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Matteo Rizzi

Matteo Rizzi

Co-Founder of FnTechStage and FinTech Investor

FinTech polyglot Executive with +20 years of experience in financial technology. Matteo worked for 13 years at SWIFT and co-founded Innotribe. He is the Fintech Investor of several funds across Europe, and the Co-Founder of FinTechStage. Recently, Matteo authored the book “Talents & Rebels – Dealing with Corporate Misfits”.

Mariela Atanassova

Mariela Atanassova

Group Facilitator and Interaction Designer at GroupFlow and Co-Founder at FinTech Stage

Mariela combes deep expertise in financial services, technology and team collaboration. As a co-founder of Innotribe at Swift she was responsible for designing and producing numerous events, experiences and programs aimed at creating culture change within the financial community. Mariela works with all the different players in the FinTech ecosystem helping them transform their organisations, innovate their business models, form new ventures and alliances, rethink the financial services ecosystem. Mariela is an advisor to Startup bootcamp and Rainmaking Innovation, an expert with Anthemis group, and has been listed as one of the 100 most influential women in FinTech.

Simon Karikari

Simon Karikari

Managing Director for Tigo Tanzania

Mr. Karikari is the Managing Director for Tigo Tanzania. He was appointed in September 2017. He joined Millicom Group in 2014 as Director of Finance – Africa, where he was responsible for providing ongoing financial leadership as well as managing the company’s accounting function across six Africa Markets. Prior to joining Millicom, he held various senior finance positions including Head of Financial Planning & Accounting for the mobile phone retailer Phones4U in the UK. Mr Karikari is a Fellow, Association of Chartered Certified Accountants and a Member Certified Public Accountant – Tanzania.

Iyinoluwa Aboyeji

Iyinoluwa Aboyeji

Iyinoluwa Aboyeji is an entrepreneur in the public interest. He is passionate about partnering with missionary talent and capital to build an African future. He spent the last few years as the CEO of Flutterwave, a business building payments technology and infrastructure to connect Africa to the global economy. Over those years, he led the company to become one of the fastest growing payments technology businesses of all-time processing over $2 billion across over 50 million transaction with annual revenues of millions of dollars a year.

Kosta Peric

Kosta Peric

Deputy Director of the Financial Services for the Poor at Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Kosta Peric is a visionary technologist and thought leader, that has been working in the fusion between technology, finance and innovation. One of the top fintech worldwide personalities, he is Deputy Director, Financial Services for the Poor, at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, where he leads the team that focuses on finance inclusion and digital payments. Previously, Kosta Peric was the co-founder and leader of Innotribe, the SWIFT initiative to enable collaborative innovation in the financial industry. At SWIFT, he was also the chief architect of SWIFTNet, the backbone worldwide secure network currently connecting 8,000 banks and 1,000 corporations, and servicing daily the world economy.

Mike Quinn

Mike Quinn

Co-Founder & CEO of Zoona

Mike Quinn is a co-founder and former CEO of Zoona, an African FinTech business that is powering a cashless Africa. In 2009, Mike joined forces with original founders and facilitated a $200k investment from the Grassroots Business Fund, and helped design and build the company’s micro-franchise agent network to offer instant money transfers in Zambia’s cash economy. Since then, Zoona has processed over $2.5 billion of transactions, generated over $26 million in income for 3,000 micro-entrepreneurs across Zambia and Malawi, and raised millions in investment.

Conny Dorrestijn

Conny Dorrestijn

Founding Partner at Bankifi

BankiFi’s Founding partner Conny Dorrestijn has worked in the international financial technology industry in a wide range of marketing and business development roles, most recently at Clear2Pay / FIS. She is an Advisory Board Member of several fintech european organizations. She is a co-host of the regular Fintech Cappuccino podcast. With inclusion across gender, age and culture high on her agenda, she is a Global Ambassador of the EWPN – European Women in Payments Network. She is an Advisory Board Member and mentor for the Money2020 Europe Rise Up programme. Her passion for generation Y and Z is translated in active student mentoring and her voluntary work for the Global Give Back Circle, where she is also active as a mentor for Kenyan students.

