About the Mauritius Africa FinTech Hub (MAFH)

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The Mauritius African Fintech Hub, registered as the Mauritius Fintech Association, was launched in October 2018 with the objective to promote Mauritius as the Fintech Innovation Hub for the African continent.

This initiative was pioneered by the Mauritian government, through the Economic Development Board (EDB) of Mauritius with a launch grant, alongside the private sector and formally announced during the 2017/2018 budget speech. The association functions as an independent facilitator and is solely funded by memberships and programmes we design since October 2020.

What we do and why we do it

We have a clear purpose of driving positive change through tech disruption by building a sustainable pan-African FinTech ecosystem. If you’d like that said with a little less corporate jargon: our purpose is to improve the quality of life in Africa by bringing together Mauritian, Pan-African and global corporates, start-ups, investors, academia, regulators, and all other stakeholders to collaborate in the Fintech space in a way that will empower African Fintech into the future.

Our vision is to create this Pan-Africa FinTech ecosystem through open collaboration between all key stakeholders, in order to build a successful FinTech Hub attracting and retaining talent, innovations and investment into the African continent. Ultimately MAFH believes that collaboration will lead to cutting-edge solutions for financial inclusion in the emerging African market.

Through market research and the vast experience from an on-the-ground team and board members, the Mauritius Africa FinTech Hub has identified four core pillars mentioned before for daily operations and member support:

  1. Innovation & Incubation
  2. Skills & Capacity Building 
  3. Investment & Deal Flow
  4. Regulatory & Policy Strategy

Using these core pillars, MAFH provides business support and networking opportunities to its members, whilst continuously increasing the scope of its own network in order to connect businesses with the right people and to expand the ecosystem.

Our objectives as a hub are to:

 Provide a conducive environment leading to bleeding edge, innovative FinTech innovations that can rapidly change the world

 Enable the creation of completely new startups as a result of our Incubation programme

 Provide world-class education to members through our workshops and our Incubation lab

 Facilitate regulatory applications by members in order to get their solutions out there and operational as quickly as possible

 Develop processes that will enable accelerated cross-border FinTech business integration and growth

 Provide legal & legislative support for new FinTech businesses or more established institutions who are looking to integrate

 Create and strengthen partnerships between tech talents, corporate financiers and investors in a collaborative sandbox

 Provide a secure and self-sustaining network where stakeholders can come together to harness the power of FinTech and create wealth for both themselves, the African continent & beyond

 Act as a bridge between different African markets & governments as well as external FinTech players to ease the integration of fresh FinTech technology & investment in Africa

 Acts as a business support system for smaller FinTech businesses

Why Mauritius?

Mauritius is a small country with big plans for economic growth. The Mauritian government created initiatives such as the Mauritius Africa FinTech Hub to help evolve Mauritius into a thriving FinTech hub for the burgeoning African FinTech economy. Mauritius is known for having a reputation for financial safety, and is also one of the world’s International Financial Centres (IFC). These are attributes that provide a prime foundation for Mauritius to become a breeding ground for innovative financial technologies. 

While it’s already a go-to for some due to its highly favourable business tax rates and regulatory sandbox licencing opportunities, the Mauritius African FinTech Hub sees Mauritius as the destination of choice for any business or individuals looking to set up secure and functional FinTech solutions and partnerships in Africa.

  • An actively involved government
  • Investment protection and existing international agreements
  • Corporate governance
  • Robust, yet agile legal system
  • Building a workforce
  • Venues and location

Why Africa?

With 80% of the African population being unbanked and mobile money growing, Africa is starting to emerge as a lucrative, untapped market for global businesses to enter while there is still relatively low competition. A promising market open to the opportunities and enhanced standard of living that new financial technologies can bring. Businesses and consumers alike are in need of emerging technologies to help accelerate them forward into the digital age to bring about more economic opportunity to the wider population.

Growth in the African FinTech space has been phenomenal, particularly over the last 5 years, and the market isn’t showing any sign of saturation or slowing. Mobile penetration is at 67% on the continent and growing. While mobile payments have been the predominant FinTech solution used, market share is progressively evening out across more sectors. InsurTech and financial marketplaces are making up an increasingly bigger piece of the pie and there are tons of untapped opportunities that could lead to widespread wealth and economic upliftment.

