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Hartnell Ndungi

Hartnell Ndungi

Chief Data Officer Absa Group


Hartnell Ndungi is the first Chief Data Officer in the East and Central Africa Region. His specialty is in the Banking and Financial Services sector where he has been able to master the development and execution of key Data Strategies for large banks and financial institutions. He was previously the Head of Data & Analytics for Co-operative Bank of Kenya where he set up the bank’s Data office and delivered a comprehensive Data Strategy for the enterprise.

He is currently the Chief Data Officer at Absa Bank Kenya PLC where he leads the Data Science, Data Governance, Business Intelligence, and Analytics teams. With a deep understanding of Data Management, Business Intelligence, Machine Learning, Advanced Analytics, and Governance, he seeks to ensure that organizations are able to set up dynamic data teams, understand the data they hold, harness actionable insights and deliver key use cases encompassing profitability, artificial intelligence, operational efficiency, product development, and growth.

His top career achievements include setting up and mentoring data teams, delivering key finance, credit, retail, and corporate use cases, setting up the foundation for digital transformation, developing predictive analytics models for business predictions, transforming enterprises to data-driven organizations and maturing teams to the highest transformative maturity level.

Hartnell has also worked as a Data consultant providing advisory and analytics services to Governments, Banks, Insurance firms, Telcos and Industrial markets.

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