The panel of judges consists of seasoned investors, academics, innovation heads of top banks and entrepreneurs with an extensive track record in finance and/or technology. Get listed here. These experts are more than happy to assist FinTech companies in growing their business. To suggest additional experts for 2018 please contact Liezl Berry by email firstname.lastname@example.org.Judges
Yashodan Naidoo is a director at the J&J Group. Previously the head of a boutique private equity firm that focused on investments into the tech sector, he’s deeply interested in technology as a tool for social impact and economic mobility.
Jorge launched a&b to build the first integrated global financial network, connecting financial institutions, fintechs and mobile money providers in one single platform. Former Citi Global Fintech acceleration head, where he launched 16 fintech global programs, implementing 50+ solutions worldwide.
After practicing law, I spent 6 years specializing in large transformation projects across Africa. I have a passion to optimize, improve and most importantly grow Africa's potential. In 2015 I joined Standard Bank, within the CIB IT division.
Yossi Hasson is the MD of Techstars Africa. He is a passionate entrepreneur and angel investor. Prior to Techstars, Yossi co-founded SYNAQ, an open source cloud security company which he successfully exited to Dimension Data. Yossi co-founded WeThinkCode_, Africa’s first tuition-free tech talent incubator.
Chirayu is an Engagement Manager at Digital McKinsey who specializes in setting up digital units for incumbent banks helping them launch end to end branch-less digital banks and revamp their existing banking app and website. Chirayu closely works with global Fintech players and brings innovation to banks.
Nicholas is currently at Apis Partners, a private equity firm focused on investments in the Financial Services (FS) sector across Africa, South Asia and South East Asia. Apis invests growth equity in FS companies looking to expand into new geographies, complementary product verticals or across their value chain.
Ainsley Cohen is a founding partner at Newid Capital. She invests in innovative FinTech deals across Africa, Asia, and Eastern Europe. Prior to Newid she worked with QED Investors on FinTech deals in the USA and UK.
Wendy Pienaar is the Head of Emerging Payments for the Standard Bank Group. In her current role, she managers an experienced payments team looking after South Africa and Africa Regions on areas such as Blockchain, Digital Cards (Virtual and Tap to Pay with Phone), Digital Payment Wallets, API and Remittances
Kim Dancey is a lawyer with a particular interest in payments, digital financial services and financial inclusion. As Head of Payments for FNB International, Kim is supports the FNB group strategy in offering differentiated payment service models, including digital and alternative payments