FinTech Academy Africa kicks off 24 & 25 April

The internationally successful FinTech Academy kicks off in South Africa at The FinTech Academy Africa on 24 and 25 April 2017 at the Duke Corporate Education Leadership campus, Bryanston, Gauteng.

It is undeniable that the pace of disruption to legacy banking and financial services models will continue to accelerate. In addition, the pressure from challenger banks and FinTech disrupters will drive the speed and the timeline of existing financial services business model evolution.

The latest technology is creating disruption while at the same time serving as a tool to mitigate and reduce regulatory risk. The FinTech cluster at The Cape Innovation & Technology Initiative (CiTi) have sought out a way to support and assist executives to better understand the regulatory risks inherent in FinTech innovation and how to manage them, and also how to use RegTech to their advantage.

The FinTech Academy Africa is a partnership between London based, FinTech Circle and The Cape Innovation and Technology Initiative (CiTi) based in South Africa, and follows on from a recent successful collaboration to create specialised FinTech incubation support programs.

The FinTech Academy has combined international expertise, along with local core capability to bridge the gap of FinTech trends internationally with relevant South and African applicability.

The two day curriculum has been designed to provide a comprehensive understanding of key areas of FinTech which would usually take between nine months to a year to attain in normal working circumstances.

The FinTech Academy is aimed at C-Level executives who have limited time but need a deep dive into global best practice in FinTech. The FinTech Academy bring the best global expertise blended with African use cases and developments. Delegates will be able to engage and network with experts in Disruptive Finance, Digital Innovation, listen to company CEO's share their real experiences and learn from top-tier fintech professionals sharing their latest insights.

Amongst the panel of distinguished trainers we are honored to host Patrick Butler (pictured on the left), one of the foremost experts in Europe who will be imparting his knowledge on this subject at the event. Patrick is the Senior Regulatory Risk Expert at FINTECH Circle. He is a hands on-transformation expert and thought leader in Regulatory Risk management. Amongst Patrick's many achievements he transformed and rebuilt Corporate and Business Banking Compliance for Barclays. He was also Head of Investment and Corporate Banking Compliance at Bank of America Merrill Lynch for Europe, Middle East and Africa. Patrick also redesigned and relaunched Global Compliance Career Academy at Barclays Bank to rebalance technical training, contextual knowledge and behavioural skills in partnership with Cambridge Judge Business School.

Ian Merrington (pictured in top photo - left), CEO of The Cape Innovation and Technology Initiative (CiTi) says:

"Board directors and Executive Committee members are increasingly being called upon to make far reaching strategic business decisions in areas effected by rapidly developing disruptive technology. The curriculum of the FinTech Academy has been specifically developed to fast track their knowledge, support decision making and also to future proof their careers."

Nicole Anderson (pictured in top photo - right), CEO and Co-founder of FinTech Circle added:

"We have taken particular care to adapt the curriculum to be of relevance to executives who are based in Africa. South Africa and the rest of the continent present a number of unique and exciting opportunities for the use of FinTech, particularly in areas of FinTech convergence."

This curriculum will be based on the international bestselling The FinTech Book© and is a first for the continent.

Susanne Chishti (pictured on the right), Chairman and co-founder of FinTech Circle Innovate and co-author of The FinTech Book© will be discussing the benefits and threats of technology to wealth and asset management said:

"We have seen enormous interest in the Academy in Europe and we are delighted to be in a position to enable this knowledge transfer to the African Continent. "

Europe is already witnessing disruption to Wealth and Asset Management as a result of two primary drivers, firstly technology and secondly the new generation of consumer. These are combining to create the perfect storm of disruption to legacy Wealth and Asset Management models.

Susanne Chishti will take delegates on a deep dive into latest global wealth trends, FinTech solutions including Robo advisory and also case studies across wealth and private banking sub-sectors.

For more information, speaker profiles, the programme and ticket bookings check www.fintechacademyafrica.com. Please contact Candice Jansen on [email protected] or cell:0769589593 for media queries.