Hartnell is the first Chief Data Officer in the East Africa Region. His speciality 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 was able to set up the bank’s Data office and deliver the comprehensive Data Strategy for the enterprise. He is currently the Chief Data Officer at Absa Bank Kenya where he has developed a transformative Data strategy for the bank and leads the Data Science, Data Governance and Analytics teams. With a deep understanding of Data Management, Business Intelligence, 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, operational efficiency, product development and growth.