Plenary Presenters

Radoslav Albrecht

Radoslav Albrecht will speak in the Closing Plenary Session on Convention Day One, Tuesday, 17 October 2017.

About the presentation
Radoslav Albrecht is an innovator with a background in financial services. In his presentations he introduces various innovative fintech companies in Europe and the USA (not just the usual suspects, e.g. Uber and Airbnb) that are specifically disrupting the financial services industry. Given the growing focus on fintech in South Africa, this presentation on the Bitbond technology, how to be innovative in a fast-moving industry, and the impact of blockchain on financial services and insurers will be a very useful session to attend.

Presenter’s profile
Radoslav Albrecht is the founder and CEO of Bitbond, the first global marketplace lending platform for small business loans. Bitbond leverages blockchain technology to connect creditworthy borrowers with individual and institutional investors. Radoslav is a frequent speaker at conferences about financial innovation and financial inclusion using bitcoin and blockchain technology. Before founding Bitbond Radoslav worked for Roland Berger Strategy Consultants & Deutsche Bank London, advising financial services providers in Europe and Western Africa in restructuring and post-merger integrations as well as working in sales & trading of structured products.

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  • Bitbond is the first global marketplace lending platform for small business loans. We leverage blockchain technology to connect creditworthy borrowers with individual and institutional investors. By innovating in the fields of payments and credit scoring, Bitbond makes financial inclusion a reality around the world. All payment transactions on Bitbond are conducted via the bitcoin blockchain. Therefore our service is available worldwide via the internet and is independent of banks. More about Bitbond: www.bitbond.com/about_us
  • Short interview with Radoslav Albrecht: www.fintechforum.de/7-questions-with-radoslav-albrecht-of-bitbond/
  • Presentation at Finovate New York: Bitbond launches automated global SME scoring mechanism: https://youtu.be/UBCOalBIGPM

Athol

Athol Williams will speak in the Closing Plenary Session on Convention Day Two, Wednesday, 18 October 2017.

About the presentation
Athol Williams deals in possibility and the benefits of adopting an open, possibility-rich approach to business innovation, product development, personal life, and career. Athol will share his story of growing up in Mitchells Plain during apartheid and going on to become one of the first people to earn Masters degrees from five of the world’s top universities. He will share some lessons and his life philosophies, will appeal to the audience’s determination to overcome obstacles, and challenge us to live lives of possibility and greatness – for ourselves, and for our society.

Presenter’s profile
Athol Williams is a strategy advisor and award-winning author who grew up in Mitchells Plain, Cape Town. He is currently a graduate student in political philosophy at Oxford University and his academic background includes political theory (LSE), corporate finance (LBS), and engineering (Wits). His professional background is in business, mostly in corporate strategy and finance, and the companies he has worked at include Bain & Company, RMB Corvest, Old Mutual, and Rio Tinto. He has served on a number of boards including Shalamuka Capital (private equity), WBS Centre for Entrepreneurship (education), and the MIT Alumni Board. He has founded and co-founded a number of organisations including Taurus Associates (consulting), Taurus School Solutions (education), and Ready to Rise (youth literacy).

The author of eight books, Athol has twice been awarded the Sol Plaatje European Union Poetry Award, was runner-up for an SA Literary Award in 2016, and was a winner of Oxford University’s Parallel Universe Poetry Prize.

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