Banker Middle East Summit 2019

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23 SEPTEMBER 2019 Mina A'Salam, Madinat Jumeirah Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Transforming Banking for the New Consumer

Banker Middle East Summit

The Banker Middle East Summit will put the spotlight on the most critical issues and developments in banking technology and innovation in the region. It will bring together C-level executives, senior management involved in business, technology, innovation, customer experience, and compliance, from leading banks to brainstorm and discuss solutions to enhance business performance, improve services and maintain competitiveness.


Who will attend:

C-level executives from Banks and Financial Organisations, Senior officials from Government Organisations, Regulators, Technology Companies, Blockchain Companies and other service providers

Conference Topics

  • Digital Transformation
  • Efficient Compliance Practices
  • Technological Disruption
  • Big Data, AI & Machine Learning
  • Blockchain Banking
  • Digital Payments
  • Synergy with Fintech Organisations
  • Cybersecurity

Banker Middle East Summit 2019

150+ Regional banking, finance and technology leaders

30+ Thought leaders and technical experts

7 In-depth forward-looking technology sessions on the future of banking

6 Hours of Networking over multiple sessions


Dynamic technological changes are disrupting various industries across the board, and this includes the financial services sector. Banks have been undergoing monumental changes due to the exceedingly rapid pace of growth in technology. By 2025, 71% of the world’s population will have smartphones — this, together with increasing accessibility of the internet, means digital disruption is inevitable.


As the speed of change accelerates, financial institutions must be extremely agile to foresee and adjust to new technologies, consumer trends, complex regulations and the lack of a skilled workforce.


The most daunting task for banks is to maintain and increase their market share amidst growing competition from both the banking and non-banking sector.

Improved distribution strategies, efficient compliance practices, digital transformation, innovation and synergy with fintech organisations are some of the major areas for improvement.


Banker Middle East categorises this evolution into three elements: disruption, innovation and new frontiers. The summit will provide a comprehensive discussion on these fundamental themes, and how it has molded the financial services sector in the region.


Insightful case studies and presentations, networking opportunities, as well as interactive panel discussions will characterise the one-day summit. 

Agenda Highlights


  • Technology, Innovation and Partnerships
    • Evolving an ecosystem of sustainable partnerships to drive innovation
      and transformation
    • Developing a collaborative approach with FinTech to deliver a new age
      banking experience for the customers
  • Digital Disruption and New Business Models
    • Digital Payments and Future of Banking
    • Big Data Analytics: A fundamental driver for digital disruption in the
      banking industry
    • Adapting to the digital wave to maintain competitiveness
  • New Frontiers
    • Developing the roadmap to usher in the new era of AI and Machine
    • Learning to customise the customer experience and bring efficiency to
      overall operations
    • Integrating AI and ML to develop Cyber Security and Risk Mitigation as
      a critical trust enabler and competitive edge in the digital age for the
      millenial consumer
  • Blockchain Banking
    • Bringing effectiveness and efficiency across different banking
    • Industry updates on current status of blockchain implementations,
      challenges and way forward
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Banker Middle East Summit 2019


  • Peter Smith

    Managing Director of Policy, Strategy and Risk , Dubai Financial Services Authority

  • Ahmad Abu Eideh

    Chief Executive Officer, United Arab Bank

  • Sanjay Malhotra

    Chief Digital Officer, Dubai Islamic Bank

  • Ramana Kumar

    SVP & Head of Payments, First Abu Dhabi Bank

  • Fahad Al Semari

    Chief Transformation Officer, Riyad Bank

  • Christopher Kiew-Smith

    Head of FinTech Strategy, Financial Services Regulatory Authority, Abu Dhabi Global Market

  • Emre Karter

    Treasury and Trade Solutions Head, Citibank

  • Yazeed Al-Khalifa

    VP – Governance, Risk and Compliance, Saudi Payments

  • Wai-Lum Kwok

    Executive Director, Capital Markets - Financial Services Regulatory Authority , Abu Dhabi Global Market

  • Anthony Butler

    Chief Technology Officer , IBM Blockchain Services

  • Stefan Kimmel

    Partner, PwC

  • Tristan Brandt

    Principal, Oliver Wyman

  • Devid Jegerson

    Head of Customer Experience, National Bank of Fujairah

  • Mohamed Damak

    Senior Director & Global Head of Islamic Finance, Financial Services Research, , S&P Global Ratings

  • Marie-Line Ricard

    Blockchain & Crypto-assets Partner, Sia Partners

  • P Venkatesh

    Director - Platforms & Solutions, Maveric Systems

  • Kelvin Tan

    Venture Lead - Nexus, SC Ventures

  • Muraleedhar Pai

    Executive Director, Maveric Systems

  • Giselle Bou Ghanem

    Customer Engagement Solutions Sales Manager , Avaya

  • Alaa AlRousan

    Account Director, SWIFT

  • Bhavin Shah

    Partner, Financial Services, Roland Berger Middle East

  • Mirna Sleiman

    Chief Executive Officer, Fintech Galaxy

  • Sonny Zulu

    Managing Director, Retail Banking, Standard Chartered UAE

  • Adrianus Schoorl

    Local Partner, White & Case

  • Muhammad Babar

    Head of Digital Compliance, MoneyGram International

  • Ahmed Mostageer

    Regional Sales Manager , Nutanix

  • Irina Heaver

    Co-Founder & Chief Strategy Officer,

  • Subramanian Krishnamurthy

    Head - Global Transaction Services, National Bank of Fujairah

  • Mohamed Roushdy

    Founder, Fintech Bazaar

  • Samia Skalli

    Financial Services Strategy & Innovation Manager, Sia Partners

  • Jagadeshwaran Kothandapani

    MD - Cash Management Head, MENA, Turkey - Treasury and Trade Solutions , Citibank

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    Learn from the leading fintech organisations through various case studies, presentations and vibrant panel discussions on technology and innovation to develop future strategies.


    Network with senior leaders from the banking and technology industry attending the summit and develop lasting business relationships.

  • MEET

    Meet and engage with senior professionals from the regional financial industry, solution providers, technology companies, professionals and companies involved in the entire banking industry value chain.

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