Who will be crowned the next Africa's Best Young Bankers?

2022 champions : Tanzania Institute of Bankers represented by:

→ Linda Lutegaisa Kamuzora
→ Barikieli Sombodi
→ Alex Rwegayura
→ Kelvin Mkwawa


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 and after COVID-19.

Course Summary

The Bank Management Simulation Program provides participants with a broad perspective on the business of banking. By taking on the role of the management team of a virtual bank for the duration of four financial quarters, participants of the Battle of the Banks (BOTB) become familiar with the products and the activities of a full-service bank.

The competition has been meticulously crafted to serve as a catalyst for nurturing the business acumen of Africa’s budding bankers. Participants will delve deep into the intricate web of business operations, understanding how various facets of the business collaborate to elevate overall performance, both financially and operationally. Furthermore, they will gain valuable insights into how pivotal macroeconomic indicators influence decision making processes within a bank. Additionally, participants will confront the complexities of risk management strategies, corporate governance, and ethical business practices.

Key Learning Objectives

After having completed the Battle of the Banks gamified program, you will:

  • Have an understanding of the impact of changing economic conditions.

  • Have an enhanced understanding of the different activities that are typically performed by a full-services bank.

  • Have an enhanced understanding of the key decisions taken by the management team (Exco) in a bank through inter alia the ALCO process.

  • Have an overview of how different areas of the business interact to produce overall business and financial performance.

  • Have an enhanced understanding of the key risks faced by banks today.

  • Be more familiar with the different types of financial statements that reflect profitability as well as the key performance measures used in banking

Bonus material

Receive 2 FREE e-learning courses when you register.

  • 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.

Pricing options

Price includes teams of 4 members each.
Should you want to enter more than 2 teams, please send an email with your details to [email protected].

Want to pay by bank transaction?

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

Should you wish to enter more than 3 teams, please contact us for pricing.



    ✓ Winning institution invited back to Battle of the Bank$ Africa 2024.
    ✓ A floating trophy for the Institution being represented by the team.
    ✓ Individual winners’ trophies.
    ✓ Each member receives a coupon to the value of $2000 from ICAP Academy.


    ✓ Team Entry into Battle of the Bank$ Africa.
    ✓ Silver medals (2nd place) and Certificates
    ✓ Each member receives a coupon to the value of $1000 from ICAP Academy.


    ✓ Team Entry into Battle of the Bank$ Africa.
    ✓ Bronze medal (3rd place) and Certificates
    ✓ Each member receives a coupon to the value of $500 from ICAP Academy.


    ✓ 4th place medals and Certificates.
    ✓ Each member receives a coupon value of $250 from ICAP Academy


    ✓ Most Agressive bank
    ✓ Most Cautious Bank
    ✓ Best Bank Presentation (Final)

Course curriculum

    1. Objectives, topics covered and materials

    2. Meet your instructors | Live webinar invitation | 27 September 2023 | 09h00 - 12h00 CAT

    3. Meet your instructors | Recording | 27 September 2023 | Part 1

    4. Meet your instructors | Recording | 27 September 2023 | Part 2

    5. Financial Intermediation - why do they exist?

    6. Financial Institutions | Commercial Banks | Investment Banks |Bank market structure | Comparison to non-financial firms

    7. Bank Assets | Breakdown of banks assets | Personal loans | Commercial loans | Real estate loans | Loans by payment feature | Expected credit loss (ECL)

    8. Bank Asset examples | interest & Amortization features

    9. Other Earning Assets | Interbank Lending | Securities

    10. Bank Liabilities | Core deposits

    11. Bank Liabilities cont... | Wholesale deposits | Corporate Bonds | Shareholder equity

    12. Conceptual Theory | Quiz | Financial Intermediation and Commercial Banks

    13. Introduction to ProBanker | Managing a bank - the basics | Some complications | Modes of operation (Autosim & Competitive) | Bank assets in ProBanker | Bank liabilities in Probanker

    14. Using Probanker | Organisation of the ProBanker Simulation

    15. ProBanker | Assignment 1 | Financial Intermediation | Primer

    16. ProBanker Assignment 1 | Quiz

    17. ProBanker | Assignment 2 | Funding Analysis | Primer

    18. ProBanker | Assignment 2 | Quiz

    1. Live webinar invitation 2 | 04 October 2023 | 09h00 - 12h00 CAT

    2. Webinar 2 | Recording | 04 October 2023 | Part 1

    3. Webinar 2 | Recording | 04 October 2023 | Part 2

    4. ProBanker | Assignment 3 | Interest Rate Risk | Primer

    5. ProBanker | Assignment 3 | Quiz

    6. ProBanker | Assignment 4 | Basel Ratios | Primer

    7. ProBanker | Assignment 4 | Quiz

    1. Live webinar invitation | 11 October 2023 | 09h00 - 12h00 CAT

    2. Webinar | Recording | 11 October 2023

    3. ProBanker | Assignment 5 | Liquidity Risk | Primer

    4. ProBanker | Assignment 5 | Liquidity Risk | Quiz

    5. ProBanker | Assignment 6 | Credit Risk | Primer

    6. ProBanker | Assignmnet 6 | Credit Risk | Quiz

    7. Live webinar invitation | 16 October 2023 | 16h00 - 17h30 CAT | Professor Anoop Rai | Economic Forecast template

    8. Webinar 3 | Recording | 16 October 2023

    1. Live webinar invitation | Review and Insights of trial period | Competition Opens | 18 October 2023 | 09h00 - 12h00 CAT

    2. Webinar recording | 18 October 2023 | Reviews and Insights from trial period

    3. Forecasting Tool | Template

    1. Live webinar invitation | Review and Insights of Quarter 1 & 2 | Quarter 3 & 4 Decisions | 25 October 2023 | 09h00 - 12h00 CAT

    2. Webinar recording | Review and Insights of Quarter 1 & 2 | Quarter 3 & 4 Decisions | 25 October

About this course

  • $2,750.00
  • 55 lessons + 2x free E-learning courses
  • 20 hours of video content plus 6 simulation assignments
  • 6 financial quarters competition

Who should participate in Battle of the Banks Africa?

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.


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 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

“I loved the in group discussions around our decisions and luckily for our team we had a mix of members, myself as a TES trader being closer to liquidity management and other members being from market risk and balance sheet management made the discussions interesting and i was able to gain valuable insights into other team perspectives based on their backgrounds.”

Gabaiphiwe Segopolo | ABSA Africa

“The opportunity to see how a bank's ALM is a moving target and very dependent on a lot of internal decision making, external market factors as well as how your competitors are positioning themselves.”

Nico Esterhuyse | FNB Namibia