GLOBAL EXPERTS, BANKERS AND INVESTORS IN FINTECH - PANEL OF JUDGES

The panel of judges of this years event consistsed of seasoned investors, academics, marketeers, entrepreneurs with an extensive track record in finance and/ or technology. Get listed here. These experts are more than happy to assist FinTech companies in growing their business. To suggest additional experts for 2017 please contact Niek van Geffen by email nvangeffen@cfo.co.za.

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Yossi Hasson

Yossi Hasson is the MD of Techstars Africa. He is a passionate entrepreneur and angel investor. Prior to Techstars, Yossi co-founded SYNAQ, an open source cloud security company which he successfully exited to Dimension Data. Yossi co-founded WeThinkCode_, Africa’s first tuition-free tech talent incubator.

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Udayan Goyal

Co-Founder of Apis Partners, a private equity manager focussed on Financial Services in Growth Markets based in London. He was the co-founder and managing partner of Anthemis Group SA currently serves on its Group Board as Director.

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Numan Numan

Numan is Managing Director at 212 Ltd, has a solid background in enterprise systems and global technology services. Numan utilizes his 20 years of experience to analyze technology venture companies, identify their needs, and provide solutions for each enterprise.

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Matteo Rizzi

Matteo Rizzi is General Partner at SBT Venture Capital, a $100 million FinTech fund. Matteo has 6 years experience in banking technologies and interbank telecommunications. Matteo is co-founder of Innotribe, the SWIFT collaborative innovation initiative.

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Ainsley Morris

Ainsley Morris is a founding partner at Newid Capital. She invests in innovative FinTech deals across Africa, Asia, and Eastern Europe. Prior to Newid she worked with QED Investors on FinTech deals in the USA and UK.

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Akinyele Okeremi

A seasoned software developer, leader and mentor to software developers, investor in technology and innovation and adept believer in the capability of black race

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Wendy Pienaar

Wendy Pienaar leads the Emerging Payments Team, is passionate about digital and how payments are evolving across the continent

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Kenneth Kayser

Founding Member of Rise Africa. Rise a global open innovation platform pioneering the future of banking allowing FinTech's to co-create with Barclays & scale. Having worked closely with Africa's best FinTech, strengthening their propositions & positioning them for growth.

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Scott Onder

Scott Onder is the Social Ventures Senior Advisor & Fund Manager at Mercy Corps where he manages a venture capital seed fund that invests in social enterprises in developing markets working in financial technology, logistics and distribution, and agriculture.

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Georg Ludviksson

I have been fortunate enough to gather versatile experience as an IT Entrepreneur with Meniga, UpDown.com, Dimon Software, Men & Mice, and LazyTown. I have a deep understanding of the dynamics of small software companies with a global perspective.

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Ameya Upadhyay

Ameya Upadhyay is a Principal in the investment team at Omidyar Network. He focuses on the firm’s Fintech and Financial Inclusion efforts in Africa, Europe, Myanmar and India.

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Tobie van Zyl

Tobie founder of Bettr and is a entrepreneurial enthusiast. His vision is to disrupt the traditional financial services with the best tech and tools thereby empowering the future generation to take control of their own financial wellbeing.

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Stanley Gabriel

Stanley Gabriel is the Head of Innovation at Old Mutual, with work experience in West, East and SA. He’s a UCT B.Sc graduate and also completed a Diploma in Actuarial Techniques from the Institute of Actuaries in the UK.

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Adewale Omoniyi

Cyber Security and Privacy Solution Architect, IT systems assurance and Open Technologies subject matter expert recognized for providing thought, technical leadership to commercial and public sector clients.

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Fred Baumhardt

Fred is CEO of Curve and a seasoned, leader with global experience. Now, he shifted focus to building a challenger financial services business to disrupt legacy processes, systems, and architectures and compete with the new "born digital" FinTech world.

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Dick Kamae

A professional with more than five years of working experience in strategy and innovation management. I specialize in data driven strategy , strategy development,cascade and alignment and monitoring and evaluation of innovation initiatives.

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Brett Tromp

CFO of Discovery Health and CEO of Discovery Healthcare Services. He worked for the Group Executive Director and in the group Finance area of Discovery Holdings. Brett has been with Discovery since 2003 and has vast experience in Health Insurance.

