Tongai Maramba is now that new General Manager (GM) of Tigo Rwanda according to an announcement by Millicom International Cellular (Millicom). Maramba will assume office on October 7 replacing Diego Camberos who will move to Dakar as the new GM for Senegal.
“I am delighted that we have been able to appoint someone as talented as Tongai for this important role in Rwanda,” said Arthur Bastings, Millicom’s Executive Vice-President for Africa. “The country’s economy is growing fast and so is the number of our customers.
Tongai said that he is excited to take up the leadership role at Tigo Rwanda. “The company is already strong and is well-placed for further growth as we continue to offer great services to our customers in Rwanda. We have a fantastic and energetic team here and I look forward to working with them in this new role.”
Tongai has worked for Tigo Rwanda since 2010. He is currently the chief commercial officer, prior to which he was head of mobile financial services (Tigo Cash).
Tongai is a management consultant with an MBA from INSEAD. Since the MBA, and over the last few years he has specialised in strategy projects in the public sector. Prior to the MBA, Tongai spent 6 years as a technology specialist in telecommunications software, delivering solutions to clients around the world. He is fluent in English and Spanish and has lived in 6 countries.
He set up Tigo Cash in less than a year, managing the business to become market leader in Rwanda within two years of its launch. Tigo Cash in Rwanda is now recognized by the GSMA, the global telecoms industry group, among the top five fastest-growing MFS businesses in the world.
Tongai was selected from across the Kinnevik Group of companies to be the 2011 Rookie of the Year. Before Tigo, he worked in the public sector as a strategy consultant for the government of Dubai and before that, as a technology consultant for Ericsson and Atos Origin in various countries. He grew up in Zimbabwe and has a Bachelor’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering from King’s College, London and a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from INSEAD.
Two million people now use our mobile service in Rwanda with an increasing proportion also using Tigo Cash. There are great opportunities ahead and I know Tongai will be an intelligent and inspiring leader of the great team we have in Rwanda.”
Apparently the outgoing GM, Diego Camberos said he has mixed feelings in leaving Rwanda. I am excited by the prospect of a new role but sad to leave behind so many wonderful colleagues and friends. Tigo remains in very safe and strong hands with Tongai, with whom I have worked closely for many years and I know he will be an excellent leader. I wish him and all my colleagues well for the future.”