Current Speakers UAE 2024

Jaspal Singh

Senior Product Owner

Jaspal Singh

Jaspal Singh is a business problem solver who believes in the power of technology. Currently, he has been working as a Product Owner in one of the largest banks of the GCC region. He is responsible for the success of the digital transformation programs spanning from Retail Banking to SME Banking. He is passionate about Blockchain and Data Science problems. He is a certified professional in Blockchain and Data Science.
Right from childhood days, he has profound interest in numbers which resulted in pursuing the Computer Science Engineering. He was the first student of his engineering college to score perfect 100 in mathematics in the third semester. He has published research papers on Cryptography and Wireless Technologies in the international conferences during the engineering. The same interest in numbers leads to his interest in Data Science and Blockchain. Time to time, he speaks in the conferences on the Digital Banking including Blockchain and AI.

Mohamad Najmeddine

Head of Digital Banking and API

Mohamad Najmeddine

Devid Jegerson

Chief Operating Officer, Invest Bank

Devid Jegerson

Mr. Jegerson is currently Chief Operating Officer at Invest Bank and is a highly accomplished senior professional, with a track record full of ground-breaking industry firsts.  He held various management positions with institutions such as UBI Banca, IW Bank, and the National Bank of Fujairah. In addition, he is credited with visionary projects in the areas of eCommerce, Payment Gateways and Digital Wallets, with game-changing pioneers such as PayPal, Fastweb and most recently as one of the founders of Noon.com. His experience spans some 31 years in senior banking and finance positions, with impressive expertise in Operations and Information Technology. He holds a Bachelor of Economics and Business degree, a Master’s degree in Strategy from Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore and an MBA from MIP Business School of Management (Politecnico di Milano).

Aon Raza

Head of Transformation

Aon Raza

Aon Raza is an insurance industry transformation specialist, currently serving as the Head of Transformation at Al Wathba Insurance. With over 12 of experience in the field, Aon is at the forefront of driving digital transformation initiatives within the insurance sector.

Aon’s expertise lies in leveraging cutting-edge technology and data analytics to revolutionize traditional insurance practices, making them more agile, customer-centric, and efficient. His strategic insights have helped many insurance companies adapt to the digital age.

Sridhar Iyer

Group Chief Digital Officer & Deputy Group Head of Consumer Banking

Sridhar Iyer

A senior banker with over 30 years of experience in building Digital Businesses , Innovation and managing large P&Ls . Possess a track record of achievements having worked for some of the largest International banks in the world – Citibank, Lloyds Banking Group and Mashreq Bank in EMEA, Asia Pacific and MENA respectively. Have strong leadership presence and team management capabilities.

Giovanni Everduin

Chief Strategy & Innovation Officer

Giovanni Everduin

Giovanni, widely known as Gio, is a distinguished professional and Harvard Business School alum (GMP21) with an extensive 23-year track record marked by a combination of passion, creative problem-solving, and exceptional people skills in diverse cross-cultural settings. Formerly a strategy consultant, Gio has navigated his career from the position of Chief People Officer in a rapidly growing startup to assuming broader, strategic roles that encompass innovation, Web3 technologies, and traditional business strategy and execution.

Currently serving as the Head of Strategy, Innovation & Ventures for a medium-sized bank, Gio oversees critical areas such as Strategy, Transformation, Customer Experience (CX), Business Intelligence (BI), the Venture arm, Fintech Partnerships & Innovation Lab, Web3, AI, and the Metaverse. His fervent dedication lies in discovering utility and use cases for Web3 and Web2.5, including DeFi, tokenization, custody, ZK proof, and digital assets, within the banking industry.

Gio’s professional journey reflects a commitment to rethinking the role of a bank in the context of Web3. He firmly believes in a fundamental paradigm shift, a new operating model, and a mindset change to align with the evolving landscape. With a passion for innovation and a strategic vision, Gio stands at the forefront of reshaping the future of banking in the Web3 era.

Dmitry Artemiev

Chief Compliance Officer

Dmitry Artemiev

Specialties:
• Financial Crime and Regulatory Compliance in global financial institutions
• Wealth Management / Investment Compliance with a strong knowledge of conventional and alternative investment products
• Commodity trading compliance
• MiFID, EMIR and REMIT compliance
• Compliance and AML policy development and implementation
• Compliance and AML related MI and reporting tools
• Compliance Monitoring & Testing / Assurance

Kaushik Kadayam

Regional Chief Operating Officer

Kaushik Kadayam

Ramkumar Balasubramaniam

CFO - Middle East & Africa

Ramkumar Balasubramaniam

Ram is an International Banking CFO with a wealth of Finance experience working in Retail, Corporate and Investment Banks. He has led several Finance transformation projects and has leveraged the unique position of the CFO at the intersection of finance, technology and strategy to drive digitalization and inspiring a data-driven decision making culture. He is also engaged with the wider Finance community, often speaking at events on the challenges facing the function and how to be ready for the future or making the function future proof

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CFOs are the go-to experts in the finance domain, but need to escape from the ‘curse of expertise’ that could make them over estimate their own knowledge and become closed-minded. They would do well to cultivate a ‘beginner’s mind’ and approach the new technologies with openness, curiosity, flexibility and a desire to learn thereby unlocking many possibilities to become a value-adding finance function and the ultimately the custodian of performance for the firm.

