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Luigi Wewege

Digital Banking & Financial Services

Born in Durban South Africa

Luigi Wewege is the Principal of Palmetto Global Ventures a financial consultancy firm focused on digital banking and FinTech solutions, and serves as an Instructor at the FinTech School which provides online training courses on the latest technological and innovation developments within the financial services industry. Outside of his main roles Luigi additionally serves as a Mentor at FinTech Go a startup accelerator for financial technology companies, and as a Team Member of the FinTech Portfolio the world's 1st member-owned FinTech innovation ecosystem. Luigi is also the published author of: The Digital Banking Revolution which is available in audio, kindle and paperback formats throughout all major online bookstores in over fifty countries.

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Business Address

The Meridian Building, Columbia, United States, 29201

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Current Position(s)

Mentor | FinTech Go
San Francisco, United States of America | 2017 - present

Entrepreneurship and Small Business

We are a startup accelerator for financial technology companies, founded by a community of Silicon Valley’s top banking, and financial services experts.

Team member | FinTech Portfolio
San Francisco, United States of America | 2017 - present

Entrepreneurship and Small Business

We are a community of bankers, government officials, technology professionals and financial regulators joining forces to launch innovative FinTech companies.

Instructor | FinTech School
San Francisco, United States of America | 2017 - present

Academia, Education and Training

The school follows a crowd sourced model to create online content to train innovation drivers tasked with launching FinTech startups or leading a digital transformation inside an established financial services institution.

Principal | Palmetto Global Ventures
Columbia, United States of America | 2015 - present

Consulting and Project Management

PGV helps companies transform their strategic marketing capability by using data analytics, and technology to create meaningful personalized customer experiences.

Previous Position(s)

Chief Executive Officer | Vivier Financial Services
Auckland, New Zealand | 2013 - 2017

Accounting, Banking and Finance

Vivier is a boutique financial services firm offering a complete banking package which includes: current accounts, savings accounts, debit cards, an online platform, and international money transfers.

Commercial Advisor | LexisNexis
Auckland, New Zealand | 2013 - 2013

Law Practice and Legal Services

Before the publication was sold, the NZLawyer was the only independent, fortnightly, news magazine for the legal profession in New Zealand.

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.

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 which involved intensive engagement with senior governmental economists, people responsible for technical support at the leading three credit-scoring firms in the U.S., 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)



UMSL Salute to Business Achievement Award | 2017

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.



The Luigi Wewege Foundation

Founder, 2016 - present

The foundation was created with the belief that everyone who has a desire to attend college or university should. For more information, please visit:

Harambe Entrepreneur Alliance

Associate, 2010 - present

HEA is a network of highly educated young African entrepreneurs from leading universities in Africa, Asia, Europe & North America, spearheading social and business ventures across Africa.

Young Entrepreneur Council

Invited Member, 2015 - 2017

The YEC is an invite-only organization comprised of the world's most successful entrepreneurs 40 and younger. 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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