African-Nordic Business Conference 2018 seeks to provide a forum for building sustainable growth by pairing the proven innovation and knowledge transfer credentials of the Nordics with the extensive growth and business potential in African – for mutual benefit. Meet African and Nordic change agents connecting business representatives, impact investors, accelerators, scale-ups/ start-ups, government and other ecosystem operators at the leading sustainable innovation gathering in Helsinki.
Speaking in Helsinki
Founder and CEO,
Vusi Thembekwayo is a venture capitalist, a renowned global business speaker, the author of The Magna Carta of Exponentiality – a business mogul who has successfully built and transformed businesses in South Africa and abroad.
Vusi doesn’t just talk about business, he lives it. He does more than inspire revolution, he initiates it. He has been a catalyst for change in businesses across the globe through expertise in strategy, leadership and culture. Through his international speaking engagements, more than 21 countries and 350 000 audiences have experienced Vusi.
Vusi is a board member of the South African Venture Capitalist Association. In 2017, Thembekwayo was announced by SME South Africa as one of the eight entrepreneurs who had a stellar year.
Catherine co-founded WorldRemit in 2010, convinced that digital innovation would enable faster, lower-cost money transfers around the world. Her current board responsibilities focus on corporate governance and compliance. She represents the company with keynote appearances at major conferences and in the international media, talking on fintech, innovation and women in business.
A qualified accountant, she has extensive international experience and deep knowledge of the money transfer industry. She has held a number of previous corporate leadership roles. At Coinstar Money Transfer, she was a regional director, actively involved in scaling up the business the UK, Ireland and Benelux. Catherine is a member of the Institute of Directors and the professional accountancy body, ACCA. She served on the UK governments’ Remittances Task Force established by DFID between 2006 and 2009.
Director General, Finnish National Agency for Education
Before his current position he worked as a State Secretary at the Ministry of Finance of Finland. He was also responsible as a State Secretary of the portfolios of Ministry of Education and Culture, Ministry of Internal Affairs, and Ministry of Foreign Trade and Development.
Before that he acted as a State Secretary at the Prime Minister’s Office and was responsible for organising and leading the Prime Minister’s Office. Before joining the Prime Minister’s Office in March 2012, Mr Heinonen worked for 10 years as a Director in the Finnish Broadcasting Company. Mr Heinonen has been Minister of Transport and Communications (1999-2002) and Minister of Education (1994-1999). Mr Heinonen has also been a Member of the Parliament of Finland (1995-2002). Mr Heinonen has had a number of positions of trust serving the society in a wide scale. Mr Heinonen holds a Master’s degree in Laws. He is married and has three children.
Lance Shingai Mambondiani is Chief Executive Officer at Steward Bank, a wholly owned subsidiary of Econet Wireless Limited. He also doubles up as CEO of the Digital Banking Arm for Cassava Fintech, another subsidiary of Econet Wireless Global responsible for digital banking projects across Africa. He joined the bank in July 2013 as Business Development & Strategy Executive, appointed Acting CEO in February 2015 and confirmed as substantive CEO in August 2015. He is a Lawyer and Banker with years of experience at executive level.
He previously worked in Europe for various Banking and Financial Institutions. Prior to joining Steward Bank, he was Deputy MD at Coronation Financial, a specialist financial advisory services firm based in the UK, client services manager at Barclaycard (UK). He was also engaged as a Lecturer in International Finance for development at the University of Central Lancashire Business School and as guest lecturer in Financial Markets and Corporate Governance at the University of Manchester. Before he left for the United Kingdom, he was Managing Director of Kingdom Private Bank, a division of Kingdom Financial Holdings and Chief Executive Officer of TN Asset Management, a subsidiary of TN Bank in Zimbabwe. Prior to his banking career, he practised as a corporate attorney with Costa Madzonga legal practitioners and had an internship at Fulton & Howard in Chicago (IL).
He is a Chevening scholar, attaining his PhD from the University of Manchester in 2011, analysing the relationship between bank ownership, corporate governance and profitability in the Zimbabwean banking sector. He has a combination of skills in retail and investment banking, economics, trade finance, corporate finance, law and development finance.