CONFERENCE PROGRAMME

Conference Speakers


H.E Dr. Ahmed Abdulkarim Alkholifey

H.E Dr. Ahmed Abdulkarim Alkholifey

The Governor of the Saudi Arabian Monetary Authority (SAMA)


DAY 1 – SUNDAY | 24 FEBRUARY
08:00 – 09:00Delegates arrival and registration
09:00 – 09:30 Ribbon Cutting & Walk Around: The Governor of SAMA, H.E. Dr. Ahmed Abdulkarim Alkholifey
 Conference MC: Osama Abdulrahman Al-Ansari
09:30 – 09:40
Keynote address

H.E. Dr. Ahmed Abdulkarim Alkholifey, Governor, SAMA

09:40 – 10:00 Keynote address: Payments Ecosystem in the Kingdom

Ziad Al Yousef, Managing Director, Saudi Payments

10:00 – 10:30 Keynote address: Mobile payments in the region

STC Pay will address the role digital payment providers – led by STC Pay as the main driver in Saudi – are playing in Saudi and the region by pushing for a cashless society in their alignment with and application of Vision 2030, and how that is heavily due to the bigger role STC Group plays as an enabler of mobile payments and IoT.

Ahmed Alenazi, Business VP, STC Pay

10:30 – 11:15
Panel: Building the optimal fintech ecosystem Hosted by HalalaH

Moderator: Maher Loubieh, Board Member & Executive Director, HalalaH

Panelists include:

J.K. Khalil, General Manager- Saudi Arabia & Bahrain, Mastercard

Rayan Fayez, Managing Director & Chief Executive Officer, Banque Saudi Fransi

Ziad Al Yousef, Managing Director, Saudi Payments

Esam Alnahdi, CEO, Halalah Company

Omar Christidis, Founder & CEO, ArabNet 

11:15 – 11:45
Break and networking
11:45 – 12:05 Keynote address: Is it FinTech of TechFin
FinTech has been all the rage the past few years, gathering billions of dollars of investment and spawning a wide range of unicorn start-ups, but what it it’s all wrong? Alibaba’s Jack Ma prefers the term TechFin, as he believes we get it wrong if we put finance first. It should be technology first. What’s the difference in these points of view and what does it mean to your bank’s strategy? This presentation looks at both points of view and gives a few clues to the future.

Chris Skinnerindependent commentator on the financial markets and fintech through his blog, the Finanser.com, as author of the bestselling books Digital Bank, ValueWeb and its new sequel Digital Human

12:05 – 12:25Keynote address: KSA Digital Banking: the now and forward

An insiders view of “Bank related” transformations over the years and the state of KSA Banking today, trends to expect very soon!
Saeed A Siddiki, Head of Digital Reinvention, IBM

12:25 – 12:45
Real-time payments reality

In a world that is always on customers’ demands for ease, speed, convenience and security is driving the roll out of real-time or immediate payments. Why should banks in the region embrace real-time and what challenges should they be ready for?

David Godfrey, Strategic Solution Consulting Director – Real-Time Payments, ACI Worldwide

12:45 – 13:30VIP lunch and networking
13:30 – 14:15Panel: Driving cashless payments in Saudi Arabia Hosted by STC Pay

The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is one country in the Middle East leading in the growth of online transactions, but cash still rules.  This panel of experts discusses the economic benefits of increased digital payments and how governments, banks and enterprises must innovate to achieve this 2030 vision. What will it take to accelerate the Kingdom’s move towards a cashless society?

Moderator: Ahmed Alenazi, Business VP, STC Pay

Panelists include:

Ali Ahmmed, Head of Planning and Business Development, bKash

Eng. Bader Ali Al Garni, FinTech – General Manager, Monshaat (SME General Authority KSA)

Mishari Alassailan, Senior Advisor, Fintech Saudi

14:15 – 14:35 Keynote address: Looking at the effects of Digitization on the Retail Banking industry and how that has affected marketing strategies and the customer centric experience

Our mission is to build community and part of our global community are the brands and businesses we work with every day. Our goal for Financial Services firms is to help them grow by connecting them to their customers in the moments that matter in order to engage and transact with existing and potential customers.
While the future of financial services has many faces, online interactions are an increasingly powerful method for companies to engage with customers and prospects. By partnering with financial services clients, we are helping them to make meaningful, personalised connections that drive business results.

Eleni Kitra, Head of Financial Services, Facebook

14:35 – 15:25 Panel: Mobile and boosting brand loyalty with mobile

Mobile phones are the go-to device for consumers in Saudi Arabia. From loyalty apps to targeting marketing, how can you make mobile an integral part of your brand loyalty experience?

