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Inclusive FinTech Forum

 26 - 27 August 2024 | Kigali, Rwanda
 
The global platform for financial inclusion & FinTech for good. A collaboration between Kigali International Financial Centre, Rwanda’s financial centre facilitating international investment and cross-border transactions in Africa, the National Bank of Rwanda; Rwanda's Central Bank, and Elevandi, a company set up by the Monetary Authority of Singapore.
 
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2024 Forum Overview 

Featured Speakers

Batya Blankers

Batya Blankers

Chief Executive Officer

CHANCEN International

Batya Blankers

Chief Executive Officer

Batya Blankers, is the Founder and CEO of Chancen International (CI). CI offers excluded youth in Africa access to high quality skills development that leads to employment. Utilizing an innovative and sustainable financing model known as the Income Share Agreement (ISA), students who join the CHANCEN community sign fair and ethical contracts to repay a percentage of their salaries over a set number of years when they graduate from rigorously evaluated education programs.

Batya was born in South Africa and was given access to university in Germany through participation in an Income Share Agreement. As a beneficiary herself, Batya is passionate about offering an ethical and fair financial aid model to fellow Africans to ensure more individuals have equal opportunities in accessing education on the continent and a role in building strong and peaceful economies.

In 2016, Batya led a feasibility study to assess the landscape for implementing ISAs in Rwanda and South Africa. Confronted with a strong sense of urgency from education providers for an ethical and sustainable student financing product, she secured funding to launch a pilot in Rwanda in 2018 with two education partners. Over the last six years, Batya has built and led a team of 57 in facilitating access to high-quality education that leads to employment for over 4000 young people with 12+ education partners. That number is expected to reach 16,000 by 2026 thanks to the successful establishment of a $40M blended finance vehicle and over $4M in philanthropic support for technology, market expansion and organizational development.

Through her work, Batya has become a recognised expert on fair and ethical student finance and is invited to speak regularly and share learnings. Some of her recent engagements include the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) Business Forum and SOCAP in San Francisco as well as CIES in Washington DC. Batya was a 2019 Ranier Arnhold Fellow with the Mulago Foundation and holds an MBA from African Leadership University.

Sabine Mensah

Sabine Mensah

Deputy Chief Executive Officer

AfricaNenda

Sabine Mensah

Deputy Chief Executive Officer

Sabine Mensah has over 25 years of leadership experience in financial inclusion, digital payment systems and mobile money across multilaterals and the private sector in Africa, US, and Canada. Since July 2021, as the Deputy CEO, Sabine oversees AfricaNenda’s policy, advocacy, and capacity development efforts through strategic partnerships, convenings and thought leaderships. Prior to AfricaNenda, Sabine served 6 years as Regional Digital Hub Manager for the United Nations Capital Development Fund UNCDF in West and Central Africa, working on financial inclusive and digital economy. She successfully drove UNCDF’s global digital infrastructure workstream during her tenure. Sabine also consulted for the mobile money industry in Africa working with telco groups such as Millicom and consulting firms such as MicroSave Kenya and Anthemis UK. She built 15 years expertise in the remittance industry in Africa, US, and Canada. As the Regional Director responsible for domestic and international remittances at Western Union Canada, she specialised in agent network management and remittance product design. Sabine is a Certified Digital Finance Practitioner by DFI, and an alumna of the Institut Franco-Américain de Management in France and Central Michigan University in the US. She is bilingual English-French.

Faith Keza

Faith Keza

Board Member

National Bank of Rwanda

Faith Keza

Board Member

Faith Keza is a digital transformation leader and Board Member at the National Bank of Rwanda (BNR). She is the former CEO of Irembo, a govtech platform that has created secure access for over 15M citizens and foreigners to 100+ public services online and offline through a 4000 agent-strong network across Rwanda. By enabling citizens to find, apply, and pay for services online, Irembo has supported the Rwandan government’s ambition to go cashless and digital. Before Irembo, she worked in Silicon Valley-California as a Software Engineer at Google, Oracle, and Delphix working on enterprise and consumer software products.

