Based: Cape Town
Monica Singer was the first CEO of South Africa’s Central Securities Depository (CSD), Strate (Pty) Ltd which she set up in 1998. Strate performs the back office functions for all the stock exchanges in South Africa and for money market instruments. In August 2017 Monica resigned as the CEO of Strate and all related board positions so she could concentrate on bringing blockchain technology to all relevant industries. In October 2017, Monica was appointed as South Africa Lead for Consensys. Consensys is assembling the tools needed to build and scale a world where distributed applications enable a new class of frictionless, global commerce with inclusion for all.
In 2018, Monica was appointed as one of the Patrons of the Corporate Governance Framework (CGF) Research Institute in South Africa. In June 2018, she was appointed board member of the Global Legal Identifier Foundation (GLEIF) based in Switzerland and in May 2019 she was appointed Professor of Practice in the School of Accounting in the University of Johannesburg. In May 2019, Monica was also appointed to represent Consensys on the Accounting Blockchain Coalition (ABC) board. ABC is defining market practices in accounting, auditing and tax for digital assets and distributed ledger technologies, including blockchain.
Monica has held numerous board and advisory positions. She was the Vice President of the African Middle East Regional Association of CSDs (AMEDA) and a member of the World Forum of CSDs (WFC). She was also involved in a number of charitable organisations including Strate Charity Shares and chaired for 10 years Afrika Tikkun Investment Trust.
Monica previously worked at the World Bank in Washington DC in 1995/96 and was the Technical Director of the South African Institute of Chartered Accountants (SAICA) from 1990 to 1996. Monica completed her articles with the audit firm Arthur Young (subsequently EY) in 1987. Monica has been recognised over the last 20 years with many awards, the most notable being the first winner of the Conscious Company award in 2017.