Sheraton Abu Dhabi Hotel & Resort, Abu Dhabi - UAE
4th & 5th September 2024

About Event

Middle East Retail Banking & Payments

Welcome to the Middle East Retail Banking & Payments Symposium, Exhibit, and Awards — an exclusive gathering designed to address the pivotal challenges and opportunities steering the course of banking in the region. This symposium serves as a critical nexus for industry leaders, innovators, and solution providers, converging to dissect the key forces shaping the future of Middle East retail banking and payments.

In an era of unprecedented change, our conference spotlights the challenges and opportunities fueling the ongoing transformation of the financial landscape. From Saudi Arabia’s Fintech Revolution, navigating Vision 2030 and FSDP Aspirations, to exploring the dynamics of Beyond Banking, our discussions will unravel the intricate challenges faced by the industry.

Data-Driven Excellence takes center stage as we delve into predictive analytics, data practices, and strategic insights, shedding light on the opportunities for leveraging data in responsible and impactful ways. AI Empowerment in Retail Banking examines the challenges and opportunities presented by artificial intelligence, particularly in areas like credit intelligence and financial inclusion.

Revolutionizing Retail Banking explores the challenges faced by neobanks in reshaping the traditional narrative, while AI and ML Reshaping Credit Scoring dissects the opportunities and ethical considerations surrounding the integration of artificial intelligence in risk assessment.

Join us in unpacking the challenges and opportunities that define the trajectory of Middle East retail banking and payments, driving meaningful conversations and actionable insights for the industry’s future.

Breaking Boundaries: Let’s Keep Disrupting

CONFEX: 4th & 5th September 2024

Middle East Retail Banking Awards: 5th September 2024

  • Knowledge-Sharing Sessions
  • Middle East Retail Banking Awards
  • Exclusive Networking
  • 1-ON-1 Networking
  • Showcase
  • Exhibition

Speakers & Panelists

Sanjoy Sen

Managing Director, Group Head of Consumer Bank

DBS Bank

Mohammed Wassim Khayata

Chief Executive Officer

Al Maryah Community Bank (Mbank)

Christoph Koster

Chief Executive Officer


Zein Malhas

Chief Executive Officer

Blink by Capital Bank

Hisham Hammoud

Chief Executive Officer and Board Member

Aafaq Islamic Finance

Vimal Kumar

Chief Executive Officer


Atyab Tahir

Chief Executive Officer


Rui Vicente

Chief Executive Officer

DCS by Dixtior

Samee Zafar

Chief Executive Officer

Edgar, Dunn & Company

Andrew McCormack

Chief Operating Officer

Al Etihad Payments

David Henry

Chief Product Officer

Vision Bank

Charles Bennett

President & CEO

CXSA Middle East

Ali Allawala

Head of Wealth & Retail Banking, Group Islamic Banking and Head of Islamic Banking - UAE

Standard Chartered Bank

Farshad Nowshadi

Senior Board & CEO Advisor | VC/Mentor

Blu Bank and Saman Bank Corporation | Level39-UK Fintech Hub

Nitin Bhandari

SVP & Head of Payit Wallet

First Abu Dhabi Bank (FAB)

Haseeb Ansari

Chief Compliance Officer

Emirates Islamic

Ananth Srivatsa

Executive Vice President, Head of Remittances


Alaa AlRousan

Regional Account Director


Mujtaba Naqvi

General Manager, Retail and Head of Mass Affluent Segment


Tanvir Shah

Managing Director

The Partnerships Advisory

Mohamed Roushdy


Fintech Bazaar

Sponsors & Partners

Key Facts About Saudi Arabia's Digital Finance Ecosystem


The FSDP’s objective is to create a diversified and effective financial services sector to support the development of the national economy, diversify its sources of income, and stimulate savings, finance, and investment. The FSDP will achieve this ambition by enabling financial institutions to support private sector growth, ensuring the formation of an advanced capital market, and promoting and enabling financial planning, without impeding the strategic objectives intended to maintain the financial services sector’s stability.


Perfect Examples of Translating Intention to Action

Showcasing success stories that offer a 360-degree perspective on excelling the art of customer-centered retail digital banking services.

  • Fintech Revolution in Saudi Arabia
  • Responsible Digital Practices
  • Transformative Impact on Fintech Landscape
  • Biometrics in Banking
  • Innovations Reshaping Financial Services
  • Payments Evolution in Retail Banking
  • AI Empowerment in Credit Intelligence
  • Hyper-Personalized Customer Management
  • Digital Connectivity in Financial Services
  • Intelligent Credit Management
  • Beyond Banking Innovations
  • Effective Mapping of Future Paths
  • Retail Banking Trends and Challenges
  • Data-Driven Excellence in Analytics
  • Breaking Silos for Customer Journey
  • Future of Buy Now, Pay Later (BNPL) Market

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Past Spnsors And Partners