Presented by Monocle Solutions

Beyond Banking: Amplifying Influential Voices in SA

 ·13 May 2024

When government stakeholders, business leaders and prominent experts come together in the same room, their dialogue has the power to open doors and strengthen the foundations of any industry.

Given the fundamental role that the banking industry plays in societal advancement, situated as it is at the heart of the economy, this kind of knowledge sharing and productive engagement can be particularly impactful.

It was with this truth in mind that the GIBS/Monocle Beyond Banking Conference was first conceptualised as a pioneering event that brings together some of the most influential voices in the South African banking sector.

From regulations to technology, customer trends to industry challenges, the conference is designed to facilitate authentic and open discussions that can elevate the industry as a whole.

Hosted by GIBS, a globally accredited African Business School, in partnership with Monocle Solutions, an international consulting firm that works with South Africa’s most prestigious financial institutions, the event provides a powerful pairing of educational integrity and professional insight on a range of topics, relevant to those at all levels of the financial services industry.  

Following the immense success of last year’s conference, the 2024 Beyond Banking Conference is expected to reach new heights as experts from around the country gather once again at the GIBS auditorium to tackle the most pressing issues facing the banking sector.

The joint venture between GIBS and Monocle is scheduled for Thursday the 23rd of May and promises to be an event that is as informative as it is productive.

The scope of the agenda speaks to the true depth of expertise on show at this immersive event. Those in attendance can look forward to a myriad of topics and industry pioneers, with a particularly enthralling keynote address delivered by Coen Jonker, the CEO of TymeBank.

The Banking Leaders’ Roundtable is also not to be missed, featuring four CEOs from some of South Africa’s most highly respected financial institutions, who will explore how banks can chart a way forward in a 0% growth environment.

The expert panelists include Hylton Kallner, the CEO of Discovery; David Buckham, the CEO of Monocle; Charles Russon, the CEO of Absa CIB; and Ciko Thomas, the CEO of Nedbank RBB.

The C-suite of various banking institutions sit at the helm of our economy, occupying positions that hold as much power as they do responsibility.

Fostering authentic conversations between these leaders is pivotal to encouraging positive collaboration.

Ensuring governmental cooperation is just as important, however, and stakeholders from key government agencies will therefore also be in attendance at the Beyond Banking Conference, including leaders from the Financial Sector Conduct Authority (FSCA) and the Financial Intelligence Centre (FIC).

These speakers will discuss the banking sector’s regulatory outlook, providing insights on how financial institutions can navigate this shifting environment.

Beyond fundamental concerns such as regulation, the GIBS/Monocle Beyond Banking Conference aims to provide a holistic picture of the banking landscape.

This means addressing potentially controversial and topical themes, including the future of payment mechanisms and decentralised finance. Karen Nadasen, the CEO of PayU, an international financial technology company and payment service provider, will be one of the featured speakers addressing these exciting topics.

Other contemporary topics on the programme include a consideration of AI in banking provided by Daniel Sacksonberg from Emerge.AI. Additionally, as considerations surrounding sustainable finance grow universally more relevant, speakers such as Dipak Patel, from the Presidential Climate Commission, and Shameela Soobramoney, from the National Business Initiative, will survey the viability of South Africa’s transition to net-zero.

From pioneering banking experts to government stakeholders, the 2024 GIBS/Monocle Beyond Banking Conference will provide a unique learning experience that is not to be missed.

Despite the size of GIBS’s expansive auditorium, the popularity of the event means that spaces are limited. To learn more about the event and to buy your ticket, click on the link below to go to the official GIBS website.

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