About 2nd Open Banking MENA Digi-Conference?

The MENA region is increasingly adopting open banking and just this year, Saudi Arabia’s central bank released the framework for the implementation of open banking in the country. This transformation is creating, a boost for FinTech providers and challenger banks who are receiving considerable amount of funds to build capacity and infrastructure across the region to capitalise on the opportunities the new era of APIsation will provide them and deliver advanced services to their individual and business customers.

This development has put pressure and urgency on traditional banks to rethink their business models to remain relevant and competitive in the region’s new and disruptive FinServ environment as they risk losing control over their customer data and payment services. To avoid this, they have to find ways to improve their own offerings and partner with financial technology and third-party institutions to create more value for their customers.

Building on the success of the launch edition, organised with the region’s leading banks, the 2nd Open Banking MENA DigiConference will take the conversation to the next level and explore how banks and financial institutions in the region can rethink their business model and build the necessary infrastructure needed to enable enhanced collaboration with an increasingly agile and rapidly advancing fintech sector.

150+

Attendees

50+

Decision makers from Regional Central Banks and BFSI Sector

20+

Speakers & Panellists

3

Leaders Panel Sessions

3

Innovation Session with Tech Experts

5+

Media Partners

Meet the Advisory Committee

Maisa J Shunnar

Chief Digital Transformation Officer, Bahrain Islamic Bank

Noman Rasheed

Head of Information Technology, Dubai Islamic Bank

Mohamed Abdel-Razek

CIO – Africa Middle East and Islamic Banking, Standard Chartered Bank

Hariprasad Chede

Chief Information Security Officer, National Bank Fujairah

Meet the Speakers

Mamoun T. Alhomssey

Chief Information Officer, Abu Dhabi Islamic Bank

Viji Varghese

Senior Vice President, Head of Global Payments and Clearing, Mashreq Bank

Dave O’Brien

Global Head of Digital Platforms & Service Management, First Abu Dhabi Bank (FAB)

Hakan Eroglu

Global Open Banking Lead, Fintech Partnerships, D&S Advisors, Mastercard

Adel Al Rajhi

AGM Digital Banking, Al Rajhi Bank

Ellis Wang

Chief Head of Technology, Transformation & Information, Mashreq Bank

Ahmed Naeemi

Head of Digital Transformation & Project Management, Bahrain Institute of Banking and Finance (BIBF)

Sanjay Khana

Chief Information Officer, Rak Bank

Monica Sasso

EMEA FSI Chief Technologist, Red Hat

Dr. Antoine Khadige

Principal, Financial Services, Strategy&

Mohammed Riyaz

Senior Vice President of Technology, Centre Systems Group

Carlos Teixeira

Senior Principal, Global Solutions Consulting, Finastra

Fouad Abou Alwan

Sales Director – GCC, Finastra

Nezar Nassr

Product Manager, Financial Crime Solutions, Eastnets

Gibson Nascimento

Head of Solutions EMEA, Sensedia

Guy Swift

Digital Business Consultant- BFSI EMEA, Sensedia

Ali Adnan

Co-founder, Authlete

Parthasarathy P.

EVP – Chief Security Officer, First Abu Dhabi Bank

Rob MacTighearnain

Head of Finance, Tarabut Gateway

Ahmed Darwish Elsayed

Digital Delivery Head, Bank Albilad

Who will Attend 2nd Open Banking MENA Digi-Conference?

Regional C-suite executives from central banks, leading banks, and financial services sector from across the MENA region involved in the development and adoption of digital innovation:

  • CEO
  • VPs
  • COO
  • Chief Digital Officer
  • CFOs
  • COOs
  • CIOs/CTOs
  • CISO
  • Chief Security Officers
  • Directors of Cloud
  • Directors of IT Operations
  • Directors of IT
  • Director of Digital Transformation
  • Heads of Digital Transformation
  • Heads of IT/ IT Directors
  • Head of Digital Banking
  • Head of Mobile Banking
  • Heads of Data Centre
  • Heads of Information Security
  • Management consultants and Advisors

Why get involved?

