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Board of Directors

Antony Ball: Director since 2020

Mr. Ball is co-founder and chairman of Value Capital Partners ("VCP"), a South Africa-based private investment firm. Prior to VCP, Mr. Ball founded Brait in 1990, a leading South African private equity firm, regarded as a pioneer of private equity in the region, and held various leadership positions, including Deputy Chairman and CEO, between 1998 and 2011 when he left the company. Mr. Ball led Brait's investment in Net1 in 2004, and served as a non-executive director of the Company until 2012. Mr. Ball has a B Comm (Hons) from UCT, is a CA(SA), and completed an M Phil in Management Studies from Oxford University, where he studied as a Rhodes Scholar.

Ian Greenstreet: Director since 2020

Mr. Greenstreet sits on the advisory committee of the London Stock Exchange, and is a board member of Assupol Holdings and Assupol Life Ltd, and is Chairman and Founder of Infinity Capital Partners Ltd in the UK. Mr. Greenstreet previously served on the board of Diamond Bank in Nigeria, was a representative of the FMO (the Dutch Development Bank) on the board of Bank of Africa and Alios Capital, both those organizations being based across Africa. Mr. Greenstreet also served as regional Head of Risk for ABN AMRO Bank and a board member and head of Henderson Fund Management in Luxembourg. Mr. Greenstreet has attended a program at Harvard Business School on driving Digital and Social Strategy and is a fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (FCA). He is recognized as one of the 100 most influential black people in the UK for the last four consecutive years as well as in the UK's top 50 of Black Asian Minorities (BAME) in 2016.

Javed Hamid: Director since 2020

Mr. Hamid is currently a senior advisor to the International Executive Service Corpsand held various positions with the International Finance Corporation ("IFC"), a member of the World Bank Group, and a major shareholder in Net1, from 1979 through to 2006. He has extensive international banking, investment and project finance experience and a strong background in investing in emerging markets, structuring investments, managing international investment portfolios, and providing technical assistance to companies in developing countries. He has a keen interest in sustainable development and corporate governance issues. Mr. Hamid holds a Master of Business Administration, from Harvard Business School, a Master of Arts from the University of Cambridge, a Bachelor of Arts in Economics, from the University of Cambridge and a Bachelor of Arts in Economics, Mathematics and Statistics, from the University of Punjab.

Chris G.B. Meyer: Director since 2021

Mr. Meyer has been the chief executive officer of Net 1 since July 1, 2021. Prior to joining Net1, Mr. Meyer was the Head of Corporate & Investment Banking and Joint Managing Director at Investec Bank Plc, a LSE-listed specialist bank and wealth manager, having served in many different roles within the Investec Group since 2001. He was also an executive director for various international and regional subsidiaries of Investec Bank Plc. Mr. Meyer is a member of the South African Institute of Chartered Accountants, holds an MSc Finance from the London Business School and a Post Graduate Diploma in Accounting from the University of Cape Town.

Ali Mazanderani: Director since 2020

Mr. Mazanderani is a fintech investor and entrepreneur. He is the co-founder and chairman of SaltPay. He is also a non-executive director on the board of several companies including StoneCo (Nasdaq: STNE) in Brazil and Network International (LSE: NETW) in Dubai. Mr. Mazanderani was formerly a Partner at Actis, an emerging market private equity firm, where he led multiple landmark fintech investments globally. Prior to his career at Actis, Mr. Mazanderani was the lead strategy consultant for First National Bank based in Johannesburg and prior to that, he advised private equity and corporate clients for OC&C Strategy Consultants in London. He holds a Bachelors degree in Economics from the University of Pretoria, a Masters in Economics from Oxford University, a Masters in Economic History from the London School of Economics, a Masters in Business Law from the University of St. Gallen and an MBA from INSEAD.

Monde Nkosi: Director since 2020

Mr. Nkosi is an investor with experience in private and public equities in South Africa and the USA. He is an executive director of VCP and a non-executive director of several listed businesses, including ADvTECH Limited and Grand Parade Investments Limited. He was previously on the investment team of FFL Partners, a San Francisco-based private equity firm managing more than $2 billion. Prior to that, Mr. Nkosi was a management consultant at Bain & Company, focused on financial services and telecommunications clients across Sub-Saharan Africa. Mr. Nkosi holds a Bachelor of Business Science from the University of Cape Town, a Master of Arts in Education from the Stanford Graduate School of Education, and an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business.

