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 Maud Meijvis by email

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Stuart van der Veen

Stuart is the Nedbank CIB disruption lead, with a global mandate to partner with and or fund tech creating Africa 2.0. Stuart is a VC founder, Singularity University alumnus, Google global mentor and top 35-under-35 CA(SA).

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Paul Steenkamp

Thanks to a healthy dose of luck, mentorship and inspiring colleagues, Paul has designed, built and managed innovation capability within FNB, RMB, FirstRand and Standard Bank. These programmes have delivered over R9 billion (net) via 6000+ implemented innovations since 2011.

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Jorge Ruiz

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.

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Chirayu Gandhi

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.

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Keith Jones

Keith worked in Fintech for over twenty years before starting his own IT business in 1997. He listed his business in London in 2009, did two fund raises and a number of acquisitions. Sw7 is the largest technology accelerator in Africa.

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Megan Harvey

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.

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Thomas Pays

Thomas Pays is the co-founder and CEO of i-Pay. He is an entrepreneur and angel investor. Prior to i-Pay, Thomas founded 3 multiple international businesses and exited successfully.

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Lead Financial Sector Specialist on Credit Bureaus at IFC part of the World Bank Group since April 2014. She was the General Manager of the Credit Bureau in Panama (APC Buro, S.A.), also worked in HSBC and Chase Manhattan Bank in Retail Banking and in KPMG.

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Yashodan Naidoo

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.

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Yossi Hasson

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.

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Liesl Bebb-Mckay

Bio- Liesl Bebb Mckay Liesl is living her passion in the innovation and disruption space as Head of RMB's innovation & disruption unit the Foundery. She is also passionate about women in the work place and creating the future of banking.

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Anton van Metzinger

Anton is Head Digital Platforms at FNB Business Banking. His primary responsibilities lay in the strategic design and management and ongoing enhancement of the digital channel customer experience for FNB Business.

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Nicholas Smalle

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.

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Ainsley Cohen

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.

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Wendy Pienaar

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

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Kenneth Kayser

Founding Member of Rise Africa. Rise a global open innovation platform pioneering the future of banking allowing FinTech's to co-create with Barclays & scale. Having worked closely with Africa's best FinTech, strengthening their propositions & positioning them for growth.

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Scott Onder

Scott Onder is the Managing Director of the Social Venture Fund at Mercy Corps where he manages a venture capital seed fund that invests in social enterprises in developing markets working in financial technology, logistics and distribution, and agriculture.

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Tobie van Zyl

Tobie founder of Bettr and is a entrepreneurial enthusiast. His vision is to disrupt the traditional financial services with the best tech and tools thereby empowering the future generation to take control of their own financial wellbeing.

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Ameya Upadhyay

Ameya Upadhyay is a Principal in the investment team at Omidyar Network. He focuses on the firm’s Fintech and Financial Inclusion efforts in Africa, Europe, Myanmar and India.

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Stanley Gabriel

Stanley Gabriel is the Head of Innovation at Old Mutual, with work experience in West, East and SA. He’s a UCT B.Sc graduate and also completed a Diploma in Actuarial Techniques from the Institute of Actuaries in the UK.

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Fred Baumhardt

Fred is CEO of Curve and a seasoned, leader with global experience. Now, he shifted focus to building a challenger financial services business to disrupt legacy processes, systems, and architectures and compete with the new "born digital" FinTech world.

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Amee Parbhoo

Amee is Director of Investments with Accion Venture Lab, a global seed-stage fintech fund. Previously, she worked at McKinsey and SKS Microfinance. She has advised several early-stage companies, including Root Capital, Jipange Kusave, and Grameen.

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Kim Dancey

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

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Yardenne Assa- Maor

Yardenne Assa-Maor is a thought leader in financial inclusion, serving as a partner at Irrational Innovations - a VC focused on FinTech Solutions for Sub-Saharan Africa.

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Njogu Ndamburi

FI Cash Product Head, Sub Sahara Africa at Citibank. A FinTech enthusiast with >12 years product management experience in Africa and Europe. He is a mentor with Endeavor and currently pursuing his research with University of Cape Town on Inclusive Innovation.

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Eline Blaauboer

18 years private equity and venture capital experience, including 12+ years in East Africa. Founder and Managing Partner of Africa Tech Ventures and TBL Mirror Fund. Managed Safaricom Spark Fund between 2015-2017. Chair of East Africa Venture Capital Association.

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Heinrich Degener

Management Consultant | Technology – Financial Services Executive | Blockchain and Artificial Intelligence Enthusiast | Startup Mentor & Investor | Managing Director hdpmcS | Associate Delta Capita

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Gary Thomas Sayers

Gary Thomas Sayers is an executive director and CFO with 13 years’ experience as financial and strategic partner at profitable, high-growth, entrepreneurial, international and Southern African companies.

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Jay Thomson

Jay Thomson co-founded and successfully exited Liquorice Africa, one of the largest and most acclaimed digital agencies in Africa. A seasoned global entrepreneur, mentor, awards juror & keynote speaker, Jay helps high growth potential teams innovate and accelerate their value.

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Guy Chennells

Guy Channells is responsible for the business unit strategy function and for revenue growth through building, partnering with or acquiring adjacent businesses at Old Mutual Corporate.

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Rahul Jain

Rahul is CEO of PeachPayments and always worked extensively with tier 1 retailers, airlines and online merchants helping them develop and optimize their core business strategy.

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Katlego Maphai

Katlego has always focussed his career on topic such as Mobile Telecommunications, Emerging market, Startups and Payments. Currently he is CEO of Yoco that is reducing the complexity in processing payments for small and medium-sized businesses in South Africa.

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Lexi Novitske

Lexi Novitske is the Principal Investment Officer at Singularity Investments, overseeing the firm’s Africa operations. In 2011, Lexi moved to Nigeria believing the country held untapped potential with an under-penetrated population, a d expanding infrastructure and online access.

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Zulfiq Isaacs

Zulfiq is owner at Liquid Thought, Co-founder of MoneySmart and Founder of Investors in Africa. He is a forward thinking entrepreneur that has earned a reputation as an innovative, dynamic business person in the ICT community in SA.

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Kevin Johnson

Kevin has a 10+ year IT background, starting as a developer within IBM, to lead Innovation programmes for Innotribe at SWIFT. He brings together the financial and fintech ecosystems to learn, collaborate, and ultimately deliver new solutions for the industry

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Clive Butkow

Clive is currently CEO of Kalon Venture Partners, previously GroTech, a disruptive digital technology Venture Capital Fund in South Africa. Clive was the previous COO of Accenture South Afrca and also led Accenture's technology business for a number of years.

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