Why Open Banking MENA Digi-Conference?

The banking sector has been impacted in its earnings due to the global pandemic. Coupled with increased competition from financial technology companies who are increasingly expanding products and financial services to banking customers in ways traditional banks are not able to due to regulations.

This has made the adoption of open banking a very important strategy for banks to venture in and leverage its potentials in this new normal as the future of banking and payments post pandemic has to be open for the sector to survive and compete. With open banking, banks will be able to increase revenues, attract new customers, open themselves up to new collaborations and stand out from competition. To ensure they will be disruptors rather than disrupted, banks must act now.

Many countries in the world have gone ahead with open banking initiatives. An estimated global revenue opportunity of $9.3 billion is expected to be created by Open Banking by 2022. A study recently conducted by Finastra revealed that 86% of banks surveyed are looking to use open APIs and enable Open Banking capabilities in the next 12 months. In the Middle East, Bahrain is leading the way where the draft regulations were issued in November 2018, and the first set of solutions were launched by December 2019. Saudi Arabia is also progressing fast on the adoption of Open Banking. In the near future, the Middle East will soon have a matured Open Banking ecosystem where financial institutions and Fintech companies will come together to create superior banking experiences.

To discuss this and more, the Open Banking MENA Digi-Conference will bring together senior decision makers from central banks, leading banking and financial institutions in the MENA region to discuss the potentials of Open Banking in the region’s financial services market as well as the opportunities it creates for the banking industry in the MENA region.

220+

Attendees

50+

Decision makers from Regional Central Banks and BFSI Sector

15+

Speakers & Panellists

3

Leaders Panel Sessions

3

Innovation Session with Tech Experts

5+

Media Partners

Meet the Advisory Committee

Steven Monaghan

EVP & Chief Digital Officer, Riyadh Bank

Yuri Misnik

Group Chief Information, Officer, First Abu Dhabi Bank

Ahmed Naeemi

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

Noman Rasheed

Head of Information Technology, Dubai Islamic Bank

Hariprasad Chede

Chief Information Security Officer, National Bank Fujairah

Meet the Speakers

Dr Erdal Ozkaya

Regional Chief Information Officer & Managing Director, Standard Chartered Bank

Maisa J Shunnar

Chief Digital Transformation Officer, Bahrain Islamic Bank

Steve Monaghan

EVP & Chief Digital Officer, Riyadh Bank

Yuri Misnik

Group Chief Information, Officer, First Abu Dhabi Bank

Noman Rasheed

Head of Information Technology, Dubai Islamic Bank

Hariprasad Chede

Chief Information Security Officer, National Bank Fujairah

Ahmed Naeemi

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

Ray Lockwood

Strategic Solution Consulting Director, ACI Worldwide

Bharat Raigangar

Head & Business Partner – Cybersecurity (IMEA),
Wipro

Anmol Grover

Global Practice Head – Open Banking,
Wipro

David Hunt

Chief Architect, iDEAS Group,
Wipro

Enrique Ortega

Managing Director, Gellify Middle East

Neha Punater

Vice President, Banking and Technology Transformation practice, Capgemini

Alfonso Navío

FSI EMEA Business Strategist,
Red Hat

Vijay Jaswal

CTO, Middle East & Turkey –
Software AG

Jasmeet Walia

Sales Director – Financial Services Industry, Oracle

Biju Suresh Babu

Managing Director, Banking & Financial Services,
Fiorano Software

Francis Mac Aonghus

EMEA Director Industry and Strategy Transformation,
Oracle

Seshika Fernando

VP & GM for Open Banking,
WSO2

Lakhwinder Singh

Pre-Sales Manager META,
Thales

Dr. Alexey Sidorov

Data Management Director & Chief Evangelist,
Denodo

Kannan Rasappan

Chief Executive Officer,
Banfico

Waqar Ahmed

Director Cloud Sales & Strategy, EMEA & LATAM,
Informatica

Who will Attend Open Banking MENA Digi-Conference?

