From a young age, it was obvious Edson was passionate about numbers. While other children spent time playing outside, he preferred to solve mathematical puzzles and problems.
So, it was no surprise when he decided to study Mathematics and Physics at the University of Science and Technology of Masuku in Gabon. It was at the university he discovered a passion to help young Africans.
In 2001, he started teaching high school students, mathematics. He wanted them to see Mathematics not as a difficult subject but as a way of thinking logically. He showed them the meaning of Shakuntala Devi's words "Without mathematics, there's nothing you can do. Everything around you is mathematics. Everything around you is numbers". When his students started succeeding in the subject, Edson knew he had found his passion.
In his words “Studying mathematics and physics was incredibly tough, but it taught me how to think methodically and logically. I saw it as an opportunity to empower African youngsters through the teaching and the promotion of these subjects.”
When he graduated in 2003, he decided to further his studies in South Africa. It wasn't an easy move and he called it the hardest decision of his life. He said “Moving to South Africa was the hardest decision to take, since I was going to study in a language I did not know. I turned the challenge into opportunity, I moved to South Africa in 2004”.
In South Africa, his journey in the academic world was taking shape. In 2006, he graduated from University of Stellenbosch with a B.Sc in Mathematics specialising in Algebra, Number Theory, Elliptic Curves and Applied Cryptology. It was at that time he was introduced to the world of encryption and cipher security.
Then, he enrolled for a Masters Degree in Applied Mathematics focusing on Numerical Analysis, Scientific computation, Numerical modelling and Partial differential equations. He graduated in 2009.
Edson's quest for knowledge was insatiable. He wanted to know more and that inspired him to get a PhD in Applied Mathematics and Computational Finance in 2012 from the University of the Western Cape in South Africa.
He started lecturing mathematics in 2008 at the University of Stellenbosch and University of the Western Cape in South Africa. He also taught mathematics at University of the Western Ontario in Canada. He is an active researcher having interest in computational finance, computational biology, financial options and real options. He has published several scientific articles in international journals. He is a supervisor to several MSc and PhD students with the University of Johannesburg, University of Pretoria and Tshwane University of Technology in South Africa.
His industrial career started in 2010 as Quantitative Analysis with Oasis Crescent, a hedge fund company in Cape Town. In 2013, he joined the Johannesburg Stock Exchange as a Quantitative Analysis Researcher, focusing on exotic financial options and market volatility modelling. The same year Edson joined a financial consultant company, Andile Solutions as Business Analyst .
He also worked as a consultant for Investec, Standard Bank and the South African Reserve Bank. At the South African Reserve Bank, he was involved in Calypso System configuration for Pricing Environment, bonds, derivatives, commodities valuation. He left Andile in 2016 for a senior Research and consulting position in the field of Real options at the University of Western Ontario in Canada.
With his background in mathematics and finance, it was only a matter of time before Edson became interested in Bitcoin, Cryptocurrencies, Crypto Assets and the Blockchain Technology. In 2015, he was introduced to Bitcoin by his wife Hanna Pindza. He was initially skeptical about cryptocurrency, he said “At first, I thought it was a scam. Then after doing my own research on Google, I found that some universities were giving courses on Bitcoin and Cryptocurrencies, I knew this will be the future of money and will disrupt any industry”.
Together with his wife, he founded Achieversklub School of Cryptocurrency and Entrepreneurship, headquartered in Johannesburg, South Africa. The school provides training, consulting and educational programs in the field of Bitcoin, Cryptocurrency and the business opportunities around it. In his words “I am an active educator of this new active exiting field. I realized that I will impact more people by teaching Cryptocurrencies and Blockchain Technology than mathematics. The good news is there are still new beautiful mathematics for cryptocurrency to be developed. I am also mentoring various students on their MSc and PhD theses in the field of mathematics for cryptocurrency”.
His current research interest includes differential games in competitive Bitcoin mining rewards, financial derivatives in cryptocurrency ecosystems and cryptocurrency portfolio optimization. He offers private mentoring on Crypto Assets and Blockchain Investment Solutions.
As a result of his devotion to Mathematics, Cryptocurrency and Block-chain. Edson has received numerous awards for his research, including: Marie Curie Experienced Researcher (ER) Fellowship, University of Greenwich, London, UK (2015); RidgeCape Capital, research fellowship, Cape Town, South Africa, January 2013-December (2013); NANUM 2014 grantee, Grant given to selected top 1,000 mathematicians in developing countries to participate in ICM (2014) and University of Western Cape, research publication writing fellowship, Cape Town, South Africa, June-December (2012).
The success of Edson Pindza in the cryptocurrency made him a sought after guest for television programmes across Africa. He was a guest on The Morning Show on South Africa’s SABC 2 and on Gabon 24TV, talking about cryptocurrency and the opportunity for Africans across the continent.
Despite, Edson's focus on Mathematics and Cryptocurrency, he enjoys sports. He especially enjoys martial art, he has practiced Shotokan karate, Kick Boxing, Taekwondo, Enshin Karate (3nd Dan), Kazakh Kuresi and Tatar Koresh. Also, he has received numerous awards in sport, including: African Champion, FILA traditional wrestling (Alysh, Kazakh Kuresi, Tatar Koresh) Cape Town, South Africa (2013), where he received 3 gold medals on the same day; Second winner International karate championship, Cape Town, South Africa (2011) and the University of the Western Cape sports awards for high level sport achievement (2012). Edson takes pride in his sport, he reiterates “Martial arts have always been a big part in my life, I have achieved a lot in my life by applying martial arts principles and philosophy for martial arts have strengthen my mind and body by consistent and continuous learning and practice”.
Edson lives in South Africa together with his wife, Hanna Pindza who’s also his business partner and 3 beautiful kids
Who exactly is Edson Pindza? Is he a mathematician or a cryptocurrency tycoon? Is he a teacher or a martial artist, a father, a husband?
He is all of that. An all-rounder who has made it his life-goal to lead African to financial freedom.