Jeanette Uddoh (Nigeria)

Founder, Africa Rising - Women in Innovation

Jeanette Uddoh is a STEM MBA Candidate at W.P Carey School of Business, Arizona State University, the #1 school in the U.S for Innovation according to the US World & News report.

Prior to developing her business skills as an MBA Candidate at the intersection of Information Management, she was Head, Innovation & New Products at Nigeria Inter-bank Settlement Systems (NIBSS), the centralized digital payment infrastructure for automated processing, settlement of payments & funds transfer between Banks, Fintechs & Card Companies in Nigeria. NIBSS is Nigeria’s Central Switch providing interconnectivity & interoperability of retail electronic payments.

Jeanette was also the Head, Innovation at Access Bank, the largest bank in Nigeria and Africa’s leading bank by customer base where she was charged with leading the bank’s innovation journey and creating an innovative culture, which saw her catalyze innovative changes and apply design thinking methodologies in bank-wide innovation projects she led, both incremental and disruptive.

Jeanette is a self-driven, result oriented, problem solving and high achieving innovation leader.

She possesses a wealth of experience ranging from innovation, analytics, experience design, banking operations optimization, and process improvement.

Earlier in her career with Access Bank, she spearheaded bank-wide optimization processes, including the Central Reconciliation Project, which saved the Bank losses from ATM irreconciliations. She was also responsible for drastically transforming the branches she managed leading to an excellent improvement in audit ratings – a commendable feat in the banking industry.

Jeanette’s career journey has seen her also work for United Bank for Africa where she earned Best Staff and Best Processor of the Quarter awards.

Passionate about African women in Innovation, in her spare time, she volunteers as the Founder/Chief Strategist, Africa Rising – Women in Innovation, a community of innovators championing the cause of African and Neo-African women in innovation. The community was founded in response to the gender and diversity gap in innovation.

A UN Speaker, Jeanette is an international award-winning innovator – she is Boston, Massachusetts based Innovation Leader’s Most Valuable Player (MVP), Impact Awards 2020 winner, and the only African and Nigerian to win the award since its inception.

She is also an award winner of the coveted Access Bank Group CEO Awards – Employee Volunteer of the Year 2020, Personal Volunteer of the Year 2020 and a recipient of the Global Women in Leadership 2021 awards.