The impact of financial technology (fintech) on Africa's financial sector and other key sectors has been phenomenal. Across many countries in Africa, Fintech is improving financial inclusion and stimulating innovation and productivity in major industry sectors. Fintech has already changed the way people live and do business, make payments, store their funds, invest, or even buy products, but this is only the beginning. The sector is accelerating and enhancing financial inclusion. Increasing the financial inclusion directly contributes to GDP growth and creates more income and employment.
FinTech is becoming mainstream – with more investment than ever before. Meet with the full ecosystem from startup to global financial institution, under one ‘digital’ roof.
Management Level Executives
The 2nd edition of FinTech Africa Summit 2022 is the right place to stimulate collaborations and inclusion of the new technologies. This is an opportunity for Fintech Startups and other Fintech Companies looking to launch new products on the African market.
Abdi Mohamed :
Absa Bank Tanzania Managing Director, Abdi Mohamed, joined the bank, April 2016 to drive a growth strategy and implement the transition of the bank to Absa. He is an experienced banker with over 20 years’ experience in the banking industry in Africa and Europe.
Prior to his current role in Tanzania he has held senior leadership roles with Absa (Then Barclays) in Kenya, Zambia and the United Kingdom. In Kenya as Chief Operating Officer (COO) he led the transformation of the bank’s operations and technology function implementing a number of complex strategic programmes. In Zambia he led the retail expansion programme as the retail banking director, placing the bank in a leadership position in Zambia. He also spent 3 years in the bank’s London headquarters as a Change Programme Manager in the earlier part of his career.
Abdi Mohamed earned his Masters in Business Administration (MBA) from Edith Cowan University in Perth Australia and B. Comm(Hons) from Kenyatta University. He also holds Executive Management accreditation from the IMD Business School in Lausanne, Switzerland.
has spent his career specializing in financial technology, predominantly working for global, tier-1 investment banks across multiple continents. His extensive background of over 17 years includes expertise in leading and executing within the investment banking domain, together with running global teams across North America, Europe and Asia-Pacific. His experience and passion has led him into the entrepreneurial and startup space – with specific proficiency in the domains of fintech, digital assets, blockchain and cryptocurrencies.
Paresh is currently the Founder & CEO of Dark Wall Ventures, Chief Strategy Officer of Fraxeum, and a Consensus member of the South African National Blockchain Alliance (SANBA). He was previously the Chairman of Technology for the South African Financial Blockchain Consortium (SAFBC).
His dedication lies in the areas of the 4th industrial revolution, and focuses on journeying to a new financial world by building and scaling fintech businesses that are based on digital assets and blockchain."
Chief Operating Officer
Dr. Babatunde Oghenobruche Obrimah
is the Chief Operating Officer of Fintech Association of Nigeria. He is a fintech enthusiast and a multi-skilled individual with working experiences spanning the banking sector, non-bank financial services sector, financial consulting services, project management and public sector.
His Professional career commenced at First Bank Nigeria Plc and worked in various banks during his banking career.
He serves on the board of various Fintech companies, holds a Doctorate Degree in Business Administration (D.B.A), a M.B.A, B.Sc/M.Sc in Agronomy and has Certifications in Project Management (PMP and PRINCE2).
Founder and Lead Blockchain Consultant
is one of Africa’s leading Blockchain Expert and Consultant with expertise in Enterprise Blockchain, DeFi, Crypto Asset, NFTs and CBDCs. He is the Founder and Lead Blockchain Consultant of ChainAdvise Blockchain Advisory. The advisory firm is based in Nairobi and consults for companies, NGOs and governments across Africa, Asia and Middle East.
Benjamin is the author of BBC World News’ featured book Understanding the Blockchain launched in 2018, and have spoken at conferences in Kenya, Dubai, Singapore, India, and virtually in Europe, America and Southern Africa.
Benjamin currently helps Blockchain founders to establish cryptocurrency business in Africa and access the expansive African market; and governments and corporates to understand and implement enterprise blockchain. He is a member of Government Blockchain Association and Blockchain Association of Kenya.
Chief Growth Officer
is a Marketing and Communications executive who currently functions as the Chief Growth Officer for Ativo Nigeria, a leading technology company established to deliver innovative payment products to create sustainable economic development. Prior to joining Ativo she headed the Sales and Marketing Department of PayAttitude Global, Nigeria’s first digital only payment scheme and has over 15 years’ experience across multiple organizations and industries which include Wakanow, Zenith Bank and Simba Technology.
