Chief Business Development & Strategy Officer
Michael leads Safaricom’s business development and transformation agenda. He is responsible for Strategic Partnerships, Mergers and Acquisitions, Safaricom’s funding strategy and asset optimization.
With over 20 years’ experience in Corporate and Investment Banking, Michael joined Safaricom from Citibank where he was a Managing Director and Head of Corporate Finance for Sub-Saharan Africa from 2019. Prior to this role, he was head of Corporate and Investment Banking for Citibank Kenya and was appointed a Senior Credit Officer in 2018. Michael was with Citibank for 15 years and has held various senior local and regional leadership roles.
Prior to joining Citibank, Michael worked in Barclays/Absa Capital, where he grew from a Management Associate to the Regional Coverage Head – East Africa, Investment Banking Division Africa, a role he held until he joined Citibank in 2006.
Through his career, Michael has managed numerous significant transactions, earning him ‘Corporate Banker of the Year’ 5 separate times at the Annual Banking awards, as well as leading his team to winning ‘Corporate Bank of the Year’ in Kenya a similar number of times, amongst other industry recognitions. He was also listed for three years as a Top 40 under 40. He holds a Bachelor of Law Degree from the University of Nairobi, and Masters in Law degree from Temple University. He is an Advocate and a Certified Public Secretary and sits on the Board of Junior Achievement.