Where the mobile bank account was born
December 19, 2013
Hosted by Brett King
Banking in Africa has become a prime example of necessity breeding ingenuity. When the global financial crisis hit in 2008, Africa's regional banks turned their focus closer to home and embraced technology as a means to reach the hugely diverse unbanked populations of the region. With a virtually untapped market, relatively unburdened by out-of-date computing infrastructures, and embracing the expansion of financial technologies, Africa's regional banks are often on the cutting edge of making banking "something you do, not somewhere you go.". Today, Brett speaks with two of the major players in Africa's regional banks- John Owens, Director at Chemonics International and a Senior Policy Advisor at the Alliance for Financial Inclusion and Zwelibanzi Manyathi, CE of Personal and Business Banking for Standard Bank, as they discuss how they are embracing technology and beginning to eliminate banking deserts.
Breaking Banks Fintech
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Breaking Banks is the number 1 global fintech radio show and podcast. Every week we explore the personalities, startups, innovators, and industry players driving disruption in financial services, from Incumbents to unicorns, and from the latest cutting edge technology to the people are using it to help to create a more innovative, inclusive and healthy financial future.
We are living in a time of the most dramatic technological advancements in history, and we are telling the stories behind that change, with a focus on the implications of what it all means for industry incumbents and insurgents, the people, the consumers, the markets, and the very nature of banking and money itself.
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Brett King is a three times bestselling author, well-known futurist and speaker, and founder of a breakout new retail banking and lifestyle concept "Moven.” King was voted as American Banker's Innovator of the Year in 2012, and was nominated by Bank Innovation as one of the Top 10 "coolest brands in banking.” King has been featured on CNBC, Bloomberg, BBC, Financial Times, The Economist, The Asian Banker Journal, The Banker, Wired magazine and many more. He contributes regularly as a blogger on Huffington Post.
King initially achieved recognition for his bestselling book BANK 2.0, which received widespread industry acclaim and topped category lists in the UK, USA, Germany, Japan, Canada, France Russia and Asia. 'Branch Today, Gone Tomorrow' - King's second book achieved bestseller status in its first week on Amazon. His current book BANK 3.0 is currently topping the charts in the US, UK, China, Canada, Germany, Japan and France and has been published in English, Chinese (Simplified/Traditional), Korean, Russian and Polish to-date. He is widely considered the foremost global expert on retail banking innovation today.
As an industry thought leader, King has delivered keynotes at conferences in more than 40 countries for organizations like Google, Forbes, and Oracle. He has served as an international judge for The Asian Banker Retail Banking Excellence Awards, the GSMA Global Mobile Awards, the Middle East Business Achievement and Retail Banking Awards.