James Mwangi
Group CEO & MD, Equity Group Holdings

James Mwangi is CEO and Group Managing Director at Equity Group Holdings – a financial services holding company based in the African Great Lakes region. They focus on financial and social inclusion for all those at the bottom of the pyramid.

Through the work that Dr. Mwangi leads at both Equity Group Holdings (Equity Bank) and the Equity Group Foundation in 6 countries, their initiatives address all 17 of the SDGs to specifically focus on alleviating poverty and inequality at the bottom of the socio-economic pyramid. Dr. James Mwangi has been the Team Leader (MD and CEO of Equity Bank) and the Executive Chairman of the Group’s corporate foundation Equity Group Foundation – serving as its vision creator and bearer, as well as its greatest champion.

Dr. James Mwangi won the 2012 Ernst & Young World Entrepreneur of the Year, becoming the first business leader from Sub Saharan Africa to win this prestigious award. The Financial Times in 2009 named Dr. Mwangi among the top 20 most influential people in Africa.