Shlomit Sufa is the Ambassador of the State of Israel to Ghana, Liberia and Sierra-Leone. Prior to her appointment, she was a participant in the National Security Program at the Israeli National Defense College (INDC) and served as Minister-Councilor, South East Asia Department in the Asia and Pacific Division of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Israel.
Ms. Sufa began her career as a lawyer in 1998 at the Legal Department of the Municipality of Ramla and moved on to participate in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Cadet Program to begin her Diplomatic career.
Since 2001, Shlomit Sufa has served in different capacities at Israel’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs including Deputy Ambassador, Embassy of Israel to Ethiopia, Rwanda and Burundi; Deputy Director, East Africa Department, Africa Affairs Division; Deputy Ambassador, Embassy of Israel to Switzerland and Lichtenstein; Deputy Director, EU Department, at the Europe Affairs Division; and as Deputy Chief of Mission at the Israeli Embassy in Canada.
Shlomit Sufa is also a member of the Women Diplomatic Network Steering Committee (an Israeli network of female diplomats from the Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs and female diplomats posted in Israel) and Forum Dvorah (a non-partisan, nonprofit NGO that looks at equal representation of women in key decision-making position in the fields of national security and foreign policy).
Ms. Sufa holds a LL.B in Law from the Harry Radzyner Law School, IDC Herzliya and M.A in Political Science from the University of Haifa.
Maame Yaa Owusu-Amoah is the Mission’s business development manager in charge of the Fintech, Cybertech and IT sectors amongst others. She has been the lead in organizing and managing the GIFSummit2022.
Previously Maame worked as a senior project manager in the private sector, bringing impact driven mobile-for-development solutions to people in the Global South through her work at Viamo. While at Viamo, Maame led multiple projects in partnership with leading development partners including the World Bank and a cluster of UN organizations.
She’s also worked as a volunteer entrepreneur helping women in local Ghanaian markets gain access to finance. Maame is passionate about leapfrogging development in Africa by leveraging technology. She holds a Master of Arts in Global Development and Africa from the University of Leeds and a Bachelor of Science in Finance from GIMPA.
Kwame Baah-Gyimah is a Senior Manager responsible for Risk & Compliance at Zeepay Ghana Limited, a wholly-owned Ghanaian company. Zeepay is the fastest-growing fintech focusing on digital rails to connect digital assets such as mobile money Wallets, Cards, ATMs, Bank accounts and Digital Tokens to International Money Transfer Operators, Payments, Subscriptions, International Airtime and Refugee payments.
Kwame started his professional career at TCF Financial Corporation, and moved to FINRA, a U.S. Financial Services regulator, managing pre/post transparency programs related to Corporate Actions; Fixed Income, Equities, and U.S. Treasuries trading.
Kwame is a graduate of Johns Hopkins University and received a Master of Finance in Applied Economics and Finance.
Mr. Yawson has over twenty (20) years experience in IT Systems Development and Implementation including Project Design, Deployment Configuration and Management, Systems and Networks Infrastructure Security Architecture; and software development among others.
Ato is the Chief Information Security and AML Officer of IT Consortium and has been with the company since 1999. He is also a Lead Implementer in the ISO27001, Information Security Management Systems certification program for industries and servers as an IT Consultant and Lecturer in the Ashesi University, Ghana. Ato has been involved in the design and implementation of technologies in varied fields of endeavor including but not limited to Telecommunications, Health and Education.
Nana Arezie is a Cyber and IT Risk professional with more than 12 years’ experience.
He has worked with a number of Banks in Ghana and is currently a Senior Manager in the Technology Consulting team of Ernst & Young Advisory Services.
He has a Msc. Information Technology and Bsc. Computer Science degrees and multiple professional certifications straddling IT audit, IT risk, IT governance, information, and cyber security.
Leona Lillian Abban is the Vice President, Operations and the Country Manager for MIC Global-Ghana, popularly known as MicroEnsure. Leona has 15 years of experience in Insurance, 11 of these in the microinsurance space and with MIC Global. She is passionate about inclusive insurance and is a firm believer that inclusive insurance plays a large role in fulfilling the central promise of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development – ‘Leaving No One Behind.’
MIC Global is an end-to-end digital microinsurance solution provider with the aim of driving insurance uptake for the mass market through need-based digital insurance. The Company was the first to deliver mobile-backed insurance for the first time in Ghana. They successfully contributed to driving insurance with 1M lives on digital insurance through Tigo and 1.2M lives on Airtel.
Leona won the African Women in Banking and Finance Award for the ‘Micro Insurance Personality of the Year-2020
Charles is the Director of Country Operations for Fido Ghana, a Digital Financial Institution making financial services accessible to the unbanked in Africa and emerging markets.
He holds an MBA Marketing degree from the Coventry Business School, UK and a Bachelor’s degree from the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology. Charles has over thirteen years’ experience in Business Development and Project Management across the Banking, Telco and Tech industries.
He spent 5 years at Rancard Solutions (An Intel Company) where he led Rancard’s Business Development engagements with Telcos in Nigeria, Senegal, Guinea, Kenya, SA and Cote D’Ivoire deploying the company’s first Voice Application (2nd revenue generator by volume) in the process. Prior to joining Rancard, he worked as the Regional Head of the SME unit at Societe Generale Bank supporting the financial needs of MSMEs in the northern sector of Ghana and administering the DANIDA Grant for small-scale businesses.
