Future of Finance, Middle East & Africa 2018

Wednesday, 25th April 2018


Registration & Networking


Welcome address:

International keynote: Designing the bank of the future with Slava Solodkiy, Managing Partner, Life.SREDA who will be discussing how emerging technologies and new market disruptions are shaping the future of financial institutions as well as the customer journey


The Regional Heads of Retail and Technology Annual Dialogue
This heads of retail and technology annual meeting is an intense two hour session that involves the opinions and insights of CIOsand heads of retail financial institutions from more than 12 countries from the Middle East and Africa.

The topics that have been identified for this roundtable will cover a comprehensive range of key issues on leading best practices in the industry.

  • Exceeding expectations - Digitising the customer’s journey
  • A futuristic look on tomorrow’s bank - Transforming operational models of banking to suit the lifestyle of customers
  • Digital finance and future labs: Shaping the financial services industry
  • Advancing the application of big data analytics, machine learning, and robotic-process automation
  • Reducing friction between man and machines - Robo-advisors
  • Managing omni-channels and achieving a seamless experience for users
  • Impact of creating a biometric identity on accelerating the KYC process
  • Blockchain empowers Internet of Value – The new reality
  • Regulatory change to enable the complete digital application process of cryptocurrencies and cross borders payments

Session chaired by Emmanuel Daniel, Chairman, The Asian Banker

We will have about 30 heads of retail, CIOs, and COOs in banks, fintech companies. We will also have input from various subject matter experts, including artificial intelligence, blockchain, payments, digital journey participating in this session.

Speakers & Panelists include:

  • Slava Solodkiy, Managing Partner, Life.SREDA
  • Suvo Sarkar, SEVP, Group Head of Retail Banking, Emirates NBD
  • Mudit Saxena, Head of  Retail, Commercial Bank of Dubai
  • David  Martínez de Lecea, COO, Narrativa
  • James Greenwood, COO, Commercial Bank International
  • Altaf Ahmed, Co-Founder, Remitr UAE
  • George Xavier, SVP Head of Consumer Business, Dubai First
  • Omar Yassine, SVP - Digital Banking Division Strategy, National Commercial Bank
  • Shrikh Iqbal, Head of Consumer Banking, Ajman Bank

Session chaired by Emmanuel Daniel, Chairman, The Asian Banker

Session Co-Chaired by Richard Hartung, International Resource Director, The Asian Banker


Key findings from The Asian Banker Retail & Technology Awards Program 2018

  • Awards programme: Process, methodology and scorecards
  • Latest updates on key developments in retail financial services
  • Key findings from the awards programme

Presentation by Richard Hartung, International Resource Director, The Asian Banker


Closing remarks




The Middle East & Africa regional awards dinner

*Please note that this is a working agenda and topics and speakers will be updated frequently.

For more information or inquiries, please contact
Essraa Mansi
Programme Manager
The Asian Banker
Tel: (+971) 4427 3649