Nmachi Jidenma leads global strategy and business development at WhatsApp Inc, the world’s leader in mobile messaging with over 1.5 billion monthly users. In this role, she leads WhatsApp’s strategy and business development efforts to drive monetization and build an ecosystem of business messaging partners worldwide. She also oversees the rollout of payments on WhatsApp globally working with cross-functional teams and leads partnerships with global industry leaders such as Uber, Netflix, Wish and Airbnb.
She previously led global strategic partnerships at Facebook with financial services industry leaders such as PayPal, Visa, Mastercard, Adyen and PayU (Naspers) and drove adoption of Facebook Payments products across Asia, Latin America, Europe, the Middle East & Africa.
Prior to Facebook, Nmachi drove Global Business Development at PayPal for its billion dollar mobile disruptors portfolio where she launched the company into new verticals such as mobile marketplaces, transit and cryptocurrencies through partnerships with innovative startups and companies. Earlier in her career, Nmachi worked in a variety of roles spanning strategy, investment banking and business development.
Nmachi serves as a Member of the Board of Trustees of the Jidenma Foundation – a philanthropic organization that promotes leadership, socio-economic empowerment and public service in Africa.
She is a frequent speaker at international conferences and panels – including Money2020, the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, Harvard Business School, Stanford Graduate School of Business, etc. She is a writer on topics at the intersection of technology, business and society in publications like CNN. Nmachi is also Founder of CPAfrica, a media platform that celebrates Africa’s socio-economic and business progress and was listed by CNN as one of Africa’s 10 leading tech voices. She holds a Master’s in Applied Economics from Cornell University.