Ian Ferrao

CEO, Airtel Money

Speaker Bio

Ian was appointed as Chief Executive Officer of Airtel Money in 2022.  He leads Airtel Africa’s Money business with a portfolio spanning 14  countries – managing its financial performance, strategic direction and  priorities, brand strength and growth in customers.  

Before this appointment, Ian was Regional Director: East Africa,  responsible for acceleration of profitable growth in the region.  

Previous roles:

Ian has spent the last 16 years leading telecoms organizations in Africa, both as an entrepreneur and a corporate CEO. He joined Airtel Africa and the Executive Committee (ExCo) in 2019 to lead the Group’s East Africa operations in Kenya, Malawi, Rwanda, Tanzania, Uganda, and Zambia. Before joining Airtel Africa, Ian was the CEO at Vodacom Tanzania, where he led the company’s initial public offering (IPO) on to the Dar es Salaam Stock Exchange (DSE). He’s also served as CEO of Vodacom Lesotho, CCO for Vodacom Business Africa, and Commercial Director and Shareholder of AfriConnect Zambia.