Finastra Universe DubaiFinastra Universe Dubai

Finastra Universe Dubai

5 - 6 November 2018


About the Event

Finastra Universe is one of the anchor events for the Middle East’s financial services market. Now in its fourth year, this two-day event draws together global and regional experts to explore the growing impact of technology on the banking sector and the challenges facing banks as they accelerate their transformation into strategically focused, technologically adept and operationally agile organisations.

More than 400 senior executive attendees are expected to join us this year, from across the Middle East, Africa, South Asia and Europe, to explore the developing future of financial services in areas such as open banking, artificial intelligence, robotics, blockchain, digital transformation strategy and more.

The banking market is changing.

Financial services are evolving from what used to be a bricks and mortar model, with financial institutions viewed as trusted partners, to a digital, service-focused market, driven by customers and consumers that demand new services that can be accessed from anywhere.

Finastra Universe has been specifically built to help banks address the challenges posed by an increasingly dynamic market, offering expert insight into the latest developments in technology and process efficiency across retail, corporate and treasury to accelerate their transformation into strategically focused, technologically adept and operationally agile organisations.

Why Attend the Finastra Universe?

The conference will help you to:

  • Develop your competitive strategy by exploring the long- and short-term trends shaping the future of technology in banking
  • Create a tailored experience to get the highest possible return for your time out of the office, with three streams covering challenges specific to Retail, Corporate and Treasury
  • Gain insight into the latest technologies in the global banking market and understand how they will impact you, your competition and your customers
  • Explore how to build new internal efficiencies and improve customer experience with sessions dedicated to AI, robotics and automation
  • Network with your peers, building new connections with the region’s technological pioneers and leaders
  • Fine-tune your digital transformation strategy, building a new business model that puts the customer at the heart of the bank

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Event Location

The Ritz-Carlton, DubaiThe Ritz-Carlton, Dubai

The Ritz-Carlton, Dubai
Jumeirah Beach Residence, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Phone: ‍+971 4 399 ‍4000


Build your experience.

Dedicated agenda streams

  • Retail & Digital Banking
  • Corporate Banking & Payments
  • Treasury & Capital Markets

Meet subject matter experts

  • One-on-one expert meetings
  • Roundtable discussions
  • Over 5 hours of networking
  • Pre-event reception and award ceremony

At-a-Glance: Monday, 5th November

12:00 P.M.Partner Day
19:00 P.M.Finastra Universe Cocktail reception


At-a-Glance: Tuesday, 6th November

08:00 A.M.Registration and Networking
09:00 A.M.Welcome to Finastra Universe
MCs - Bhavik Salvi and Deena Habib

