Call for Speakers for 2019 GPS
Do you have compelling views, research, or experience to share with your fellow innovators, regulators, and industry experts?
Be a part of the 2019 GPS program.
We’d love to hear from you. Reach out to David Roberts (Global Payments Director) at email@example.com for speaking inquiries.
Founder & CEO is a thought leader in talent acquisition strategies with a specialist focus on the African FinTech sector
Darren Franks, Founder & CEO is a thought leader in talent acquisition strategies with a specialist focus on the African FinTech sector and launched TalentintheCloud in 2016 to help African FinTech’s across the continent acquire and retain key talent. Darren’s passion for digitization, transformation and people analytics was the real catalyst behind creating TalentintheCloud. By combining the latest technologies from across the globe with a highly experienced team of international staffing and recruitment experts, TalentintheCloud designs, builds and operates talent acquisition programs and strategies for some of Africa’s fastest growing FinTech’s. Prior to launching TalentintheCloud, Darren was the Group CEO of an international technology and telecoms recruitment business with offices in Europe, the Middle East and Africa. Darren is married with two children and spends his time between TalentintheCloud’s two office locations, London and Cape Town. He supports numerous professional groups focusing on diversity and financial inclusion across the continent including being a strategic partner and ambassador to the African Women in FinTech and Payments organization.
Communication Intelligence Teacher, Independent Payments Consultant, The Grahamstown Project
Graeme has 20 years’ experience in the Payments Industry. He was formerly an executive at Nedbank leading their Card Issuing business. He previously held line management, specialist payment strategy and business development roles in the industry and is the immediate past Chairman of the Payments Association of South Africa (PASA). He attended the AMP at INSEAD in 2014 and received a Masters in Management by Research (MMR) from Wits Business School in 2015. The title of his research was "The meaning of money and the digital money socio-technical network in a low-income community in South Africa". Graeme started his career at Deloitte and is a Chartered Accountant. Graeme left Nedbank in October 2017 and relocated to Grahamstown, the city of his ancestors and old school, St Andrew’s College. He divides his time between consulting and lecturing in the Payments Industry, lecturing at Rhodes Business School and running The Grahamstown Project. He is a guest lecturer at Rhodes Business School on their MBA programme and also teaches a two-day certificate course in Communication Intelligence. Graeme is the founder of The Grahamstown Project. TGP’s vision is a high-functioning small city where all members of the community prosper. The mission is to grow the tourism industry in Grahamstown, draw money to the city, and create employment. TGP shares stories about Grahamstown and the Eastern Cape via vlogging and blogging and, where appropriate, actively involving TGP in creating the stories to achieve the vision and mission. He is an avid historian, writer and public speaker. His most recent topics include, “Grahamstown: Collaborate and Prosper. Or Perish”, “Grahamstown: Past, Present and Future” and “Cross-border Money Transfers out of Grahamstown. Real stories from real people”. He completed his sixth (and last) Comrades Marathon in 2015 and considers watching Test match cricket with his three sons and old friends the pinnacle of enjoyment.
CEO of Silicon Capital
Brian Mather is the CEO of Silicon Capital, a Fintech business with operations in Mauritius, South Africa, Zambia and the United Kingdom. Brian has spent the last eighteen years in the payment industry developing innovative technology solutions that span mobile wallet platforms, card platforms, alternate payment rails, multi-factor authentication, and block chain. He has been a keynote speaker at several international conferences and is a systems architect by profession.
CEO of the Digital Frontiers Institute
Gavin is a Co-Founder and the CEO of the Digital Frontiers Institute - bridging capacity gaps by building professions that use technology to disrupt the status quo in Financial Services, Healthcare and other sustainable development goals. He is an Executive and Board Member in the FinTech and EdTech sectors with a career that spans the Financial Services, Mobile Telecoms and EdTech industries. Gavin is an Executive Director on the Digital Frontiers Institute Board, Chairman of TroyTyla Group Holdings and a Non-Executive Director of DiaspoPay. He has an MBA from Grenoble Ecole de Management in France.
