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Governor, Saudi Arabia Monetary Authority (SAMA)H.E. Dr. Ahmed Alkholifey

Ahmed Alkholifey is Governor of the Saudi Arabian Monetary Authority (Central Bank of Saudi Arabia). He obtained his Bachelor Degree in Law from the King Saud University, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia; Master in Business Administration and Ph.D. in Economics from Colorado State University, USA.
He started his career at the Saudi Arabian Ministry of Petroleum and Mineral Resources as Legal Specialist and then as Economic Researcher.

Mr. Alkholifey joined the Saudi Arabian Monetary Authority in 1995 and worked as Economic Advisor and Director General of Economic Research and Statistics Department. In 2011, Mr. Alkholifey was appointed Executive Director for Saudi Arabia at the International Monetary Fund and worked there until 2013, when he was appointed Deputy Governor for Research and International Affairs at the Saudi Arabian Monetary Authority. In May 2016, he was appointed Governor of the Saudi Arabian Monetary Authority.

Partner | Riyadh, DubaiKarim Fawaz

Karim specialises in corporate commercial work with focus on Technology and Corporate Finance. This includes regulatory, investments and digital transformation projects for public and private sectors. Karim has worked as legal director at one of the largest international law firms in the Middle East where he drove the CorpTech practice which focuses on corporate and commercial work for clients in technology, communications and finance. Karim had formerly worked as Corporate Counsel at Cisco Systems and Cisco Capital, where he led the Enterprise and Public Sector legal team in MEA and advised on several major projects in technology and technology finance. Karim had also worked as an associate at Levant Law Practice in Riyadh where he provided various legal services for several leading insurance and financial services companies in Saudi Arabia.

Karim is known for his commercial savvy and readiness to understand the practicalities of any business he advises on. Moreover, Karim has worked on constructing and delivering detailed compliance and ethics training for companies in various sectors.

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EMEA Managing Director of Mambu Eelco Boonstra

Eelco Boonstra, EMEA Managing Director of Mambu at Ejada/Mambu, is an accomplished business leader experienced in building teams & driving business. Eelco-Jan draws on 20+ years of experience in technology to lead the rapidly growing EMEA team for Mambu, focusing on harnessing momentum in region, supporting customer success, broadening the partner ecosystem & building key relationships.

Deputy CEO Anglo-Gulf Trade Bank Daniel Gould

As a former executive director at Goldman Sachs and now at the vanguard of FinTech, Daniel Gould brings a multifaceted perspective on digital banking transformation along with hands on experience in launching and managing digital initiatives to drive growth.

Prior to Goldman Sachs, Daniel worked at Morgan Stanley, where he oversaw equity derivatives and structured financing transactions. He co-created Anglo-Gulf Trade Bank (AGTB) in 2018 and as Deputy CEO has overall responsibility for the strategic direction, operational execution and client results delivery for AGTB. Over the past year, he has focused on future proofing AGTB through the successful development of a strategic ecosystem of complementary partnerships and alliances.

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Managing Director, South Asia & MENA, RippleNavin Gupta

Navin has extensive experience in global transaction banking, payments and cash management, and strategy planning following nearly two decades working for HSBC and Citigroup across the U.S., Hong Kong, Japan, Taiwan, and India. During his tenure as Head of Payments and Cash Management for HSBC Japan, the business was transformed and voted the #1 Cash Management Bank in Japan by Euromoney. He was also a chief architect of HSBC’s global initiative on Working Capital and Liquidity Management and in 2008 was recognized as one of “The 50 Most Promising Young Leaders” in Asia-Pac by The Asian Banker. Prior to joining HSBC, Navin worked at Citigroup in San Francisco as a global relationship manager for technology, media and telecommunications clients. He joined Citigroup as a management associate shortly after graduating from the Thunderbird School of Global Management in Arizona. Navin is a former board member of National Payments Corporation of India (NPCI). Navin currently lives in Mumbai with his wife and two children, and is an Art of Living teacher.

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Group Chief Digital Officer, GIBAndreas Skopal

Andreas is responsible for GIB’s digital value propositions, practices and organization as well as the innovation agenda across the Group, ensuring that GIB maximizes the opportunities that digital presents. He has responsibility for transforming the digital

landscape across the Bank, including growing the business across multiple digital channels.

