It didn’t all change in March 2020. Not really. The UK high street has been in the throes of a gradual revolution for decades. From the rise of ecommerce, to the birth of mobile, social commerce, and a growing emphasis on experience, change has been underway for a while. In fact for many, the pandemic has acted as a wake-up call. Digital transformation was no longer a ‘nice to have’ but a matter of survival. Necessity sparked innovation and customers are enjoying more flexibility and conveni ...
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With an estimated 1.7 billion people in the world without access to financial products or banking, this episode looks at social inclusion through the democratisation of finance. Host Julia Streets is joined by Noha Shaker, Founder and Secretary General of the Egyptian FinTech Association and the elected Vice President of the Africa FinTech Network, and Professor Monica Singer, South Africa’s Lead for ConsenSys, who was also the first CEO of South Africa’s Central Securities Depository (CSD), Strate (Pty) Ltd which she set up in 1998. Together they discuss ways to create a more globally inclusive financial industry, the potential and opportunities for this, the next and future generations in Africa and the Middle East. They give emphasis to the importance of encouraging girls to pursue careers in tech, women-led businesses and the breakdown of bias against 51% of the world’s population.