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Nicole Andersen
Co-Founder & Managing Partner at Redsand Group


Nicole is a venture builder, investment (corporate venture, VC, family office and token/digital asset) advisor. As a multiple time technology entrepreneur (CEO & Founder) and an innovation thought leader, she has gained an in-depth knowledge of crypto technologies, blockchain and green finance. Passionate about technology business models that are challenging the status quo and providing greater inclusion for people globally and having a positive impact on our environment, she has focused on the innovation intersection of emerging technologies and emerging markets both physical and virtual.

Her company Redsand, work with corporate visionaries and professional investors who are unfaltering in their execution to the green economy. Redsand has built and exited over 10 disruptive ventures in financial technology in the last 7 years.

Voted Innovator of the Year, 2017 by the South African Chamber of Commerce, Top 100 Women in FinTech 2016 by Innovate Finance and included in the Power Women of FinTech 2015, 2016 and 2017, Nicole is also active in the London and European start-up acceleration, incubation and growth arena working as an advisor and mentor to Level39, StartupBootcamp FinTech, London Tech Advocates – Women in Tech and FinTech workstreams.

Her non-executive board seat includes the pan african focused innovation hub called the Mauritiuan African Fintech Hub which she cofounded in 2018.

Nicole serves as an industry thought leader and has featured on numerous panels and speaking circuits. She is a contributing author to the The FinTech Book, exploring the role of corporate venture as a catalyst for innovation in FinTech – published by Wiley. She was also co-editor of the InsureTech Book ( also published by Wiley.

She has an Honours Degree in Information Systems and Economics from the University of Witwatersrand, South Africa and graduated from the Institute of New Economic Thinking, Barnard College, Columbia University, New York specialising in the Economics of Money and Banking, and a Green Finance Professional from the Chartered Institute of Bankers.

Agenda Sessions

  • Power Panel: What Are The Real User Cases For Blockchain In Financial Services? How Can We Drive Interoperability & Scalability?