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Lez Obambi

Lez Obambi

Founder & CEO at Wortis

BACKGROUND / Professional and educational background:

I started my professional career in 2006 in the National Oil Company of Congo (SNPC) first as a developer with a BTS in Computer Management then as a Planning Manager for oil sites.

Driven by the ambition to take the control of a company, I completed my training by two masters in Management with an MBA. I then created my first digital service company (ESN), while changing employers for the Congolese subsidiary of MTN phone group. In MTN, I had the opportunity to take care of the Corporate Communication and CSR.

In 2012, I moved to France to complete my background with a MBA in Strategy and Consulting at ESG Paris and I co-created NOSIM, the first IP operator in France, Belgium and Canada offering telephone packages to central Africa.

With this experience and knowledge of markets in both Western and developing countries, I launched the start-up Wortis in late 2014.

ACHIEVEMENT / What does the project/initiative/startup/company you will be presenting at the Positive Economy Forum consist of?

Since its creation, Wortis set itself the ambition to revolutionize with ease the daily life of local shops while allowing their managers and to have a better management of everything from their Smartphones.

Indeed, having noted the threat to the future of our local shops because of competition from supermarkets, and on the other the expansion of e-shops, Wortis decided to reduce the existing gap in the tools used by both opponents by creating a tool taking into account the realities and budgets of small and medium enterprises (TPE).

She created the Box collection and management connected, which is an intelligent cash register, with a usable information system from a Smartphone, and can ensure the complete management of all the company’s business . The Wortisbox is an all-in-one set of hardware and software necessary for the proper conduct of a store, accessible to all, given its low cost and ease of use, adaptable to any type of business.

LOCATION / Where do you lead your project/company (city, region and country)?

France, Congo-Brazzaville, Congo-Kinshasa, Togo, Guinée Conakry

IMPACT / How do you evaluate the economic, social, politic and environmental impact of your project / action?

The impact of Wortisbox has two levels according to the country development stage.

In developed countries where large areas offer more and more products and services, consumer habits are changing faster, e-commerce is growing at the expense of nearby shops, the Wortisbox helps to preserve millions of jobs account in this sector. Indeed through Wortisbox, local shops are equiped with information to both management and marketing system, allowing them to withstand competition, increase sales and customer loyalty.

Furthermore, in developing countries, the Wortisbox is a tool of “Good Governance for all.” It makes it possible to catch up the delay in the management tools, to promote the culture of the receipt, to assist the informal sector to be structured, enhance traceability in trade and improve the climate for ‘business

QUOTE / A sentence, quotation or a word that best describes you

“Whatever the size, the sector and the means, good and effective management is a right.”