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Meet our 2020 speakers

We have an exciting line-up of Speakers for the 2020 Virtual 365 Summit Edition

Founder and CEO: Virtual Actuary

Adi Kaimowitz

BIOGRAPHY:

Adi Kaimowitz founded Virtual Actuary as a turnkey actuarial consultancy, after 10 years in the actuarial recruitment business. Adi’s primary roles are in formulating business models, brand identity, go-to-market strategy; building the actuary teams, as well as the daily running of the business and global expansion initiatives. In the space of just over two years, Adi has grown Virtual Actuary to a team of over 50 consultants operating in multiple time zones and having achieved a revenue to date of over R50mil. Adi has been fundamental in spearheading the Organised Collaborative Business Model and has been featured in business publications from Financial Mail, FinWeek, Biznews and Moneyweb. A keen kitesurfer, Adi lives with his wife and two children in Blouberg Cape Town, across the road from the venue of the prestigious annual kitesurfing RedBull King of the Air competition.

Co-Founder & CEO: SweepSouth

Aisha Pandor

BIOGRAPHY:

Aisha R. Pandor is co-founder of SweepSouth (sweepsouth.com), an online platform for booking, paying for and managing homes cleaning services from your laptop, phone or tablet. Sweepsouth is the first company on the African continent to offer this service, and a 500 Startups Batch 14 alum. Aisha previously worked as a management consultant, gaining experience in the telecommunications and mining industries. Aisha has a PhD in Human Genetics from the University of Cape Town and an Associate in Management from the UCT Graduate School of Business. Between 2011 and 2012, she received a South African Women in Science Award for her research and was named as one of the Mail and Guardian newspaper’s 200 Young South Africans.

Founder & CEO: EMTECH

Carmelle Cadet

BIOGRAPHY:

A passionate advocate for financial inclusion, economic development, and a former Finance and Business Executive at IBM, Carmelle is now the Founder and CEO of EMTECH, a Fintech For The Modern Central Bank. The company recently launched a new initiative, Project New Dawn, which presents “A Digital Cash Infrastructure For All” concept to address the underbanked problem in the U.S.

With former regulators, technology experts and innovators as Advisors, Carmelle is building a portfolio of modern central bank software that delivers a more inclusive and resilient financial infrastructure.

For the last 3 years, Carmelle worked on Digital Currency technologies and strategies for the purpose of addressing financial inclusion and lowering the cost of cross border payments.

As a thought leader in the Central Bank Digital Currency (CBDC) space, Carmelle engages with Central Banks from Africa to the Caribbean to enable their transition to the digital currency era in an inclusive way. A native of Haiti, she speaks French and Creole.

Carmelle was also selected as an Inspiring Fintech Females 2019 by NYC Fintech

CEO: FinFind

Darlene Menzies

BIOGRAPHY:

Darlene Menzies is the CEO of Finfind (Pty) Ltd, South Africa’s leading online access to finance solution for the SME market. In 2017, the World Economic Forum named Darlene one of the six Top Female Tech Breakthrough Entrepreneurs in Africa. She is a technology innovator and serial entrepreneur with 15 years’ corporate ICT experience in the banking sector, prior to starting her own businesses.

Darlene is the co-author of the Inaugural SA SMME Access to Finance Report, published by the SA SME Fund in 2018. She is a public speaker, media spokesperson and recognised expert on the SME sector. She is quoted in the national press on matters of entrepreneurship, small business finance and technology innovation.

Director in the Technology, Media & Telecommunications Practice: Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr

Fatima Ameer-Mia

BIOGRAPHY:

Fatima Ameer-Mia is a Director in the Technology, Media & Telecommunications practice in Cape Town. Fatima specialises in commercial, information technology, intellectual property and data protection law. She also has a special interest in the fields of e-commerce and matters relating to cybercrime and information security. Fatima advises clients, both locally and internationally, in various sectors on their commercial and technology arrangements, including outsourcing, software licensing and development and systems integration.

She regularly advises on data protection and information security, including providing training, seminars, risk assessments and governance frameworks on cybersecurity and data protection laws.