Prior to joining GIB, Andreas was an equity Partner with Ernst & Young, responsible for Digital, Analytics, Cyber and Innovation (DACI) for the Financial Services Industry. He also led Digital and Customer business lines for PwC Consulting across Southeast

Asia markets and Senior Director for ASEANZ Consulting for almost 12 years. He started his career in Group Strategy for ANZ Banking Group Ltd.

CTO – IGINasser Zagha

Nasser Zagha brings over 22 years in global Financial Services and Technology background along with proven business acumen. He has spearheaded technology initiatives in advanced cutting-edge areas such as; enterprise digital transformation, Business Process Management, Mobility, Robotics, Financial ERP, CRM, EDMS implementations, Web Services, Open Banking Platforms / Banking as a platform, Project Management, IT management, Architecture design, ITIL, Software Quality, Performance and Automation.

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Chairman and CEO of BMG Financial Group Basil M.K. Al-Ghalayini

Basil M.K. Al-Ghalayini is the Chairman and CEO of BMG Financial Group (“BMG”). Previously, he was Managing Director at The International Investor, London, UK, and prior to that, he was with the Investment Management Division of The National Commercial Bank of Saudi Arabia in Jeddah and London.

Since BMG’s inception, Al-Ghalayini has been the team leader for equity and debt capital market transactions such as Rights Issues, IPOs and Private Placements, as well as leading a Government mandated assignment for the comprehensive review of the insurance sector in order to arrive at a set of recommendations for the sector’s eventual consolidation. He is also a frequent participant in official business delegations representing the private sector of KSA.

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Head of Products R&D – Retail Banking, Alinma Bank Hazem Alrashed

Hazem Alrashed is currently Head of Products Research & Development department at Alinma Bank, responsible for leading and facilitating the development of new retail banking products and services. He is also managing innovation and digitalization initiatives. Prior to that he held a position of Business Applications Architect in Alinma Bank.

Chief Executive Officer of AlRaedah Finance Paul Melotto

Mr. Paul Melotto, Chief Executive Officer of AlRaedah Finance has a track record of more than 20 years of financial industry success, locally and internationally. Prior to joining Alraedah Finance 5 years ago he was Chief Financial Officer of Deutsche Gulf Finance & founding member of the management team of one of the most successful Home Finance companies in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Prior to his post in Saudi Arabia Mr. Melotto began his career with MortgageIT, which grew to a Top 10 Mortgage Company in the United States with over 56 branch offices, more than 3,000 employees and annual origination volume in excess of USD 30 billion, annually. While at MortgageIT Mr. Melotto was an integral part of the management team that brought MortgageIT Holdings to a successful IPO in 2004 on the NYSE and subsequent sale of the Company to Deutsche Bank in 2007 at the time of sale, Mr. Melotto was the SVP of Finance. Two years following the sale Mr. Melotto held various positions at Deutsche Bank in the Global Residential Mortgage Backed Securities Group focused on the US, European and MENA regions

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Director at Lulu Financial Holdings LimitesChristos Christou

A professional Compliance Officer working for 30 years in the banking and non-banking industry.  He has an Associateship Degree from The Chartered Institute of Bankers – renamed now as The London Institute of Banking and Finance – and an MBA from the University of Liverpool; He is a CAMS® certified professional practicing Compliance for more than 15 years.  He started his career from Banking Operations, but he soon moved into training due to his excellent operations knowledge and training talent; in parallel, from 1996 he was working as part-time tutor/adjunct lecturer for the Chartered Institute of Bankers, other Professional Training Academies like EY Academy Poland, and different Universities in Europe as an adjunct lecturer. In the year 2000, he was assigned as a group project manager for Compliance within the Bank and he continued in management positions within Compliance until mid-2013.  In August 2013, he moved to the GCC Region and since then he is the Chief Compliance Officer for Lulu Financial Group, managing and directing the compliance and AML/CFT function for the Group in 12 countries around the world.  He is also appointed as a Director in many Companies of the Lulu Financial Group worldwide; he has the qualifications and experience to direct the company, and achieve its business objectives.

