Innocent Kawooya, is the CEO of HiPipo, a position he has held for the past 13 years. HiPipo is a multifaceted, ever-evolving entity, and its interests are in fields as varied as entertainment, events management, restaurants, digital innovation, and ICT management.
He thus wears many hats, and at any given time Innocent is involved in projects that involve computer programming, internet entrepreneurship, events management, awards, and music and film production. Innocent is a FinTech & financial inclusion specialist. HiPipo’s, and indeed his own major passion, is in the field of digital innovation, especially in regards to technology that enables the unbanked, the vulnerable, low-income users, and the marginalised to acquire digital transactional accounts and start to enjoy the benefits of being part of the formal financial ecosystem. HiPipo, primarily through its foundation, has quickly grown into one of the premier advocates on the continent for the creation and dissemination of such technologies.
It was this advocacy that served as the primary motivation for Innocent to recently make a foray into politics. He stood for the mayoralty of Kampala, Uganda’s capital, with the slogan ‘Digitising Kampala’. He was also awarded CEO of the Year 2021-2022 by TIG Network Afrika, a social enterprise that seeks to identify role models for Uganda’s youth to emulate.