Mitchell Elegbe

Founder, Group MD & CEO, Interswitch

Mitchell Elegbe is the Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of Interswitch, an integrated payment and transaction company in Nigeria.

Mitchell is a graduate of Electrical and Electronics Engineering from the University of Benin. He is also an alumnus of the IESE/Wharton/CEIBS Global CEO Program.

He was formerly with Schlumberger Wireline & Testing, and Telnet, an ICT engineering and consulting company until 2002, when he started Interswitch Group. Before he founded Interswitch, Mitchell developed an idea to create a system infrastructure that would enable electronic payments in Nigeria while working on a project to implement SWIFT. This idea motivated him to establish Interswitch. He is described as the godfather of fintech in Nigeria. Mitchell is a thought leader, and a leading voice on innovation, transformation, and leadership. He has received numerous awards for his contribution to the financial technological landscape in Africa.

Amongst others, some of the numerous awards he has been recognised with include the CNBC/Forbes All African Business Leader (AABLA) for West Africa, Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award and the Harvard Business School Association (Nigeria) Leadership Award in the General Management Category.