ABOUT US
The Foundery is a space for idea incubation, partnership & delivery.
The Foundery is a division of RMB, launched to create a space for innovation & disruption in the Fintech space.
We aspire to change the face of corporate and investment banking by applying innovative solutions to solving our clients’ inherent needs using cutting edge technology and leveraging our unique approach to collaboration and partnership.
What we are about:
We promote healthy and adaptive financial ecosystems using a deep understanding of digital banking to transform the customer experience.
We challenge assumptions and experiment to solve inherent needs uniquely using cutting edge technology.
We collaborate to design, build and operate new assets in a manner that most efficiently uses resources to achieve exponential success in our niche.
We are all about knowledge sharing and collaborating -
we have a talented group of speakers that are super passionate about disruption and innovation in the financial industry.
Liesl Bebb-McKay
Head of RMB Foundery
Farzam Ehsani
Leader of RMB'S
Blockchain Initiative
Jason Suttie
Head of Engineering
at RMB Foundery

Originally a Durban girl, Liesl studied accounting at the University of Natal and went on to do her articles at Deloitte Johannesburg. Her auditing career took her across mining, industry and eventually consulting and she spent 6 months in the southern states of the USA to round off her time in Deloitte.

Her travels landed her in London where she discovered her love of banking and innovation at Credit Suisse in the Docklands. On her return to South Africa she started life in FirstRand at FNB creating solutions for the unbanked in deep rural South Africa and then found her way across the group - from RMB IT in business analysis to transfer pricing in ALCO, to strategy in Global markets and now is living her passion in the innovation and disruption space.

She is passionate about women in the work place and creating the future of banking. In her spare time she is a mom of a teenager, reads anything she can, blogs about her passions, travels as much as possible and dabbles in her fruit and veggie garden.

Get in touch with Liesl - foundery@rmb.co.za

Several years ago, in the midst of the Greek debt crisis, soaring gold prices and the credit downgrade of the US federal government, Farzam set out to deepen his knowledge about our fragile global financial system to understand what can be changed so that it can better serve humanity.

Over the last few years, this journey has taken Farzam through RMB's Global Markets, Group Treasury, Investment Banking, and Private Equity divisions as part of RMB's Class Of programme. He recently helped establish the Foundery, RMB's FinTech unit, where he is currently leading RMB's Blockchain Initiative. Farzam believes that blockchain technology will be as transformative to our financial system as the internet has been to the world.

Farzam previously worked at McKinsey & Company in Johannesburg, Deloitte Consulting in San Francisco, the Baha'i World Centre in Haifa and the United Nations in Nairobi. He studied economics at the University of California - Berkeley.

Get in touch with Farzam - foundery@rmb.co.za

Born in Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe) Jason grew up spending large amounts of his time writing programs in any programming language he could get his hands on. This keen interest, led to a post-graduate Engineering degree at WITS with focus on Computer Science and Telecommunications.

Technical leadership is a natural fit for Jason, and his career in Telecommunications, Enterprise Software and Consulting lead him to his career at RMB in 2010. Jason became Head of Development & Integration - which later expanded to Head of Core Technology to encompass a broader portfolio that included BI. Jason established strong Centers of Excellence as well as introduced Agile to RMB. In 2015 Jason also became an ambassador in the DevOps movement in South Africa, as well as internationally. Jason most recently ran the RMB Head of Technical Architecture role and now fills the Head of Engineering role at Foundery which officially started late 2016.

Believer of Infrastructure As Code. Cheerleader of Agile. Ambassador of DevOps. Diagnostician for Silo Sickness. The force behind the technology disruption unit.

Get in touch with Jason - foundery@rmb.co.za