Central Bank Governors From Arab Countries to Attend the 3rd FinTech Forum in Bahrain

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Published February 17th, 2019 - 11:47 GMT
Sael Al Waary, ABC Bank’s Deputy Group CEO and AFS Chairman
Sael Al Waary, ABC Bank’s Deputy Group CEO and AFS Chairman

The Middle East and Africa FinTech Forum has announced that a large number of Central Bank Governors from the MENA region will attend the 3rd annual FinTech Forum, which will be held in Manama under the patronage of the Central Bank of Bahrain on 21 February 2019.

HE Rasheed Al Maraj, Governor of the Central Bank of Bahrain, will inaugurate the FinTech Forum, which will also be attended by senior officials from the central banks of Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, the UAE, Bahrain, Oman, Jordan, Egypt, Libya and Tunisia.

The forum, which is hosted by Bank ABC and Arab Financial Services, brings together internationally renowned thought leaders, practitioners and innovators from the FinTech and artificial intelligence (AI) arenas to discuss a wide range of issues including the future of banking, the potential impact of AI and how it will transform the future, open banking, crowdsourcing and financial inclusion.

Commenting of this year’s Forum, ABC Bank’s Deputy Group CEO and AFS Chairman, Mr. Sael Al Waary, said: “Across the region, banks and other financial institutions are facing enormous disruption from technology. But change should be embraced, not feared. Technology will revolutionize the way we do business. More importantly, it will empower people across the region, and be a force for true inclusion. This Forum will show us how.”

Speakers at the FinTech Forum include Anthony Thompson (Founder of Atom Bank, Metro Bank and 86400), Brett King (Founder of Moven, the mobile financial services provider), Henri Arslanian, Chairman of the FinTech Association of Hong Kong, Dr. Ayesha Khanna, Co-Founder and CEO of ADDO AI, and Pippa Malmgren, Co-founder of H-Robotics.

Also speaking at the Forum will be David Smith, Chief Executive of Global Futures and Foresight, Rohit Talwar, Chief Executive of Fast Future, and leading business innovators Dan Cobley, Managing Partner of Fintech at Blenheim Chalcot, Qamar Saleem, Global Lead for SME and Supply Chain Finance Practice at IFC (World Bank Group), Alastair Lukies, Chairman of Innovate Finance, Thomas Blood from Amazon Web Services, and Steve Kirsch, CEO of Token.

The last MEA FinTech Forum in 2018 brought together leading and well-regarded global experts and industry leaders in a highly engaging format of talks and discussions addressing the most pressing issues in the fast evolving FinTech landscape. More than 450 delegates attended the Forum, including representatives from the central banks of Jordan, Egypt and Bahrain and 40 banks and financial institutions from the MENA region.

Background Information

Bahrain FinTech Bay

Bahrain FinTech Bay is the leading FinTech Hub in the Middle East and Africa. By becoming a partner, you become part of MENA’s most dynamic and diverse FinTech network. Our versatile launchpad provides a dedicated FinTech co-working space, with state of the art meeting rooms, innovation labs, acceleration programmes, curated activities and educational opportunities. Collaborate on our digital platforms including our mobile app and Bahrain FinTech Bay Portal. 

Central Bank of Bahrain

The Central Bank of Bahrain ('CBB') is a public corporate entity established by the Central Bank of Bahrain and Financial Institutions Law 2006. It was created on 7th September 2006.

The CBB is responsible for maintaining monetary and financial stability in the Kingdom of Bahrain. It succeeded the Bahrain Monetary Agency, which had previously carried out central banking and regulatory functions since its establishment in 1973 (shortly after Bahrain secured full independence from Great Britain).

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