Vodafone’s Michael Joseph wins PICMET award

Acknowledges Mr M-Pesa’s work in building world’s largest mobile money system

michael josephVodafone‘s director of mobile money, Michael Joseph, (affectionately known as Mr M-Pesa) has won a prestigious award from from PICMET (Portland International Centre for Management of Engineering and Technology) for leadership in technology management. Of course, M-Pesa – the mobile money transfer and payment service, has transformed the lives of millions of unbanked people living in emerging markets. Hence his PICMET LTM award recognises this work. Joseph joins a line of industry greats such as Jong-Yong Yun – CEO with Samsung Electronics and Intel’s Andy Grove.

“When I went to Kenya to become the CEO of Safaricom I wanted to change people’s lives for the better,” Joseph commented.

“I was determined that we would be an innovative company by design – the now world-famous M-Pesa product was the result of that thinking.”

PICMET disseminates on technology management to around 17,000 technology management specialists in academia, industry and government worldwide.

M-Pesa enables millions of people who have access to a mobile phone, but do not have access to a bank account, to send and receive money, top-up airtime and make bill payments.

M-Pesa had approximately 16.8 million active customers as of March 31st 2014 and approximately 200,000 authorised agents worldwide.

Additionally in Kenya and Tanzania, Safaricom and Vodacom Tanzania have launched a savings and loans products, in partnership with the Commercial Bank of Africa.

The addition of Romania continues the expansion of M-Pesa globally, following the launches in Egypt, India, Lesotho and Mozambique recently.

About Hans Cett

Hans Cett is an established freelance author and consultant specialising in the mobile communications industry. He also writes for Countdown2MWC - http://countdown2mwc.wordpress.com/
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