Webinar: Business/Education Event
Topic: Making Crowdfunding great in South Africa.
Members: No Fee │ Non-Members: NOK 200.00
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Meet our speakers
Dr. Adele BerndtAssociate Professor International Business School – Jonkoping University – Sweden
Ms. Adele Berndt is an Associate Professor: Marketing Jönköping International Business School (JIBS), Sweden.
Dr. Rotem ShneorAssociate Professor at Business and Law - University of Ager, Norway
Mr. Schneor is an Associate Professor at University of Agder School of Business and Law), serves as an academic director for the University’s Center for Entrepreneurship and is an expert advisor to the board of SANA. He has been leading the Nordic Crowdfunding Alliance platforms (2014-2018) co-founded and serves on the board of the Norwegian Crowdfunding Association since 2017. He is currently serving as an affiliate researcher at the Cambridge University Centre for Alternative Finance and is a co-author of its annual European benchmarking report. He has published in various academic journals, trade magazines including Forbes Magazine.
Mr. Dino lazaridisSenior Specialist at the FinTech
Mr. Dino Lazaridis is a Senior Specialist at the FinTech, Financial Sector Conduct Authority, Ashlea Gardens, Pretoria, South Africa. He Launched the Intergovernmental FinTech Working Group (IFWG) Innovation Hub, the IFWG comprises of the Regulatory Sandbox, Regulatory Guidance Unit and Innovation Accelerator, Regulatory Sandbox Case Manager, Regulatory Guidance Unit Case Manager, Project Lead for Innovation Accelerator Projects and Member of IFWG and Crypto Assets Working Group. Prior to his role as Senior Specialist he was a Senior Economist: Financial Sector Policy Unit, Ministry of Finance, Consultant at
Investec Private Bank.
Cambridge FinTech and Innovation Regulation, Cambridge Centre for Alternative Finance, Cambridge University, 2020 (Fin Tech and Innovation), Master of Commerce Economics, The University of Pretoria, 2011, Bachelor of Commerce (Hons) Economics, The University of Pretoria, 2009, and Bachelor of Commerce Economics, The University of Pretoria.
Mr. Metumo ShilongoSenior Associate in Banking and Finance at ENSafrica
Mr. Shilongo specialises in financial markets, financial services, and banking regulation. He has advised clients on matters involving consumer and data protection, and export credit. His experience primarily involves the drafting of legal opinions relating to financial regulatory issues and advising on regulatory issues in the course legal negotiations and drafting of legal agreements and documents. He has advised a number of local and international clients on the regulatory issues which arise in the context of equity crowdfunding and peer-to-peer lending.
Mr. Shilongo has a B Juris (UNAM), LLB (UCT) and is admitted as a an attorney of the High Court, LSNP.
Mr. Sanjaykumar R. Maharaj Co-founder, Board Member and CEO of the South African Norwegian Association (SANA)Mr. Sanjaykumar R. MaharajCo-founder, Board Member and CEO of the South African Norwegian Association (SANA)
Mr Sanjaykumar R. Maharaj founded a South African commercial law-firm in 2009 and represented international corporations, national companies, financial institutions, prominent individual clients and developing companies. In 2019 he founded the SRM Group of which the core business is to provide products/services to enable sustainable and scalable solutions through innovation and technology. He is the co-founder, Board member and Chief Executive Officer of the South African Norwegian Association (SANA) and has been instrumental in establishing and promoting strong ties between South African and Norwegian business Communities. In addition he is promoting study opportunities in higher education between South Africa and Norway. He has also recently been appointed to the advisory board to the Basic Internet Foundation. The aim of the Foundation is to make digital inclusion happen to improve the life of every single human, by providing free access to the internet and information furthering the United Nations 2030 Sustainable Development Goals.
Sanjaykumar R Maharaj holds a Baccalaureus Artium (B.A.) degree and Baccalaureus Legum (LL.B.) degree from the University of Kwazulu-Natal, South Africa. In 2017 he obtained his Masters degree (LL.M.) in Information and Communication Technology Law from the University of Oslo, Norway.
Ms. Camilla AnderssonFounder of Andersson Invest AS
Ms. Andersson is an Entrepreneur with over 25 years of experience in Media technology and Finance. She invested in early stage media technology companies and remains actively involved in all companies. Ms. Andersson has since worked as a Business Angel with different Start-Ups in varied markets. In 2012 she co-funded a Finance house (asset management). After the sale of her shares in the Finance company she managed a real estate project in Ghana, Africa and was pivotal in establishing funding for this project. After many years as an adviser, consultancy, fundraiser for owners and board members she started SparkUp Norway, new concept in «Equity Crowdfunding». It is a joint venture with a French company.
Ms. Andersson’s experience in various business sectors has reinforced her knowledge when it comes to successful “StartUp” ventures and seed funding. Currently she is a Mentor for ”The Factory” (Fintech and Insuretech) in Oslo.
Ms. Jessica BlumenthalExecutive in Banking and Finance at ENSaftica
Ms. Blumenthal is an Executive in Banking and Finance at ENS Africa (Africa’s largest law firm). She specialises in capital markets, structured finance, restructuring, financial services, regulative, and alternative investment strategies. Ms. Blumenthal’s experience includes designing and negotiating funding and security structures, undertaking solvent and distressed restructuring, establishing alternative investment structures (such as hedge funds, offshore unlisted funds, and private equity funds) and providing regulatory advice in relation to South African financial services legislation and the South Africa regulatory environment, particularly in relation to financial services, collective investment schemes, investment management, and company law.
Prof. Angela ItzikowitzExecutive | Insurance, fintech, banking and finance at ENSafrica.
Prof. Itzikowitz is an Executive in ENSafrica’s Banking and Finance department. She specialises in banking and financial market regulation. She has done a significant amount of work in South African Development Community (“SADC”) countries such as Uganda, Kenya and Zambia including regulatory law reform through capacity building projects. More recently, she drafted and advised on the Finance and Development Protocol for SADC in her capacity as a senior legal expert. She has also advised the World Bank on deposit insurance and bank insolvencies. She also acts for a number of European banks, asset managers and investment advisors. Prof. Itzikowitz is a professor in banking and financial markets law at the University of the Witwatersrand and she teaches at Queen Mary College, the University of London, on legal aspects of international finance.