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Banking Development Team

We know the one thing that makes a business truly successful – is its people.

It’s the inspiring leaders who guide the company to even greater success. The expert teams that work together to make it happen. The passionate individuals who make the extra effort to exceed expectations. And our growing team of people are no exception.

Matthew Campbell

Head of Banking Development

Matthew is a seasoned technology professional, with over 30 years’ experience in the manufacturing, beverage and human capital services industries, with the past ten years spent within the banking sector. Prior to joining Arise, he fulfilled the role of Regional Chief Information Officer (CIO) and Regions Chief Technology Officer (CTO) at Standard Bank. In his CIO role he was responsible for the strategic and operational oversight of six banks technology portfolios and in his parallel roll of Regions CTO, he oversaw the infrastructure and technology operations for all countries outside the borders of South Africa. He has consulted to several bank executive committees and boards and is a standing member of several Risk & IT sub-committees.

Clinton Abbott

Director: Banking and Innovation

Clinton is a diversified core banking and IT specialist, who is passionate about spearheading functional design within the banking sector both locally and abroad to enhance the customers banking experience. A seasoned expert with more than 25 year’s experience across multiple core banking platforms he has played an instrumental role in using technology and innovation to transform banking systems across the globe. Prior to joining Arise he fulfilled the role of Head of Functional Architecture at Standard Bank, where he was responsible for managing various specialist teams, who were accountable for the development of a single core banking design that could be either cloud hosted or locally implemented. One of his key achievements during his tenure at Standard Bank include the successful implementation of the first private cloud hosted banking system in South Africa, which was hosted for Swaziland, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Mauritius, Malawi, Lesotho and the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Carla Bester

Risk and Compliance Officer

Carla is a Certified Financial Risk Manager (FRM GARP) and Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist (CAMS). She boasts  extensive banking and consulting experience across various enterprise risk management disciplines such as governance, compliance and risk (e.g. operational, liquidity, market, treasury and credit risk). Prior to joining Arise she held the position of Senior Manager Financial Services Risk and Regulation at PricewaterhouseCoopers South Africa, where she was responsible for overseeing their financial services clients. Having held management positions at leading banks such as Standard Bank and Absa, she brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the team. She also holds a Master of Commerce from the University of Johannesburg, Operational Risk Manager Certificate from the Professional Risk Managers International Association (PRMIA), Certificate in Financial Engineering and Risk Management from the University of Columbia and a Bachelor of Commerce Honours (Economics) from Stellenbosch University.

Marijn Wiersma

ESG Specialist

Marijn joined Arise in October 2017 and boasts over 20 years of sustainable development experience across the African continent and abroad. A Corporate Anthropologist and former Financial Inclusion Expert at FMO the Dutch Development Bank, Marijn has worked extensively in both the private and public sector. She has worked for the United Nations, various NGOs and in development banking, on healthcare, emergency relief, sustainability, human rights and gender issues. In addition, she also holds a MAs degree in Development Sociology and Cultural Anthropology from Leiden University in the Netherlands.