My name is Michael Kimani, and I always have a hard time explaining to people what it is that I do.
In summary, I am a thought leader, researcher and consultant on blockchain assets; a radically new asset class with vast opportunities for entrepreneurs, legacy financial institutions, FinTechs, mobile operators, regulators, companies and the people of East Africa.
I have 5 years of experience in the cryptocurrency industry, having been one of the earliest adopters, pioneers and vocal advocate for blockchain assets.
As the current Chairman of the Blockchain Association of Kenya I am working on educating, promoting, and exploring cryptocurrency opportunities in Kenya for young East Africans.
A long time ago I traded derivatives on Chicago’s Mercantile exchange before moving to trade digital assets. I left later on to consulting independently for BitPesa , a pioneer digital currency start up in Nairobi.
I once featured on BBC Radio podcast show, CNN, and Fast Company for my work advocating digital currency through the now defunct African digital currency association.
I love to write out my thoughts on pesa on this blog, guest blogging on Kenyan Wallstreet, Techweez and occasionally opine for the Daily Nation and other publications.
Because of my unique perspectives on an emerging industry I am grateful for the dozens of opportunities that come my way to speak on panels and present on cryptocurrecies.
My experience from 3 projects as a user researcher with Emerging Futures Lab on East Africa’s informal sector for Fintech start ups and a trade development agency has taught me a great deal on how to build products, services and policy that resonates with East African consumers.
In 2016 I joined a founding team at Umati that raised $30,000 for one of the first Bitcoin companies to offer local digital assets liquidity in Kenya. I carried out user research, sales and business development for Umati Blockchain Ltd.
Right now I am part of the news team at Cryptovest.com, a cryptocurrency industry focused media centre from Ukraine.
I am looking forward to my forthcoming role as VP Sales for ChamaPesa, a blockchain mobile savings app for savings groups in Kenya.