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Africa’s Blueprint for a Thriving Fintech Ecosystem | Ep. 77 with Margaret O’Conner, Launch Africa

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Welcome to What$Next: Fintech & Web3 Podcast by CFTE

What is the secret behind the success of Africa’s fintech landscape? In this episode, we are thrilled to have Margaret O’Connor, the Chairperson of Launch Africa, also known as “a real emerging markets person.” 

Launch Africa, a leading African VC fund, with its skilled leadership team fostering young talent and facilitating collaboration through portfolio connectivity and a gender lens investment fund.

Discover the need for collaborative investment and regulatory engagement involving various stakeholders to promote technology understanding, financial inclusion, and innovation!

🔍 Listen to this Episode and learn:
🔷 Scarcity mindset as a driving force behind African economic growth

🔷 Future benefits from collaborations between payment and public sectors

🔷 Safe adoption of Gen AI and Blockchain technology in the initial stage of startups

Tune in to listen as Margaret shares exclusive insights on how the African community builds an ecosystem for fintech startups and entrepreneurs to fuel up the country’s economic growth!

Episode Guest

Margaret O'Connor

Chairperson at Launch Africa

With her 20 years of experience in the African banking sector and her significant contributions to financial inclusion and economic development, Margaret has played a crucial role in shaping the growth of African Fintech startups.

Podcast hosts

Ronit Ghose

Global Head, Future of Finance at Citi

Ronit Ghose is the Global Head, Future of Finance, Citi’s think tank for the future of money and technology. Ronit’s current areas of focus include Digital Assets, the Metaverse, Web3, the applications of AI to Finance and other frontier topics. Previously, Ronit was Global Head of Banks and Fintech Research for Citi.

Ronit is an Advisor to various Governments, Universities, VC investors and tech firms in the UK, UAE and Africa. Prior to joining Citi, he worked at the British Bankers’ Association and was a research assistant in the UK Parliament for a former Prime Minister. He has an undergraduate degree from the University of Oxford & a postgraduate diploma from the University of London.

Gaurav Dhar

Group CEO of Marshal Fintech Partners

Gaurav is a seasoned leader in the FinTech industry and currently serves as the Group CEO of Marshal Fintech Partners in Dubai. He is also a board member of Deem Bank, The Mena Fintech Association and TiE Dubai.

With over 19 years of experience at Marshal, he has established himself as a pioneering force in the development of FinTech ecosystems and solutions. 

By devoting his personal time to working with innovators, he has built an extensive network of relationships with VCs, incubators, accelerators, start-ups, and angel syndicates, both locally and globally.

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