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06th - 07th December 2021 Geography of Focus: UAE, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain & Oman REQUEST AGENDA REGISTER VENUE: Dusit Thani Dubai

2nd Open Banking Forum

2nd Open Banking Forum

Geography of Focus: UAE, Saudi Arabia,
Bahrain & Oman

Geography of Focus: UAE, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain & Oman

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06th - 07th December 2021

VENUE: Dusit Thani Dubai

VENUE: Dusit Thani Dubai

HYBRID - Join us Live in Person or attend the Virtual Stream Online

HYBRID - Join us Live in Person or attend the Virtual Stream Online

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06th - 07th December 2021

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Event Overview


Unequivocally, financial world is undergoing sweeping changes. These changes require adapting to emerging concepts and disruptive technologies which promises to pave the way to sustain and thrive in today’s economy. One particular technology that has got the attention of most of the Banking Regulators is Open Banking. Regional regulators such as UAE Central Bank, Saudi Arabian Monetary Authority, Central Bank of Oman and Central Bank of Bahrain are devoting diligent efforts to Open Banking initiative and services through further collaboration with the market. In line with this and to further help regional banks “Open Banking Forum” aims to discuss the opportunities, challenges and solutions pertaining to adapting this technology. This event will have the presence of decision makers representing the regional central banks and top banking and financial institutions.


SAMA is assessing the potential impact Open Banking may have on the Saudi Financial Sector and is working to identify the most suitable approach to adopt Open Banking in the Kingdom.

This journey is curated into three distinct phases: a design phase, an implementation phase, and the go-live:

    • Design Phase SAMA’s efforts will be devoted to the design of the Open Banking ecosystem (technologies and processes) and to the definition of a governance involving market participants.
    • Implementation Phase The implementation phase will cover the development of the defined frameworks, technology building blocks and rollout activities including testing with financial market participants, and enhancement of customer awareness.
    • Go-live Phase the Open Banking ecosystem will formally be launched in the Kingdom and adopt a staged approach to support customer awareness and guarantee a continuous improvement in developing the infrastructure.

In the United Arab Emirates, the central bank has largely left it to Dubai and Abu Dhabi’s offshore financial services regulators to craft suitable guidelines, but these are not binding on domestic banks. Several major Gulf banks have launched digital banks that operate in tandem with their conventional retail divisions. These include Dubai duo Mashreq bank PSC and Emirates NBD Bank PJSC, and Abu Dhabi Islamic Bank PJSC


Oman Banks Association’s Chief Executive Officer, Ali Hassan Moosa, warned that Omani banks ignore at their own peril an array of new developments that have the potential to revolutionise the global industry. He has called on local banks to be suitably geared for an upcoming period of accelerated change expected to sweep across the industry.


CENTRAL BANK OF BAHRAIN was the first country in Mena to introduce regulations that planned the adoption of open banking by all retail banks in Bahrain.  

Profile of Attendees

  • Government Officials and C-Level Executives (CIOs, CTOs, CISOs, CEOs, CROs)
  • Heads of IT & Innovation
  • VPs, SVPs, EVPs
  • GMs and Senior Management
  • Directors of IT Operations
  • Directors of IT
  • Director of Digital Transformation
  • Heads of Digital Transformation
  • Heads of IT/ IT Directors
  • Head of Digital Banking
  • Head of Mobile Banking
  • Heads of Information Security
  • Heads of Ecosystem
  • Heads of Platform
  • Head of API

Conference Chairman

VIP Speaker

Series Keynote Speakers

Mr. Wai-Lum Kwok, CFA

Senior Executive Director, Capital Markets
Financial Services Regulatory Authority

Ms. Noha Shaker

Founder & Secretary General of the Egyptian Fintech Association/ Vice President of the Africa FinTech Network

Series Speakers

Mr. Yuri Misnik

Group Chief Technology Officer
First Abu Dhabi Bank

Mr. Hariprasad Chede

Chief Information Security Officer
National Bank of Fujairah p.s.c

Mr. Hisham Mohamed

Chief Information Security Officer
Emirates NBD Egypt

Mr. Ahmed Nabil

Regional Information Security & Risk Manager
Leading International Financial Institution

Mr. Ellis Wang

Senior Executive Vice President, Group Head of Technology, Transformation and Information
Mashreq Bank

Mr. Ahmed Naeemi

Head of Centre for Digital Transformation & Project Management
Bahrain Institute of Banking & Finance(BIBF)

Mr. Sameer Poonja

Fintech Expert
Leading Financial Institution

Mr. Ahmed Sabri El-Shanawany

Head of Financial inclusion
Arab Bank

Mr. Christian Kunz

Head of Group Strategy and Innovation
DIFC Authority

Mr. Felix Attinger

Business Expert | API Strategy and Ecosystems
Commerzbank AG

Ms. Yasmeen Al-Saffar

Manager of Financial Services
Bahrain Economic Development Board

Mr. Ali Hassan Moosa

Chief Executive Officer
Oman Banks Association

Mr. Srinivasan Shanmuganathan

Head of API Platforms & Development Portal, Enterprise Tech - Integration Services
Standard Chartered Bank

Mr. Adam Woolford

SVP – Digital Platform
First Abu Dhabi Bank

Ms. Sahana Hussain

Global Head of Open Banking, Tech

Mr. Mohamed Roushdy

Member- Arab Monetary Fund & Fintech Bazaar

Dr. Joseph George

Head - Information Systems and Technology
National Bank of Fujairah PJSC

Mr. Viji Varghese

Head – Global Payments & Clearing
Mashreq Bank

Mr. Amit Malhotra

General Manager - Personal Banking Group
Commercial Bank of Dubai

Mr. Alfonso Navío

FSI EMEA Business Strategist
Red Hat

Mr. Ashar Nazim

Managing Director

Mr. Ali Adnan


Mr. Ala Alsharif

Senior Solutions Engineer

Ms. Samantha Seaton


Mr. Danillo Branco


Ms. Annie Ong

Head of Business Development and Product Management
OneConnect Financial Technology

Mr. René Pongratz

VP Commercial Operations

Mr. Puneet Chhahira

Global Head, Marketing & FinTech Engagements
Infosys Finacle

Mr. Hakan Eroglu

Hakan Eroglu, Global Open Banking and MEA Innovation Lead

Mr. Antonio Nuno Verças

Co-founder and Angel Investor

Mr. Simon Keates

Head of Strategy, Payment Security

Mr. Paul Hampton

Senior Product Manager Cloud Protection & Licensing (CPL)

Mr. Benoit Grangé

Chief Technology Evangelist

Mr. Ashraf Koheil

Regional Sales Director MEA & Turkey

Mr. Ahmed Al Sayed Al Refaei

EX – Chief Operating Officer
Al Masraf - Arab Bank for Investment & Foreign Trade

Mr. Pavel Shepetina

Pre-sales manager

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