Past Edition Sponsors and Partners

Strategic Partner


Mastercard Payment Gateway Services is part of the Mastercard family, offering industry leading, global payment processing services – for merchants, industry partners and acquiring banks. Their gateway technology is truly global with over 160 local banking connections and enables consumers from around the world to pay for goods and services in the way they want, using the latest innovations, in a fast, reliable and secure manner. Underpinned by the resilience and investment of a global payments leader.

As a partner to many of the world’s most recognizable brands the gateway transcends the complexities of payment acceptance, allowing their customers to successfully compete in the world of digital payments, benefit from new commercial opportunities and meet clients’ needs across new channels and markets.


One Platform. Connected customer communications that helps businesses build exceptional experiences, globally, at scale

Infobip is a global cloud communications platform that enables businesses to build connected customer experiences across all stages of the customer journey at scale, with easy and contextualized interactions over customers’ preferred channels.

Accessed through a single platform, Infobip’s omnichannel engagement, identity, user authentication security and contact center solutions help clients and partners overcome the complexity of consumer communications, grow their business and increase loyalty– all in a fast, secure and reliable way.

With over a decade of industry experience, Infobip has expanded to include 65+ offices on six continents offering natively built technology with the capacity to reach over seven billion mobile devices and ‘things’ in 190+ countries connected to over 800 telecom networks.

The company serves and partners with leading mobile operators, messaging apps, banks, social networks, tech companies, and aggregators.

We are the catalyst for the business success of our partners; we provide them with the tools to create value for their customers anywhere, anytime and on their preferred channels.

Our mission

To provide accessible,safe, innovative communication and customer support solutions to our partners in various industries and geographies, enabling them to grow, innovate, and better their communities.

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Official Innovation Partner


BIG INNOVATION CENTRE aims to build global innovation and investment hubs that make the world more purposeful and our cities happier – through the enormous potential of future-tech, creativity, and innovation.

The aim of Big Innovation Centre – Middle East is to support the transformation of the Middle East into a smart knowledge economy and to create a better life for all. The purpose is to reduce the dependency on oil in an ambitious shift towards high tech leadership, diversify in the economy, and to think forward about the future innovation ecosystem and the public sector as an enabler in the region.

In doing so it will engage with key stakeholders from leading businesses, government, innovation, and entrepreneurship, and most of all, with the Youth who ‘owns’ the future. We will take on key projects from public bodies and private businesses which supports our purpose, and to help them raise their innovative capabilities.

Never has the time and place been more timely. Together, we will create the taskforces that implement the 2030 Vision of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, and prototype a new future for our smart city-regions as Neom.

Our communities are the creators and users of the eco-system – connecting and contributing in the realization of the National 2030 Vision.

Click here to visit our websites: ET Councils and Big Innovation Centre Middle East

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Gold Sponsor

Arttha by PureSoftware

PureSoftware is a software product and services company with over 700 employees and a presence in 10 geographical locations and over 15 years in business. We focus on driving differentiated customer experience, accelerating cycle time, and improving business outcomes through the integration of digital solutions, robotic automation, and non-linear commercial models. PureSoftware has successfully executed projects in areas like digital, project engineering, and application development, and management that are applicable across industries including Telecom, Financial Services, Life Sciences, Hi-Tech, Gaming, etc.

Backed by a strong Leadership team, we provide our clients with a unique multi-point engagement model, which enables faster and more meaningful communications between various functional teams involved in the project. Our innovation-driven development approach and thought leadership in various domains give us an edge over our competition.

Our award-winning fintech platform Arttha has been deployed by over 100+ financial institutions in emerging markets such as Indonesia, Nepal, Myanmar, and countries in Africa. Arttha provides an unrivaled experience in the digital financial services space and delivers a spectrum of business offerings, including e-wallets and digital payments, micro-lending, merchant management, loan lifecycle management, agent banking, etc. all integrated as different modules in the same application.