Millennial Motivator: Millennial Motivator

Dan Willis

BIOGRAPHY:

With a passion for the value, community brings to a brand Dan consults companies in how to best use digital content and advertising to build an authentic and genuine personality that a community can relate to. Having helped craft campaigns for H&M, Toyota, FOX TV, and many more Dan has a unique and in-depth experience to back the strategies he implements. One of Databird Research Journals “Top 100 Keynote Speakers to Watch in 2019” Dan is excited about bringing the message of relational marketing to stages, conferences and events internationally and helping businesses take back their personalities.

CEO & Co-Founder: Fundrr

Idan Jaan

BIOGRAPHY:

Idan Jaan, Co-Founder & CEO Idan has come from a strong entrepreneurial background and has had very close relations to many SMEs ranging in industries. He was involved in a group that had over 70 retail outlets, as well as started his own concept which later grew presence within South Africa, Botswana and Dubai. Idan has a strong focus on innovation, growth and sustainability. Co-founded Fundrr alongside Jarred to tackle the SME funding gap in a smart, easy and innovative way.

Conversion Optimisation Specialist: LeonLategan.co.za

Leon Lategan

WORDS OF WISDOM:

“You are where you are today, because of what you did yesterday” – Leon Lategan

BIOGRAPHY:

Leon is a Conversion Optimisation Specialist and he uses his unique methodology to assist businesses in finding and plugging all the leaks in their sales and marketing channels which are negatively impacting revenue and profits. He also discovers new innovative opportunities for his clients so that they stand head and shoulders above their competitors. His raved-about workshop “Let’s Not Bullsh*t Each Other, your business could be doing so much better, so why isn’t it”, has been presented in Mauritius, Jordan, Qatar, Egypt, Tanzania, Bahrain and he was recently the keynote speaker at the Africa Youth Entrepreneur Summit in Botswana and a speaker at the African Women in Leadership Conference in Rwanda.

Division President, Souther Africa : Mastercard

Mark Elliott

BIOGRAPHY:

Mark Elliott is Division President, Mastercard, Southern Africa. He is responsible for the overall performance, strategic direction and brand development of Mastercard in Southern Africa. His role includes finding new ways to scale the latest payments technologies to drive financial inclusion.

Elliott joined Mastercard in 2011 as Global Products and Solutions Lead and Debit Lead for Mastercard in the Middle East and Africa region.

Elliott holds a BA (Hons) in Combined Studies and is a Member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants for England and Wales.

Founder & CEO: FarmCrowdy

Onyeka Akumah

BIOGRAPHY:

Onyeka Akumah is a Nigerian-born entrepreneur and the Founder and CEO of Farmcrowdy, Nigeria’s first digital agriculture platform that has impacted over 100,000 farmers and worked directly with over 25,000 farmers across 16 states in Nigeria since launching in November 2016. Onyeka is also the Founder & CEO of Crowdyvest, an Impact-driven platform designed on the background of the 17 SDG Goals, focused on connecting its members to multiple sponsorship opportunities that are safe, secure, and trusted.

Before Farmcrowdy and Crowdyvest, Onyeka held several top management positions in high-profile organizations like TravelBeta, Jumia, Wakanow, and Konga. He also worked for Deloitte, The British Council, and Guaranty Trust Bank.

Female Founder
Build-up Day

29 September 2020

Summit
Programme

30 September & 1 October 2020

Boost-up Africa Day
& Closing

2 October 2020

Programme Highlights for 2020 include

SAIS Online Community

An online platform that will include ongoing matching, networking and investing, events and workshops, advanced search options, member discount benefits, live feeds and instant messaging, partner profiling, marketplace, news feeds, resource sharing and so much more!

Start-up to Scale-up

Bringing you the Ultimate Guide to Scaling Your Business into Africa.

A deep dive into building and expanding your business into the continent with some Rockstar Founders and experts. Learn how to optimise your marketing and sales, new technologies and how to optimise them for your business. Leave each session with a practical toolkit to take your business forward.

Business Matching & Networking Zone

Public and private live meeting spaces to get connected with and meet the right people through our matching algorithms and platform. Your future business partner, colleague or investor could be just a sentence away.

Pitch Battles

See the best start-ups battle it out on stage!

Workshops

Deep dives with practical toolkits on navigating challenges within the entrepreneurial journey, innovation and tech.

Expo hall

Housing 50+ e-Booths consisting of a start-up valley, investors zone and tech innovation from the best entrepreneurs, corporates and supporters showcasing their solutions, inventions and latest tech with live Q&A.