Professional Certificate in Financial Technologies (FinTech) and Innovations

Sam E. Jonah School of Business (AUCC) and Knowledge Innovations

  • Dates: 23rd October to 13th November, 2021  
  • Number of Hours: 4-6 hours a day  
  • Tuition Fee: GH¢1,600 
  • Delivery:  Online 
  • Level:  Intermediate  

 

COURSE OVERVIEW  

The FinTech industry is a fast-growing sector. FinTech is shaping our financial system’s foundation, bringing in its wake innovations and changing how end-users interact with financial services. 

The global FinTech market is valued at over USD 309.98 billion with over 20,000 operators worldwide offering a variety of services.  

FinTech can be broadly segmented by: 

  • technology (API; AI; Blockchain; Distributed Computing, robotic process automation (RPA), chatbots),
  • service (mobile money; payment systems; funds transfer/remittances; personal finance; loans and savings; insurance; wealth management),
  • application (regulatory technology, banking; insurance; real estate; securities).

Each passing day records new cutting-edge technologies in the FinTech industry, making it one of the fastest-growing innovative sectors delivering cost-effective personalized products to a wide variety of consumers, seeking to achieve universal financial inclusion for the large unbanked sector globally, particularly Africa. 

In light of this background, the Professional Certificate in Financial Technologies (FinTech) and Innovations offered by the Sam E. Jonah School of Business (AUCC) and Knowledge Innovations is designed to help you capture part of this market and innovate. 

Innovations in FinTech is creating new opportunities for companies and driving new business model for existing ones. Therefore, recent entrants and existing companies are obligated to invest in strategy, human capital, and resources, which are needed for them to take advantage of numerous fintech opportunities. 

Professional Certificate in Financial Technologies (FinTech) and Innovations is designed with professionals like you in mind who are committed to acquiring new skills and knowledge in this fast-growing sector. This course is structured to help you learn about the state of play, trends, and, more importantly, strategic insights and ideas that you can translate into actionable steps. 

The course faculty and guest speakers are made up of exceptional and world-class thought leaders who have come to the course with both in-depth theoretical and practical experiences to ensuryour learning journey is supported with the strategic insights you need to succeed in a rapidly evolving FinTech industry.

Course Modules  

The six modules held over four days will help you gain knowledge and skills in the following:  

Module 1: Financial Technologies and Digital Transformation  

  • Introduction to FinTech 
  • History and development of Fintech  
  • New culture, attitudes, and practices 
  • identify key FinTech opportunities and solution for your company  
  • Financial inclusion  
  • FinTech Security 

Module 2: Fintech Key trends and applications 

  • Pension (PenTech)  
  • Real Estates Tech  
  • Insurance (Insurtech)  

Module 3: FinTech Legal and regulatory framework  

  • Learn key legal provisions, policies, and regulations related to Fintech  
  • Analyze national and international fintech regulation  
  • Regulatory Technology (RegTech) 

Module 4: Technologies and innovations driving Fintech  

  • Role of the telecommunications industry in mobile money   
  • Understanding mobile money services in Ghana and Africa 

Module 5: Digital Payments 

  • Identify critical digital payment options driving Fintech  
  • Gain a broad view of digital currencies  
  • Peer-to-peer platforms and transactions   

Module 6: Emerging technologies driving Fintech 

  • Learn how to apply blockchain and cryptography in fintech solutions 
  • Evaluate blockchain and cryptography risks and opportunities  
  • Develop a strategy on how to leverage blockchain and cryptography opportunities  
  • Anticipate challenges in using emerging technologies.  

FACULTY DIRECTORS

Kwami Ahiabenu II

He is a leading tech and innovations expert. Kwami has written extensively on FinTech and serves as a Consultant to the sector as well as providing board leadership to a FinTech start up.

Martin Kwame Awagah

He is an Economist and Financial Analyst. Martin’s professional concentration for the past 10 years has been on economic research, governance, public policy, international development, financial analysis and project management. He has spoken at several FinTech events and organises the annual Ghana FinTech outlook event.