Arttha enables businesses to expand their offerings for customers, thereby bringing additional revenue streams with a greater ROI, besides reducing the operational overheads which come in managing the different vendor solutions. In the world of digital payments, Arttha is one of the fastest-growing technology platforms. With business execution and process effectiveness as a focal point, and optimizing operational cost for service providers, Arttha provides a high-performance technology solution for digital payment.

Arttha has always kept itself ahead in the technology curve, has been a technology leader, and has evolved from a monolithic into microservice-based architecture as part of a planned roadmap release. Arttha has been functionally enhanced over the years with the addition of capabilities and even support for blockchains with periodic major and minor version releases. Arttha is backed by a team of dedicated and highly skilled resources and domain experts, ensuring that the clients always get a best-in-class product and experience.

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Canon Central and North Africa (CCNA) is a division within Canon Middle East FZ LLC (CME), a subsidiary of Canon Europe.

The formation of CCNA in 2015 is a strategic step that aims to enhance Canon’s business within the Africa region – by strengthening Canon’s in-country presence and focus.

CCNA also demonstrates Canon’s commitment to operating closer to its customers and meeting their demands in the rapidly evolving African market.

Canon has been represented in the Africa continent for more than 15 years through distributors and partners that have successfully built a solid customer base in the region.

CCNA will ensure the provision of high quality, technologically advanced products that meet the requirements of Africa’s rapidly evolving marketplace.

With over 100 employees, it will manage sales and marketing activities across 44 countries in Africa.

Canon’s corporate philosophy is Kyosei – ‘living and working together for the common good’.

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SmartMessage is a software technology company specialized in marketing. SmartMessage serves more than 2000 clients all around the world, helping them engage with their audiences better via state-of-art omnichannel campaign& consent management and marketing automation capabilities. The company has a significant market penetration in finance & banking industry in Turkey and the Middle East.

SmartMessage has strong partnership relations with leading companies in technology and telecommunications. The company is a highly recognized Microsoft Gold Partner and a Microsoft Cloud Solution Provider (CSP).

SmartMessage is both honored and humbled by the awards and recognitions that have been received from industry, business, and community leaders. Deloitte recognized SmartMessage as one of the fastest-growing technology brands in Turkey and EMEA. The company won European Business Awards three times for its business excellence. Also, Microsoft selected SmartMessage as The Country Partner of the Year in 2015.

SmartMessage provides a single, integrated omnichannel marketing and customer experience platform for marketing and technology teams to deliver enterprise-scale customer experiences across channels and devices in real-time. The brand helps clients create seamless experiences to increase customer satisfaction. SmartMessage serves leading enterprises in many different industries, including finance & banking, insurance, energy, and retail.

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Freshworks provides innovative customer engagement software for businesses of all sizes, making it easy for teams to acquire, close, and keep their customers for life. Freshworks SaaS products provide a 360 degree view of the customer, are ready to go, easy to use and offer quick return on investment. Headquartered in San Mateo, Calif., Freshworks’ 3,000+ team members work in offices throughout the world. For more information, visit 

Official Open Source Hybrid Cloud Sponsor

Red Hat

We revolutionized the operating system with Red Hat® Enterprise Linux®. Now, we have a broad portfolio, including hybrid cloud infrastructure, middleware, agile integration, cloud-native application development, and management and automation solutions. With Red Hat technologies, companies can successfully adapt as business becomes more digital and interconnected.

We are Red Hat. We’ve been here for more than 25 years, and we’re here to help you face your business challenges head-on.


Official Cybersecurity Partners

Networks Unlimited

Networks Unlimited is a value-added distributor, committed to empowering African businesses through innovative technology solutions. Our focus includes the world’s leading security, networking and storage, enterprise system management (ESM) and cloud technologies.

As a company, we are dedicated to taking our partner ecosystem to new heights. We support our partners through operational excellence, a competitive pricing strategy and strong focus on education, with the view of investing in long-term relationships. We work with competitive, resilient businesses, who are leaders in their field of excellence.

Our offerings include a portfolio of products highly regarded by Gartner, with solutions from the network edge to the data centre, addressing key areas such as cybersecurity in the IT/OT space, hybrid cloud, data centre and infrastructure, networking and integration, SD-WAN solutions, network performance management and application performance management, application delivery networking and load balancing, DataOps management and data management, and backup and recovery solutions.


