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Margaret O'Connor Adventure Capitalist at The Centre for Disruptive Technologies


Margaret O’Connor is a FinTech and MediaTech pioneer with more than 25 years experience in emerging markets. The Adventure Capitalist brings a powerful mix of entrepreneurial and corporate management experience to early-stage investments and the digital transformation advisory practice at The Centre for Disruptive Technologies. She works with leading African corporates to create risk mitigation strategies for disintermediation, structure new ventures, kickstart implementation of digital transformation, and to mentor millennials. Connects clients to great people, unconventional ideas, relevant technology, and global capital across Africa, Asia, the US, and UK.

The Former MasterCard International executive was responsible for creating an enabling regulatory environment and supportive technology infrastructure in China, India, and Southeast Asia. She also helped to create MasterCard’s M&A pipeline globally.

The Former Silicon Valley venture funded MediaTech Chief Executive disrupted satellite distribution of broadcast video between newsmakers and media organisations globally. After a successful exit from this business, she worked as a London Financial Times contributor.

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Experience: MasterCard International, The NewsMarket, The Financial Times ( , Mobiles4All (, Happimo (, Centre for Disruptive Technologies ( , Endeavor (

Expertise: Leadership, Innovation, Fintech, Media Ventures, Financial Inclusion, Access to Capital, Investor Relations, Seed Investing, Governance, Marketing Strategy, Business Development

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