Kuben Pillay: Director since 2020

Mr. Pillay serves as the Chairman of the Board of Directors. Mr. Pillay also serves on a number of South African public and private corporate boards. These include being the Chairman of Sabvest Limited, and the Lead Independent Director of the OUTsurance group of companies, and a non-executive director of Transaction Capital Limited. Mr. Pillay has previously served and retired as Chairman of the boards of Mineworkers Investment Company (MIC), Primedia Limited and Cell C Limited. Mr. Pillay has a BA LLB from the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, and a Masters in Comparative Jurisprudence from Howard University, Washington DC.

Ekta Singh-Bushell: Director since 2018

Ms. Singh-Bushell serves as a director on public and private corporate boards including TTEC Holdings, Inc. (Nasdaq: TTEC), Datatec Limited (JSE: DTC) and DSW, Inc. (NYSE: DSW), and a Strategic Board Advisor to DecisionsGPS LLC. Ms. Singh-Bushell was previously Chief Operating Officer in the Executive Office of The Federal Reserve Bank of New York and prior to that had a 17 year career with Ernst & Young including several senior partner roles such as US Innovation and Digital Strategy Leader, Northeast Advisory People Leader and Chief Information Security Officer. Ms. Singh-Bushell is a Certified Public Accountant (USA) and has a Master's degree in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from the University of California, Berkley, and a Bachelor's of Engineering Degree from the University of Poona, India. Ms. Singh-Bushell has completed programs at Harvard Business School, Kellogg School of Management, INSEAD and Singapore Management University.

Alexander M. R. Smith: Director since 2018

Mr. Smith has been our chief financial officer, secretary and treasurer since March 1, 2018. Prior to joining Net1, Mr. Smith was chief financial officer and director of Allied Electronics Corporation ("Alltron"), a JSE-listed company with over $1 billion in annual revenue operating in the telecommunications, multimedia, information technology and power electronics industries. Prior to joining Alltron in 2008, Mr. Smith worked in various positions at PricewaterhouseCoopers in Edinburgh, Scotland and Johannesburg. Mr. Smith holds a Bachelor of Law (Honours) degree from the University of Edinburgh and is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland.

Nonkululeko N. Gobodo: Director since 2021

Ms. Gobodo currently serves as an independent non-employee director to its Board. Ms. Gobodo is the first black female-chartered accountant in South Africa and brings a wealth of accounting and auditing experience from over 35 years of executive experience. She also has extensive experience as a non-executive director, having served on many boards including JSE listed Clicks Group Limited, PPC Limited and Shoprite Holdings Limited, as well as, Mercedes Benz, Imperial, the SA Maritime Authority, and the South Africa Revenue Service audit committee. She is a pioneer in her field, having established her own successful accounting and audit firm during the apartheid era. The firm grew to become SizweNtsalubaGobodo ("SNG"), the largest black accounting firm in South Africa and fifth-largest overall. In 2018, SNG acquired the Grant Thornton South Africa license. In 2016, she founded Nonkululeko Leadership Consulting, a boutique, black-owned and managed leadership consulting firm based in Sandton and served as its CEO for five years. In May 2021, she started Awakened Global, a movement that calls for Africans and women to awaken to their authentic power. The Company also appointed Ms. Nonkululeko N. Gobodo as an independent non-employee director to its Board as of August 18, 2021. Ms. Gobodo will chair Net1's Social and Ethics Committee and will be a member of its Audit Committee.

Lincoln Mali: Director since 2021

Mr. Mali is a financial services executive with over 25 years in the industry. He is currently Head of Group Card and Payments at Standard Bank Group, having served in many different roles within that organization since 2001. Mr. Mali also chairs the board of directors of Diners Club South Africa and is a member of the Central and Eastern Europe, Middle East and Africa Business Council for Visa. Mr. Mali holds Bachelor of Arts (BA) and Bachelor of Laws (LLB) degrees from Rhodes University, an MBA from Henley Management College, various diplomas and attended an Advanced Management Program at Harvard Business School.

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