Experienced Kenyan consultant Joseph Nderitu has been appointed to the role of African Agenda Coordinator for the Risk & Assurance Group (RAG), making him responsible for ensuring RAG’s agenda is relevant to risk and assurance professionals working in African telcos.
Joseph has already been heavily involved in shaping the agenda for RAG Johannesburg, the first free RAG conference to be held on the African continent. RAG Johannesburg will take place on 4th and 5th September, and will be hosted by MTN.
Joseph is a well-liked consultant who has worked in revenue assurance and audit roles for Safaricom, Bharti Airtel, and Vodacom Mozambique. He has obtained an international following as a result of the humorous articles he writes for Commsrisk.
When asked why he volunteered to be RAG’s African coordinator, Joseph replied:
For quite some time, I have followed RAG conferences in Europe with keen interest – the concept of an event that is free to attend and yet packed with lots of useful knowledge shared by well known experts is excellent in its simplicity. RAG conferences succeed because the people who attend are driven by one goal: to share what they know and to learn from each other. I am very privileged to serve as the African Agenda Coordinator as we seek to deliver sessions full of insight, candid debate… and achieve long term networking among the participants.
RAG Chairman Rob Chapman welcomed Joseph’s appointment:
We will only consider RAG to be successful if we engage with the work of risk and assurance professionals on every continent. Africa is of special importance to us because their telcos have repeatedly shown they can leap ahead, offering innovative new services which place them well ahead of their peers in other countries. The global community needs to acknowledge and harness African expertise. That’s why we’re so happy that Joseph will be helping us to highlight the best work done by African professionals. Joseph’s contribution to RAG has already been significant, and this appointment confirms his role as an ambassador and champion of African professionals. RAG benefits greatly from his advice, contacts, passion and charm.
In addition to lining up speakers for RAG Johannesburg, Joseph will also be contributing to the conference in person. He will be moderating a high-powered panel discussion about mitigating the risks that surround mobile money. Joseph said of RAG Johannesburg:
I look forward to welcoming many of my colleagues working in the African space to this inaugural conference. This is a fantastic opportunity to hear from the experts and question them. RAG is the only international risk and assurance body which intends to give an equal platform to African professionals, putting them on a global stage so they can take the lead with aspects of risk management where Africans have most experience, such as mobile money.
When away from telcos, Joseph spends his time flying airplanes, writing, serving as a community leader and tending to his farm.
Notes to Editors
The Risk & Assurance Group (RAG) is dedicated to improving the practice of risk management, business assurance, fraud management and security within the providers of electronic communications services. RAG is a not-for-profit corporation run by volunteers with extensive experience of risk and assurance work within communications providers. We seek to facilitate the education and networking of expert professionals in order to improve standards of performance, reduce waste, and better serve customers. Practitioners may become members and attend our events free of charge; financial support is provided by specialist vendors with an interest in highlighting the importance of the work done in this field, and in expanding its remit.
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