Backbase, SmartStream, Apollo Fintech, Network International L.L.C, Quipu, Suretree, InPay and NeoSoft Technologies were all well-represented at the second annual edition of the Leading Summit on Financial Services Innovation and Excellence within the West African Region, to spearhead the conversation on what the future holds as it relates to driving financial inclusion within the West African region.
The Summit commenced from October 26-27, 2021 and was held online via the host’s virtual platform which witnessed the attendance of 1000+ CEOs, chief data officers, chief operating officers, chief information officers, chief information security officers, chief technology officers, chief revenue officers, senior vice presidents, vice presidents, directors and heads of departments from the banking and finance industry.
This spectacular two-day event was indeed timely as it highlighted the imperative need to invest and develop new technological solutions in cybersecurity, customer experience, advanced data analytics and new digital delivery platforms for driving financial inclusion within the sector.
Red-hot insights were dished out with a blend of fireside chats, panel discussions and expert presentations. Industry thought-leaders explored trailblazing topics that included Accelerating West Africa digital transformation Journey, Open Banking to Open Finance — Accelerating West Africa digital transformation Journey, Open Banking to Open Finance – The New Era, Future Payments landscape in West Africa, Driving Artificial Intelligence to Become the Bank of the Future, and The Use of Cloud to create new business frontiers of fintech, banking and more.
The Conference Chair Cornel Dixon, head of Africa at Backbase, highlighted the fact that the biggest unicorns come from Africa. Hence, there should be an increase in leveraging these tech players to drive financial inclusion.
Backbase is the creator of the Backbase Engagement Banking Platform (EBP). It’s purpose is to help financial Institutions turn the threat of digital into an opportunity and get ahead in today’s competitive digital landscape.
At the presentation session Vincent Kilcoyne, executive vice president of product management at SmartStream, highlighted some statistics as it relates to the true cost of operational losses and the need to overhaul internal processes to reduce these losses worth billions.
SmartStream is a recognized leader in financial transaction management solutions that enables firms to improve operational control, reduce costs, build new revenue streams, mitigate risk and comply accurately with regulations.
In addition, Stephen McCullah, CEO of Apollo Fintech talked about driving the efficiency of implementing the mass adoption of digital payments with a central bank digital currency (CBDC) and the bank wire system which would further help to reduce operational losses.
Apollo Fintech seeks to design and develop world-shaping solutions that far surpasses what the fintech industry currently offers, and to combine those offerings into a single universal ecosystem for a global economy.
On innovation strategies to apply advanced analytics for integrated insights and visibility,
Chinwe Uzoho, general manager West and Central Africa at Network International, talked about the importance for every organization to fashion out their data.
Network International is the leading enabler of digital commerce across the Middle East and Africa region, the world’s most underpenetrated payments markets. They are the only pan-regional provider of digital payment solutions at scale with presence across the entire payments value chain.
The Summit format consisted of speaker presentations and panel discussions, among the panel and presentation speakers included Peter Hainz, global head of product management of cloud and managed services at SmartStream and AJ Mora, director of communication at Apollo Fintech, among others. They deliberated on how digital evolution has become a necessity for all banks and financial institutions as they endeavour to bridge the financial inclusion gap.
Furthermore, the Finnovex West Africa Awards took place alongside the event to recognize and appreciate the efforts of over 10 individuals, institutions and service providers within the field of banking and financial services industry. The awards seek to honor the pioneers and visionaries who have transformed the overall banking and financial services industry.
Finnovex Awards Winners include:
EXCELLENCE IN DIGITAL BANKING: United Bank for Africa PLC
EXCELLENCE IN MOBILE BANKING: GT Bank Ghana
EXCELLENCE IN PAYMENTS: Standard Bank Group
EXCELLENCE IN FINTECH: Paystack
EXCELLENCE IN SME BANKING: Access BANK
EXCELLENCE IN RETAIL BANKING: Zenith Bank
EXCELLENCE IN CUSTOMER EXPERIENCE ENHANCEMENT: Stanbic Bank
EXCELLENCE IN INSURANCE DIGITIZATION: TAngerine Africa
OUTSTANDING CONTRIBUTION TO STRATEGIC NATIONAL DEVELOPMENT INITIATIVES: First Bank of Nigeria Limited
EMERGING MICROFINANCE BANK OF THE YEAR: Advans La Fayette Microfinance Bank Nigeria
Finnovator of the Year (West Africa): Kennedy Uzoka, group managing director and CEO at United Bank for Africa PLC
Finfluencer of the Year: William Derban, co-founder and chairman of the Financial Inclusion Forum Africa
CEO of the Year: Herbert Wigwe, CEO of Access Bank PLC
CIO of the Year: George Mensah, chief information officer of Fidelity Bank Ghana
CDO of the Year: Chris Esezobor, chief digital officer at Keystone Bank
CISO of the Year: Albery Yirenchi Danquah, chief information security officer at Stanbic Bank Ghana
CTO of the Year: Daniel Akumabor, chief technology officer at Access Bank PLC
CFO of the Year: William Anwana, chief financial officer at Sterling Bank
Women in Leadership: Olamide Adeosun, chief financial officer at FBN Quest
The Finnovex Global series, organized by Exibex, is excellently dedicated to examining the future of financial services on how disruptive innovations are reshaping the way they are structured, made available and consumed. The Finnovex series of global summits highlights thought leadership on cutting-edge issues with long-term implications to the industry and lays a concrete foundation for multi-stakeholder dialogues that explores the potential of these innovations to transform the overall financial ecosystem, as well as the risks and opportunities that could emerge from shifts in the way financial services are designed, delivered and used in the future.
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