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Luigi Wewege

Financial Services & International Trade

Born in Durban South Africa

Luigi is the Chief Executive Officer of Vivier a multinational financial group of companies, providing its services worldwide through representation in jurisdictions across Africa, Asia, Oceania, Europe and South America. The group of companies comprise of: Vivier & Co, Vivier Capital, Vivier Developments,
Vivier Investments, Vivier Ventures, and launching shortly Vivier Growth Fund. Outside of Vivier he serves as the Non-executive Chairman of Nikau Global an international trade and development firm, as Partner/Director of Palmetto Global Ventures a bespoke financial management consultancy firm headquartered in South Carolina, and as an invited member of Boston, Massachusetts based non-profit the Young Entrepreneur Council. Luigi is also the author of: The Digital Banking Revolution which is available for purchase in audio, kindle and paperback versions through all major online bookstores in over fifty countries. For more information about Luigi, please visit his personal website here:

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Business Address

The Meridian Building, Columbia, United States, 29201

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Current Position(s)

Partner/Director | Palmetto Global Ventures
Columbia, United States of America | 2015 - present

Consulting and Project Management

PGV is a bespoke financial management consultancy firm headquartered in South Carolina. We operate primarily within four speciality areas: Investment Banking, Private Equity, Corporate Finance and Management Advisory Services.

President and CEO | Vivier Group
Auckland, New Zealand | 2014 - present

Accounting, Banking and Finance

Vivier Group is a multinational financial services group of companies, providing its products worldwide through representation in jurisdictions across Africa, Asia, Oceania, Europe and South America. The group of companies is comprised of Vivier & Co, Vivier Capital, Vivier Developments, Vivier Investments, Vivier Ventures, and launching shortly Vivier Growth Fund.

Non-executive Chairman | Nikau Global
Auckland, New Zealand | 2013 - present

Consulting and Project Management

NG’s services included market-readiness consulting, international import and export guidance and insights relating to the effects that social, economic and environmental factors can have on effective exporting.

Chief Executive Officer | Vivier Financial Services
Auckland, New Zealand | 2013 - present

Accounting, Banking and Finance

Vivier & Co is incorporated in New Zealand and is a member of Financial Services Complaints, a New Zealand Government approved Dispute Resolution Scheme. The company maintain an insurance policy with Standard and Poor's A+ rated insurers, providing a NZD 10,000,000 indemnity on any one claim/loss in the aggregate.

Previous Position(s)

Commercial Manager | Investment Research Group
Auckland, New Zealand | 2011 - 2012

Accounting, Banking and Finance

IRG is a boutique investment banking firm which offers a variety of financial services which include: IPOs, mergers and acquisitions, public listings, share placements, underwriting and wealth management.

Senior Consultant | The Braintrust Network (merged with CMEA)
Budapest, Hungary | 2010 - 2011

Consulting and Project Management

BTN was an international group of leading academics and practitioners; whose vision was to provide a unique content-driven consulting service for businesses on the real-world issues affecting their performance.

Investment Partner | House of Pies
Munich, Germany | 2010 - 2015

Consumer Goods, Fashion and Retail

HOP was mainland Europe’s - first fast food pie restaurant and franchisee. HOP's primary mission was to offer an alternative to the current fast-food market in Europe.

Lead Researcher | University of Missouri - St. Louis, College of Business
St. Louis, United States of America | 2007 - 2009

Academia, Education and Training

Executed a pilot study at one of the most serious financial times for the American economy. This involved intensive engagement with senior governmental economists, people responsible for technical support at the leading three credit-scoring firms in the United States, and with individual study participants from the American public.

Educational history


Westville Boys High School, Durban, South Africa (2003)


MIB School of Management

Trieste, Italy | 2009 - 2010

MBA - Major in International Business

University of Missouri-Saint Louis

St. Louis, United States of America | 2006 - 2009

Bachelor of Science in Business Administration - in Finance, International Business & Management (Cum laude)

Diploma in Leadership: Anglo – americká vysoká škola (2009)

Certificate in Tax: United States Department of the Treasury – IRS (2008)

Certificate in Research: United States Department of Health & Human Services – NIH (2007)



Wealth & Finance International Magazine - Banking Excellence Award | 2016

media exposure

Luigi Wewege in the news | 2016

Various media mentions

Academic Achievements

University of Missouri - St. Louis (Awards & Honors) | 2007

Luigi was a multiple recipient of the Dean’s list, Coaches & Athletic Director honor rolls, as well as being a recipient of the Great Lakes Valley Conference Academic All-Conference honors. Other academic achievements include being formally inducted into the Financial Management Association - National Honor Society, and the Epsilon Eta Pi - International Business Honor Society.



Young Entrepreneur Council

Invited Member, 2015 - present

The YEC is an invite-only organization comprised of the world's most successful entrepreneurs 40 and younger. YEC members represent nearly every industry, generate billions of dollars in revenue each year & have created tens of thousands of jobs.


Junior Chamber International

President - Metro, 2009 - 2009

JCI is the only worldwide non-political and non-sectarian youth service organization. JCI has members in over 120 countries, and consultative status with the Council of Europe, the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations and with UNESCO.

Doing Good Fellows

Director and Trustee, 2012 - 2015

DGF uses technology to facilitate an ecosystem where accomplished professionals use their skill set and networks to solve the various challenges of non-profits.

Other Activities

Section 319 of the Fair and Accurate Credit Transactions Act of 2003: Third Interim Federal Trade Commission Report to Congress

Co-author, 2007 - 2009

United States of America. Federal Trade Commission. “Pilot Study 2 on Processes for Determining the Accuracy of Credit Bureau Information” By Dr. L. Douglas Smith, Dr. Thomas H. Eyssell, Chloe Gray-LeCoz, & Luigi Wewege. Under Contract FTC07H7185. This study examines accuracy in consumer credit reports using a nationally representative sample of consumers with credit histories. Participants in the study examined their credit reports from the three national credit reporting agencies and identified potentially material errors. Participants disputed any identified errors using the FCRA dispute process and were provided with new credit reports and credit scores. The original reports were then compared with the new reports and if any modifications were made as a result of the disputes, the impact of errors on the consumer’s credit score was determined.

The Digital Banking Revolution - paperback version

Author, 2016 - present

Over the past decade financial service innovations have contributed to a completely new way in which customers can bank, threatening the status quo of traditional retail banks, and redefining a banking model which has been in place for generations. These new technological advancements have facilitated the rapid emergence of digital banking firms and FinTech companies, leading to established banks being forced to swiftly increase their pace of digital adoption to stay relevant and stop mass client attrition to these agile financial start-ups. These threats come at an inopportune time for banks due to mature markets currently experiencing stagnant growth. This coupled with decreasing profit margins due to the competitive pricing of new entrants, and financial customer loyalty becoming ever increasingly more tenuous.

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