Equity has been ranked as the Best Overall Bank in Kenya by the Think Business Banking Award, 2021.
This marks the 10th year in a row that the lender has been recognized as the leading bank in the country and the fifth time in a row that it was being recognized as the best bank in sustainable CSR.
The lender also garnered first position in 10 other categories which included Best Tier 1 Bank, Best Bank in Trade Finance, Best Bank in Agriculture and Livestock Financing¸ Best Bank in Asset Finance, Best Bank in Mobile Banking, Best Bank in Product Innovation, Best Bank in Agency Banking, Best Bank in Internet Banking, Best Commercial Bank in Microfinance and Bank with the lowest charge for individuals.
In the leadership categories, Equity Group MD and CEO Dr. James Mwangi was crowned CEO of the Year for his contribution to financial inclusion, for steering the dynamism of the region’s banking sector and for his role in championing corporate social investment in the various communities that Equity operates in. Dr Mwangi has been feted CEO of the Year for 5 years now since 2017.
Edwin Kiburu, who serves as a Technical Product Manager in charge of Lifestyle Payments also won the Outstanding Young Banker Award marking the 3rd year that Equity has bagged the award.
While receiving the awards in a virtual ceremony, Equity Bank Kenya Managing Director Gerald Warui commented on the win saying, “The recognition by the Think Business Banking Awards has reinforced our position in the market as a bank that customers have trusted, a bank that listens and cares for customers, a bank that enables businesses to grow and thrive, a progressive bank that offers self-service digital solutions and a bank that is responsive to the market and customer needs.”
Gerald further added that Equity remained committed to investing in innovation, processes, systems and in staff to spearhead the progress, dynamism and digitization of the banking sector for a better Kenya and Africa at large.
“We are strong advocates of the shared prosperity model and we continue to leverage our commercial infrastructure to implement social impact programs implemented through Equity Group Foundation (EGF). The Wings to Fly program and Elimu scholarship programme have continued to have impact on young people who excel in their academic pursuits while also demonstrating leadership capabilities. Other impactful programs aligned to our social impact thematic areas include Equity Afia, the medical franchise of EGF, 35 million trees tree-planting initiative and financial education and entrepreneurship among others.” added Mr. Warui.