SPEAKERS
Ridouane Azagrouze
Ridouane Azagrouze
Maroclear
CIO
Ridouane joined MAROCLEAR, CSD of Morocco, in 1999 and appointed as Head of IT Division in 2007 and as Chief Information Officer in 2014. He is an Executive IT professional with over 25 years of experience combining technical, capital markets and security expertise.
He Led complex technology transformation projects and implemented suitable and cost effective technologies to secure post trade processes for Moroccan Capital Markets.
He gave also consultancy and assistance as a project manager and IT expert for Central Banks and Stock Exchange in Africa (BEAC - Central Africa Central Bank, BCEAO - West Africa Central Bank and BVMAC - Stock Exchange of Central Africa).
He was appointed in October 2019 as Chair of the technical committee of the African Exchanges Linkage Project.

Andrew Barman
Andrew Barman
The Network Forum
MD
With a long background (25+ years) in market research of the global securities industry, Andrew launched The Network Forum in January 2017 together with his business partner Ed Jones. Unique to the the custody and post-trade industry, The Network Forum aspires to be the undisputed global community for market participants. Andrew's strengths are in Product and Business Development, Negotiation, Sales and Customer Relationship Management (CRM).

Sunil Benimadhu
Sunil Benimadhu
The Stock Exchange of Mauritius
CEO
Sunil Benimadhu has been in office as Chief Executive of the Stock Exchange of Mauritius (SEM) since May 1998 after having held various positions in the Securities Industry. He has played an instrumental role in uplifting the operational, technical and regulatory infrastructure of the SEM and contributed to its emergence as one of the leading Exchanges in Africa. Sunil is the Chairman of Global Finance Mauritius, the apex body of private sector operators in the Financial Services Industry in Mauritius.

Sunil was elected in October 2014 for a three-year term on the Board of the World Federation of Exchanges (WFE), an association of the World’s leading Stock Exchanges and has been re-elected in September 2017 for a further three-year term. Sunil was the President of the African Securities Exchanges Association (ASEA) an association of 28 Exchanges operating on the continent, from August 2010 to November 2014. He was a member of the Executive Committee of the South Asian Federation of Exchanges (SAFE), and the Chairman of the SADC Committee of Stock Exchanges (COSSE). Sunil is a regular speaker on emerging markets and on African markets in international stock exchange conferences.

Rachel Bo Shields
Rachel Bo Shields
The Network Forum
Head of Operations

Charl Bruyns
Charl Bruyns
Standard Bank
Head of Investor Services
Charl Bruyns is the Head of Investor Services at Standard Bank South Africa. Investor Services is a leading provider of custody, trustee services, securities lending, derivatives clearing and investment administration services to local and foreign institutional investors. Charl also heads the Financial Institutions Franchise for Standard Bank’s transaction bank services. He has held roles as CFO, COO for Standard Bank’s Transactional Products and Services business and Head of Africa Treasury. Prior to joining Standard Bank , Charl has held executive management roles at STANLIB.

Hari Chaitanya
Hari Chaitanya
Standard Bank
Head, Investor Services, Product Management
Based in Johannesburg, Hari Chaitanya is responsible for leading global product management strategy for Investor Services business across 14 countries in Africa and serve as a member of the Investor Services Management committee at Standard Bank.

Hari joined Standard Bank in July 2015 after 7 years with Standard Chartered Bank where he ran Investor and Intermediaries business in Africa and South East Asia. Hari has more than 23 years of Securities Services industry experience during which he has held senior positions at Deutsche Bank in India, Indonesia and the Asia Pacific regional office in Singapore.

Scott Dickinson
Scott Dickinson
Standard Chartered Bank
Managing Director, Regional Head, Securities Services, Africa and Middle East
Scott joined Standard Chartered in September 2017. He is currently based in Dubai and is the Regional Head of Securities Services for Africa and Middle East. In a career spanning over 35 years’ in financial services he has held senior roles in global custody, investment banking and fund management. He is a graduate in Economics and Accountancy and a sovereign wealth specialist.