Faith has a BS in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and a Masters in Business Administration from Harvard Business School where she graduated as a Baker Scholar. She also serves on the Board of Directors of Rwanda Development Board (RDB), Vanguard Economics, and Moving Health.

Hon. John Rwangombwa

Hon. John Rwangombwa

Governor

National Bank of Rwanda

Hon. John Rwangombwa

Governor

Hon. John Rwangombwa was appointed Central Bank Governor on the 25th of February 2023. His career started in Rwanda Revenue Authority where he grew through ranks to the Deputy Commissioner of Customs for Operations. He then joined the Ministry of Finance and Economic Planning in 2002 as the Director of the National Treasury Department.
Having served as the Ministry’s First Accountant General in 2005, Hon. Rwangombwa was appointed Permanent Secretary and Secretary to the Treasury in the same year and in 2009 he became the Minister of Finance and Economic Planning. At that time, he oversaw the elaboration and implementation of Rwanda’s First Economic Development and Poverty Reduction Strategy (EDPRS 1), under which Rwanda’s economy was able to achieve high growth at an average of 8% and poverty was reduced by 12% in 5 years from 2006-2011. Since his appointment as Central Bank Governor to date, Hon. Rwangombwa has been able to maintain the stability of the Rwandan Economy and its Financial Sector. He was voted Governor of the year 2015 for the Sub-Saharan Region by Emerging Markets. Hon. Rwangombwa serves as member of various advisory bodies including the Presidential Advisory Council and World Economic Forum on Global Agenda Council.

Nick Barigye

Nick Barigye

Chief Executive Officer

Rwanda Finance Limited

Nick Barigye

Chief Executive Officer

Nick Barigye is the Chief Executive Officer of Rwanda Finance Limited, the company promoting and developing Rwanda as a leading destination for international investments and cross-border transactions in Africa.

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Our Purpose

The Forum has been designed to bring leaders, investors & FinTechs together to participate in impactful dialogues & meetings that will advance policies & regulations as well as create meaningful long-term connections & partnerships to advance financial inclusion through FinTech for Good.

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Inclusive FinTech Forum 2023 Spotlight:

  • Digital Payments
  • Digital Lending 
  • Micro-Wealth Management 
  • Insurance & Pensions 
  • Capital Market Infrastructure 
  • ESG Financing 

Featured Speakers

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Diego Labat
Diego Labat

Governor,

Central Bank of Uruguay

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Lexi Novitske
Lexi Novitske

General Partner,

Norrsken22

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Esselina Macome
Esselina Macome

Chief Executive Officer,

Financial Sector Deepening Program in Mozambique (FSDMoç)

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Nick Barigye
Nick Barigye

Chief Executive Officer,

Rwanda Finance Limited

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Juliet Ehimuan
Juliet Ehimuan

Country Director - West Africa,

Google

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Ravi Menon
Ravi Menon

Managing Director,

Monetary Authority of Singapore

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Konstantin Peric
Konstantin Peric

Deputy Director, Financial Services for the Poor,

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

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Dr. Segun Aina
Dr. Segun Aina

President,

Africa FinTech Network

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Diego Labat
Diego Labat

Governor,

Central Bank of Uruguay

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Esselina Macome
Esselina Macome

Chief Executive Officer,

Financial Sector Deepening Program in Mozambique (FSDMoç)

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Juliet Ehimuan
Juliet Ehimuan

Country Director - West Africa,

Google

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Konstantin Peric
Konstantin Peric

Deputy Director, Financial Services for the Poor,

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

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Lexi Novitske
Lexi Novitske

General Partner,

Norrsken22

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Nick Barigye
Nick Barigye

Chief Executive Officer,

Rwanda Finance Limited

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Ravi Menon
Ravi Menon

Managing Director,

Monetary Authority of Singapore

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Dr. Segun Aina
Dr. Segun Aina

President,

Africa FinTech Network

global-network (1) CONNECT with more than 2,000 attendees through 1:1 meetings and networking events 
learning (1) LEARN from over 100 speakers on stage and in deep dive workshops 
network (1) PARTICIPATE in regulatory roundtables with policymakers and private sector leaders 

Featured Initiatives

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FinTech without Borders™
FinTech without Borders™
Roundtables, sessions & meetings on policy & regulatory alignment as well as investment opportunities & best practices. Curated one-one meetings will also bring investors & fund-raising FinTechs together.
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Careers Forum

Careers Forum

 Designed to foster innovation, these sessions will mentor tomorrow’s innovators & disruptors on pathways and opportunities in FinTech.