Her academic and professional qualifications include a Master’s Degree in Media and Communication from the School of Media & Communication, Pan-Atlantic University, a Bachelor’s Degree in Mass Communication from Madonna University and several certifications.
She was recognized by Brand Communicator Magazine’s 40 under 40 Women in Marketing and Communication in 2021 for her contribution to the profession in Nigeria.
Nene is a women in STEM advocate, child mental health promoter and is married with two young children.
Chief Innovation/Executive Officer
John Nwachukwu, is a Certified Cybersecurity/Project Management Expert, Automated Network, IoT & Services Management Guru with over 15 years’ experience in Software, IT and Telecom and Oil & Gas industries. Results focused, customer service oriented, well-organized individual with proven results in project management, process design and improvement, team leadership and client support.
A business and strategic management Specialist having strong mentoring skills, capable of leading and motivating individuals to maximize productivity while fostering cohesive teams in a virtual environment. Exceptional communicator focused on building strong relationships with peers and clients.
Head, Business Banking
has over 24 years of demonstrated career success in banking encompassing experience in Product propositions, Sales, Remittances and Banking Operations
He is a futurist and thought leader in innovation. His interests include Consumer Behavior, biotech applications, and Artificial Intelligence.
As Head of Business Banking at FSDH Merchant Bank Limited, Dennis is responsible for growth of liability and asset propositions across customer sectors with focus on using digital technology to drive customer acquisition, transacting base and revenue whilst prospecting for and partnering with value adding tech companies and ecosystems within value chains to create and enhance customer experiences in delivered solutions and platforms.
Dennis is a certified ISO lead auditor in quality management systems and a fellow of both the Chartered Institute of Finance and Control of Nigeria and the Institute of credit administration of Nigeria.
Chairperson and Advisor
Lavina Ramkissoon :
An AI leader standing for the unification of the African tech space. She is a conscious tech proponent with expertise in psychology, technology and economics and their integration into AI, blockchain and ethics.
A tech catalyst that has served as chairperson, director and founder across multiple industries, sectors, and technologies - aiming to unlock the potential of the African arena. Humanizing technology and actively serving as a growth enabler for tech talent across the globe.
Often referred to as someone trailblazing through the continent accompanied with her inspirationalally iconic outlook to unlock and be the consciousness for Africa's.
#shespeaksafrica with a harvested blend between multidisciplinary, multi sector and multi technologies. Currently holds the position as Chairperson, Non-Executive Director, and Advisor.
Lee Ucheoma Ohaeri
is a global speaker and innovator with lots of experience in Blockchain, cryptocurrency, Fintech, Agriculture and entrepreneurship.
Currently the CEO of CoinNewsExtra/CNETv, the largest Cryptocurrency, blockchain and Fintech media platform headquartered in Nigeria, West Africa.
International partner at World Business angel investment forum. Co-founder CBDCAfrica. The youngest chairperson global council for the promotion of international trade (SIC) Africa.
He also educates organizations, governments and individuals on how to leverage emerging technology to create wealth and innovations.
Host and moderator of a weekly blockchain and Cryptocurrency virtual panel discussion, a program that brings industry leaders, regulators and innovators to discuss the challenges facing the space and way forward.
Chief Operating Officer
A business technology leader and payment system executive with 17+ years in IT and executing payments strategy at a national scale.
Seun was instrumental in the transformation of retail banking and modernization of real-time payments market infrastructures (PMIs) working with various stakeholders including leading banks and fintechs in Africa, two central banks, PSPs, PISP, PISPs and Mobile Network Operators.
Having worked at various levels at the Nigerian Interbank Settlement Systems Plc (NIBSS) and currently the Chief Operations Officer at Integrated Payment Services Limited (Kenya) with oversight on technology, operations and product management, Seun is a certified fintech practitioner with over 10 speaking appearances and panelist at Africa focused fintech and branchless banking conferences.
Degrees to Seun’s credit includes, BSc computer science, MSc Computer Systems and MBA from Ladoke Akintola University of Technology, University of Ibadan and University Ilorin respectively.
has payments expertise and 15 years experience building digital financial solutions for financial inclusion.
She has provided consulting services to payment companies, financial services institutions, technology companies and venture capital firms across Africa.
She has also developed corporate innovation programs enabling startup and corporate partnerships and advised regulators on financial inclusion policies.
Previous executive roles include Emerging Markets Digital Director at Visa and most recently the Country Manager at BFA Global Catalyst Fund, an inclusive tech fund.
She serves on the Old Mutual Alternative Risk Transfer Limited Board as a Non-Executive Director.
