Feb 28

Mastercard hosts targeted fintech talent event in London


Homecoming Revolution recently hosted a targeted talent event in London for leading global payments and technology company Mastercard to encourage top Nigerian fintech talent to return home.

The event, which took place on 14 December at The Park Plaza Victoria, was titled ‘Connecting you to priceless possibilities in Africa’ and aimed to inform the audience of the exciting career prospects for diaspora professionals with fintech skills.

Each candidate in attendance was carefully selected according to Mastercard’s specific talent requirements.

Omoke Adebanjo, Mastercard Vice President, Cluster Head, West Africa, gave the audience insight into the company’s West Africa operation, while Raghav Prasad, Mastercard Executive Vice President, Division President Sub-Saharan Africa, provided the candidates with an overview of the Sub-Saharan African Division and shared how the business in Africa contributes to the overall Mastercard MEA strategy.

Other Mastercard employees in attendance included Ngozi Megwa, Mastercard Vice President, Market Development, Sub-Saharan Africa, Obi Okwuegbunam, Mastercard Business Development West Africa and Carys Richards, Mastercard Senior Vice President, Human Resources, Middle East and Africa.

Victoria Grayley, Director, Human Resources Business Partner at Mastercard comments, “At Mastercard we continue to explore new channels to allow us to tap into specific talent pools with the aim of bringing great talent into the organisation.  We have a committed focus on hiring national talent into our markets on the ground close to our customers and such events give us the chance to share insights into our business and what a potential career with us could look like. It’s a great forum for us to meet potential future talent face to face and for us to start being able to build our brand and relationship with this talent pool.”

Faye Tessendorf, Managing Director at Homecoming Revolution says, “Overall it was a hugely successful event with exceptional attendance of high calibre Nigerian talent who were all excited about the possibility of returning home in the next two years.”

“These events allow us the opportunity provide a real picture of what it’s like to return home warts and all.  The candidates found this transparent and holistic view of what a career looks like in Nigeria very refreshing,” she continues.

A candidate who attended the event said he found it useful to speak to people on the ground.

“It is always good to speak to people on the continent, you get so much more information and insight.”

Another candidate said it was inspirational to see how passionate the Mastercard team was.

“The event was so interesting and gave me a lot of food for thought.”

The Sub Saharan Division of Mastercard operates in 32 countries organised into three areas West Africa, East Africa & French Sub Saharan Africa. The company is also introducing new technologies that are rapidly closing the gap between the banked and unbanked on the African continent. Alternative delivery channels pioneered by MasterCard such as m-commerce, e-commerce, contactless technology and digital wallet services, are helping financially-underserved consumers gain access to formal financial services.

For more information on Homecoming Revolution’s tailored recruitment events, contact kelsey@homecomingrevolution.com or visit www.homecomingrevolution.com.