Mar 30th, 2020
Natalie Jabangwe has become one the leading voices in Africa’s financial technology sector. She serves as the chief executive of EcoCash, an offshoot of Econet Wireless and currently the fastestgrowing mobile money service in Africa. As the youngest chief executive to oversee a mobile money business in Africa, Natalie has adopted a transformative approach to her work that enables her to not only excel in the patriarchal workplace but also align her company’s offerings with the specific needs of women. In a country where gender equality remains far out of reach, Natalie’s attempts to empower women through financial independence have transformed the marketplace and social order. Millions of people rely on EcoCash to transfer money, pay for goods and services, pay bills, and communicate with friends and family. The company has brought formerly unbanked people into the formal financial system, offering them a more secure way to save money and access loans. For this work, Natalie was appointed to the United Nations Secretary General’s Digital Financing Taskforce, and the World Economic Forum honored her as one of its Young Global Leaders in 2018. Natalie completed her Master’s in Organizational Leadership from the University of Oxford, where she received the Oxford University Tutu Fellowship. She also received an Executive MBA from Imperial College London, with a specialization in hi-tech strategy and corporate turnaround, as well as a bachelor’s degree from Spelman College. During her time at Spelman, Natalie served briefly in the administration of former Atlanta Mayor Shirley Clarke Franklin, the first black woman elected mayor of a major metropolitan area in the South.