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Jean-Michel Severino – President and Chief Executive Officer at Investisseurs & Partenaires.

Mr. Severino serves as the Head of Research of the “Fondation pour les Études et Recherches sur le Développement International“(FERDI) since 2010. He held a variety of senior positions including Chief Executive Officer of Agence Française de Développement between 2001 and 2010 and in the past he served as a President of European Investment Bank.

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Pierre Mounier-Kuhn  CNRS researcher (National organization for scientific research) at the University of Paris-Sorbonne, specialized in the history of computer science and Banking IT technologies.

Pierre is an associate researcher at the Centre Alexandre Koyré. Pierre Mounier has published 60 papers and three books: his recent work (with Emmanuel Lazard) Histoire illustrée de l’informatique, Paris, EDP Sciences, 2016.

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Alexandre Maymat – Head of the Africa/Asia/Mediterranean Basin & Overseas region, International Banking and Financial Services, Société Générale.

Société Générale is one of the top 3 international banks in Africa.
The bank is present in 18 countries, with nearly 1,000 branches, 11,000 employees, and over 3.3 million clients including 150,000 African companies.


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Alexandre MEYER – President of Weave.

In 2005 Alexander led to the launch of a portfolio of solutions for the Banking & Insurance sector. Today Weave is a French company which provides operational strategy consulting services. It offers design thinking, digital business, marketing and sales, and organizational transformation and performance. 

Laurent Allard – Vice Chairman Executive Board Member, head of Strategic Development at OVH.

OVH is introducing new governance to further accelerate the Group's growth and become the global leader of the Cloud. Laurent Allard is in charge of animating the Group Strategic Committee with the task of defining strategy, managing strategic planning, public affairs and strategic alliances.

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Hervé Manceron – co-founder and COO of TagPay.

Hervé is a specialist in telecom technology and electronic transactions. Throughout his career, Hervé has successfully developed startups, with VOX and WellX. He is a graduate of ENSIMAG (Computer Science and Applied Mathematics) in Grenoble. 

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Charles Ozanne – TagPay’s CTO.

Charles is an engineer and expert in IT technologies and telecom. He drives the team in charge of product development, product implementation, and training. He manages the TagPay roadmap. Charles is a graduate of ENSERG (Computer Science and Electronics) in Grenoble. 



Arnaud Vincent  – CEO and founder of AVIOMEX (R&D in behavioral assessment and predictive algorithms) and Road-b-Score (Predictive scoring) based in Lyon, France.

He is an expert in machine learning, data science and marketing of innovation. Arnaud Vincent accomplished PHD in Quantitative Finance at MINES ParisTech.

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Christian Lim  Investment Director at Africinvest, with a focus on the financial sector, innovation and startups.

He structured numerous investments in banks, insurance companies and fintech, and serves at the board of several African financial institutions. Christian holds an engineering degree from Ecole Nationale des Mines de Paris and an MBA from INSEAD. 

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João Abiul Menano – CEO at James.

The company is focused on artificial Intelligence in credit risk, machine learning modelling for consumer and business credit. João is a researcher in credit risk, statistics and econometrics. He has an experience in analytic driven marketing and enterprise sales. João Menano holds a master’s degree in Strategy from Nova School of Business and Economics. 

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Pierre Noizat – CEO of Paymium, a start up he co-founded in 2011 as one of the world’s first Bitcoin exchange and Bitcoin payment solution provider.

Pierre is also the author of numerous books and articles about Bitcoin since 2011 and a co-founder of the French Bitcoin Association. Mr. Noizat received his MBA in Marketing and Finance from Columbia University in New York, 1991. Mr. Noizat is also a graduate of Ecole Polytechnique in Paris

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Jean Luc Konan – CEO at COFINA Groupe.

In 2013, Jean founded the COFINA Group, a pan-African microfinance institution specializing in SME financing. He is also Vice President of MJE Capital, a financial engineering firm based in Dubai, and Chairman of the CAPDEV network, promoting the growth of mesofinance on the African continent.


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Matthieu Vacarie – General Director at YUP (Société Générale Group).

YUP is a mobile money solution for accessing a full range of transactional and financial services even without a bank account. YUP is accessible via an expanded network of distributors equipped with adapted terminals and, of course, via the mobile banking app of Société Générale's different banks throughout Africa.


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Pierre-Antoine Balu – Partner, PricewaterhouseCoopers France.

Pierre-Antoine Balu is a management consultant specialized in strategy and business transformation for the Financial Services Industry. Pierre-Antoine focuses on emerging markets (Africa, South East Asia, India...) and is a leading voice for consultancy in Financial Services in the Maghreb and Francophone Africa.

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Yannick Mbiya Ngandu – Reginal Director at Trust Merchant Bank.

Yannick Mbiya has been extensively involved with the growth of Trust Merchant Bank, a leading commercial bank based in the DR Congo. Yannick is currently on the Management Committee and the Board of Directors as well as taking responsibility for the development of the entire branch network of the Bank.


