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Africa is a continent ripe for financial innovation. Over the last decade the fintech industry has experienced tremendous global growth, and with even higher potential in Africa. This industry can be seen as disruptive in more mature markets. However, on the continent, it is revolutionizing economies and transforming financial institutions by providing home grown solutions to problems that seemed unsolvable not that long ago. Thanks to fintech, African banks have better tools to service the remaining 83% of the population that do not have access to bank accounts. Partnership and competition between financial institutions and fintech companies are yielding unprecedented results and creating new opportunities for investment, but also raising challenges to be overcome:

Corporate Council on Africa's Finance Forum will bring together more than 100 project developers, financiers and African government representatives to address how the fintech industry is transforming the financial sector and financing on the African continent. Panels will address the following:

  • How are financial institutions taking advantage of the fintech boom on the African continent? How are these partnerships translating into increased profitability or value-added service?
  • How is fintech supporting financial inclusion?
  • What is the role of fintech in financing projects?
  • What are the regulatory, prudential and financial integrity challenges presented by fintech in the contexts of African countries?
  • Case study of new ways fintech is facilitating the structuring of deals from conception to delivery, as well as supporting access to financing. What are the lessons learned and best practices?



60 mins



15 mins

Bukola Saraki


75 mins

Panel 1: Finance of Tomorrow
Admassu Tadesse, Matt Essieh, Tarig Hamza, Mike Nonaka и Ben Haley


15 mins

Networking Break


15 mins

Special Presentation: Investment Opportunities in Liberia
Hon. Samuel D. Tweah, Jr.



Panel 2: Digital Finance: The New Deal
Peter Crawley, Mark Pickens, Bramuel Mwalo, Brian Korn и Kalidou Gadio


  • PC

    Peter Crawley

    Managing Director, Treasury and Trade Solutions Head, Citi Sub-Saharan Africa

  • ME

    Matt Essieh

    President and CEO, EAI Information Systems

  • KG

    Kalidou Gadio

    Co-Chair Africa & MENA Practice, Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLC

  • BH

    Ben Haley

    Counsel, Covington and Burling

  • TH

    Tarig Hamza

    President, Sudatel Telecom Group

  • BK

    Brian Korn

    Partner, Manatt, Phelps & Phillips

  • BM

    Bramuel Mwalo

    Kountable, Inc

  • BM

    Bramuel Mwalo

    Kountable, Inc

  • MN

    Mike Nonaka

    Partner, Covington and Burling

  • MP

    Mark Pickens

    Senior Director, Global Financial Inclusion, Visa, Inc.

  • BS

    Bukola Saraki

    Senate President, Federal Republic of Nigeria

  • AT

    Admassu Tadesse

    President and CEO, Trade and Development Bank

  • HT

    Hon. Samuel D. Tweah, Jr.

    Minister of Finance and Development Planning, Republic of Liberia