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2020 Virtual MENA Bank to Bank Forum

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IMPORTANT NOTICE: Registration for the 2020 Virtual MENA Bank to Bank Forum
Please note it takes 48 hours to process registrations for attendance to BAFT virtual events. If you would like to register to attend the 2020 Virtual MENA Bank to Bank Forum on September 16, please ensure you submit your registration a minimum of two days prior to the live event. Otherwise your access to the BAFT Events application may not be processed in time to facilitate entry for the livecasts. Live sessions are being recorded and will be available for on-demand viewing in case you are not able to join the live webcasts. Feel free to reach out to us directly by emailing [email protected] with any questions.

Business Unusual: Today’s business landscape can be described as many things, but ‘business as usual’ is definitely not one of them. Join us for the 2020 Virtual MENA Bank to Bank Forum as we bring together leading industry executives and financial services professionals from the Middle East and Africa to discuss the future of the region in light of unprecedented challenges presented by COVID-19.

Previously scheduled to be held in Dubai, this year’s new virtual format will allow individuals from far-and-wide to jointly come together without the hindrance of travel, budgetary constraints or scheduling conflicts. Our aim is to utilize this opportunity to harness the power of digital channel delivery to allow for greater participation in the international transaction banking industry, giving you the same opportunities to participate, learn collaborate and network, at no cost.

Key Virtual Conference Features
  • Access both live and on-demand sessions (available for live-streaming and download via the BAFT Events app)
  • Message, connect and schedule meetings with fellow attendees and speakers before, during and after the event
  • Manage your own schedule by bookmarking sessions with reminders
  • Ask questions to speakers and participate in polls in real-time
  • Take notes on sessions and email them to yourself after the session
  • Download speaker handouts and sessions decks… no need to wait
Who Should Attend

Join senior banking and corporate executives, thought leaders, consultants, and technology providers as we gather to focus on the issues most important to the banking industry in the Middle East and North Africa. This virtual conference is complimentary for both BAFT members and non-members.

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Abu Dhabi Commercial Bank Abu Dhabi Global Market
Abu Dhabi Islamic Bank Al Bayan
Al Ittihad Al Khaleej
Al Roeya Arab Bank for Investment & Foreign Trade (Al Masraf)
Arab Bank Avanza Innovations
Bank ABC Bank Audi
Bank of America Bank of Beirut
Bankmed Banque du Caire
Banque Libano-Francaise Banque Misr
Barclays Benefit Company
BLOM Bank Bloomberg
BMO (Bank of Montreal) BNP Paribas
BNY Mellon BOK International
Byblos Bank Citibank
Clearstream Banking Clifford Chance
Commercial Bank of Dubai Commercial International Bank (CIB)
Commerzbank Credit Suisse
Denizbank Derby Group
Deutsche Bank Deutsche Börse
Emarat Al Youm Emirates NBD
Ernst & Young Etisalat
First Abu Dhabi Bank Flywire
Gulf Bank Algeria Gulf News
HSBC Huawei
ING Bank International Development Bank
INTL FCStone Islamic International Arab Bank
JLT Specialty Jordan Payments and Clearing Company
JPMorgan Chase Kapital Bank
Khaleej Times Lebanon & Gulf Bank
Maersk Mashreq Bank
McKinsey & Company Mizuho Bank
MUFG National Bank of Fujairah
National Commercial Bank Natixis
Pasha Holding R3
Ripple S&P Global
Saradar Bank Saudi Arabian Monetary Agency
Saudi Investment Bank Saudi Payments
Sigma Ratings Societe Generale
Standard Chartered Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation
Swedbank Thomson Reuters
U.S. Bank National Association UniCredit
Vakif Katilim Banksi Wells Fargo
Western Union

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Program Features and Additional Highlights:
  • Unique one-on-one conversations with leading tech provides including Facebook, Microsoft and Amazon
  • Views and insights from senior executives across a variety of industries including healthcare, hospitality, finance, technology and more
  • Incubator Round-Up: A glimpse into future solutions and technology offerings
  • Sponsor and Partner Area: View, peruse and download information from banks, solution providers and other partner organizations
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Registration is complimentary for this unique one-time virtual forum. Make sure to reserve your spot today for the 2020 Virtual MENA Bank to Bank Forum.