Head of Cash Management Products, NCBHariraj Subramanian

Hariraj joined National Commercial Bank (NCB) in June 2019 as SVP, Head of Cash Management Product and he is responsible for developing and executing key strategy of the Bank to develop innovative propositions for their corporate clients encompassing from payments to liquidity management. Before joining NCB, Hariraj has worked with Gulf International Bank (GIB) and First Abu Dhabi Bank (FAB) and was instrumental in building regional proposition for the Bank including cash management products and corporate channels. Prior to shifting his focus to Middle East, he was with CIMB Group managing corporate clients across Asia Pacific in the Transaction Banking space. Hariraj has special interest around innovation / fintech collaborations and the impact on the corporate payment space. He was instrumental in first live implementation of Blockchain with Ripple for cross border payments in the region

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Managing Director with Alvarez & Marsal’s Financial Industry Advisory Services PracticeASAD AHMED

Mr. Asad Ahmed is a Managing Director with Alvarez & Marsal’s Financial Industry Advisory Services Practice. He brings 30 years of experience in banking, credit management and in formulating and managing strategic and operational changes in financial institutions. Mr. Ahmed specializes in strategy formulation and implementation, performance improvement initiatives and change management programmes. He has held various senior management positions in the Middle East, Africa and Canada.

Chief Executive Officer of TelrKhalil Alami

Khalil Alami is the Chief Executive Officer of a leading online payment gateway, Telr. Khalil has more than two decades of experience in the financial services sector, including 17 years in the payment and card industry, with a focus on payment infrastructure and system implementation.

He brings deep knowledge of industry structure, with emphasis on card processing and settlement, the four-party system, international payments architecture, electronic and mobile payments, consumer touch points, and network security. Khalil has an MBA from the American University of Beirut and a Bachelor of Science from Purdue University in Economics.

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Head of Beehive KSANizar

Nizar is a Saudi national engineer, US graduate in Product Design engineering. He started his career with two US giants’ in Tech and energy, Schlumberger and Northrop Grumman. He moved back to Saudi to work with the prestigious management consultancy firm (PwC) as a consultant working on major vision related projects. Prior joining Beehive, he was chosen to join the Government as an executive advisor to manage the execution of many national projects such as Cinema opening, Woman driving, international investments forums, art and cultural events.

Now, Nizar is Head of Beehive KSA, leading expansion in the country. Beehive is launching in the Kingdom in 2020 in partnership with a major Saudi bank to offer digital SME financing. This marks the first time a bank and pioneer GCC fintech company have joined forces to provide an innovative fintech solution.

Digital Transformation ConsultantAbdul Jawad Chaudhry

Jawad is a senior consultant with 14 years of experience in the field of administration, automation and ERP Projects. He has participated in several projects of private and public organizations.
Beside academic qualifications with degrees of BSc. ITC and Master of Business Administration he is accredited with certifications of Project Management and ERP consultation.
He has awarded appreciation certificates from leading organizations such as IBM and Saudi Arabian Airlines. Moreover, he is a research team member for empirical studies and has published research papers in cooperation with King Abdulaziz University.

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CFO & COO, BeehivePeter Tavener

Peter is part of the founding strategic management team at Beehive where he is the Group COO and CFO.  Beehive is the GCC’s first digital lending marketplace for SMEs that connects creditworthy businesses with smart investors.  It was the first regulated P2P platform in MENA (regulated by the DFSA and the CBB).  Beehive has written over AED0.5bn of financing across the platform and has over 10,000 registered investors since it launched in November 2014.  Peter is focused on regional expansion and strategic partnerships.

Prior to Beehive, Peter was Managing Director at BDO Corporate Finance in the DIFC which he co-established in 2009.  He advised SMEs and business owners across the GCC and led a broad range of Middle East and International transactions. Prior to that, Peter was in London where he focused on cross-border M&A and International IPOs. Peter is a fellow of the Chartered Accountants of England & Wales.

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Arabnet Founder & CEOOmar Christidis

Omar is an entrepreneur and ecosystem builder, who has built deep expertise on digital disruption across sectors and currently holds multiple positions. He is the Founder & CEO of ArabNet, which produces leading events, insights and innovation programs focused on the technology and innovation industry in the MENA region. He is a Partner and Board Member at Lebanon Seed Fund, a $20 million early stage fund aimed at supporting 100 Lebanese startups, having already invested in 33 startups to date. Omar is actively involved in advising government leaders on digital innovation: he is a Founding Board Member of IDEAS, a non-profit association supported by the Prime Minister of Lebanon, that focuses on developing public-private partnerships to enable the innovation ecosystem in Lebanon; he also serves on the private sector advisory group for the Lebanese Minister of Technology and Investment.

