Do you have what it takes to be a Chief Executive Officer of a full-service Bank? Test your skills on a platform that offers so much more than just knowledge.

1. The Battle of the Banks Africa is a platform that celebrates the dynamism and resilience of the banking industry in Africa.

2. The Battle of the Banks Africa is an opportunity to gain real-time experiences, learn from industry experts, and forge lasting connections with like-minded professionals.

3. The Battle of the Banks Africa is about personal growth, knowledge acquisition, and the development of your skills as future leaders in the banking industry.



The concept of immersing oneself in a simulated environment, where one must grapple with the complexities of running an entire organisation and making critical decisions, is a truly remarkable approach to foster learning, personal growth, and capacity development.


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

Course curriculum

    1. Meet your instructors | Live webinar invitation | 24 April 2024 | 10h00 - 13h00 CAT

    2. An Introduction to Financial Intermediation and banking

    3. Financial Intermediation - why do they exist?

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

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

    6. Bank Asset examples | interest & Amortization features

    7. Other Earning Assets | Interbank Lending | Securities

    8. Bank Liabilities | Core deposits

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

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

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

    12. Using Probanker | Organisation of the ProBanker Simulation

    13. ProBanker Assignment 1 | Quiz

    14. ProBanker | Assignment 2 | Quiz

    1. Live webinar invitation 2 | 30 April 2024 | 10h00 - 13h00 CAT

    2. ProBanker | Assignment 3 | Quiz

    1. Live webinar invitation 3 | 03 May 2024 | 10h00 - 13h00 CAT

    2. ProBanker | Assignment 4 | Quiz

    1. Live webinar invitation | 08 May 2024 |10h00 - 13h00 CAT

    2. ProBanker | Assignment 5 | Liquidity Risk | Quiz

    3. ProBanker | Assignment 6 | Credit Risk | Quiz

    4. ProBanker | Assignment 7 | Repurchase Agreements | Calculations

    5. ProBanker | Assignment 7 | Repurchase Agreements | Quiz

    1. Live webinar invitation | Review and Insights of trial period | Competition Opens | 15 May 2024 | 10h00 - 13h00 CAT

About this course

  • $2,996.00
  • 55 lessons.
    3x free E-learning courses (Value $1,000)
  • 20 hours of video content
    8 x Live (3hr sessions).
    6 x simulation assignments
  • 6 financial quarters competition

Bonus material

Receive 3 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.

  • Repo Primer - Understanding, Managing and Using Repos

    $299 value

    This course provides a practical step-by-step guide to understanding and operationalizing a repo transaction.

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.

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

“"The simulation is priceless, a lifetime experience, I feel I have run a bank for 20years after just the 8 competitive quarters, I lacked sleep thinking about the next day simulation as if I was an MD to a real commercial bank. Simulations has equipped me with the knowledge that one day I will go back to ICAP and say, THANK YOU FOR MAKING MY CAREER."”

Frederick Ringo | 2023 participant

“"The program mirrors a real banking environment which requires a participant to appreciate/understand key concepts and banking principles. This has enhanced my appreciation of AML & Basel requirements."”

John Kinyanjui | 2023 participant

“"By going through this gamified training program, I gained the highest-level banking skills and experience in short period, something that would have taken years to achieve and now have a omprehensive understanding of banking wider operations and relevant decisions and how the streamline down to KPI deliverables. The Expertise of the Facilitators and guest speakers were World Class."”

Peter Mushi | 2023 participant

“"We love the Battle of the Banks 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

“"I found the simulations educationally valuable. I found my interest in this course to be much higher than in any other more traditional education course. I learn just as much, but in a much more fun and exciting way."”

Cydney Beamish | 2023 participant

“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