Finastra Universe Dubai 2019Finastra Universe Dubai 2019

Finastra Universe Dubai

13 - 14 November 2019


About the Event

Now in its fifth year, Finastra Universe is a paramount event for the Middle East’s financial services market. This two-day event draws together global and regional experts. The day will explore the growing impact of technology on the banking sector and address the challenges facing banks as they accelerate their transformation into strategically focused, technologically adept and operationally agile organizations.

More than 300 senior executive attendees are expected to join us this year, from across the Middle East, Africa, South Asia and Europe. Our purpose is to provide insight on the developing future of financial services and how open platforms, cloud adoption, artificial intelligence, payments and other technologies are revolutionizing the banking landscape. We will support banks to address and overcome challenges caused by a dynamic market with more agility, innovation, integration and security.

Highlights from Finastra Universe Dubai 2018

Why should you attend Finastra Universe?

  • To further develop your digital transformation and competitive strategy that drives a business model that gives your customers a greater value
  • Immerse yourself in the innovations of tomorrow from a selection of 12 Open Forum sessions
  • Actively engage with other industry leaders in a Design Thinking session to identify how your customers are leveraging emerging technologies and how your bank in the future will support their vision
  • Network and build relationships with the region’s technological pioneers and industry leaders

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Dedicated Open Forum Sessions

  • Design thinking sessions
  • Cloud Adoption and Future of AI
  • Transformation in Payments
  • Connected Corporate Banking
  • Open Platform 101 + Fintech Q&A
  • Major trends in banking treasury
  • Essential treasury in a box
  • Strategic Working Capital Finance
  • Cross Border Cash Management
  • Supporting our client’s successful projects through Fusion Azure
  • Innovation without limits: Looking ahead to the key industry disruptors that will shape the customer experience
  • Introduction to Finastra’s Developer Portal and API Catalog


Meet subject matter experts

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

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At-a-Glance: Wednesday 13th November 2019

12:00 Partner Day
19:00 Partner Day Cocktail Reception

At-a-Glance: Thursday, 14th November 2019

9:00-9:30 Registration and Networking
9:30-9:40 Welcome
Niamh Albertyn, Customer Value Principal, Finastra
9:40-9:50 Welcome to the 5th Finastra Universe
Wissam Khoury, SVP and General Manager for MEA and APAC, Finastra
9:50-10:15 The Future of Finance is Open
- Customer experience at the heart of digital transformation
- Enabling innovation through an open platform
- The open paradigm: Connected ecosystems, data, experiences and markets
Eric Duffaut, President & Global Head of Field Operations, Finastra
10:15-10:40 The Bank of the Future
Fireside chat
Wissam Khoury, SVP and General Manager for MEA and APAC, Finastra
Arpan Gautam, Founder & CEO, revverbank
10:40-11:10 BREAK
11:10-11:40 “Platform Reality: Transforming with Agility and Speed”
- The forces of change in financial services
- An ecosystem for collaboration
- New models of opportunity with open platforms
Eli Rosner, Chief Product and Technology Officer, Finastra
11:40-12:00 Innovate @ Speed - the next steps
Wissam Khoury, SVP and General Manager for MEA and APAC, Finastra
with guest speaker Shylaja Shivaram, Head of Innovation, Accenture
12:00-13:30 LUNCH