Who Should Attend

  • Policymakers
  • Heads of State & Government
  • Development Finance Institutions
  • Institutional Investors
  • Venture Capitalists & Private Equity Fund Managers
  • FinTechs & FinTech Associations
global-network (1) CONNECT with more than 2,000 attendees through 1:1 meetings and networking events 
learning (1) LEARN from over 100 speakers on stage and in deep dive workshops 
network (1) PARTICIPATE in regulatory roundtables with policymakers and private sector leaders 
global-network (1) CONNECT with more than 2,000 attendees through 1:1 meetings and networking events 
learning (1) LEARN from over 100 speakers on stage and in deep dive workshops 
network (1) PARTICIPATE in regulatory roundtables with policymakers and private sector leaders 

Become a Sponsor or Exhibitor

networking Network With Industry Leaders & Policymakers
To build meaningful connections 
 
thought-leadership Create Thought Leadership
To advance the current thinking in the industry 
 
Drive Business Growth Drive Business Growth
Meet new customers and generate leads
 
brand Amplify Your Brand
To build awareness, interest & mindshare
 
recruitment (1) Attract Leading Talent
To address skills gaps and growth areas
 
launch new products Launch New Products & Services
In front of key media
 

Elevandi's Advisory Committee

Elevandi's advisory committee comprises senior leaders from eight organisations that represent a range of stakeholder groups, including incumbent financial institutions and Tech/FinTech players. Their collective wealth of experience and perspectives generate valuable insights to support Elevandi's wide range of initiatives and activities.

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Chen Leiming
Chen Leiming

Chen is the Senior Vice President of Ant Group and is responsible for international public policy and government affairs for Ant Group. He also oversees the international legal & compliance department for Ant International Business Group. In his day-to-day responsibilities, Chen undertakes a broad range of governmental and regulatory engagement in connection with the Group’s international business activities.

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Dante Disparte
Dante Disparte

Dante is the Chief Strategy Officer and Head of Global Policy at Circle, responsible for overseeing company strategy, communications, policy and public affairs. Since joining Circle in 2021, his leadership in driving market expansion, regulatory engagement, and more have been integral in furthering the company’s mission to raise global economic prosperity through the frictionless exchange of financial value.

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Dr Andreas Rosenthal
Dr Andreas Rosenthal

Andreas is the Chief Financial Officer of Prudential Singapore. He oversees Finance (Operations), Financial Reporting, Actuarial Financial Management, Actuarial Products and Advisory, Distribution Compensation and Analytics, Performance and Expense Management, Finance Projects and Transformation, and Procurement.

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Eric Anziani
Eric Anziani

Eric is the Chief Operating Officer at Crypto.com where he oversees several global functions including product, growth, institutional sales, strategy, partnerships, blockchain, research and data. He previously served as the company’s Chief Strategy Officer where he was instrumental in the conceptualization and implementation of the company’s major initiatives, including the Crypto.com App as well as several R&D initiatives around blockchain infrastructure and ecosystem building.

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Janet Young
Janet Young

Janet is a member of the senior leadership team under the UOB Group CEO, leading delivery channels, digitalisation initiatives, and customer experience & advocacy to achieve UOB Group’s vision of a premier regional bank in the Asia Pacific. Working with Business, Technology, and Country teams in UOB, FinTech, and ecosystem partners externally, she champions collaborative business models, and omnichannel strategy to drive better customer experience and outcomes for the bank and its customers.