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Jurgen Ingels

Jurgen Ingels (Belgium) co-founder of Smartfin Capital and Clear2Pay, NGData and Volt Ventures. SmartFin Capital is a growth stage Private Equity Fund that provides capital to private growth companies with focus on FinTech.

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Nicole Anderson

Nicole Anderson (UK) is CEO of FinTech Circle Innovate London, which is a services and solutions provider helping established financial services firms and FinTech companies to collaborate and exploit joint opportunities.

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Amee Patel

Amee is Senior Investment Officer with Venture Lab, a global seed-stage fintech fund. Previously, she worked at McKinsey and SKS Microfinance. She has advised several early-stage companies, including Root Capital, Jipange Kusave, and Grameen.

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Cliff Schoeman

Chief investment analyst at Jemstep by Invesco, leading provider of technology solutions to US investment advisors. Involved in the evolution from a start-up “robo-advisor” in 2008 to acquisition by Invesco Ltd a NYSE S&P 500 constituent

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Kim Dancey

Kim Dancey is a lawyer with a particular interest in payments, digital financial services and financial inclusion. As Head of Payments for FNB International, Kim is supports the FNB group strategy in offering differentiated payment service models, including digital and alternative payments

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Johan Bosini

As MD of JUMO, Johan likes doing things differently. After spending years in leadership positions in Consumer Finance across the world he built new businesses in Africa, African partnership deals with MTN, Millicom and Airtel providing Mobile Financial Services.

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Agata Szydlowska

Head of Financial Inclusion & CRB Awareness Creditinfo Group; she pioneered credit bureaus in Tanzania – as part of CRB Africa. Recently as Financial Specialist at IFC/World Bank Group gained extensive experience in financial sector in Africa.

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Dan Marom

Dan Marom is a thought leader in the FinTech and crowdfunding arenas, serving as the CEO of Irrational Innovations - a Tech-Impact Powerhouse for FinTech Solutions for emerging markets, with a focus on Sub-Saharan Africa.

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Njogu Ndamburi

Product Head at Citibank. A FinTech enthusiast with over 11 years product management experience across Africa (South Africa, Kenya and Nigeria). He is a mentor with Endeavor and currently pursuing his research with University of Cape Town on Inclusive Innovation.

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Michael Mellinghoff

Michael Mellinghoff (Germany) is a Managing Director at TechFluence, and a senior advisor and mentor at FinTech Forum. He is a seasoned investment professional spanning both the traditional banking and FinTech world.

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Eline Blaauboer

17 years private equity and venture capital experience, including 10+ years in East Africa. Founder and Managing Partner of TBL Mirror Fund and Managing Partner of Safaricom Spark Fund. Chair of East Africa Venture Capital Association.

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Heinrich Degener

Founder of hdpmcS, a boutique Financial Services and #Fintech consultancy. Prior to founding hpdmcS in 2014, he was Managing Director with Accenture in Europe and since 2007 in South Africa where he headed up their Technology - Financial Services division.

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Marc Balkin

Marc Balkin is an Angel Investor and Non - Executive Director and former Partner at Hasso Plattner Ventures Africa. Prior to this, Mr. Balkin has extensive experience in private equity management, having consulted to several South African Investment Banks.

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Richard Brown

Partner Santander InnoVentures, Santander's $100Mn FinTech fund providing equity financing to FinTech startup companies in relevant areas to the bank. Interests include digital delivery of financial services, e-commerce and payments, online lending, e-financial investments, big data analytics.

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Gary Thomas Sayers

Gary Thomas Sayers is an executive director and CFO with 13 years’ experience as financial and strategic partner at profitable, high-growth, entrepreneurial, international and Southern African companies.

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Jay Thomson

Jay Thomson co-founded and successfully exited Liquorice Africa, one of the largest and most acclaimed digital agencies in Africa. A seasoned global entrepreneur, mentor, awards juror & keynote speaker, Jay helps high growth potential teams innovate and accelerate their value.

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Guy Chennells

Guy Channells is responsible for the business unit strategy function and for revenue growth through building, partnering with or acquiring adjacent businesses at Old Mutual Corporate.

