MWC23 Kigali FinTech Summit – Videos

Tuesday 21 Nov 2023 |

The FinTech Summit returned to Industry City at MWC Kigali in October 2023, and was a great success. Our three sessions focused on vision and strategy, featuring leading figures in FinTech in Afirica, unlocking the Innovation and opportunities within FinTech and the fraud threat landscape. The videos of each session are available to watch on-demand below.

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Deloitte

Our Sessions include:

FinTech Summit: Vision and Strategy

Fintech is driving digital transformation in Africa.

Featuring leading figures in fintech in Africa, this session will share how they have shaped their fintech propositions to deliver compelling solutions for their customers, driving engagement, disrupting the market and achieving success. Recognising the need to continue to innovate, the leaders will share their visions and strategies that will continue to enhance the user experience and create differentiation in the hugely dynamic fintech market.

 

Our speakers

Frehiwot Tamru

CEO, Ethio Telecom

Frehiwot Tamru is an influential, result-oriented leader who is known for her consistency and determination. She was appointed as a CEO of Ethio telecom, Africa’s second largest telecom company, by H.E Dr. Abiy Ahmed, the Prime Minister of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia in 2018.

After her appointment as a CEO, she brought profound changes and a track record of success within the company throughout the consecutive five years. Under her competent and experienced leadership, Ethio telecom saw a 28.69 M growth in the subscriber base and registered a 27.4 billion Birr growth in revenue within the five years, while slashing tariff by 40%- 50%.

Her leadership not only reduced tariffs to ensure affordability but also expanded 4G/LTE & 4G/LTE Advanced services in the capital city and over 136 cities outside of the capital with the aim to address network coverage gaps to ensure accessibility of telecom services.

Through her influence in challenging the status quo and policies, she was able to realize the first telecom-led mobile money service in the country, “telebirr” whose subscriber base reached 29 million and which transacted over 312 billion Birr since its launch in May 2021.

As a continuation of her leadership’s effort in enhancing and modernizing the telecom services, Ethio telecom launched 5G service becoming the 6th country in Sub-Saharan Africa to roll out 5G network.

Apart from the main business, her leadership plays a significant role in discharging its corporate social responsibility. Several impactful works have been done in different areas such as: Education, Health, Agriculture, Gender equality, climate in line with the UN Sustainability Development Goals.

Frehiwot is an innate leader who demonstrated her leadership capacity at an early age. She began her career as a programmer and system administrator at the former Ethiopian Telecommunications Corporation (ETC) and went up the ladder at the age of 26 to become the Chief Information Officer of ETC. Again, demonstrating her leadership skills at an early age, she became the deputy Chief Executive Officer of ETC in 2009. She holds an MBA from Open University, UK, a degree in Information System from Addis Ababa University and a diploma in Accounting.

Prior to her appointment as a CEO by the Prime Minister, she was the Board member of Ethio telecom. She has been and still is serving as a board member of different organizations: Sovereign wealth funds, Micro-finances, and Universities.

Among her major achievements as a CEO, she was nominated twice by Avance Media. The first one was among the 100 most influential African Women who are passionate about leading change and challenging the Status-quo and the second, among women CEOs in Africa whose works and accomplishments as the leader continues to inspire the next generation of and across the world in alignment with the Global Goals, SDGs 5 & 10.

 

Serigne Dioum

Group Chief Fintech Officer , MTN Group

Serigne Dioum is the Group Chief Fintech Officer. Prior to this appointment he has held the positions of Group Chief Digital and Fintech officer, as well as Group Executive for Mobile Financial services.

Serigne Dioum joined MTN in 2009 and has an established track record in the telecoms sector, with strong experience in mobile financial services (MFS).

Prior to joining the Group, Serigne worked at Orange in senior roles responsible for its mobile money business, operational marketing as well as value added services and data offerings. Serigne is highly qualified and experienced to continue the mission to drive financial inclusion across the Group’s footprint as well as lead the journey to build and scale the platforms within this important strategic pillar of MTN’s growth strategy.

David Drever

CCO, VeryPay

David has over 20 years experience in digital financial services, with a focus digital payments. 
 
He joined VeryPay in 2021 to lead the commercial team on their quest to empower mobile network operators with the technology to digitise daily spend, expand access and foster financial inclusion across Africa. David is based in London, UK and works with his colleagues in Uganda, Zambia and Ghana. 
 
Prior to VeryPay, he was involved in launching a disruptive multi-currency payments solution and a ‘security as a service’ platform for digital assets. David formerly headed Global Partnerships for WorldPay’s e-commerce division, where his team worked with leading technology platforms and systems integrators across multiple vertical markets. David has a deep passion for business psychology. He is a qualified NLP Master Practitioner, Cognitive Hypnotherapist, Trainer and Coach and has led several international leadership programmes.

Brian Gorman

FinTech Vertical Lead, GSMA

Brian is the FinTech Vertical Lead at GSMA leading activities to enhance collaboration between the Financial Services vertical and the mobile eco-system. This reflects the strategy requested by the GSMA board to get closer to key verticals and better understand their needs.