Director, Röhrs and Associates
Barry has more than 25 years of experience across the industries of banking and manufacturing industries with a finance, operations and supply chain management focus. Barry had full strategic and operational responsibility for Standard Bank’s cash supply chain and worked actively in various decision-making capacities across the South African cash industry. Barry’s passion for cash persists and he enjoys visits to cash operations worldwide. He tries to avoid presenting at conferences, but participates in many cash workshops and has presented to various global cash industry forums. Some of his career highlights to date include:
- Leading the Cash team at Standard Bank from 2011 to 2017
- Barry fulfilled a variety of roles within Standard Bank’s cash business from 2006 to 2017
- From 2013 to 2016 he served as a Non-Executive Director on the board of Bankserve Africa
Programme Manager, MEFMI
Ms Kitiibwa is a financial sector specialist with over 15 years’ experience in payments and market infrastructure and monetary policy implementation. She has worked with countries in Eastern and Southern Africa to provide technical assistance in various financial sector areas that include payment systems oversight and policy frameworks, Financial Inclusion, Digital Financial Services and Fintechs. Jackie has provided consultancy services in the areas of consumer protection, innovative technologies, payment systems oversight, financial inclusion strategies and fintech. She has also participated in regional payment systems harmonisation initiatives including the review and implementation of regional legal frameworks, oversight benchmarks and technical specifications
Director &Managing Partner: Financial Services, Genesis Analytics
Richard Ketley is a partner and director at Genesis Analytics, working in both the Johannesburg and Dubai offices. He is widely recognised and consulted as a leading expert on banking in Africa. He has worked extensively with banking and financial sector clients throughout Africa and the Middle East. Richard has lead assignments with banks and financial institutions for over 10 years, working across the full range of specialist areas covered by Genesis. He has worked with boards and management committees to address strategic challenges and advise on bank acquisitions; advised on treasury strategy; and developed effective retail value propositions that meet client and shareholder expectations. He has a particular interest in and focus on mobile payments and money transfers, and in solving the challenge of providing banking services to small businesses. Richard has advised many of the top banks in Africa, is an accomplished speaker, and lectures widely on topics related to retail banking. Before joining Genesis, Richard was the Head of Strategy: Africa for Standard Bank, where his responsibility extended to 17 countries, and encompassed mergers and acquisitions as well as retail and card strategies.
Head of Regulatory and Conduct Risk for Payments at FirstRand International
Kim Dancey is a lawyer by training, with expertise in transactional financial services, as well as financial inclusion- forboth developing and emerging economies. Kim’s professional interests include new payment products and services. As Head of Regulatory and Conduct Risk for Payments for FirstRand International, Kim is responsible for supportingthe different payment service models for the FirstRand and FNB group subsidiaries in African and India, including mobile; digital and alternative payment modelsin the application of regulatory best practices and responsible finance practices.Formerly Regulatory Head for FNB’s mobile money service, eWallet, Kim supported the implementation and development of the eWallet product in South Africa as well as several African countries. Previously, Kim worked at FinMark Trust, where in her role as Head Policy, Regulation and Consumer Empowerment, she focused on supporting the enablement of financially inclusive policies and regulatory environments, in various African countries.
Strategy and Communications Executive at PASA
Maurits Pretorius has over 24 years’ experience in strategy development, strategic transformation and organisational turnarounds. Throughout his career, he has worked in the fields of strategy consulting, line functions, and human resources; lectured at tertiary institutions and delivered topical papers at both local and international conferences. His experience spans financial services and hi-tec manufacturing companies where he facilitated complex organisational changes. Maurits has put a lot of this this experience to paper and has co-authored the bestselling strategy field-book “Viable Business Strategies” – currently in its 3rd updated edition. As a practicing strategist and registered organisational psychologist, his interest lies in strategy work, organisational dynamics, change management, coaching, leadership development, and systems thinking. He has facilitated and supported strategy and change on all levels - from programme and business unit level to C-suite and currently also industry level. He has a wealth of experience in organisation design,with his expertise spanning into several techniques used for rapid mobilisation of broad based strategic change in organisations, including large scale interactive change processes.
