AITEC announces impressive speaker line-up for fourth annual West African Banking & Mobile Conference
The first decade of the new millennium has probably been the most traumatic ever for the international banking industry. Added to that, the African region’s mobile banking boom opens up a wide range of new security threats for the industry. And from a commercial point of view, the banks are under siege – on the one hand by mobile operators who have stolen the initiative from them in mobile banking, and on the other hand by microfinance institutions, who are leading the way in banking the unbanked. In addition, with increased regional economic integration, banks are having to develop effective systems for seamless cross-border transactions.
All these dynamics provide a rich source of content for this year’s Banking & Mobile Money West Africa conference taking place in Accra over 8-9 June 2011. As at this year’s conference, over 60 international and local banking, microfinance, mobile payment and data security experts will be making presentations in plenary and specialist track sessions, sharing their knowledge with colleagues from the region’s financial services sector. The theme of the conference, ”Driving trade & investment through financial integration”
reflects the current drive in the region for economic integration.
Although Ghana escaped the worst of the international financial meltdown, there are important lessons to be learnt in terms of governance, security and credit management and these topics will be covered in the Risk Management track.
The event has the backing of key stakeholders in the sector, including Mediterranean Smart Card Company from Egypt and Internet Solutions as platinum sponsors and Rancard Mobility as a conference programme sponsor.
Announcing the initial speaker line-up for the conference, AITEC Chairman Sean Moroney, said: “This is the one educational and business networking event that bankers should add to their diaries now to make sure they are there to experience with peers from throughout the West African region this unique knowledge-sharing opportunity. We have developed a rich conference programme that includes financial services sector thought-leaders from throughout Africa and beyond.”
Speakers and topics announced by AITEC include:
• Empowering Africa’s new mobile merchants - Graham Gilmour, CEO, The Business Phone, UK
• Hyper-channel banking – Customers choose, banks follow - Barry Coetzee, CEO, iVeri, South Africa
Intelligent payments switching—Delivering today’s needs - Deon van Biljon, Divisional General Manager, S1, South Africa
The role of shared services in modern financial services – in mobile, cards, microfinance and software - Mac Atasie, MD, Nextzon, Nigeria
Achieving traceability and security in West Africa’s commodity market through mobile banking - Judson Welsh, CEO, AIMS, Ghana
Jump-start Business Intelligence - Shailendra Mruthyunjayappa, VP & Business Unit Head - Africa, Europe & Americas, iCreate Software, India
Mobile payment microfinance: A field-based approach - Lucas Wellen, CEO, Musoni, Netherlands
How to broaden credit reference services into the microfinance sector - Stephen Leonard, CEO, Credit Risk Connection, United Arab Emirates
Optimising value from the retail, micro and SME segments in the new mobile-enabled, agent-distributor financial services model - Alan Goodrich, Director, Business Development, Experian MicroAnalytics, UK
Increasing consumer choice through shared mobile financial services wallets - Prateek Shrivastava, Managing Director, Monitise Africa, UK
Using mobile money to reach the unbanked - Claudia McKay, Microfinance Specialist, Consultative Group to Assist the Poor (CGAP), World Bank, USA
Regional interoperability initiatives - Stephen Mwaura, Head of National Payments, Central Bank of Kenya
Pre-paid cards – A new horizon - Hany Fekry, Head of Sales & Marketing, Mediterranean Smart Card Company, Egypt
Hyper-channel banking – Customers choose, banks follow - Barry Coetzee, CEO, iVeri, South Africa
Implementing a universal e-banking strategy - One installation, many banks - Polys Hadjikyriakos, Sales Director, NETinfo, Cyprus
The evolution of electronic payment devices - Brian Stobo, Vice-President: Middle East & Africa, Hypercom EMEA, United Arab Emirates
Enabling the technology value chain for mobile payments - Kofi Dadzie, CEO, Rancard Solutions, Ghana
Mobile money: The Reconciliation Conundrum and how to avoid losing money to errors and frauds - Yele Okeremi, CEO, Precise Financial Software, Nigeria
Lessons from the Nigerian Market - Peter Asolo, Head, FlashMeCash Unit, FinBank Plc, Nigeria
Beyond branchless banks with mobile wallets - Mayank Sharma, VP & Head – Africa, Comviva, Kenya
“This is the undisputed market-leading conference for the region’s financial services sector – the knowledge Mecca for CXOs from commercial banks, central banks, insurance companies, innovators, MFIs, mobile operators, mobile payment aggregators and development agencies involved in financial services,” said Moroney.
The event includes an extensive exhibition, with over 30 international and local suppliers showcasing products and solutions needed by the region’s financial services sector to achieve world class services.
For full details of the conference, log on to www.aitecafrica.com