Daniel Marovitz

Daniel Marovitz

Vice President at Booking.com

Daniel is a senior executive leader who has successfully grown technology businesses at every stage: from start-up, to mid-cap, to the Fortune 100. Daniel is President of Europe and member of the executive team at Earthport, PLC. Previously, he was the CEO of Faculty of 1000. He was formerly co-founder and CEO of buzzumi, (acquired by F1000.com). Previously, he served as Head of Product Management for Deutsche Bank’s Global Transaction Bank from 2007-2011 and as a member of the board of this $5 billion division. Daniel is a frequent speaker on technology subjects, and addressed audiences around the world.

Paul Kavavu

Paul Kavavu

Head of M-PESA New Business Ventures at Safaricom Limited

Paul is financial services senior executive with more than 14 years in the sector. Currently he is the Head of M-Pesa New Business Ventures from Safaricom Limited, a company where he underwent several roles. Nairobi based, Paul is a recognized speaker and expert, skilled in business strategy, internal controls, accounting and financial reporting.

Ameya Upadhyay

Ameya Upadhyay

Investments Principal at Flourish Ventures

Ameya invests in disruptive organizations creating economic opportunity for people in emerging markets with a focus on Africa. As a principal, he is based in Flourish’s London office. Previously, Ameya worked out of Omidyar Network’s Mumbai office, where he co-led several of the firms’ early Financial Inclusion investments in India. Prior to joining Omidyar Network in 2012, Ameya was a consultant at Bain&Company, where he worked with telecommunications and IT providers in India, improving their operational efficiency and developing acquisition strategies. As part of Bain’s private equity practice, he advised clients on potential investments in the tech, media, and telecom sectors.

Eghosa Omoigui

Eghosa Omoigui

FinTech Investor

Eghosa Omoigui is the founder and Managing General Partner of EchoVC Partners & EchoVC Pan-Africa. Before this, Eghosa was with Intel for nearly 10 years and his last role was as Intel Capital Director, Consumer Internet & Semantic Technologies, where he acted as a senior investment professional focused on platform-agnostic consumer, web services and digital media-based investment opportunities in the US, EU & Asia.

Alessandro Hatami

Alessandro Hatami

Managing Partner at Pacemakers

Alessandro Hatami is a corporate serial entrepreneur with a track record of delivering growth through digital at some of the world’s most respected companies in the payments, banking and financial services industries.

Lázaro Campos

Lázaro Campos

Co-Founder FinTechStage & Former SWIFT CEO

Lázaro Campos was appointed CEO of SWIFT on 23 April 2007. He joined SWIFT in 1987, in Education and Standards. He served under different departments and positions inside SWIFT for over 20 years. Prior to SWIFT, he served in the international division of Banc Agricol. He co-founded FinTechStage in 2015.

Omobola Johnson

Omobola Johnson

Senior Partner at TLcom Capital

Omobola Olubusola Johnson (born 28 June 1963) is a Nigerian technocrat and the Honorary Chairperson of the global Alliance for Affordable Internet (A4AI). She is also a former Minister of Communication Technology in the cabinet of President Goodluck Jonathan.

Rami El Dokani

Rami El Dokani

Co-founder & CEO, Pride Capital

Rami has 15+ years of professional experience in the field of private equity, investments, corporate finance, strategic planning and business development, accompanied by a strong educational background, from prominent local and international institutions. Rami co-found Pride Capital and recently founded Inclusion a new fintech startup in the payments business with a paid-in capital of EGP 1MM which has become one of pride Capital’s portfolio companies, as well, Rami is a Board member of BM Lease– subsidiary to Banque Misr, and an Investment committee member of the VC program of the Social Development Fund (in cooperation with the World Bank), where he approved several investments in debt and equity with multiple start-ups and accelerators like Cairo based Flat6Labs, as well Investment Committee member of the Insurance Holding Co.

Jack N Gare

Jack N Gare

Managing Director of Africa Development Centre (ADC) in Kenya

Jack has over 15 years of experience in various business functions. He is the Managing Director of Africam Development Centre (ADC), a new role from Finserve Africa where he served the Equity-affiliated firm under the same title. Besides Finserve Africa, he has worked with Stanbic Bank, NIC Bank as well as British Telecom with assignments in the UK, Saudi Arabia, Peru and Japan. Academically, he holds a Master’s degree in management from Harvard University, a Master’s degree in Advanced Computer Science and a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science from the University of Leicester.