Discover

series of available advanced digital and disruptive open banking technology solutions in the market that you can implement and test quickly allowing you and your business to stay connected and ahead of competition

Learn

about APIs and open banking and how they can transform the BFSI sector in the region and how it will create opportunities for your bank to be an industry leader in your market

Get inspired in the time of uncertainty

Engage in valuable conversations with peers from other organisations, large, medium and small, in an intimate environment and learn how they are planning to implementing new API technology to drive their open banking strategy

Build industry partnerships

Meet and build relationships with innovative business executives and sharp skilled digital technology solution providers who can support with your urgent business requirements

Who Should Exhibit & Sponsor?

API Technology Solution Providers

Core Digital Banking

Network and Application Security

Data Integration and Analytics Service Providers

Conference Program

TIME CONFERENCE PROGRAM
10:00 Meeting Room Opens
10:05 Welcome Remarks from Great Mind’s representative
Akinola Solanke, Project Director, Digi-Connect
10:10 Opening remarks from Chairman
10:15 Opening Panel: Rethinking Banking Business Model in an Open Banking Era – First Strategy

  • Exploring how banks must rethink their business models to remain relevant and competitive
  • Why is getting the business model question right can make or break your open banking opportunities and competitiveness in an open banking era?
  • Transitioning from being manufacturers or distributors of financial products to a model where you develop your products and services using FinTech and third parties as distributors, and vice versa
  • Technology to the rescue: How can technology be a game-changer for banks to be a successful and competitive market player in the open banking ecosystem?

Moderator:

  • Ahmed Naeemi, Head of Digital Transformation & Project Management, Bahrain Institute of Banking and Finance (BIBF)

Panellists:

  • Mamoun T. Alhomssey, Chief Information Officer, Abu Dhabi Islamic Bank
  • Sanjay Khana, Chief Information Officer, Rak Bank
  • Ellis Wang, Chief Head of Technology, Transformation & Information, Mashreq Bank
  • Dr. Antoine Khadige, Principal, Financial Services, Strategy&
  • Fouad Abou Alwan, Sales Director – GCC, Finastra
11:00 Keynote Innovation: Innovate in Open Banking with Composable Enterprise
Gibson Nascimento, Head of Solutions EMEA, Sensedia
11:15 Innovation Session: Elevating Open Banking with the power of a Marketplace
Carlos Teixeira, Senior Principal, Global Solutions Consulting, Finastra
11:30 Innovation Session: Beyond Open Banking
Monica Sasso, EMEA FSI Chief Technologist, Red Hat
11:45 Panel Session: Monetising APIs – Looking at how banks can leverage open APIs to create new revenue models and realise business benefits

  • How can banks leverage APIs to drive fresh business opportunities and new revenue streams?
  • Examining best methods for banks to successfully innovate and benefit from open banking
  • Why should you invest in quality APIs and smooth user-experience especially for SCA (Strong Customer Authentication) for banks?
  • It is all about the customer: Implementing the right digital strategies to leverage internal data for better service personalisation and value creation

Viji Varghese, Senior Vice President, Head of Global Payments and Clearing, Mashreq Bank
Dave O’Brien, Global Head of Digital Platforms & Service Management, First Abu Dhabi Bank (FAB)
Guy Swift, Digital Business Consultant- BFSI EMEA, Sensedia
Ahmed Darwish Elsayed, Digital Delivery Head, Bank Albilad

12:40 Innovation Session:
Ali Adnan, Co-founder, Authlete
12:55 Innovation Session: How to Counter Payment Fraud Efficiently
Nezar Nassr, Product Manager, Financial Crime Solutions, Eastnets
13:10 Panel Session: Establishing a Robust Framework for Building Safe, Rewarding and Sustainable Collaboration for Open Banking

  • Identifying best practices and models for selecting and onboarding TPPs that meet regulations and key requirements
  • Looking at the customer financial data rights and protection in an open banking era – Who is responsible for protecting customers’ financial data?
  • Managing security challenges and risk of data sharing over APIs and how banks and third-party players can handle threats
  • Finding the right balance between compliance, security, trust, and innovation

Mohammed Riyaz, Senior Vice President Of Technology, Centre Systems Group
Adel Al Rajhi, AGM Digital Banking, Al Rajhi Bank
Hakan Eroglu, Global Open Banking Lead, Fintech Partnerships, D&S Advisors, Mastercard
Parthasarathy P. , EVP – Chief Security Officer, First Abu Dhabi Bank
Rob MacTighearnain, Head of Finance, Tarabut Gateway

13:50 CLOSING REMARK BY CHAIRMAN AND END OF DIGI-CONFERENCE

Conference Format

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