INNOVATION IN BANKING &
FINANCIAL SERVICES

Virtual Event

Platinum Partner

AI and Analytics Partner

ABOUT THE VIRTUAL EVENT

The pandemic, in essence, accelerated the arrival of the future and served as a filter – those businesses which were proactive and prepared for the future survived and will thrive in the coming years, while those which resisted change is being sifted out. Nowhere is it more apparent than in the banking and financial sector, globally as well as in the MENA.

The past decade witnessed many new entrants from non-banking sectors enter and grab market share in segments typically serviced by the banking & financial institutions. From payment channels and big techs that pose primary threats to neo (digital) banks, ecommerce disruptors and collaborations between technology firms and fintechs, the financial sector witnessed an unprecedented revolution across all spheres of its ecosystem. The disruptors, or those who utilized innovative and futuristic technologies, adopted new business models and were fast to adapt are among the gainers in this new era.

In this new predominantly digital world, it becomes imperative for the financial sector, facing high competition from innovative players on one side and with the need to manage rapidly changing consumer expectations on the other, to leverage on futuristic fintech solutions and innovate itself to create and take advantage of the rising opportunities.

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
AI
in retail banking
Cloud solutions for the banking & fintech sector
Agile digital transformation and delivery via DevOps
Emerging threats from payment platforms and bigtechs

SPEAKERS

Dinesh Sharma

Head of Consumer Bank Middle East,
Citi

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,
SAS, EMEA

Steve Monaghan

General Partner,
Fin.Mirai

Sridhar Iyer

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

Ezzeldin Hussein

Manager - Solutions Engineering,
VMware

Mohamed Roushdy

Founder,
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,
Bloomberg

Abdullah Biary

Chief Information Security Officer,
United Cooperative Assurance

Dan Murphy

Correspondent & Anchor,
CNBC

Taymour Narch

Senior Systems Engineer,
VMware

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

Chairman,
MENA Fintech Association

Sudhanshu Sawlani

Head of Robotics & Intelligent Automation,
ING Wholesale Banking

WHO ATTENDS OUR ACCELERATE NOW BANKING AND FINANCIAL SERVICES SERIES

Key Stakeholders:

Banks

Financial institutions (FIs)

Non-banking financial companies (NBFC)

Fintechs

Regulators

Regulatory Sandboxes

Fintech Accelerators

Cloud providers

Cybersecurity firms

Consultants

Technology funds & VCs

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?

Counter emerging competition from payment channels, big techs and digital banks by becoming the disruptor

Listen to cybersecurity experts discuss latest threats, challenges and proactive measures for protecting digital assets and preventing financial crimes

Understand agile development-to-delivery methods for digital products & services via DevOps

Find out about the various AI-optimized methods of driving customer engagement and retention

Find out how cloud facilitates the rapid adoption of digital transformation and development-to-deployment of digital products and services for banks and fintechs

Hear experts’ take on where Bitcoin is expected to head and the future of digital currencies

Market Trends

Agenda

Day One | Tuesday, 6 April 2021

11:00 – 11:15: Welcome Address by the Organizer

11:15 – 11:25: Interactive Session

Key trends ruling Innovations in Banking and Financial Services

11:25 - 11:45: Exclusive Interview with a leading bank:
Emerging stronger from the crisis with innovation

Speakers

Dan Murphy

Correspondent,
CNBC

Dinesh Sharma

Dinesh Sharma

CEO Consumer Bank - Middle East,
Citi

11:50 - 12:35: C-level Panel

The platformisation of banks: The disruptive new business model

Moderator

Nour Al Ali

Nour Al Ali

Breaking News Editor,
Bloomberg

Speakers

Burak Kircali

Burak Kırcalı

Principal Business Solutions Manager, Business Value Engineering,
SAS EMEA

Paolo Barbesino

Senior Vice President, Head of Multichannel Banking,
Emirates NBD

Shino Thomas

Shino Thomas

Senior Vice President – Transformations Group,
National Bank of Oman

Subroto Som

Subroto Som

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

12:40 – 13:00: Keynote

Growth Innovation Powered by Analytics Center of Excellence in Banking and Financial Services
Burak Kircali

Burak Kırcalı

Principal Business Solutions Manager, Business Value Engineering,
SAS EMEA

13:05 - 13:25: Keynote

Safely Accelerate to Digital-First Banking and Deliver Exceptional Customer Experiences

Kassem Issa

Director, Managed Cloud & Telecom Services,
Diyar Middle East

Ezzeldin Hussein

Ezzeldin Hussein

Manager – Solutions Engineering,
VMware

13:30 - 14:05: Need of the hour discussion on cyber security

Countering evolving cyber crime strategies: Forecasting threats for effective  prevention

Moderator

Abdullah Biary

Abdullah Biary

Chief Information Security Officer,
United Cooperative Assurance

Speakers

Ahmed Alrefaei

Chief Operating Officer,
Al Masraf

Dr. Erdal Ozkaya

Dr. Erdal Ozkaya

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

Hisham Mohammed

Hisham Mohammed

Chief Information Security Officer,
Emirates NBD Egypt

Maged Fanous

Maged Fanous

Group Chief Risk Officer,
Boubyan Bank

14:10: Close of Conference Day One

Day Two | Wednesday, 7 April 2021

11:00 – 11:05: Welcome Address by the Organizer

11:05 – 11:25: Keynote Address

The potential of convergence of AI, cloud & big data to drive core transformation in the banking & finance sector

Speaker

Steve Monaghan

General Partner,
Fin.Mirai

11:30 – 12:10: Panel

Digital Transformation: Enabling seamless, personalised customer journey

Moderator

Abdullah Biary

Abdullah Biary

Chief Information Security Officer,
United Cooperative Assurance

Speakers

Andy McKechnie

Chief Retail Banking Officer,
Al Masraf

Sudhanshu Sawlani

Head of Robotics & Intelligent Automation,
ING Wholesale Banking

Taymour Narch

Taymour Narch

Senior Systems Engineer,
VMware.

12:15 – 12:35: Fireside Chat:

The payment players and big techs are here for long haul: How can banks leverage their customer base and channels to meet competition

Host

Nameer Khan

Chairman,
MENA Fintech Association

Speaker

Sridhar Iyer

Sridhar Iyer

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

12:40 – 13:05: Top innovations & technology trends that will drive us to 2025 and deliver the ROI on all digital transformation

Speakers

Ahmed Alrefaei

Chief Operating Officer,
Al Masraf

Dr. Erdal Ozkaya

Dr. Erdal Ozkaya

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

Mohamed Roushdy

Founder,
Fintech Bazaar

13:10: Close of Innovations in Banking & Financial Services’ Conference

*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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