Paving the future of African Retail Banking and Fintech Sector.

The 8th Annual Retail Banking and Fintech Africa Forum commenced yesterday gathering banking and technology leaders to hold a constructive dialogue on the future of African retail banking and the need for innovation to fuel economic growth.

29th September 2016, Johannesburg : 8th Annual Retail Banking and FinTech Africa Forum kicked off yesterday at the Hayatt Regency, Johannesburg – Republic of South Africa which witnessed global banking and technology leaders come together and hold a dialogue on the future of retail banking in Africa and driving innovation in banking technology. The forum was inaugurated by the opening remarks from the chair – Bevereley Hunkin, Strategic Risk and Governance Solutions Head – FNB and Jean R Rey, Chairman and Independent Director – Atria-Africa Fund Manager, followed by a session where Bevereley Hunkin elaborated on managing risk and driving innovation to boost competitiveness of the banking industry. “How To Build a Great Retail Banking System”, was the main focus for Vimal Kumar, Chief Sales & Distribution Officer – Barclays Africa Group Limited. The CEO & Founders CONFAB, brainstormed on The Pan-African Banking Strategy and was joined by Funeka Montjane, Chief Executive- Personal and Business Banking South Africa at Standard Bank, Dr. Lance Mambondiani, CEO at Steward Bank, Timothy Nuy, Deputy CEO at MyBucks and Brett Magrath, Co-Founder of Zoona. Josef Langerman, Global Head – Engineering Transformation at Standard Bank, enlighted the audience with different aspects of Managing Disruption with Cultural Intelligence. With special focus on innovation, technology and financial inclusion, Digital Disruption in Banking, the event witnessed stellar presentations by Yolande Steyn, Head of Innovation – First National Bank, Priya Thakoor – Head of online banking at Barclays and Andrew Mugari – Head of e-banking and card services at ZB Financial Holdings) An exclusive session on “SMEs Lending” was witnessed where – Christos Panagopoulos, Principal Consultant – Business Solutions at Temenos elaborated on the opportunities technology provides in a digital world and how banks can support this growing market. Chandramouli Kundagrami, Head of digital strategy at Infosys Finacle elaborated on ‘The Future is one of #TrulyDigital banks. One of the key highlights among post lunch sessions was the Guru Panel discussion on ‘Defining drivers of an engaging retail banking experience’ which was joined by Yolande Steyn, Mumbi Odame- Channel and Cash Management Operations at Barclays Africa Group, Thomas Gachie- Director of Operations at National Bank of Kenya) and Shaun Meyer- Director of Sales at Temenos.The concluding session of the day was “Storytelling Session” on importing the best practices in retail banking. The session was moderated by Jean R Rey – Chairman and Director, Atria-Africa Fund and also discussed the importance of innovation in mobile banking, online security and fresh retail products. The conference sponsors – Temenos and Newgen (Gold Sponsors), Infosys Finacle (Knowledge Partner), New Pos Technology (Bronze Sponsor), Envestnet Yodlee (Exhibitor) and South Atlantic Solutions (Networking Partner) also demonstrated their innovative solutions and technologies tailormade for the banking industry to equip them with better market reach and to promote healthier customer engagement. Today, the second day of conference will witness presentations from Barclays Africa Group, Newgen, Nedbank, National Bank of Kenya, Stanbic Bank, GetBuild and more. Key highlights of the day include The Digital Innovators Panel, Session on Out of the box Innovation, Digital Banking Business. Case for Barclays Kenya and many more.

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