Wednesday, March 13, 2019
08.00 – 09.00
Event Registration
09.00 – 09.20
Welcome Address
  • Ziad Ghosn
  • MENA Council Co-Chair
  • Head of Group F.I. & Transaction Banking
  • Bankmed
  • Anirudha Panse
  • Program Planning Chair
  • Managing Director and Head of Trade Product Management
  • GTB Business and Product Management
  • First Abu Dhabi Bank
  • Tod Burwell
  • President and CEO
  • BAFT
  • 09.20 – 09.25
    BAFT Update
  • Tod Burwell
  • President and CEO
  • BAFT
  • 09.25 – 09.55
    Fireside Chat: CEO Suite
    Featured Speakers
  • His Excellency Abdul Aziz Al Ghurair
  • Chief Executive Officer, Mashreq Group
  • Chairman, UAE Banking Federation
  • Tod Burwell
  • President and Chief Executive Officer
  • BAFT
  • 09.55 – 10.45
    The Economic Reality of MENA
    The Global macro-economic outlook remains highly uncertain, leaving investors to price myriad challenges into investment strategies. Expect global issues including Brexit, US/Sino trade and geo-political tensions to dominate the narrative through much of 2019. The MENA region has also been a significant contributor to this dynamism with the rising power of Saudi Arabia, fluctuating oil prices and the fiscal reforms implemented by some of the Middle Eastern governments. In this session, we will look at some of the keys factors both globally and regionally that impact MENA investors. How are these factors impacting the MENA region and shaping the new emerging market frontier? And does the MENA region take a gradualist or a moonshot approach to growth as the World Bank suggests.
  • Simon Ballard
  • Executive Director and Macro Strategist
  • First Abu Dhabi Bank
  • Panelists
  • Elman Eminov
  • Group Chief Economist
  • PASHA Holding
  • Carla Slim
  • Economist MENAP & Turkey
  • Standard Chartered Bank
  • Benjamin Young
  • Associate Director
  • Sovereign Ratings
  • 10.45 – 11.05
    Networking Coffee/Tea Break
    11.05 – 11.55
    UAE Trade Connect: A Solution Developed by banks for Banks
    UTC is a nationwide initiative which looks at digitizing Trade and securing trade against fraud. This solution is based on latest emerging technologies like Blockchain and aims to address frauds and duplicate invoicing problems faced by the Banks. This session will explore UTC in detail and discuss in detail what are the necessary building blocks that need to be in place for such a market wise solution to flourish.
  • Motasim Iqbal
  • Head of Transaction Banking UAE
  • Standard Chartered Bank
  • Panelists
  • Manoj Menon
  • Head of Global Transaction Banking
  • First Abu Dhabi Bank
  • Waqas Mirza
  • CEO
  • Avanza Innovations
  • Kabir Sabar
  • Regional Chief Control Officer, MENAT, GTRF
  • HSBC
  • Miguel Villalonga
  • Vice President, Cloud & Datacenter
  • Etisalat Digital
  • 11.55 – 12.45
    Compliance in the Era of Digital Transformation
    In an era of digital transformation, banks are facing rising challenges in coping with the increasing pressure to innovate and modernize their services. Compliance function has to meet the demands of a rapidly changing financial services industry where there is increased competition with Fintechs and companies that are less subject to regulatory restrictions. This session will cover these challenges and new approaches to compliance, including downstream banking and adaption to competition.
  • Chahdan E. Jebeyli
  • Group Head, Legal and Compliance
  • Bank Audi sal
  • Panelists
  • James Freis, Jr.
  • Managing Director, Chief Compliance Officer
  • Deutsche Börse Group
  • Jack Jared
  • Managing Director, Corresponding Banking Group (CBG), Business Compliance and Risk
  • Citi Treasury and Trade Solutions
  • Stuart Jones, Jr.
  • Chief Executive Officer
  • Sigma Ratings
  • Akhil Mahesh
  • Regional Head, Financial Institutions, Middle East & North Africa
  • Standard Chartered Bank
  • 12.45 – 13.45
    Networking Lunch
    13.45 – 13.50
    BAFT Update
    13.50 – 14.40
    Session 4A: Investment in Cybersecurity: A No Brainer
    Get an insight into the invisible side of the internet and its danger zones. During this interactive session, we will not talk about cybersecurity but instead, show you what it is! We’ll dive into the hacker’s state of mind, their motivations and capabilities, accompanied with live demos. We’ll even journey into the dark web, those parts of cyberspace hidden to many of us. You will understand how the hackers think, what it is they do, and what we can do about it in our work and private life.
  • Radwane Saad, PhD
  • Senior Manager, Advisory, Cybersecurity Africa, India & Middle East
  • EY
  • 14.40 – 15.30
    Session 4B: Technology/Innovation #1 - Cyber
  • Mahir Nayfeh
  • Partner
  • McKinsey
  • Panelists
  • Hussein Bahgat
  • Information Security Officer, Africa & Middle East
  • Risk & Compliance
  • Standard Chartered Bank
  • Donald (Andy) Purdy, Jr., Esq., CISSP, CIPP/US
  • Chief Security Officer
  • Huawei Technologies USA
  • Glen Thomas
  • Associate Partner
  • EY Middle East
  • 15.30 – 18.00
    Bilateral Meetings
    We’ve carved out this special time for you to network with prospects, clients and colleagues. We kindly request you schedule bilateral meetings only during these times to make the most of your conference experience.
