Disruptive Innovation from the Bottom: Africa Leads the Mobile Financial Services Revolution
December 4, 2014
Hosted by Té Revesz
“Disruptive innovation always comes from the bottom” says Capgemini financial services guru and growth strategist, Deborah Baxley. Today Africa is a hotbed of mobile financial services innovation. A perfect storm of converged mobile technology and financial services supplying the “bottom of the pyramid” is creating products that are simpler, cheaper and offer more value. Fact: 52% of the world’s mobile money services are in Sub-Saharan Africa. Once those innovations reach developed markets “they will sow the seeds of disruption to incumbents.” On the upside, these innovations in P2P lending, bill payment, credit/savings, bulk payments, micro-finance and insurance are also sowing seeds of opportunities for industries ranging from agriculture to consumer goods, from electronics to healthcare. How can your company reap these opportunities? Who will weather the perfect storm? What other markets will it reach? Achieving the Elusive 10X Factor in Payments Innovation? What’s coming next?
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Té Revesz is known for her ability to conduct strategic research on a global basis and for her creativity in handling complex business challenges.
As principal of GlobalReach-SBI, a research and consulting firm with a network spanning over 60 countries, Té provides clients with strategic intelligence on market opportunities and threats. She covers such diverse areas as global branding, new product development, payment cards, clinical trials, and political risk. An expert in primary research, Té has interviewed business, government and labor leaders, doctors and technical experts—and managed focus groups—around the world. She was profiled in Super Searchers Go to the Source as one of the top US interviewers.
Prior to founding her own firm, Té headed the Industrial & Healthcare Practices of FIND's Strategic Consulting & Research Group and taught at the Zicklin School of Business (Baruch/CUNY). She was the Editor of Business International’s flagship newsletter and helped create its country risk service.
An NYC native, Té is active with Citizen Action, the URJ’s Commission on Social Action, and NY Neighbors for American Values (defending religious freedom, diversity and equality). She holds a Masters from Columbia’s School of International & Public Affairs and a BA from Goucher College. She’s an avid bike rider, theater buff and farmers market supporter—and the bemused owner of 2 demanding felines.