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World-leading predictive analytics company FICO invites African businesses to learn about increasing their analytic advantage at FICO Forum Africa, which takes place at the Mount Nelson Hotel in Cape Town on the 30th July – 31st July 2019.  Attendees will explore topics including risk management strategies, compliance with global money laundering regulations and using analytics to beat the competition while remaining profitable.

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The forum will feature top analysts, business consultants and other industry stakeholders from Nedbank, Sanlam, SA Taxi and other firms, as well as some of FICO’s experts from South Africa, Europe and the U.S., including the firm’s chief technology officer, Dr. Stuart Wells, and its chief analytics officer, Dr. Scott Zoldi.
The opening keynote speaker is Penny Heyns, the world’s greatest female breaststroker of the 20th Century. Following her retirement in 2001, she established herself as a businesswoman, guest television presenter, coach, and a sought-after professional speaker.

With more than 30 thought-provoking presentations, some highlights from the agenda include:

  • Fintech Disruption within a Big Bank: Nedbank – Simon Marland, Head of Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), Retail & Business Banking, Nedbank
  • What Google Can Teach Us About Surveillance – Francois Combrinck, Founder, Frame AML
  • Customer Risk Intelligence in Africa – Edo de Vries Robbe, Director of Partnerships & Strategy, Arachnys
  • Compliance Trends in Africa  – Jaques Marnewick, Head of Group Compliance at Sanlam 
  • Explainable and Ethical AI – Dr. Scott Zoldi, Chief Analytics Officer at FICO

“As Chief Analytics Officer at FICO, which has been applying AI in fraud detection for nearly 30 years, I am charged with creating exciting new technologies to solve the real-world problems of banks, retailers, insurance firms and other organizations,” said Dr. Scott Zoldi, who has authored 101 patents in advanced analytics. “ This involves breaking new ground in analytics, something which we are excited to share at this year’s FICO Forum Africa.”

“This year the focus will be on new technology and best practices for building your analytic advantage,” says Derick Cluley, country manager, FICO South Africa. “Our agenda is designed to help you choose and deploy the right analytic tools, manage credit risk and fight fraud. In addition, we will have a track on financial crime compliance and a new track on how to use credit scoring to improve lending decisions.”

Sponsored charity organization

FICO Forum Africa will sponsor Ubuntu Pathways as its featured charity for this annual conference – a non-profit organization that provides an integrated support system of health, education, and social support in the townships of Port Elizabeth, South Africa. Proceeds from this 2-day event, which takes place during South Africa’s yearly commemorations of Nelson Mandela, will be donated to Ubuntu Pathways as a way of helping the organization in furthering its cause. Last year, FICO Forum Africa was able to donate over R170, 000 from its attendee registration proceeds.