THE 3rd MIDDLE EAST & AFRICA
FINTECH FORUM

21 FEBRUARY 2019   |   AL NOOR BALLROOM   |   THE RITZ-CARLTON BAHRAIN

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About the FinTech Forum

Following the success of the 2018 edition, the MEA FinTech forum returns on the 21st February 2019.

Bringing to you an unparalleled line up of speakers, leaders, CEOs, innovators and entrepreneurs, the Third MEA FinTech Forum promises to be the most inclusive and innovative yet.

Hosted by the Central Bank of Bahrain and sponsored by ABC bank and AFS, the forum will present invited guests with a series of unparalleled, world-class experts and pioneers, governors and CEOs, leading discussions around future trends, empowerment and financial inclusion – the future of banking itself.

 

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Why Attend?

Banking is beyond disruption. The financial landscape is rapidly changing. Historically, traditional financial institutions have been slow to react to change. Today, there is little room for complacency. A failure to adapt to the future could mean the rapid decline of banks, supplanted by agile, digital-only start-ups.

Yet it’s not just the technology that’s evolving. People are changing too. The days of societal barriers to financial services, whether gender or wealth, are of the past. The development of micro-financing and cloud banking, open to anyone with a smart phone, is levelling the playing field.
FinTech is empowering individuals and breaking down barriers. Now is the time to find out how. To find out why …

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Event Agenda

AI and Fintech

Dr. Ayesha Khanna
What does the new evolution of AI mean for society, banking and the future? How will smart cities impact on the way we do banking? How will AI enable greater financial inclusion? In this session, Dr. Ayesha Khanna determines how banking will become ‘invisible’ in the future, and how AI will disrupt every part of the value chain from retail to corporate banking and from trade finance to contractual review.

How AI, Crypto and Open Banking are Changing Finance

Henri Arslanian
In this session, FinTech guru Henri Arslanian explores the latest trends including the rise of crypto currencies, AI and open banking and why all of these areas are going to be so powerful over the next two years in transforming banking.

The Radical Transformation of Banking

Brett King
Well known FinTech banker and author Brett King takes to the stage to challenge our thinking on disruption and why renewing the existing banking systems is not an option. Brett explores the major disruptors through history, and demonstrates that the old ways of thinking about banking are past, arguing that banking is beyond disruption. Brett also provides his take on the future and foresees the blurring of industry sectors as BigTech offers more and more banking services, and banks offer a much wider range of products and services via open banking.

FinTech Challengers

Anthony Thomson
The tsunami of FinTech challenger banks has taken the world by storm. Serial entrepreneur Anthony Thomson was the first individual to set up two new banks in the UK; Metro and Atom Bank. Here he shares the story of his latest venture in Australia, 86400.

Micro Entrepreneurs in the New Age of Fintech: From Unbanked to Underbanked to Financial Acumen

Dr. Pippa Malmgren With Aaron Heslehurst
The financial inclusion of micro entrepreneurs is critical for global growth. In this session, Dr. Pippa Malmgren addresses the challenge from a global perspective and argues that leaders of the 21st century require imagination to address disruption in banking and finance and its implications for the global economy.

KeySpeakers

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HE Rasheed Mohammed Al Maraj

Governor – Central Bank of Bahrain

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Sael Al Waary

Deputy Group Chief Executive Officer, Bank ABC

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Anthony Thomson

Founder of Metro Bank, Financial Services Innovator

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Dr. Pippa Malmgren

Former Chief Advisor to President Bush for Economic Policy and Financial Markets

ayesha-khanna

Dr. Ayesha Khanna

Expert in Artificial Intelligence, Smart Cities and FinTech

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Henri Arslanian

Focused on FinTech and crypto

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Brett King

Futurist, International Bestselling Author

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Dan Cobley

FinTech Entrepreneur and former Managing Director of Google UK and Ireland

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Venue Information

  21st February 2019

  8.00am-5.30pm

    AlNoor Ballroom

       The Ritz-Carlton, Bahrain

About the FinTech Forum

Following the success of the 2018 edition, the MEA FinTech forum returns on the 21stFebruary 2019.
Bringing to you an unparalleled line up of speakers, leaders, CEOs, innovators and entrepreneurs, the Third MEA Fintech Forum promises to be the most inclusive and innovative yet.

  21st February 2019

  8.00am-5.30pm

  AlNoor Ballroom, The Ritz-Carlton, Bahrain

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