EVENT OVERVIEW Future of Fintech

The COVID-19 pandemic has created one of the most complicated challenges faced by the financial sector globally. The impact of the pandemic on banking services has been severe due to demand reduction, income reduction, closure of public and private sector and the overall curb on economic activities

The present situation has forced Saudi businesses, consumers and financial intermediaries to shift focus on crafting a strategic response across the fintech and banking ecosystem. The pandemic has undeniably acted as a catalyst in enabling rapid adoption and use of FinTech platforms as contactless offerings become the new norm.

This virtual event will explore the regional discourse on how the financial services industry should refocus on reopening and rebuilding the economy and how Fintech and digital technology enablers will influence the future of banking in the region.

Key Focus Areas

Why Attend

  • Impact of the pandemic on Fintech and the Banking industry
  • Consolidation of financial technologies
  • The importance of technology and digitization in seamless continuity
  • Explore emerging opportunities in the post COVID 19 financial services domain
  • Understand the true potential of innovation and technology in meeting the changing needs of the consumers
  • Discover how FinTech firms can cope in the new environment

OUR SPEAKERS Who Is Speaking

Nasser Alajaji

Deputy Director General

Financial Sector Development Program Ministry of Finance

Dr. Amer Alzaidi,

Head of Digital Transformation & Strategy

The Saudi Investment Bank

Mr. Abdulaziz Al Jouf

CEO & Founder


Paul Melotto

CEO & Executive Board Member

AlRaedah Finance

Hasan Fardan Alfardan


Al Fardan Group

David J. Blumberg

Managing Partner

Blumberg Capital

Lex Sokolin

Global Fintech Co-Head


Helene Li

CEO and Co-Founder

GoImpact Capital Partners

John Owens

Senior Digital Financial Services Advisor

Digital Finance Advisory Services

Christina Qi

CEO Of Databento.

Founding Partner of Domeyard.

Sreeram Iyer


ANZ Bank

Lucy Gazmararian

Senior member

PwC's Crypto & FinTech

Emmanuel Schizas

Lead in Regulation and RegTech Cambridge Centre for Alternative Finance

Cambridge Judge Business School

Omar Soudodi

Managing Director

Amazon Payment Services

Yasser Alobaidan



Tanmoy Bhattacharjee

Solutions Principal - Retail & Corporate Banking

HCL Technologies Ltd.

Arjun Vir Singh

Head of Financial Services MENA

Arthur D. Little

Noha Shaker

Secretary General of the Egyptian Fintech Association

Vice President of the Africa FinTech Network

Mr. Alexi Lane

CEO and Co-Founder


Dr. Oriol Caudevilla

Management Consultant, AirHelp

AirHelp Advisor ixFintech, FinTech Mentor |

John Sharp

Managing Partner


Charles d'Haussy



Eng. Nizar Almaree

Head of Beehive KSA

Beehive Fintech

Sohini Rajola

Head of Network

APAC and Middle East Western Union

Santosh Kumar

Global Business Head, Digital & Open Banking,Financial services

HCL Technologies Ltd

Yasmin Ulrich

Partnership Strategic Insights Lead

Enterprise Partnerships & Commercial Development Western Union

Manan Qureshi

Financial Sector Cyber Security

Resilience Executive

Syed Musheer Ahmed

Founder & Managing Director

Finstep Asia

Nameer Khan

Chairman & Founding Board Member

MENA Fintech Association

Michelle Li


AMTD Digital

Maher Loubieh

Co-Founder, Group Deputy CEO


Mohammed Al Shobani

VP - Digital Transformation

Alrajhi Takaful

Who will Attend?

CEOs/ COOs – Banks/Insurance/Investments

Head of IT & Technology

CTOs/ Vice Presidents

Heads of Compliance & Risk Management

Heads of Compliance & Risk Management

Directors/ Senior Manager – Audits

Director - Financial Crime/ Fraud

Head of Regulations

Director/Head/ VP – Payments/FinTech

Director – Customer Experience

Industry Profiles

Government Authorities

Financial Regulatory Authorities

Commercial & Investment Banks

Private Banks

Asset & Wealth Management Firms

Insurance firms

Auditing companies

Fintech companies

Banking technology firms

Security/ identity verification firms

Financial consulting firms

Fintech investors

Schedule Details Event Schedules

Welcoming Remarks & Introduction
Opening Remarks from the Chairman

Session One

Opening Keynote – Leading innovation, promoting financial sector stability and supporting economic growth