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Laura Loh
Laura Loh

Laura is currently a Director in Temasek’s Blockchain team, which focuses on venture building and investment opportunities in the space. She was also part of the founding venture teams of 2 start-ups by Temasek – Partior, a joint venture with JP Morgan and DBS to setup a multi-currency payments network to enhance cross-border clearing and settlements; as well as Affinidi, a start-up that uses decentralised technologies to develop data and self-sovereign identity solutions.

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Marco Bizzozero
Marco Bizzozero

Marco is the Head of International at iCapital and a member of the firm’s Executive Committee. In this role, he is responsible for the expansion and overall development of the firm’s business outside of the United States (EMEA, APAC, LATAM).

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Richard Pu
Richard Pu

Richard currently serves as Vice President, Co-head of Tencent legal and a member of the Listing Committee of the Hong Kong Stock Exchange and GEM Listing Committee of the Shenzhen Stock Exchange.

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    Chen Leiming
    Chen Leiming

    Chen is the Senior Vice President of Ant Group and is responsible for international public policy and government affairs for Ant Group. He also oversees the international legal & compliance department for Ant International Business Group. In his day-to-day responsibilities, Chen undertakes a broad range of governmental and regulatory engagement in connection with the Group’s international business activities.

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    Dante Disparte
    Dante Disparte

    Dante is the Chief Strategy Officer and Head of Global Policy at Circle, responsible for overseeing company strategy, communications, policy and public affairs. Since joining Circle in 2021, his leadership in driving market expansion, regulatory engagement, and more have been integral in furthering the company’s mission to raise global economic prosperity through the frictionless exchange of financial value.

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    Dr Andreas Rosenthal
    Dr Andreas Rosenthal

    Andreas is the Chief Financial Officer of Prudential Singapore. He oversees Finance (Operations), Financial Reporting, Actuarial Financial Management, Actuarial Products and Advisory, Distribution Compensation and Analytics, Performance and Expense Management, Finance Projects and Transformation, and Procurement.

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    Eric Anziani
    Eric Anziani

    Eric is the Chief Operating Officer at Crypto.com where he oversees several global functions including product, growth, institutional sales, strategy, partnerships, blockchain, research and data. He previously served as the company’s Chief Strategy Officer where he was instrumental in the conceptualization and implementation of the company’s major initiatives, including the Crypto.com App as well as several R&D initiatives around blockchain infrastructure and ecosystem building.

  • Janet-Young-300x300
    Janet Young
    Janet Young

    Janet is a member of the senior leadership team under the UOB Group CEO, leading delivery channels, digitalisation initiatives, and customer experience & advocacy to achieve UOB Group’s vision of a premier regional bank in the Asia Pacific. Working with Business, Technology, and Country teams in UOB, FinTech, and ecosystem partners externally, she champions collaborative business models, and omnichannel strategy to drive better customer experience and outcomes for the bank and its customers.

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    Laura Loh
    Laura Loh

    Laura is currently a Director in Temasek’s Blockchain team, which focuses on venture building and investment opportunities in the space. She was also part of the founding venture teams of 2 start-ups by Temasek – Partior, a joint venture with JP Morgan and DBS to setup a multi-currency payments network to enhance cross-border clearing and settlements; as well as Affinidi, a start-up that uses decentralised technologies to develop data and self-sovereign identity solutions.

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    Marco Bizzozero
    Marco Bizzozero

    Marco is the Head of International at iCapital and a member of the firm’s Executive Committee. In this role, he is responsible for the expansion and overall development of the firm’s business outside of the United States (EMEA, APAC, LATAM).

  • Richard-Pu-300x300
    Richard Pu
    Richard Pu

    Richard currently serves as Vice President, Co-head of Tencent legal and a member of the Listing Committee of the Hong Kong Stock Exchange and GEM Listing Committee of the Shenzhen Stock Exchange.

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    Sandeep Malhotra
    Sandeep Malhotra

    Sandeep Malhotra is the Executive Vice President, Products & Innovation, Asia Pacific at Mastercard. In his current position as head of the Products & Innovation group, he oversees the development and management of all consumer and commercial products in the Asia Pacific region. These span debit, credit, prepaid, commercial, payments gateway and processing to acceptance, account-to-account flows, remittances, open banking, digital platforms and everything in between.