OPEN THEATRE PROGRAMME

DAY 1 – SUNDAY | 24 FEBRUARY
10:45 – 11:05
A new approach to investment management that transforms the way investment firms work

Mahmoud Sulaiman, Head of Product, Investera

11:05 – 11:25
STC Pay: How our digital wallet will lead the way

Sultan Alonazi, Senior Director of Strategic Partnerships & Banking, STC Pay

11:25 – 11:45 New business models in payments: how to earn? (Case studies from global leaders that undergone digital payment transformation on WAY4)

The presentation will focus on how to re-build payment business in the digital era when financial institutions face challenge to get money from traditional volume based revenue models.

Frederic Richel, Pre-Sales Consultant, OpenWay

11:45 – 12:05Future of the card in a digitalized world

Review of the recent Global card market evolution, the risks of disintermediation for the cards, the digital move and convergence between physical and digital with latest available technologies to personalize cards.

Jean-Louis Meyer, EMEA Marketing Director Payment Solutions, Entrust Datacard

13:00 – 13:20
Elm initiatives in financial technologies

Mansour AlHarbi, Director of E-Wallet, Elm

13:20 – 13:40
Banking Platform as a Service for Marketplaces and Innovation Hubs

The status quo for banks is changing. Although banks have traditionally been considered pioneers of process automation, they now find themselves in the background of today’s consumer-led, digitized financial services landscape. If we think about it, no customer dreams of a mortgage loan, but a house; or, no customer dreams of a car loan, but a car. How can banks be a part of their customers’ life by capturing a bigger part of the value chain that starts with a dream and ends up as a buying or investment decision of different sorts? In this pursuit of going beyond traditional banking services and products, how can innovation and time-to-market be accelerated with a more collaborative mindset with fintech and the greater eco-system. Join us to hear more on how Microsoft can make art of the possible happen today!

Ali Nanji, Senior Industry Solutions Executive, Financial Services & Insurance, Middle East & Africa, Microsoft

13:40 – 14:00
The evolution of branches: Digitalizing branch processes and maximizing value

Eman Ramel, Senior Product Manager for ATM and Self Service Machine, Project Manager for Banking systems, Alhamrani Universal

14:00 – 14:20
Banks & Fintech: Cooperation not competition

The presentation will make short visit on Fintech developments and then shows the disruptive affect of Fintech on banking industry and at the end it shows where Fintech & Banks do the same thing and where they divert. Finally it shows that Fintech complement banks and does things not related to incumbent banking industry. The presentation have references from authenticated sources.

Bashar Baidas, Co-Founder and CEO, Digital Cash International

14:20 – 14:40
Mentorship clinic for entrepreneurs Hosted by Fintech Saudi
14:40 – 15:20 Panel Discussion on Blockchain Hosted by Fintech Galaxy

Blockchain is transforming everything from payments transactions to how money is raised in the private market. Even although the technology is still relatively new, banks and other industries are innovating with blockchain and moving in some cases ahead of regulations.
Will the traditional banking industry embrace this technology or be replaced by it? What role do regulators have to play to promote the use of blockchain for financial inclusion?
Listen to a panel of experts as they debate digital identity, data protection, privacy, and the potential risks of distributed ledgers.

Moderator: Nouf Alhaqbani, CEO, Dar Bedaya Advisors

Panelists:

Saqr Ereiqat, Innovation and Healthcare, IBM
Ramana Kumar A, SVP – Head of Payments, First Abu Dhabi Bank (FAB)
Muhammed Mahmoud, Global Expansion Head, Nexxus Payment Group

15:20 – 15:50 Break
15:50 – 16:10 Mobile Payments

Nabil Ibenbrahim, EVP Regional Director for Middle East & Asia, HPS

16:10 – 16:30
Payment 2.0: Enabling secure payments, verification and identification via the iris

While digital identification is still a new concept, the use of biometrics has increased dramatically, yet, using many forms of security that lack an end to end security or fraud free transactions. IrisGuard’s EyePay platform delivers a secure way to do payments, verification and identification of transactions for millions with only a scan of an eye and now on a mobile phone, the EyePay IrisGuard phone.

Bashar Arafeh, Managing Director, MEA, IrisGuard UK Ltd

DAY 2 – MONDAY | 25 FEBRUARY
09:40 – 10:25
FSS – Digital Banking

Benedict Xavier , Head of Digital Banking & Payment Analytics, FSS Technologies

10:45 – 11:05
Fintech vs. bank authentication

Mohammed Alessa, VP of Business Solutions, SURE International Technology

11:05 – 11:25
Goodbye MO/TO, Farewell POS.. Hello e-invoicing!

End users are becoming more interested in making online/ remote payments, yet not thrilled about having to visit eCommerce websites, memorizing usernames/ passwords or downloading mobile Apps just in order to make such payments. Several businesses interact with their customers remotely and are often being forced to accept MOTO (or Key Entry) payment transactions, which opens room for fraud, chargebacks and higher fees charged by acquirers. Cardholders would love to go through a seamless/ frictionless payment experience, but are concerned about storing their sensitive card data with merchants.
Payment gateway providers are trying to address such issues through innovation. In this session, Mr. Abdallah shares some insights on relevant concepts.

Janti Abdallah, General Manager, STS PayOne

11:25 – 12:10Panel Discussion on Artificial Intelligence Hosted by Fintech Galaxy

From AI-driven chatbots to sophisticated wealth robo advisors. AI applications have created a paradigm shift in the global financial markets, and expanded opportunities for consumer financial well-being. Banks, insurance companies, and investment management firms are poised to save more than $1.0 trillion by 2030 if they incorporate systematic investment in AI technologies into their business models, according to market reports.
How can AI create more opportunities and better economic foresight in Saudi Arabia? Will banks reap the lion’s share of these savings? What’s the future of talent acquisition in the Kingdom and how can AI contribute to vision 2030?

Moderator: Mirna Sleiman, Founder & CEO, Fintech Galaxy

Panelists include:

Tamer Wasfy, Principle Solution – Data Platform & AI, Microsoft

Sahiqa Bennett, Co-Founder & CEO, Searchie

Dr Bedour Alrayes, Co-Director, Institute of Entrepreneurship Assistant Professor of Artificial Intelligence, King Saud University

12:10 – 12:30
Michel Daenen, Director, Solution Consulting, Middle East and Africa, Finastra
13:00 – 13:20
Delivering digital banking experience
• Digitalization is the key to competitiveness
• Automation in the lending processes
• How to handle exceptions in the process
• Benefits of digitalization – seamless borrowing experience for the end user

Béla Vér, CEO, ApPello

13:20 – 13:40
How to start digital conversations with your customers?

Messaging apps like WhatsApp, Messenger, iMessage, etc are the primary conversational channels for today’s generation. Enterprises are stuck using phone, email, and SMS as their primary contact modes which typically are also siloed. A digital conversational interface is required to bridge the gap between clients and the enterprise.

Hassan Hamdan, Vice President of Strategy, Unifonic

14:00 – 15:00
Mentorship clinic for entrepreneurs Hosted by Fintech Saudi
 *Please note this programme is correct at time of publication, however is subject to change.