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Ian Merrington is CEO of The Cape Innovation and Technology Initiative (CiTi) and The Bandwidth Barn, which develop Open Innovation Clusters and Eco-systems around innovative and transformative technology. CiTi recently launched its second major Open Innovation Cluster, in the field of Education Technology (EdTech), the first was FinTech. CiTi also runs specialised incubation and small business support programs and develops technology skills and job readiness programs to address the shortage of job ready technology skilled candidates needed by Industry 4.0.
Ian is passionate about the role of innovation in solving the challenges faced by modern societies. He believes that FinTech and the blockchain have enormous transformative potential in Africa and that inclusive innovation can improve lives across the continent.
Ian also sits on the advisory boards of the University of Cape Town’s Information Systems department and also the Computer Sciences department and is a lead mentor for the Barclays Techstars programme in Cape Town. He has a financial background and was Group Financial Director of BBDO SA and also a strategic business consultant.