James Townsend-Rose - AfricArena
Director of Africa Partnerships at JUMO

James Townsend-Rose is the Director of Africa Partnerships at JUMO – a financial technology company that partners with Mobile Network Operators and Financial Services Providers to operate a multi-sided platform connecting customers in emerging markets to progressive financial choices.

Prior to joining JUMO, James co-founded BabyGroup, a South African based M-Commerce company. As Managing Director, he was predominantly involved with externally focused business functions, including sales & marketing, fundraising & investor relations and exploring new business opportunities.

James is passionate about leadership and mentors commerce students at the University of Cape Town. He has also served as a mentor at Shanduka Black Umbrellas, a business incubation programme, for the past two years.

James holds a Bachelor of Science (Honours) from Durham University and an MBA from the University of Cape Town. He also served as an Officer in the British Army for 6 years, which included several tours as a Tank Commander in combat zones.

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