Business Talk – In conversation with Marius van den Berg at EY

Marius van den Berg is the EY Africa Banking and Capital Markets consulting leader, with 30 years of consulting experience – the majority of which is in the banking sector and technology discipline.

He has held a variety of leadership roles, including lead partner for EY’s IT Risk and Advisory Business in Africa. He has also been the lead partner serving some of the largest financial services groups in South Africa for EY.

Currently, Van den Berg heads up the IT audit and governance assignments of several of the largest listed companies in the country, with a primary focus on clients in the financial services industry. His IT advisory experience includes programme advisory and risk management for large system implementations.

He also has a specific interest in IT Governance and has been a contributor to a variety of industry forums in this area.

Van den Berg is a Chartered accountant and holds a Masters degree in IT Auditing. He started with EY as a trainee accountant and made partner seven years later.

In this episode of Business Talk, Van den Berg talks about the accelerated adoption of technologies by local banks and financial service companies following the outbreak of Covid-19.

He answers the often-debated question of whether technology and AI will replace humans for doing certain types of work, and the future relationship between humans and AI.

Van den Berg says that significant-tech enhancements have been made in the financial services industry in a short period of time. The pandemic, he says, has shifted a lot of focus on technology, and with it, a lot of investment to drive innovation and growth.

He says that the pandemic has forced many organisations in the sector to address technical problems that were previously not fundamental to their business.

The full interview is embedded below. You can find all the Business Talk with Michael Avery interviews here.

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Business Talk – In conversation with Marius van den Berg at EY