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2013 Summit Biography
Maya Fisher-French
Personal Finance Journalist
South Africa

Maya Fisher-French started in the journalism industry approximately 10 years ago when she moved from working in the investment world to reporting on it. Before that, she was employed at stock broking firm BJM Private Client Services and Investec Private Bank during which time she obtained her BA honors degree in Economics.

Maya's first journalism appointment was at national daily newspaper This Day, where she soon positioned herself as a senior journalist reporting on banking industry topics. She is passionate about personal finance issues and this has become her main beat. She was the editor of the personal finance supplement for This Day before the publication closed. After This Day closed, she continued with freelance journalism assignments. Maya still works in a freelance capacity with permanent contracts. She was the official editor of the Mail & Guardian Money section, has created her on website – Maya on Money and is currently editor of "My Money, My Lifestyle" the personal finance section for City Press. Maya is exceptionally knowledgeable of the banking industry and has a wide understanding of the issues at play. She will always get to the bottom of a story and at the same time, she will always write a fair article. Maya is also a recipient of the "Best Newcomer" in the Sanlam Financial Journalist of the Year award.

MayaonMoney.co.za: This site is a collection of articles written by financial journalist Maya Fisher-French across various financial publications including City Press, Mail & Guardian and InvestSA as well as contributions from other authors on personal finance. The site also offers readers the opportunity to ask questions about their finances and encourages people to post questions and add comments in order to create an interactive forum where people can gain information on how to better manage their money

City Press: City Press is South Africa's second largest Sunday paper by readership, attracting just short of 2 million readers each week in print and online. The paper attracts a readership that is politically savvy with disposal income to spend. The readership is largely black and all aspire to middle class living or have already achieved or surpassed this goal.

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