Check out the RegTech recording and speaker bios below or read the summary of the four primary opportunity for RegTech in Africa.
The webinar consisted of two panels sessions. Panel 1 begins at the start time. Panel 2 builds off on content from Panel 1 but you can skip ahead to 1:17 to access Panel 2 directly.
About the event
Following the recent African eTrade Leaders Consultative Summit, held with the Secretary Generals of the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), Berne Union, the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA), the World Customs Organization (WCO) and the World Trade Organization (WTO), the African Union has requested a follow up RegTech Investors Consultative Summit to generate and make concrete recommendations from leading global RegTech stakeholders on issues such as:
- Opportunities to assist budget constrained governments, leapfrog dated import and export regulations/systems and harmonize the many and contradicting product classification codes
- How RegTech solutions can support SME exporters and importers in accelerating transactions, delivery, and goods return times
- RegTech and Big Data innovations currently available for African government to boost cross border intra-African eTrade for SMEs
- Perceived benefits/risks of these platforms on trade flows, jobs, etc.
- Policy frameworks and roadmaps that incorporate the use/implementation of cutting edge technologies that are also applicable to an African context
- Countries that have successfully implemented (or are transitioning to) these types of solutions
- Discussion on opportunities for public-private sector engagements/partnerships in the space
- Lastly, in addition to “standard” investment criteria, what are key considerations investors make when evaluating Trade- or RegTech solutions?
With a 103% increase in YoY investment during the first 3 quarters of 2019, RegTech is one of the fastest growing tech categories for global investors. As African governments accelerate the adoption of technology and pursue an ambitious regional eTrade agenda through the USD $3.2 trillion African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA), there’s the opportunity for RegTech solutions to greatly reduce the administrative burden and costs of ensuring firms and individuals are compliant when doing business both within and between borders. The African Union has tasked the RegTech industry to table solutions and proposals that allow governments and companies to take a more proactive tech driven approach to tackling regulatory challenges before they occur.
Chairman, African Union Continental Business Network
CEO and Chairman, Africa investor Group
Mr. Danso is the CEO and Chairman of Africa investor (Ai) Group – a pan-African investment holding company that connects institutional investors with African infrastructure and trade tech opportunities. Danso leads Ai’s co-investment platform and advises institutional investors, governments, and DFIs on major infrastructure and private equity investments. He also serves as the Chairman of the CFA New York Society Global Asset Owner’s Advisory Council and was instrumental in establishing the NEPAD-AU 5% Agenda Infrastructure Investment Initiative, for pension and sovereign wealth fund investors. Most recently, he has been appointed to chair the African Union’s Continental Business Network (CBN), a high-level business leaders’ forum that supports African Union Heads of State. Hubert holds an LLB in Business Law and an LLM Masters in International Commercial Law from the University of Sussex in England.
Alan Jeftha is a practicing attorney with Dentons South Africa and heads up the local Intellectual Property (IP), Technology, Media and Telecoms Departments (TMT). He has over 32 years of experience in the technology, broadcasting and media sectors and specializes in IP & TMT, corporate and commercial law and M&A transactions. Alan advises on a range of legislative and policy matters and inputs for the South Africa Department of Trade and Industry, including Regulatory Proposals on IP Policy Framework, inputs on Copyright Amendment Bill, Copyright and the digital economy and its application to South Africa. Alan obtained his LLM in Intellectual Property from the University of Cape Town where his studies focused on bio-technology and its interface with IP.
CEO, Ecommerce Forum of Africa
CEO, Ecommerce Forum of South Africa
As CEO of the Ecommerce Forum of Africa (EFA), Mr. Tempest is passionate about increasing awareness, confidence, and capability of the ecommerce industry in Africa. Throughout his career he has written and spoken extensively on marketing and trade policy issues and has given expert evidence at the European Commission, the European Parliament, Council of Europe, OECD, UNCTAD, WTO, and US Federal Trade Commission on ecommerce, privacy issues, alternative dispute resolution, self-regulatory codes, and trade policy and services. He currently sits on South Africa’s Department of Telecommunications and Postal Affairs’ ICT Council, the Financial Services Board’s Ecommerce Advisory Committee, and the African Union’s Digital Economy Committee. Most recently, he has written pieces on the COVID-19, the digital economy and the AfCFTA and provided the research for ecommerce case studies that are set to published by the South African Institute of International Affairs and International Trade Centre’s ecomConnect, respectively.
Senior Lecturer in Finance,
Accounting and Finance Department,
Strathclyde Business School
As a senior lecturer on finance at a top ranking accounting and finance department in the UK, Mr. Basu covers financial markets, such as equity markets, commodity markets and also alternative investments. A number of his papers have been published in top ranked international peer reviewed journals as well as top industry journals. He is actively involved in RegTech having set up a Scottish Regtech Forum, which brings together industry, academia and government to help understand the fast moving Regtech landscape and how Scotland can position itself to become a leading player.
