30 January 2023

JUMO hires former Kenyan Cabinet Secretary Joe Mucheru

LONDON, 30 January 2023 – JUMO, a technology company building next-generation financial services for emerging market entrepreneurs, is pleased to announce the appointment of Joe Mucheru as President of the company.

In this new role, Joe will support the company to deliver its growth goals, navigate the regulatory landscape, and build the firm’s presence across the African continent.

Joe was the former Kenyan Cabinet Secretary in the Ministry of ICT, Innovation and Youth Affairs, appointed by then President of Kenya, Uhuru Kenyatta. He held office from 2015 to 2022. He brings a wealth of government experience and in-depth knowledge of pan-African tech to the JUMO executive team and board.

Joe was previously the head of Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) for Google, based in Nairobi, serving as Google’s first SSA employee. He joined Google in 2007 where he led the delivery of strategy, business planning and operations and was key to setting up Google’s presence on the continent. Prior to Google, he worked at Wananchi Online, the parent company of internet service provider Zuku, a company he co-founded in 1999. 

Joe is a global board member of UNICEF Generation Unlimited, the world’s first public-private-youth partnership working to skill and connect the world’s 1.8 billion young people to opportunity, as well as a Trustee of the University of Nairobi Foundation. He previously held board positions at the M-Pesa Foundation Academy, a state-of-the-art residential high school in Kenya funded by M-PESA, Vodafone and Safaricom, Bitpesa (now Aza Group), an international money transfer platform, and GiveDirectly, a non-profit allowing donors to provide direct cash transfers to those in need. He is also the former Chairman of the African Telecommunications Union. 

In 2010, he was awarded the Moran of the Order of the Burning Spear(MBS), as well as the Elder of the Golden Heart (EGH) in recognition of his contribution to ICT in Kenya. He is a member of the African Leadership Network, the Kenyan National Prayer Breakfast, and the East African Business Summit.

Andrew Watkins-Ball, JUMO Founder and CEO, said: “We are honoured to be able to welcome Joe to JUMO. He brings an invaluable perspective given his experience as an entrepreneur, Google executive and regulator.” 

Joe Mucheru, incoming President, said: “JUMO is revolutionising the lending space in Africa, connecting entrepreneurs and individuals to the financial products they need to grow and prosper. I am hugely excited to be joining a business that is helping capital providers make attractive returns at the same time as supporting measurable impact. I look forward to working with Andrew and the team.” 

Founded in London, JUMO has built an intelligent platform that enables banks to reach millions of new customers with credit and savings products. JUMO is focused on making it easier for capital providers to be able to reach new customers at affordable prices whilst making predictable returns.

In 2022, JUMO appointed Nichola Pease as Non-Executive Chair and Michael Ball, the former CFO of World Remit, as Chief Financial Officer. 

To date, the JUMO platform has been used to make 130 million loans, totalling $4 billion, to more than 20 million people and small businesses in Ghana, Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania, Zambia and Côte d’Ivoire. 


About JUMO 

JUMO was founded in 2015 and is the market leading Banking as a Service platform that uses AI to power financial services in emerging markets.

JUMO offers savings and credit products to entrepreneurs in emerging markets, as well as financial services infrastructure to partners such as eMoney operators, mobile fintech platforms and banks.

 The platform has two foundational capabilities:

  • Core – which provides end-to-end, next generation banking infrastructure and
  • Unify – the Artificial Intelligence processor that transforms data to reduce the cost and risk of lending.

Since founding, JUMO has enabled the disbursement of more than US$4 billion in loans and reached over 20 million customers and small businesses. They are active in six markets including Ghana, Tanzania, Kenya, Uganda, Zambia and Côte d’Ivoire. 


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