Quick introduction to Digital Diamond - Thematic winnner - Digital Financial Identity
Digital Diamond, is an Online & Offline Tech Identity Solution that works both with and without a smartphone for cross country KYC, Identity Authentication and Financial institution access.
MoneyChaps is a mobile based data driven technology solution that offers business, groups and personal financial management tools to keep track of income, expenses and savings. Users are educated and guided to ensure that they have the necessary knowledge to make better financial decisions.
Phema Agri is a Pan – African digital agriculture investment company that uses and leverages modern technology tools to de-risk agriculture value chain and facilitates financing for smallholder farmers in Africa.
Otim Samuel is the founder of Trail Analytics Limited, a software development company that helps regulated financial institutions analyse and report their financial data to facilitate credit scoring by credit reference bureaus. His clients include:
Digital Financial Identity and Access to Basic Services Expert
An experienced Banking and Telecommunications Executive, he started off his career at Standard Chartered Bank as an Africa Graduate Trainee and then worked in various banks focusing on product development and innovations. He left banking to be the founding executive of one of the most successful Mobile Financial Service solutions in Africa, EcoCash. Nkosinathi is a well-known expert in Mobile Financial Services after taking a lead role as the financial services director across three mobile money providers in Zimbabwe. He is a former Acting CEO of Zimbabwe’s second largest mobile network operator NetOne.
Nkosinathi has part of the FinMark Trust team for more than 3 years showing a passion for inspiring young innovators to develop solutions that focus on financial inclusion using alternative data. He is also focused on the SADC Financial Inclusion Programmes on Digital Financial Identity and Risk-Based Approach projects amongst other things.
Nkosinathi’s skillsets involve banking and telecoms, product development and management, innovation, digital transformation, Digital Financial Identity and Mobile Money Implementation and scaling.
Nkosinathi holds a Bachelor of Business Studies Finance and Marketing and a MBA.
Petronella Designed and facilitated the Gender Data Bootcamp in partnership with CGAP Women's Financial Inclusion Community of Practice in Uganda which brought together gender program staff and decision-makers from the FSD Network to highlight the importance of sex-disaggregated data and gender analytics
She Promoted the internalization of gender within FMT
Petronella Organized the 1st SADC regional gender workshop which brought together key stakeholders in the women’s financial inclusion agenda including financial sector regulators, ministries of gender/women’s affairs, ministries of finance, private sector, development partners, gender and financial inclusion experts and interested donors to promote women financial inclusion
Hackathon project management in Lesotho and Zimbabwe to support youth innovations in the financial sector for new product innovations
She facilitated data training workshops on financial inclusion measurement frameworks focusing on gender data collection, indicator construction for target groups (e.g. women, youth, vulnerable communities) and practical training on data analysis and dissemination in Lesotho, Uganda, Botswana and Eswatini. These workshops provided capacity building on gender data collection, monitoring and evaluation and reporting for National Financial Inclusion Strategies (NFIS).
Organized the Zimbabwe Financial Inclusion Forum in partnership with the Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe to promote dialog between private and public sectors in implementation of the Zimbabwe NFIS
Petronella skills include Data analytics and visualizations, Project management, Gender mainstreaming, Workshop design and facilitation
Petronella holds a Bachelor of Science, BSc (Hons) Geomatics and MSc Geoinformatics
Obert has experience in financial inclusion, MSME development finance, and global access to finance programming.
Obert’s skillset includes international project management, statistical analysis (econometrics), business development and strategy, and survey design.
Obert holds a Master of International Business, BSci Honours Financial Economics, and a BCom Economics and Marketing.
Farai has extensive experience in developing insurance and investment solutions for multi-national insurers.
Farai has managed the South African Financial Inclusion programme for more than 3 years. Notable programme work includes the pilot project to develop a ground-breaking Risk-Based Approach to the management of AML/CTF risks and partnering with National Treasury on the development of a National Financial Inclusion policy. Key highlights have been the development of a Risk-Based Approach to managing AML/CTF risks, the diagnostic study of access to finance and insurance markets for smallholder farmers, the development of a National Financial Inclusion Policy and Monitor, and a project to improve social development of SASSA grant recipients.
Farai’s skillset involves strategy, product development, public policy, and stakeholder engagement.
Farai holds a BSc in Actuarial Science, MBA, and FASSA.
Damola Owolade is the head of FMTs SADC FI programme. He has over 10 years of experience in financial inclusion working in academia and the financial sector deepening trust network. Damola has competencies in data and measurement, grant implementation and administration, and capacity building
Founders Factory Africa
Bongani is a tech-entrepreneur with a post-graduate qualification in Computer Science. Over the last 17 years, Bongani has built three technology businesses from the ground up. Before joining FFA, Bongani’s last company, Black Beard, built tech businesses on behalf of corporates.
He is a strategic thinker, bridging the gap between business needs and technology, and is passionate about helping brands grow their competitive advantage in the market. Bongani has worked with some of Africa’s leading brands, such as Standard Bank, MTN, and BWM. He now focuses on helping start-ups structure their product build and offering, in order to scale for global positioning.
He believes there is always a different approach to solving problems.