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13:30-14:00 Design thinking session 1: How customers are leveraging emerging technologies and how banks in the future need to support their vision
- Chris Dorrow, Global Director, Design and Customer Innovation, Finastra
Building the corporate bank of the future.
What priorities are changing and how is that impacting the future roadmaps for banks?
- Torsten Pull, Senior Vice President and General Manager for Corporate Banking, Finastra
- Carlos Teixeira, Senior Industry Principal, Finastra
- Eric Anklesaria, Vice President & Global Leader Banking & Capital Markets Transformation, Capgemini India
-Tim Tyler, Senior Industry Principal, Finastra
Treasury Regulation and Market Changes
The evolving financial markets regulatory framework and how the regional banks should equip themselves for adoption
- Yoann Vandendriessche, Senior Director, Product & Technology, Finastra
- Chandrasekhar Chingacham, Director, Product Management, Finastra
Innovation without limits: Looking ahead to the key industry disruptors that will shape the customer experience
- Anand Subbaraman, GM Retail Banking, Finastra
- Marwan Abouzeid, Global Solutions Consulting, Finastra
- Twan Burghouts, Director – Strategic Initiatives, Software Group
14:00-14:30 The corporate treasurer point of view. The realities of strategic working capital finance.
- Saad El Hachimy, Corporate Treasury, Cash Manager Middle East and Africa, Nestle S.A.
- Carlos Teixeira, Senior Industry Principal, Finastra
- Brian Edmondson,Principal Solutions Consultant, Finastra
Treasury Evolution: Changing Trends in Banking Treasuries
Trends driving the treasury market evolution in GCC and emerging markets
- Pedro Porfirio, Global Head of Treasury & Capital Markets, Finastra
- Mohammed Al Hashemi, Chairman, UAE Financial Markets Association
- Abhijit Duge, Senior Principle Solutions Consulting, Consulting
- Sunder Ganesh, Vice President & Client Partner, ITC Infotec
- Biswajit Dasgupta, Chief Investment Officer, Emirates Investment Bank
Cloud computing and Artificial Intelligence (AI): The adoption journey of Banks in GCC and Emerging markets
- The technologies driving transformation -Accelerating digital leadership with Cloud computing
- Intelligent banking with data/ AI and machine learning
- Yasar Yilmaz, Financial Services Industry Lead, Middle East & Africa HQ, Microsoft
- Mitesh Soni, Senior Director, Innovation Marketing, Finastra
14:30-15:00 COFFEE BREAK
15:00-15:30 Design thinking session 2: How customers are leveraging emerging technologies and how banks in the future need to support their vision
- Chris Dorrow, Global Director, Design and Customer Innovation, Finastra
Cash and Liquidity: The Mercury is Rising
- Tim Tyler, Senior Industry Principal, Finastra
- Richard Andrade, Senior Industry Principal, Finastra
Pathways to Treasury Innovation: A look at the role of new technologies, collaboration and open ecosystems in fostering Treasury innovation
- Pedro Porfirio, Global Head of Treasury & Capital Markets, Finastra
- Arnaud Picut, Global Head of Risk, Finastra
- Jean Baptiste Gaudemet, Senior Director, Solutions Architect, Treasury & Capital Markets, Finastra
- Guillaume Spay, Global Principal, Treasury & Capital Markets, Finastra
- Sunder Ganesh, Vice President & Client Partner, ITC Infotech
- Yasar Yilmaz, Industry Lead, Middle East & Africa, Financial Services, Microsoft
From Idea to Monetization with
- Platform components and developer portal overview
- Open APIs in action: building an application in minutes
- Learn how a platform based approach can accelerate innovation
- Felix Grevy, Vice President, Product Managements, Finastra
- Matthieu Andrieu, Senior Manager, Solutions Consulting, Finastra
15:30-16:00 Disruption: The constant transformation in payments. How do you react?
- We have a perfect storm in Payments
- Which creates a once in a lifetime opportunity
-We understand the why and what but how to react?
- Paul Thomalla, Global Head of Payments, Finastra
- Sherie Morais, Head of Business Development, Abu Dhabi Commercial Bank
- Amol Bahuguna, Head of Payments & Cash Management, CBD
Supporting Client Success Through the Finastra Ecosystem
- What has changed in our engagement with partners across the region to ensure our customers benefit and their transformation projects are a success
- How customers would like the supplier community to come together to better serve them
- How changed approach relates to the future of finance is open|
- Tim Goodhind, Senior Vice President, Global Services Sales, Finastra
- Tatyana Kosareva, Business Development Director, Neoflex
- Paul Baker, First Vice President, Group Operations, Bank ABC
Harnessing the power of open banking platform.
- Overview of the open platform and its progress. Includes Fintech case study
- Felix Grevy, Vice President, Product Management, Finastra
- Ashutosh Nautiyal, Lead, Customer Success,
- Jaymalya Palit, SVP, Head of Product and Partnerships,
16:00-16:35 Wrap up and Design Thinking Conclusions 


Become a sponsor

Link with over 300 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

Event Location

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Sofitel, The Palm

Palm Jumeirah, Dubai,
United Arab Emirates
Phone: +971 (0)4 455 6677

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