Program

September 2, 2020
September 9, 2020
September 16, 2020
September 2, 2020 - Wednesday

2:00 BST / 13:00 CEST / 15:00 GST

Welcome & Introduction – Day 1

Speaker

Tod Burwell
President & CEO
BAFT

12:10 BST / 13:10 CEST / 15:10 GST

An Inside Look at the Healthcare Industry

A fireside chat to discuss the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the healthcare industry globally and regionally. Special focus will be given on what the future outlook of the industry looks like, what the industry should probably watch out for, how companies should navigate post-pandemic, and whether collaboration is expected with/from the financial services industry and if so, in what form.

Interviewer

Maram Al-Jazireh
Senior Vice President & Global Head of Financial Institutions
Arab Bank

Interviewee

Bashar Shomali
Vice President, Business Operations and Strategic Planning
Hikma Pharmaceuticals

12:40 BST / 13:40 CEST / 15:40 GST

What's Happening in the Mergers & Acquisitions Market

2020 is evolving as possibly the most challenging yet enterprising year for M&A activity in the region. The value of M&A transactions in the MENA region touched $14.8bn during the first quarter of 2020. However, the subsequent impact of a global pandemic coupled with low oil prices has added new dimensions to the strategic direction of banks and multinational corporates alike. Are institutions using liquidity for inorganic growth or securing their existing business? Are valuations reliable in uncertain market conditions? Join us for a lively conversation as we have M&A experts from the region debate the current market environment and key themes driving M&A activity in the banking sector.

Moderator

Hazem Shish
Managing Director & Head of FIG Middle East, Turkey and Africa
Barclays Investment Bank

Panelists

Karim Karoui
Group Head of Mergers and Acquisitions
First Abu Dhabi Bank (FAB)

Neeraj Makin
Senior Executive Vice President & Group Head, International and Group Strategy
Emirates NBD

Hossam Rageh
Executive Director & Acting CEO
Mayfair Bank – CIB

13:25 BST / 14:25 CEST / 16:25 GST

Wrap-up – Day 1

Speaker

Kishore Kotian
Vice President, Financial Institutions Group
Barclays Corporate Banking

13:30 BST / 14:30 CEST /16:30 GST

Interactive Networking & Social Events

Meet fellow attendees, catch up and enjoy each other’s company in a small group virtual setting. We have three networking opportunities for you to choose from:

  • Regional Bank Networking Event
  • African Bank Networking Event
  • General Networking Event
September 9, 2020 - Wednesday

12:00 BST / 13:00 CEST / 15:00 GST

Welcome & Introduction – Day 2

Speaker

Andreas Meletiou
BAFT MENA Council Co-Chair & Head, Financial Institutions
Abu Dhabi Islamic Bank (ADIB)

12:05 BST / 13:05 CEST / 15:05 GST

Venture Capital Outlook

Host

Chavan Bhogaita
Managing Director & Global Head of Market Insights and Strategy
First Abu Dhabi Bank (FAB)

Speaker

Ibrahim Ajami
Head of Ventures
Mubadala

12:30 BST / 13:30 CEST / 15:30 GST

The State of Global Remittances Post-Pandemic

The impact of COVID-19 on global remittances is expected to be dramatic. At the same time, the ability for people to send money to family and friends securely and with certainty is more important than ever. Financial institutions will be expected to innovate and collaborate with partners in new ways to better serve people by enabling the safe and seamless movement of money across borders that may be physically closed. The session will discuss the current remittance landscape, the long-term importance of digital enablement and short-term need for multiple disbursement methods, and why there is reason for optimism.

Moderator

Jon Chan
Associate Partner, MENA
McKinsey & Company

Panelists

Pankaj Asthaana
Vice President, Digital Payments & Labs, MENA
Mastercard

Adnan Lari
Head of Remittance
The Saudi Investment Bank

13:00 BST / 14:00 CEST / 16:00 GST

Stretch Break

13:05 BST / 14:05 CEST / 16:05 GST

The Future of Digital Banks

Technology has been critical during the pandemic. With social distancing and quarantine requirements across the globe, online banking, whether depositing via your phone or paying digitally has been a norm. As a result, digital banks’ role are front and center. This session will cover the challenges and opportunities the current crisis has presented to digital banks, its learnings and how it views its role in the financial industry going forward.