Konstantinos Tsanis

Konstantinos Tsanis

Chief Innovation and Digital Officer at Wema Bank

Dr. Konstantinos Tsanis is currently leading the innovation and transformation arm of the first digital bank of Africa, Alat, created by WEMA Bank. He is a seasoned financial technology and digitalization executive, with 12+ years hands of experience across different continents and industries [FinTech, Energy (Oil, Gas and Utilities), Consulting, High Tech, Academic, Military and Financial], having worked on several market wide FinTech projects such as the E-Bond or FX trading platforms in Nigeria, Ghana and Kenya, among others.

Meaghan Johnson

Meaghan Johnson

Fintech Researcher | Customer Journey Expert | Strategy Consultant | UX & Design

Meaghan helps banks, fintechs, and company builders create innovative digital customer experiences by providing deep insights that explore the competitor landscape, customer nuances and technology trends. As a digital financial services generalist with a full-scale research background, she has launched research platforms, designed mobile customer experiences, conducted customer testing, facilitated bank and fintech partnerships and demystified emerging technologies for banks. She has 8 years experience in the London and Berlin digital financial services sector and has worked with over 30 financial service companies globally.

Ghela Boskovich

Ghela Boskovich

Head of Fintech & RegTech Partnerships - Rainmaking Innovation

Ghela is an awarded self-proclaimed Fintech fanatic, and Founder of FemTechGlobal™, a network dedicated to challenging the status quo, and improving the inclusiveness and diversity in Financial Services. Frequent keynote speaker and editorial contributor, Ghela focuses on how to fast-track internal innovation, focusing on the practical application and comercialisation of fintech/bank collaboration. Her background in regulatory economics underpins her work with several Regtech firms in the space, as well as supports her advocacy for identity and privacy solutions. An advocate of nurturing Customer Lifetime Value for both banks and those they serve, Ghela is a confirmed evangelist for adopting technology to transform the Financial Services industry for the greater good.

Juliet Ehimuan

Juliet Ehimuan

Director of West Africa at Google

Juliet Ehimuan is Country Director at Google, leading Google’s business strategy in West Africa and the Next Billion Users initiative in Africa. Recognised by the London Business School as one of 30 people changing the world, named Forbes’ top 20 youngest power women in Africa, and featured in BBC Africa Power Women series, Juliet is a thought leader on digital business strategy and leadership. She has over 20 years’ experience primarily in technology, new media, and oil and gas, working in industries across Europe, the Middle East and Africa.

Martin Janzen

Martin Janzen

Managing Director at Simon-Kucker & Partners

Martin is a managing director at Simon-Kucher & Partners, based in Cairo. With more than ten years of consulting experience, he is an expert in developing digital ecosystems and platforms combining B2B, B2C, and B2B2C solutions. Martin has advised clients in Europe, the Middle East, and Africa on growth and monetization strategies and sales excellence programs. Together with Sara Shenouda, he leads the recently opened Cairo office.

Efi Pylarinou

Efi Pylarinou

Independent Fintech & Blockchain Business Advisor

Efi is an awarded independent Fintech & Blockchain business advisor and influencer, focused on Capital Markets, Wealth & Asset management transformations. She is a frequent international speaker on fintech and blockchain business trends, the founder of Daily FinTech and the author of Wealth Tech Wiley.

Mark Dowds

Mark Dowds

Co-Founder + Chief Strategy Officer at Trov Inc

Mark is an accomplished endurance runner and cyclist, a serial investor and startup founder. In 2012 he co-founded Trov—the world’s first on-demand insurance platform. In two decades he has helped get dozens of ventures off the ground, through his Canadian-based incubators Fresh Initiatives and Creationstep. During his time in Toronto, he established a co-working facility that helped nurture the city’s emerging web 2.0 community and half a dozen other start-ups. Mark is an electric speaker – tackling topics like disruption, relevance and upending the ways we approach problems primarily in the tech, finance, and insurance sectors.

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