In this 20th Episode of BAM Podcast, the guest interviewed is Viola Llewellyn, the co-founder and President of Ovamba Solutions, Inc. Ovamba Solutions Inc. is an award winning African “TradeTech” company that creates culturally attuned technologies for Financial Institutions.
Ms. Llewellyn was listed in the “Digital Undivided Report” as one of only 34* Black women in the USA to have raised more than $1 million for a technology company as featured in the April issue of Vanity Fair Magazine. She is listed on Innovate Finance’s 2016, 2017 & 2018 “Women in FinTech Power List”, and on “Latice80’s Top 100 Women in Fintech 2019” (https://www.lattice80.com/top100-women-in-fintech-2019/) list. Ms. Llewellyn is further distinguished by being the first Female African Tech Founder to speak at both “Slush”, Helsinki and “Slush, Tokyo” – yearly events that are billed as the biggest gathering of innovators, funders, startups and entrepreneurs in Europe and Asia respectively. In late 2018, her TED Talk was included as part of the “Reboot” Series with Boston Consulting Group. Ms. Llewellyn is a published author of the The Brooking’s Institute’s “Foresight Africa 2019” article, ‘Winning in Africa’s FinTech: The Ovamba Way’ https://www.brookings.edu/blog/africa-in-focus/2019/02/26/winningin-africas-fintech-the-ovamba-way/, and the Wilson Centers’ “Africa: Year In Review 2019” https://www.wilsoncenter.org/publication/africa-year-review-2019.
In this Episode, Ms Llewellyn shares the following,
– How she wanted to be a Genetic Engineer at age 9
– How she got a head start with her career at fortune 500 companies such as IBM, Unisys, KPMG, e.t.c.
– How she and her business partner started Ovamba solutions and focused on the African market.
– How Ovamba’s solutions combine innovative Sharia compliant structures with eCommerce, logistics, and business services to drive financial inclusion and promote growth.
– The challenges of starting up in Africa while living in the US and the major role her team has been playing in moving the business forward
– How Ovamba solutions has grown over the last 8 years
– The challenges of being a woman in tech.
– She finally shares advise entrepreneurial advice.
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