Emeka Okoye 

Emeka is the CEO of Vikantti Software and CTO & co-founder of Next.2.us. The latter is a website that focuses on geosocial connectivity using various applications, including SMS and mobile phones. Okoye has over 17 years’ experience in Web, Enterprise & Mobile Software and Project Management. He graduated as a Geologist in 1990 but being passionate about software engineering, he built Nigeria’s first banking website (IBTC, 1996) and Internet Banking app (IBTC, 1997), co-founded one of Nigeria’s earliest start-ups and built the biggest Nigerian Portal (NgEx.com, 1997) and was the Project Manager/Lead Architect of Nigeria’s first major E-commerce Project in 2000 (FSB Bank, Valucard, UPS & Xerox, 2000). 

Guest Presenters

Clara Arthur 

She is a Financial Technology Professional, currently with CGAP of the World Bank with over 15+ years’ experience across the Financial Services and Technology Industry in Ghana. She is a former General Manager, Business Development at the Ghana Interbank Payment & Settlement Systems Limited (GhIPSS). 

Evans Musodza 

He is the CEO of Veneka, a South Africa company that provides tailored payment technology solutions, with a focus on the African continent. Their products and services are targeted at Financial Services, and enable Card, Mobile and e-Banking business solutions. 

Saqib Nazir  

Saqib Nazir is a technology entrepreneur who loves to develop and invest in businesses that use technology to solve everyday problems in emerging markets. With an education in Information Systems Engineering, Saqib has extensive experience in developing and implementing solutions aimed at making technology locally relevant.

Saqib has invested in a number of start-ups across various fields such as fintech, identity, land documentation and internet delivery.

Saqib’s current focus is People’s Pension, utilising technology to make pensions and other financial services available to informal workers in order to build resilient livelihoods and to reduce old-age poverty and thus build a better tomorrow for all.

Yinsongti Tindana

Yinsongti is an attorney who is passionate about technology and innovation and the many opportunities they present for developing solutions to Africa’s development challenges. Currently an Attorney with the 8 Geeks @ Law, a technology focused law firm in Ghana, Yinsongti’s practice covers Transactions, Corporate, Regulatory and Intellectual Property for technology focused startups. She has wide experience in data and financial technology regulation from her work with fintechs in Ghana.

She is also currently an LLM candidate in Law, Technology and Entrepreneurship candidate at Cornell Law School.

Mwaura Ndichu (Paul)

Experienced founder, chief executive officer and business leader with Africa’s first Tech Unicorns.
A demonstrated history of working in Fintech, Financial Services, Information Technology and Banking.
Skilled in Strategy, Digital, Management, Negotiation, Business Planning, Marketing, Operations Management, and Analytical Skills.
Strong professional graduated from Curtin University (Australia)

Decision-makers, Key management staff and senior executives from  

  1. Banking  
  2. Regulatory agencies  
  3. Finance  
  4. Micro credits companies  
  5. Savings and loans firms  
  6. Credit union  
  7. Pension  
  8. FinTech Companies  
  9. Research Institutions  
  10. Donor Agencies  
  • Discover the latest trends and development in the fintech industry to enable you to stay on top of the competition. 
  • Learn and comprehend how the fintech industry is structured and gain insight into future trends and development  
  • Gain insights into emerging technologies like machine learning, big data, and artificial intelligence 
  • Debate how Fintech is shaping our financial services.
  • Explore new ideas on how you can utilize the power of Fintech for change in your community and professional space  

All participant who completes this course will be given certificate of completion from the Sam Jonah School of Business from the African University College of Communications (AUCC)

Live sessions  

  1. Presentation of key concepts by Course Directors/Facilitators   
  2. Discussion through the use of trigger questions  
  3. Group discussion  
  4. Review of articles  
  5. Case studies  
  6. Assignment requiring Participants to undertake online research  
  7. Guest Speaker presentation ( one guest speaker per day – 60 minutes session)  
  8. Short assignment  

Each module will be assigned a time box of 3 hours  

Daily course will be assigned a time box of 5 hours  

Final examination will be made of up 30 multiple questions with a time box of 20 minutes