The Finance Mena Forum

The Arab Advisors Group is pleased to announce its "Finance MENA Forum: The new shape of Banking in the Fintech Era" that will take place at Grand Hyatt Hotel in Amman on October 16 , 2017 under the Patronage of HRH Princess Sumaya bint El Hassan, President of the Royal Scientific Society.

The future holds quite big opportunities for the banking sector. Digital transformation has led to new innovative solutions in the banking industry that has taken the way banks deal with their customers to the next level. Additionally, this transformation has also led to the emergence of untraditional Fintech players that has helped disrupt and reshape the banking industry.

Opportunities lie ahead in this new era. The banking industry can leverage the agility and innovation of new Fintech players in order to form partnerships that will help them evolve and reshape their offerings, and increase their reach to customer segments that have so far been out of reach for banks.

This forum will bring together thought leaders, C-level executives, and directors from the banking industry, the new emerging Fintech players, and regulators in order to discuss, share their thoughts on potential collaboration between the different stakeholders in the financial scene, and share their views on the future outlook of the industry.

SPEAKERS

Mr. Ali Omran

Deputy GM, Arab National Bank

Mr. Andreas Skopal

Partner, EY

Mr. Emile Cubeisy

Managing Partner, Silicon Badia
 

Mr. Fady Rafla

Head of Digital Banking VP Consumer Banking, Abu Dhabi Islamic Bank
 

Mr. Faisal Hakki

CEO, Oasis 500

Mr. Hakam Kanafani

Chairman, Arab Advisors Group
 

Mr. Jawad Abbassi

Head of MENA , GSMA

Ms. Jocelyne Chahwan

Assistant General Manager, Head of Retail Banking, Blom Bank (Lebanon)

Mr. John Yancura

Senior Consultant - OPIC Loan Guarantee Facility, Global Communities (Egypt, Jordan)

Mr. Khaled Hegazy

Chief Corporate Affairs Officer, Etisalat Misr

Dr. Loay Sehwail

Co-Founder and Board Member, Dinarak

Ms. Maha Bahou

Executive Director, Central Bank of Jordan

HE. Mr. Marwan Juma

Chairman, Kinz & dot.jo

Mr. Mohammad Khatib

Director, Partner, Global Business Technology

Mr. Munis Haddadin

Chief Risk & Compliance Officer, Bank Al Etihad

Mr. Nabil Tabbara

General Manager, VISA Levant

Mr. Nasser Al Zagha

Executive Manager of IT, Bank of Jordan

Mr. Nasser Saleh

CEO & Founder, Madfoo3atcom

Mr. Nidal Bitar

CEO, Int@j Association

Mr. Ra'ed Hajarat

Oracle Jordan Country Leader & Director Technology, MEA

Mr. Rami Al Karmi

Jordan Ahli Bank Chief Innovation Officer & CEO Ahli Fintech

Mr. Salim Sawalha

Assistant General Manager, Jordan Commercial Bankigital Transformation Consultant

Mr. Samer Soliman

Managing Director, Network International

Mr. Tim Peters

Partner, Arthur D Little

Mr. Yousef Abu Mutawe

Chief Technology Officer, Zain Jordan

Mr. Ziad Alshobaki

Managing Director, Quisk

Schedule


Monday October 16, 2017

7:30 - 8:55 AM Registration

Morning sessions Chairman: Mr. Mohammed Al Shawwa, General Manager, Arab Advisors Group

9:00 AM Welcome speech - Arab Advisors Group
Mr. Hakam Kanafani, Chairman, Arab Advisors Group
9:05 AM The State of the Financial Industry Panel
  • - Creating the end-to-end digital core: How far along are we? And is it a pressing issue for banks?
    - Future of digital banking. What to expect and not to expect?
    - A Global and Regional Perspective: International best practices
    - Enriching the current offerings through digitizing internal processes: Mobile and Internet banking 2.0
    - A look at Jordan: Where do Jordanian banks stand in terms of digitization?
    - Limited budgets and tough financial times: Would digitization help drive down the cost?