    15.45 – 17.45
    Innovation Showcase
    We’ve gathered several trade consortia, including the first in the UAE, plus a Startupbootcamp accelerator to showcase their blockchain based trade finance solutions and lending platforms in 30 minute cycles. You are invited to attend as many demonstrations as you are able to, moving from one station to the other.
    Blinking is a company from Belgrade, Serbia with expertise in developing and building blockchain & biometric-based security solutions. It is currently running an eKYC production solution between a consortium of banks in Serbia and has other projects abroad.
    Finacle Trade Connect
    Finacle Trade Connect is a blockchain based trade finance solution helping banks digitize the trade finance business process on a distributed, trusted and shared network. The solution is available for a range of functions, including bill collection, letters of credit, open account for trade, C2C transactions for trade, B2C transactions for trade, PO financing and invoice financing.
    Fincluziv is a SaaS platform for banks to automate the entire lending process. Banks can use the platform to simplify and digitize the lending process, allowing clients to obtain an advance loan in one click. Fincluziv is part of the Startupbootcamp accelerator, an international accelerator with programs in 10+ countries.
    UAE Trade Connect
    UTC is a nationwide initiative which looks at digitizing Trade and securing trade against fraud. This solution is based on latest emerging technologies like Blockchain and aims to address frauds and duplicate invoicing problems faced by the Banks.
    18.00 – 19.00
    Networking Cocktail Reception
    Join us for another opportunity to network and meet with your colleagues, clients, and prospects, amidst a magnificent view of the city.
    Thursday, March 14, 2019
    08.00 – 09.00
    Event Registration
    09.00 – 09.10
    Welcome Address
  • Tod Burwell
  • President and CEO
  • BAFT
  • 09.10 – 09.15
    BAFT Update
    09.15 – 09.50
    Transformative Innovations: Reshaping the MENA Banking Industry
    Hear from a couple innovation arms from our regional regulators about what is happening in their respective markets, challenges that they have to overcome, and what their predictions are in payments and trade innovation in next 2-3 years.
    Featured Speakers
  • Mr. Abdulwahed AlJanahi
  • CEO
  • BENEFIT Company
  • Maha Bahou
  • CEO
  • Jordan Payments and Clearing Company
  • Eric Modave
  • Chief Operating Officer
  • Arab Bank
  • 09.50 – 10.40
    Technology Transforming Payments – Tales from the Trenches
    This session builds upon last year’s session focused on emerging technology in payments, with a focus on live or pilot use cases of these technologies. Exploring and imagining the transformative potential of emerging technology is fun, but the true challenge is finding viable applications, bringing them to implementation, and scaling new solutions to maximize their benefit. Each emerging technology has its own set of obstacles to overcome, possibly including benefit/cost, new risks, new business models, market/client acceptance, interoperability, and scalability among many others. Our distinguished panel will share their own examples of live or pilot applications of new technologies including blockchain/DLT, Artificial Intelligence, robotics/chatbots, and SWIFT gpi. This session will provide the audience with real insights on the process of evaluating, implementing, and achieving the benefits of new technologies applied to the payment lifecycle and marketplace.
  • Nora AlBakr
  • Director, Business Development
  • Saudi Payments
  • Navin Gupta
  • Head of South Asia and MENA
  • Ripple
  • Vivek Kohli
  • Director, Emerging Payment Technology
  • Treasury Services Digital Office
  • BNY Mellon
  • Fahad Moussa
  • Executive Vice President
  • Head, Financial Institutions Department
  • The National Commercial Bank
  • 10.45 – 11.00
    Networking Coffee/Tea Break
    11.00 – 11.50
    Regulatory Session
  • George Kleinfeld
  • Partner
  • Clifford Chance
  • Panelists
  • Sharon Craggs
  • Global Head of Compliance
  • Abu Dhabi Islamic Bank
  • Mohamed Shalo
  • Head of Financial Crime Prevention Unit
  • Regulatory Authority
  • Abu Dhabi Global Market
  • Rajesh Verma
  • Global Head of Compliance and MLRO
  • Mashreq
  • 11.50 – 11.55
    BAFT Update
    11.55 – 12.45
    Disrupt. Adapt. Evolve.
    Digital technology is not the only disruptive driver in the banking landscape. Regulatory changes, geopolitical/economic regional events in addition to changes in customer expectations have all played a role in this seemingly ongoing shift. So what are the disruptive drivers that we are seeing in the global banking landscape and what are the ones that we need to watch out for in the MENA region? How have we been able to adapt so far? Is the extent of disruption in the developed markets more dynamic/faster than the emerging markets? What kind of a banking landscape do we see in MENA in the coming year or two? Is too much disruption a bad thing or is this the opportunity to thrive?
  • Maram Al-Jazireh
  • Senior Vice President, Global Head of FI
  • Arab Bank
  • Panelists
  • Nejoud Al Mulaik
  • Director
  • Fintech Saudi
  • Faisal Hakki
  • Head of Fintech Investment
  • Arab Bank
  • Sinan Ozcan
  • Senior Executive Officer
  • Maersk Trade Finance (DIFC)
  • Jayash Patel
  • Head of Liv., Digital Bank
  • Emirates NBD
  • 12.45 – 13.00
    Closing Remarks
  • Jan-Willem Sudmann
  • Executive Vice President & Head, International Banking
  • Mashreqbank psc
  • Anirudha Panse
  • Program Planning Chair
  • Managing Director and Head of Trade Product Management
  • GTB Business and Product Management
  • First Abu Dhabi Bank
  • Tod Burwell
  • President and CEO
  • BAFT