Mitchell Elegbe is the Group managing Director of Interswitch, an Africa-focused integrated digital payments and commerce company that facilitates the electronic circulation of money as well as the exchange of value between individuals and organizations on a timely and consistent basis. The team’s objective is to build a shared infrastructure in Nigeria that will help shareholders reduce the cost of financial transactions.
Before joining InterSwitch, he was the Head, Group Marketing and Business Solutions of TELNET (Nig) Ltd where he conceived the idea of building a nationwide switch in early 2001. Working with Accenture and Nine (9) leading banks in Nigeria, Mr. Elegbe managed the project from design, proving of the concept, to the eventual setup of the company responsible for managing the shared infrastructure.
Mr. Mitchell Elegbe studied Electrical / Engineering at the University of Benin. He has attended several professional and management courses in South Africa, Spain and the United Kingdom, and has a British Computer Society Certificate in IT Service Management.
He started his career with CSA (Computer Systems Associates, Lagos) as part of a team that implemented software solutions that enable Nigerian Banks connect to the Society for Worldwide Interbank Financial Telecommunication (SWIFT). His career also extended to iTECO Limited (Lagos) as a Network Engineer and Schlumberger Wireline & Testing (Scotland) as a Field Engineer. He joined TELNET in 1997 and was responsible for Business Development, Corporate Sales, Solution Selling, Customer & Supplier Relationship Management, as well as the conceptualization and implementation of new products.
Mr. Mitchell Elegbe has had significant exposure to switching software and switching companies both in South Africa and Europe over the past seven years. He has an in-depth knowledge of the industry, both local and international; technical knowledge and incomparable passion for business.