Sharon Kinyanjui is the first woman to direct WorldRemit’s operations across 70 countries, of which 42 countries are in Africa. The region she is responsible for driving the strategic direction of, identifying new markets, and optimizing financial performance is one of the largest contributors to WorldRemit’s global revenues and gross profit.
She has been instrumental in leading the charge and being the first International Money Transfer Organization (IMTO) to provide a completely new payout currency (USD pay-out) for customers sending payments to Nigeria. Due to her efforts, WorldRemit has regular interaction on market development with the Central Bank of Nigeria as one of the key forex revenue earners for the country. Nigeria is one of the largest remittance markets globally with inflows of USD 16.8 billion in 2020, according to World Bank data.
Sharon serves on the board of five WorldRemit entities in South Africa, Rwanda, Uganda, Tanzania and Kenya. Her leadership style has energized a team of cross-functional experts towards a common goal. Additionally, she has spearheaded product rollouts to reduce the cost of cross-border payments for customers across Africa in conjunction with key Mobile Network Operators (MNO’s), including Vodacom, Safaricom, MTN, and Airtel, as well as, several banks, in Uganda and Rwanda, amongst other markets.
In February 2021, she co-founded Ngewa House, a rehabilitation center that provides a haven for women who have undergone traumatic experiences, including gender-based violence.