Michael Stannard is the Managing Director of Paper Plane, an advisory and ventures firm specialising in rapidly advancing technologies, and a director at the Exponential Africa Institute. Michael is also a Google LaunchPad Mentor, assisting Google with mentorship and Sprints for new businesses. Michael has facilitated numerous programs aimed at bringing large African corporates into the age of exponential technology and disruptive innovation. He is also a leading expert on cryptocurrencies and initial coin offerings and has written and featured in various publications on the application and effect of exponentials.

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Angus was the Founder, and later CEO of eBucks. He led the development of the internet banking platform, and later managed the entire business (Loyalty programme, eCommerce and Internet Banking). This business has made a real mark on the SA eCommerce, banking and loyalty landscape. He was the Head of Alliance Banking and Support Services at Mercantile Bank Limited and served as an executive of MMI Holdings and Blue Label Telecoms.

With a long history in banking at the highest levels he brings experience and insight into innovative payment businesses like Centbee.

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As South Africa’s foremost blockchain expert, Lorien has been invited around the world to speak on digital currencies and distributed ledgers and their benefits for emerging economies. He has addressed the IMF, World Bank, FBI and Commonwealth Secretariat, the South African Reserve Bank, TEDx and a host of banking professionals and attorney generals throughout the world. He offers insight and guidance to business executives and advises government on blockchain technologies and their implications.

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