Nasser Alajaji, Assistant Director General, Financial Sector Development Program, Ministry of Finance

Fireside Chat - Post - Pandemic Banking Shaping the Future of FinTech

Moderator: Nameer Khan, Chairman & Founding Board Member, MENA Fintech Association

Guest: Nasser Alajaji, Assistant Director General, Financial Sector Development Program, Ministry of Finance

Plenary Keynote - Spearheading Innovation in Banking and Promoting a Digital Economy through FinTech in Saudi Arabia

Dr. Amer Alzaidi, Head of Digital Transformation & Strategy, The Saudi Investment Bank

Tech Keynote -SmartTech for FinTech Success

Tanmoy Bhattacharjee, Solutions Principal - Retail & Corporate Banking, HCL Technologies Ltd.

Panel Discussion – IT Innovations & Digital Transformation - Preparing for the new normal

Moderator : Sohini Rajola, Head of Network - Asia Pacific & Middle East, Western Union

Panelists :

  • David J. Blumberg, Managing Partner, Blumberg Capital
  • Sreeram Iyer, COO, ANZ Bank
  • Omar Soudodi, Managing Director, Amazon Payment Services
  • Charles d'Haussy, Director, ConsenSys
  • Santosh Kumar, Global Business Head, Digital & Open Banking, Financial services, HCL Technologies Ltd.

Questions & Answers

Session Two

Keynote - Fintech Evolution: Blockchain-based financial manufacturing and its value

Lex Sokolin, CMO & Global Fintech Co-Head, Consensys

Keynote - RegTech and SupTech in the Post-Covid World: Taking stock of the early evidence

Emmanuel Schizas, Lead in regulation & RegTech, Cambridge Centre for Alternative Finance

Keynote - Empowering Saudi Arabian organizations to build simple, trusted and affordable payment experiences

Omar Soudodi, Managing Director, Amazon Payment Services

Keynote - Decoding the Digital Consumer: Post Covid and beyond

Hasan Fardan AlFardan, CEO, Al Fardan Group

Panel Discussion - The Impact of COVID-19 on Financial Services & FinTech in Saudi Arabia

Moderator : Arjun Vir Singh, Head of Financial Services - MENA, Arthur D. Little

Panelists :

  • Paul Melotto, CEO & Executive Board Member, AlRaedah Finance
  • Abdulaziz Al Jouf, CEO & Founder, PayTabs
  • Maher Loubieh, Co-Founder, HalalaH
  • Yasser Alobaidan, CEO, Jawraa

Questions & Answers

Session Three

Keynote - The Future of Venture Capital

John Sharp, Partner, Hatcher+

Keynote - Blockchain payments and fintech, Stablecoin settlements for cross-border transfers and online merchant stores

Alexi Lane, CEO and Co-Founder, Everex

Panel Discussion -SmartTech for FinTech Success

Moderator : Manan Qureshi, Financial Sector Cyber Security, Resilience Executive

Panelists :

  • Eng. Nizar Almaree, Head of Beehive KSA, Beehive Fintech
  • Syed Musheer Ahmed, Founder & Managing Director, Finstep Asia
  • Mohammed Al Shobani, VP - Digital Transformation, Alrajhi Takaful
  • John Sharp, Managing Partner, Hatcher+

Keynote: Enhancing digital infrastructure for scaling Saudi Arabia’s financial inclusion roadmap

John V Owens, Sr. Digital Financial Services Advisor, Digital Finance Advisory Services

Panel Discussion : Fintech Wonder Women - Spearheading Fintech Innovation & Implementation

Moderator : Noha Shaker, Founder & Secretary General, Egyptian Fintech Association Vice President, Africa FinTech Network

Panelists :

  • Helene Li, CEO and Co-Founder, GoImpact Capital Partners
  • Lucy Gazmararian, Associate Director, PwC
  • Christina Qi, CEO, Databento
  • Yasmin Ulrich, Partnership Strategic Insights Lead, Enterprise Partnerships & Commercial Development, Western Union

Keynote - - Central Bank Digital Currencies (CBDCs), A New Era of Payments: Analysis of Saudi Arabia & United Arab Emirates "Project Aber"

Dr. Oriol Caudevilla, Management Consultant, AirHelp, Advisor, ixFintech FinTech Mentor, F10 Incubator & Accelerator

Questions & Answers
Closing Remarks

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