Deloitte to organise financial summit in collaboration with Singularity University

01 March 2019 2 min. read
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Global professional services firm Deloitte is set to collaborate with Singularity University The Development Bank of Southern Africa, Discovery and MTN to organise an Exponential Financial Summit in Cape Town, set to take place at the International Convention Centre at the end of May this year.

The event is focused on some of the themes that are most crucial to the contemporary South African economy, taking an innovative approach to discussing technology, finance and investment. Experts have place innovation at the centre of South Africa’s recovery from a period of economic struggle.

The primary organizer of the summit is Singularity University, which is a business incubation firm conceptualised to help entrepreneurs with developing the physical and mental resources required to establish a successful business. As the economy adopts an innovative approach, small and medium enterprises in South Africa are increasingly receptive to digital avenues of growth.

Outside of the technological domain, the Exponential Finance Summit will focus on themes of GDP growth and employment growth, the latter being particularly relevant in the South African context in light of its disproportionately high levels of unemployment.

Deloitte to organise financial summit in collaboration with Singularity University

Speakers at the event will include experts on a wide variety of fields, a number of which are members of the Singularity University in South Africa who have been appointed to the firm recently. These include Tanya Knowles, who is an expert in the field of blockchain and crypto-currency. 

Other speakers include GEci Karuri-Sebina, who is an expert in urban planning, and Benjamin Rosman, who is a deep learning and decision theory expert in the domain of robotics and artificial intelligence. Adriana Marais, the Head of Innovation at SAP Africa, will also be present at the event.

Commenting on the event, Rob Nail, CEO and Associate Founder of Singularity University said, “Exponential Finance will be a transformative experience for attendees. SingularityU South Africa convenes the world's experts to introduce attendees to exponential technologies and equip them with the mindset and leadership needed to take the finance industry into the future.”

“As part of our journey in future-proofing Africa, we are thrilled with our next SingularityU South Africa Summit iteration that will focus solely on the financial sector. The timing is crucial for South Africa to learn, network and collaborate, using exponential technologies so as not to get left behind and be disrupted,” said Shayne Mann, co-CEO at the institution.