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23 March 2022

Address Dubai Mall Hotel

Knowledge Partner

Overview

The world is increasingly pushing towards sustainable and digital finance and bringing more efficiency into the contemporary financial industry with the power of technology. With a US$96 billion market cap in the first quarter of 2021 powered by Distributed Ledger Technology (DLT/Blockchain), DeFi (Decentralized Finance) has substantially altered the way we perceived finance.

The industry is abuzz with the news of top banks like JPMorgan Chase and Bigtechs like Mastercard or companies like Visa foraying into DeFi, the traditional finance industry certainly must think of new models to compete or adapt to cohabitate with these emerging technologies carving the financial landscape.

AML and Cyber security being heavy on the agenda of world governments, the DeFi may be far from the realms of mass adoption but with the speed at which the industry is developing, and investments being made, the whole financial industry is at the crossroads of major changes.

With Central Banks displaying their commitment towards innovation and financial inclusion with their keenness to adopt CBDC to increase efficiency, bring the cost down and increase financial inclusiveness, the conference aims to discuss the future path and timelines.

The Finance Today Summit, through a series of interactive sessions and forward-looking agenda, will explore some of the most pertinent topics industry is facing and deep dive into the minds of experts and senior executives on what’s on their minds about how the future of finance looks like.

Agenda

Wednesday, March 23, 2022

Speakers

  • Gaurang Desai

    Managing Director - Strategy

    Equiti Group

  • Pankaj Asthaana

    Vice President – Digital Payments & Labs

    MENA, Mastercard

  • Mohamed Damak

    Senior Director, Financial Services

    S&P Global Ratings

  • Sharif El-Badawi

    Chief Executive Officer

    Dubai Future District Fund

Moderator

  • Bhavin Shah

    Partner and Head Middle East

    Forensic Risk Alliance

Speakers

  • Igneus Terrenus

    Head of Communications

    Bybit

  • Georgy Sokolov

    Co-founder

    Wirex

  • M.I. Taher

    Head - Middle East & Africa

    Stockal

  • Sridhar K

    Group Head of Operations

    ADIB

Moderator

  • Goncalo Traquina

    Partner

    KPMG Lower Gulf Limited

Speakers

  • Ralf Glabischnig

    Founder

    Crypto Oasis

  • Jaynti Kanani

    CEO

    Polygon Network (Matic)

  • Mika Thompson

    Senior Vice President, Finance

    BitOasis

  • Marwan Bin Dalmook

    Head of NBI Service Design & Delivery

    du

Moderator

  • Gaurav Dubey

    CEO

    TDeFi

Speakers

  • Srinivasan Sampath

    Acting Chief Technology Officer

    First Abu Dhabi Bank (FAB)

  • Marwan Hachem

    Founder & Group CEO

    YAP

  • Olivier Crespin

    CEO

    Zand

  • Kaiser Naseem

    International Development Banker

Moderator

  • Kokila Alagh

    Founder

    KARM Legal

Speakers

  • Brian Yeoh

    Head of Data Governance & Strategy, Financial Services Regulatory, Authority

    Abu Dhabi Global Market

  • Nishanth Nottath

    EVP - Head AML, ABC and RegTech

    Mashreq Bank

  • Pooja Singh

    International Organisations Expert

    Securities and Commodities Authority

  • Mark Aruliah

    Senior Policy Adviser

    EMEA, Elliptic

Moderator

  • Matthew Shanahan

    Partner

    Norton Rose Fulbright

Speakers

  • Ellis Wang

    Group Head of Technology, Transformation and Information

    Mashreq Bank

  • Ambre Soubiran

    CEO

    Kaiko

  • Saeed Al Darmaki

    Founder

    Sheesha Finance

  • Jeetu Kataria

    CEO and Co-Founder

    DIFX

Moderator

  • Bhavin Shah

    Partner and Head Middle East

    Forensic Risk Alliance

Speaker

  • Dr. Marwan Alzarouni

    CEO

    Dubai Blockchain Center

Speakers

  • Basil Al Askari

    CEO

    MidChains

  • Chris Aruliah

    Chief Product Officer

    BCB Group

  • Henson Orser

    President & Acting CEO

    Komainu

Moderator

  • Stephen Millington

    Partner

    Forensic Risk Alliance

Speakers

  • Mohit Gupta

    Director

    XB Services - MENA, Mastercard

  • Navin Gupta

    Managing Director

    South Asia and MENA, Ripple

  • Simon Nelson

    SVP

    Thunes

  • Remo Giovanni Abbondandolo

    SVP MENA

    Checkout.com

Moderator

  • Rajeev Lalwani

    Partner

    Deloitte

Speakers

  • Mohamed Abdel Razek

    Regional CIO – MEA

    Standard Chartered Bank

  • Lawrence Paramasivam

    Senior Executive Director, Policy & Legal – Financial Services Regulatory Authority

