MILESTONE: Marianne Mwaniki

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global payments technology company, Visa Inc., has appointed Marianne Mwaniki as its senior vice president of social impact. Ms Mwaniki will lead the Visa Foundation, which was established in 2017 to build on the firm’s long history of corporate giving and to accelerate the delivery of the company’s social impact goals by helping small and micro-enterprises thrive. Actually, she will be responsible for the company’s comprehensive strategy in terms of corporate social responsibility, corporate giving programs, financial inclusion and financial literacy.

With more than 20 years of experience working in the banking sector across the world, she is expected to take the technology firm to higher heights. Before being appointed by Visa, she held the role of managing director, individual clients Africa at Standard Chartered where she served in various positions that focused on financial solutions delivery and client value proposition design.

In addition, she led the bank’s sustainability strategy formulation and represented the bank in several government consultations, at United Nations conferences, in European Union working groups, as well as at general social impact and banking industry conferences.

Ms Mwaniki holds a Master’s degree from the London School of Economics, and is a founding member of the Africa Leadership Network and a board member of the British Chamber of Commerce Kenya. According to William Sheedy, executive vice president of corporate strategy, mergers & acquisitions and government relations at Visa, she has a wonderful combination of strong global experience in the financial industry and a demonstrated passion for driving social change. Whether this will help her succeed in her new post or not, only time will show.