Dr Amira KADDOUR is a member of the executive board of the African Women in FinTech and Payment, founder of MENA CFF NGO. Dr KADDOUR has a PhD in finance with concentration in digital and green transition. She is certified in FinTech and inclusion from HKU and Luxembourg university – ADA chair for inclusive finance.
Dr KADDOUR is the president of Tunisian knowledge chapter of the International Society for Knowledge Organization – ISKO-MAGHREB, a university A.Professor at the Higher School of Sciences and Advanced Technologies - Carthage University, she is the Chair of the Professional Master’s program: Innovation Engineering and Technology Transfer- National School of Sciences and Advanced Technologies – Carthage University – Tunisia.
Dr KADDOUR has contributed to the steering committee of several conferences and projects, focusing on inclusive economy and outlooks of green and digital transition, in addition of study on gender transformative approach in climate change and water security in Africa. She has contributed to different projects toward efficient implementation of SDGs and UN agenda for road safety 2021-2030 in Tunisia and abroad. She has given numerous talks.
Co-Founder and CEO
is a Serial Entrepreneur who is passionate about technology and the opportunities it has in improving the lives of especially the mass population in Africa.
Co-Founder & CEO- MipangoApp, Founder - Jamii Africa, Co-Founder – Stripesnsigns & FroKid Technologies Lilian has received multiple local and international awards for being Highly innovative and creating solutions with Regional Impact.
Lilian was named Most Innovative Woman in Technology by The World Economic Forum 2016 amongst other accolades.
Global Vice President - Banking and Financial Services
works as Global Vice President - Banking and Financial Services at Insider based in Singapore. Previously he used work as Director – Financial Services/South East Asia in Deloitte Southeast Asia and ASEAN FinTech leader with EY. He holds a 13+ years of diversified consulting experience of working with global fortune Banking, Financial Services, Insurance and Technology companies based in USA, Europe, Middle East and Asia Pacific (Malaysia, Thailand, Vietnam, Philippines) Gopal brings unique expertise of cards and payments, mortgages, wallets, Insurance, capital markets, loyalty on the domain side and business strategy, innovation consulting, digital transformation, IT advisory on the competencies. In lead multiple FinTech initiatives in ASEAN and supporting teams in Russia, Poland, Middle east etc.
He is an MBA graduate from the Premier business schools of USA (HULT International Business School) with an electrical engineering background. He is an active speaker in the region spoken so far in 400+ conferences on diversified forums and topics. Few of his recent presentations subjects include digital banks, sales transformation, Financial Inclusion strategy, Open API and Platform based business models, Block chain, AI, Banking innovations, Islamic Fintech etc.
Represented the firm on multiple digital and fintech forums and very proactive in establishing relationships with industry ecosystem (Central banks, FI, FinTech , VC’s, etc) and managing alliances to the firm. He also acts as a FinTech mentor and sits on advisory panel of few universities
Senior Director Sales
is a senior sales professional with a history of working in the telco and banking industry. Gunjan is from Delhi, India and moved to England to study Engineering. She started her professional career in London, working for an investment bank and subsequently moved back to India to join the Mobile Financial and telco space that led her to Africa.
Having spent the last decade in Kenya, traveling across Africa, she has observed the rapid evolution of Mobile Money and Fintech. Gunjan completed the Oxford Fintech Programme at Said Business School, and is passionate about emerging spaces under Fintech. She firmly believes there is a lot of good to be done, an impact to be made, and space for everyone who is committed to making a difference.
With her base in Nairobi, and in her current role as Senior Sales Director for Arttha, a Unified Fintech Solution by PureSoftware, Gunjan enjoys meeting new people, learning more about herself, her strengths, and discovering areas she wants to contribute to and make an impact in while driving and enabling financial inclusion and wellbeing for the underserved.
Deputy Director Financial Regulation and Supervision
I am experienced financial regulation and supervision specialist with a demonstrated history of working for the Central Bank of eSwatini, CENFRI and the e-learning industry, through Digital Frontiers. Having been the Manager of the CBE Intelligence Hub, I oversaw eSwatini's first Fintech Challenge and the finalization of eSwatini's Regulatory Guidelines in 2018. I have experience and knowledge of payment systems, macroprudential supervision and the use of financial regulation tools towards increased financial inclusion.
I have a great passion for capacity building, which I firmly believe contributes to agile and innovative financial systems that are maintain their monetary and financial stability. My research interests include financial regulation, financial and gender inclusion, innovation in payment systems and digital currencies and their potential for improving the developing world.