Middle East & Africa Focus
Wissam Khoury, Managing Director, Middle East and Africa, Finastra
09:30 A.M.Finastra Executive Address: Powering the Financial Universe
Eli Rosner, Chief Product & Technology Officer, Finastra
9:50 A.M.Keynote panel: Collaborate to Innovate
- Martin Haering, Chief Marketing Officer, FInastra
- Chirine BenZaid, New Venture Development, Finastra
- Yasar Yilmaz, Financial Services Lead MEA, Microsoft
- Amr El Saadani, MD Financial Services MET, Accenture
- Moath Ismail - Vice President and Digital Sales CIS, MEA, Gemalto
10:30 A.M.Learning from a successful Fintech. Fireside chat with Bruno Hourdel, Vice President Marketing, Finastra and Ambareen Musa, CEO of
11:00 A.M.Networking & Refreshment Break
STREAMSRetail & Digital BankingCorporate BankingTreasury & Capital Markets
11:30 A.M.Vision: Retail Banking in 2021
- Anand Subbaraman, General Manager Retail Banking, Finastra
- Mary Connor, Global Principal Retail Banking, Finastra
- Bhavik Salvi, Lead Solution Consultant, Finastra
Vision: The Connected Corporate Bank - From Products, to Solutions to Services
- Michael Walker, Head of Sales Enablement – Corporate Banking, Finastra
- Jacqueline Morcombe, Global Solution Lead, Lending, Finastra
Vision: The future begins with Capital Markets
- Boris Lipiainen - GM Capital Markets & Risk, Finastra
12:15 P.M.Panel discussion: Re-imaging Retail Banking to create awesome customer journeys
- Clive Griffin, Director, Retail Banking, Finastra
- Akos Turny, Senior Retail Channels Director, Finastra
- Igor Volzhanin, CEO Funder, DataSine
- Gul Khan, CEO Funder, Fintech Explicatus
Panel discussion: Intelligent Trade Services
- Michael Walker, Head of Sales Enablement – Corporate Banking, Finastra
- Marc Smith, Managing Director, Conpend
- Mahesh Nagavalli, Managing Director and Head of Channels & Innovation, First Abu Dhabi Bank
Panel discussion: The Automated Treasury
- Pedro Porfirio - Global Head of Capital Markets, Finastra
- Mirza Beg - Head of Treasury & Investment Operations, Commercial Bank of Dubai
- Minali Tonali - Director & Head of Sales & Strategy Global Treasury, UAE Exhange
12:45 P.M.Networking & Lunch Break
14:00 P.M.Panel discussion: How will initiatives in Open Banking transform retail banking?
- Sadiq Javeri, Senior Director, Product Planning & Enablement Retail Banking, Finastra
- Narendra Misty Senior Director, Product Management, Finastra
- Rohit Prabhu,CIO - Retail Banking, HSBC Middle East
- James Greenwood - Chief Operating Officer CBI
Panel discussion: Cash & Trade Convergence
- Carlos Teixeira, Industry Principal, Global Solutions Consulting, Finastra
- Simryn de Jager, Head of Cash Management TPS South Africa, Standard Bank
- Oliver Reppel, Managing Director Financial Services Middle East, Accenture
Panel discussion: Maximizing revenue from your FX value chain
- Guillaume Spay, Solution Lead, Capital Markets & Treasury, Finastra
- Michael Henssler, Head of Treasury & eFX, Finastra
- David Wilkins, Founder & CEO of Digecom Solutions and CEO of FinQor Technologies
- Dhiren Mehta - AVP, Head of Treasury Sales, Treasury & Capital Markets, United Arab Bank
14:30 P.M.Digitization and transformation initiatives in Islamic Banking
- Marwan Abouzeid, Senior Manager, Solutions Consulting Retail Banking, Finastra
- Mohamed Roushdy, Founder, Fintech Bazaar
- Mian Muhammad Nazir, CEO, Dar Al Shariah
- Ashar Nazim, Managing Director, Finocracy
Panel discussion: New Paradigm for Transaction Banking: Open and Real-Time
- Anders Olofsson, Head of Payments, Finastra
- Sherie Morais, Head of Business Development Transaction Banking, Abu Dhabi Commercial Bank
- Mary Ann Francis, Global Head of Strategy and Product for - Payments, Treasury and Blockchain, DXC Technologies
Panel discussion: Regulations or Deregulation: What’s Next?
- Vinod Bhaskaran - Solution Lead, Derivatives Trading, Risk & Regulation, Capital Markets & Treasury, Finastra
15:00 P.M.Networking & Refreshment Break
15:30 P.M.Keynote panel: Get ready for the new era in technology that is driving business model change
- Mitesh Soni, Senior Director, Innovation and Technology, Finastra
- Kamran Shahin, VP Innovation, Mastercard
- James Greenwood, Chief Operating Officer, CBI
- Jacqueline Morcombe, Global Solution Lead, Lending, Finastra
16:00 P.M.Keynote - Technology and innovation - the perfect storm for financial services?
Alastair Lukies, Chairman Innovate Finance and UK Prime Minister's advisor on Fintech
16:30 P.M.Fintech Innovation Showcase
Three of Finastra's Fintech Innovation Forum participants take the stage to demonstrate their latest innovations.
- Mitesh Soni, Senior Director, Innovation & Technology, Finastra
- Khalid Saad, CEO, Bahrain Fintech Bai
17:10 P.M.Closing


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Link with over 400+ Senior Decision Makers

Finastra welcomes its strategic partners to benefit from this high-profile platform by unveiling your solutions and expertise.

Here’s your opportunity to showcase your solutions to decision makers from across the region’s banking fraternity, joining our global sales force to accelerate existing opportunities and close potential deals. Finastra Universe promises to deliver real business value through sponsorship with measurable ROI.

Here’s how we can help you as our strategic partner:

  • Align your brand with ours by highlighting your expertise through tailored, thought-leadership experiences
  • Secure face-to-face time with new and existing prospects through branded event presence and extensive networking
  • Network and develop new business with hard-to-reach decision makers and business leaders from the international banking sector
  • Promote your participation across high-level media channels across the world

For more information on how to increase your regional penetration please contact:

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Finastra Universe Partner Day

We are delighted to announce the return of our Finastra Universe Dubai partner event.

Join us on Monday 5 November 2018 for our dedicated partner event, which promises to be an interactive and inspiring session. You will have the opportunity to engage with our senior leadership team, hear the latest around the strategic direction of our global ecosystem and discuss our regional focus, key GTM activities and innovation and technology updates.

At-a-Glance: Monday, 5th November

12:00 P.M.Partner Welcome Lunch
13:30 P.M.Partner Day Event
19:00 P.M.Finastra Universe Cocktail reception


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