Tracey AustinSector Director Financial & Professional Services at Department for International Trade (DIT)
Tracey has over 20 years of experience in banking and investing across most of Africa across a range of financial institutions, ranging from British Investment International, investment banks, Omidyar Network, and BlueCrest Capital LLC. Having recently joined the UK’s Department for International Trade (Africa), she supports leveraging the UK’s best financial and professional services, to address unique challenges and opportunities in Africa.
As Director, Financial & Professional Services Africa of the UK’s Department for International Trade Africa, Tracey oversees DIT Africa’s integral contribution in addition to other parts of the UK Government i.e. the Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office and British International Investment to Africa.
Her first-hand experience of investing in digital tech in Africa has her presently working with UK corporates and investors, who are navigating the policy and regulatory frameworks associated directly with digital investment into Africa. The derivative value-add services such cyber security, data protection as well as digital rights and privacy feature prominently across her work and centre on the UK’s ability deliver these pivotal ancillary components of the digital investment value chain. Her former work includes developing clear frameworks, geared towards actively understanding causality of such investing and the impact on the investment and wider society, and determining best metrics and measurement thereof.
You will find her between Cape Town and London, or in the African markets she covers, engaging with key investors, corporates, regulators and policy makers (amongst others) to address the pace of change and associated challenges of digital investment in Africa.