February SYMPOSIUM SESSION

African Diaspora Investment Symposium 2021
Innovation in Payments in Africa
Wednesday, February 17, 8:00 AM PST, 4:00 PM GMT

FIRESIDE CHAT

The digital payment space has transformed everyday lives across the African continent, from the introduction of mobile phones to the adoption of digital payment systems by merchants to streamline their finance systems. Yet, the complexity and cost of payment services, privacy, and security are all barriers to efficient payment methods in Africa. How does Africa continue to develop its digital economy through innovation?

There are many talented innovators in Africa that need access to capital. One organization that helps innovators bridge this gap is Future Africa. Iyinoluwa Aboyeji is Co-founder of Future Africa, a platform that provides capital, coaching and community for mission-driven innovators. Iyinoluwa (Iy) and his team give investors the opportunity to fund innovators turning Africa’s most difficult problems into global business opportunities. Join to learn more about Future Africa’s vision.

FIRESIDE CHAT

Iyinoluwa Aboyeji, General Partner and Co-founder of Future Africa

Nicole Van Der Tuin, CEO, First Access

SESSION

Innovation in Payments & Financial Inclusion in Africa

Innovation in payment systems in Africa has made it possible for advancements in financial inclusion and has reduced the cost for the diaspora to wire remittances. Advancements from the introduction of mobile phones to the adoption of digital payment systems by merchants to streamline their finance systems has made the market accessible to traditionally underserved and underrepresented users, including women, small businesses and diaspora stakeholders. What are companies like Facebook and DMA Global doing to drive innovation and financial inclusion in the Fintech space in Africa? What further steps are needed to advance financial inclusion? What role does the Diaspora play in this? What challenges and opportunities exist to widen the fintech space and drive more inclusive growth in Africa?

Panel

Francine Dove , Project Manager – DMA Global (DMAG)

Semhar Araia, Head, Diaspora Policy, Africa, Middle East and Turkey Public Policy Team Facebook

Kojo Boakye, Director of Public Policy for Africa, Facebook

Omosalewa “O” Adeyemi, Global Partnerships & Expansion, Flutterwave, Inc

Yemiru Chanyalew, CEO, Moneta Technologies