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Sarah Gibson
State Street
Assistant Vice President

Margaret Harwood-Jones
Margaret Harwood-Jones
Standard Chartered Bank
Global Head of Securities Services
Margaret is responsible for the strategic leadership of the Securities Services business globally, managing all the business unit functions including Operations, Technology, Client Management, Business Development and Product Management. She also leads the business agenda with Financial Institution clients on a worldwide basis, across cash management, securities services and trade finance.

Edward Jones
Edward Jones
The Network Forum
MD

Mark Kerns
Mark Kerns
Adapa Advisory
CEO
Mark Kerns is a seasoned senior executive with a distinguished career working with leading global and regional banks including Standard Bank where he was Head of Investor Services. He has held senior roles at The Bank of New York, JP Morgan, Bankers Trust and The WM Company. His experience embraces business ownership roles, client and sales management, product management leadership, strategy and corporate development within the post trade and securities services industry. Mark is a Global Custodian Legend inductee and has received a Lifetime Achievement award from Global Investor.

Joanne King
Joanne King
Northern Trust
Network Mgr
Jo King is a Vice president and a member of Northern Trust’s Network Management Team based in London. Jo has focused on Network Management for 6 years and in this role has managed the assessment of capital market infrastructures, operational and market risk, and the selection, monitoring and ongoing management of the service delivery of sub-Saharan sub-custodian relationships. Prior to this role, Jo was a senior Relationship Manager for 17 years responsible for delivery of custody, fund administration, value added services and the strategic support and relationship development of her client base which included Inter-Governmental Agencies, large asset managers and pension funds.

Bruce Lawrence
Bruce Lawrence
HBL Consultancy Services
MD
Bruce Lawrence, has over 45 years’ securities industry experience, provides consultancy, training, advice and technical assistance specialising on the post-trade arena and development of the capital markets infrastructure of developing and frontier emerging markets. He has consulted and trained on the full spectrum of securities markets instruments, Corporate Governance, Operational Risk, Custody, Clearing & Settlement and assisted in the creation and further development of Central Securities Depositories (CSD’s), Central Counterparties (CCPs), Stock Exchanges and Domestic Custody Operations. Assignments have taken him to the following markets: Albania, Ghana, Jordan, Kuwait, Mongolia, Pakistan, Qatar, Nigeria, Russia, Uzbekistan and Vietnam.

Vipin Mahabirsingh
Vipin Mahabirsingh
CDSC (Mauritius)
Managing Director
Vipin joined the Central Depository & Settlement Co. Ltd (CDS) at its inception in 1996 as Systems Manager and was appointed General Manager in July 1997. He was then appointed Managing Director in November 2005. In his capacity as Managing Director of CDS, he also provides consultancy services to African stock exchanges and central depositories. He was the systems vendor’s Project Director in the implementation of trading and depository systems at the Nairobi Stock Exchange (2004/2006), Bank of Ghana (2004), Dar es Salaam Stock Exchange (2006), Botswana Stock Exchange (2008/2012), Lusaka Stock Exchange (2008) and Bolsa de Valores de Mocambique (2013). He spearheaded the implementation of an automated trading system at the Zimbabwe Stock Exchange in 2015 and is currently assisting the Lusaka Stock Exchange regarding the replacement of its trading and depository systems.

Langelihle Malimela
Langelihle Malimela
IHS Markit
Lead - SADC Political Risk
Langa Malimela is a senior analyst on the IHS Economics and Country Risk Sub-Saharan African team. He specialises in analysing developments relevant to political and business risks in Sub-Saharan Africa. His research covers risk forecasts and analysis, including of war, terrorism, and political unrest, as well as the impact of business risks – tax, legal, operational – on industry sectors and companies. Prior to joining IHS Markit, Langa led government affairs at a large African corporation and also lectured on political science and international relations across a number of South African universities.

Langa Manqele
Langa Manqele
Johannesburg Stock Exchange
Head - Equities & Equity Derivatives
Langa is the Head - Equities & Equity Derivatives at the Johannesburg Stock Exchange (JSE). Prior to JSE, Langa worked in Global Markets at Nedbank Corporate and Investment Bank as Manager - Production Enablement and later as Manager - Functional Innovation. He is the recipient of the Nedbank Group Top Achiever (2014); Divisional Top Achiever (2012) awards. Langa completed the Oxford Fintech Programme and the Oxford Algorithmic Trading Programme from Oxford University, Saïd Business School in 2018. He also holds a Senior Management Development Programme certificate from Stellenbosch University Business School (2018) and a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from CIDA City Campus (2006). Langa is currently studying towards a double-degree Global Executive MBA with Vienna University of Economics and Business (Austria) and University of Minnesota, Carlson School of Management (USA). Langa is the member of the Board of Trustees of the JSE Pension Fund.