Fortinet (NASDAQ: FTNT) secures the largest enterprise, service provider, and government organizations around the world. Fortinet empowers its customers with intelligent, seamless protection across the expanding attack surface and the power to take on ever-increasing performance requirements of the borderless network—today and into the future. Only the Fortinet Security Fabric architecture can deliver security without compromise to address the most critical security challenges, whether in networked, application, cloud, or mobile environments. Fortinet ranks number one in the most security appliances shipped worldwide and more than 450,000 customers trust Fortinet to protect their businesses.

Silver Sponsor


OneSpan helps protect the world from digital fraud by establishing trust in people’s identities, the devices they use and the transactions they carry out. We do this by making digital banking accessible, secure, easy and valuable. OneSpan’s Trusted Identity platform and security solutions significantly reduce digital transaction fraud and enable regulatory compliance for more than 10,000 customers, including over half of the top 100 global banks. Whether through automating agreements, detecting fraud or securing financial transactions, OneSpan helps reduce costs and accelerate customer acquisition while improving the user experience. Learn more at

Networking Partner


BankservAfrica is the trusted payments partner and Financial Markets Infrastructure (FMI) to the financial services industry. As the largest automated payments clearing house in Africa we clear and process billions of low value card, ATM and EFT transactions annually. Our role in the South African National Payments System (NPS) is to facilitate interoperability between the banks and ensure regulatory compliance with our regulators against international banking security best practice and standards and reduces risk and complexity in the industry.

We continue to strive to be a world class and pre-eminent payments operator, innovator and payments partner of choice in Africa, by simplifying our worlds through combining trusted transactions with sensitive information. BankservAfrica’s national responsibility is to provide safe financial payment services for 56.7 million South Africans, irrespective of their location in partnership with our shareholders and partners. With a 48-year history in South Africa, BankservAfrica operates 24/7, 365 days a year and delivers against stringent SLAs.

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Supporting Institute


The Chartered Institute for Securities & Investment (CISI) is the leading global professional body for securities, investment, wealth and financial planning professionals. Formed in 1992 by London Stock Exchange practitioners, we have a global community of circa 44,000 members in over 100 countries and last year more than 40,000 CISI exams were sat in 81 countries, 15,000 taken outside the UK.


NEC Payments

NEC Payments, is a Payments Technology company formed in the Kingdom of Bahrain in December 2014. The company is licensed and regulated by Central Bank of Bahrain as a Card Processor and Payment Services Provider, and complies with international quality and security standards including the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI-DSS), ISO9001 Quality Management System, and ISO27001 Information Security Management System.

The company has developed and operates a suite of innovative and disruptive digital banking and payment processing technologies. It supports the transformation of business and consumer financial services, displaces cash usage, and helps to promote financial inclusion by replacing legacy banking platforms with flexible and scalable born-in-the-cloud technologies that enable digital alternatives to traditional bank accounts and facilitate open-banking initiatives.

NEC Payments is differentiated from other FinTech payment companies and neo-banks who typically innovate by creating a new UX and distribution model that rides on legacy banking or processing infrastructure.

Instead, our approach has been to build core account and processing infrastructure that can be used as the rails for multiple products and use-cases. We have coupled this technology IP with regulatory licenses, payment scheme membership, and banking partners to create a vertically-integrated, multi-use case digital Banking-as-a-Service capability.


Phonexia is an innovative software company, founded in 2006, that provides highly accurate voice and speech recognition commercial solutions, such as voicebots and voice verification, and governmental solutions in over 60 countries worldwide.

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Global Payment Services Company is one of the leading Third Party Processors specialized in outsourcing electronic payment Services globally and specially in MENA region – Middle East and North Africa.

GPS provides comprehensive and integrated processing Services to banks and financial Institutions like: Credit & Debit Card Issuing, Credit Revolving, Merchant Acquiring, ATM & POS Driving/Switching, EMV Card Personalization, Auto-Card Mailing, Mass Laser Printing and Auto Mailing.

