Agenda

 
08:00 – 08:45 Conference registration and welcome refreshments
9:00 am Chairman’s opening remarks
Dr. Evans Woherem, Founder and Chairman, Digital Africa Global Consult Ltd and Compumetrics Solutions
9:10 am Executive Central Bank Panel Discussion: Innovation in regulation- Overcoming gaps in rural banking strategies

Panelists:
Stephen Ambore, Head, Digital Financial Services, Central Bank Nigeria
Sampson Akligoh, Director of Financial Sector Division, Ministry of Finance, Ghana
9:50 am Supporting innovative financial institutions to improve financial inclusion
A key component to achieve financial inclusion is to explore and design innovative platforms to facilitate financial inclusion. One such advent was recently introduced in Nigeria through the possible regulation and licensing of Payment Service Banks as well as digital- only banks.

Dr. Mudashiru Olaitan, Director, Development Finance Department, Central Bank of Nigeria
10:10 am Accelerating digital transformations: The way forward for West African banks
Sujeeth Samarat. Principal Constultant, Infosys Finacle
10:30 am Case Study

Ghana
The Bank of Ghana approving mobile banking of non-traditional financial services significantly reduced their unbanked rate. This spotlight will highlight the model of nonbank entities offering digital financial services to significantly reach unbanked populations.

Invited: Michael Mensah, Information and Communication Technology, Bank of Ghana

Ethiopia
Dashen Bank and the Commercial Bank of Ethiopia have launched two digital payment platforms to facilitate financial inclusion. This spotlight will dissect the relationship between FinTech and traditional financial institutions to transform from a cash-based economy

Yemiru Chanyalew, Chief Executive Officer, Moneta Technologies
Robel Alemayehu, Director-Ebanking Services, Amole / Dashen Bank

11:10 - 11:30 Session reserved for Umar EL Farouk, Chief Information Officer, Ghana Commercial Bank
11:30 - 12:00 Session reserved for Temenos
12:00 - 12:40 Networking break
12:40 pm DIGITAL FINANCIAL SERVICES

CIO/ CTO executive discussion: Digital Financial Services Landscape in West Africa Identifying and adopting the region-specific solutions necessary to reach unbanked populations as well as the innovative technologies to meet the requirements of the region’s financial customer.

Moderator:
Ade Bajomo, Executive Director IT and Operations, Access Bank

Panelists:
Richard Amafonye, Chief Information Officer, Wema Bank
Onyebuchi Akosa, Group Chief Information Officer, United Bank Africa Group
Ade Bajomo, Executive Director Information Technology and Operations, Access Bank
Lola Cardoso, Head, Group Corporate Strategy and Chief Digital and Innovation Officer, Union Bank
Umar EL Farouk, Chief Information Officer, Ghana Commercial Bank Limited
1:20 pm The role Human-Centric Cyber security plays in protecting intellectual property for the Era of Digital Transformation Gregg Brans, Sales Executive, Forcepoint
1:40 pm The future of CX/ UX in West Africa’s banking sector – WhatsApp banking Automating support services through chat bots and enhanced AI features as well as utilizing big data to better understand customers, ensure ease of transaction flow and eliminate prolonged downtime delays.

Adesola Adeduntan, Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, First Bank of Nigeria LTD
2:00 - 3:00 LUNCH
NEXT GENERATION FINANCIAL TECHNOLOGY
3:00 pm NEXT GENERATION FINANCIAL TECHNOLOGY

Key insight from EFInA biennial “Access to Financial Services in Nigeria 2018 Survey” Ashley Immanuel, Head of Research, Enhancing Financial Innovation & Access (EFInA)

3:20 pm Reimagining Banking Modernization

Banesh Prabhu, Chief Strategy Advisor, Intellect Design Arena

3:40 pm Modern core processing systems Implementing the latest in banking software to meet customer experience models through improved bank processes and omni-channel suites to offer homogenized services. Merging the latest in Fintech solutions with legacy banking systems to enhance multi-tier digital offerings.