PwC’s Financial Services Industry Leader Mehryar

Mehryar (MG) is PwC’s Financial Services Industry Leader covering all service lines under a unified practice to deliver market leading growth and a differentiated and integrated service to our clients in the region.
Prior to joining PwC, Mehryar spent 18 years at EY where most recently he was the Financial Services Consulting Leader for Africa, India and Middle East (AIM) region.
Specialises in management consulting for banks and with a focus on complex and large transformations and integrations.
Chartered Accountant (England and Wales) by profession and an MBA (Oxford) with 20 years of global FS consulting experience including the UK, US and Switzerland. Based in MENA since 2010 and currently resides in Dubai, UAE.

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Deputy Managing Director of HPS’ P&L Nabil Ibenbrahim

Nabil Ibenbrahim is the Deputy Managing Director responsible for HPS’ P&L in the Middle East & Asia region. Nabil joined HPS in 2001 as a Business Development Manager with the main objective of defining and implementing HPS’ international strategy in coordination with its CEO & Chairman, Mr Mohamed HORANI. In 2003, he was appointed as a regional director for the Middle East & Asia region based in Dubai. One of his main achievements has been the establishment of HPS’ Dubai Office and of its brand as one of the leading payment system providers in the middle east with more than 45 customers in this region. Nabil holds a degree in Computer Science Engineering and has also been through multiple executive training programs from prestigious business schools in the world such as INSEAD and Harvard Business School.

Saqib Khan

Saqib Khan advises banks on how to make their digital ambitions a reality. Often they have many challenges, like existing legacy systems and silo-ed architectures. He helps them by designing digital transformation programs which are feasible, tailored, creative and have instant business value.

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Start Path Partnerships lead for Middle East & Africa (MEA) Shyam Mohan

Shyam Mohan is the Start Path Partnerships lead for Middle East & Africa (MEA) at Mastercard. He is responsible for the program in the region, to identify, mentor and partner with leading later stage startups, connecting them with Mastercard and their customers to jointly build the future of commerce.

Shyam joined Mastercard in 2013, and previously was Prepaid Expert Sales lead for MENA and Digital Merchant Partnerships lead for MEA. Before Mastercard, he worked with UAE Exchange in their Payments and New Markets unit. Shyam is an engineering graduate and holds an MBA from IIM Bangalore.

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Regional General Manager of FSS-Technologies. MENAKhaled Moharem

Khaled has over two decades of experience in Sales Management, Product and Project Management, Financial Performance Management and Sales activities with top financial institutions.Prior to joining FSS, Khaled Moharem was associated with Society for Worldwide Interbank Financial Telecommunication (SWIFT) as Head of MENA Sales. He has managed over 1200 Financial institutions across MENA.During his tenure, he has worked with companies like Cupola Plastic Cards Ltd, Kinko’s Middle East, Kodak Danka Office Imaging and Xerox.

Head of Liv. Digital BankJayesh Patel

As the Head of the fastest growing digital bank in the UAE, Jayesh Patel was responsible for the set up and launch of Liv., the first digital-only lifestyle bank. The mobile-only lifestyle bank is part of a long term strategy by Emirates NBD (UAE’s largest retail bank) to define the next generation of banking by building a digitally-native bank. Focusing on Zillennials (millennials and Gen Z), Liv. helps in enhancing their finances as well as their lifestyle in one app.
With more than 14 years of consumer-centric innovations and changes across various industries, Mr. Patel has a strong regional experience and is currently an active member in the Fintech and Angel investment community in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA.)

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Senior Product Manager for ATM and self-service solutionsEman Ramel

Ramel is a Certified Product Manager and PMP holder, experience of UX/UI. Working as Senior Product Manager for ATM and self-service solutions. Ramel leads and manage projects for key strategic banks. Before relocating to Saudi Arabia, she was working with privatization group part of MOI- UAE as corporate strategic planning. Ramel holds an honor degree from University of Liverpool, UK in Business studies.