He is a Financial Inclusion enthusiast and passionate about the digitization of the Ghanaian economy.
Eli Hini is the Chief Executive Officer for MobileMoney Limited, the MTN Ghana subsidiary responsible for mobile financial services. He is responsible for driving strategy, business development, innovation and relevant operations of MTN’s Mobile Money business. Prior to Eli’s appointment as CEO, he was the General Manager MobileMoney Limited, a role he held for approximately five years. Eli was instrumental in setting up Mobile Money services in Ghana and growing the subscriber base, transaction volumes and value. He also led the MTN Mobile Money team to receive ISO certification (ISO/IEC 12007: 2013 certification) in January 2016 and the GSMA Mobile Money Certification in November 2019. Eli is a Chartered Marketer with over 18 years’ experience and has also held leadership positions in Unilever Ghana Limited and The Coca- Cola Bottling Company Limited. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology and a post-graduate diploma in Marketing from the Chartered Institute of Marketing, UK.
Eli serves on the boards of MobileMoney Limited, aYo Intermediaries Ghana Ltd and IC Asset Managers.
Ayelet Levin-Karp is the head of the Israel Trade and Economic Mission to Ghana.
Ayelet was charged with establishing the mission back in 2018, as part of Israel’s efforts to further develop her economic and diplomatic ties with Ghana, West Africa, and Africa as a whole.
Prior to her post in Ghana, Ayelet worked as a project lead in the Dept. of Planning and Strategy at the Israeli Ministry of Economy and Industry. Her work focused on formulating and implementing innovative projects for economic and industrial development including programs for rural economic development, a national center for Industry 4.0 and programs/policy to further the Israeli foodtech industry.
Before her work in government, Ayelet worked as a research biologist earning her MSc in Biology from the renowned Weizmann Institute of Science. Ayelet is passionate about leading collaborative efforts, bringing together various stakeholders for a win-win results-oriented impact.
Ziv Cohen has over 20 years of experience in the cyber security and fraud industry with more than a decade in driving sales strategy and execution, for innovative startups as well as established Fortune 500 companies.
Prior to founding Paygilant, Ziv managed Trusteer’s (acquired by IBM) financial fraud and advanced threats enterprise protection solutions, where he established and grew EMEA sales from zero to multi million revenue. In addition, Ziv managed RSA EMC FraudAction business operations where he was responsible for delivering Anti-Fraud services to hundreds of financial customers globally.
Ariel Fabio is an expert in analytics for financial institutions such as banks, insurance companies, credit card companies and fintech.
He has worked in credit analytics for 20 years in various roles; as a credit analyst, in development of credit risk models, and in management of credit regulation projects.
15 years ago he established Paretix, developing a Smart Credit Analytics solution that leverages traditional and alternative data sources and AI, to develop a bespoke credit scoring model.
Ariel leads the companies strategy and operations currently serving 50+ financial institutions in Europe, MENA and LATAM.
George Crump, Chief Product Strategist at StorONE, and former industry analyst, has over 30 years of experience designing data center solutions for many of the world’s largest organizations.
George will be presenting remotely from the United States. Jacques Blinbaum, Chief Executive – Africa for StorONE, will attend in person and join George in this program.
Yair Solow is CEO and co-founder of Centraleyes, a leading technology innovator in the fast-paced sector of advanced cyber risk and compliance management. He heads a team of world-class cyber security and risk experts in the development of cutting-edge solutions for managing internal risk, vendor risk and executive board risk.
Yair’s experience in disruptive technologies inspired his vision of a new risk management platform that equips organizations with unparalleled tools to achieve and sustain cyber resilience in today’s intensifying threat environment. He assembled a team of technology innovators, military intelligence veterans and corporate leaders and led them to produce the world’s most advanced Integrated Risk Management (IRM) platform. The platform automates, centralizes and visualizes risks to save time and resources, allowing users to concentrate on business success.
Before founding Centraleyes, Yair was a senior executive at Visa, where he led business activities in major European markets. In 2015 he helped spearhead the launch of Visa’s Innovation Hub in Israel. His passion has always been entrepreneurial; he has launched a number of successful technology ventures, always imagining new ways to disrupt inefficient markets.
Ikede Ebhole is a Diligent Cyber Security Specialist proficient in online security research, planning, execution, and maintenance. Adept at training and educating internal users on relevant cyber security procedures and preventative measures.
He specializes in network monitoring, security software installation, and working to prevent cyber-attacks, especially in business and corporate settings
Alon is the Founder and co-CEO of BTB Trusts LTD.
Alon took part in the Initiation of B-MATCH technology as well as the management and operating systems of investors’ and borrowers’ funds, and the technologies of the array of agents and consultants.
Since the establishment of the company, Alon has been the product manager and has been involved in defining technology and managing technological products. Alon is a graduate of the Artificial Intelligence Program from Oxford.
In addition, Alon holds a BA in Business Administration from the Open University, training in investment consulting from Raanana College and an MBA from Or Yehuda College. He has also trained in the fields of credit investments and more.
Prior to his career in fintech Alon preformed his IDF military service in visint department (9900) intelligence unit.
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