Christian Ayiku, CFO, Consumer Bank Group, EcoBank Togo
4:00 - 4:20 pm Financial Inclusion – Challenges in Emerging Economies

Prakash Thacker, Managing Director, Citius
4:20 pm Mobile Money interoperability (MMI)- Future of cross-network transactions Identifying the best solutions to support the seamless transfer of funds from one mobile money platform to another, across networks and accounts. As well as enabling advanced interlinkage of regional payment systems.

Niyi Ajao, Executive Director, Nigeria Inter-Bank Settlement Systems
4:40 pm Chairman’s closing remarks and Close of Day 1
08:00 – 09:00 Conference registration and welcome refreshments
9:00 am Chairman’s opening remarks
9:10 am West Africa Microfinance Panel Discussion: Improving credit facilities to underbanked and SME’s Lowering interest rates will be a result of identifying more efficient means to providing resources to MFB customers and encouraging regulator support in lowering bank rates. Streamlining the application process for Micro-Finance Loans

Panelists:
Benedict Anyalenkeya, Chief Information Officer, Accion Microfinance Bank, Nigeria
Leo Armel Tchoudjang Nzoutchoum, Chief Information Officer, AB Microfinance Bank Nigeria
Dr. Babafemi Oyewole, Non- Executive Director, Supreme Microfinance Bank Nigeria
9:50 am Encouraging trust in the next- generation of banking tech
The use of biometric IDs to capture and store data of the bankable population ensures that banks can monitor unique financial identities and efficiently establish trust of current and future customers.

Wilfred Mamah, Head Digital Strategy, Issuing and Service Management Stanbic IBTC
10:10 am Fusing E-commerce into the banking landscape of West Africa
Identifying the markets most desired by bank customers then developing real-time customized and dynamic e-commerce experiences through enhanced customer engagement strategies.

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THE FUTURE OF WEST AFRICA’S FINANCIAL INDUSTRY
11:00 am Panel Discussion: Developing West Africa’s cashless economy
Overcoming the barriers to achieve financial inclusion will push the amount of electronic transactions/ POS terminals in the region. Additionally, use cases from around the continent further exemplify how reliable connectivity and transaction integrity drive cashless payment adoption.
Panelists:
Tope Wilcox, Head, Cards, First City Monument Bank
Stanley Jacob, Head of Consumer Distribution, Ecobank Nigeria and Chairman, Committee e-Banking Industry Heads (CeBIH), Nigeria
Richard Amafonye, Chief Information Officer, Wema Bank Chuma Ezirim, Head, eBusiness Group, First Bank of Nigeria
11:40 am The future of CX/ UX in West Africa’s banking sector – Automating support services through chat bots and enhanced AI features as well as utilizing big data to better understand customers, ensure ease of transaction flow and eliminate prolonged downtime delays.

Adesola Adeduntan, Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, First Bank of Nigeria
12:00 pm Enabling advanced interlinkage of regional payment systems
Easing the seamless flow of payments across banking networks with pan-regional settlement capabilities.

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12:20 pm INNOVATION SPOTLIGHT WINNERS
The two finalists of the innovation spotlight will be announced and awarded in this session.
12:40 - 1:40 Networking break
Crypto currency and Information Security masterclass
1:40 pm Blockchain 101
This master class will uncover the inception of digital currencies as a financial offering to the banking sector in West Africa and provide a detailed analysis of how digital currencies work.

Blockchain Masterclass leader:
Lucky Uwakwe, Co-Founder, cheetahafrica.org and Chief Operating Officer at Blockchain Solutions Limited
2:50 pm Information Security
This masterclass will cover the necessary measures to enhance multi-channel security across the increasingliy digital financial sector. Key aspects to be addressed include denial-of-service attacks, data breaches and limiting cyber exposure risks.

Information Security Masterclass leader:
Tope S. Aladenusi, Chief Strategy Officer & Cyber Risk Services Leader, Deloitte West Africa
4:00 pm Chairman’s closing remarks
4:10 pm Close of day 2