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Nicola Schoeman

Nicola Schoeman

SADC Financial Inclusion Specialist: Innovation

FinMark Trust

Nicola is a Financial Inclusion Specialist in the SADC financial inclusion programme’s team at FinMark Trust. She has experience as a development economist at a global investment bank and management consultant. Nicola started at FinMark Trust in 2017 as a data science project manager in the insight2impact facility programme’s AppLab. Her expertise includes project management, data analytics and modelling, qualitative and quantitative research, and reporting in South Africa and various sub-Saharan African countries. Nicola’s responsibilities encompass project initiation, stakeholder management and technical oversight of projects. Notable projects under her management include technical assistance projects with FinTechs in Uganda and South Africa, DataHack4FI Innovation Challenges, technical assistance projects involving remittances in SADC and supporting the implementation of the CCBG’s Payments Systems Subcommittee’s strategic objectives. Nicola holds a master of commerce degree in econometrics from the University of Pretoria.