Host

James Pearson
Executive Vice President & Global Head of FI and non-bank FI
Mashreq Bank

Speaker

Bodgan Uzbekov
Product Operations Lead
Revolut

13:35 BST / 14:35 CEST / 16:35 GST

Hospitality Industry Outlook

This panel covers how the hospitality industry, specifically the Travel and Tourism industries, have been impacted and the silver lining (there’s always one or more) seen while navigating through and hopefully emerging soon from the pandemic. It also casts light on the relationship between tourism and the travel industry, plus lodging, restaurants and other industries within the hospitality industry umbrella, as a whole will have post-COVID. Will these individual industries collaborate like never before or will they individually go about their recovery separately and at some point cross paths in an effort to rebuild and recuperate. Our esteemed panel will provide insights on how they see this unfold.

Moderator

Chavan Bhogaita
Managing Director & Global Head of Market Insights and Strategy
First Abu Dhabi Bank (FAB)

Panelists

Adel Ahmad Al Redha
Chief Operating Officer
Emirates Airlines

Issam Kazim
Chief Executive Officer
Dubai Corporation for Tourism and Commerce Marketing

Mike Premo
President & Chief Executive Officer
Airline Reporting Corporation

14:20 BST / 15:20 CEST / 17:20 GST

Wrap-Up – Day 2

Speaker

Ayaz Kamlani
Managing Director & Head of GTB Financial Institutions
First Abu Dhabi Bank (FAB)

14:20 BST / 15:20 CEST /17:20 GST

General Networking Event - Day 2

Networking Session: Meet fellow attendees, catch up and enjoy each other’s company in a small group virtual setting

September 16, 2020 - Wednesday

12:00 BST / 13:00 CEST/ 15:00 GST

Welcome & Introduction – Day 3

Speakers

Mark Garfield
Chair of the Board of Directors
BAFT

Rana Beydoun
Conference Co-Chair & Head, Financial Institutions
BLOM Bank

12:05 BST / 13:05 CEST / 15:05 GST

One-on-One with Facebook

Facebook has been very busy in the past few months with increased user activity, updating as well as informing the public about COVID and combating misinformation in parallel. It is also working on launching new initiatives of its own. Social media has been a refuge to many across the world during the lockdown. This special discussion will cover behavioral trends, general popular sentiment, growth opportunities, in addition to where the company expects to make its mark post-pandemic. Given the platform is ripe for a large number of additional services, including financial services; the pertinent question would be whether Facebook envisions a deeper collaboration with banks going forward.

Host

Eric Modave
Chief Operating Officer
Arab Bank

Featured Speaker

Ramez Shehadi
Managing Director, MENA
Facebook

12:35 BST / 13:35 CEST / 15:35 GST

Spotlight on the Saudi Arabian Fintech Industry

The pandemic has accelerated our need for technology much faster than anticipated. Take this opportunity to learn what’s happening with accelerator programs today, with specific focus on the Saudi Arabian financial services technology industry, plus hear new and emerging innovative solutions from several fintech firms.

Featured Speaker

Nejoud Al Mulaik
Director
Fintech Saudi

Moderator

Anji AlJaroudi
Head of Financial Institutions
The Saudi Investment Bank

Participating Fintech Companies

  • Forus – Founder & CEO, Nosaibah Alrajhi
  • Manafa Capital – Investment Operations Director, Ahmad AlKasabi
  • PayTabs – Country Manager, Saudi Arabia Ali Alsheri
  • Raqamyah Platform – Founding Partner & CEO, Ammar Bakheet

13:05 BST / 14:05 CEST / 16:05 GST

Stretch Break

13:10 BST / 14:10 CEST / 16:10 GST

One-on-One with Microsoft

There is no doubt that digitalization and technology have been at the pinnacle of growth opportunities globally. The pandemic reinforced the critical importance of technology in everyone’s lives. With education relying on online tutorials, virtual meetings on the rise, and working from home the saving grace in continuing company/institutional services; this session covers Microsoft’s views on how it sees this continuing to evolve into the future. We will learn how Microsoft is working on positioning itself amidst this shift, including its future vision for the industry and the different initiatives it is working on with various governments in the MENA region.