Founding Member – National Health Lab for Emerging TechnologiesSaqr Ereiqat

In Saudi Arabia, Mr. Ereiqat is operating the National Health Lab for Emerging Technology for the National Health Information Center, creating the first healthtech innovation ecosystem in the Kingdom. He has managed complex projects across 23 countries in the past 11 years and is currently a senior managing consultant at IBM. During his IBM tenure, he has overseen strategy consulting engagements within the Healthcare, Public, Telecommunication, Logistics, Manufacturing, Aviation and Oil & Gas sector.  He is a blockchain aficionado and has helped design national Blockchain Agenda’s in the region.

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Group Chief Financial Officer SAUDI GERMAN HOSPITALS – UAEDavendra Singhvi

Davendra Singhvi is Group Chief Financial Officer of Saudi German Hospitals – UAE. He carries a meaningful 15+ years of experience in healthcare domain from pharma , clinical trials to healthcare delivery.  Davendra is responsible for the overall financial strategy and direction at SGH. He guides company’s aggressive growth strategy. Davendra also has added interests on Big Data and how it’’s evolving the corporate landscape of the world.

Founder & CEO Fintech GalaxyMirna Sleiman

Mirna Sleiman is the founder and CEO of Fintech Galaxy, an open innovation and crowdsourcing platform that promotes financial inclusion, connects the fintech ecosystem and supports institutions in their digital transformation strategy, Has more than 15 years of experience in government relations, business strategy, digital communications and journalism. Driven by passion for innovation and positive impact, Mirna has a track record in leading digital transformation projects, marketing comms strategies and global partnerships with public and private entities, focusing on knowledge economy development , regulatory infrastructure and financial markets. Managed public sector business for Thomson Reuters across 22 MENA countries and partnered with international organizations to promote innovation and social change. Spent more than 10 years as a financial journalist with Reuters, Dow Jones, The Wall Street Journal and Zawya.

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the Global Chief Revenue Officer of FSS TechnologiesK Srinivasan

K Srinivasan popularly known as “KS” is the Global Chief Revenue Officer at FSS Technologies, where KS leads all the Sales and Customer Management & Experience, Service Delivery, Pre-Sales, Bid Management and Collection across the Globe.KS has over 25 years of experience and is known for clearly defining mission and sales goals, consistently exceeding the expectations. In his earlier assignment before FSS, KS was the President at Intellect Design Arena Limited, responsible for the company’s business growth strategy and sales leadership for APAC, South Asia, Middle East and Africa Markets. He spent many years in United States at Intellect (erstwhile Polaris) and worked as the Global Sales Head for a leading relationship pricing and billing technology company, SunTec for 3 years.Apart from shaping large transformation Banking, Financial and Insurance Technologies deals for intellect, KS also took lead in setting up Digital India team to pursue Digital transformation initiatives of Government of India.

Partner at Deloitte Middle Anthony Yazitzis

Anthony is a Partner at Deloitte Middle East with focus on financial services. He brings deep Banking and FinTech expertise gained at leading Financial Services Institutions in London, Zurich, Frankfurt and in the Middle East. He is Expert in Growth and Innovation Strategy, Digital Strategy and Digital Transformation, Ecosystem Building and Value Creation. He supports Chief Digital Officers across GCC to define and implement digital strategies, identifying adjacent revenue opportunities and enhancing operational efficiencies. He also supports Central Banks to design, set-up and roll-out their FinTech Offices creating new growth opportunities for the local GCC economies.

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Managing Partner at Codebase TechnologiesRaheel Iqbal

Raheel Iqbal is the Managing Partner at Codebase Technologies, a Global leader in Open API Banking Solutions. He is a seasoned financial technologist, with over 13 years’ experience advising leading financial institutions on four different continents, focusing on finance/ technology strategies, product development and technology implementation.

Raheel is a graduate of Manchester Business School, UK and a senior leader operating at Board and C-Suite level. He sits on the board of numerous Fintech startups and advises financial institutions on Fintegration strategies. He is also an influential speaker and facilitator on various technology and finance related topics including banking, payments, and Fintech in the GCC and globally.

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Vice President – Digital Payments & LabsPankaj Asthaana

Pankaj leads the product commercialization of Mastercard’s Digital Payments & Labs capabilities in Middle East & North Africa.His responsibilities include accelerating the adoption of digital payment technologies like contactless, e-commerce, secure remote commerce, QR payments, remittances and network tokenization. In addition, he is also focused on building opportunities with fintech and digital vendor community as well as discovering the commercial applicability of new concepts like Blockchain and Open Banking for banks, merchants and government.

