Seun Runsewe is a Senior Product Manager at Africa’s newest unicorn, Chipper Cash, which is now worth $2 billion. Before Chipper Cash, Seun was Vice President of Growth at Softcom, where she was leading efforts to deliver growth to Nigerian entrepreneurs through their digital bank, Eyowo.
Prior to Softcom, she was the director of product at Opera-backed payments startup, OPay. She built and beta-launched Switch by Sterling Bank, a multi-currency digital bank, making her the youngest banking CEO in Africa. Before building Switch, she was an early member and the business lead at Paystack (a Y-Combinator-backed online payments company acquired by Stripe for $200 million).
Seun started her career as a management consultant and the project coordinator of Project Africa, KPMG’s initiative to push the frontiers of financial services in Africa across banking, payments and financial risk management. In 2019 and 2021, she was recognised by The Future Project as an honouree of #YTech100 for being one of the brightest and best Nigerian technocrats.
Read her Vogue.in Interview below-
On getting into tech
“I worked as an analyst for the Big Four consulting firm KPMG advising financial service players on strategy and business planning. I also coordinated an Africa-wide project to move the needle on banking, payments and financial-risk management. Then, in 2016, I got an email introduction to the CEO of PayStack—a company that helps businesses in Africa get paid by anyone anywhere in the world—and I joined as a business lead as it entered new sectors and pushed the frontiers of Nigeria’s digital economy.”
On the work she is doing now
“Now, I’m working on a digital bank for mothers—I became a single mother a month after I turned 25 with less than $15 to my name, so I’ve had to figure out how to make and manage money for my son’s future while working in fintech over the past five years. My mission is to put the same tools and knowledge that have worked for me in the hands of as many mothers as possible—especially single mothers.”