Dinis Guarda, Author and CEO, Founder lifesci, life science
Dinis is the Founder and CEO of LifeSci - a P2P, blockchain, AI technology PAAS solving life science solutions for today’s problems. Dinis is an author, founder and CEO, specialised in Strategy, Digital transformation, Blockchain solutions, AI, Fintech, Crypto economics/ ICOs Evangelist. He is an expert in cutting edge breakthroughs in fintech, life science, green energy solutions, regulatory and block swan risk scenarios using the best strategies, AI, big data and distributed ledgers. Prior, he was the Co-founder bank and first CMO and Chief Commercial Officer Fab Banking (Fidelity Asia Bank.He is a guest lecturer at Copenhagen Business School, Cambridge University, Group INSEEC - Monaco University. Between 2014 and 2015 he was involved in creating a digital bank and investment platform between Asia and Africa funded by among others Rothschild family. He is also co-founder of the project BlockchainAge - a blockchain research and tech - digital / influencer platform, book and film - with Derin Cag, and Romain Witonski. He is the author of the following books: “The Next Tsunami: Blockchain plus AI, IOT with the new Crypto Economics”, “How To Map Who You are,”, and “Innovating in a Forever Recession”
Haytham El Maayergi, EVP, Global Head of Transaction Banking, Abu Dhabi Islamic Bank
Haytham is the Global Head of Transaction Banking in ADIB leading a multi-country team across sales, product development and service. Before joining ADIB, Haytham’s prior assignment was with Standard Chartered Bank (SCB) where he was Managing Director and UAE Country Head of Global Transaction Banking while also managing the GTB Regional Sales Heads for MENA region. Haytham possesses 24 years of professional banking experience and has held several key roles around the region, starting with Societe Generale, and moving to Citi where he was Country Head of Global Transaction Services for Egypt, UAE and Iraq, in addition to heading client coverage for Multinationals and Financial Institutions.
David Martínez de Lecea, Fintech Consultant, Roland Berger
David is a Fintech Consultant at Roland Berger, with extensive experience through over 5 years helping leading financial institutions such as banks, insurance companies and regulators in business strategy, restructuring, M&A and financial technology (fintech). His expertise includes artificial intelligence and Blockchain. He was previously involved with Finerd, an automated investment management firm, as Chief Executive and Investment Officer. He was also involved with Bain & Company, Delta Partners, Deloitte and Accenture. His experience spans Europe, America, Asia, Africa and the Middle East and has invested in 3 fintech startups in Europe and the Middle East. His comments are regularly sought by Financial Times, Thomson Reuters, Global Islamic Economy Summit, Expansion.
Sanjay Khanna, Chief Information Officer, RAK Bank
Sanjay Khanna joined RAKBANK in September 2011 as Chief Information Officer where he is responsible for high quality services to the Bank from the technology department, and maintaining an appropriate level of technological infrastructure within the bank. Prior to joining RAKBANK, Sanjay served as Deputy General Manager at ICICI Bank Ltd, and has experience at National Bank of Oman and Deutsche Software (India).
Isaac Thomas, Head of Transaction Banking Group, Abu Dhabi Commercial Bank
Isaac Thomas is the Head of Transaction Banking Group at Abu Dhabi Commercial Bank. He has over 26 years’ worth of banking experience through banking technology and cash management/transaction banking in different international banks such as Citibank, Standard Chartered Bank and Deutsche Bank across different international markets. He is currently responsible for the transaction banking business in ADCB, which has been a key differentiator for the bank in recent WBG business mandates, especially in the Corporate and Government sector.
Ehsaan Ahmed, Head of Global Transaction Services & Corporate Strategy, Noor Bank
Ehsaan joined Noor Bank in 2007 to establish the transaction banking business in line with the new bank’s objectives of being a leading player in the Islamic financial services industry. In his current role, he oversees all cash management, trade and financing solutions, product sales and service delivery for Corporate Banking Group. Since inception, several Noor Bank transaction banking solutions have received industry and client recognition for being innovative and best in class. Ehsaan also supports strategy and implementation of key franchise initiatives such as ‘Noor Awqaf’ for which he is also the interim General Manager. He has earlier helped restructure the SME business proposition for significant growth under the ‘Noor Trade’ brand. Prior to Noor Bank, Ehsaan has worked with Citigroup and ICI and handled country and regional roles across Europe, Middle East & Africa covering business development, product and sales management, investment banking and quality implementation.
Katharine Budd, Co- Founder, NOW Money
Katharine has an international experience in technical and commercial roles across financial services and retail in blue-chip and start-up environments and she is the Co-Founder of NOW Money. NOW Money provides employers with payroll and an app-based account for every employee, no matter what their salary level. The employee receives their salary on the app, has full access to their transaction history, can top up mobile credit and importantly, remit money to family overseas - all from the convenience of their smartphone.
Venkata Surya Prasad Indraganti, Head of Transaction Banking, Commercial Bank of Qatar
Venkata Surya Prasad Indraganti is the Head of Transaction Banking at Commercial Bank of Qatar, Doha. He has been at this role since June 2015. Previously, he was employed in the same capacity at Riyad Bank in Saudi Arabia. He has been a banker for the past three decades, his experience spanning across cash management and trade finance in the Middle East and India. He has been in a leadership role for the past 25 years.
Congressman Barney Frank, Former Chairman of House Financial Services Committee, United States Congress
Congressman Barney Frank is the former chairman of the powerful House Financial Services Committee between the turbulent global financial crisis years of 2007–2011. As one of the sponsors of the Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, also known as the Dodd-Frank legislation, his efforts at closing the gaps in financial oversight such as creating a financial stability council, finding ways to liquidate systemically important firms, and strengthening the financial system against further shocks, were crucial for the recovery of the US financial services industry. Congressman Frank is also credited with many grassroot initiatives, including creating a low-income housing tax credit in the 1980s. He is widely respected by chairmen and CEOs of banks in the US, regulators, and fellow lawmakers.