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Nick Hughes
Co Founder and Chief Product Officer at M Kopa


Nick Hughes OBE

Co-founder of M-KOPA and “father” of M-PESA

Nick Hughes has been at the forefront of mobile commerce activities in emerging markets for over 15 years, pioneering digital fintech solutions that solve real problems. He is the co-founder and Chief Product Officer at M-KOPA, currently providing pay-as-you-go clean energy and financial services to over 750,000 customers in East Africa.

Nick was previously Global Head of Payment Solutions at Vodafone Group, where, in 2003, he started the ground-breaking mobile payment service M-PESA, delivering it across multiple Vodafone territories.

Nick holds a small number of advisory roles in the digital services space and is a founding Board member of bKash, Bangladesh’s leading mobile money service reaching over 30 million people.

Holding a PhD in Applied Science and an MBA from London Business School, Nick has also won The Economist’s Innovation Award for Social & Economic Impact for his work on M-PESA. In 2017 Nick was awarded an OBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list for services to ‘innovation in Africa’.