Senior Advisor & Head of UABdigital
is a technology business strategist. A Sr. Advisor at the Union of Arab Banks, and Head of UABdigital where he spearheads the ecosystem digital transformation arm of the Union, with an ecosystem-wide vision and mission, and a mandate to leaving no financial institution behind as the sector transitions into the Digital Economy. Reporting into the Union’s Secretary General, Suleiman is leading a Pan-Arab digital banking agenda on FinTech, Open Banking, CBDC, and other transformative initiatives affecting the Arab banking sector as a whole.
A member of the General Union of Arab Experts under the League of Arab States.
Suleiman is a sought-after speaker and thought leader on the global stage on topics related to the digital transformation in the financial services industry.
An Ecosystem Architect with focus on value creation through collaboration and co-creation. Suleiman’s expertise include creating scalable business models with track record in sustainable results.
ERP Strategy and Business Development Leader
has over 17 years’ experience with Enterprise Resource Planning Applications having served various industries across Africa.
He has been instrumental in many global ERP transformation projects in Africa.
He has extensive experience on the local and International level having previously covered various business verticals across Africa. Ibrahim’s background includes; Finance and IT, ERP implementation and Project Management as well as Business Development. He has a Bachelor of Science in Computing and Information Systems, MBA Finance and PhD in Business Administration specialising in Strategic Information Systems
Head, Business Development & Strategy
Ms. Medac is Head of Business Development & Strategy at 9 Payment Service Bank. Since its operational launch in 2020, 9PSB has focused on delivery of banking products and concepts through effective telco and fintech-like approach.
With over a decade long experience in sales and business development in Nigeria and other emerging markets in Africa within telecommunications, technology and fintech industry, Martina has brought a wealth of experience to 9PSB during crucial phase of its rollout – contributing to building accessibility of services to the unbanked via establishing and launching agent banking network for 9PSB.
She has secured strategic partnerships for easy access to a suite of products through digital channels, leveraging on cross sectoral collaboration with fintech to deliver superior experience to 9PSB customers.
Martina was recently appointed as committee member – on behalf of 9PSB – on the CBN led project to deliver the Strategy to Leverage Agent Networks for Women’s Financial Inclusion in Nigeria, representing payment service banks as stakeholders.
CEO and Founder
Siphethuxolo S. Didiza: Tech-savvy digital accountant, Siphethuxolo BAP(SA), is committed to simplifying the accounting system by taking it to the next level: Cloud Accounting. Through innovative accounting technology, he helps business owners and individuals make decisions to holistically benefit their business. It is not just about the cloud; it is about reaching for the stars.
He has spent the last 10 years honing his craft and is currently most passionate about the work he is doing to take small businesses to the next level.
As a previous auditor turned business owner running his own practice, Siphethuxolo has developed a unique perspective when it comes to client liaison, strategic insight, and counsel. Influenced by various business leaders and accounting experts, he has committed to turn cloud accounting into a productivity engine for businesses across Africa, in the next stage of his career.
Founder & MD
is the Founder & Managing Director of FinStep Asia, which is building Asia’s next generation of Businesses as a venture builder and strategy advisor. Musheer is one of the key contributors in building the Fintech ecosystem in Hong Kong as the cofounder and inaugural General Manager of the Fintech Association of Hong Kong. Having been engaged in Fintech since 2016, he has worked closely with several regulators and government bodies on fintech, digital assets and digital economy policy, providing advisory and delivering workshops on a range of topics.
He is on several advisory boards and a mentor/advisor to several startups, while a regular guest lecturer at many universities in Hong Kong and Singapore. He is cofounder of IndiaTech HK, a platform bridging Indian & Chinese tech ecosystem via Hong Kong and is also the Board Member & Co-lead Islamic Fintech, Global Impact Fintech Forum (GIFT), a leading global body created by global Fintech champions from 60+ countries.
Head of Strategic Alliances and Growth
Anthony is a seasoned business leader with a demonstrated history of working in the Real Estate, IT Security, Finance & Banking Industries.
He is skilled in Information Security, Project Management, Negotiation, Business Planning, Market Research, Management, Financial Modelling and Risk Management. He is an expert in Business Development with a Bachelor of Commerce (B.Com.) - Finance concentration - from Strathmore University.
At Virtual Pay, Anthony heads the Strategic Alliances and Growth Department.
Digital Payments and Marketplaces Advisor
Jil Ebanoidze: A Fintech leader, NLP coach and a creative Entrepreneur, Guest lecturer. Bringing Neuroscience and Technology together is her
passion. A fearless advocate of equality,
empathy, sustainability, Inclusion.
