Yesterday, British Deputy High Commissioner Susie Kitchens was among the Euromoney East Africa Conference attendees which took place at the Radisson Blu Hotel in Nairobi.
Now in its third year, the event looked at the progress that Kenya and East Africa have made by continuing to embrace innovative and disruptive technology as a tool for financial inclusion. Co-hosted by the Central Bank of Kenya, the conference focused on the emergence of new business models and technologies; and the reinvention of financial services.
Keynote speakers at the event included Dr Patrick Njoroge (Governor, Central Bank of Kenya), Selina Xu (Senior Vice President, CreditEase), Amolo Ng’weno (Chief Executive Officer, BFA), Dr Kenfield Griffith (Chief Executive Officer and Co-founder, mSurvey) and Peris Bosire (Co-founder and Chief Executive Officer, FarmDrive).
The conference brought together over 300 key players in the fintech space from governments, regulators, banks, payment providers and innovators, to discuss:
- Why do financial services need reinventing and what are the drivers for reinvention?
- Can innovation also be exclusive?
- Regional trends in regulation: A conversation with central banks representatives and innovators.
- The role of women in innovation and finance. How can women drive innovation?
- The opportunities for innovation: A look at fintech and disruptive entities i.e. start-ups, ICT & tech companies, social media, internet platforms, e-retailers, and financial infrastructure companies.
Evgeni Mitkov, Everex Chief Operating Officer, said: “This is one of the best organised finance-related conferences with a unique, global exposure. Valuable discussions around finance and new innovative technologies such as blockchain brought in highly qualified panellists from governments, banks, and fintechs. This is a unique experience surrounding the constant innovative financial landscape”.