Letshego Holdings Group
Angel Setumo is a seasoned banking professional with advanced technical competencies in financial and operational management. Years of banking experience have sharpened her expert skill in cost management, operational efficiencies, strategy formulation, and change and crisis management. Angel’s passion is innovation, always thriving to do better and be superior to yesterday. Her objective is to make a positive difference in two main arear:
1) Develop and implement noteworthy innovations/solutions.2) Develop and empower the employees I lead to be able to succeed me or to reach their professional growth objectives through coaching, mentoring, and providing the right opportunities /environment to support their goals.
Thomas is an experienced Financial Director with a demonstrated history of working in the hospitality industry and power and real estate sectors. He is skilled in the areas of Business Planning, Event Management, Project Coordination, Start-ups, and Sustainability. Thomas is a strong finance professional and has a Bachelor's degree focused in Economics from Ludwig-Maximilians Universität München/LMU Munich.
Postar’s core focus is on developing, planning, and executing acceleration, incubation and entrepreneurial capacity building activities. He does this in a growing portfolio of donor/foundation/NGO/corporate funded projects in Malawi.
While he does this, he is also able to scout for and assess other regional opportunities for expansion of similar and related activities.
Wangiwe Joanna Kambuzi is the Founder and Executive Director of Mzuzu E-Hub, an entrepreneurship and innovation hub that supports youth led start up and early stage businesses by linking them to a network of services for success. She is a youth manifesto champion for the Youth Decide campaign under Youth and Society.
She and sits on the Executive Committee for the Commonwealth Alliance of Young Entrepreneurs Africa Chapter and the Commonwealth Businesswomen Malawi Chapter. A practising Communications Specialist and formerly the Northern region coordinator for the Youth to Youth Empowerment Network, she is currently a Banker and Customer Service Executive at FDH Bank and First Capital Bank.
Standard Bank Mozambique
Sasha Vieira has over 18 years of commercial experience in auditing, accounting, training and facilitating strategies, project management, entrepreneurship and innovation. She holds graduate degrees in international oil and gas accounting from the University of Texas.
Currently, she is responsible for the Business Incubator at Standard Bank Moçambique, which has the vision of helping to change lives and fulfil the aspirations of Mozambican entrepreneurs, creating a favourable environment, together with other stakeholders and strategic partners, such as the government, universities , embassies, NGOs, local trainers and other private sector partners. Sasha is passionate about entrepreneurship and supporting the ecosystem that develops entrepreneurs.
Quick introduction to Digital Diamond - Thematic winnner - Digital Financial Identity
SADC Innovation and Investment Challenge ft. Iyinoluwa Aboyeji, Founder Future Africa Fund (Co-Founder Andela &Flutterwave), How to turn local ideas into global business opportunities.
SADC Innovation and Investment Challenge ft. Charles Ojei C.E.O. of HYBR Group
Learn more about designing scalable products that satisfy market needs. #SADCInnovation.
Learn more about finding the opportunities in innovation and data science with Samuel Otim & #SADCInnovation.
Peter Nawa’s expertise is in identifying suitable business models, prototyping using the lean approach, analysing the financial viability of the startup and being analytical about how the pieces of a business fit together.
An introduction to the problem statement by Head, FinMark Trust Zimbabwe - Nkosi Ncube Moderator - Nicola Schoeman
An introduction to the problem statement by SMME specialist, FinMark Trust - Obert Maposa Moderator - Robert Jones
An introduction to the problem statement by Head, FinMark Trust Zimbabwe - Nkosi Ncube Moderator - Kgomotso Tolamo
Panelists Botlhale AI and Bongani Sithole explain how too leverage technology to develop solutions for the SADC innovation and investment challenge.
DataHack4FI Rwanda winners, AgriGO, aims to tackle financial vulnerability of smallholder farmers.
Targeting beginner and experienced stock market traders with a digital investment platform.
Targeting small businesses with personalised business advice and predicting successful loan applications
See how this Datahack4FI team is digitising savings groups in Rwanda
The challenge will be implemented over a 16-week period, with 8-10 teams selected per country. Four winners will be selected from each country, one for each thematic challenge, to participate in the Grand Finale to be held in in Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania.
You can expect to develop your data science and entrepreneurial skills through a series of webinars and bootcamps, including a free online course in design thinking from IBM Digital – Nation Africa. Successful applicants will receive support and mentorship through a dedicated Slack channel.
The SADC Innovation Challenge provides you with support from mentors and sector experts, through a series of a series of webinars and design bootcamps. Country winners will be awarded cash prizes and incubation support, as well as sponsorship to participate in the Grand Finale.
Young innovators from Botswana, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, South Africa , Tanzania, Zambia are invited to apply. Participants are tasked with developing innovations that address four key challenges that represent practical community problems, leveraging data and data analytics to design scalable solutions.
The solutions developed by the winners of the SADC Innovation Challenge will receive incubation towards further development, commercialization and operationalisation.
Identify and surface early stage innovations that are relevant to financial inclusion within the 4 thematic areas: SMME Financing, Digital Financial Identity, Women and Savings, and Access to Basic Services01
Skills development through webinars, online courses and bootcamps.02
Support data driven innovation in the region03
Support data driven innovation in the region04
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