Host

Mohamad Zarakat
Director & EMEA Digital Lead
BNY Mellon

Featured Speaker

Salwa Smaoui
Government Industry Leader, Middle East & Africa
Microsoft

13:40 BST / 14:40 CEST / 16:40 GST

One-on-One with Amazon

With digitalization, social media and technological advancement on the rise, coupled with shifting trade routes and evolving economies, this one-on-one discussion will shed light on the impact of COVID-19 on Amazon. This session will address how Amazon is navigating through different variables, and whether it will continue to be a prominent online sales platform or will it shift/expand its service offerings. We will also talk about how Amazon is currently supporting customers and communities regionally in light of this pandemic and its post-pandemic era strategy.

Host

Shereen Abdulla
Senior Manager, DIFC Fintech Hive
Host & Producer, Spark! with Shereen

Featured Speaker

Omar Soudodi
Managing Director
PAYFORT (An Amazon Company)

14:10 BST / 15:10 CEST / 17:10 GST

Closing Remarks

Speaker

Rana Beydoun
Conference Co-Chair & Head, Financial Institutions
BLOM Bank

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Speakers

September 2, 9, & 16, 2020
September 2, 9, & 16, 2020
Shereen Abdulla
Shereen Abdulla
Senior Manager, DIFC FinTech Hive
Host & Producer, Spark! With Shereen

Ms. Shereen Abdulla is very passionate about fostering startup ecosystems and empowering entrepreneurship education. She believes that technology has the power to transform and improve people's lives, and entrepreneurs will make that happen! On behalf of the DIFC FinTech Hive, Ms. Abdulla operates the Middle East's largest FinTech accelerator program and consults financial services and government entities on corporate innovation. She also hosts and produces the podcast Spark! with Shereen to amplify the stories of startups and innovation in the Middle East.

Adel Ahmad Al Redha
Adel Ahmad Al Redha
Chief Operating Officer
Emirates Airline

Mr. Adel Ahmad Al Redha, has been a pivotal player on the operations team since joining Emirates in 1985. He has taken on broader responsibilities with the growth of the company. His experience over the years has covered all aspects of operations and logistics, including engineering, flight operations, service delivery, airport services, network operations, and aircraft procurement. He was appointed to his current role in 2013. In his various roles with the company, he was instrumental in introducing ab initio cadet programs, engineering apprenticeships, and training in air transport management for UAE nationals pursuing careers in aviation. He also played a vital role in expanding Emirates' engineering and maintenance department, including the development of the state-of-the-art engine maintenance shop and the establishment of the Emirates Flight Training Academy.

Ibrahim Ajami
Ibrahim Ajami
Head of Ventures
Mubadala

Mr. Ibrahim Ajami is Head of Ventures at Mubadala responsible for leading Mubadala’s venture capital strategy and platform. He was previously the Executive Director of Mubadala Technology, responsible for overseeing the company’s interests in the advanced technology sector and led the development of Mubadala’s semiconductor strategy and investments. Ibrahim also served as CEO of the Advanced Technology Investment Company, a 100% owned Mubadala subsdiary. He oversaw the creation and strategic growth of GLOBALFOUNDRIES. Prior to that, he was an Associate Director at Mubadala’s Acquisitions unit executing M&A transactions around the world in various industries for Mubadala. Prior to joining Mubadala in 2006, Ibrahim worked for Occidental Petroleum and played a key role in the company's successful expansion in the Middle East and North Africa region.

Chavan Bhogaita
Chavan Bhogaita
Managing Director & Head of Market Insights and Strategy
First Abu Dhabi Bank (FAB)

Mr. Chavan Bhogaita currently works as Managing Director & Head of Market Insights and Strategy at First Abu Dhabi Bank. Earlier, he worked with the Alternative Investments and Fixed Income teams within the bank’s Global Markets Division. He joined NBAD in 2009, specialising in GCC credit markets (bonds and sukuk) across all sectors. He has over 25 years of professional experience in banking and finance, of which 20 years have been in credit research and analysis. His previous roles include Head of Middle East Credit Research at HSBC (Dubai), Head of Credit Research at Commerzbank (London), and senior credit analyst at Bear Stearns (London), and 6 years prior to his time in financial markets were spent in the areas of corporate recovery & insolvency, audit, and corporate finance in the UK.