Regional C-suite executives from central banks, leading banks, and financial services institutions from across the MENA region involved in the development and implementation 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 & Welcome Remarks from Great Mind’s representative
10:05 Opening remarks from Chairman
10:10 The Shift to Open Banking: Accelerating the Development of Open Banking Ecosystem in the MENA Region & it’s Impact of the Region’s BFSI Sector
Panellists:

  • Steve Monaghan, EVP & Chief Digital Officer, Riyadh Bank
  • Ahmed Naeemi, Head of Digital Transformation & Project Management, Bahrain Institute of Banking and Finance
  • Enrique Ortega, Managing Director at Gellify Middle East
  • Anmol Grover,Global Practice Head – Open Banking, Wipro
10:50 Presentation: Open Banking – an opportunity or threat?
If Open Banking is to drive competitiveness in the Financial Services market, where will the future of customers and banking relationships lie?

  • Francis Mac Aonghus – EMEA Director Industry and Strategy Transformation, Oracle
11:05 Innovation session by Seshika Fernando, VP & GM for Open Banking, WSO2
11:20 Presentation by David Hunt, Chief Architect, iDEAS Group, Wipro
11:35

BANKING LEADERS PANEL SESSION: Leveraging API Technology and Open Banking to Transform the Future of Banking and Payments in The MENA Region

  • How API technology and Open Banking will Transform the Future of Banking and Payments in the MENA Region
  • Challenges and opportunity in adopting open banking in the region
  • What does open banking mean for customers in service and experience

Panellists:

Yuri Misnik, Group Chief Information, Officer, First Abu Dhabi Bank

Noman Rasheed, Head of Information Technology, Dubai Islamic Bank

Maisa J Shunnar, Chief Digital Transformation Officer, Bahrain Islamic Bank
Dr. Alexey Sidorov, Data Management Director & Chief Evangelist, Denodo
Representative from Oracle
Jasmeet Walia, Sales Director – Financial Services Industry, Oracle

12:25 Innovation session by Kannan Rasappan, Chief Executive Officer, Banfico
12:35 Innovation session by Alfonso Navio, FSI EMEA Business Strategist, Red Hat
12:45 Presentation: Platform models and collaboration driving the Open X economy Neha Punater, Vice President, Banking and Technology Transformation practice, Capgemini
13:00

Innovation Session by Software AG

  • Vijay Jaswal – CTO, Middle East & Turkey – Software AG
13:10

SECURITY LEADERS PANEL: Assessing the Cybersecurity Challenges and Implications for Open Banking

Examining challenges and security risk of data sharing over APIs and how banks can manage threats in an open banking era

How the financial services value chain has changed, and what that means for information technology and security?

Panellists:

Hariprasad Chede, Chief Information Security Officer, National Bank Fujairah

Dr. Erdal Ozkaya, Regional Chief Information Officer and Managing, Standard Chartered Bank
Alexandre Depret-Bixio, Regional Director Middle East, Turkey and Africa at IronNet
Bharat Raigangar, Head & Business Partner – Cybersecurity (IMEA), Wipro

13:40 Innovation Session by Lakhwinder Singh, Pre-Sales Manager META, Thales
13:50 Innovation Session by Ray Lockwood, Strategic Solution Consulting Director, ACI Worldwide
14:05 Topic: What banks in MENA can learn from Open Banking experiences of UK and Europe
Innovation Session by Biju Suresh Babu, Managing Director, Banking & Financial Services, Fiorano Software
14:15 Untangle Governance & Digital Integration Spaghetti for a Successful role out of Open Banking Programs
Waqar Ahmed, EMEA LATAM Cloud Sales & Strategy Head at Informatica
14:20 CLOSING REMARK BY CHAIRMAN AND END OF DIGI-CONFERENCE

Conference Format

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