Chief Executive Officer, Safaricom
Robert (Bob) Collymore is the CEO of Safaricom Limited, a leading communications company in Africa and pioneer of M-PESA, the world’s most developed mobile payment system.
His work experience spans across diverse countries such as Japan, South Africa and the United Kingdom, where he has held progressively senior roles in marketing, purchasing, retail and corporate affairs. Bob has more than 30 years of commercial experience in the telecommunications sector and is passionate about how businesses can be catalysts in transforming communities.
In April 2015, the United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon re-appointed Mr Collymore to the United Nations Global Compact Board. This was in recognition of Safaricom’s commitment to environmental sustainability and fighting corruption, and its contribution to addressing maternal and child health. Safaricom is one of the few African companies that regularly report on Sustainability on an annual basis.
Under Mr Collymore’s leadership, Safaricom has committed to use its infrastructure to achieve universal access to essential communications and leverage partnerships for health and clean energy to spur economic growth.
Mr Collymore was recently appointed to the Global Commission for Business and Sustainable Development and is also a member of the B-Team, a high-level global group of business leaders who are working to catalyse a better way of doing business for the wellbeing of people and the planet.
Mr Collymore is a member of the Board of Acumen and has served on the United Nations Commission on Life-Saving Commodities for Women and Children.