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Natalie Payida Jabangwe
Born 1983 (age 34–35)
United Kingdom
Residence Harare, Zimbabwe
Nationality Zimbabwean
Citizenship Zimbabwean
Alma mater Middlesex University
(Bachelor of Science)
Imperial College London
(Executive Master of Business Administration)
Occupation Computer Engineer & Businesswoman
Years active   2005 — present
Known for Leadership, Business & IT expertise
Title Chief Executive Officer
of EcoCash

Natalie Payida Jabangwe (née Natalie Payida), is a Zimbabwean computer engineer and businesswoman . She is the General Manager and chief executive officer of EcoCash, the mobile money service of Econet Wireless, a leading wireless telephony company in Zimbabwe.[1] She runs the second-largest mobile financial service company on the African continent, serving in excess of 6 million individuals.[2][3]

Background and education[edit | edit source]

Natalie was born in the United Kingdom circa 1983. She studied at Middlesex University, graduating with a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Engineering. While at Middlesex, she studied as an exchange student at Spelman College of the Atlanta University Center. Later, she obtained an Executive Master of Business Administration, from the Imperial College of London.[1]

Career[edit | edit source]

While pursuing her master's degree, she worked with National Cash Register and part of the team that developed the digital payments strategy of the company. In January 2014, she relocated to Zimbabwe to lead EcoCash, having been headhunted for that purpose. In December 2016, she was reported to be the youngest chief executive of a mobile money company on the African continent, at that time.[1]

Other achievements[edit | edit source]

In May 2018, Natalie Payida Jabangwe, was nominated among the 100 Young Global Leaders of the World Economic Forum 2018, a platform used to groom "the world's brightest under 40 and most promising" future leaders.[4] She is also a 2017 Fellow of The Archbishop Desmond Tutu Leadership Fellowship Program.[5]

While at Spelman College in Atlanta, she interned in the office of the mayor of the city at the time, Shirley Franklin. Natalie is credited with developing Atlanta's first information technology security policies in 2004, when Natalie was 21 years old.[6]

Family[edit | edit source]

Natalie Payida Jabangwe is married and is mother of one daughter, Makatendeka Morris (aka "Popina").[1]

See also[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Standard Reporter (4 December 2016). "Celebrating women in leadership: Natalie Jabangwe". The Standard (Zimbabwe). Harare. Retrieved 11 May 2018. 
  2. World Economic Forum (11 May 2018). "Natalie Payida Jabangwe: Chief Executive Officer At EcoCash Zimbabwe". Geneva: World Economic Forum. Retrieved 11 May 2018. 
  3. Sengere, Leonard (10 November 2017). "EcoCash has processed over $23 billion since launch and that's not the only impressive figure". Harare: Techzim.co.zw. Retrieved 11 May 2018. 
  4. New Ziana (10 May 2018). "Zimbabwe: Ecocash Boss in Young Global Leaders Nomination". The Herald (Zimbabwe) via AllAfrica.com. Harare. Retrieved 11 May 2018. 
  5. African Leadership Institute (2017). "African Leadership Institute: 2017 Fellows: Natalie Jabangwe". Cape Town: African Leadership Institute. Retrieved 11 May 2018. 
  6. New Zimbabwe (10 May 2018). "Zimbabwe: Natalie Jabangwe - Ecocash CEO Named Global Leader By the World Economic Forum". London: New Zimbabwe via AllAfrica.com. Retrieved 11 May 2018. 

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