BAFT MENA Bank to Bank Forum
Challenges, Opportunities, and Innovation in Correspondent Banking
March 7-8, 2018
Jumeirah Emirates Towers
Dubai, UAE

 
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Tuesday, March 6, 2018

08:30 – 15:45
Pre-Conference Workshop: SWIFT gpi Day

We are excited to offer a pre-conference workshop to our BAFT MENA Bank to Bank Forum attendees on SWIFTgpi, new standard in cross-border payments, on Tuesday, March 6. This is a deeper dive into gpi’s key features and services, and highlight the value of gpi in the Middle East. This free event will be held at the Park Hyatt Dubai from 09:30-15:30.This is a closed event, but open to BAFT MENA Bank to Bank Forum financial institution attendees, included as a bonus to your attendee registration.

Upon completing your registration to the BAFT MENA Bank to Bank Forum, a link to register to the SWIFTgpi pre-conference workshop will be included in your confirmation page.

Note: SWIFT has a right to decline attendance to the workshop at their discretion.


Wednesday, March 7, 2018

07.30 – 08.30
Event Registration
08.30 – 08.45
Welcome Address
Vineet Varma
MENA Council Co–chair
Senior Managing Director and Global Head of Financial Institutions Group
First Abu Dhabi Bank

Ani Panse
Program Chair
Managing Director and Head of Trade Product Management
GTB Business and Product Management
First Abu Dhabi Bank

Tod Burwell
President and CEO
BAFT
08.45 –09.00
BAFT Global Update
Speaker
Tod Burwell
President and CEO
BAFT
09.00 – 09.30
Keynote Address
Keynote Speaker
Jan Willem Sudmann
Head of International Banking Group
Mashreq Group
09.30 – 10.25
MENA Trade Hub: Facilitating Global Trade Flows
This session will cover MENA’s role in facilitating global trade including opportunities and challenges amidst the growing Asia trade business within the region, impact of digitization on Trade Finance and closer look at OBOR, China’s One Belt One Road global trade plan, and it’s potential implications to the region.
Moderator
Manoj Menon
Group Head of Transaction Banking
First Abu Dhabi Bank
Panelists
Zhao Guoqiang
Deputy General Manager
Industrial and Commercial Bank of China Limited

Elias Hajj
Associate Principal
McKinsey & Company

Gurumurthy Palani
Head of Global Transaction Banking
Gulf International Bank

Asif Raza
Head of Corporate Banking MENA, Turkey, Russia & CIS
JP Morgan
10.25 – 10.45
Networking Coffee/Tea Break
10.45 – 11.40
CEO Views on Financial Services in the Region
There are many threats and challenges impacting the Financial Services industry which are a driving force transforming this industry. Increasingly cyber security threats, regulatory reforms and fast paced technological changes are changing the financial services business model. In addition, FinTech revolution is also chipping away at some of the core capabilities traditionally offered by banks. Customer expectation fueled by technology revolution is also forcing banks to think differently and to innovate and transform themselves. The session will answer questions from what should banks do differently to be more relevant to meet customer's needs to the impact of FinTech on Financial Services, including the role of regulators in these evolving trends.
Moderator
Tod Burwell
President and CEO
BAFT
Panelists
Saad Azhari
Chairman of the Board and General Manager
BLOM BANK SAL

Andre Sayegh
Deputy Group CEO
First Abu Dhabi Bank
11.40 – 12.35
An Insight Into Regulations At Work
This session provides an insider’s view, from both regulators and bankers, on regulations in the Middle East compared to other markets such as UK, Singapore and the US. In addition, the panel will discuss what key regulations will have the largest impact to how we do business today, and forecast what MENA regulations might look in 2020.
Moderator
Bhavin Shah
Partner | Financial Advisory
Deloitte
Panelists
Akhil Mahesh
Regional Head, Financial Institutions—Middle East and North Africa
Standard Chartered Bank

Michael Wong
Head of AML Compliance
Emirates NBD

Sean Moore
Strategic Account Director – MENA Region
Fenergo

Surendra Shetty
Chief Information Officer
UAE Exchange

Lawrence Paramasivam
Director, Supervision
Dubai Financial Services Authority
12.35 – 13.30
Technology Trends in Transaction Banking – Catch the Wave or Be Left in its Wake
The pace of innovation is accelerating in Transaction Banking for numerous reasons including rapidly evolving client expectations, new market entrants and competition, growing regulatory and compliance pressures, cybersecurity threats, and emerging technologies. The focus of this panel is on the emerging technologies that have the potential to transform transaction banking as we seek to address the other noted drivers of innovation in our industry. Technologies and trends such as digitization, distributed ledger technology (aka, “blockchain”), data analytics, robotic process automation, and machine learning/artificial intelligence among others, present both opportunities and challenges for transaction banks to consider. Our panelists will discuss how these technologies are being explored by their institutions to transform payments and trade to better serve our clients and operate more efficiently today and in the future.
Moderator
Uma Kymal
Consulting Director
PwC
Panelists
Thomas Hirschi
Executive Director, Head of Banking and Insurance
Financial Services Regulatory Authority
Abu Dhabi Global Market

