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Kamal Budhabhatti is Africa’s FinTech CEO of the Year

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HiPipo, through its Include Everyone program recently honoured ‘Kenya’s Bill Gates’ – Kamal Budhabhatti with the Africa FinTech CEO of the Year award. 

This prestigious accolade was presented to Kamal Budhabhatti during the 2019 Include Everyone Summit and Digital Impact Awards Africa held on 20th September 2019 in Kampala, Uganda and attended by over 300 delegates from across Africa. 

According to HiPipo CEO, Innocent Kawooya, “the Africa FinTech CEO of the Year award goes to an outstanding Chief Executive/Managing Director who has created or spearheaded cutting edge innovation, a FinTech leader who may have taken a calculated risk and the risk has paid off by positively impacting the FinTech sector including mobile, digital currency, banking, finance, tech or start-up.” 

Nicknamed Kenya’s Bill Gates by Forbes magazine, Kamal Budhabhatti is an unassuming Indian-Kenyan entrepreneur working unremittingly towards putting African software on the global map. 

He is the founder and CEO of Craft Silicon, a Kenyan software company serving over 300 institutions/customers across Africa, emerging Asia and the rest of the world. He founded Craft Silicon in October 2000. 

Today, under his leadership and vision, Craft Silicon has been recognized as one of the biggest software houses across the emerging markets with its other development center and relationship office in India and USA respectively. He is a voracious programmer with expertise in C#, Java and Mobile computing. Craft Silicon’s market value of around $50 million and boasts annual revenues of $6 million.

Kamal is actively involved in researching & crafting necessities of the organization to position Craft Silicon among the best financial technology companies in the world.

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Abryanz Style and Fashion Awards 2019 FashionPreneur slated for next Saturday at Kingdom Kampala

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As build up for the Abryanz Style and Fashion Awards in December, The ASFAs 2019 will hold their fashionprenuer next Saturday at Kampala Kingdom. FashionPrenuer is a fashion exhibition that sees Key fashion industry stakeholders share their source of inspiration, discuss the challenges they face as Fashionpreneurs and speak on their experiences while debating the solutions to empower the next generation of Fashionpreneurs.

The event will have both exhibitors and attendees showcasing and admiring fashion respectively. You can register and pay online to attend.

ASFAs 2019 are slated for 13th December at Kampala Serena hotel. The awards this years have 14 designated categories and will see the best fashion faces awarded. Entrance is only 100,000ugx and tickets are available on their website.

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Airtel rewards local mobile app creators

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Airtel Uganda recognized and awarded three mobile Application creators at their annual Independence breakfast held at the Airtel Uganda offices in Bugolobi.

Matibabu – a platform that collects, organizes and visualizes data to better understand and identify malaria trends, Akellobanker – a mobile and cloud based digital finance platform used by farmers and small-scale traders to access instant credit from anywhere using their mobile phones and SafeBoda – a community of entrepreneurs and boda drivers working together to improve professional standards across the urban transportation industry in Africa each received 5 million shillings for upholding standards and transforming the lives of Ugandans with ICT.

According to Mr. V. G. Somasekhar the Airtel Uganda Managing Director, Airtel is committed to the development of Uganda by giving SMEs, large corporations and individuals the necessary tools to innovate, employ and empower themselves and the communities in which they exist.

“This year, we are happy to recognize and award different entities that have excelled in the ICT sector. At Airtel Uganda, we have always spearheaded the notion of development through ICT and this is why we have made significant investment in our network to ensure countrywide 4G, affordable internet connectivity and an all-inclusive Airtel money platform,” he noted.

In his speech, the Guest of Honor and Commissioner Telecoms Mr. Charles Awuk applauded Airtel Uganda for always exhibiting patriotism and leading technological advancement in the country.

“Allow me to congratulate all the award recipients here today. I applaud you for championing the cause of ICT as an enabling factor for development. With ICT, there is almost nothing that can not be accomplished. From simple communication to satellite maps, digital currencies and health solutions, ICT is already playing a key role in the prosperity of countries across the world,” he commented.

He also applauded Airtel for their commitment to the implementation of the broadband policy as well as the 4G connection in national parks, which are a great source of revenue to Uganda.

During the breakfast, Airtel Uganda staff that excelled in different fields across the business functions were also recognized and awarded.



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Airtel Uganda rewards customers in commemoration of Customer Service Week

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Airtel Uganda surprised customers and staff at their New Park service center with exciting presents in commemoration of the 2019 customer service week on Thursday.

Customer Service Week is an international celebration of the importance of customer service and of the people who serve and support customers on a daily basis.

This year’s theme, ‘The Magic of Service’, recognizes that good service is magical. It can turn an unhappy customer into a satisfied long-term customer. It can turn an occasional customer into a repeat customer. And it can turn any customer into your biggest fan and advocate.

Commenting about this initiative, the Airtel Uganda Customer Services Director, Lynda Nabayinda said, “Customer service week is as much about our customer service team as it is about our customers. We are using this opportunity to appreciate our customers for their continued preference of Airtel products and services and reward our internal customer service teams for the commendable work they do all year round.”

Throughout the Customer Service Week, members of Airtel’s leadership team have been visiting different branches, service shops and call centers surprising the Customer service representatives and customers with various prizes. During the visits, the Airtel leaders also offered words of guidance and motivation to the staff.



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