Israël Bimpe joins Irembo as the new Chief Executive Officer
Kigali, July 8th, 2022 – Irembo announces today the appointment of Israël Bimpe as our new Chief Executive Officer effective July 12th, 2022. Israël joins the company from Zipline, where he led the national implementation in Rwanda, before heading the expansion of Zipline’s drone services across Africa and different industries. Israël has also been serving on the board of Irembo since June 2020.
Israël brings his extensive background in business development and expansion across various markets (growing Zipline’s Africa operations from one to five countries), his knowledge of the tech and public ecosystems in Rwanda and on the continent, as well as his experience being part of a scaling global technology unicorn company.
Israël succeeds Faith Keza, who joined Irembo as CTO in 2017 and has been Irembo’s CEO since 2018. As CEO, Faith led the organisational, cultural and brand transformation of RwandaOnline to Irembo and built the company’s engineering capabilities that brought design and development of Irembo’s products (IremboGov and IremboPay) in-house; both efforts leading to the company’s growth and profitability. Faith also led the successful re-engineering and relaunch of IremboGov 2.0 with over 100 services in 2020 that delivered Rwanda’s first digital certificates for the most commonly requested services that have made citizens’ lives easier. After five years at Irembo, Faith leaves to enroll at the Harvard Business School for a two year MBA program.
Faith Keza, the outgoing CEO commented: “It has been such a pleasure to lead the fantastic team we have at Irembo and work with mission-oriented partners in the Government of Rwanda to improve public service delivery. Israël’s insights and support as a board member have been invaluable over the past 2 years and I can’t think of anyone better to lead Irembo to its next great chapter.”
Commenting on his appointment, Israël Bimpe said: “I am truly honored to join the extraordinary Team Irembo as chief executive officer at such an exciting time for the company. I have long admired the brand and platform the team has created and everything the company stands for. I have a deep appreciation for what it takes to scale a business like this to the next level. Building on the existing foundation, together, we will capture the next waves of growth for Irembo to continue driving Rwanda and Africa’s digital transformation.”
Started in 2015, Irembo is a technology company that designs and builds digital products for public and private institutions. Our e-government product, IremboGov, is the gateway to government services in Rwanda and helps millions of people apply and pay for over 100 public services online.
IremboPay, our payment gateway, allows public agencies and businesses to receive payments online using multiple payment channels such as mobile money services (MTN and Airtel), electronic cards (Visa, MasterCard), Bank of Kigali (App, Agencies and BK Yacu) and soon Equity Bank channels and agents.