Esther Chibesa is a highly skilled, results-oriented, strategic leader who offers over 20 years of diverse international experience in corporate and transactional banking, serving in various capacities for Citigroup in Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania & Zambia. She provides strategic, financial, talent & risk leadership for a team covering 11 presence and 15 non-presence markets in Africa, leading the execution & deployment of innovative treasury & trade finance solutions for multinational & public sector clients. With a combination of her trademark curiosity, deep solution orientation and commitment to realizing Africa’s promise, she has championed the development of a range of groundbreaking solutions in cash management and trade, such as fully integrated fiscal collections systems, cross-border mobile money payment and settlements, digitized receivables and supply chain platforms, & more recently, a market implementation of a fiat digital currency (CDBC) in Africa. She finds her greatest professional purpose in translating a deep love of Africa, an understanding of its historical and economic complexities, and an appreciation for its cultural diversity, and to bridge perspectives about Africa and to energize, lead and communicate her team’s mission and progress.
Esther is an alum of University of Botswana (First Class Honors), and holds an MBA from Heriot Watt Business School, Edinburgh University. She regularly invests in continuous executive education, recently completing a Digital Business Platforms course from MIT. Esther is also a past recipient of the prestigious Top 40 Women under 40 (Business Daily Kenya), past member of the Junior Achievement Zambia Board & is a current non-executive director for Citibank Nigeria.