Sold Out

Fintech in Africa: How to scale impact

Event Information

Share this event

Date and Time

Location

Location

London Business School

26 Sussex Place

Marylebone

London

NW1 4SA

United Kingdom

View Map

Friends Who Are Going
Event description

Description

This event is now sold out.

Brought to you by the Professionals for Africa network and the Royal African Society, in collaboration with DLA Piper, Innovate Finance and London Business School's Africa Club.

Tickets are free for RAS Corporate Members & PFA Donor Members with the promotional code.

The future of business in Africa has become synonymous with ‘disruptive’ technology and fintech in particular. Entrepreneurs and investors alike are attracted by the task of creating a digital financial ecosystem from scratch, whilst providing social impact for Africa’s unbanked citizens. Over the past two years, Africa’s fintech scene has boomed significantly, marked by a surge in both the numbers of startups launched and investments. There are currently over 300 fintech startups operating in Africa, which have raised over $100 million since 2015.

But how can startup founders profitably scale their products and services whilst solving low levels of financial inclusion? How can they tackle challenges such as interoperability across Africa’s fragmented infrastructure and markets? And how can funders address regional gaps in funding destinations to ensure greater social impact?

Join this special forum where our expert panels of entrepreneurs and investors will delve into fintech in Africa, sharing their insights on the trends that are shaping the continent’s digital financial landscape; from payments and remittances to insurance and savings products. This event will facilitate unique interactive discussions with practical tips, inspiration and useful resources shared by our panellists.


SPEAKERS

Welcome remarks: Anthony Day, Partner, DLA Piper and Boko Inyundo‎, Business Development, DLA Piper, and Council Member, Royal African Society

Opening address: Dr. Edward George, Country Head, Ecobank UK Representative Office & Head of Group Research, Ecobank Transnational Incorporated

Entrepreneur Panel:

Greg Cohen, Co-Founder, Executive Director, Asoko Insight

Viola Llewellyn, Co-founder & President, Ovamba

Lesley-Ann Vaughan, Director, MiLA Consulting and Co-Creator of M-PESA

Gbite Oduneye, CEO, A&O Acquisitions

Emem Rita Usanga, Founder, Bnkability

Chaired by: Bindi Karia, Innovation Expert + Advisor, Super Connector


Investor Panel:

'Tomi Davies, President, African Business Angels Network (ABAN)

Fope Adelowo, Vice President at Helios Investment Partners LLP

Dr. Edward George, Country Head, Ecobank UK Representative Office & Head of Group Research, Ecobank Transnational Incorporated

Nicholas Smalle, Director, Apis Partners

Chaired by: Dr. Desné Masie, Fellow, International Political Economy, Wits School of Governance


Closing remarks: Nzube Ufodike, Founding Member, Professionals for Africa; Digital Product Owner, Wealth Dynamix


Followed by a drinks reception & networking




Professionals for Africa

Professionals for Africa is a network of UK-based professionals, who either identify as African or have an interest in Africa. The network consists of successful individuals from a refreshingly wide cross section of industries and sectors. Feedback has shown, those who attend Professionals For Africa events often establish the beginnings of friendships and partnerships that produce unanticipated, but favourable results in different areas of interest. This network is unique because it provides the ideal balance between social and professional networking for African professionals or professionals interested in Africa.

For more information, please contact WW@executivesinafrica.com


Royal African Society

The Royal African Society (RAS) is an inclusive pan-African membership charity based in London that aims to facilitate equitable relations and mutual understanding between the UK and Africa. Founded more than 100 years ago, it works in the fields of academia, business, policy and politics, culture and education. Through our events, publications and digital channels we share insight and instigate debate, reaching a network of more than one million people globally.

RAS corporate membership provides companies with valuable insight, networking opportunities, brand visibility and government relations. We enable our members to better understand the social, economic and political contexts in which they operate, giving them a competitive advantage when doing business in Africa.

For more information, please contact ras_corporate@soas.ac.uk


DLA Piper

DLA Piper is a global law firm with lawyers located in more than 40 countries throughout the Americas, Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Asia Pacific, positioning us to help companies with their legal needs anywhere in the world.

Our global technology sector lawyers work across practice areas and offices to support technology clients wherever they do business. From startups to fast growing and mid-market businesses to mature global enterprises, our clients are companies that develop or create technology, are enabled by technology, or whose business model is fundamentally based on technology.

We strive to be the leading global business law firm by delivering quality and value to our clients. We achieve this through practical and innovative legal solutions that help our clients succeed. We deliver consistent services across our platform of practices and sectors in all matters we undertake.


London Business School's Africa Club

The Africa Club is a student-run club at London Business School. We exist to promote engagement on Africa within the school and with a broader community, either in London, Africa or globally. Our members are individuals who have either worked in Africa or have cultural or professional interests in the continent.


Image Credit: Photo by Derick Anies on Unsplash

Share with friends

Date and Time

Location

London Business School

26 Sussex Place

Marylebone

London

NW1 4SA

United Kingdom

View Map

Save This Event

Event Saved