Maram Al-Jazireh
Maram Al-Jazireh
Senior Vice President & Global Head of Financial Institutions
Arab Bank

Maram Al-Jazireh is SVP/ Global Head of Financial Institutions at Arab Bank and is responsible for relationships and business development activities with financial institutions globally. She is also a member of the Financial Institutions Credit Committee. Maram grew up in Kuwait and graduated from Oklahoma State University with a major in Accounting. Prior to joining Arab Bank in 2001, she worked at Talal Abu-Ghazaleh International, Cairo Amman Bank, Citibank N.A, Amman and ABN Amro Bank, Dubai. She is co-chair of BAFT MENA Council and an advisory board member of Beyond Capital’s governance committee. She is also a fellow of the Middle East Leadership Initiative, a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network and founder of Mid The Art Reach Project.

Neeraj Makin
Neeraj Makin
Senior Executive Vice President & Group Head, International and Group Strategy
Emirates NBD

Mr. Neeraj Makin is the Senior Executive Vice President, Group Head of International at Emirates NBD and a member of the Group Executive Committee. Additionally, he also leads the Group Strategy function. As Group Head of International, Neeraj is in charge of business and profitability management and oversight and governance of all International units. As Head of Group Strategy, Neeraj has been supporting the Group CEO/ Board on strategy development across the Group and to help develop and drive the strategic vision and aspirations for Emirates NBD and its entities/businesses along with managing its strategic acquisitions and international growth plans. Neeraj has played a pivotal role in leading Emirates NBD’s international expansion which includes the successful acquisition of BNP Paribas Egypt and DenizBank in Turkey, as well as the branch licenses in India and KSA. He has been with Emirates NBD for over 11 years now. Between 2016 and 2019 he also served as an Advisory Board member for Network International - the leading payments solution provider in Middle East and Africa which was recently listed at the London Stock Exchange through a global IPO – a project he led from ENBD’s side. He also led the acquisition of EMPH for Network International.

Eric Modave
Eric Modave
Chief Operating Officer
Arab Bank

Mr. Eric Modave is chief operating officer at Arab Bank, a position he has held since July 2014. Mr Modave has 24 years of experience in the financial services industry. Before joining Arab Bank, Mr Modave was chief operating officer of Barclays Africa, where he was based in Kenya and Johannesburg, covering 12 African countries. From 2006 until 2009, he was head of global payment operations at Barclays, in London. Before this, Mr Modave held various positions at Citibank, including head of consumer bank operations at Citibank EMEA from 2003 until 2006 and head of operations and technology at Citibank International Personal Banking, Europe between 2001 and 2003. He was chief financial officer of Citibank International Personal Banking from 1999 until 2001. Mr Modave graduated as a commercial engineer from HEC University of Liège in 1989 and became a certified chartered accountant in 1996. He also completed the Advanced Management Programme at INSEAD Business School, Fontainebleau, in 2014.

James Pearson
James Pearson
EVP - Global Head, FI & NBFI I Corporate & Investment Bank
Mashreq

James Pearson is the Global Head of Financial Institutions at Mashreq Bank, which includes coverage of clients in the Banks, Central Banks and Non-Bank Financial Institutions segments. The Financial Institutions business is an integral part of Mashreq Bank’s Corporate and Investment Banking Group. In his role at Mashreq, James is responsible for devising and implementing the overall business strategy for the Financial Institutions segment working closely with Head of CIBG to deliver a broader range of products to the Bank’s clients while driving other growth initiatives. James possesses over 30 years’ experience in corporate and investment banking and has worked extensively with banks, insurers, investors and intermediaries. Before joining Mashreq, he worked with Nomura where he served as Head of Financial Institutions, Asia (ex-Japan). Prior to Nomura, he worked at Standard Chartered Bank in Singapore for seven years, where he was the Global Head of Financial Institutions Industry Coverage and Global Head of Insurance Clients.

Mike Premo
Mike Premo
President & CEO
Airline Reporting Corporation (ARC)

Mr. Mike Premo, as president and chief executive officer, and as a member of ARC’s board of directors, leads the company’s strategy in bringing airlines and their agents together to do more business and do it more efficiently. He and his executive team oversee operations for ARC’s traditional accreditation and settlement work and also its rapidly growing data business. Mr. Premo became ARC’s president and chief executive officer in June 2011 after serving as the company’s vice president of business development. Before joining ARC in 2006, he served as the senior vice president of Global Network for TQ3 Travel Solutions and held senior executive positions at Navigant International, TQ3’s parent company. He also served as the president of SatoTravel from 1990 to 1999. Having grown up in Minnesota, Mr. Premo began his industry career as a reservations agent at Northwest Airlines, after which he entered the agency business at Gelco Travel. He is also the proud grandfather of five granddaughters and one grandson.