The challenge faced by the continent is largely however due to the struggle and difficulty businesses face trying to get helpful and life-changing solutions to market, with only 22% of the market having access to traditional financial services. This is a result of outdated systems still being adhered to and – up until now – not being challenged because of a fragmented FinTech ecosystem.

However, government systems, infrastructure and regulations are often obstacles that can make people cautious to invest or bring their technology to new markets or collaborate with African innovators.

A big part of the work that we do as the Mauritius Africa FinTech Hub is to facilitate collaboration and ease the restraints of regulatory red tape for those looking to innovate and integrate in the African market, along with the support of the Africa FinTech Network (AFN), of which Mauritius is on the Board, connecting us to 32 other African associations.

Our Team

The MAFH team is truly pan-African with a collaboration of members from South Africa and Mauritius, as well as global team & board members. 

The hub’s board and team members are not only well respected in the financial industry and the world of business, but also have access to resources that span the financial sector, including legal services, blockchain expertise, business incubation and investment and deal flow.

Benazeer Saïdoo

Benazeer Saïdoo


Benazeer joined MAFH driven first by her curiosity, but also in her belief of the higher purpose of what we are trying to build here for Mauritius and Africa. She has over a decade of experience in the digital field, with a specialization built in marketing, communications, project management and strategic planning, where she contributed in developing training programmes and business strategies supporting the development of digital services and products for various clients across diverse markets on the island and in the region. She puts her skills to use today in developing the local FinTech ecosystem through global partnerships, innovative projects and strategic growth opportunities, as well as the regional ecosystem as a board member on the Africa FinTech Network.

Vikash Ramdin

Vikash Ramdin

Head of Growth & Partnership

Vikash has over two decades of management experience across diverse sectors including Leisure, Quick Service Restaurants (QSR), Banking, Wealth Management, and Fund Management. Renowned for his strategic insights and successful program execution, Vikash has held prominent roles such as Head of Marketing at Barclays and Marketing Director at a Luxembourg-based Fund and Wealth Management Group. He holds an MBA and a Postgraduate in Business Strategy from the UK. In addition to being a Sales, Marketing and Digital Transformation trainer, he is the founder of MINDSET Strategic Services, which provides consultancy in Marketing, Sales, and Digital Transformation. As Head of Growth and Partnerships, Vikash will enhance the value of our members by collaborating closely with you to execute and create initiatives that will enrich your experience!

Patricia Aliphon

Patricia Aliphon

Programme Coordinator:Future Fintech Champions

Patricia Aliphon, a seasoned strategic business consultant and leadership coach, brings over 20 years of corporate experience and serves as an Independent Non-Executive Director. With a background in business management and executive leadership (University of Stellenbosch), certified in digital marketing, she held extensive C-Suite roles before founding Zensense, where she supports businesses in growth strategies for profitability and sustainability. Patricia coaches executives and teams to reach full potential, emphasizing efficiency, and advocates for women and youth empowerment in entrepreneurship and tech. As Programme Coordinator for Future FinTech Champions (FFC), she ensures student support and program success, preparing them for future FinTech roles.
Saad Abdoollah

Saad Abdoollah

Communications & Member Manager

Saad is a communications professional with skills and experience in the area of public relations, marketing and business development. Saad supports entrepreneurs, service professionals, and organizations of all sizes in the development of their communications strategies. He is passionate about helping like-minded leaders develop their communication strategies and share their vision to thrive in today’s fast-paced, digital-first economy.

Katia Lauthan Derache

Katia Lauthan Derache

Programme Coordinator: Digital Financial Literacy

With a Masters in IT Engineering from INSA Lyon and an executive MBA from HEC Paris, Katia is an IT & Business expert with more than 18 years of experience. She gained most of her experience in France leading strategic innovation projects for different clients among which BNP Paribas Corporate Investment Banking. She came back to Mauritius in 2020 as Head of IT at Bank ONE where she was one of the key stakeholders in the POP project. Katia is passionate about making an impact in Mauritius. She is involved in projects for empowerment : she is in charge of the training at Board of Good, coaches entrepreneurs and advances the cause of digital and financial literacy.

