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FinanceTech Africa 2017

FinanceTech Africa 2017

March 13-23, 2017

Kievits Kroon, South Africa

Kievits Kroon, South Africa | March 13-23, 2017


of delegates rated the one-to-one format highly or very highly


of Financial institutions found the peer to peer contact valuable

FinanceTech Africa 2017 came to a close on 14th March.  Twenty one leading financial institutions came together with a diverse mix of global tech providers to exchange innovative ideas and solutions. 

Whilst there were 315 unique meetings held over two days, it was the intense debate over the future of technology in banking and financial services that differentiated the event from others.

Presentations from David Yen (BitPesa) and Tricia Martinez (Wala) focussed on the potential of blockchain technology and incentivising digital banking in emerging markets. The event was sponsored by Misys, Juniper Networks & Westcon Africa, and SAP Africa.

Conference Chair, Darrel Orsmond from SAP Africa, said: ‘The event was absolutely on target for us. The right banks were in attendance and the right level of executive. The event was well thought out and execution was spot on. [It] worked brilliantly and seamlessly.’

Banks in attendance included Ubank, RMB, WesBank, FirstBankNigeria, Co-Operative Bank of Kenya and MBCA Bank. These were complemented by attendance from Fintech start-ups such as BitPesa, Wala, M-Changa and Pezesha.

Darrel Orsmond
Industry Head of Financial Services, SAP Africa

Chair, Darrel Orsmond, Industry Head of Financial Services, SAP Africa

Darrel worked for Standard Bank SA for 28 years where he was an Exco member for 12 years and was the executive responsible for Direct Banking, Customer Strategy and Transaction Banking. In his last 3 years at Standard Bank SA he was responsible for the business architecture and business case for core banking. He was a member of IT Architecture Exco, and sponsored the implementation of Basel II, the National Credit Act and SAP Business Partner. Darrel has consulted to a number of banks in Africa, as well as concluding several assignments for the big 4 and industry in SA.

Mark Walker
Associate VP: Middle East, Africa and Turkey, IDC

Keynote, Mark Walker, Associate VP: Middle East, Africa and Turkey, IDC

The Digital Ready Bank – financial insights white paper

Mark Walker currently leads the Vertical Market and Insights research and consulting practice at IDC MEA. In his position at IDC, Walker is responsible for leading consulting, research and analyses of technology markets across the Middle East, Africa and Turkey, along with analysis of the larger politico-socio-economic environment in which these markets exist. As a large proportion of research conducted by IDC MEA is of a primary nature, he is able to acquire first-hand experience of the various technology markets in the region.  His current focus includes the government, financial, and energy sectors.  


Tricia Martinez
Founder & CEO, Wala

Speaker, Tricia Martinez, Founder & CEO, Wala

Tricia is a social entrepreneur and Founder & CEO of Wala, a digital banking platform for underbanked consumers in emerging markets. Prior to Wala, Tricia founded two impact companies and devoted her time to socially innovative initiatives in areas including microfinance, economic development, and women’s empowerment. Her previous work ranges from cash transfer initiatives in Sub-Saharan Africa to the development of an investment fund for underserved markets.
Tricia received her Masters of Public Policy from the University of Chicago with a concentration in Development and Behavioral Economics. It was there that she began learning how small scale improvements could make lasting impacts through methods of financial innovation. Tricia is a true believer that technology is what can drive large scale, global impacts and she has since dedicated her career to driving innovative technology solutions to the underserved around the world.

David Yen
Business Development East Africa & APAC, BitPesa

Speaker, David Yen, Business Development East Africa & APAC, BitPesa

David heads business development for BitPesa in East Africa and APAC. Licensed by the FCA in the UK as an Authorized Payment Institution, BitPesa offers direct access to every major African currency at one-third the cost of bank transfers or other brokers. Prior to joining BitPesa, David worked in Nairobi as the FinTech ecosystem manager at Barclays Africa and was responsible for engaging high potential FinTech start-ups in sub-Saharan Africa with different business units to launch new digital products. David has over 4 years' experiences across multiple functions in Fortune 500 companies (Barclays, DHL & Google) and internet startups at seed, pre-series A and series A stages in both developed & emerging markets. He has worked and lived in Taipei, Tokyo, Bonn & Nairobi.