Our objective is to work for the success of our customers and shareholders by providing high-tech, efficient and reliable processing Services that best satisfy their needs, at very competitive price, to help them control cost, streamline core business and operational processes, while ensuring absolute confidentiality and privacy of customers’ information.

GPS is empowered by the advanced technology and highly knowledgeable resources in the payment industry. GPS is accredited by Visa, MasterCard, JCB, UPI and PCI – DSS to serve Issuers and Acquirers.

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Seamfix is a leading technology company that empowers businesses to innovate and transform, to create value for their end-users. Our industry-tailored solutions help multinationals and SMEs digitize existing processes between them and their customers. This enables them achieve boundless productivity on & off site to gain optimum customer satisfaction.

For over a decade, Seamfix has been at the forefront of digital transformation. Our efforts in the tech ecosystem have earned us a myriad of awards and recognitions including the London Stock Exchange Group as one of the companies to inspire Africa 2019.

Media Partners

Find Biometrics

FindBiometrics is your leading industry resource for all information on biometrics identification and identity verification systems and solutions. We have the latest daily news from the global biometric and identity management business community, a comprehensive vendor list, informative articles, interviews with industry leaders, exclusive videos, links to biometric associations and a calendar of the most important current industry news events and conferences. For more than a decade we have brought you the top industry news, answering all of your questions, and have remained an integral player in the biometrics community. Now, here in the industry’s most rapid growth period, we are here to keep you more connected, knowledgeable, and up-to-date on the latest identity management news than ever before.

Mobile ID World

Mobile ID World is here to bring you the latest on mobile authentication solutions and application providers. Our company is dedicated to providing users with the best content and cutting edge information on technology, news, and mobile solutions for your mobile identity management needs.

From the same minds that brought you FindBiometrics, Mobile ID World is committed to bringing you the best information, in a quick, contextual, and comprehensive way. Mobile ID World is your authorized go-to source for everything in strong mobile authentication. This includes: M2M, NFC, access control, biometrics enabled smartphones and anything that promises to make life more convenient and secure.

Private Banking

The PRIVATEBANKING.COM wealth industry directory is the financial-industry’s leading online business development and networking platform focused on Wealth Management and Financial Services.

The platform offers effective marketing services and tools designed to achieve high brand recognition, broad visibility and reach to your products and services.’s FINANCE LOUNGE business network is a vibrant and fast growing online community designed to help financial markets professionals to build network, increase visibility and identify and stay in touch with relevant industry experts and customers alike.

We invite you to join the FINANCE LOUNGE and gain access to business insights and new connections across the globe: Please register at:

Financial Nigeria International Ltd.

Financial Nigeria International Ltd. is a publishing company. It is the publisher of Financial Nigeria magazine — a development and finance journal, published monthly since August, 2008. The company also publishes the web platform Financial Nigeria is the organiser of the yearly Nigeria Development and Finance Forum, an international colloquium on policy and finance, as well as a platform for the facilitation of FDI into the country.

Our print, web and mobile platforms support the marketing communication needs of top local and international businesses and social enterprises, as well as provide media partnerships for conference organisers.


CryptoNewsZ is a News Publication that brings the latest news on cryptocurrencies, blockchain, ICOs, crypto exchanges, DApps, price analysis of cryptocurrencies, interviews and other prominent events for the crypto community.

We aim to evolve the crypto world and help people understand each and every concept. Ours is a commercial website providing exclusive news and information with an extensive reach of users across the globe.


Financial IT is a digital platform for multimedia and editorial content, rankings and overviews of major industry events. Financial IT magazine is published throughout the year in digital form. Financial IT magazine is available in print form at major trade events through our media partnerships.

We believe that our competitive edge comes from our established relationships with financial IT companies and institutions, the breadth of the solutions described and the quality of content. Financial IT provides a detailed map of the everchanging space where the IT provider sector meets the broadly defined financial services sector.

