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Nick Hughes

Founder & Managing Director, 4R Digital Ltd

Nick  Hughes

Speaker Bio


Nick Hughes has been at the forefront of mobile commerce activities in emerging markets for over 17 years, pioneering digital fintech solutions that solve real problems. He currently leads a new B2B services company, 4R Digital Ltd, using digital connectivity to unlock new business models with several projects in the clean energy/climate financing space.

Nick was the co-founder of M-KOPA, the first company to launch pay-as-you-go clean energy services in Africa now serving over 1 million customers with its unique asset-financing model.

Nick was previously Global Head of Payment Solutions at Vodafone Group, where, in 2003, with UK government matched funding, he started the ground-breaking mobile payment service M-PESA, delivering it across multiple Vodafone territories over the period to 2009.

Nick holds a small number of advisory roles in the digital services space and is an Executive Fellow at London Business School where he leads a program on digital innovation.

Holding a PhD in Applied Science and an MBA from London Business School, Nick has won The Economist’s Innovation Award for Social & Economic Impact for his work on M-PESA. In 2017 Nick was awarded an OBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list for services to ‘innovation in Africa’.