Our Board

Mike Rees

Mike Rees

Mike Rees is the Founder of Strategic Vitality, former Group Deputy CEO of Standard Chartered, currently serves as a member of the ING supervisory board, and as Chairman of the board at MAFH. As an experienced global business leader, Mr. Rees is passionate about resolving leadership challenges at an individual and an organizational level. He currently advises, mentors and invests in several technology start-ups and investment fund companies at varied stages of development and is a supporter of The New Entrepreneurs Foundation.

Faraz Rojid

Faraz Rojid

Faraz Rojid is Head of the Financial Services Division of the Economic Development Board. He has also authored and co-authored articles in trade and investment laws in transnational journals and United Nations publications, including the World Investment Report 2012 and the International Investment Agreements Negotiators Handbook.

Tom Mylrea-Lowndes

Tom Mylrea-Lowndes

Multi-lingual lawyer with private practice and in-house experience in Europe, Africa and Latin America. Strong track record advising governments, start-ups and corporates with a particular focus on FinTech for emerging markets.

Nicole Anderson

Nicole Anderson

As a multiple time technology entrepreneur (CEO & Founder) and an innovation thought leader, Nicole has gained an in-depth knowledge of Green and Impact FinTech and Sustainable Finance. Passionate about technology business models that are challenging the status quo and providing greater inclusion for people globally and having a positive impact on our environment, she has focused on the innovation intersection of emerging technologies and emerging markets both physical and virtual.

Hema Cederhage

Hema Cederhage

Head of Securities Services, MCB

Hema Cederhage is the Head of Securities Services at the MCB Bank and is a Business Leader within the MCB Leadership Team. She has more than fifteen years of experience in the financial sector having started her career at Brockbank Insurance Syndicate in London as Business Analyst before joining Capco as a consultant in London and later Singapore working on transformation projects mostly for banks. She joined Standard Chartered Bank in Singapore in 2007 where she has held various positions.

Paul Perrier

Paul Perrier

CEO, Fundkiss

Paul holds an MSc in Management from Kedge Business School (ESC Bordeaux). He started his professional journey at PwC Mauritius in the Deals department in 2010. Afterward, in 2014, he worked in a Family Office specializing in retail, property, FMCG, and logistics sectors across Mauritius and East Africa. In 2016, Paul launched Madora, a chain of Beauty store chain in Kenya. Paul is the CEO and co-founder of Fundkiss, an SME digital financing and debt investment platform.

Why work with a FinTech Hub based in Mauritius?

Entrepreneurs, startups and SMEs interested in joining a hub in Mauritius, the Mauritius Africa FinTech Hub is ideally located, not just because of its proximity to Africa due to timezones, but also for the following reasons:

  • Mauritius has a strong reputation for safety with  Investment Promotion and Protection Agreements (IPPAs) in place with a number of African states so it can act as a protective barrier between local African governments and businesses looking to enter new markets.
  • Mauritius has a International Financial Centre, which underpins its reputation for safety.
  • The Mauritian business world is well-known for its corporate governance culture as well as it’s stability, it is therefore the ideal sandbox environment for businesses looking to enter more volatile markets in the future.
  • A number of African FinTech start-ups have made Mauritius their home, providing a proven template for business that want to enter African markets via Mauritius.
  • Mauritius has a strong ICT workforce that’s able to assist in pre-market testing of your products.

What do entrepreneurs & SMEs get as part of the Mauritius Africa FinTech Hub?

MAFH is an ecosystem where entrepreneurs, SMEs, tech business, corporate entities, FSPs and investors can come together and create profitable FinTech solutions for the African market. MAFH knows that in order to do this, particularly as a startup or small business in the FinTech space, you’ll need as much on-the-ground support as possible, which is why, as a MAFH member you’ll have:

  • Licensing and regulatory fast-tracking and support in Africa & Mauritius.
  • Use of established pan-African networks and connections.
  • Free office space in the MAFH building, located in central Mauritius, however you don’t have to live in Mauritius if you want to be part of the hub.
  • General business administration support for smaller businesses.
  • Free workshops with  regulators, government representatives and other legislative decision-makers.
  • Be part of innovation labs run by corporates of MAFH itself.

Our Partners

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mafh partner digital4foundation
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