Rahul Jayakar
Head of Global Transaction Services, Product & Trade
Mashreqbank psc

Jacek Kurantowicz
Head Cash Management
Abu Dhabi Commercial Bank

Christopher Mager
Head of Global Innovation
BNY Mellon Treasury Services
13.30 – 15.00
Lunch with Speaker
Speaker
Carla Slim
Economist MENA and Turkey, Financial Markets
Standard Chartered Bank
15.00 – 18.00
Bilateral Meetings
The MENA Bank to Bank Forum is an excellent venue to network with peers, colleagues and clients. We recognize this need and carved out this time exclusively for bilateral and small group meetings. We request attendees conduct meetings strictly during this time, or before/after the general session programming each day

 

Tables for bilateral meetings are available in Godolphin 1 & 2. Select tables are reserved for Diamond, Platinum and Gold Sponsors.

18.00 – 19.00
Networking Cocktail Reception

Thursday, March 8, 2018

07.30 – 08.30
Event Registration
08.30 – 08.45
Welcome Address
Tod Burwell
President and CEO
BAFT
08.45 –09.30
Executive Roundtable
An interactive conversation with senior executives on the state of payments and technology affecting banks today. Questions ranging from cryptocurrencies and blockchain’s impact on the future of correspondent banking to the business case and technical competencies of banks to run new technology projects to the adoption of pay as you go model on the cloud (Saas) will be addressed.
Speakers
Navin Gupta
Country Head, India
Ripple

Eric Modave
Chief Operating Officer
Arab Bank

Harry Newman
Head of Banking
SWIFT
09.30 – 10.25
Islamic Financing: Trends and Opportunities
Experts address critical issues affecting Islamic financing today, from the evolution of Islamic Banking within the larger banking industry to the relevance of Islamic trade solutions across Islamic economies, to challenges facing the industry over the next few years.
Moderator
Shamzani Hussain
Islamic Banking Head
First Abu Dhabi Bank
Panelists
Khurram Hilal
Managing Director, Head of Group Islamic Products
Standard Chartered Bank

Ijlal Ahmed Alvi
CEO
International Islamic Financial Market (IIFM)

Mian Muhammad Nazir
CEO, Dar Al Sharia
Dubai Islamic Bank
10.25 – 11:40
Networking Coffee/Tea Break
10:45 – 11:25
Payment Modernization and An Enriched Client Experience
Discuss the changes and progress made in the payments realm in recent years and delve deeper into how new technologies will drive improvements in the client experience.
Moderator
Ross Jones
Head of FX Payments
BNY Mellon Treasury Services
Panelists
Onur Ozan
Head of Middle East, North Africa and Turkey
SWIFT

Carolina Rodrigues
Head of Cash Management Product
Abu Dhabi Commercial Bank

Bhavesh Shivshanker
Senior Manager Cash & Working Capital
Etihad Airways
11.40 – 12.35
Focus on Commodities
A deeper dive on the state of the commodities market in the MENA region today. Topics to be covered during the session include its current landscape, financing of commodities, external factors impacting its players, and future outlook.
Moderator
Ali Shafqat
CEO
Qbera Capital LLP
Panelists
Anas Bennani
Head of Structured Trade and Commodity Finance
Bankmed

Clement Briquetti
Finance and Group Treasury Manager
Socar Trading Dubai

Laurent Hawath
Head of Commodities Finance
Commercial Bank of Dubai

Anish Jain
Chief Treasury Officer
ETG Group
12.35 – 13.30
De–Risking Challenges: How Can Banks Cope
This session will cover the role regulators, FI, and stakeholders play, as well as the consequences of de-risking. Issues and questions to be discussed include the current trends, who is driving de-risking, what is at stake for banks in the region, and is there any end in sight?
Moderator
Maram Al-Jazireh
Senior Vice President, Global Head of Financial Institutions
Arab Bank
Panelists
Badri Ali AlKadhim
Founder and Non - Executive Director
BAK (theGPIS)

Haseeb Ansari
Chief Compliance Officer
United Arab Bank

Chafic Haddad
Head of EMEA FI and Correspondent Banking
Citi

Akhil Mahesh
Regional Head, Financial Institutions—Middle East and North Africa
Standard Chartered Bank
13.30
Closing Remarks
Ani Panse
Program Chair
Managing Director and Head of Trade Product Management
GTB Business and Product Management
First Abu Dhabi Bank

Ziad Ghosn
MENA Council Co-Chair
Global Head of F.I. & Transaction Banking
Bankmed

Tod Burwell
President and CEO
BAFT