About Topy

About Topy


Financial inclusion expert

Topy is a decorated financial inclusion and fintech personality with rich experience in digital financial services, technology as well as telecommunications industry.

She strongly believes that financial inclusion is the means to accelerating economic empowerment for the underserved populations. She advocates for greater access to financial services by all men and women, young and old.

Besides her expertise in financial inclusion, Topy is also a fintech expert. Her personal mission is to enable as many individuals and businesses around the world experience other ways to enhance digital, tech, and socio-cultural inclusion in achieving their aspirations.

She has spearheaded financial inclusion initiatives during her work in organizations including Vodafone and Airtel. She currently leads the Visa’s sub Saharan Africa financial inclusion drive.

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Topy has over thirteen years’ experience in financial services and telecommunications, five of which are in mobile money at Vodafone and Airtel. She has held a number of roles in general management, strategy, operations, technology, and product and business transformation.

She is currently works as Senior Director for Financial Inclusion Africa at Visa, based in Nairobi, Kenya. She is committed to driving the growth in access to financial services for the underserved population of Sub Saharan Africa.

Prior to joining Visa, Topy headed Airtel Kenya’s mobile money business. She was a member of the Payments Association of Kenya (PAK) and the Mobile Money Association of Kenya (MMAK) steering committees whose objectives are to increase financial inclusion with assistance of the Financial Sector Deepening (FSD) Kenya.

She previously worked as M-Pesa Principal Product Manager at Vodafone Group based in London, England where she led M-Pesa commercial and strategy for emerging markets, product development and new markets launches.

Topy was awarded a Nelson Mandela scholarship to study at INSEAD Business School in France where she received a Masters in Business Administration. She has a first class honors Bachelor’s of Science degree in Information Technology from Jomo Kenyatta University and a Higher Diploma in Management of Information Systems from Strathmore University. She is an alumnus of Alliance Girl’s High School.




Speaking Engagements

Apart from her role in driving financial inclusion, Topy enjoys and regularly participates in initiatives, conferences and events that seek to promote inclusion and encourage women participation in technology.

Shae has been part of the below initiatives;

San Francisco International Women Entrepreneurs Forum (SFIWEF) in Spain

During the San Francisco International Women Entrepreneurs Forum held in La Spamas, Spain in May 2016, she presented deep insights to the mobile money evolution in Kenya and across Africa.

The Forum delivers a platform for diverse international organizations to collaborate and share resources and give visibility to various projects and initiatives, start-ups and businesses directed to or run by women.

London School of Economics (LSE) Africa Summit in United Kingdom

In the May 2016 London School of Economics Africa Summit she shared her experiences in what it took to make mobile money successful.

The Summit is an annual two-day conference that showcases Africa’s contributions to the world. It offers participants a platform to engage and explore cutting edge research and business trends across Africa’s rapidly changing socio-economic environment.

Thought Leadership at the ICT4D  Conference in  Rockefeller Bellagio Center in Italy

In September 2016 she spent days at the Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Centre as part of a think tank to explore what more could be done in Information and Communications Technologies for Development (ICT4D) to get more people digitally included.


She sits in the African Women in Fintech and Payments Advisory Board.

African Women in FinTech & Payments (AWFP) is a network for women in Cards, Payments, Banking and FinTech in Africa whose main objective is to bring women together through networking events and workshops.


During the 2015 first annual Pink Potential –  IT Women Rock Event in Nairobi she encouraged more women to take up careers in technology and positions in leadership.

Giving back

With an unyielding desire to improve people’s lives, Topy uses the JOTO Foundation to promote the benefit and social welfare of the public by giving young people and those young at heart a second chance in life through education.




TechWomen Emerging Leader

In 2017, she has been awarded one of five Kenya’s TechWomen Emerging Leader after a rigorous selection process from over 4,000 applicants. She is one of the five women from Kenya joining the group of one hundred women from around the world at the TechWomen conference in San Francisco, California.

The event brings emerging women leaders in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) from Africa, Central and South Asia, and the Middle East together with their professional counterparts in the United States for a mentorship and exchange program. TechWomen provides participants access to networks, resources, and knowledge to empower them to reach their full potential.

Gold Stevie Technology Woman of the Year Award Winner

In 2016, Topy received the Gold Stevie Award for Women in Technology for various achievements during her tenure as Airtel Kenya’s Head of Airtel Money.

Pink Potential IT Woman of the Year

She was named IT Woman of the Year at the 1st Annual Pink Potential IT women conference in sub-Saharan Africa in 2015 for leading Airtel Kenya’s Airtel Money team in innovating the Airtel Money Pesa Card.

INSEAD Nelson Mandela Schorlaship Award

After admission to INSEAD Business School she was awarded the Nelson Mandela scholarship, which enabled her to undertake a Masters in Business Administration.