Banking Outlook Africa 2009

by Jörgen Eriksson on July 11, 2009

sandtonDuring three days (6th to 10th of July) Terrapin arranged the annual Banking Outlook Africa conference in Johannesburg, South Africa. Bearing was there, represented by Richard Shaw, Lars Egstam and Jörgen Eriksson. The venue was the impressive Sandton Convention Center.

The conference was a high level event with many CEO´s of African Banks attending. This year the attendance level was higher than in 2008, most likely due to the starting recovery after the financial crises.

The speaker list was impressive, including Mervyn E. King presenting The King Report on Corporate Governance and the CEO of Mauritius Commercial Bank Anthony Withers.

Africa has an undeveloped banking sector with only 25% of Africans having bank accounts, with competition entering the banking sector through mobile banking and with a strong drive by the largest banks to achieve to regional expansion.

Richard Shaw of Bearing Consulting gave a speech and also contributed a whitepaper to the conference. Both the presentation and the speech can be downloaded or viewed below.

About Jörgen Eriksson :

Jörgen Eriksson is the founder of Bearing and is the Chairman of the firm since it was created. He has successfully expanded Bearing into covering projects on four continents. He is also Adjunct Professor of Innovation Management at the International University of Monaco and at Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya in Barcelona and he is an active member of the Founders Alliance organisation.

Working with consulting engagements across Bearings practices, he has over the past fifteen years participated in and supervised a large number of client projects, from innovation system development and place development and branding, to merger and acquisition assignments and leading edge research and business development activities for key clients.

His new book, Branding for Hooligans, will be published in 2015. It is about how innovation and branding are key survival factors in our modern times of hyper competitive markets.

Prior to Bearing, he was Director of Europe, Middle East, and Africa for Trema Treasury Management, a technology and consulting services provider, supplying financial software solutions for the global financial industry, Clients included The European Central Bank, Citibank, SEB, South African reserve Bank, Deutsche Bank, Abu Dhabi Investment Authority (ADIA), as well as many other large financial institutions and Fortune 500 companies.

Early in his career Eriksson was educated at the Stockholm School of Economics, where he studied economics, financial economics and philosophy. He then worked in Scandinavian investment banks and also for the Swedish Institute of National Defense Research.

You can contact Jörgen on e-mail, connect on LinkedIn onörgen-eriksson/0/38/8a0/ and follow him on twitter on joreri508.

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