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


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

Keynote Speaker

Mr. Brian Yeoh

Head of Data Governance and Strategy
Financial Services Regulatory Authority – Abu Dhabi Global Market

Mr. Manohar Chadalavada

MD, Global Head AI, Ecosystems and Open Banking
Standard Chartered Bank

Ms. Noha Shaker

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

Our Speakers

Mr. Milon Veasey

Group Digital - Open Banking
Banque Saudi Fransi

Ms. Yasmeen Al-Saffar

Manager of Financial Services
Bahrain Economic Development Board

Ms. Mariam Saleem Khan

Head of Open Banking & Digital Change

Ms. Katja Hunstock

Chief Product Officer

Mr. Ellis Wang

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

Mr. Mohamed Roushdy

Member- Arab Monetary Fund & Fintech Bazaar

Mr. Srinivasan Shanmuganathan

Head of API Platforms & Marketplace Enterprise Technology
Standard Chartered

Mr. Viji Varghese

Head – Global Payments & Clearing
Mashreq Bank

Mr. Salim Awan

Managing Director - Institutional Payments Solutions

Mr. Mamoun Alhomssey

Chief Information Officer
Abu Dhabi Islamic Bank

Mr. Ahmed Sabri El-Shanawany

Head of Financial inclusion
Arab Bank

Mr. Ahmed Nabil

Regional Information Security & Risk Manager
Leading International Financial Institution

Mr. Hariprasad Chede

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

Mr. Justin Hadgkiss

Head of Cards and Retail Payments

Mr. Christian Kunz

Head of Group Strategy and Innovation
DIFC Authority

Mr. Frank Kebsch

CEO & Managing Director
Finleap Connect

Mr. Ala Alsharif

Senior Solutions Engineer

Mr. Shahid Khan

FSI Industry Strategy Leader

Mr. Mohamed Naga

Digital Engagement Manager
Leading Private Bank in Egypt & Middle East

Mr. Adam Woolford

SVP – Digital Platform
First Abu Dhabi Bank

Mr. Devid Jegerson

Head of Customer Experience and Platform Development
National Bank of Fujairah PJSC

Mr۔ Kunal Roy

Head Product & Value Proposition, Business Banking

Mr. Nour Sabri

Lead Client Partner, Banking-as-a-Service, MEA - Finastra

Mr. Icaro Demarchi Araujo Leite

Head of Insurance Products
B3, Brazilian Stock Exchange, Brazil

Mr. Heucles Del Bianco Pelegia Junior

Head of Engineering in Open Finance

Mr. Neale Croutear-Foy

CTO Digital Banking
Apex EDB

Series Keynote Speakers

H.E. Mr. Wissam H. Fattouh

Secretary General
Union of Arab Banks

Series Speakers

Mr. Milon Veasey

Group Digital - Open Banking
Banque Saudi Fransi

Mr. Wai Lum Kwok, CFA

Senior Executive Director, Authorization & Fintech
Abu Dhabi Global Market

Dr. Ahmed Darwish Elsayed

Head of Digital Delivery
Bank Albilad

Mr. Wael Fattouh

Chief Information Security Officer
Bank AlJazira

Mr. Fahad Aljuwaidi

Country CEO – Saudi Arabia
First Abu Dhabi Bank

Mr. Christian Kunz

Senior Vice President Strategy
DIFC Authority

Mr. Ismael Mohamed

Digital Banking Consultant

Mr. Oan Ali Mandviwala

Head of Architecture and DevOps Delivery
Ahli United Bank, Bahrain

Mr. Mahmoud Farhan

Information Security, Cyber Security Supply Chain Manager
Arab National Bank

Mr. Logan Simpson

Chief Information Security Officer

Mr. Sultan Albayhani

VP - Head of Open Banking Business Development
Riyad Bank

Mr. Ala Asali

Chief Security Officer
Arab National Bank

Mr. Mohamed Roushdy

Senior Consultant - Digital Transformation at Fintech
International Finance Corporation

Mr. Mohammad Attiya

Chief Executive Officer

Ms. Alina Beleuta

Chief Growth Officer
Salt Edge

Mr. Chris Michael

Chief Executive Officer
Ozone Financial Technology

Mr. Kannan Rasappan


Mr. Danillo Branco


Mr. Antonio Nuno Verças

Co-founder and Angel Investor

Mr. Andre Achtstaetter


Mr. Paulo Barbosa

Chief Operating Officer

Mr. Juan Pablo Medina

Lead Product Manager

Mr Ali Adnan

Authlete Inc

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