Pankaj has been closely involved in driving the rapid adoption of contactless payments in markets like UAE, KSA and Kuwait and has championed the proliferation of mobile based tokenized payments, including the launch of Apple Pay, Samsung Pay and Google Pay amongst others in the region. His markets have also led Mastercard’s foray into remittances and QR payments. Pankaj has two patents that power Mastercard’s QR solution and one that is powering Mastercard Blockchain’s capability to enable regulator and government participation.

CEO, Digital Cash International (DCI)Bashar Baidas

Bashar Baidas is Chief Executive Officer of Digital Cash International, which is owned by Business Innovation, with offices in Jordan and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

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Managing Director & CEO Banque Saudi FransiRayan Fayez

Mr. Fayez was appointed Managing Director & CEO of Banque Saudi Fransi (BSF) in February 2018. Prior to assuming the leadership of BSF, Mr. Fayez held the role of CEO of Savola Group from 2016 to 2018. Mr. Fayez was previously the Managing Director and Saudi Arabia Senior Country Officer at J.P. Morgan. Prior to that, he held senior positions at Goldman Sachs’ Saudi and London offices. Mr. Fayez started his career at J.P. Morgan’s Natural Resources Investment Banking team in New York.
Mr. Fayez is a member of the boards of the Saudi Stock Exchange (Tadawul), Hassana Investment Company, Human Resource Development Fund (HRDF) and Saudi Agricultural and Livestock Investment Company (SALIC). Mr. Fayez is also a member of the World Economic Forum’s Young Global Leaders. Mr. Fayez graduated from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) with B.Sc. in Mechanical Engineering.

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Managing Business Solutions Group MEA, TemenosFadi Yazbeck

Fadi is currently is managing Business Solutions Group at Temenos for Middle East and Africa. Fadi has more than 17 years of experience in banking and fintechs running transformation projects in Middle East, Africa and Asia Pacific

COO of BayanPayMushtaq Hussain

Mushtaq Hussain is the Chief Operating Officer of BayanPay. One of the co-founding members  of BayanPay and started his current role in May 2018. Based out of Riyadh, Mushtaq is responsible for the Business Development, Sales and Operations for BayanPay, including any international expansion strategy and planning. Mushtaq holds an MBA in General Management from University of Chicago – Booth School of Business, and has more than 20 years of experience across Management consulting, Sales, Commercial and Operations within the telecom and payments industry. Prior to joining BayanPay, Mushtaq held senior management positions at IBM and Accenture.

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Chief Digital Officer of Riyad BankStephen Monaghan

Stephen Monaghan is Chief Digital Officer of Riyad Bank, a Limited Partner and investment committee member in True Global Ventures.

Steve is a frequent presenter, author and lecturer around the world on subjects including innovation, banking, insurance, working capital, M&A, artificial intelligence and investing. He has served as an adviser to Intel, Astri, AIA and Veritas Genetics. Steve holds an EMBA with ‘first in class academic standing’ from the Helsinki School of Economics and has attended senior leadership courses at IMD and Wharton.

Owner & CEO for ITS Saudi Arabia Mahboob Al-Abdulrahman

Mahboob Al-Abdulrahman concluded an acquisition for ITS business in Saudi Arabia on March 2019 and became the CEO. Before that, he used to be the Vice President for Microsoft in Saudi Arabia, and before that, he served as Deputy General Manager of Dell EMC in Saudi Arabia. In his role, Mahboob was responsible for driving business across Saudi Arabia, building alliances with key customers, resellers, and distributors, and driving business strategy.  Mahboob played a crucial role in the successful integration of employees in the Kingdom following the formation of the world’s largest privately controlled company.

Prior to this role, Mahboob was Regional Sales Director for Saudi Arabia and responsible for managing and strengthening Dell’s enterprise and large customer accounts. There Mahboob led a team of local account managers to ensure that customers received a high-quality standard of service and enterprise-level support.

Mahboob has extensive experience in the IT market, and has also served as regional business head for Wipro Arabia, where he played a significant role in building a successful regional team and helping the company to become one of the country’s largest systems integrators. Prior to joining Wipro, Mahboob has also worked with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) and UNDP, the United Nations Development Programme in Saudi Arabia. Mahboob holds a degree from the KoGod School of Business at the American University in Washington D.C. as B.S.B.A in Business Administration specialising in Business Information Technology.

