As a key component to creating and innovating our current financial banking system, Serge Belamant’s software coding allows individuals and companies from all over the world to seamlessly send electronic transactions in a secure and convenient manner. Although born in France, Serge Belamant would live the majority of his years in South Africa when his family moved when Serge was only 14. He attended the Witwatersrand University where he earned a degree in computer science.
Later on, Serge Belamant would go on to create Net1 UEPS Technologies, Inc., a company dedicated to the innovation of electronic payments. Net1 would quickly see success when VISA offered to partner with Serge Belamant and NET1 to create an offline chip card system, a breakthrough technology that we still use today. We recently sat down with Mr.Belamant to hopefully delve deeper in what has made him and his companies such a success.
What does your normal day look like?
Serge Belamant states that his days have not really changed as much throughout the years, this is saying something as he is currently semi-retired. He goes on to comment on his need to write things down the previous night and make sure they are all taken care of the following day. From time to time Mr.Belamnt councils the board on important issues as a way of giving back to the company.
How do your ideas come to life?
Having ones ideas come to life is a very difficult process, says Serge Belamant. Difficult in the sense that one needs to make sure that the idea makes sense even at its simplest forms. Mr.Belamant proceeds by saying that once an idea is down to its simplest form and it still makes sense, then and only then can one make a decision.
What is one trend that is currently interesting to you?
The work being done in DNA analysis is very intriguing, says Mr.Belamant. The work is very simplistic yet the complexities of DNA can allow us to discover incredible breakthroughs in biology and our understanding of ourselves.