True Banking

True Banking is a Bi-Monthly magazine working to deliver Islamic banking & financial services with specific focus on research development, market analysis, training and advancements. The prime aim of True Banking is to create awareness of Islamic banking and finance in the masses and to make available a platform to get the latest news, innovations and updates of national and international banking and finance industry. It is an addition to our achievements towards developing and promoting Shariah compliant financial industry worldwide.

Al Huda CIBE

AlHuda Center of Islamic Banking and Economics (CIBE) is a pioneer organization started its efforts to promote Islamic Banking and Finance 15 years ago. In these working years, AlHuda CIBE is acknowledged all around the world due to its excellent services and its team of dedicated professionals who are equipped to continue thriving.

AlHuda CIBE has primarily been committed to provide quality services. Based on this principal, the recognition of AlHuda CIBE is increasing by leaps & bounds. It has built up a range of excellent services in the promotion of Islamic Banking and Finance into the masses such as Advisory & Consultancy, Research & Development, Education & Capacity Building, Shariah Advisory and Publications & Events.

AlHuda CIBE is increasing its outreach globally also making a close interaction with Global market which enables to gather market information efficiently and activate service operations whenever and wherever it needed.

Africa Capital Digest

Africa Capital Digest is the leading source of original and curated digital content, comment and opinion for global private capital investors and their advisors who are sourcing, evaluating and executing private equity, infrastructure and venture capital transactions in Africa.

Whether you are looking for ideas for new deals, leads for people or companies to be potential partners, expert market perspective from leading investors and market practitioners or just need to keep abreast of the most important private capital trends and developments on the continent, Africa Capital Digest provides you with the most focused, in-depth information to help you monitor and assess the private capital investment opportunities Africa offers.

Attend our webcasts and events, listen to our podcast discussions with the continent’s leading investment professionals and read the weekly digest to keep up-to-date on the deal and fundraising activity on the continent.

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Payments Afrika

Payments Afrika is an independent news site for professionals and executives. We focus on the continuing evolution and innovation of payments in Africa and abroad. We bring you the latest news around a wide range of electronic payments including card payments, ATMs, online payments, ecommerce, mobile payments, online banking, alternative payments, security and point of sale technology.

Payments Afrika delivers up to date developments in payments, banking and technology that enable cutting-edge decision making for new opportunities, partnerships, market trends, sales leads and growth strategies.

Readership includes professionals from a wide range of industries including merchants, start-ups, banking, payment service providers, regulatory bodies, government, solution providers, retailers, research companies and payment associations.

Financial Inclusion Nigeria

Financial Inclusion Nigeria is a platform that connects people and organizations who are passionate about promoting innovative solutions to financial inclusion in Nigeria together. Our objectives are to project news, information, events, jobs and initiatives through speicialists who have collective strong belief in supporting the Central Bank of Nigeria agenda on the growth and development of Financial Inclsuion in Nigeria. We aim to serve as a one-stop centre for information on Financial Inclusion in Nigeria and our forums will lead discussion in that regards. We believe that this platform will build knowledge and capacity through networking, research, consultancy and policy influencing.

Capital Markets in Africa

Capital Markets in Africa is the leading “one-stop” platform dedicated to Africa’s fastest-growing financial, capital markets and wealth management industry. Capital Markets In Africa aim to support local and International investors, senior decision makers, institutions, policy makers or individual investors interested in the Africa by providing a platform for timely news, bespoke and in-depth analysis and research, expert features and economic outlooks, as well as “key risks and opportunities” available on the African continent.

WANT access to African financial and capital markets as well as the Africa ever-increasing Growth Story or want to simply keep an eye on what’s trending in Africa’s Capital Markets! THINK Capital Markets in Africa. Visit us at is an independent financial news and analysis portal.
It addresses issues of investment, asset management, mergers and acquisitions, cryptocurrencies and blockchain, and reports hires and fires in the financial world.


iAfrica, a division of Media Group and online for more than 15 years, publishes the latest news and most interesting stories for South Africans. is the leading digital media company providing business, political, cultural, lifestyle, and travel information related to the continent.