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Client Partner , FacebookBilal El Houri

Bilal has over 10 years of online advertising experience, servicing a variety of private and public sector clients in the Middle East, Canada, and the US. He currently heads Financial Services at Facebook for the MENA region. Prior to joining Facebook, Bilal was a Director at GroupM Canada, overseeing all of MediaCom’s book of business in North America with a focus on Financial Services and E-comm.

His Facebook knowledge extends beyond our media and product offerings. Bilal was invited by Facebook to New York in 2019 to take part in the development of the Blueprint Buying Certification. He provided significant support in developing the Blueprint Buying Certification exam which included more than 40 hours of in-person and virtual exam development activities to author, review, and maintain Blueprint Certification exam content. Bilal was also selected by Facebook as the sole GroupM Canada representative for the Facebook Agency Panel for Product Development.

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Business Head for Platforms – EMEA region at FSS Narendra Nandal

Narendra Nandal (NN) comes with over 25 years of experience in Large Consumer facing businesses where he has helped create and scale up Businesses across Consumer Durables, Insurance, Payments and Schemes. Prior to Joining FSS, NN was part of Mastercard South Asia wherein he was responsible for all Product businesses besides core in South Asia. He was also heading RuPay, the Domestic scheme in India and was responsible to set up the RuPay, Ecom business and laid the foundations of UPI, the fastest growing payment ecosystem in the world.

NN was also the cofounder of PayU, the fastest growing Payment aggregator in India and literally helped reshape the Acceptance infrastructure in India. He was also a part of large consumer business like GE, Whirlpool, Aviva and HSBC in his early part of career.

Head of Corporate Sales, STC PaySaad Almuhana

Saad Almuhana holds  an MBA from University of St. Thomas-Houston, TX in Finance. He is having 11 Years of experience in corporate banking, Payments, FinTech, and Remittance. Saad worked in bank Albilad as Correspondent banking and Marketing Unit Manager for 4 years, he used to manage over a 100 banks relationship all over the world, and other money transfer operations like WU and others. Before he join STC Pay as head of corporate sales on February 2018 till now.

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Senior Vice President Head of Global Transaction Banking Ehab M Al-Bakri

Experienced Senior Vice President with a demonstrated history of 18 years working in the banking industry. Skilled in Cash Management, Trade Finance, Digital Banking and Business Relationship Management. Strong consulting professional in Business Development & Coaching with a Master of Science (M.S.) in Engineering Management from Florida Institute of Technology.

Director, Payment Systems & Companies ControlHusam Al Mahmoud

Husam Al Mahmoud is the Director of Payment Systems & Companies Control “PSCC” at Saudi Arabia Monetary Authority “SAMA”. PSCC regulates, licenses, supervises and oversees payment companies, which includes payment systems and payment service providers, in the Kingdom.

Husam is SAMA’s representative in regional and international payment committees.  He joined SAMA in 2003 as a system analyst in Banking Technology Department. Since 2008, he has spent many years with payment system policy and oversight areas including domestic and reginal systems. Husam holds a Master of Business Administration from the University of Texas and a bachelor degree in Information System from King Saud University.

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Head of Identity Solutions products for Middle East & Africa (MEA) Can Elbeyli

Can Elbeyli is Head of Identity Solutions products for Middle East & Africa (MEA) at Mastercard. He is responsible for digital identity and authentication products in the region, working with financial institutions, merchants, governments and other partners to restore trust in digital interactions while creating the best possible experience.

Can joined Mastercard in 2018 as part of the Cyber and Intelligence Solutions team. Can has a diverse experience prior to Mastercard, including strategy management consulting, launching and managing start-ups and managing digital channels of top financial institutions in Turkey. Can is an industrial engineering graduate from Michigan Ann Arbor, USA.

Chief Technology & Innovation Officer – Bayan Payments Ltd., Saudi ArabiaDamodaran Raman

Damodaran Raman had started his career as Space Scientist and served 14 years in Indian Space Research Organisation(ISRO). He is an expert in Launch Vehicle and Satellite component design and control system programming. His extensive work helped ISRO  in the indigenisation of  various elements like Bimetallic transition joint & Gas Dynamical Ignitor for Cryogenic etc.