Olivier MEISENBERG  – General manager of Trust Merchant Bank.

In 2005 Olivier lead the establishment of a German bank in the DRC in Kinshasa. The opportunity to work with Trust Merchant Bank (TMB) arose in 2009, and he has been CEO of the Bank since 2011. Trust Merchant Bank is one of the leading commercial banks operating in the Congo today. With a balance sheet of over six hundred million dollars.

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Valérie-Noëlle Kodjo Diop – Head Of Innovation and New Banking Model Africa Mediteranean Basin at Société Générale.

Valérie-Noëlle is responsible for directing and stimulating the bank's innovative approach across all of the 18 countries in which it does business on the African continent, developing cooperation with external innovation ecosystems (start-ups, incubators, etc.). Valérie is a graduate of ESCP Europe and holds a postgraduate degree in Banking and Finance from Paris Dauphine University.

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Christopher de Beck – consultant at Banco Postale.

Christopher de Beck currently works as a consultant for the foundation of Banco Postale in Angola. Christopher has held C-level executive positions for international banks in Portugal, which led him to oversee the banks’ activities in Poland, Romania, Greece, Turkey, Mozambique, Senegal and Angola. Christopher holds an MBA from INSEAD.


Gino Picasso is a CEO at GLOBOKASNET.

GloboKasNet is a multibank payment network based in Peru. Gino Picasso, has over 25 years of experience in global information and communications technology prior to founding GlobokasNet, most recently as CEO of Mobile 365 and Iridium Satellite. Previously, he held senior positions at GE and McKinsey.



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Mauricio Osorio – Director General at Crezcamos.

Crezcamos is a leading Colombian microfinance institution (MFI) with an extensive rural footprint, offering financial services and insurance to unbanked farmers and merchants, thereby enabling them to increase their productivity and protect their livelihoods.


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Bubacar Diallo is a founder & CEO at Benoo.

After 9 years cumulated experience in Trade Finance in two major banks, delivering innovative customer solutions, Bubakar started a new business promoting renewable energies, providing social impact and economic development particularly in West Africa. Benoo Energies specialises in supporting access to energy projects through Solar Home Systems and solar mini-grids.

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Kim Fredrik Schneider – CEO at Abi Global Health.

Kim has spent the past decade contributing to the development of online as the dominant data collection method in Europe, most recently as Joint Managing Director of Survey Sampling UK (SSI). Kim obtained a degree in Business Administration and Media Studies from the inter-disciplinary University Professors Program at Boston University.


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Edem Adjamagbo –  CEO & Founder at SemoaGroup.

Edem is an engineer in Business Intelligence and an advisor to startups and SMEs since 2012 on their digital projects. In 2013 he created the first web platform dedicated to airtime refund in Togo. The goal is to provide payment facilities for e-merchants, bringing alternative and innovative solutions to the people who need to order online without a credit card.

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John Chaplin – Payments & FinTech Adviser, Helios Investment Partners.

John brings unrivalled thought leadership on the future of card payments, card schemes and networks and a wealth of respected executive relationships developed over the past 20 years and updated perspectives of regulatory issues. John contributes to the development of the advisory business, serves on the board of several companies including InterSwitch, the largest switch in Africa.

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Laureen Kouassi-Olsson is the Head of Amethis’ West Africa office, Financial Institutions Head and Investment Director at Amethis.

Laureen also oversees Amethis West Africa, Amethis’ investment vehicle dedicated to Francophone Western and Central Africa. She also serves as board member for Ciel Finance (Mauritius), PetroIvoire (Côte d’Ivoire) and Amethis West Africa and is an alternate Director at the Board of Fidelity (Ghana).

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Edmund Higenbottam is a Managing Director at Verdant Capital.

Investment banker with extensive experience across London, Johannesburg, Lagos and Dubai. Prior to Verdant Capital, Edmund has performed senior roles at Morgan Stanley and Renaissance Capital and has 16 years experience in investment banking. Edmund has completed 40 transactions in 15 different African countries.


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Hervé Schricke is the President of Sofia Fides.

Hervé got 30 years of international experience at several financial institutions. From 2011 to 2013, he served as President of the French Association of Investors for Growth (AFIC). Previously until the year 1999 he was a Managing Director at Financière Natexis. Hervé Schricke is a lawyer graduate from Paris-Sorbonne University and holds Master's Degree in Public Affairs from the Abidjan Côte d'Ivoire University.

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Ben Marrel is the Founding Partner at Breega Capital.

After spending 10 years in the Tech / M&A world advising CEOs and entrepreneurs on strategy/financing and having launched ventures, Ben co-founded Breega, a VC fund (150M Eur) investing in highly promising technology start-ups in Europe at Seed/Series A stage. Ben Marrel is a Telecom engineer and a graduate from ESSEC.