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2nd Open Banking Forum

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6th - 7th December, 2021

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

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Event Overview

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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

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Keynote Speaker

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Mr. Brian Yeoh

Head of Data Governance and Strategy
Financial Services Regulatory Authority – Abu Dhabi Global Market
manohar chadalavada open banking forum

Mr. Manohar Chadalavada

MD, Global Head AI, Ecosystems and Open Banking
Standard Chartered Bank
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Ms. Noha Shaker

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

Our Speakers

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Mr. Milon Veasey

Group Digital - Open Banking
Banque Saudi Fransi
YASMEEN al-saffar open banking forum

Ms. Yasmeen Al-Saffar

Manager of Financial Services
Bahrain Economic Development Board
mariam saleem khan open banking forum

Ms. Mariam Saleem Khan

Head of Open Banking & Digital Change
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Ms. Katja Hunstock

Chief Product Officer
ellis wang open banking forum

Mr. Ellis Wang

Senior Executive Vice President, Group Head of Technology, Transformation and Information
Mashreq Bank
mohamed roushdy open banking forum

Mr. Mohamed Roushdy

Member- Arab Monetary Fund & Fintech Bazaar
srinivasan shanmuganathan open banking forum

Mr. Srinivasan Shanmuganathan

Head of API Platforms & Marketplace Enterprise Technology
Standard Chartered
viji varghese open banking forum

Mr. Viji Varghese

Head – Global Payments & Clearing
Mashreq Bank
salim awan open banking forum

Mr. Salim Awan

Managing Director - Institutional Payments Solutions
mamoun alhomssey open banking forum

Mr. Mamoun Alhomssey

Chief Information Officer
Abu Dhabi Islamic Bank
ahmed sabri el-shanawany open banking forum

Mr. Ahmed Sabri El-Shanawany

Head of Financial inclusion
Arab Bank
ahmed nabil open banking forum

Mr. Ahmed Nabil

Regional Information Security & Risk Manager
Leading International Financial Institution
speaker hariprasad chede open banking forum

Mr. Hariprasad Chede

Chief Information Security Officer
National Bank of Fujairah p.s.c
justin hadgkiss open banking forum

Mr. Justin Hadgkiss

Head of Cards and Retail Payments
christian kunz open banking forum

Mr. Christian Kunz

Head of Group Strategy and Innovation
DIFC Authority
frank kebsch open banking forum

Mr. Frank Kebsch

CEO & Managing Director
Finleap Connect
ala alsharif open banking forum

Mr. Ala Alsharif

Senior Solutions Engineer
shahid khan open banking forum

Mr. Shahid Khan

FSI Industry Strategy Leader
speaker moghamed naga open banking forum

Mr. Mohamed Naga

Digital Engagement Manager
Leading Private Bank in Egypt & Middle East
speaker adam woolford open banking forum

Mr. Adam Woolford

SVP – Digital Platform
First Abu Dhabi Bank
devid jegerson open banking forum

Mr. Devid Jegerson

Head of Customer Experience and Platform Development
National Bank of Fujairah PJSC
kunal roy open banking forum

Mr۔ Kunal Roy

Head Product & Value Proposition, Business Banking
nour sabri open banking forum

Mr. Nour Sabri

Lead Client Partner, Banking-as-a-Service, MEA - Finastra
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Mr. Icaro Demarchi Araujo Leite

Head of Insurance Products
B3, Brazilian Stock Exchange, Brazil
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Mr. Heucles Del Bianco Pelegia Junior

Head of Engineering in Open Finance
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Mr. Neale Croutear-Foy

CTO Digital Banking
Apex EDB

Series Keynote Speakers

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H.E. Mr. Wissam H. Fattouh

Secretary General
Union of Arab Banks

Series Speakers

milon veasey open banking forum

Mr. Milon Veasey

Group Digital - Open Banking
Banque Saudi Fransi
wai lum kwok open banking forum

Mr. Wai Lum Kwok, CFA

Senior Executive Director, Authorization & Fintech
Abu Dhabi Global Market
ahmed darwish elsayed open banking forum

Dr. Ahmed Darwish Elsayed

Head of Digital Delivery
Bank Albilad
wael fattouh open banking forum

Mr. Wael Fattouh

Chief Information Security Officer
Bank AlJazira
fahad aljuwaida open banking forum

Mr. Fahad Aljuwaidi

Country CEO – Saudi Arabia
First Abu Dhabi Bank
christian kunz open banking forum

Mr. Christian Kunz

Senior Vice President Strategy
DIFC Authority
ismael mohamed open banking forum

Mr. Ismael Mohamed

Digital Banking Consultant
oan ali mandviwala open banking forum

Mr. Oan Ali Mandviwala

Head of Architecture and DevOps Delivery
Ahli United Bank, Bahrain
mahmood farhan open banking forum

Mr. Mahmoud Farhan

Information Security, Cyber Security Supply Chain Manager
Arab National Bank
logan simpson open banking forum

Mr. Logan Simpson

Chief Information Security Officer
sultan albayhani open banking forum

Mr. Sultan Albayhani

VP - Head of Open Banking Business Development
Riyad Bank
speaker ala asali open banking forum

Mr. Ala Asali

Chief Security Officer
Arab National Bank
mohamed roushdy open banking forum

Mr. Mohamed Roushdy

Senior Consultant - Digital Transformation at Fintech
International Finance Corporation
mohammad attiya open banking forum

Mr. Mohammad Attiya

Chief Executive Officer
alina beleuta open banking forum

Ms. Alina Beleuta

Chief Growth Officer
Salt Edge
Chris michael open banking forum

Mr. Chris Michael

Chief Executive Officer
Ozone Financial Technology
kannan rasappan open banking forum

Mr. Kannan Rasappan

danillo branco open banking forum

Mr. Danillo Branco

antonio nuno vercas open banking forum

Mr. Antonio Nuno Verças

Co-founder and Angel Investor
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Mr. Andre Achtstaetter

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Mr. Paulo Barbosa

Chief Operating Officer
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Mr. Juan Pablo Medina

Lead Product Manager
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Mr Ali Adnan

Authlete Inc

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