Damodaran Raman’s second stint was in IBM for around 14 years and performed various key roles. He performed client facing roles in North America, South America, Africa, Europe and Middle East in the capacity of Project & Account Executive. He is an SME and Consultant in Telco, Payments, Aerospace, Manufacturing, Cloud  and Microservices. He also played key roles in many of the organisational initiatives like Base Account Growth to drive grass root innovation, Inside Track 2017 – Global hackathon with around 8500 ideas across 50 countries, Cost Take out, Eminence and Excellence Program across Global Business Services. He performed the role of Microservices Leader to help clients towards digital modernisation, develop capability and eminence and to increase Microservices foot print as part of their strategy. He is also an expert instructor in conducting Microservices Architecture courses for architects and senior consultants across various countries (India, Philippines, Thailand & Chile) and he trained around 2000+ professionals.

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SVP for MENA at Checkout.comRemo Giovanni

Remo Giovanni-Abbondandolo is SVP for MENA at Checkout.com. He has over eight years’ experience supporting entrepreneurs and business leaders to scale their businesses across the MENA, Africa and APAC regions. At Checkout.com, Remo is responsible for expanding the business across the Middle East and North Africa region. Prior to joining Checkout.com, he worked for Africa’s largest online travel agency, Travelstart, where he oversaw the company’s expansion into the Middle Eastern market. He was also part of the founding team of Africa Internet Accelerator (a Naspers’ investment), which launched three of the fastest-growing e-commerce businesses in South Africa. 

Prior to this, Remo was part of Rocket Internet Australia & South East Asia where he was a member of the founding team that launched leading e-commerce companies such as TheIconic.com.au, Zalora.com and Lazada.com. Remo holds a Dual Master’s of Science in Management of Innovation and New Technology from Bocconi University and Copenhagen Business School.

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Head of Retail Alhamrani UniversalAhmad Sultan

Ahmad is heading the retail team at Alhamrani Universal that caters to multiple segments from Retail Automation, SME, Payment, to Digital tourism. Prior to joining Alhamrani Universal, Ahmad was one of the main initiator of “Ateon” Alhamrani universal subsidiary and the first Fintech solution provider in the kingdom, as a presales manager to introduce and deliver the right knowledge about Blockchain and Fintech. Ahmad is a certified ICT Consultant from Qualitas International Certification UK, and has started his career as a telecommunication engineer at Samsung Kuala Lumpur after earning his Bachelor of Science in information and communication technology.

Regional Director of MENA for Ejada/MambuMiljan Stamenkovic

Miljan Stamenkovic, Regional Director of MENA for Ejada/Mambu, has a rich history in helping financial services providers implement digital solutions for their business and their customers. With over 12 years of experience in banking, financial services, and insurance technology space, he brings an in-depth perspective in the areas of digital banking, customer experience, and omni-channel delivery.

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Payments Consultant Al-Bassam ContractorsMaryam Al Bassam

Proven success leading mission-critical programs and helping companies ranging from enterprises to startups in save costs by optimizing their UX. As an ex-Amazon member, Maryam handled online payments and has fluent knowledge of local and international payment methods. She supervised system management and awareness campaigns for mada, Apple Pay, SADAD, and is now advising Fintech startups as an independent e-payment consultant.

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Business Line Director for Payments, TemenosMick Fennell

Mick Fennell is the Business Line Director for payments at Temenos, with 20+ years of experience in the global banking systems market and expertise in payments, messaging, transaction banking, integration, and corporate e-banking.

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Managing Director of Saudi Payments, a subsidiary of the Saudi Arabian Monetary Authority (SAMA)Ziad Alyousef

As the Managing Director, Ziad is responsible for developing and defining the national payments strategy and roadmap to guide the development and modernization of the Saudi Arabian payment systems in Saudi Arabia. A key focus of the strategy is to support the Saudi Vision 2030 and the Financial Sector Development Program (FSDP) by facilitating new and varied types of commercial activity within the domestic economy through the build out and strengthening of existing payment systems and the timely adoption of emerging technological innovations

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CEO, SediciiRobert Henry Leslie

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Business Development Manager, Digital Cash InternationalBilal Adeeb

Global Presales Lead, SignzyParitosh Vatsal Tripathi

 

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