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Harrie Vollaard

Harrie Vollaard is head of Innovation at Rabobank in the Netherlands. His team has a record of initiating major changes in the bank e.g. new ways of working, collaboration with the FinTech industry, open banking and big data.

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Rahul Jain

Rahul is CEO of PeachPayments and always worked extensively with tier 1 retailers, airlines and online merchants helping them develop and optimize their core business strategy.

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Katlego Maphai

Katlego has always focussed his career on topic such as Mobile Telecommunications, Emerging market, Startups and Payments. Currently he is CEO of Yoco that is reducing the complexity in processing payments for small and medium-sized businesses in South Africa.

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Matteo Stefanel

Managing Partner at Apis and former Senior Partner at Abraaj Group, the world’s leading EM private equity group. He has a successful track record in private equity and investment banking focussing specifically on Growth Markets and Financial Services.

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Valter Adâo

Valter leads Deloitte Digital in Africa and is the firm’s Innovation leader in the same region. As the former leader and founding Director of Monitor Deloitte in Africa, Valter brings strategy and innovation capabilities into Deloitte Digital.

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Alejandro Alvarez de la Campa

Alejandro is the Manager for Finance & Markets for the IFC/World Bank Group in Africa, based in Johannesburg. He has also held other positions in IFC, and in the private/financial sector.

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Danielle Laity

Danielle Laity is the Open Innovation Manager at Standard Bank. In this role she is responsible for engaging the Fintech community internationally and assisting internal business units to collaboratively create solutions with third parties that meet customer needs.

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Perry Blacher

Fintech specialist with 20 years experience building and operating online businesses. Created and helped build businesses online in asset management, remittances, lending/credit, debt management, payments and mobile money (and at all stages of growth).

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Lexi Novitske

Lexi Novitske is the Principal Investment Officer at Singularity Investments, overseeing the firm’s Africa operations. In 2011, Lexi moved to Nigeria believing the country held untapped potential with an under-penetrated population, a d expanding infrastructure and online access.

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Pat Wilson

VP Quona Capital, a growth-stage VC firm investing exclusively in FinTech in emerging markets. Pat focuses on investments in Sub-Saharan Africa. Formerly operating as Accion’s Frontier Investments, Quona Capital was incubated as impact investment manager within Accion.

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Zulfiq Isaacs

Zulfiq is owner at Liquid Thought, Co-founder of MoneySmart and Founder of Investors in Africa. He is a forward thinking entrepreneur that has earned a reputation as an innovative, dynamic business person in the ICT community in SA.

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Kevin Johnson

Kevin has a 10+ year IT background, starting as a developer within IBM, to lead Innovation programmes for Innotribe at SWIFT. He brings together the financial and fintech ecosystems to learn, collaborate, and ultimately deliver new solutions for the industry

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Mircea Mihaescu

Mircea Mihaescu is COO at Moven and former General Partner and FinTech investor at SBT Venture Capital. Held senior executive positions at Sberbank and BMO Bank of Montreal.

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Dominique Collett

Dominique Collett is a Senior Investment Executive at RMI Holdings. She is also part of the executive team of the JSE listed RMI and RMB Holdings with operations spread across Africa, the UK, US, Asia, Australia and New Zealand.

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Clive Butkow

Clive is currently CEO of GroTech, a disruptive digital technology Venture Capital Fund in South Africa. Clive was the previous COO of Accenture South Afrca and also led Accenture's technology business for a number of years.

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Zachariah George

Founder of Cactus Advisors and Managing Director of Startupbootcamp Africa. Created the first African corporate venture capital accelerator program - Barclays TechLabAfrica. Former investment banker at Lehman Brothers and Barclays Capital NYC. Stanford MBA. Passionate about startups, impact investing and entrepreneurship.

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Wim van der Beek

Wim van der Beek is managing partner of Goodwell Investments, a VC/PE firm focused on financial inclusion, fintech and inclusive growth active in Africa and India. He is currently based in SA to build the local Goodwell member firm.

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Matthew Birtch

Both director at Align Advisory, a Strategy & Transactions firm, and faculty member at GIBS where he lectures in Strategy & Finance. Matthew has extensive experience in an advisory capacity for global Management Consulting and Transaction Firms in Asia, Africa and Europe.

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