Stephen Chege is the Chief Corporate Affairs Officer at Safaricom, the leading communications company in Kenya and pioneer of M-PESA, the world’s most widely used mobile payments system.
With a deep background in Regulatory and Legal affairs, Stephen is responsible for the Corporate Affairs Division, which provides strategic support functions to Safaricom’s operations. These functions include the Regulatory and Public Policy, Legal and Secretarial Services; Corporate Responsibility (incorporating the Safaricom and M-PESA Foundations as well as Sustainability Reporting); Corporate Communications and International Roaming functions.
He has over 15 years’ experience in the telecommunications industry with focus on public policy, regulatory, and industry legislation from various organisations, including Vodafone Group UK. He first joined Safaricom in 2006 as In-House Counsel, rising over the years to hold the position of Senior Manager, Public Policy & Market Regulation until 2011 when he was appointed Head of Regulatory and Public Policy. In April 2015, he became the Director, Corporate Affairs, a position which has since been renamed Chief Corporate Affairs Officer.
An advocate of the High Court of Kenya, Stephen holds a Masters in Law (LL.M) in International Trade and Investment Law from the University of Nairobi and a Bachelor of Laws Degree (LL.B) from the same university. He is a Certified Public Secretary and a Trustee of the Safaricom Foundation.