Moderator: Mr. Jawad Abbassi, Head of MENA, GSMA

Panelists:

  • - Mr. Ali Omran, Deputy General Manager - Technology Services, Arab National Bank - Saudi Arabia
    - Ms. Maha Bahou, Executive Director, Central Bank of Jordan
    - Mr. Rami Al-Karmi, CIO Ahli Bank & CEO Ahli Fintech
    - Mr. Salim Sawalha, Assistant General Manager – Head of Retail, Jordan Commercial Bank
    - Mr. Samer Soliman, Managing Director – Group Acquiring, Network International
10:15 AM Official opening and address by HRH Princess Sumaya bint El Hassan, President of Royal Scientific Society 
10:30 AM Coffee Break & Networking
10:45 AM Disruption and Complementation: How do banks view the wide spectrum of Fintech Players?
  • - Fintech lending platforms: A disruption for the banking sector? Or are they after a segment that is not
      wanted by banks?
    - Partnerships with emerging Fintech players: Improving the digital offerings of banks

Moderator: Mr. Faisal Hakki, CEO, Oasis 500

Panelists:

  • - Mr. Emile Cubeisy, Managing Partner, Silicon Badia
    - Mr. Nasser Saleh, CEO, Madfoo3atcom
    - HE Mr. Marwan Juma, Chairman, Kinz & dot.jo
    - Mr. Ziad Shobaki, Co-founder & Managing Director, Quisk  
11:55 PM Traditional to innovative: The banking sector’s future journey
  • - Will digitization overcome the legacy constraints of the banking sector?
    - Challenges and opportunities of digitization
    - Will we ever see a digital-only bank in MENA?
    - Success stories from the region
    - What is needed to succeed in the digital future?
    - The new era of client segmentation: The potential of big data generated through digitization
    - What is needed to succeed in the digital future?

Moderator: Mr. Andreas Skopal, Partner, EY

Panelists:

  • - Mr. Fady Rafla, Head of Digital Banking, V.P. Consumer Banking, Abu Dhabi Islamic Bank
    - Mr. Nasser Al Zagha, Executive Manager of IT, Bank of Jordan
    - Mr. Salim Sawalha, Assistant General Manager – Head of Retail, Jordan Commercial Bank
1:00 PM Lunch break

Afternoon sessions Chairman: Mr. Faisal Hakki, CEO, Oasis 500

2:00 PM Electronic and Mobile Payments in the region: A sign for moving away from traditional banking and payment methods
  • - Electronic and mobile payments: The present and future
    - Mobile payments: Will we see the Africa-like levels of success?
    - Innovation in electronic payments: Meeting the needs of the future generation

Moderator: Mr. Khaled Hegazy, Chief Corporate Affairs Officer, Etisalat MISR

Panelists:

  • - Ms. Maha Bahou, Executive Director, Central Bank of Jordan
    - Mr. Nabil Tabbara, General Manager, VISA Levant
    - Ms. Jocelyne Chahwan, Assistant General Manager - Head of Retail, Blom Bank - Lebanon
    - Dr. Loay Sehwail, Co-Founder & Board Member, Dinarak
3:10 PM The important role of Mobile networks in advancing financial inclusion
 Mr. Jawad Abbassi, Head of MENA, GSMA
3:30 PM Infrastructure of the digital era
  • - Infrastructure for the new era: What type of transformation is needed? And what is holding us back?
    - Building the infrastructure for the future: The role of Telecom operators in the new era
    - Opportunities and challenges
    - Cloud computing and digital transformation
     

Moderator:  Mr. Tim Peters, Partner, Arthur D Little

Panelists:

  • - Mr. Hakam Kanafani, Chairman, Arab Advisors Group
    - Mr. Nidal Bitar, CEO, Int@j Association
    - Mr. Raed Hajarat, Jordan Country Leader & Director Technology, Oracle
    - Mr. Yousef Abu Mutawe, Chief Technology Officer, Zain Jordan
4:40 PM Coffee break & Networking
4:55 PM The mindset challenge inside and outside the financial institution
  • - Getting people on the digital wagon: Where we stand, and what should be done?
    - The corporate mindset in the banks: The new shape of client segmentation
    - The future of customer interaction: Will branches ever become obsolete?
    - Demands for the future generation: Digital channels are the first choice

Moderator: Mr. Mohammed Al Shawwa, General Manager, Arab Advisors

Panelists:

  • - Mr. Fady Rafla, Head of Digital Banking, V.P. Consumer Banking, Abu Dhabi Islamic Bank
    - Mr. John Yancura, Senior Consultant – OPIC Loan Guarantee Facility, Global Communities (Egypt,
      Jordan)
    - Mr. Mohamed Khatib, Partner, Global Business Technology
    - Mr. Munis Haddadin, Chief Risk Officer, Bank Al Etihad
6:00 PM End of Forum

 

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