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Discover the secrets of start-up and experienced founders success at the Digital Tech Founders Lounge presented by BCS EMBRACE. Hear first-hand from tech innovators about launching their ventures, securing funding and overcoming obstacles in their journey. Join us for an evening of invaluable insights and networking opportunities.

About the speakers

Olusiji SanyaDr. Olusiji Sanya

Olusiji Sanya is an experienced economist with strong commercial acumen and a good understanding of policy, financial market instruments and fundamentals. He is a co-founder and has been Chief Financial Officer at Tranzfar since inception in 2017.

He is responsible for generating economic and market projections for business decisions and leads Tranzfar's trading and financial strategy. Tranzfar is a UK based financial technology company with operations across 100 countries. Olusiji is also the chairman of the board of directors of Orisun Microfinance Bank, Nigeria. Olusiji joined Goldman Sachs in 2011 as an economist focusing on commodities markets.

In 2012, he was appointed consultant on public finance management to the Commonwealth Secretariat where he worked on aid effectiveness across member states and produced a technical report which was presented to the relevant UK parliamentary committee. Olusiji holds a bachelor’s degree in economics from Covenant University (Nigeria), a Master’s in International Finance from the University of Essex and a Doctorate in Economics and Finance from the University of London. He won the Black British Business Award (Financial Services Rising Star) in 2019.

His other interests revolve around reading biographies, cycling, politics/governance and people development.

James Dean Sewell

James Dean SewellAuthor, speaker, trainer and personal development coach with the mission and purpose to empower and equip professionals to create positive change and live an abundant life.

A proud father of two wonderful children who mean the world to me.

Major fan and lover of personal development because it is a constant reminder that we have the power of choice, and to a very large extent we have the power to decide the outcome of our lives and that is what I enjoy sharing with others.

Author of four books; ‘Live the Abundant Life,’ ‘The Art of Self-Love,’ ‘The Beauty of Rejection’ and 'The Wonders of Healing.'

Dr Elsa ZekengDr Elsa Zekeng is a scientist with a PhD in Infectious Diseases and Global Health, an entrepreneur and an advocate. Applying her public speaking, research, analytical skills as well as business astuteness, negotiation and project management skills in Life Science Strategy consulting. Alongside this, she frequently advocates for equality and equity in access to medicines and Healthcare and plays a strategic role as a Non-executive Director of organisations to support executive members to reach their organisations' goals while ensuring that their services serve and include a diverse population.

Charlie Fadden

Charlie Fadden, BCS EMBRACE SG Chair

Charlie is passionate about developing and maximising a culture of evaluation, learnings and improvement which respects the human being as a person, drives more effective ways of working to support business strategy, enabler of customer satisfaction (retention), enhancing reputation and increasing profitability.

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This event is brought to you by: EMBRACE specialist group and Entrepreneurs specialist group

Hybrid event: Digital Founders Lounge - EMBRACE SG
Date and time
Wednesday 8 May, 6:00pm - 8:00pm
BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT
Ground Floor, 25 Copthall Avenue
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