Hilda Moraa
CEO & Founder, Pezesha

Panellist, Hilda Moraa, CEO & Founder, Pezesha

A champion of the local tech scene in Kenya, mentoring other young techpreneurs, Hilda is an award-winning entrepreneur and author who has been featured as one of the top 40 under 40 women by Business Daily. Her career highlights include 5 years working for global multi-nationals such as Coca-Cola, managing innovations in supply & distribution; and part of the founding team of iHub Research, leading research strategy across East & West Africa. More recently, Hilda founded WezaTele – a mobile service provider startup which was acquired by Jumo in 2015. She is currently the CEO & Founder of Pezesha, a Peer to Business Micro Lending Marketplace and Distribution platform for micro and small businesses.

Brian Richardson
CEO, WIZZIT International

Panellist, Brian Richardson, CEO, WIZZIT International

Brian is a leading innovator in mobile banking and financial inclusion, pioneering cell phone banking with the launch of WIZZIT in 2004. The company’s branchless banking model and technology has been rolled out in 11 countries across three continents, garnering well over 6 million customers.
Brian has presented at conferences throughout the world including the Clinton Global Initiative; SIBOS; the G20 Financial Inclusion Summit; the Alliance for Financial Inclusion (AFI); the Banking Associations of Venezuela, Peru, Brazil, Honduras, South Africa, Botswana; guest speaker at the Central Banks of Nigeria, India and South Africa; presented at FATF - and was invited to join the subcommittees on financial inclusion and regulation.

David Mark
Founder & CTO, M-Changa

Panellist, David Mark, Founder & CTO, M-Changa

Entrepreneur, mobile enthusiast and speaker on financial inclusion and disruptive technologies, David co-founded M-Changa, currently Africa’s largest crowdfunding platform. He’s the President of Changa Labs, a USA-based organisation dedicated to financial inclusion research, and leadership in mobile and digital philanthropy. Prior to co-founding M-Changa, David developed the first street parking crowd-sourcing application for New York City. David's contributions in Africa and India include support to (medical) randomized controlled trials, the design and development of the very first SMS Disease Risk Assessment system, as well as a mobile device that enables clinical research in non-traditional environments. His wide experience enables him to teach, project manage and mentor.

Folasade Femi-Lawal
Head Digital Banking, FirstBank Nigeria

Panellist, Folasade Femi-Lawal, Head Digital Banking, FirstBank Nigeria

A fellow of both the Institutes of Chartered Accountants and Taxation of Nigeria, and an alumnus of Harvard Executive Education Business School, Folasade heads the Digital Banking for FirstBank Nigeria Ltd. She was responsible for the successful launch of the first integrated lifestyle mobile banking App, FirstMobile on Google, Blackberry and Android Appstore with 4.7 rating within 24 hours and won the 2016 Asian Banker Award for the Best Mobile Payments Award during the 3rd West Africa International Banking Convention

Folasade joined FirstBank in July 2012 as Deputy Head, Mobile Financial Services and contributed to the partnership of MFS with major institutions such as the Cherie Blair Foundation, UNICEF and major Telcos in Nigeria. In 2015 she was appointed Head of Digital Banking.

Alex Kwiatkowski
Senior Strategist, Banking & Digital Channels

Guest Speaker, Alex Kwiatkowski, Senior Strategist, Banking & Digital Channels

Alex focuses on strategic developments in banking and digital channels after becoming a member of the Misys Global Solutions Marketing team in October 2014. He was formerly a Research Director for IDC’s Financial Insights division, where he was responsible for all advisory and consulting services in EMEA, working closely with banks, technology vendors and service providers. Before joining IDC, Alex spent 4 years as a Principal Analyst within Ovum’s Financial Services Technology practice. Prior to this he was a Senior Manager within Lloyds TSB’s Business Delivery team.

Mark Hosking
Regional Sales Manager Data Centre, MEA at Juniper Networks

Workshop Leader, Mark Hosking , Regional Sales Manager Data Centre, MEA at Juniper Networks

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Event Partners

SAP Africa

SAP is at the center of today's technology revolution. The market leader in enterprise application software, SAP helps organizations fight the damaging effects of complexity, generate new opportunities for innovation and growth, and stay ahead of the competition.


Misys is at the forefront of the financial software industry, providing the broadest portfolio of banking, capital markets, investment management and risk solutions available on the market.

Westcon Juniper

Westcon are a value-added distributor of category-leading security, infrastructure and unified communications solutions with a global network of specialty partners. Our teams create unique programs and provide exceptional financial and technical support to accelerate the business of our partners.

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