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Fintech Conference 2017

Bridging the financial divide through seamless outcomes-based solutions


22 & 23 November 2017
Radisson Blu Gautrain Hotel, Sandton

As the world of financial technology (fintech) continues to boom on both domestic and international soil, keeping up with the steady influx of innovation and disruptive thought leadership is a challenge.

According to the PwC Global FinTech Survey, financial services industry respondents fear that they might lose a quarter of their business or more to standalone Fintech companies within five years. FinTech companies, in turn, anticipate they could capture 33% of traditional financial services players’ business in the same time frame.

As one of the first gatherings on this topic on the continent, the Knowledge Resources Fintech conference aims to bring together innovators, investors and leaders in the disruptive industry, including those dedicated to banking, investment platforms, insurance, big data, retail, mobile, marketing and payments. The conference boasts highly regarded industry leaders as keynote presenters to share invaluable insights into the fintech movement and a wide variety of topical discussions to pique just about anyone’s interest.

Don’t miss this opportunity to get strategically connected with what’s new, what’s working and who’s making it all happen in Fintech.


  • Senior executives (CFOs CIOs and CMOs) in banking, insurance, retail
  • Executives of Digital Strategy and Technology
  • Executives of mobile banking
  • Executives of online banking
  • Executives of Asset and Wealth management
  • Venture capitalists
  • Analysts
  • Financial regulators
  • Fintech investors
  • Fintech entrepreneurs


  • Learn about the latest and most impactful disruptions, seize new business opportunities, develop partnerships and drive business growth
  • Discover innovative, cost cutting Fintech solutions to maximise ROI
  • With technological advancement in the financial space, competition is fiercer than ever. Stay ahead of the game: Attend the conference and get an edge over the competition
  • Experience an environment that’s guaranteed to make peer-to-peer connection and contacts happen
  • Gain unlimited online access to updated and verified conference information that will serve as a helpful resource long after you have attended this conference.

For more information about the Conference, please contact Busie Mjimba on or +27 11 706 6009.



07:30–08:15 Registration Meet and greet conference attendees, presenters and Knowledge Resources registration staff


Welcome and introduction by chairperson

Abri Vosloo,
Managing Director, SkillIndawo


Emerging trends in the Fintech space: readiness, approaches and latest technology

Ahmed Cassim, Managing Director: Financial Services, Hello Group


Winning on Fintech strategy

Heinrich Degener, Management Consultant, Technology – Financial Services Executive, Managing Director hdpmcS, Associate Delta Capital




Disrupt or die: why financial institutions should become self-disruptors

 Michael Stannard,
Managing Director, Paper Plane Ventures  


Collaboration, not conquest: how the financial services industry can transform and unlock digital growth through partnering with Fintech companies

Frando Lin, Head of IBD Digital: Investment Banking, Rand Merchant Bank

12:00–13:00 Lunch | Feed your soul. Network and connect with like-minded professionals

13:00– 13:45

Blockchain, strategy and how everything changes  

Paul Mitchell,
Fintech Lead & Account Director, PwC Consulting


Biometrics in fintech: the nexus between privacy and security

Martin Walshaw, Senior Systems Engineer, F5 Networks
Gordon Bailey-McEwan, Security Systems Engineer, F5


The rise of RegTech: how your organisation can prepare

Brennan Wright, Head of Marketing & Fintech specialist, ThisIsMe

15:15 Afternoon tea, networking and close of day 1




Registration Meet and greet conference attendees, presenters and Knowledge Resources registration staff


Welcome and introduction by chairperson

Abri Vosloo, Managing Director, SkillIndawo


Unpacking the new wave of Fintech disruptions transforming the asset and wealth management industry

Carel Nolte, Chief Marketing Officer, Purple Group
Carly Barnes, Brand Manager, Easy Equities


Case study from the continent: Firing up the mobile payments market

Munyaradzi Nhamo, Head: Business and Product Development, EcoCash Zimbabwe



10:30 – 11:15

Bitcoin & cryptocurrencies: opportunity or threat?

11:15 – 12:15

Panel discussion: Developing the Fintech ecosystem- analysing the roles of the various stakeholders in SA’s Fintech landscape

Dominique Collet, Head, Alpha Code
Carel Nolte, Chief Marketing Officer, Purple Group
Annabel Dallamore, CEO, Strider Tech
Brennan Wright, Head of Marketing & Fintech specialist, ThisIsMe

12:15 – 13:15 LUNCH

13:15 – 14:15

Meet the Innovators (Four companies to present their application/solution) Each gets 15 minutes

14:15 – 15:00

Investing in Fintech: tips for choosing the right partner

Dominique Collet, Head, Alpha Code 


Close of conference


Ahmed Suleman Cassim, Managing Director: Financial Services, Hello Group
With a Bachelor of Commerce degree from The University of Witwatersrand, Ahmed joined Hello Group in 2009, tasked with launching Hello Mobile, a Mobile Virtual Network Operator (MVNO) in partnership with CellC. Hello Mobile is the largest MVNO in Africa in terms of revenue generated. In addition Ahmed launched both Hello Distribution, which has 16,500 points of presence in the informal retail network in South Africa and Hello Stores which is the Group’s retail arm. Ahmed is the Managing Director of the Group’s Financial Services unit and oversaw the end to end licence application process with the South African Reserve Bank (SARB) for Hello Paisa, the Group’s international money transfer offering which was awarded the ‘1st Independent Money Transfer Operator’ licence by SARB.
Heinrich Degener, Management Consultant | Technology – Financial Services Executive | Blockchain and Artificial Intelligence Enthusiast | Startup Mentor & Investor | Managing Director hdpmcS | Associate Delta Capita
Heinrich has over 20 years of industry experience at the forefront of technological innovation in financial services. He has worked with leading organisations in Europe and the US, and is based in South Africa since 2007. Heinrich was previously Accenture Managing Director responsible for their Capital Markets as well as Technology - Financial Services practices in South Africa.
Paul Mitchell, Fintech Lead & Account Director, PwC Consulting
Paul is the SA Fintech Lead for PwC, and is a financial services strategist. He has worked for corporates and startups in London and Cape Town from civil engineering to middleware to insurance. His current focus is in helping corporates to innovate and to learn to work with startups. Outside work you may find him running on the mountain.
Brennan Wright, Head of Marketing & Fintech specialist, ThisIsMe
Brennan is an experienced Fintech growth strategist with a strong financial and marketing background. He is currently the Head of Marketing of ThisIsMe Inc., one of Africa's largest and most successful Fintech startups. He has a proven track record of delivering high ROI for medium to large Fintech businesses. Brennan holds a bachelors degree in Finance from the University of Cape Town and is currently completing an MBA at the same university.
Charles Savage, CEO, Purple Group
Charles completed a BCom Accounting and Information Systems from the University of Cape Town in 1996. Prior to joining Global Trader, he served as a Sales and Marketing Director for an internet development company. The last 17 years of his career have been spent in derivative financial markets with a strong focus on technology, business development and leadership. Charles was part of the team that pioneered CFD and Spread Trading in South Africa whilst leading the development of the world's first fully automated online Spread Trading platform in 2000. He was elected to manage the group's South African operations in 2003 where he formed part of the Executive. Charles led the group buyout by Purple Group in 2007 and took over as CEO soon thereafter. Elected CEO of the Purple Group in 2011, he is now responsible for strategically leading the operating business units of the group which include, EasyEquities, and Emperor Asset Management. Charles is also a member of the Purple Group Board.
Frando Lin, Head of IBD Digital: Investment Banking, Rand Merchant Bank
Frando has experience in both the Advisory and Lending sides of Investment Banking since joining RMB over the last 8 years. During this time, Frando has also obtained two professional qualifications as a Qualified Actuary and a CFA Charterholder and is currently in the process of completing a Micromasters in Artificial Intelligence. More recently, he has been appointed the Head of IBD Digital (the Digital arm of Investment Banking at RMB), tasked with driving a Strategic Shift in the Investment Banking business model by looking at ways to incorporate technology as “core” to the business. He is no stranger to the technology space and has invested in various technology platforms such as Tutorbee and VitruvianMD; with the latter bringing a potential digital solution for early identification of malaria. He hopes to leverage off his experience and understanding of technology, finance, statistics and mathematics to empower pockets of Digital Innovation at RMB to create scalable solutions to address business needs.
Annabel Dallamore, CEO and Founder, Strider
Annabel is the CEO and founder of Strider, a leading fintech, insurtech and edtech consultancy with its own product toolbox that financial institutions can white label for rapid innovation. Strider has pioneered a unique process for rapid system development and validation allowing the team to solve big problems in very short timeframes using intelligent technology. She is a mechanical engineer but decided to move into the financial technology space when she realised a passion for building systems
that educate and create financially included societies. She most recently founded Brave, a business that has created a unique mechanism for providing healthcare cover for financially excluded and undocumented individuals throughout Africa. She lectures on algorithms and interfaces for Exponential Africa and their relevance in building exponential organisations.
Michael Stannard, Managing Director, Paper Plane
Michael Stannard is the Managing Director of Paper Plane, an advisory and ventures firm specialising in rapidly advancing technologies, and a Director at CentBee Bitcoin Payments. Michael has facilitated numerous programs aimed at bringing large African corporates into the age of exponential technology and disruptive innovation. He is a leading expert on cryptocurrencies and initial coin offerings and has written, lectured, and featured in various publications, on the application and effect of exponentials.
Carel Nolte, Chief Marketing Officer, Purple Group
Carel is the founder and main shareholder in CN&CO, a collection of super-smart people-and-brand specialists working in financial services and other industries. He is also the head of marketing at the Purple Group, one of South Africa’s top stockbroking companies (Intellidex: 2014, 2015 and 2016). Carel is an investor in people and businesses, believing that 2+2 = at least 22. Working with a few basic concepts – best encapsulated in his belief that unless we are dead, anything is possible – Carel aims to build long-term, sustainable value with like-minded individuals and companies, while having (a lot of!) fun.
Carly Barnes, Brand Manager, Purple Group
Carly is a marketer, singer, investor, flexitarian and world wanderer. She studied music and live performance at AFDA and went on to start an industrial theatre business, write for a few magazines (some glossy, some niche) and make magic in the PR and content creation space. Passionate about storytelling, the role of EasyEquities brand manager had her at ‘Hello’; and she started working at Purple Group in 2016. In her free time Carly practices playing the ukulele, works out, and spends time in nature. She’s also passionate about empowering women, especially in the investing space. Excited to be part of a team which is breaking new ground for South Africans with low cost, friendly investing, Carly makes sure newbie and seasoned investors alike are welcomed warmly to #TeamEasy.

Sponsors and Exhibitors

Would you like the opportunity to market your company’s products and services to delegates at this seminar?

For information on sponsorships and exhibitions please contact Barbara Spence


22-23 NOVEMBER 2017 -  Fintech Conference
R7 500.00 excl. VAT

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  • Payment must be received prior to attendance
  • Registration fees include refreshments, lunch, parking and conference material
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