28-29 August 2017

2019 Program

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Africa – GPS 2019 Program At a Glance

  Day 1 - 27 Aug 2019
08.00Welcome & Registration
09.00Welcome by Gonzalo Santamaria
09.15Keynote Opening: Sharing the Vision for Africa - The 10,000 Meter Optic

Paula Buchel, Associate Director, Deloitte Consulting (Pty) LTD
09.35Regional Integration - Challenges Ahead
- Aligning domestic payment systems
- How to mitigate the differences in governance structures and consequent effects ?
- Regulatory and Legislative developments and key considerations
- Review on open banking

Martin Grunewald | Executive Head: Payments Business | BankservAfrica
10.20Networking Break
10.50Project Future
Maurits Pretorius | Strategy and Communications Executive | PASA
Chris Hamilton | CEO | BankservAfrica
11.45Interoperability in Mobile Payments
  • Technical, operational, commercial, political and strategic aspects of interoperability

  • Best practices from across the continent

  • How to achieve interoperability at scale and ensure maximum consumer benefits

Charles Niehaus | Consultant, Payments and Mobile Money | CGAP and IFC
Victoria Mojuto | Executive Head | Vodacom
Rachel Balsham | Deputy CEO | MFS Africa
Marcello Schermer | Head of Expansion | Yoco (moderator)
14.00Aligning Real Time Payments
- Modernising central payments infrastructure to enable a real-time future
- Building of a cross-border real time payments in the region
- How do end users benefit ?

Arthur Cousins | Payments Project Coordinator | SADC Banking Association
Brad Gillis | Head of Payments African Regions | Standard Bank Group

Ruhling Herbst | Head: Growth & Transformation | BankservAfrica
Vickey Ganesh | Payments Consultant to Commercial Banks and other Payments Stakeholders (moderator)
14.45The Transition to Faster Payments: The US Story
- The Federal Reserve journey
- How it has decided to first encourage and now directly participate in the payments solution market

Shaun Ferrari | Managing Director, American and Caribbean | Currency Research
15.30Networking Break
16.00Moving Money in Africa - How to Drive Change and Lower Costs in Remittance
- The interplay between competition law and consumer protection in mobile financial services
- How regulators use consumer protection as remedy for competition concerns on the financial services in Africa

Victoria Mojuto | Executive Head | Vodacom
16.45Update on the SARB Central Bank Digital Currency Initiative

Johann Bence | Head of Currency Management Department | South African Reserve Bank (SARB)
17:30Cocktail Reception


   Day 2 - 28 Aug 2019
08.00Networking Breakfast, hosted by African Women in FinTech & Payments (AWFP)
08.30Welcome & Registration
09.00Recap & Opening by Gonzalo Santamaria
09.15Financial Inclusion - The African Landscape
- Overview of Financial Inclusion projects and issues in the region
- Learnings from other regions?
- Central Bank / regulator initiatives
- What are the key themes emerging ?

Jackie Kitiibwa | Programme Manager | MEFMI
Jan Pilbauer | Chief Payments and Innovation Officer | BankservAfrica
Graeme Holmes | Founder | The Grahamstown Project (moderator)
10.15Mobile Payments and eMoney
- A comparison to traditional payment rails
- What lessons can Africa take from the Alipay and WeChat ecosystems?
- Can tokenisation be the answer to the unbanked?
- Should central banks issue centralised e-Money?

Derek Keats | Consultant | thumbzup
Kim Dancey | Head of Regulatory and Conduct Risk for Payments | FirstRand International
Brian Richardson | Founding Director and CEO | WIZZIT International
Brian Mather | CEO | Silicon Capital (moderator)
11.00Networking Break
11.30A1 Supply-Side Barriers to Remittances in Sub-Saharan Africa B1 Blockchain Solutions for Africa

  • Main developments and outlook

  • How to reduce remittance costs

  • The rise of central bank digital currencies and their appeal for the region

Nolwazi Hlophe | Senior Research Analyst | Cenfri
  • Specific use cases

  • The drive to be “Smart”

Hemash Kala | Blockchain Lead | Rand Merchant Bank
Peter Munnings | Co-Founder and COO | Adhara
Farzam Ehsani | CEO and Co-Founder | VALR.com
Chris Becker | Blockchain Specialist | Investec (moderator)
12.15Digital Transformation - The Global Views and Trends from Europe and Asia
- Advances and unleashing the power of Fintech to accelerate innovation
- Dawn of the super-apps and payments platforms
- Disrupters or enablers - who wins, who loses?

Ghita Erling | Head of Payments | Discovery Bank
Hennie Fereira | Chief Executive | Microfinance SA
James Scott | Chief Digital Officer | CIF
Natalie Matthews| Associate Partner | IQbusiness (moderator)
14.15A2 Digital Payments and the Diversity of New SolutionsB2 Cashless Africa

  • Digital payments: exploring opportunities

  • Empowering economic growth by making informed decisions

  • Role of digital payments in advancing Women-owned businesses

  • Role of financial literacy

Dr Estelle Brack | Founder and President, KiraliT
Kim Dancey | Head of Regulatory and Conduct Risk for Payments | FirstRand International
Hannalie Marsh | Managing Director | Wirecard Africa
Mary Mwangi | CEO | Data Integrated
Darren Franks | Founder and CEO | TalentintheCloud (moderator)

  • Local and cross-continental initiatives

  • Is cashless a destination or the path for inclusion

  • Central bank perspectives

  • Tokenisation - dream or reality ?

Barry Röhrs | Director | Röhrs and Associates

Judith Obholzer | Managing Executive | Vodacom
Oliver O'Brien | Head of Strategy and Business Development | Mukuru
Richard Ketley | Managing Partner and Director: Financial Services | Genesis Analytics (moderator)
15.00Networking Break
15.30An African Tour of Regional Visions, Strategies and the Year Ahead
- Outlook for the SADC region and beyond
- What are the building blocks for taking payment systems in SADC into the future?
- What are Project Future’s learnings?

Arthur Cousins | Payments Project Coordinator | SADC Banking Association
Pieter Swanepoel | Managing Director | Real Pay Group
Denis Kruger | Head of Sub-Saharan Africa | SWIFT
Gavin Krugel | Co-Founder and CEO | Digital Frontiers Institute (moderator)
16.15Farewell Drinks