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Open Webinar - African Innovations in SME Finance - Part II: Payment Technology

18 August 2020
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Open Webinar - African Innovations in SME Finance - Part II: Payment Technology
 
Open Webinar
 
In our May webinar on African Innovations in SME Finance, we discussed mobile financial services and how sub-Saharan Africa is a leader in MFS innovation, adoption, and usage. With the expanding interest and capabilities in digital money in the region, many new financial and non-financial players are investing in mobile-based payment businesses, while other mobile money providers are offering bill payments in order to enhance their customer experience. We will examine the rapidly growing enthusiasm for a broader range of digital commerce experiences, focusing on payment technologies. Online payment technologies are critical to help small businesses digitalize and accept payments online. These customer-centric digital tools, can help SMEs both collect payments as well as offer digital financial services such as credit, utilizing payment history and other alternative data. 
 
In this webinar, we will hear from JumiaPay, an online marketplace in Africa, M-Pesa/VodafoneTanzania, leaders in mobile money and payments, as well as online payment platform Paystack, who are leading payment technology in this region.
 
Host: Matthew Gamser, CEO, SME Finance Forum
 
About the Speakers
 

Juan Seco is the VP Consumer Financial Services at JumiaPay, the payment and financial services venture of Jumia, the leading online platform in Africa. He has been with Jumia since 2015, when he joined as the CFO for Kenya. Since 2017 he has been working with JumiaPay to oversee the expansion and deployment of the service in Jumia’s key markets and avail payment and credit solutions to the company’s customers and merchants. Prior to Jumia, Juan spent his career at PwC and KPMG working in Transaction Services, where he was a Director in New York providing financial due diligence services and M&A advisory for large Corporates and PE Funds. Juan holds a Bachelor of Commerce from McGill University where he majored in Finance and International Business.  

 

Amandine Lobelle is currently Head of Business Operations at Paystack, an online payments company based in Lagos, Nigeria, which helps merchants to collect payments from their customers. Previously, Amandine was an investor at IFC (the private sector investment arm of the World Bank), where she invested in early stage FinTech companies in Sub-Saharan Africa. She was based in Washington, Lagos, and Johannesburg. She started her career in investment banking, working in M&A for Morgan Stanley based in London and Johannesburg.
Amandine holds a BA in Business & Economics from Trinity College, Dublin, and a Masters in Public Policy from Harvard University.
 
Epimack Mbeteni is the M-Commerce Director at Vodacom Tanzania PLC responsible for strategic planning, Business development and financial management of M-Pesa . M-Pesa is the leading mobile money service in Tanzania with a customer base of more than 11 million Customers. Epimack Mbeteni is a seasoned executive with over 15 years of experience in strategic and operational roles with leading Telecoms operators in Tanzania. His experience cuts across mobile money, IT operations, billing project management to list a few. Epimack has successfully completed Vodacom Advanced Executive Programme through the Gordon Institute of Business Science - University of Pretoria, and holds a Degree in Computer Engineering & Information Technology from the University of Dar es Salaam.
 
 

 

NEW: Extra Time with Speakers!
 
Want to learn more about an institution or speak directly with a panelist from the roundtable? Join our new Roundtable - Extra Time! This is 30-minute breakout session with one or two of the presenters from the roundtable. Microphones will be unmuted and participants can speak more conversationally, and ask direct questions to the presenters. Each session will be chaired by a SME Finance Forum moderator.
 
For more information, please contact: Jessica Alfaro