Hossam Rageh
Hossam Rageh
Executive Director & Acting CEO
Mayfair Bank - CIB

Mr. Hossam Rageh has over 36 years of experience in Finance, Investment and Trade finance through working for various financial Institutions in the MENA region. Mr. Rageh is currently heading the Regional Expansion Group at Commercial International Bank (Egypt) where he established the Representative office of the bank in Addis Ababa last year and is currently managing CIB’s subsidiary in Kenya named Mayfair- CIB limited. Back in 2005 he was the managing director of CIB’s 1st Representative for the Gulf region based in Dubai. His role was focused on sourcing direct investments, attracting FDI funds, participating in project finance and syndications in the GCC region. He was previously the head of FIG at CIB from 2011 till 2020, managing a team of 50 finance professionals focused on expanding the business of the bank in three distinctive business lines, Correspondent Banking, Non-Banking Financial Institutions and Development Finance.

Hazem Shish
Hazem Shish
Managing Director & Head of FIG Middle East, Turkey and Africa
Barclays Investment Bank
Salwa Smaoui
Salwa Smaoui
Government Industry Leader, Middle East & Africa
Microsoft
Omar Soudodi
Omar Soudodi
Managing Director
PAYFORT (An Amazon Company)

Mr. Omar Soudodi has been on the helm of PayFort since its inception in 2013 and led the expansion to eight countries in the Middle East to support various industries such as: e-commerce, travel, airlines, telcos, government and insurance to name a few and later spearheaded the team to the successful exit to Amazon, Inc. in 2017. He now serves as Director of Payments for Amazon in the Middle East. Prior to PayFort, he successfully launched Souq.com in Egypt in 2010 that enabled millions of buyers to make their first purchase online and tens of thousands of sellers to uncover new opportunities by selling online. Before joining Souq.com, Mr. Soudodi co-founded Accelarabia.com; the first fintech company in the Middle East in late 2005, raised a successful round of funding from large corporations such as ORASCOM Development in 2006, and originated over one billion AED in real-estate loans by 2008.

Mohamad Zarakat
Mohamad Zarakat
Director & EMEA Digital Lead
BNY Mellon

Mr. Mohamad Zaraket, as a Digital Lead, is responsible to derive and execute on BNY Mellon digital strategy for the EMEA region. He’s mostly focused on finding innovative solutions for clients’ needs, fostering an internal culture of innovation, and building relationships with the fintech ecosystem. He brings over 12 years of international experience within the financial services industry, spanning roles in digital, innovation, finance & front office. Prior to working for BNY Mellon, he spent 4 years at HSBC Dubai in various roles.

FAQ's

What software or platform is this being hosted on?

The 2020 Virtual MENA Bank to Bank Forum will be accessible on the BAFT Events app via desktop, mobile or tablet. You will need to download the BAFT Events app ahead of time either at the Google Play or Apple Store. The app is also accessible on desktop at event.crowdcompass.com/vmena. The app will be available prior to the event. You will receive a personalized link from BAFT reminding you to download the event app.

The livestream sessions will be broadcast via Zoom Webinar. You need to download Zoom to your device, if you don’t have it installed. Day of the virtual event, make sure you are signed in to BAFT Events and Zoom for a seamless event experience

Why do I need the BAFT Events app?

The BAFT Events app is your gateway to the virtual event. You can access the event via your mobile phone, tablet or on the web. With BAFT Events, you can:

  • Join the live sessions, ask questions, participate in polls
  • See a list of attendees, speakers and their shared information
  • Send messages and connect with attendees and speakers before, during and after the event
  • Access the program and schedule sessions you plan to attend
  • Take notes on sessions and email them to yourself after the session
  • Access any speaker handouts, session and or sponsor flyers
  • Connect with sponsors, solution providers and exhibitors
Do I need to download anything?

Yes, you will need to download the BAFT Events app either via Google Play or the Apple Store ahead of time if you plan to use your mobile device or tablet. The app will be available prior to the event. You will receive a personalized link from BAFT reminding you to download the event app.

