Innocent Kawooya

CEO & Co-Founder HiPipo

Innocent Kawooya (born January 30, 1988) is a Ugandan financial inclusion expert, computer programmer, Internet entrepreneur, film producer and entertainment executive that has played a major role in the digital evolution of Africa, particularly Uganda in East Africa.

He is a co-founder of HiPipo, and currently operates as its chief executive officer.

Started as a social entertainment platform in a Makerere University computer lab in 2005, HiPipo later turned into a leading multi-diversified company that is greatly impacting creative arts, digital, Finance and events.  Between 2009 and 2013, Innocent co-conceptualized and co-developed mHealth (MyDoctor) and e-Learning (AfroExaminer.com) projects that received international recognition from IndiAfrica, Orange Africa Challenge and ITU innovation excellence.

Innocent has attended various Digital Financial Services (DFS)-related, leadership, project management workshops & convening organized by MTN Group, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

Innocent spearheaded the launch of great brands and projects in Africa including HiPipo Music Awards; the fastest growing awards brand committed to celebrating, honoring, and sustaining African music's past, present, and future and Include Everyone program; a collection of related financial inclusion outreach projects including hackathon, expo, summit, Digital Impact Awards Africa and research. Digital Impact Awards Africa is a celebrated brand in spearheading research on digital and financial inclusion excellence.

Innocent is an ex-student of Sikkim Manipal University, SMACON (2007), SHACK (2005), Molly and Paul Primary School (2001) and Victoria Nursery School.

DX Connect: Digital Engagement 2019

2:00 PM Welcome to the age of interoperability: collaboration as the key to inclusive growth

In countries and regions throughout Africa, interoperability between digital financial services has surged from a worthy goal to an active reality, leapfrogging traditional banking infrastructures in the process. These digital financial services have brought financial inclusion to a tipping point. To connect services for low-cost, seamless, real-time payments means deliberate and collaborative action across sectors. Kosta Peric, Deputy Director, Financial Services for the Poor at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, speaks about how inclusive growth requires inclusive action between governments, regulators, and commercial providers.   

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