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Hannes Van Rensburg

Hannes Van Rensburg

Chief Commercial Officer at Clickatell
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Career History Hannes van Rensburg is a veteran of the mobile industry and trained nuclear scientist. He is best known as the founder of Fundamo, the leading supplier of mobile banking and payment solutions, acquired by Visa Inc. in June 2011. After serving as SVP at Visa for a number of years, he joined ACI Worldwide as SVP in 2016 to develop new initiatives in the payments industry, primarily focused on the US market. He has been voted as one of the top hundred most influential people in telecommunication three years in a row. He has also been given a lifetime achievement award by the Mobile Entertainment Forum for his work in growing the mobile payment industry globally.


Asia Financial Services

When will WeChat for the Free World Emerge

02 Sep 2020

On the face of it, WeChat is just like any other chat platform. You download the WeChat app onto your mobile phone, register to use the service, and chat with any other subscriber of the service, just like Messenger, WhatsApp, or Telegram. Like other chat apps you can also share files and photos. However, that is where the similarity ends. By regi...


Some messages are more valuable than others

21 Jul 2020

We live in a world of digital messages. Indeed, we are bombarded with hundreds of digital messages a day, ranging from casual chatter with our friends on our favorite chat platform, to downright rubbish. Sometimes, however, we do receive real valuable messages, for instance, a message to reset a password or one containing a One Time Password (OTP)...

The Payments Business

Taking payments in chat to market

30 Jun 2020

There were some high profile announcements of WhatsApp payments available in Brazil ( recently. Anybody interested in chat commerce sat up and took notice. Some also tried out Facebook Pay, the payments service WhatsApp owner Facebook launched last year. I can say with some certainty, we all were excited about the possibili...


The versatility of chat as a commerce channel

17 Jun 2020

We truly live in a digital world. I can think of only a handful of things that we spend our time on that is not digital. For the rest, we are dependent on digital devices to interact with our world. Nowadays, these devices come in many different form factors, ranging from desktop computers, set-top boxes, voice-activated devices to mobile phones. ...