If you are planning to join the virtual event via your laptop or desktop computer, you simply need to use the online link sent to you as part of your account confirmation.

How will I login in during the event?

To join the virtual event, simply log in to BAFT Events app from your mobile device or tablet, or go online if using a laptop or desktop computer. Make sure to type the email address you used to register for the event. You can then proceed to My Schedule, choose the session and click on ‘Join Live Webcast’ to join the session.

Will you email me information about logging in and who can help me if I have issues?

Yes, BAFT will send an email to download the BAFT Events app. A reminder will be sent closer to the event dates if you have not downloaded and set up your account yet. You can always contact ev[email protected] if you have issues downloading or logging in to BAFT Events.

What if I cannot attend the sessions live? Am I able to watch later?

All sessions will be recorded and available on-demand to all registered attendees via the app and on secured pages on the BAFT website. An email will be sent to all attendees once these recordings are available.

What if my institution or company doesn’t allow me to access the platform?

Please test ahead of time to ensure you can join the virtual event. The BAFT Events app works best with Internet Explorer (IE) 11, as well as the latest versions of Firefox, Chrome, Safari, and Microsoft Edge. If using a mobile device, IOS 11 or higher and Andriod 7.0 or higher work best.

The webcast for each session is via Zoom Webinar. If your device does not have Zoom installed, please make sure you download and sign in to Zoom prior to the virtual event.

To test, sign in to your BAFT Event account then select a session under Agenda or My Schedule and click on the Join Webinar link. BAFT Events works in several devices – computers, tablets and mobile phone. If one device doesn’t work, we suggest you test other devices ahead of time to make sure you can access the sessions.

Will I be able to ask questions?

Yes, you can certainly ask questions via a Q&A dialog box during each session.

Will I be able to speak with the other attendees? Will other attendees be able to see me?

You can connect with attendees before, during and after the event. Simply click the Attendees icon, and you can search, message, exchange contact details and even arrange meeting times with fellow attendees.

No, other attendees will not be able to see you during the sessions. Zoom Webinar is a one-to-many platform. You will be able to see the speakers and panelists, but they will not be able to see you.

Will you go back to in person workshops next year? Or still hold the virtual training?

For the safety of our members, speakers and attendees, we are currently only offering virtual events. As the situation improves, we will re-evaluate the best medium – in-person or virtual, to offer these workshops and other events going forward. Please check our website for the latest updates on our conference and event offerings.

Connect with Transaction Bankers Virtually in the New Normal

Due to COVID-19, BAFT has shifted our in-person MENA Bank to Bank Forum into a month long virtual offering, the 2020 Virtual MENA Bank to Bank Forum. Join transaction bankers and industry leaders involved in cross-border payments and trade as we discuss key issues and best practices specific to the MENA region. This virtual conference, presented over the course of 3 weeks, will focus on correspondent banking with topics related to de-risking, Islamic banking challenges and opportunities, the evolving trade and payment landscapes, and regulatory reform for transaction banking.

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This is your opportunity to position your organization as a thought leader and connect with your peers and clients. Sponsorship packages include speaking roles that influence program content, premier marketing and branding opportunities that help reach your ideal demographic and access exclusive event attendee lists, including contact details, so you can follow up effectively with your prospective leads and clientele.

