Minister Cina Lawson of Togo and Admassu Tadesse, President of Trade and Development Bank (TDB), Join Keynote Lineup at Africa Fintech Summit 2020

The Summit will conclude on November 12 with a headline fireside chat with Jack Dorsey, Co-Founder, Chairman, and CEO of Square

WASHINGTON D.C., United States of America, November 3, 2020/ -- Dedalus Global ( and Ibex Frontier ( are pleased to announce Honorable Cina Lawson, Minister of Digital Economy and Digital Transformation of Togo, and Mr. Admassu Tadesse, President and CEO of Trade and Development Bank (TDB), as keynote speakers for Africa Fintech Summit 2020 ( Mr. Tadesse and Minister Lawson will deliver the opening keynote addresses on November 9 and 10, respectively. The Summit will conclude on November 12  with a headline fireside chat with Jack Dorsey, Co-Founder, Chairman, and CEO of Square.

A three-day virtual event held this November 9, 10, and 12, Africa Fintech Summit 2020 will open with a keynote address by Mr. Tadesse. As TDB’s President and CEO he has been the recipient of several distinctions, including being recognized as the 2019 African Banker of the Year. Since he joined TDB in 2012, Mr. Tadesse has launched new business operations and spearheaded critical reforms that have fueled a US$5 billion increase in the bank’s assets.  Over the past eight years under Mr. Tadesse’s leadership, the Bank’s capital and funding have multiplied five-fold and has seen significant growth in its shareholder base, and its portfolio. In 2020, TDB was recognized by African Banker Awards as the ‘African Bank of the Year’. TDB is the first DFI in Africa to use blockchain technology to carry out a trade finance transaction on dltledgers, enabling a $22 million white cane sugar trade from Asia to Africa.

Day two of the Summit will launch with a keynote address by Honorable Cina Lawson, Minister of Digital Economy and Digital Transformation for Togo. Minister Lawson is leading Togo through a profound transition to an inclusive digital economy. Her initiatives as Minister have included diversifying private participation in the telecommunications sector, spearheading regulatory reforms for data protection and electronic transactions, setting up an innovation hub, and driving initiatives to deploy high-speed fiber broadband that links key institutions, including all public universities in the country. In 2012, Forbes magazine ranked her among the 20 most powerful young women in Africa and in 2019, she became the first African woman political figure to receive the Harvard Alumni Public Service Award. She is a fervent advocate of innovative solutions to Africa’s developmental challenges and sits on the advisory board of the Digital Identity, Trade and Economy Initiative of the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa. 

Jack Dorsey headlines the concluding fireside chat on November 12 with a discussion on decentralized finance, cryptocurrency, and financial inclusion in Africa.  

The Summit’s keynotes join an esteemed list of panelists – 60 senior level executives from companies like MFS Africa, Jumia, DPO Group, Y-Combinator, Yoco, AMOLE, DHL Logistics, Citigroup, Flutterwave, EFG Hermes, and Citigroup. 

The Summit is held with the support of its partners, U.S. State Department’s Office of Global Partnerships and APO Group, and premier sponsors MFS Africa, Flutterwave, and AMOLE.

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About Dedalus Global and Africa Fintech Summit:
Dedalus Global ( is a go-to-market strategic advisory focused on emerging tech in emerging markets and is the founding organizer of Africa Fintech Summit (AFTS) ( As the first fintech event to be held annually in the USA and Africa, AFTS boasts the largest network of African fintech stakeholders from across the globe. In addition to its advisory business, since 2018, Dedalus has organized four fintech summits and a series of policy roundtables, virtual workshops, and startup bootcamps under the AFTS brand. AFTS events have hosted more than 1500 attendees, representing each of the top stakeholder segments, from 51 countries and 6 continents.

About Ibex Frontier:
Ibex ( is an investment advisory & route-to-Ethiopia-market advisory firm headquartered in Washington D.C. and with a presence in London and Addis Ababa. Through insights and access that spans three continents and 20+ years of experience by its Founding team, Ibex provides premier investment, market entry, and business development advisory services for Eastern Africa with a focus on Ethiopia. Since June 2019, Ibex has been a co-organizer of AFTS events.

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