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Herbert Wigwe, Brett King For 2019 AFF Disrupt Conference



Disrupt Conference

Access Bank’s Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director, Herbert Wigwe and Australian Digital Innovation expert Brett King have been unveiled as keynote speakers of 2019 Africa Fintech Foundry Disrupt Conference.

Slatted to hold in Lagos on Thursday, May 16, the conference has been highly anticipated.

Disrupt Conference

L-R: Partner, Aluko and Oyebode, Olubunmi Fayokun; Head of Marketing, Kia Motors, Jimoh Olawale; Team member, Africa Fintech Foundry(AFF), Anita Odiete; Executive Director, Operations and IT, Access Bank Plc, Ade Bajomo; Head, Africa Fintech Foundry, Olusegun Adeniyi and Co-founder, Bluechip Technologies Limited, Olumide Soyombo at the AFF Disrupt 2019 Press conference held in Lagos

Themed “Digital Gold Rush: Building a Sustainable Tech-Economy”,  the one day conference will attract over 30 speakers, two panels, three master-classes, two fires chats and five thought leadership sessions & debates.

Speaking at a Press Conference which held in Lagos on Tuesday, May 7, Executive Director, Digital Operations &  IT, Access Bank, Mr. Adeolu Bajomo said the “Disrupt Conference” is designed to deepen the Nigerian Fintech ecosystem, asserting that the Fintech industry has the potential to address unemployment and create more economic opportunities in the country.

“It will be a learning experience, an opportunity for fintechs to connect and create an exposure to innovation for participants,” Bajomo said.

Bajomo further emphasised that in the age of the fourth industrial revolution, every single business must go digital, adding that the conference would provide an opportunity for fintechs to innovate and provide solutions, in the financial services industry compliant with set regulations.

Head, Africa Fintech Foundry, Mr Segun Adeniyi, who gave an overview of the event tagged the largest tech conference in the country said over 10,000 registered people have shown interest in the conference, adding that there will be sessions for regulators, venture capitalists and legal players at the conference. He said that the goal of the Africa Fintech Foundry  is to position it and Access Bank as the thought leader in innovation, technology and disruption.

Speaking on the hub, Adeniyi stated that since the inception of the Africa Fintech Foundry in 2017, the platform has engaged and equipped over 1,000 entrepreneurs.

Anita Odiete of the Venture Capital & Incubation Segment of the Africa Fintech Foundry, also gave updates on the “Women In Technology” session that will feature at the conference.

Odiete was of the view that the session will involve a brain-storming session, on how the gender inclusion can be achieved in the Nigerian technology space.

Sponsors for the event include: Access Bank Plc, Microsoft, AFEX, 21st Century, Dell, 7up, Nigerian Breweries Plc,  Unilever, Kia, Coldstone, Airtel, Templars, Pinkberry, Internet Solutions Nigeria, The Agile Advisors,, Bluechip Technologies, United Capital, eStreams, Dominos Pizza, Trium and others.


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