Inaugural Advisory Council to promote innovation, diversity, and growth across the Continent
LAGOS, NIGERIA, The maiden edition of the annual Regtech Africa Conference has been slated to hold on Wednesday 25th of May, 2022.
The RegTech Africa Conference is the premier gathering of regulators, innovation ecosystem builders, investors, corporates, and government representatives to engage, collaborate, and share knowledge around new technologies and practices that support better regulations.
The conference with the theme ‘REGULATORY INNOVATION: BOLSTERING AFRICA’S ROLE IN THE GLOBAL ECONOMY,’ which will act as a very good catalyst for the African digital economy—with a high commercial and economic value, will be driven by stellar advisory council members with shared purpose and proven track record in the advancement of innovative regulation across Africa.
With an expansive line-up of over 50 inspiring speakers and target participants of over 1,000 across over 75 countries, the two-day virtual conference will provide the perfect platform with the power to influence change.
The conference will be leveraging experience, insights, and tools from different global players in terms of vendor/technology companies, governments, academia, regulators, and the private sector.
The conference agenda unifies eight-core tracks with a focus on live case studies, information exchange, a focused pitch deck on solutions to real challenges, and cutting-edge insights; all curated after intensive market research and feedback from key industry stakeholders.
Commenting on the execution strategy, Joy Dieli (Chief Growth Officer, RegTech Africa) said, “We have diverse and cost-effective packages to ensure participation with assured ROI, including speaking slots and virtual exhibition booths to create a strong impact. We also offer customized packages best suited to the organization’s requirements and budget.”
Participating organizations will have an excellent opportunity to interact with a high target audience in the industry, enabling them to not only lobby for their interests, but also network and tap into resources available from Africa. The event will seek to strengthen networks among African Regtech companies with their different counterparts globally through sharing knowledge and technology to close the gaps and share opportunities and encourage more local participation in research, innovation, and skills development programs.
Speaking further, Cyril Okoroigwe, CEO of RegTech Africa, stated, “We believe in the transformative power of INNOVATIVE REGULATION as a force in driving growth and shaping a thriving digital society. The RegTech Africa Conference aims to achieve this by creating a better world for Africa and by Africans.”
In furtherance of the conference’s broader objective to enhance quality and strengthen the ecosystem, the Advisory Council has recently been inaugurated. The advisory council members have accomplished industry leaders with a shared purpose and proven track record in the advancement of innovative regulation across Africa, with responsibility for providing high-level guidance and directions to enhance the overall quality of planning and delivery of the conference.
The announcement is coming at such a pivotal time when the world is slowly recovering from the impact of the pandemic which significantly sped up digitization, making it a priority for regulators and operators to rethink and adapt to new strategies.
The inaugural members include:
Osioke Ojior is a distinguished Cybersecurity leader and technology executive with global experience in Management consulting focused on technology innovation for economic development. He served as a cybersecurity leader at an American federal healthcare agency and national security company; was a technology executive at a major US consulting company; before senior posts at the top pan-African fintech business and the national payments system for Africa’s largest economy.
Chuma Qwalela is an experienced board director, leading truly impactful programs within public, private, and non-profit sectors. She led the implementation of the Prudential Authority program at the South African Reserve Bank and subsequently served as the Head of Strategy and Change at the Johannesburg Stock Exchange (JSE).
Portia Ndlovu brings deep experience in legislative reforms strategy and execution and is responsible for the enforcement of securities laws at the Securities and Exchange Commission of Zimbabwe. She also worked at the Attorney General’s Office of Zimbabwe where she drafted legislation and gave legislative advice to Ministries and government departments.
Kojo Dougan is a highly experienced Business Operations & Strategy Executive with a passion for skills development, mentoring, and a demonstrated history of working in the information technology and services industry. As a member of GARIA, (Ghana Association of Restructuring & Insolvency Advisors) Kojo played key roles in turning around the Ghana South Africa Chamber (GSABC) into profitably within 3 years (2016-2019) and positioning Interpay, a Ghanaian fintech for acquisition by a US firm in 2018.
Arnold Karanja is an esteemed legal practitioner based in Kenya, with expertise in Data Protection Compliance, Digital Mergers & Acquisitions, AML, Betting & Gaming Regulation. He represents and advises Global Systemic Important Financial Institutions (G-SIFIs) on emerging tech regulations and standards. Arnold is certified by the International Board for IT Governance Qualifications (IBITGQ) on the EU-GDPR.
Nolwazi Hlophe is a recognized leader in the theory and application of financial regulation and supervision, capacity building, partnerships, and customer experience design that enhance efficiency and shape customer behavior. Nolwazi had previously worked for Cenfri and the Central Bank of Eswatini and is currently the Deputy Director, Financial Regulation and Supervision at Digital Frontiers. She is the Financial Regulation Lead for the Certified Digital Finance Practioner (CDFP) for the Anti-Money Laundering Compliance, Digital Identity, Regulation in Digital Financial Services, and Regulating and Governing IIP Systems course in the Instant and Inclusive Payments (IIPS) Program.
“The advisory council brings world-leading expertise to achieve the broader objectives and this lends credence to our efforts to organize a world-class conference. We are extremely fortunate to have such a distinguished group of amazing and diverse professionals. We look forward to working closely with them as we continue to execute on our strategic corporate objectives,” said Cyril Okoroigwe, CEO, RegTech Africa.
According to him, “These deeply experienced individuals bring unparalleled expertise in the advancement of digital innovation and we are excited they see that our vision is both doable and an important step forward for the future of innovative regulations. Hence, they will be a critical piece of our work to re-establish trust and transparency between the regulators and the regulated.”