Senior Director, Customs, Trade Compliance and Regulatory Affairs,
DHL Express – Sub Saharan Africa
A logistics and express industry veteran with over 25 years’ experience within the courier and logistics industry, Jason Blackman is the Senior Director for Customs, Trade Compliance and Regulatory Affairs for DHL Express Sub Saharan Africa. Jason has held various roles including Claims and Risk Management, Export Management, Head of Customer Operations for Sub Saharan Africa, and Head of Customs for DHL Global Forwarding SSA. Jason holds a Bachelor of Commerce Degree in Economics, Marketing and Commercial Law. An advocate of a liberalized competitive market environment with simplified, transparent customs processes that promote and advance free trade, Jason’s efforts facilitate regulatory engagement and collaboration between the private and public sector.
Kenneth A. Goodwin Jr.
Senior Managing Principal and Founder,
Mr. Goodwin has over 20 years of experience in banking and capital markets. As the founder of Jeanesis LLC, a digital transformation, capital markets, and risk management advisory firm, he is widely sought after for his expertise on digital transformation (DT), big data, innovation and technology, and risk management. He is a 10 to Know Global Game Changer, U.S. White House Business Council/Forward Member, Aspen Institute Nakasone and Mike and Maureen Mansfield Fellow. He previously lectured on blockchain and DT and regularly speaks on the opportunities, trends, and risks in FinTech, RegTech, foreign direct and outbound investment, and big data.
Agile Process Innovation
Mark Henderson is a business process specialist and operations consultant. He has 20 years’ experience in leading transformations across customer, colleague, process, technology and facilities. He has specialisms in outsourcing and operating model simplification. Mark has a BEng and MBA with a track record of innovation, delivery and driving profitability He is experienced in using a combination of customer focused strategy tools such as Group / Decision Explorer®, LEGO® SERIOUS PLAY® and Lean Six Sigma approaches to operational process management.
Michelle Chivunga N
Founder, CEO, Investor
Investments and Digital Solutions Group,
Global Policy House UK
Michelle Chivunga N is a globally recognized leader in digital transformation and blockchain with experience in designing government policy frameworks, corporate finance, and investment sourcing. Prior to her founding Global Policy House, Michelle worked for the British Bankers Association (now UK Finance) where she managed corporate financing projects that involved a wide range of global stakeholders. She also held engagements and advised international organizations such as the African Union, OECD, Commonwealth, World Bank, World Trade Organization, International Chambers of Commerce, and the World Economic Forum. In addition to serving as CEO of Global Policy House, a firm that specializes in emerging tech and blockchain in the context of emerging markets, trade, and enterprise, she holds several senior board positions including Advisor to Premier (President) of Bermuda/ member of the Government of Bermuda Fintech Advisory Board and member of the African Union Digital Taskforce.
Paul Smith, FCA, CFA, MA
Former President and CEO
Paul Smith is an independent corporate advisor and director to businesses in private wealth management, technology, and investment management worldwide. Paul currently serves as an Honorary Advisor and member of the Oversight Policy and Governance Committee of the Financial Reporting Council of Hong Kong. He is also a member of the Hong Kong Securities and Futures Commissions Product Advisory Committee. Prior to this, Paul served as President and CEO of CFA Institute and previously owned and ran Asia Alternative Asset Partners, a Hong Kong based investment management group. Paul started his career as an auditor at PriceWaterhouse in London when in 1984 he left for Ermitage International where he worked as a European fund manager and eventual CEO for seven years. In 1996, he led the Bank of Bermudas securities and servicing business in Hong Kong and on sale to HSBC acted as Global Head of HSBCs alternative funds servicing business. Paul is a Fellow of the Chartered Accountants of England and Wales, a Chartered Financial Analyst, and holds a Master of Arts degree from Oxford University.
Founder and CEO,
Remonda Kirketerp-Moller has a proven track record using technology to automate highly complex legal and regulatory processes in financial services. In 2012, Remonda founded muinmos to revolutionize regulatory compliance and client onboarding in the financial services sector. Prior to this, Remonda served as the Director of the Legal and Compliance Department at Saxo Bank where she founded the Market Data Department to specialize in big data analysis and process automation to support Saxo’s global business strategy. In 2008, she co-founded CFH Group Companies, which was sold to Playtech in 2017 after becoming a market leader in its global offerings. Through these experiences, Remonda has become a recognized speaker and expert advisor on highly complex regulatory matters in the FinTech and RegTech space and is a contributing author of the “The RegTech Book”. Remonda is authorized and regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority of England and Wales, a member of the Danish Bar and Law Society, a recognized European lawyer, and holds a number of Board positions.