RegTech Africa Conference looks to drive growth and shape the digital economy
The annual RegTech Africa Conference is being held on 25 and 26 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 theme of this year’s conference is ‘regulatory innovation: bolstering Africa’s role in the global economy’. It will be driven by advisory council members with shared purpose and proven track-records in the advancement of innovative regulation across Africa.
With an expansive line-up of over 50 inspiring speakers, the two-day virtual conference will provide the perfect platform for discussion with the power to influence change.
The conference will be leveraging experience, insights and tools from different global players including 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, solutions to real challenges and cutting-edge insights – all curated after intensive market research and feedback from key industry stakeholders.
Cyril Okoroigwe, CEO of RegTech Africa, states: “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 line with the conference’s broader objective to enhance the quality of and strengthen the digital ecosystem, an advisory council for the conference has recently been formed.
The council’s formation comes at such a pivotal time when the world is slowly recovering from the impact of the pandemic which significantly sped up digitisation, 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.
- 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 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 three 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 and 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 recognised leader in the theory and application of financial regulation and supervision, capacity building, partnerships and customer experience design that enhances efficiency and shapes customer behaviour. 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 Instant and Inclusive Payments (IIPS) Programme.
“The advisory council brings world-leading expertise to achieve the broader objectives and this lends credence to our efforts to organise 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,” adds Okoroigwe.
“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.”
The RegTech Africa Conference is a social enterprise initiative of RegTech Africa focused on promoting innovative regulatory technology as a force for common good.