Jil brings marketplaces, e-commerce and Fintech together to help companies scale and deliver seamless customer experience while building plug and play eco-system in a regulated environment. She managed global finance digital transformation at eBay and Naspers group and currently serving as an interim Payments Director for Booking .com
Jil is an advocate of Inclusive and sustainable finance. Working in developing countries to help scale SMEs via bringing emerging technologies and democratizing Fintech education while staying engaged in cutting edge innovation in advanced economies. She believes in narrowing the gap between developing and developed world for sustainable global economy. While being a Managing Director of Global Impact Fintech (GIFT) forum (globalimpactfintech.org), she works closely with 500 C-level members to make an impact.
Having worked with over 100 cultures and being a woman in tech Jil has realized the importance of accepting true self and finding a balance which led her to launching Maison AVAZA (maisonavaza.com) - a human development business, that helps individuals realize the possibility and power of revealing their authentic True Self for both personal and professional success. AVAZA's approach promotes personal wellness through look and feel, each expression complementary to the other.
Brenton Naicker is a fintech professional with vast experience and expertise in the fields of Blockchain and Digital Assets.
After spending two years heading up Business Development and Partnerships for Binance, Africa he now serves as COO of CV VC, Africa, and early-stage venture firm aiming to replicate the successes of Crypto Valley, Zug on the African continent.
Thomas Brennan: After completing a Bachelors in Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Cape Town, Thomas Brennan was awarded the Rhodes Scholarship in 2004. In 2009 he completed his D.Phil, in Engineering Science from the University of Oxford. Prior to completing his DPhil he interned with Google in Zurich as an associated product manager and Man Investments as a quantitative analyst. After completing his DPhil, he then worked for Vodafone developing a mobile-based platform to monitor and support community health workers in South Africa’s public health sector.
In 2010, he accepted a Wellcome Trust Post-Doctoral Research Fellowship at the Institute of Biomedical Engineering at the University of Oxford to develop and assess mobile health solutions for monitoring chronic disease in resource-constrained settings. In 2012, he took up a position as Research Engineer at the Laboratory of Computation Physiology at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) working on clinical data mining applications. In 2015 he returned to South Africa to take up a Senior Innovation Manager role within Discovery’s R&D lab where he led the development and launch of Discovery Health’s Smart Plan (the fastest growing health plan in South Africa to date) and DiabetesCare (South Africa’s first digital diabetes management system). In 2017, he was promoted to Head of Digital Innovation at Discovery Health.
In early 2018, he left Discovery and founded Franc Group (Pty) Ltd, a mass market wealth management app. Franc makes investing simple and social, increasing access to investments by removing investment minimums and simplifying investing to just two funds, a cash and equity fund. He has over 15 years of experience in management, machine learning, health informatics, biomedical engineering, digital health and software development.
CEO & Co-Founder
Clara Wanjiku Odero is the CEO and Co-Founder of Credrails. She is a seasoned fintech executive having served as the Africa and Middle East Head for major payment networks including Flutterwave, Rapyd, and Nium. She specializes in business development and expansion in emerging and high-growth markets. She has a strong track record of developing new businesses, building genuine relationships with key stakeholders, and strategizing market entry
Clara co-founded and launched Credrails in order to make it possible for fintech companies to build apps for 50+ countries through a single API access and become the infrastructure API for Africa. Clara holds a Bsc from Kenyatta University
, is a technology company that was established to bridge the gap in the demand for efficient, secure, cost effective and technology driven products and services that will enable financial inclusivity and create economic development in Africa.
Our vision to deliver sustainable innovative products led to the birth of Quickraiz (www.quickraiz.com), a donor based crowdfunding platform that is secure, convenient and user friendly.
Quickraiz is designed to bridge the gap in donation based fundraising in Africa and is a trusted platform where people and institutions with genuine causes can raise funds through the support of individuals, groups and organizations.
Zoracom is a technology company automating digital transformation for cybersecurity, cloud, network and service management. We provide a consolidated and automated view of a business´ entire IT infrastructure, including their IT networks, services, and cybersecurity management.
Virtual Pay International Limited (“Virtual Pay”) is a leading Pan-African Payment Service Provider reknown for bespoke payment solutions that serve a global clientele.
We support e-commerce businesses to simply, securely and seamlessly receive cashless payments from their clients through cards and mobile money payments.
Virtual Pay’s mission is to support consumers and entrepreneurs to send and receive money anywhere and anytime through seamless digital commerce.
Our vision is to build the most all-pervasive payments business that supports businesses in Africa and the world over to remain competitive and ahead of the curve, through the digitisation of payments.