Tom Minney
Tom Minney
African Securities Exchanges Association
African Exchanges Linkage Project
A specialist on capital markets and their contribution to development, with over 20 years’ experience in Africa running capital markets and businesses. Key areas include financial inclusion, business strategy and execution, and communications.
African Growth Partners advises securities exchanges, capital-markets institutions and regulators on strategy and operations. Recent projects have been in southern and eastern African countries and in Azerbaijan. Tom also works on strategy and capital-raising with fair trade and other companies in UK, Japan, Namibia and Ethiopia, including as Company Secretary for People Tree Fair Trade Group Ltd.
He has been General Manager of the Namibian Stock Exchange at a period of fast growth and then helped set up an investment banking firm that became Nedcapital Namibia. He moved to Ethiopia where he helped an innovative investment firm and led a share offer for a successful new bank.

Geoffrey Odundo
Geoffrey Odundo
Nairobi Securities Exchange
CEO
Mr. Geoffrey Otieno Odundo is the Chief Executive of the Nairobi Securities Exchange Plc Limited. Mr. Odundo, an accomplished Investment Banker he has been in the financial services sector for the last 27 years, 21 of which have been in the Capital Markets in various senior roles in asset management, corporate finance and securities trading. Prior to his appointment, Mr. Odundo was the Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of Kingdom Securities Limited. He was instrumental in the setting up of Co-op Trust Investment Services, Co-op Consultancy Services Limited and Kingdom Securities Limited.
Mr Odundo has advised on a number of corporate finance mandates in both the public and private sectors; he has also managed key mandates in the asset management industry. Mr. Odundo has contributed to the growth of the Capital Markets in his previous role in the Kenya Association of Investment Banks, the Kenya Bureau of Standards and on the Board of the Nairobi Securities Exchange.
He is currently a Director of the Central Depository and Settlement Corporation Limited (Ltd) a director of the Association of the African Stock Exchanges (ASEA) and a Council member of the Institute of Certified Financial Analysts (ICIFA); he is also a trustee of the NSE Fidelity Guarantee Funds.
Mr. Odundo holds a Master’s Degree in Strategic Management from the United States International University (USIU) and a Degree in Mathematics and Economics and is a holder of the Advanced Management Program (AMP) - Strathmore Business School.

Wycliffe Shamiah
Wycliffe Shamiah
CMA (Kenya)
Acting CEO
Mr. Shamiah is the Acting Chief Executive of the Capital Markets Authority effective 01 January 2020. He was previously the Director of Market Operations.
He has worked at the Authority for over 22 years in various capacities. He has gained wide experience in operations of capital markets. Over the years, he held different positions in different departments, having joined as a research officer, promoted to senior research officer before being appointed senior financial analyst cum internal auditor. He was then promoted to the position of Assistant Manager, Compliance in 2001 before taking on the responsibilities of officer in charge of compliance from 2003 to 2005 during a transition period when the entire senior management and board of the Authority were overhauled. He was then appointed Manager, Market Supervision in 2009 and became the pioneer Director of Market Operations in 2011. He chairs various committees within the Authority including the Technical arm (CnF) and the Regulatory Sandbox Committee. He is a Co-Chair of the Capital Market Master Plan Secretariat.

Michelle Swanepoel
Michelle Swanepoel
Standard Chartered Bank
Regional Head, Securities Services, Africa; and Regional Head, Business Account Management, Africa and Middle East
Michelle joined Standard Chartered in September 2017 bringing deep client and industry experience, market expertise and product knowledge. With a passion for the Africa continent, Michelle’s 20 years of experience spans across product development, sales, relationship management and client service within the securities services industry. Michelle’s extensive client experience and consistent success in executing complex initiatives makes her a strong contributor to planning and decision-making within Standard Chartered.