Ground-breaking Colloquium to be held in Johannesburg

On 22-26 October 2018,  a Colloquium entitled ‘Digital Finance in Africa’s Future: Innovations and Implications’ will be held in Johannesburg, South Africa.

Organised by the Johannesburg Institute for Advanced Study and the Human Economy Programme at the University of Pretoria, in association with Disrupting Africa, the Colloquium will bring together African innovators in the field of digital finance as well as academics to discuss the latest developments in this rapidly expanding and increasingly important field. Read more

About the participating institutions

The Johannesburg Institute for Advanced Study (JIAS) is a joint initiative of the University of Johannesburg (UJ), South Africa, and Nanyang Technological University (NTU), Singapore. Its purpose is to promote advanced research in the humanities and natural sciences, beyond the regular teaching and research activities at institutions of higher learning. Read more

The Human Economy Programme in the Centre for the Advancement of Scholarship at the University of Pretoria is an interdisciplinary programme aimed at placing human concerns at the centre of economic studies, and researching the nurturing and expansion of economic democracy, particularly in Africa and the Global South. Read more

Disrupting Africa is a global movement aimed at supporting and promoting African innovation, and preparing the next generation of Africans, both on the continent and in the diaspora, for disruptive technological trends. Read more


To access the provisional programme, click here. The programme will be updated as and when necessary. A downloadable and printable version of the programme will be available soon.


The Colloquium will be opened by Mr Trevor Manuel, former South African Minister of Finance. This will take place at 17h30 on Monday 22 October 2018 at the UJ Centre Theatre on the Auckland Park Kingsway (APK) campus. His address will be followed by a panel discussion on ‘The Impact of Digital Finance on Africa’s Growth’, and a reception. To download an invitation, click on the button below.


Other venues

All the other sessions will take place at JIAS, 1 Tolip Street, Westdene, Johannesburg.

Public participation

All sessions will be live streamed, and members of the public will be able to submit questions and comments. To register as a ‘virtual participant’, click on the button below. Further details will be announced in due course.



Prof John Sharp, Director, Human Economy Programme, University of Pretoria.

Lena Gronbach, Administrator, Human Economy Programme, University of Pretoria.


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