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Nvalaye Kourouma Chief Digital Officer at Barclays RoA


An expert of financial services innovation, Nvalaye is currently leading Barclays’ digital transformation in Africa (ex South Africa). He joined the bank 2015 as Group Head of open innovation and was instrumental in setting up RISE, Barclays innovation center in Cape Town, South Africa.

Prior to joining Barclays, Nvalaye was Africa Head of Digital at Standard Chartered Bank before becoming the Global Lead for Online and mobile banking transformation in Singapore. He previously spent several years in marketing and operations with Citigroup in New York and The Coca-Cola Company in Africa.

Nvalaye is an entrepreneur. He was Founder and CEO of Afric Xpress (AX), an electronic payment service provider with operations in the US and Ghana. AX partners with telecom operators and financial services companies to provide innovative payment solutions for the unbanked. He also co-founded AngelAfrica, a New-York based network of African professionals promoting business and entrepreneurship in Africa.

Nvalaye holds an MBA from Harvard Business School, a Master in Marketing and Strategy from Poitiers University (France) and a Graduate Degree from Ecole Superieure de Commerce D’Abidjan (ESCA) in Cote d’Ivoire, his native country.