Dennis Kiyimba is the Head of East Africa for Ayani with over 25 years’ experience. He has been a team leader as well as backstopper for many of Ayani’s regional projects. Dennis has been involved with financial inclusive projects for over 15 years as a consultant in 10 countries focusing on rural finance strategy, business planning for reaching the poor segments, bank down-scaling, upscaling and turn around (for distressed financial institutions), project design and implementation including business processes and procedure standardization, change management, training, mentoring and coaching for various categories of financial institutions in Africa. He has also worked with high impact projects funded by donors and investors including: KfW funded rural finance program for regulated financial institutions in Uganda; GIZ funded agricultural value chain finance training curriculum design and implementation for financial institutions in Uganda; IFC funded SME development programs in Ghana; DFID funded Financial Sector Deepening Kenya rural SME transformation project; the Social Microfinance Foundation in Uganda; and Capital Plus Exchange (now CapPlus) downscaling and upscaling in Nigeria, Gambia, Rwanda, Zambia, Uganda and Kenya.
Before joining the consulting arena in 2003, Dennis worked in the mainstream banking industry for 10 years with the largest microfinance bank in Uganda (Centenary Bank) in various capacities starting from credit officer to head office senior manager positions including Assistant Risk Manager, Manager Special Duties, Turn around and Branch clean-up Manager.