2017 Tutu Fellow Natalie Jabangwe has been recognized as one of the Southern Africa finalists for the Young Business Leader of the Year Award in this years 8th annual All Africa Business Leaders Awards, or AABLA. AABLA, in partnership with CNBC Africa, honour remarkable leadership and salute business game changers in Africa for their commitment to excellence as well as developing best practices and innovative strategies.
AABLA says ‘Winners of the Awards exemplify the best in African Leadership. They epitomize the core values of a successful leader, strength, innovation, ingenuity, knowledge and foresight – values that are imperative to carving out powerful business in a Pan-African and global economy’
Natalie’s nomination was based on her proven track record of leadership and professional accomplishments. By the age of 21, she was responsible for developing the US city of Atlanta’s first information technology security policies under mayor Shirley Franklin. She then worked for NCR Corporation London, a Fortune 500 company and helped shape their digital financial services strategy across 52 countries.
She is currently the Chief Executive Officer of EcoCash, a "mass" banking operation and mobile financial service, the second largest mobile financial service in Africa after M-PESA in Kenya & largest financial service operation for the leading Telecoms corporate, Econet, in Zimbabwe. Her leadership trajectory has come with exponential growth, scaling customers from 3 million to over 7.6 million customers today, also contributing to 70% of Zimbabwe’s GDP.