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African Business Advisory

Shaping the future of banking and trade in Africa

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KASI Africa Economic Data | African Market Size | African Economy Data 

Our advisory model is based on our desire and ability to tackle Africa’s most challenging problems by bringing context (data), insights (expertise) and foresight (innovation). 


KASI is an unconventional firm that specializes in challenging global trends to find their relevance in Africa. We favor local trends rooted in data to find opportunities where many believe that none exists. 

A track record of driving change

We combine over 600 research and consulting projects for global banks as well as African banks and financials.  

We combine expertise with data

Our lead consultants combine over 25 years of experience in banking and trade globally. In addition to our expertise, we leverage our in-house database to deliver results for our clients.

We focus on trade and banking

Banking is a $129 billion market and free trade represents a $3.4 trillion market in Africa.  We are looking to shape the future of banking and trade through thought leadership and foresight.



We conduct training & workshops for bank employees in the following areas :​

  • Treasury & Balance Sheet Management

  • Risk Management

  • Credit Management

  • Advanced Analytics


We help bank executives navigate the fast-changing financial services landscape in Africa :​

  • Digital Transformation

  • Regulatory Landscape

  • Consumer Behavior

  • Financial Freedom


We help bank executives and employees make better and decisions with advanced analytics: 

  • Data Extraction Transformation

  • Web-based analytical tools 

  • Modeling

  • Insights

Our experts

Dr. Edwin Weinstein, PhD - Toronto 

Over the past 30 years, Ed has developed and run more than 600 studies in financial services for both private and public sector clients. Ed’s private sector clients have included most of the world’s largest banks, as well as a cross-section of Canadian financial institutions. Ed’s public sector clients have included departments and agencies focused on diverse financial issues including deposit insurance, trade finance, securities regulation, professional accreditation, international development, investor education, and financial consumer protection. Several of the public sector relationships are long-term advisory relationships including strategy development, research management, and monitoring of achievement of objectives. Ed holds a PhD in Measurement & Evaluation (Applied Statistics) from the University of Toronto and is also a licensed Industrial Psychologist.

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Yannick Lefang, B.Eng, PRM - Nairobi/Toronto 

Yannick has over 15 years of experience in engineering, banking, data and consulting. Yannick has deep expertise in banking, covering multiple aspects of the business for wholesale and retail banking. He has led projects on group and business-unit strategy, comprehensive transformation programs, and risk management for some of the largest financial institutions in North America. He is an IFC consultant within the advisory group covering Africa. Yannick holds a Cum Laude undergraduate degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Ottawa and is a Professional Risk Manager (PRM holder). Yannick is a member of the African Expert Network and a mentor at the Africa Business Academy.

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Laura Wallen - Toronto

Laura Warren has always had an inclination to turn data into stories. During her 20+ years in analytic leadership roles with Canada’s largest syndicated research and loyalty firms, she was fortunate to be immersed in broad sweeping ranges of data, which honed her skill in clarifying complex issues through data, graphics, and narrative. Her passion led one client to cheerfully refer to her as “the data whisperer.” That light-hearted comment and natural inclination to teach led to a parallel career path in training and coaching. Having witnessed first-hand the market-wide explosion of data and changing consumer relationship with brands, Laura recognized the growing tension between accessible data and the ability to draw out the stories and insights that matter.

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