His career includes product and commercial management in banking and mobile telecoms including O2, Lloyds and Barclays. As well as Telecomms, heading up the Digital Product team, Commerce, at Telefonica UK.

Moussa Thiemoko Dao

Group Director, Airtel Money Franco Zone

Seasoned payment and telco executive leader with +17 years in various leadership roles in mobile money, fintech and media across Central, West and Southern Africa.

He leads Airtel Money for the francophone footprint where he oversees the global business. He brings international leadership and valuable knowledge to his role to develop the fintech LOB for Airtel Money Group in the francophone footprint. His previous track record is across major telecommunications and media corporates (Orange; Canal+) where he developed and led affiliates and business units with successful business restructuring (transformation of commercial projects, back office, regulatory, human resources, operational processes,…). He turned around business performance through commercial execution (product development, distribution and trade, communication and engagement and CX).

Industry recognitions include: ‘Most Commanded Mobile Money service’; ‘Best Mobile Money Operator in Southern and East Africa’.

Moussa is also a board member of several fintech affiliates across Airtel Money Group.

FinTech Summit: Unlocking FinTech Innovation & Opportunities

Industry experts will share key insights into the current trends in fintech and how key business partners are leveraging the opportunities and overcoming the challenges they create. Across the globe new propositions are launched on a weekly basis and scaled solutions now in market that had barely launched 5 years ago. The mobile eco-system is powering many of these trends. In our last session we will review some of these global trends with experts who are at the leading edge of the latest thinking and explore how they are creating new opportunities.

 

Our speakers

Paula Buchel

Payments Leader, Deloitte Africa

Paula is an Associate Director within Deloitte Consulting Africa. Her clients include MNOs, banks, regulators, retailers, fintechs and payment service providers.  She consults largely on payments and fintech strategies within the financial services and telco sectors, and is passionate about the role that these sectors can play in driving sustainable impact in society.

Paula has co-authored and contributed to several Deloitte papers: ‘The Regenesis of SA Payments: What needs to change?’, ‘The future of payments in South Africa: Enabling financial inclusion in a converging world’, ‘Global Payments remade by Covid19’, ‘The evolution of the payments value model’ and ‘The expanding role of non-banks in South Africa’.

She holds an MBA from Wits Business School, and Bachelor’s and Honour’s degrees from the University of Johannesburg. She is currently a PhD candidate at the Gordon Institute of Business Science, University of Pretoria.

Rajesh Sabari

Chief Commercial Officer, Telcoin

Rajesh is a seasoned Fintech, digital media, and communication services executive with over 20 years of international experience using digital transformative technologies in sales, technical, business, partnerships, and leadership roles for driving growth. Rajesh worked and lived in several countries in Asia, Australia, Europe, and North America and has significant operating experience in shaping growth strategies, program management, business development, opening new markets, and driving turnaround in Asia Pacific and beyond.

Rajesh currently oversees global sales, partnerships, and marketing activities for Telcoin. Most recently, Rajesh together with his team was responsible for building the partnerships, digital merchants, distribution, and government accounts from scratch into a fast growing, multi million dollar annual revenue generating business for Mastercard’s Data and Advisory Services business in Asia Pacific.

Rajesh has also been responsible for international expansion of various AI/big data, managed services, roaming, and telecom services companies and launched three companies’ operations in Japan. Rajesh started his career designing telecom networks (IP/MPLS, GPON etc.) Rajesh did his Masters in Business Administration from The University of Chicago Booth School of Business (High Hons), earned an AI Graduate certificate from Stanford, a B.S. in Computer Engineering from National University of Singapore, and is a CFA charter holder.

Owureku Asare

Senior Banker and Digital Transformation Specialist, Ecobank

Owureku is versatile Senior Banker and Digital Transformation Special expert with over 20 years of deep involvement and experience in Digital and Retail Banking, Corporate & Transaction Banking, Commercial Banking and Credit Risk Management. Previous experience includes regional roles within Ecobank Anglophone West Africa Region, and Senior Management roles within Ecobank Ghana. Part of the team that envisioned and implemented Ecobank’s Digital Financial Services strategy to achieve industry wide leadership over a 14-year period. Led Ecobank’s Mobile Money Partnership with Airtel Money and MTN Mobile Money Services in Africa. Key lead on the introduction of Solutions that have helped deepen payments and access to digital financial services for MSMEs across Africa.

Puneet Chopra

Chief Growth Officer, YABX

Puneet Chopra is the founding member and Chief Growth Officer at Yabx. He has over fifteen years of experience in the mobile telecommunications and fintech industry across consulting, market expansion and business development. Technology and Innovation have been the core themes and passion across his professional journey of launching greenfield telecom operators, transforming technology stacks and delivering new age solutions to solve real life problems for both B2B and B2B2C.

Yabx is a fintech venture, leveraging technology and analytics to reduce the cost of delivering financial services in a scalable and sustainable manner. Yabx enables banks and micro finance institutions to acquire and service tens of millions of new customers in a pure digital model in partnerships with telecom and other consumer networks.

