The Game Changers in GCC’s Fintech Space

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AI and Analytics Partner


The banking sector globally has been thoroughly disrupted in the past decade with the pandemic accelerating trends that have already been put into motion. The heightened emphasis on delivering seamless customer experience & efficiency, especially as the world has almost completely switched to digital since the start of Covid-19, has fast tracked innovations in the financial services’ sector, leading to fundamental transformations across the banking business.

The entry and dominance by bigtechs such as Amazon, Google, Alibaba and other fintechs and payment gateways in the financial services’ sector, and their ability to rapidly grab increasing market share in a space predominantly occupied by banks, is a clear depiction of the importance of offering seamless and tailored customer experience.

However, the big banks still hold unique positions of advantage – namely the vast repertoire of customer data they possess and even more importantly, the trust customers’ have placed on these institutions from long-term transactions.

Collaborating and combining the obvious strengths of the incumbents and fintechs is the way forward, if both stakeholders wish to emerge as winners. Not only will the union spur massive innovations, competitive product offerings for customers & new opportunities for the fintechs, but it will unleash untraversed business opportunities for banks as they evolve into digital ecosystems or third-party providers, thereby forcing to re-imagine & revisit the fundamental purpose of being a bank.

Are You Ready For Digitalisation You Can Bank On To Innovate

Key Areas of Discussion

Platformisation of banks to develop into ecosystems / marketplaces
Cybersecurity to counter emerging highly evolved financial threats
in retail banking
Cloud solutions for the banking & fintech sector
Agile digital transformation and delivery via DevOps
Emerging threats from payment platforms and bigtechs

Collaborations between incumbents and fintechs for optimising customer experience

Developments in GCC’s digital payments’ landscape

Open banking – Enabling seamless customer experience while fostering innovation and competition

Listen to global innovation leaders on trends reshaping the finance sector

IBFS 2021 Speakers

Dinesh Sharma

Head of Consumer Bank Middle East,

Subroto Som

Senior Executive Vice President - Head of Retail Banking Group,
Mashreq Bank

Maged Fanous

Group Chief Risk Officer,
Boubyan Bank

Burak Kircali

Principal Business Solutions Manager, Business Value Engineering,

Steve Monaghan

General Partner,

Sridhar Iyer

Head of NEO (Digital Bank) and Liability Products,
Mashreq Bank

Ezzeldin Hussein

Manager - Solutions Engineering,

Mohamed Roushdy

Fintech Bazaar

Hisham Mohammed

Chief Information Security Officer,
Emirates NBD Egypt

Dr. Erdal Ozkaya

Regional Chief Information Security Officer and Managing Director,
Standard Chartered Bank

Nour Al Ali

Breaking News Editor,

Abdullah Biary

Chief Information Security Officer,
United Cooperative Assurance

Dan Murphy

Correspondent & Anchor,

Taymour Narch

Senior Systems Engineer,

Shino Thomas

Senior Vice President – Transformations Group,
National Bank of Oman

Paolo Barbesino

Senior Vice President, Head of Multichannel Banking,
Emirates NBD

Andy McKechnie

Chief Retail Banking Officer,
Al Masraf

Ahmed Al Sayed Al Refaei

Chief Operating Officer,
Al Masraf -Arab Bank for Investment & Foreign Trade

Nameer Khan

MENA Fintech Association

Sudhanshu Sawlani

Head of Robotics & Intelligent Automation,
ING Wholesale Banking


Key Stakeholders:


Financial institutions (FIs)

Non-banking financial companies (NBFC)



Regulatory Sandboxes & Fintech Accelerators

API Providers

Cloud providers

Cybersecurity firms


IT Infrastructure, Marketplaces & Platform Providers

AI-based Tech Providers

Blockchain based Tech Providers

Banking as a Platform consultants

Digital Transformation & Agile delivery Consultants

Other Solution Providers

Delegates’ Job titles

Why Attend IBFS 2022?

Adapt & innovate to lead in the changing times – Explore new business models, revenue streams and potential collaborations to successfully navigate the dynamic banking & financial sector.

Hear from the regulatory change agents leading the innovation storm, especially in GCC’s payments’ and open banking landscape.

Learn how to revise your business strategy around optimizing customer experience.

Listen to risk consultants discuss about protecting customer data & privacy as its shared between banks and TPPs.

Find out about the technologies & solutions revolutionizing the GCC’s banking & financial sector.

Meet and network with best-in-class international and regional solution providers including consultancies, cloud providers, API providers, payment service providers amongst others.

Market Trends


Tuesday, 22 March 2022

10:00 – 10:10: Welcome Address by the Organizer

10:15 – 10:30: Opening Keynote Address:

Advancing GCC’s fintech ecosystem – Becoming hot-beds of innovation

10:35 - 10:50: The race to becoming a digital bank

10:55 – 11:10: Keynote Address:

The Game-Changers – Shaping the Future of Finance

11:15 – 11:50: Exclusive CEO Panel

The banking business model for the new age

11:55 – 12:30: Exclusive Interviews with the New Giants on the Block

Enter the Big-techs – Grabbing an ever-increasing share of the pie

Disrupting banking: Yet again, customer is king

12:35 – 13:10: Is the GCC’s payment landscape at an inflection point?

13:15 – 13:25: Closing remarks by the Organizer

*please note there is a gap of 5 minutes from one session to the next in the agenda for dedicated Q&A.
**please note this is a working agenda and is subject to change due to last minute cancellations


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