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Elizabeth Rossiello

Founder and CEO, AZA Finance

Elizabeth is the CEO and founder of AZA, an established provider of currency trading solutions which accelerate global access to frontier markets through an innovative infrastructure.  By leveraging cutting edge technology in our flagship products, TransferZero and BFX, AZA is able to significantly lower the cost and increase the speed of business payments to and from frontier markets. AZA is now a market-maker in every major African currency and facilitates payments into G20 currencies directly.   

Elizabeth founded the company in 2013 in Nairobi, Kenya and has expanded it to 10+ markets across Africa and Europe.  Before founding AZA, Elizabeth was a rating analyst for microfinance institutions across sub-Saharan Africa, consulting for Grameen Foundation, Gates Foundation and the Acumen Fund, as well as working with regulators and policy-makers on legislation for financial innovations.  Elizabeth co-chairs the World Economic Forum's Council on Blockchain and holds an M.A. in International Business and Finance from Columbia University.  

15.00 - 16.15

DAY 1 - 10 SEPT 2022 UK – UCUK PROGRAMME Day 01 - 10 SEPT 2022 – UCUK PROGRAMME

Investing in Sustainable solutions in Finance and Technology, Infrastructure and Urban Development, Construction (Real Estate) and Manufacturing.

Investing in Sustainable solutions in Finance and Technology, Infrastructure and Urban Development, Construction (Real Estate) and Manufacturing.

  • Which are the investment opportunities in Uganda's financial services sector and how can investors achieve highest return on their investment?
  • The growth of information technology innovations and what are the opportunities?
  • How to access funding for digital solutions and FinTech start-ups?
  • As Cryptocurrency/blockchain technology matures, where does the government of Uganda stand on laws and regulations in this area? (Dr. Hatwib Mugasa, ED - National Informational Technology Authority Uganda)
  • Challenges of the banking sector after the covid-19 crisis – how have banks met new challenges, identified opportunities, solutions and addressed them. Where are opportunities for investment?

Opportunities in Kampala City Council.

  • What are the opportunities, challenges and regulatory barriers in financing of sustainable infrastructure projects in Kampala? (Mrs. Dorothy Kiyimba Kisaka, Executive Director Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA))

Narrowing Uganda’s Digital Divide in a Post-COVID World

  • What are the most important areas of focus to support Uganda and East Africa’s broader post-pandemic economic recovery, including policies and regulations, while building on innovations in health, energy, education, tourism and consumer goods, among other sectors. What kinds of partnerships between the public and private sector can narrow Uganda's digital divide and increase productivity?

Financing Ugandan infrastructure development: What is ‘good debt’?

  • Assessing various financing options for infrastructure development with the need for debt sustainability.
  • What are the benefits and disadvantage of bonds, Export Credit Agency (ECA) financing and commercial loans?
  • How do UK Export Finance and other export credit agencies deals compare to other sources of financing?
  • What are alternative solutions and options to finance projects in affordable way? (Isaac Kahara, Head of Export Finance – East Africa, UK Export Finance, British High Commission, Nairobi, Kenya)

One on One meetings with government officials

Coordinators:

  • Martin Muhangi, Director, Investment Promotion and Business Development, UIA
16.15 - 16.20

DAY 1 - 10 SEPT 2022 UK – UCUK PROGRAMME Day 01 - 10 SEPT 2022 – UCUK PROGRAMME

Presentation on how AZA Finance can empower companies to accelerate operations in frontier markets through better foreign exchange, treasury services, payments, and last-mile settlement.