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12th Africa Bank 4.0 Summit – SADC Region: Upscaling Digital Financial Services and Payments: Innovative, Agile, Accessible, Affordable


Johannesburg, South Africa – 1st November, 2023:
12th Africa Bank 4.0 Summit – SADC Region is all set to be hosted on the 15th & 16th of November 2023, at the The Maslow Hotel, Sandton – Johannesburg, with the conference theme focused on “Upscaling Digital Financial Services and Payments: Innovative, Agile, Accessible, Affordable”.

Gathering eminent names from the region’s financial sector and governing bodies this event aims to play a pivotal role in addressing real-world challenges, converting them into potential opportunities, and ultimately serving as a catalyst for transformation within the region’s digital financial services landscape. Along with a 2-day knowledge-sharing summit and solution showcase, this event will also be hosting the Africa Bank 4.0 Awards – SADC Region, celebrating and honoring exponential contribution from the region’s noteworthy organizations and individuals.

The Retail Banking Panel, addressing the importance of “Modernizing Retail Banking Strategies” will be joined by Guillermo Martin, Director – New Business Sales, FICO Platform ; Dedrey Mutimutema, Director – Retail Banking at CBZ Bank Limited ; Neré Jansen Van Vuuren, Regional Sales Director: Africa, Australia & New Zealand at C&R Software ; Bhavya Shah, Head of Personal Financial Services at Bank One ; Farshad Nowshadi, Vice President eStrategy at Saman Bank and he is also VC, Mentor at Level39 ; and Antony Vendhan, Co-Founder & Director, Identy.

An exclusive session on “Real-Time Payment as a Steppingstone to Economic Growth & Prosperity”  will be elaborated by Kumaran Selvarajalu, Head: Payments at Banking Association South Africa (BASA), while Chris Wood, Managing Executive: Product – Relationship Banking, Absa will be sharing his insights on “Collaboration is the Route for Growth & Prosperity” during his presentation.

Data, Digital and AI are revolutionizing how new edge BFSI companies operate, interact with customers, drive seamless experience, and manage their core operations. In a joint-presentation titled “Transforming BFSI with AI and Automation” by Ambuj Khaturia, CTO and Rahul Bohra, AVP Products from Cygnet Digital.

“Optimizing the Digital Customer Experience” was discussed over a interactive panel discussion titled “DIGITAL LEADERS PANEL”. Moderated by Chris Wood, Managing Executive: Product – Relationship Banking at Absa, this panel will be joined by
Polys Hadjikyriacos, Chief Sales Officer & Executive Board Member, NETinfo Plc

Sitesh Srivastava, Chief Customer Officer, Yethi Consulting

Sudheer Prabhu, Chief Technology Officer, CIM Financial Services Ltd

Benlaw Ruredzo, Chief Digital Officer, CBZ Holdings Limited

Tawanda Chatikobo, Executive Head of Digital Transformation, Telesure Group

Ulrik Tobias Peter, Head of Digital, Alternate Channels and Transformation, National Bank of Commerce Limited (NBC)

Some of the other highlighted sessions of the event include Influencer Panel, Policy Panel, The Payments Town Hall, Financial Inclusion Panel along with many other exclusive knowledge-sharing presentations.

The 12th Africa Bank 4.0 Summit – SADC Region will culminate with the prestigious Africa Bank 4.0 Awards – SADC Region. These awards are dedicated to honoring and acknowledging the remarkable contributions of individuals, organizations, and initiatives that have significantly bolstered the financial sector’s response and have made an indelible mark on shaping the future of the region’s financial landscape.

An exclusive opportunity for business networking and the presentation of cutting-edge technology and solutions tailored for the financial sector will stand as a prominent feature of this event. Esteemed sponsors and exhibitors joining this event include BankservAfrica, NETinfo Plc and C&R Software as Gold Partners, FICO, Cygnet Digital and JuicyScore as Silver Partners, Yethi Consulting and IDENTTY as Associate Partner and Fintech Association of South Africa as Supporting Fintech Association among others.

To learn more about the event and application procedure for the awards, visit:

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Event Marketing

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