FinTech Dubai Conference & Exhibition 2019

Theme: Impact of Innovation on Investors and FinTech Ecosystem

Day 1 | Monday | January 07, 2019


9:30 AM - 10:30 AM
Welcome & Opening Address:
Chief Guest:


11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Session 1: How Financial Institutions Are Turning Artificial Intelligence (AI) Into ROI ?

Financial institutions are exploring how artificial intelligence decreases costs, reduce fraud, enhance revenue and improve customer experience. While there are challenges, it is time for organizations of all sizes to invest, learn and partner with AI experts. In this session, we will learn how to invest and partner with AI experts.

Moderator: TBA

  • Sandeep Chouhan, Head of Operations and Technology, Mashreq Bank, UAE

    12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
    Session 2: Cashless Economies: What will financial inclusion look like by 2030?

    This session will create a discussion platform for experts and representatives of the financial services market and related industries, government bodies and independent associations - all of whom care about the future of a cashless economy and who want to understand the options of its possible development.

    Stuart Hutton, Chief Investment Officer, Simply Ethical, UK

    • Anna Maj, FinTech Leader , PWC, United Kingdom
    • Sagheer Mufti, Chief Operating Officer, Habib Bank Limited, UAE
    01:00 PM - 2:00 PM NETWORKING LUNCH
    02:00 PM - 3:00 PM Session 3: FinTech and Islamic Finance: a mutually beneficial match?

    As sharia-compliant finance grows and institutions embrace mobile and internet banking, analysts believe that the opportunities offered by Islamic FinTech will become irresistible to the sector – despite its lack of global standards. We will discuss the challenges and opportunities with Islamic FinTech in this session.

    Moderator: TBA

    • Muhammad Salman Anjum, CEO & Founder, Feelogical Solutions LLC, UAE
      Title: "Islamic Banking in the Era of Blockchain"
    • Muhammad Zubair Mughal,CEO, AlHuda Center of Islamic Banking & Economics
      Tittle: FinTech Islamic Micro Finance 
    • Stuart Hutton, Chief Investment Officer, Simply Ethical, UK

    03:30 PM - 04:45 PM
    Session 4: How traditional Banks and Credit Unions are embracing FinTech?

    The banking industry needs to move beyond viewing FinTech firms as competitors and embrace the opportunity of bringing FinTech solutions to an increasingly digital consumer. Collaboration can increase revenues, generate new business and enhance the consumer experience. Let's discuss the collaboration scenarios for the FinTech banking industry.


    • Timo Dreger, Strategy & IR Manager, mybucks, USA
    • Pedro Pinto Coelho, Executive Chairman, Banco BNI Europa, Portugal
    • Rodrigue Afota, Co-Founder BlockTrust, Tech Entrepreneur & Former Banker, UAE

    04:45 PM - 06:00 PM
    Session 5: IoT becomes BIoT (Blockchain)

    The Internet Of Things (IoT) and Blockchain are two topics which are causing a great deal of hype and excitement, not just in the technology circle but it may also overhaul core business strategies in the process. It is being said that IoT needs Blockchain and Blockchain needs IoT. Let's see, how?

     Moderator: TBA
    • Saqr Ereiqat, BlockChain Evangelist, IBM, UAE
    • Muneer Zuhdi, CTO-Head of Global IOT Smart City Solution, UAE

    Day 2 | Tuesday | January 08, 2019

    09:30 AM - 10:45 AM
     Session 6:  RegTech: Are we ready for 2019?

    We should plan our priorities for the year ahead. Understand the semantics, trading, risk, and KYC for RegTech compliance. We need to cope up with the pace and the regulatory changes. We need to understand the threats and opportunities for new RegTech projects. It's a lot! Let's attend this session to resolve our RegTech queries.


    11:15 AM - 12:30 PM
    Session 7: Closing the Gap: FinTech for Financial Inclusion

    We are still trying to understand the enormity of FinTech and its implications on society and the finance industry. What we do understand is that it’s changing everything we believed to be traditional and static. The digitalization of everything has modified the nature and the trends of our wants and expectations of financial products and services. In this session, we will discuss how the bridge between the FinTech and Financial Institutions is being built...
     12:30 PM - 01:30 PM Networking Lunch

    01:30 PM - 02:45 PM
    Session 8: Financial Innovation and The Future of Payments

    The transformation of customer expectations and consumption trends have transformed the digital financial landscape. Nowadays, we the establishment of innovative financial services and products to the market. This session will address the enterprising and adoption of innovative payments solutions and practices.

     Moderator: TBA

    • Joseph Chan, Founder and CEO, AsiaPay Group, China
    • Owais Manzoor, Regional Head of Sales, PayTabs, UAE
    • Chakrapani Sakhumalla, Co Founder, Kenvault, India

    02:45 PM - 04:00 PM
     Session 9: Security threats and opportunities: Digital transformation of banks

    In the world of finance, digital transformation is creating both opportunities and risks with the adoption of new technologies. While some financial institutions are willing to explore new territories e.g. blockchain, on the other hand, some organizations are still holding back due to a lack of resources and/or expertise. We will discuss what is holding back? What are the security threats? And what are the available opportunities?

    Moderator: TBA

    • Rodrigue Afota, Co-Founder BlockTrust, Tech Entrepreneur & Former Banker, UAE
     04:00 PM - 04:30 PM Networking Coffee Break

    04:30 PM - 05:45 PM
    Session 10: FinTech Wave reshaping the GCC banks

    Changes in customer preferences and technological advances have pushed large banks to take the lead in digitalization in the Middle East-North Africa (MENA) region. According to a study, FinTech startups are on the rise and are expected to more than double by 2020. In this session, we will review the growth path of FinTech in GCC region.

    05:45 PM - 06:00 PM Closing Notes

    Strategic Partners

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