About Battle of the Bank$ Africa

The aim of the competition is to educate Africa’s young bankers on how to best manage a bank’s risk through gaining insight into how the different areas of the business interact to enhance overall business and financial performance, and how key macroeconomic indicators impact the decision-making process in a bank. Participants are exposed to the challenges of risk management strategies, corporate governance, and business ethics.

Who should participate in Battle of the Bank$?

The simulation program provides a powerful and engaging learning experience set in the context of the current banking environment. Participants develop skills and insights focusing on what it takes to manage a full-service bank successfully in today's competitive and volatile marketplace.

The program is ideally suited to the training of the following persons:

  • Junior to mid-level management

  • Young bank executives who need to expand their overall understanding of the management of a bank.

  • Personnel from Finance, Risk Management, Internal Audit and Compliance who need to expand their understanding of the key activities and products in a bank

  • Non-banking professionals active in the financial services sector who need to be familiar with the complexities of management in financial institutions.

Important Dates

  • Registration Deadline

    30 May 2022

  • Competition starts

    31 May 2022

  • Round 1 ends

    13 July 2022

  • Final round for the top performing teams

    (dates to be annnounced).

Bonus material

Receive 2 FREE e-learning courses.

  • An Introduction to Assets and Liabilities

    $399 value

    This course explores the issues and challenges of Asset and Liability Management for bank risk managers, auditors, and regulators. It emphasizes practical advantages and disadvantages of risk measurement and management tools and techniques, using samples of best practice risk reports.

  • An Introduction to Basel II and III

    $399 value

    This course provides a detailed overview of the history of the Basel Accords. It describes the regulatory tools that are available in Basel II and the risks that are covered and not covered, while also explaining the ICAAP and capital management.

Sign up your team now!

The Registration deadline is 30 May 2022

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Meet your instructors

Theo Van Wyk

Course Director

Theo van Wyk started his career as an economist in both the public and banking sector from 1980, where after he specialised in the financial services industry in asset and liability risk management (ALM). He was Group Economist for Saambou Bank between 1988 and 1991. He joined SPL Treasury Services between 1991 and 1995 as consultant on ALM and treasury systems, servicing both retail and corporate banks, as well as business entities with specialized treasury operations, initially locally, and later also in the rest of Africa.
Theo holds a B Comm (Law) degree from the University of Potchefstroom (now Northwest) and an honours degree in Economics (cum laude) also from Potchefstroom. He also completed a Wharton Executive Education Program at the University of Pennsylvania.

Andrew Kinsey

Course Director

Andrew has over 25 years’ experience in financial markets both for international and local (South African) institutions. He was a trader and senior manager in the derivatives and cash-trading environment, and worked as a Derivatives Trader at Nedcor, Standard Bank and Corpcapital Bank, trading foreign exchange, fixed income and equity assets. He was head of the ABN AMRO South Africa Money Market and Foreign Exchange unit. From 2008 to 2014 he was Head of Market and Trading Risk at the Purple Capital Group. This set the basis for the next period as he moved into risk management for hedge funds and in the online trading environment. This allowed him to build on his skills as a market trader to construct risk management systems, which illuminated granular market exposures as well as a communication tool for the business executives. At the same time he began to spend an increasing amount of time training and lecturing both graduates and experienced staff in market products and economics.

Social proof: testimonials

“We love the Battle of the Bank$ Competition because its all about empowering Banks and empowering people that work in Banks to think about the broader business and need to think like business owners.”

Sneha Shah, Managing Director, Global Head of Risk Managed Services| Refinitiv

“"You have to do it, it will only help you best understand why we are here, what is expected of us and how we can add value"”

Caroline Kamerika, Client Portfolio Manager | FNB Namibia

“I encourage my colleagues to participate, the course/competitions was a great learning platform that allowed me to broaden my horizons and also to get to know my team mates better.”

Riccardo Mbaiz, Settlements Specialist| RMB Namibia

“I will highly recommend him/her to consider the option of joining the competition because the learning and imparted knowledge is vast and not to be missed.

The course was intense. The presenters have vast knowledge on the subject matters and I will highly recommend anyone intending to upskill him or herself. ”

Lahja M. Hailulu Trustee Servises | RMB Namibia

““I have ve been in Banking for close to 10 years and I didn’t know that there was so much I didn’t know about the rest of the bank, or why my CEO makes the decisions he makes! But after going through the Battle of the Banks, I now understand the reasoning.””

Adedayo Adeyanju, Credit Analysis, Credit Risk-Control | GT Bank NIgeria

Pricing options

This price is for a team of 4 members.
Should you wish to enter 2 or more teams, please contact us for pricing.

Want to pay by bank transaction?

Get in touch with us and we can send you an invoice for payment.

NOTE: Enter 2 or more teams to take adavatage of our bulk entry discounts. Contact us for further information.

Schedule of LIVE Events

Save the dates and times below

  • Session 1: 31 May 2022 - 13h00 CAT (2hrs)
    Meet you instructors | Navigating through the program | Whats expected over the coming weeks

  • Session 2: 8 June 2022 - 13h00 CAT (2hrs)
    Assignments review | Facilitator topic choice | Practice round introduction

  • Session 3: 15 June 2022 - 13h00 CAT (2hrs)
    QUARTER 0 review | Facilitator topic choice | QUARTER 1 introduction

  • Session 4: 22 June 2022 - 13h00 CAT (2hrs)
    QUARTER 1 review | Facilitator topic choice | QUARTER 2 introduction

  • Session 5: 29 June 2022 - 13h00 CAT (2hrs)
    QUARTER 2 review | Facilitator topic choice | QUARTER 3 introduction

  • Session 6: 6 July 2022 - 13h00 CAT (2hrs)
    QUARTER 3 review | Facilitator topic choice | QUARTER 4 introduction

  • Session 7: 13 July 2022 - 13h00 CAT (2hrs)
    QUARTER 4 review | ROUND 1 results and closing remarks | ROUND 2 introduction (top performing teams) QUARTER 1 QUARTER 2 Presentations from top performing teams

  • Session 8: 20 July 2022 - 13h00 CAT

Do you have what it takes to be a Chief Executive Officer of a full-service Bank?

Come and test yourself in this year’s competition. We are going to test your bank management capabilities with simulations that draw upon real-time experiences faced by bank executives during COVID-19.