Dave has more than 20 years Bankingand Micro Finance corporate and executive management experience and is well known in the Pan African business space for founding MyBucks, a Fintechoperating in 13 countries in Africa, Europe and Australia and Blue Financial Services, a Microlender operating in 14 countries with a turnover ofR700 million and a loan book size of roughly 400 Million USD in 2009.
He is an accomplished, visionary entrepreneur being quoted in the South African Business Day as being “SA’s own Branson” (15 May 2008), with wide practical experience in strategic and operational management, change management, financial management and control in all strategic and operational issues.
Dave sunk his teeth in the micro-finance industry when he joined Unity Financial Services in 1997. Later he became a shareholder and the Operational Director of Unity Financial Services (Pty) Limited. The shareholding of Unity was later sold to Sanlam, Theta and Boland Bank. Eventually 100% was sold to Theta investments, which already owned the controlling share in microfinance companies - King and Altfin. Later, Unity, King and Altfin were merged with the previous African Bank flag under the New African Bank brand and Theta then changed its listed name to African Bank Investments Limited.
Dave held senior management posts in African Bank until he left in 2001to start Blue Financial Services, where he remained as CEO until 2009. In 2010 Dave’s experience allowed him to privately consult various financial firms, some of which are listed on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange, and aided them in raising capital, funding new sources of revenue, forming symbiotic business relationships and innovative channels for business growth.
Dave has spoken internationally at numerous Fintech events, discussing the developments and challenges for FinTech in Africa. Dave has demonstrated through his leadership how Fintech in Africa can address the financial inclusion challenge.
Dave has attended seminars and appeared as a guest speaker on countless occasions. Below is a brief list of his appearances.
EVENT: CLOSING PLENARY: DIGITAL FINANCE: FULL INCLUSION OR EMPTY PROMISE? 2016 READ MORE
Finnovation Africa: Kenya 2018 READ MORE
Business LIVE Talk Show - KEYNOTE SPEAKER 2018 READ MORE
Edison - Executive interview - MyBucks Talk Show 12-Dec-18 READ MORE
CGTN America - Dave Van Niekerk on the newest in financial technology Talk Show 24-Nov-16 READ MORE
The Banker - Tech Talk: interview with Dave Van Niekerk, CEO, MyBucks Talk Show 31-Oct-16 READ MORE
TRT World - Money Talks: Africa’s mobile banking boom, interview with Dave van Niekerk Talk Show 27-Sep-16 READ MORE
FinTech Africa - Fintech Africa Event 20 October 2015 Panel Discussion 2 Speaker / Talk Show 18-Jul-16 READ MORE
FinTech Africa Event 20 October in Stellenbosch Speaker 20-Oct-15 READ MORE
7th Annual Retail Banking Africa 2015 Speaker September 10, 2015 READ MORE
Dave completed and established The Fintech Campus in September 2017. This modern office park is situated just off Lynnwood road in the Eastern hub of Pretoria. FinTech Campus has a unique design, built to the highest standard by utilizing glass and stone across the entire 3 story facade that creates a tranquil atmosphere throughout. The building offers state-of-the-art technology, 24/7 security equipped with a full 24 hour back-up generator. FinTech Campus offers services such as a shared reception, conference facilities which includes several boardrooms, a 62-seater auditorium and an impressive slow lounge overlooking Lynnwood road.
Fintech Campus, 81 Botterklapper Street,
The Willows 340-Jr, Pretoria, 0081
+27 82 372 6346 (South Africa)
+966 56 974 9775 (Saudi Arabia)