CEO at Payments Association of South Africa (PASA)
In his role as PASA CEO, Walter is passionate and committed to spearheading payments in South Africa. Having joined the organisation in March 2008, he previously worked for Absa Bank (a member of Barclays) for 17 years, of which his last decade was focused on establishing and heading up the Group Payments function with the overall responsibility for the coordination and management of all payment systems in the banking group. Throughout his career in banking and payment systems, Walter played a key role in spearheading a number of payments innovations in South Africa,including the introduction of debit cards in the late 1990s; the migration to EMV chip & PIN technology; the launching of a real-time inter-bank EFT service (called Real Time Clearing); the introduction of an early debit order processing service, amongst other innovative systems. Over the years, Walter has served on various boards and committees, including the BankservAfrica board, AllPay board, PASA Council, MasterCard Global Debit Board of Advisors, MasterCard Chip Expert Group, EMVCo Board of Advisors, SWIFT National Member Group, SA Reserve Bank Strategy Body, the NPS Act Standing Committee, amongst others. He is also a member of the International Council of Payment Association Chief Executives (ICPACE). Walter holds a Bachelor of Science (UP) and a Master’s in Business Leadership (UNISA SBL) (cum laude) degree, as well as post-graduate qualifications from IMD in Lausanne, Switzerland, and the Gordon Institute of Business Science (GIBS) in Johannesburg.
Nolwazi Hlophe, Senior Research Analyst, Cenfri
Nolwazi Hlophe is a Senior Research Analyst at Cenfri on the payment systems work stream. Prior to working with Cenfri, she has worked as a macroprudential analyst and project manager for the Intelligence Hub of the Central Bank of Eswatini, which oversaw the activities of the FinTech Unit and the Intelligence Working Group. The FinTech Unit hosted its first FinTech Challenge as well as drafted and published the FinTech Regulatory Sandbox Guidelines under her leadership. She is also currently pursuing her PhD in economics with the University of Cape Town under the thesis title: Financial Innovation and Digital Currencies in Emerging Markets. Nolwazi holds a Master’s in Economics from the University of Pretoria.
Payments Project Coordinator, SADC Payments Project
Arthur Cousins serves as Director of Strategy and Product Development of Standard Bank of South Africa and is responsible for strategy and product development in the South Africa's international banking division. Mr. Cousins serves as Chief Executive Officer of the South African Central Depository for fixed income securities. He joined the Standard Bank in 1969. He held positions in international banking and custody and was responsible for a number of payments and
Head of Payments African Regions at Standard Bank Group
Brad has 20 years payments and banking experience. His payments experience covers a deep involvement with industry organisations, associations and regulators both in South Africa as well as across SADC and the rest of Africa. These include national and regional switches, card and payments associations, bankers’ associations as well as central banks and regulators across different African countries. Brad has authored several research articles on payments and transactional banking in South Africa, regionally (Southern Africa Development Community - SADC) and for other African markets and regularly presents at payments conferences and related events. Whilst at the Banking Association South Africa, he was the payments lead at the 2006 Competition Commission Enquiry in South Africa into bank charges and interchange fees. Currently Brads role is that of Head, Payments and Collections Standard Bank– Africa Regions, which operates in 15 countries across the continent. He recently helped lead industry thinking to achieve a pragmatic approach towards the implementation of the CMA low value payments directive. An initiative seen as foundational to enabling the SADC regional payments vision. Prior to joining Standard Bank, Brad was Chief Executive Officer of BankservAfrica’s Regulated Business, the primary ACH and card switch, serving South Africa and other African countries. Married with two children, Brad enjoys running and cycling, and is scheduled to run his seventh Comrades Marathon in 2019. He’s climbed Mount Kilimanjaro in 2011 and in his spare time enjoys reading going to the theatre.
Head of Currency Management Department at South African Reserve Bank (SARB)
J (Johann) Bence was appointed Head of the Currency Management Department in July 2012. He joined the Bank in 1982 and has worked in the Executive Management Department (Office of the Governor), the National Payment System Department, the Business Systems and Technology Department and the then Research Department. He holds MCom (Economics), BCom (Hons) (Economics) and BCom degrees and has completed an executive development programme.