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ABOUT THE EVENT / reasons to come

It is the age of Internet of Things where Technology and Data are changing the fundamentals of of the banking sector. Banks need to continue evolving and innovating to compete and stay ahead of disruption in the era of an increasingly digital customer.


Our Forum provides a platform to meet the industry leaders and professionals, discuss the challenges faced, exchange lessons learnt, hear best practices from global experts and learn how to make technology your “strategic differentiator” in order to drive your business to the next level.


Conference agenda - 4th October

Don’t miss our welcome cocktail reception, evening 3 October

Registration and coffee

Sohail Khan

Welcome address

Simon ParisRyan Keough

Shaping the Global Financial Services Industry

  • Digitalisation, Cloud and Transformation
  • How we make our customers more resilient, efficient and competitive
Dr. Seetharam Rahavan

Creating a digital banking eco-system for a dynamic Middle East and Africa

  • The Power of Technology and the future of IOT in the Middle Eastern Banking Industry
  • The mobile revolution - financial inclusion – the opportunity and how digital mobilises
  • Influencing and innovating in an emerging regulatory environment amidst disruption
  • Understanding the priority areas of digitization in banking and making strategies for adoption
  • Leaping ahead of disruption by continuously evolving and embracing new technologies
  • Tapping into emerging technologies as a springboard to success – both client facing and internal banking technology
  • Implementing transformation in every segment of the value chain
Alex KwiatkowskiDr. Charles Kimei

Digital Perspectives and Financial Inclusion in Africa

Subramanian LakshminarayanTariq Al-UsaimiRobin CreweRiteesh SinghMohamed Roushdy AbdelkaderJohn EastonAhmed al Rafaei

The opportunity of cloud and the app economy

A panel discussion with industry thought leaders discussing:
  • Impact of the cloud on financial services
  • App innovation and platform as a service (PaaS)
  • Challenges of cloud/PaaS adoption and strategies to overcome them

Coffee break and networking

Shady Shaher Elborno

Inside Middle East: A brief economic snapshot of key conditions in 2016

This session will review the key market trends including how the current drop in oil prices is affecting budgets in the region, spending and economic activity and bringing about reforms to areas ranging from subsidies to bond market developments and taxation.
Marwan AbouzeidNiamh AlbertynMohamed RoushdyNassar Hasan Mahmood

Re-inventing Islamic Finance – inclusiveness through technology

  • Adopting technology and innovation in the age of fintechs and disruption
  • Addressing the challenges of Islamic banking through automated solutions
  • Ensuring Shariah Compliant software solutions to increase efficiency
  • Enhancing banking growth through integration
  • Enabling end to end customer experience with use of technology
  • Social media engagement to help growth and inclusion

Lunch break and networking

Meet and greet speed networking

We will get back to the conference post lunch with a small exercise to boost networking and interactivity. Attendees will have 15 minutes to exchange as many business cards as possible.

Breakout Retail Banking, Corporate Banking and Capital Markets

Iqbal Ali khanAlex KwiatkowskiKaushik MazumdarSadiq Javeri

Exploring the new boundaries of Internet of Finance – beyond the buzz of blockchain

  • Understanding Blockchain and distributed ledger technology
  • The key use cases in corporate banking and capital markets
  • Impact of blockchain on costs, operations and efficiencies
  • Challenges such as regulatory , legal challenges, interoperability issues and overhauling legacy infrastructure.

Closing Remarks

Alex LivingstoneAlex KwiatkowskiMudit SaxenaMuhammad Nassir SalimTariq Al-Usaimi

The emergence of two-speed banking: how do you safely get into the fast lane and stay there?

  • Innovation: Role of vendor's or in-house labs to drive technology innovation in banking.
  • Customer experience and operational efficiency: Integrated FtB for quick onboarding through preferred channels, validation, ongoing adherence to Shariah compliance ,  efficiency for quick development and delivery of products through relevant channels.
  • Partnership: leveraging fintechs to harness the power of technology.
Alex KwiatkowskiFadi ChehayebAchilles ManolopoulosAmandeep SandhuImre RokobHani Khalil

Digitilisation for dynamic retail banking in MEA

  • Buy or Build? the critical success factors
  • Generate the WOW factor: customisation capabilities for better UI, UX to generate the WOW factor.
  • Behavioural analytics for relevance and personalised experience
  • Addressing Millenials and all:  omni channel pragmatic platform for seamless personalised experience across Channels (Convergence of digital and branch banking through virtual reality portal to provide a virtual banking experience.(Creating Digital branches with remote video banking.)
  • Mobile banking for banked/unbanked and underbanked : the future of cashless transactions
  • Personalised banking under one roof - CASA, loans, but also wealth management.
Alex Kwiatkowski

Riding the Big Data Wave to maximise the value of information

  • Building Customer Engagement through Big Data and Analytics
  • Using Customer data to drive Business Decisions
  • Understand how the knowledge of big data translates to on the ground investments.
  • Capturing and storing incoming data at the bank.
  • Converting data silos to informative customer insights
  • Using analytics to secure the customers
  • Customer privacy issues in using Customer analytics

Coffee break and networking

Elliott Limb

Easing the corporate user experience to grow together

  • The A-Z of corporate banking
  • Moving form disparate multiple system approach
  • Meeting the needs of corporate treasurers
  • Breaking down the silos in an open fintech digital world
Jacqueline MorecombeSudhakar Vemuri

Redefining corporate credit and risk

  • Automation of end-to-end lending to reduce cost and friction
  • A single view of customer credit for tailored products and personalised commmerical lending
  • Consistent use of data for IFRS 9 and capital optimisation
David HennahEzhil Venugopal

The driving forces of digital trade

  • New use cases in digital trade enabled by eDocs and trade automation
  • What to gain from deeper business intelligence
  • Integrating the path for trade and supply chain finance
  • Changing the world of trade – actions from the World Trade Symposium

Coffee break and networking

Mirza Ashraf BegPeter FarleyAnup Ochani

The strategic treasury: Optimising working capital

  • Providing a holistic view of risk across the banking, lending and trading books
  • Using big data, analysis and reporting to improve workflows and optimise profits
  • Performing faster high volume calculations for more precise simulation and stress testing
Sadiq JaveriAejaz AhmedJamal Saleh

Regulatory Pressures and Challenges in Capital Markets

The Fundamental Review of the Trading Book (FRTB) is one of the currently most debated and significant regulations affecting captial markets.
  • Pre-assessment and planning - even for the new standardised approach - is not easy and often underestimated.
  • What and where are the main challenges? Which other regulations need to be looked at in conjunction?
  • What is best practice and how should you prepare to avoid any pitfalls?
Mark FeeleyPeter FarleyRaghunath Seshadri

Post-trade processing: Consolidation and simplification for greater agility and cost certainty

  • Integrating asset classes, trading systems and branches, globally
  • Lowering the cost of compliance and ensuring enterprise-wide consistency
  • Leveraging the Cloud for more flexibility, scalability and agility

Coffee break and networking

Event Location

Jumeirah Emirates Towers
Sheikh Zayed Road, Trade Centre
United Arab Emirates

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