Moderator: Chris Skinnerindependent commentator on the financial markets and fintech through his blog, the Finanser.com, as author of the bestselling books Digital Bank, ValueWeb and its new sequel Digital Human

Panelists include:

Yasar Yilmaz, Head of Financial Services Industry, Middle East & Africa, Turkey, Pakistan, Microsoft

Eleni Kitra, Head of Financial Services, Facebook

Ahmed Hamdan, Founder and CEO, Unifonic

Dr Fadi Chehayeb, Senior Technology Advisor, Samba Financial Group

Erwin Van Helden, Head of Payments and Digital Channels MEA, Temenos

15:25 – 15:45
Payment Gateway – Key Payment Rails

Vijay Kumar , Head of Business Products, FSS Technologies

15:45 – 16:10Break and networking
16:10 – 16:55
Panel: Are wearable devices the future of mobile payments?
Wearable technology in the form of items such as watches, bracelets and rings is becoming an increasingly popular way to pay and in 2018 Riyad Bank launched its own contactless bracelet in Saudi Arabia. This panel will discuss the opportunities for wearable devices in the Kingdom and explore the challenges they may face.

Moderator: Chris Skinnerindependent commentator on the financial markets and fintech through his blog, the Finanser.com, as author of the bestselling books Digital Bank, ValueWeb and its new sequel Digital Human

Panelists include:

Najeeb Al-Thiabi, Business Development and Customer Relation Director, Alhamrani Universal

Shrouq Alhadyan, SVP – Head of Digital Banking, Riyad Bank

Jamil Asfour, Partner, Roland Berger Middle East

Omar S. Yassine, Senior Vice President, Head, Digital Channels, The National Commercial Bank

Mansour AlHarbi, Director of E-Wallet, Elm

16:55 End of day networking
DAY 2 – MONDAY | 25 FEBRUARY
 
08:00 – 09:15Delegates arrival and registration
 Conference MC: Osama Abdulrahman Al-Ansari
09:15 – 09:35The impact of blockchain on payments

Find out more about opportunities for blockchain technology in payments and finance in Saudi Arabia.

Alaeddin El Majed, Payments Services Director, HyperPay

09:35 – 09:55Revolutionising remittance: Blockchain and cross border payments

With Sama and Ripple piloting the use of blockchain to help banks settle cross border transactions, how should banks and fintech incubators in the region prepare for the future of remittance?

Kamran Shahin, Vice President, Blockchain Product Development & Innovation, Mastercard

09:55 – 10:15
Accelerators to sandboxes: regulation for the growth of FinTech in MENA

This presentation will give overview of current regulatory developments and government initiatives that are driving growth in the FinTech eco system across UAE and KSA as well as possible future developments and positive next steps.

Rob Flaws, Legal Director, Head of Technology, Media & Telecommunications (Middle East), CMS

10:15 – 10:45
Break and networking
10:45 – 11:30 Panel: The future of digital currencies

After SAMA has pronounced that digital currencies, including but not limited to Bitcoin, is illegal in the Kingdom, what does the future hold for digital currencies in Saudi Arabia and around the world?

Moderator: Richard Cayzer, CEO, DLT Risk Ltd

Panelists include:

Anthony Butler, Distinguished Engineer and Blockchain Leader, Middle East and Africa, IBM

Alaeddin El Majed, Payments Services Director, HyperPay

Rob Flaws, Legal Director, Head of Technology, Media & Telecommunications (Middle East), CMS

Rushd Averroës, CEO & Founder, BABB

Punit Thakker, Senior VP, Global Business Development & Strategy, PayTabs

11:30 – 11:50
The end of passwords: banking on biometrics

The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is one country in the Middle East leading in the growth of online transactions, but cash still rules.  This panel of experts discusses the economic benefits of increased digital payments and how governments, banks and enterprises must innovate to achieve this 2030 vision. What will it take to accelerate the Kingdom’s move towards a cashless society?

Mohammed Alghamdi, Saudi Federation for Cyber Security and Programming

11:50 – 12:10
Mobile Payments
Nabil Ibenbrahim, EVP Regional Director for Middle East & Asia, HPS
12:10 – 13:00
VIP lunch and networking
13:00 – 13:45 Panel: Blockchain, AI – is it time to walk the talk?

Moderator: Kashif Younus, BlockChain & FinTech – Division Head, Ateon – an Alhamrani Universal Co.

Panelists include:

Waqas Mirza, CEO, Avanza Innovations

Eng. Bader Ali Al Garni, FinTech – General Manager, Monshaat (SME General Authority KSA)

Navin Gupta, Managing Director South Asia & MENA, Ripple

13:45 – 14:15Awards presentation ceremony
14:15 – 15:00
Panel: The Challenges of Ecommerce in the Region Hosted by Saudi Payments

Moderator: Mazen AlDarrab, Founder, Zid Holding

Panelists include:

Ziyad AlEisa, Saudi Payments

Abdulmajeed Alyemni, CEO & Co-Founder, Salasa

Mutaz A. Ghuni, National Digitization Unit (NDU)

Ammar Waganah, CEO, Dokkan Afkar

Abdulaziz Alshetwi, Co-founder and CEO, Moyasar

15:00 – 15:20
Keynote address: Introducing digital ideas to enhance tourism in Saudi Arabia

Ahmed Sultan, Head of Retail Products, Alhamrani Universal
Zakaria Nana, Managing Partner, AZENSYS-OPTIPASS

15:20 – 15:35
A new approach to investment management that transforms the way investment firms work

Mahmoud Sulaiman, Head of Product, Investera

 

 *Please note this programme is correct at time of publication, however is subject to change