    Abu Dhabi Global Market

  • Adeeb Ahamed

    Managing Director

    Lulu Financial Holding

  • Akshay Chopra

    Head of Innovation Centers & Product Design

    CEMEA, Visa

Moderator

  • Abbas Basrai

    Partner and Head of Financial Services

    KPMG Lower Gulf

Speakers

  • Patrick South

    Head of Business Development

    TRM Labs

  • Ibtissem Lassoued

    Partner, Head of Advisory, Regional Financial Crime Practice

    Al Tamimi & Company

  • Alex Mashinsky

    CEO

    Celsius Network

  • Alex Davis

    CIO

    Tezos Israel

  • Shantnoo Saxena

    CEO

    Encryptus

Moderator

  • Charlie Steele

    Partner

    Forensic Risk Alliance

Speakers

At The Finance Today Summit, we host some of the top executives from the regional financial institutions, technology companies and organizations which are contributing to the evolution of finance industry in the region and beyond.

F. Christopher Calabia

CE
DFSA

Dr. Marwan Alzarouni

CEO
Dubai Blockchain Center

Basil Al Askari

Cofounder and CEO
MidChains

Igneus Terrenus

Head of Communications
Bybit

Marwan Bin Dalmook

Head of NBI Service Design & Delivery
du

Navin Gupta

Managing Director, South Asia and MENA
Ripple

Adeeb Ahamed

Managing Director
Lulu Financial Holding

Brian Yeoh

Head of Data Governance & Strategy, Financial Services Regulatory Authority
Abu Dhabi Global Market

Ellis Wang

Group Head of Technology, Transformation and Information
Mashreq Bank

Saud Al Dhawyani

Chief Technology Officer
Emirates NBD

Srinivasan Sampath

Acting Chief Technology Officer
First Abu Dhabi Bank (FAB)

Sridhar K

Group Head of Operations
ADIB

Charlie Steele

Partner
Forensic Risk Alliance

Alex Mashinsky

CEO
Celsius Network

Ibtissem Lassoued

Partner, Head of Advisory, Regional Financial Crime Practice
Al Tamimi & Company

Gaurav Dubey

CEO
TDeFi

Olivier Crespin

CEO
ZAND

Saeed Al Darmaki

Founder
Sheesha Finance

Ralf Glabischnig

Founder
Crypto Oasis

Abbas Basrai

Partner and Head of Financial Services
KPMG Lower Gulf

Kokila Alagh

Founder
KARM Legal

Pankaj Asthaana

VP – Digital Payments & Labs, MENA
Mastercard

Lawrence Paramasivam

Senior Executive Director, Policy & Legal – Financial Services Regulatory Authority
Abu Dhabi Global Market

Bhavin Shah

Partner and Head Middle East
Forensic Risk Alliance

Goncalo Traquina

Partner
KPMG Lower Gulf

Mohamed Damak

Senior Director Financial Services
S & P Global Ratings

Marwan Hachem

Founder & Group CEO
YAP

Mohit Gupta

Director, XB Services - MENA
Mastercard

Georgy Sokolov

Co-founder
Wirex

Sharif El-Badawi

Chief Executive Officer
Dubai Future District Fund

Nishanth Nottath

EVP - Head AML, ABC and RegTech
Mashreq Bank

Kaiser Naseem

International Development Banker
  

Vinay Bharathwaj

Co Founder And Co Ceo
Stockal

Ambre Soubiran

CEO
Kaiko

Jaynti Kanani

CEO
Polygon (MATIC)

Mohamed Abdel Razek

Regional CIO - MEA
Standard Chartered Bank

Pooja Singh CFA

International Organisations Expert
Securities and Commodities Authority

Patrick South

Head of Business Development
TRM Labs

Akshay Chopra

Vice-President and Head of Innovation and Design CEMEA
Visa

Gaurang Desai

Managing Director - Strategy
Equiti Group

Mark Aruliah

Senior Policy Advisor, EMEA
Elliptic

Chris Aruliah

Chief Product Officer
BCB Group

Henson Orser

President & Acting CEO
Komainu

Rajeev Lalwani

Partner
Deloitte

Stephen Millington

Partner
Forensic Risk Alliance

Mika Thompson

Senior Vice President, Finance
BitOasis

Alex Davis

CIO
Tezos Israel

Matthew Shanahan

Partner
Norton Rose Fulbright

Simon Nelson

SVP
Thunes

Remo Giovanni Abbondandolo

SVP MENA
Checkout.com

Jeetu Kataria

CEO and Co-Founder
DIFX

M.I. Taher

Head - Middle East & Africa
Stockal

Shantnoo Saxsena

CEO
Encryptus

Sponsors

Knowledge Partner

Lead Sponsor

Gold Sponsors

 

Official Blockchain Sponsor

Silver Sponsors

 

 

 

Official Data Sponsor

Official Crypto Compliance Sponsor

Bronze Sponsors

 



Media Partners

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Venue

Address Dubai Mall Hotel

Mohammed Bin Rashid Boulevard

Downtown Dubai, UAE