Rostan Schwab

Rostan Schwab is Senior Investment Officer at the International Finance Corporation (IFC), a member of the World Bank Group. He is in charge of Fintech investments for Sub-Saharan Africa.

Rostan Schwab

Senior Investment Officer

International Finance Corporation (IFC)

Rostan Schwab is Senior Investment Officer at the International Finance Corporation (IFC), a member of the World Bank Group. He is in charge of Fintech investments for Sub-Saharan Africa.

Rostan is a French and Brazilian national. He started his professional career in 1995 as a junior auditor at Arthur Andersen, France. He then worked five years as a strategy consultant for Stratorg and Mercer Management Consulting (now Oliver Wyman). There, he was involved in the design of international expansion plans for leading European conglomerates in the steel, energy and food sectors and in the conduct of M&A and strategic due diligence for private equity firms in the automobile, mining and infrastructure sectors.

Rostan joined IFC in 2004 through the Global Transaction Team (GTT) program in Washington DC. At IFC, Rostan advised governments in Latin America and in Middle-East and North Africa on privatizations and Public-Private Partnerships (PPP) in infrastructure sectors (airport, airline, port, telecom, solar energy, health). He closed 5 advisory transactions which led to the mobilization of over US$1 billion of private sector investments.

One of Rostan’s advisory transactions, the privatization of telecom incumbent TELECO in Haiti, received both an IFC corporate award and an IFC advisory services excellence award in FY2013. Rostan also worked with the investment side of IFC. He worked on IFC’s North African Investments in the manufacturing, agribusiness and services sector then on IFC’s Telecommunications, Media, and Technology (TMT) investments for Sub-Saharan Africa. He now leads IFC’s Fintech investment for Sub-Saharan Africa.

Opening Remarks

by Lanre Akinola

08:45 AM

How to Scale a Technology Business from Zero

by Justin Floyd - RedCloud Technologies

9.00AM

The Face Of Fintech In Africa

by Alexia Christie - Webber Wentzel

09.30AM

The F Word

Fintech is one of the hottest sectors for investment in Africa with payments, mobile money, banking and remittances key battle grounds. What are the opportunities for investors, disruptors and corporates?

 

Featuring:
Neanda Salvaterra – Wall St Journal
Justin Floyd – RedCloud Technologies
Rostan Schwab  –  International Finance Corporation (IFC)
Dr Edward George – EcoBank
Nadir Khamissa – Hello Group / Bedlam Inc
Nina Triantis – Standard Bank

9.45

Morning Networking

10:25 AM

Blockchain – The African Opportunity

Insights on how blockchain is being used to create new business models in Africa.

Featuring:
Jean-Stéphane Gourévitch – Independent Consultant
Charlene Chen – BitPesa
Emmanuel Noah – BenBen

10.55AM

Exploring The Promise Of African Innovation

by Yinka Adegoke - Quartz Africa

11.35

Show Me The Money

Investors and funds from across Africa shine a light on the investment landscape and outlook across Africa and what is hot now.

 

Featuring:
Jonathan Rosenthal – The Economist
Wale Ayeni – International Finance Corporation (IFC)
Toro Orero – Draper Dark Flow
Ido Sum – TLTide
Antoine Maurel – Orange Digital Ventures

 

11.50AM

Networking Lunch & Expo

12.30 PM

Scaling up off-grid energy in Sub-Saharan Africa

by Christopher Baker-Brian - BBOXX

13.30PM

How To Invest In African Tech

We hear from leading industry players and platforms on how to invest in African tech.

Featuring:
David Van Djik – ABAN
Tomi Davies – Lagos Angel Network
Ben White – VC4 Africa
Tom Jackson -Disrupt Africa
Chinedu Enekwe – TipHub
Joel Macharia – Abacus

13.45PM

Why Did Zuckerberg Go To Lagos

by Bosun Tijani

14.20PM

Building, Launching & Monetising

Rolling out tech solutions for the African consumer is a marathon not a sprint. Strategy, promotion and partnerships are critical elements – learn from the experts.

Featuring:
Russell Southwood – Balancing Act
Bosun Tijani – CcHub Nigeria
Deepankar Rustagi – VConnect
Christopher Baker-Brian – BBOX
Andrew Osayemi – Meet the Adebanjos
Marek Zmyslowski – HotelOga

14.35PM

Afternoon Networking

15.10PM

Are We Marketing Bad Products?

by Adia Sowho - Etisalat Nigeria

15.30PM

Mobile Operators & Start-ups – A Match Made For Impact

Today in Africa, mobile operators have reached the scale that start-ups lack, while start-ups have the local innovation mobile operators need. Leading operators and start-ups share insights on how working together drives impact.

Featuring
Maxime Bayen – GSMA
Adia Sowho – Etisalat Nigeria
Aurelien Duvaldelort – Orange
Eline Blaauboer – Safaricom Spark / Africa Tech Ventures
Adam Farah -Zazu
Stephen Haggard -Eneza Education

15.45PM

African Startups: If You Can’t Pitch Effectively to Media, You’ll Probably Bomb With VCs

by Jake Bright - The Next Africa

16.20PM

Laws Of Attraction

What are the key lessons African tech ventures need to learn to harness the power of the media? What are the future trends for African tech and media in a digital world? Learn from the African media experts.

Featuring
Alison Merifield – Mirum
Yinka Adegoke – Quartz Africa
Jake Bright – TechCrunch
Jessica Hope – Wimbart PR
Seyi Taylor – TechCabal
Emmanuel Akinwotu – The Guardian

 

16.35PM

Using AI To Map Tech Talent To The Right Job Opportunities

by Jessica Francisca Colaço - Brave Venture Labs

17.10PM

Data Is Knowledge – Knowledge Is Power

The new data revolution provides unprecedented opportunities and we uncover a new wave of ventures harnessing data and tech across Africa.

Featuring
Lanre Akinola – African Business
Ikechukwu Kalu – Etisalat Nigeria
Rob Withagen – Asoko
Emma Margetts – Alpha Exchange
Kenny Ewan – WeFarm
Claire Munene – mSurvey

17.25PM

Closing Remarks

by Andrew Fassnidge

18.00

Evening Networking Reception with TLA Africa

18.10PM

Event Close

20.00PM
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