Uzoma Dozie is one of Nigeria’s leaders in the financial sector and the last Group Managing Director of Diamond Bank, Nigeria.
An experienced Financial Advisor, Economist, Technologist and Entrepreneur, Uzoma has led the way in implementing large-scale technology solutions to drive sustainable economic reform in Africa’s financial services sector, for over twenty years. He is a passionate technology advocate and is currently working on using tech to solve many of the issues surrounding financial inclusion, focussing on providing best-of-breed financial and non financial solutions to the millions of un-banked across Africa.
After leading Nigeria’s Diamond Bank for six years and overseeing the financial institution’s successful merger with Access Bank in 2019, Uzoma moved away from corporate life to follow his passion of being an entrepreneur and community builder. In June 2020, Uzoma launched Sparkle, a mobile-first platform for Nigeria’s retail sector; combining his vision for using technology to power financial inclusion, at scale, with his extensive background in retail and financial services.
Uzoma also runs the Lagos-based angel investment and mentorship platform,Black-Knights and has been at the heart of Nigeria’s tech start-up ecosystem, founding the Tech Fest event in 2018, connecting industry giants to new markets and providing access-to-market opportunities for small businesses. He also curated and hosts tech-focussed TV show TechTurks, where he interviews Nigeria’s leading entrepreneurs and digital pioneers.
He is bullish on the need for widespread mobile adoption in the finance sector and is passionate about leveraging technology to play a definitive role in the social development and transformation of the people and businesses on the continent. He believes that technology along with good governance, as well as support and education for SMEs, has the power to push Africa forward, and continues to work towards this goal.
He holds a BSc in Chemistry [University of Reading], an MSc in Chemical Research [UCL] and an MBA from Imperial College London.