Visa, a global leader in payments, has appointed Eva Ngigi-Sarwari as its new country manager for Kenya. Sarwari will serve as the senior business development leader and country manager for Kenya, reporting to Corine Mbiaketcha, vice president and general manager for Visa in East Africa. She will be part of the East Africa leadership team.
Sarwari is a financial services expert with fifteen years experience in the banking industry. She has served in various roles at several banking institutions in Kenya including CfC Stanbic and Co-operative Bank of Kenya, with her most recent role being project lead at SC Ventures by Standard Chartered.
Prior to her role at SC Ventures, Sarwari worked in the transaction banking department at Standard Chartered Bank, where she became the transaction banking head for the commercial banking segment across East Africa. She helped develop and execute the sales strategy to deliver revenue ambitions and increase client penetration for the bank by actively promoting its network and product capabilities.
She holds a bachelor’s degree in business and marketing management from Moi University, a master’s degree in business administration from the University of Nairobi and a post graduate diploma in digital business from Emeritus. In addition, she has taken part in the Oxford Fintech programme.
Sarwari will be responsible for the development and implementation of Visa’s growth strategy in Kenya. Her appointment is in line with Visa’s vision to continue building a solid regional team by matching unique strengths and talents with critical business opportunities.
“We are excited to bring Sarwari on board to lead our business in Kenya. The experience she brings to the team is invaluable. We have no doubt that she will play a key role in driving our strategy forward and accelerating our growth locally,” Visa East Africa general manager, Corine Mbiaketcha said of the appointment.