Brian Gorman

FinTech Vertical Lead, GSMA

Brian is the FinTech Vertical Lead at GSMA leading activities to enhance collaboration between the Financial Services vertical and the mobile eco-system. This reflects the strategy requested by the GSMA board to get closer to key verticals and better understand their needs.

His career includes product and commercial management in banking and mobile telecoms including O2, Lloyds and Barclays. As well as Telecomms, heading up the Digital Product team, Commerce, at Telefonica UK.

Saint H. Doe-Tamakloe ​

MTN Rwanda, Chief Consumer and Digital Officer

Martin Njoroge 

Head of Android Partnership SSA, Google

Martin is a technologist with a strong track record of new business development in Africa. He has been a leader at Google Africa for over 8 years, and in that time has amplified the usage of Google products in these markets. In his current role as the Head of Android Partnership for Google he is leading a team across SSA to help support our Android ecosystem partners. He is passionate about improving the lives of underserved communities and in his current role he is working on partnerships to improve access to technology and to the internet for those communities.

Prior to Google, Martin has been a thought leader across Marketing, Enterprise, Product strategy across Asia (Korea), Africa and middle East.

Désiré Rumanyika

Chief Digital and Retail Officer, Bank of Kigali

Désiré Rumanyika, who has been serving as Chief Operating Officer for 6 years, was recently appointed to the role of Chief Digital and retail Officer. His appointment follows the recent consolidation of the digital factory, payment and retail departments, reflecting a strategic shift towards the digitization of the retail banking.

Désiré was Bank of Kigali’s Chief of Operating Officer (COO) for six years where he was responsible for the implementation of the Bank’s operating model by ensuring a stable, optimal and efficient services delivery ecosystem across the Bank’s expansive branch network and digital channels.

Rumanyika has accumulated 22 years of experience in the financial sector spanning from development finance, financial advisory services, digital financial services to commercial banking. Prior to his previous role as COO, he has worked with different local, regional and global financial institutions including but not limited to the East African Development Bank (EADB) as Country Director for Rwanda from 2011 to 2016. Before this, he has worked with the Rwanda Development Bank (BRD) as Director for Corporate Affairs from 2004 to 2008.

FinTech Summit: The Fraud Threat Landscape

Commerce is using increasingly sophisticated technology to fight fraud whilst also enhancing UX, reducing friction and driving conversion rates. Biometric authentication is rapidly growing as the accuracy of AI improves KYC at onboarding, powering digital adoption. New insights are sought to help protect everyday transactions. Despite this, there is a growing trend of fraudsters now deploying social engineering scams as an attack vector. This session will explore the current fraud threat landscape and how increased collaboration between key stakeholders across the eco-system is creating new solutions to fight back.

 

 

Our speakers

Samuel Tayengwa

CEO & Head of Growth Africa Regions , TransUnion Rwanda

Samuel is the currently CEO of TransUnion Rwanda & Head of Growth for Africa Regions a position he has assumed recently in 2022. Just before taking this role Sam has been Head of Products & Analytics in our Africa regions driving our product growth and analytics capabilities in the Africa Regions. He serves as local ambassador for the African regions for Financial Services including Insurance and Consumer products and is the primary link between the African regions and the Center-of-Excellence. Before TransUnion, Samuel was the Head of pricing for Corporate & SME schemes for PruHealth Insurance, a Discovery subsidiary, where he contributed to the formulation and implementation of the overall business strategy. He has a collective of 15 years in the financial service industry with key skills in risk management and data analytics.

Waseem Amra

Head of Products and Platforms, Chenosis

Roselyn Munyana

Head of Digital Business, NCBA Bank

Ms. Roselyn is the Head of Digital Business at NCBA Bank since 2021 overseeing the mobile savings and loan product known as, “MoKash”. Prior to her promotion, Roselyn spent three years managing the product’s portfolio, focusing on the loan book’s quality. With nearly a decade of experience in the banking sector, Roselyn has a diverse professional background. Before joining NCBA Rwanda, she worked in the Treasury Department in Guaranty Trust Bank Rwanda and in the E-Business Department in Access Bank Rwanda. Roselyn holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Electrical Engineering, an MBA with a specialization in Finance, and certification in Digital Finance.

Mark Akinyode

Group Chief Information Security Officer, Ecobank

Mark started his IT career in 1996 and has worked in various roles including providing consultancy to various organizations in the Telecom/Service Providers and Financial Sectors. He worked in the UK, Netherlands, and Denmark before joining Ecobank Group in 2013. He was appointed the Group Chief Information Security Officer in 2021. Mark Holds a B.A (Hons) , Dip (Electronics& Computer Technology, and MSc Information Systems Engineering.

Brian Gorman

FinTech Vertical Lead, GSMA

Brian is the FinTech Vertical Lead at GSMA leading activities to enhance collaboration between the Financial Services vertical and the mobile eco-system. This reflects the strategy requested by the GSMA board to get closer to key verticals and better understand their needs.

His career includes product and commercial management in banking and mobile telecoms including O2, Lloyds and Barclays. As well as Telecomms, heading up the Digital Product team, Commerce, at Telefonica UK.