in Washington DC called to examine the challenges and opportunities which existed in promoting financial inclusion through innovation.
Commenting on the appointment, Mr. Segun Akerele, EFInA’s Board Chair said; “Esaie has the right mix of experience in leadership, digital innovation and management needed to lead the next phase of EFInA’s growth. We are happy he has agreed to join us as he shares the values and aspirations of this company and its donors. On behalf of the Board of Directors, I wholeheartedly welcome Esaie to EFInA and wish him every success’.
In response, Mr. Diei stated that; “I am excited to join this wonderful team of highly driven individuals who are investing their skills and efforts in advancing access to financial services and opportunities for the poor in Nigeria. I am confident that working together with our stakeholders we will be able to achieve our goals and meet Nigeria’s Financial Inclusion targets by 2020”.
EFInA is funded by the UK Government’s Department for International Development (DFID) and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation