Speakers

Mansa Nettey is chief executive at Standard Chartered Ghana PLC, an experienced finance professional with a background in corporate banking, financial and capital markets, and enterprise management spanning over 20 years.

Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia is currently Vice President of Ghana and an Economist. He was formerly Visiting Professor of Economic Governance at Central University College, Ghana. Dr. Bawumia has a PhD in Economics from Simon Fraser University, Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada with specialisation in Macroeconomics, International Economics and Monetary Economics.

Tharman is Senior Minister in Singapore, having served for several years as Deputy Prime Minister and Finance Minister. He is concurrently Chairman of the Monetary Authority of Singapore, the nation’s central bank and financial regulator. In addition, he is Deputy Chairman of GIC and chairs its Investment Strategies Committee.

Tharman is also Coordinating Minister for Social Policies, and chairs the National Jobs Council aimed at building skills and jobs in the wake of COVID-19.

Tharman co-chairs the G20 High Level Independent Panel on financing pandemic security, together with Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala and Lawrence Summers, which recently released its recommendations. He earlier led the G20 Eminent Persons Group on Global Financial Governance, which in 2018 proposed reforms in development finance and the international monetary system for a more cooperative international order.

Tharman chairs the Group of Thirty, an independent global council of economic and financial leaders from the public and private sectors and academia. He also co-chairs the Global Education Forum, and the Advisory Board for the UN’s Human Development Report. He earlier chaired the International Monetary and Financial Committee (IMFC) for four years; he was its first Asian chair.

Tharman has spent his working life in public service, in roles principally related to economic and social policies.

Hon Ken Ofori-Atta assumed office as Ghana’s Finance Minister on January 27, 2017. He brings to the Ministry over 30 years’ experience in Ghanaian and international financial sector. He was a Co-Founder and former Chairman of the Databank Group (an investment banking firm) in Ghana. He was the Executive Chairman from 1990 until his retirement on February 14, 2012.

Mrs Ursula Owusu-Ekuful is currently the Honourable Minister for Communications & Digitalisation and also serves as the Member of Parliament for Ablekuma South Constituency within the Greater Accra District in Ghana. Mrs Owusu-Ekuful was a managing consultant prior to serving as the Chairperson for the Social Development Sector Committee – a committee responsible for the development of policy interventions for women, children, persons with disability, etc.

Ernest Kwamina Yedu Addison is a Ghanaian economist serving as the current and 15th governor of the Bank of Ghana. He had previously worked at the same central bank as director of research from 2003 to 2011, and as an economist at the African Development Bank.

Sunil was appointed Regional CEO, Africa & Middle East in October 2015. Prior to this role, Sunil was Regional CEO, South Asia

Alex Manson heads scventures at Standard Chartered, a new business unit established in March 2018 to lead innovation and promote intrapreneurship across the Group, run a professional investment unit to invest in fintech companies, and promote the testing and implementation of new business models with new disruptive ventures wholly or partially owned by the Group.

Alex was previously Global Head of Transaction Banking, between 2014 and 2018. In that role, he repositioned the business to a sustainable and growing franchise, drove innovation in the Bank’s core processes and its approach to clients, notably with the “Banking the ecosystem” approach. He joined Standard Chartered as Group Head, Wholesale Banking Geographies in 2012.

Prior to that, Alex was at Deutsche Bank for 12 years, including as Global Head of Lending and Corporate Banking Coverage, before which he was at Credit Suisse for 8 years. His roles have spanned product and client coverage across fixed income origination & structuring and investment banking advisory & capital raising. He has worked in New York, London, Frankfurt, Zurich, HongKong and Singapore.

Alex holds an MBA from INSEAD and an engineering degree from the Polytechnicum of Zurich.

Ebenezer Asante was the first Ghanaian to head MTN Ghana. He is currently the Vice President of MTN Group’s West and Central Africa (WECA) Region. Prior to assuming this role, he was Vice President of MTN Group’s Southern and East Africa and Ghana (SEAGHA) Region, after having served as CEO of MTN Rwanda for almost two years. Ebenezer joined MTN Ghana in 2008 as Sales & Distribution Executive. Prior to joining MTN Ghana, he spent 13 years with Unilever, where he held various positions, including managing director for Zambia and customer development director and member of the Unilever Ghana board of directors. He holds a Bachelor of Arts (Hons) in economics and statistics from the University of Ghana, a post-graduate diploma in management from Henley Management College (UK) and was part of MTN’s Global Advancement Programme (GAP) in 2010. He also participated in executive level and general management development programmes at the Ashridge Business School (UK), Harvard and INSEAD (Paris).

Other directorships: Scancom Plc. (MTN Ghana); MTN Cameron Limited; MTN Cote d‘Ivoire S. A; and Standard Chartered Bank Ghana Limited.

Sopnendu Mohanty is the Chief Fintech Officer at the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS). He joined MAS in August 2015 and is responsible for creating development strategies, public infrastructure and regulatory policies around technology innovation. Since 2015, Singapore has become one of the top global fintech hubs covering a wide range of financial asset classes including adjacent technology innovations in areas such as insurance, digital assets, blockchain, artificial intelligence, reg-tech and green-finance.

Before joining MAS, Sopnendu spent more than 20 years in various leadership roles in technology, finance and innovation with most of his career with Citigroup. Sopnendu is a member of multiple advisory committees of multilateral global agencies, associations, universities, and governments. He is an avid speaker, global thought leader in FinTech, and advocate of accelerated transformation to a digital economy for solving financial inclusion and sustainability challenges.

Archie Hesse is the Chief Executive Officer of Ghana Interbank Payment and Settlement Systems (GhIPSS) Limited – a wholly owned subsidiary of the Central Bank with the mandate to transform Ghana into an electronic payments society. Mr Hesse joined GhIPSS as General Manager in charge of Projects and Business Development at its formative stages and later became CEO of GhIPSS. He has since transformed GhIPSS from a subvention dependent to a self-sufficient company. Under his leadership GhIPSS has been involved in a number of Industry transformational initiatives. In 2019, he was adjudged the Man of the Year- Technology, at the fourth EMY awards and Payment Systems Personality of the year in 2018 & 2019 by the GITTA Awards in recognition of his contribution to the development of Ghana’s payment system industry.

Estelle Akofio-Sowah is the West Africa Regional Manager for CSquared. She has over 18 years of experience in the internet and business development industry in Ghana, including being the Managing Director of BusyInternet, Africa’s hugely successful internet startup and being the Country Lead for Google’s operations in Ghana. Highlights of her leadership include launching an award winning ISP, implementing the Ghana chapter of the World Bank Incubator program and launching various products and programs aimed at making the internet an integral part of people’s lives. Estelle majored in Economics and Development Studies at the University of Sussex. Her contributions to the internet sector and commitment to excellence earned her selection as a 2008 Fellow of the African Leadership Initiative and in 2019, she was ranked as one of the Top 100 Women CEOs in Africa; a list covering 24 Countries and 18 Industries. She currently serves on the Board of Databank, Stanbic Bank, Ghana International School and the Ghana Domain Name Registry.

Mr. Sampson Akligoh is the Director of the Financial Sector Division of the Ministry of Finance. Prior this role he worked in the financial services industry in advisory, asset management and as an economist. Sampson was the Managing Director of InvestCorp, a financial services firm in Accra, Ghana. He served as a Vice President at Databank where he was Head of Research and a Fixed Income Strategist.

He also worked at SIC Financial Services Limited and with ADC African Development Corporation AG in Frankfurt, which was acquired by Atlas Mara in 2014. Sampson also previously served as an Adjunct lecturer in International Economics at Ashesi University College in 2014.

Sampson holds a BA in Economics and Law (First Class Honours) from the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science & Technology in Ghana, and a Master’s degree in Economic Policy and Corporate Strategy from the Maastricht School of Management in the Netherlands.

Alex co-founded Hubtel on 12th May 2005 – the very last school day at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (Kumasi), where he graduated with a BSc, in Chemistry.

Hubtel has been a 100% self-funded company from start to date and is Ghana’s most successful indigenous tech start up with significant market shares in mobile content messaging, payment processing and on-demand commerce.

As CEO of Hubtel, he has successfully scaled and pivoted the business through several stages. Alex is a resourceful growth-oriented leader dedicated to incrementally building value into Hubtel’s products. His leadership style is to foster a positive culture that enables Hubtel teams to innovate and thrive in the market.

Alex is also a graduate of the Stanford Graduate School of Business (Executive Education), and connects on social media with the handle @TheAlexBram.

Derry is a seasoned technology entrepreneur, digital transformation consultant and policy advisor who over the last fifteen yearscome to be respected as an authoritative leader and visionary in the technology and fintech space. He co-founded DreamOval Limited, one of Ghana’s earliest and now more established Tech startups, in 2007, fresh out of Ashesi University.After his tenure as CEO of Dreamoval, he was appointed CEO of the Ghana Chamber of Technology. After his term as CEO of the Ghana Chamber of Technology, he continues to serve in consultancy and directorship roles with organisations dedicated to this vision, where he brings his passion and expertise in Innovation, Digital Transformation, Fintech, Social Design, and People Development to bear.Derry has recently founded and runs The Heritors People (THP) LLC, an ethical, people-driven Consulting, Business Growth (BG) and Project Delivery provider that focuses on the Digital Economy and Africa’s transformation

A Digital Finance Practitioner with emphasis on Business Operations & Strategy.

  • Over 20 years experience in developing iterations and strategizing technology solutions in Payments, Cards, UX Design, for the private sector and has executed projects across the ECOWAS sub-region in countries including Togo, Nigeria, Mali, Guinea
  • Participant and a speaker at several local and international FinTech conferences and training
    workshops.
  • Current:
    • Advisor to several Fintechs and startups and has coached some to win national and international awards:
    • In 2019, coached Oniocha and Ayaprep to win, 1
      st and 2nd place respectively at the Ghana Innovate Program and in 2020 coached Onioha to win 1st place to represent Ghana at the 2020 MEST Africa Challenge
  • Trainer of Trainer, GIZ/Aya Institute for Finance & Management
  • Certified Solutions Provider
  • Facilitator, AUCC-Knowledge Forum Fintech Course
  • Vice-President, Digital Finance Practitioners Ghana (https://dfpghana.org)
  • Steering Committee, Alliance of Digital Finance Associations (https://alliancedfa.org)
  • CFTE Fintech MasterClass
  • Previous:
    • Project Lead in the scoping, customer engagement and product development of the Ghana NHIA digital renewal project that makes it possible for millions of Ghanaians to renew their national health policies via mobile payments.
    • Director, Partnerships & Merchants, grew merchant list from 2 to over 100 and played a significant role in positioning Interpay, a Ghanaian fintech company for acquisition by a US firm in 2018.
    • Other projects include Databank mobile payments and Pentecost University digital payments for students
    • In 2020, he was a Consultant to transform Bluespace, an OEM retailer into a fintech oriented entity and helped Finance Mobile, a software development tech firm, pivot into the fintech space.

Social Responsibility:

  • Director, Wilhelmina Augustina Dougan Foundation, nonprofit focused on missions and orphanages
  • Director, Maxim Nyansa Solutions; nonprofit that provides IT skills development for youth in
    Africa (https://maximnyansa.com)

Sheikh Jobe was appointed Chief Operations Officer, Ghana & West Africa March 2019. Sheikh has 22 years of banking experience at global, regional and country level across banking technology and operations, operational risk management, Financial Crime Risk Management, Compliance, Audit and Branch banking. These included positions held as Global Head, Lending Operations and Technology based in Singapore between 2007 and 2012 and Africa Regional CIO based in Nigeria between 2014 and 2015. Prior to joining Standard Chartered in 1994, Sheikh worked with National Audit Office of The Gambia.

Sandra Yao works as a Senior Vice President Africa at Thunes and after 15 years of experience in the payment industry in Africa, Sandra is now more than ever attached & passionate about the African Payments Landscape. She is extremely honored to interact with experienced industry leaders and make a positive contribution to shape the industry into a more inclusive ecosystem. Her passion is around leveraging insights on digital payments, cross-border solutions and forecasting on the industry. She has worked as the Director, Business Development at the National Bank of Kenya and Head of Mobile Money and Business Transformation at Orange also in Kenya.

Eugene Goh is a Deputy Director in the Monetary Authority of Singapore.  With more than fifteen years of experience, Eugene has covered a variety of roles from legislative work, payment policy and strategy formulation, data analytics, supervision to FinTech development.  He is closely involved in various intra-governmental and inter-governmental committees as well as industry associations pertaining to payments, and business digitalisation initiatives.  Eugene has led key national development programs such as the Unified Point-of-Sale, the common Singapore Quick Response Code and the Business sans Borders initiative.  He is currently involved in global platforms, digital trust and infrastructure development work as well as the fostering of Small and Medium-Sized Enterprise financial services and digitalisation.  Eugene is a Certified Public Accountant (Australia).

Designation: Partner at Strategy&, PwC’s strategy consulting arm and the Programme Lead, Proxtera

Biography:

Winston is a Partner at Strategy&, PwC’s strategy consulting arm. Winston leads the Financial Services team advising private and public sector clients to strengthen their digital capabilities and transform to more regionally integrated operating models to better leverage advancing technologies and partnerships opportunities. Working within financial services, fintech, payments and consumer healthcare industries, Winston serves clients across ASEAN, and in several North Asian, South Asian and European markets.

Winston is also the programme lead for the commercialisation team of Proxtera, a realisation of the Business Sans Borders (BSB) initiative supported by the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) and the Infocomm Media Authority of Singapore (IMDA). Proxtera is an open network of B2B marketplaces and digital services providers aimed at improving digital and financial inclusivity of small and medium enterprises (SMEs)

Vinod co-founded Qryptal (www.qryptal.com) in 2011. Qryptal provides an easy to deploy solution to prevent tampering and enable instant verification of electronic and printed documents. A proven QR based security solution utilizing state of the art cryptography and compression to make documents easily verifiable by anyone – without exposing databases and even without network connectivity, with offline validation. It is currently used in over 27 countries both in the developing and developed world, across large enterprises, SMEs, and governments.

Vinod started his career at Emerson Process Management in R&D. Subsequently, he became a Product Manager for its new market leading control systems, DeltaV and led its rollout for Asia Pacific. In late 1999, he joined Accellion as VP of Engineering, soon after it was founded. There he built and worked with a diverse team of engineers to deliver an innovative & market leading, secure distributed file transfer used in over 2,000 enterprises globally today. He is also an Adjunct Associate Professor at National University of Singapore’s Institute for Engineering Leadership where he develops and teaches unique experiential modules for graduate students to groom future engineering leaders.

Vinod has a Ph.D. and Bachelor of Electrical Engineering (1st Class Honors) from the National University of Singapore.

Vidhyashankar leads the global client solutions practice for Crayon Data. In his current role he plays an instrumental role in making AI work for clients. This will include architecting the placement of AI models, reengineering existing processes to deliver maximum value from AI.

Before joining Crayon,  he spent 15 years with Citibank. His last stint was to lead the Data & Analytics team for the retail bank across Asia & EMEA based out of Singapore. He has championed multiple firsts including launch of the first data driven mobile app, building a data democratization platform as well as orchestrating real time response campaigns. Beyond data, he has managed business roles for 7 years across commercial banking & wealth management.

Wea Meng is one of the founding members of SC Ventures, a Division of Standard Chartered Bank, set up specifically to do three things : enable innovation within Bank, invest in Fintech partners, and test and build new business models to accelerate the transformation of banking to meet the unmet needs of customers. His key responsibilities include Fintech engagement and partnership, Client co-creation and Geography support for Africa and NEA regions. Prior to SC Ventures, Wea Meng was the Global head of the eXellerator Lab and Data Analytics enablement function, with key responsibilities for Fintech exploration and business enablement through the use of big data technology, exploration of alternative data and models to create insights for new-to-bank and existing-to-bank opportunities. He has spent a total of 22+ years in the Bank, having previously been the Global head for Strategic Information Management and Credit Operations for Wholesale Bank, and Finance Data Strategy.

Standard Chartered Digital Banking, Innovation & Fintech Festival

Event details

Date: 3 &4 November 2021

Time: 09h00 GMT – 15h00 GMT each day

This year marks 125 years of Standard Chartered’s presence in Ghana. The Bank draws its history from the Bank of British West Africa which was set up in 1896. Being the oldest and first commercial bank in Ghana and having served as the Central Bank until 1953, Standard Chartered has been at the forefront of banking and economic evolution in Ghana. In recent years, we have invested heavily in digitalisation to meet the rapidly changing client needs at the right scale.

As part of the activities marking the 125th anniversary celebration, we are providing a platform for Government and key stakeholders including FinTechs to showcase Ghana’s digital infrastructure and the great strides Ghana has made on the national digitalisation journey at the premier Standard Chartered Digital Banking, Innovation and Fintech Festival. In collaboration with Bank of Ghana and SC Ventures (Innovation, ventures and fintech investment unit of Standard Chartered) the Fintech Festival will bring together FinTechs from Singapore and other parts of Asia as well as local FinTechs to showcase, engage and share future tech capabilities.

Join the two (2) day hybrid event under the theme “Shaping the next phase of Ghana’s Financial Technology Landscape for the 21st Century”.  It is scheduled for 3 & 4 November 2021 at 09:00hrs GMT each day and will include keynote addresses and panel discussions.

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