Born in Tulle, France, Serge Belamant moved to South Africa at the age of 14 where his father pursued tiling work. Belamant later attended Witwatersrand University in Johannesburg, where he studied technology and computer science.
As a patent holder and expert in the area of blockchain technology, Serge Belamant has worked with a variety of different companies across industries where he has leveraged his passion for coding digital financial transaction software to build a successful and long-term career. Belamant has contributed extensively to advancements in global banking systems.
An entrepreneur at heart, Serge Belamant launched Net1 UEPS Technologies in 1989, which was his first endeavor as a business owner. Net1 provided expertise in the creation of universal electronic payment systems (UEPS), which were actually designed by Serge Belamant. VISA approached Net1 to design a chip offline pre-authorized card that’s still used to day. You probably know this technology as chip-enabled credit and debit cards.
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In subsequent years, Belamant created a digital payment system that enabled the transfer of welfare funding and grants throughout areas of South Africa that had the most need. In fact, the systems created by Belamant are currently used in countries around the world, including Iraq, Russia and various other locations.
Today, Belamant is the owner of Zilch Technologies, a UK-based company. Serge Belamant is also on the Board of Advisors for Prism Group Holdings and Medikredit Integrated Healthcare Solutions. In a recent interview, he spoke of launching Zilch Technologies after having conversations with his son Philip about the impact of social media in the modern world. Belamant recognized that this current technological era provides an opportunity to deliver financial products and guidance to younger populations in a language they can understand.
Zilch designs products that people actually need. Belamant is committed to meeting needs, even if it’s something that people may not have thought of before. He believes that the key to creating a successful career in business is providing something that’s indispensable. Serge Belamant isn’t focused on making money, his goal is finding solutions and meeting needs; the money will follow.