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  • Option to send one pager/virtual flyer to registered attendees pre or post-event
  • Logo displayed on PowerPoint slide during event opening of each series session
  • Logo included on conference website, registration page and confirmation email
  • Logo included on all email promotion pre- and post-event
  • Recognition as Diamond Sponsor for on-demand recording page and live recording**
  • Recognition as Diamond Sponsor on BAFT Events “Featured Sponsors” page with option to link your company profile and documents to a customizable “Sponsor Profile” page
  • Registration list with contact details (name, company, title, email) pre- and post-event
Platinum Sponsor
  • 2 Complimentary Passes to MENA 2021
  • 2 Discounted Passes to MENA 2021
  • Recognition as Platinum Sponsor during event opening of each series session
  • Speaking opportunity in the conference program*
  • Sponsored rotating banner featured on BAFT Events mobile and desktop applications for 5 seconds
  • Option to send one pager/virtual flyer to registered attendees pre or post-event
  • Logo displayed on PowerPoint slide during event opening of each series session
  • Logo included on conference website, registration page and confirmation email
  • Logo included on all email promotion pre- and post-event
  • Recognition as Platinum Sponsor for on-demand recording page and live recording**
  • Recognition as Platinum Sponsor on BAFT Events “Featured Sponsors” page with option to link your company profile and documents to a customizable “Sponsor Profile” page
  • Registration list with contact details (name, company, title, email) pre- and post-event
Gold Sponsor
  • 1 Complimentary Pass to MENA 2021
  • 1 Discounted Pass to MENA 2021
  • Recognition as Gold Sponsor during event opening of each series session
  • Speaking opportunity in the conference program*
  • Logo displayed on PowerPoint slide during event opening of each series session
  • Logo included on conference website, registration page and confirmation email
  • Logo included on all email promotion pre- and post-event
  • Recognition as Gold Sponsor for on-demand recording page and live recording**
  • Recognition as Gold Sponsor on BAFT Events “Featured Sponsors” page with option to link your company profile and documents to a customizable “Sponsor Profile” page
  • Registration list with contact details (name, company, title, email) pre- and post-event
Corporate Sponsor
  • Recognition as Corporate Sponsor during event opening of each series session
  • Logo displayed on PowerPoint slide during event opening of each series session
  • Logo included on conference website, registration page and confirmation email
  • Logo included on all email promotion pre- and post-event
  • Recognition as Corporate Sponsor for on-demand recording page and live recording**
  • Recognition as Corporate Sponsor on BAFT Events “Featured Sponsors” page with option to link your company profile and documents to a customizable “Sponsor Profile” page
  • Registration list with contact details (name, company, title, email) pre- and post-event

Additional Sponsorship Opportunities

BAFT Events Mobile and Desktop Application – (one available)
  • 1 Complimentary Pass to MENA 2021
  • 1 Discounted Pass to MENA 2021
  • Sponsored splash page with company branding BAFT Events mobile application
  • Sponsored rotating banner featured on conference BAFT Events mobile and desktop applications for 7 seconds
  • Option to send one pager/virtual flyer to registered attendees pre or post-event
  • Recognition as BAFT Events Mobile/Desktop App Sponsor during event opening of each series session
  • Logo displayed on PowerPoint slide during event opening of each series session
  • Logo included on conference website, registration page and confirmation email
  • Logo included on all email promotion pre- and post-event
  • Recognition as Sponsor for on-demand recording page and live recording**
  • Recognition as Sponsor on BAFT Events “Featured Sponsors” page with option to link your company profile and documents to a customizable “Sponsor Profile” page
  • Registration list with contact details (name, company, title, email) pre- and post-event
Virtual Breaks – (three available)
  • Sponsored branding, logo and/or 30 second video advertisement displayed during break in content programming
  • Recognition as Virtual Break Sponsor during event opening of each series session
  • Logo displayed on PowerPoint slide during event opening of each series session
  • Logo included on conference website, registration page and confirmation email
  • Logo included on all email promotion pre- and post-event
  • Recognition as Virtual Break Sponsor for on-demand recording page and live recording**
  • Recognition as Virtual Sponsor on BAFT Events “Featured Sponsors” page with option to link your company profile and documents to a customizable “Sponsor Profile” page
  • Registration list with contact details (name, company, title, email) pre- and post-event
BAFT Events Mobile and Desktop Banner – (three available)
  • Sponsored rotating banner featured on BAFT Events mobile and desktop applications for 5 seconds
  • Recognition as Banner Sponsor during event opening of each session
  • Logo displayed on PowerPoint slide during event opening of each session
  • Logo included on conference website, registration page and confirmation email
  • Logo included on all email promotion pre- and post-event
  • Recognition as Banner Sponsor for on-demand recording page and live recording**
  • Recognition as Banner Sponsor on BAFT Events “Featured Sponsors” page with option to link your company profile and documents to a customizable “Sponsor Profile” page
  • Registration list with contact details (name, company, title, email) pre- and post-event

*Subject to planning committee approval
**Subject to speaker release agreement approval

Looking for something specific? We can customize your sponsorship package to meet your target goals. Contact us to tailor and book your package today!

For more information please contact:
Matt Kaitz, [email protected], +1 703-200-9071 Visit: www.baft.org

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