Linoy Kidd

GBM MENAT CIO

Linoy Kidd

Prior to her current role, Ms. Linoy Kidd was the GBM (Global Banking and Markets) CIO for Mexico. Linoy has worked for HSBC for over 14 years in multiple locations including London, HK, China, Mexico and Dubai.

Developing teams to be part of the global strategic lens. She also started Infusion100 a movement 5 years to give back to communities around the world. Since its inception Infusion100 has built 5 schools and 1 house. The 5 schools are in: Malawi (2), Senegal, Haiti, Nicaragua and the house build is in Mexico.

She’s also a mother and a keens sport woman having walked over 2000km for charity.

Gigi Mathew Thomas

Group Director – IT & Digital Transformation

Gigi Mathew Thomas

Business driven and provides leadership for the continued development of an innovative, robust, and secure information technology environment throughout the Group and its 35+ Entities spanning multiple industry segments (Manufacturing, Construction, Contracting, Trading, Medical Services, Oil & Gas Services etc). Spearheaded Ittihad to be a winner of the SAP Quality Awards 2020 UAE in the Cloud Transformation Category, Cloud Champion of the Year 2021 (Holding Group), Best Digital Transformation Project of the Year 2021, CIO of the Year (Diversified Group) 2021, 2022 & 2023, CIO Leadership Award 2022 (Tawahultech), CXO50 of the year 2022, Smart Innovation Award 2022 etc and also was awarded for SAP Quality Awards 2021 Finalist in the Business Transformation Cloud Category for Middle East & North Africa.

An innovative thinker with a strategic vision and always strives to drive the value of Information Technology as a ‘Business Enabler’.

Mohamed Shawky

IT Director | Digital Workplace at Emirates NBD

Mohamed Shawky

Technology director with over twenty years predominantly in Banking and Financial Services sector. Strong track record in many aspects of technology including transformation, program delivery, operating model, technology and operations strategy and design, service management, risk management, cost performance optimisation and vendor/outsourcing management. Leading remote teams. Strong leader, team builder, and founder of strong relationships with stakeholders at all levels and in all cultures across the globe

Dr. Yoonus C Ahammed

Director, Data Science - Transaction Monitoring

Dr. Yoonus C Ahammed

Dr. Yoonus is a highly experienced senior analytics professional with over 14 years of expertise in the fields of data science, financial crime compliance, and quantitative finance. He holds a PhD in Mathematics-Finance (Interdisciplinary) and a Masters in Mathematics. Additionally, he is certified by ACAMS (Association of Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialists). Dr. Yoonus has worked in various financial institutions and across different geographical locations, gaining valuable experience and knowledge. Dr. Yoonus is known for his leadership skills and ability to build high-performing analytics teams. Dr. Yoonus is passionate about technology and keeps a close eye on advancements in AI/ML, Network Analytics, and Entity Consolidation. He believes in the potential of these technologies to effectively combat financial crime and enhance the efficiency of Transaction Monitoring programs

In addition to his professional roles, Dr. Yoonus serve as Strategic Advisor, MENA Financial Crime Compliance (FCCG) Artificial Intelligence Working Group. He also serves as the Chairperson of the Industry Advisory Panel for the Humanities and Social Sciences Department at Birla Institute Of Technology and Science, Pilani Dubai.

Imran Kannuti

Banque Misr Head, Operations Digitalization & Transformation

Imran Kannuti

Proven leadership in building digital transformaton strategy & managing transformation initiatives leveraging modern engineering practices(Automation, API, RPA, Agile, Cloud..) deriving value for business & customers. Successfull in establishing EPMO/PMO governance & framework, Portfolio & Program management & delivery, building project governance templates & repository, EPMO/PMO dashboards, CAPEX/OPEX, track benefits realization, manage RFP & vendor governance within banking & insurance.
Worked for reputed banking & insurance giants in middle east(UAE, Qatar & KSA) and successfully led & delivered technology driven business, regulatory, compliance, retail, corporate, risk, infra and info-sec projects portfolio on TEMENOS T24, Oracle FLEXCUBE & TCS BaNCs core banking platforms integrating with third party applications & technologies under SWIFT, ATM, AML, Digital Branch, immediate payment system, UAEFTS, DDS, Collections, Treasury, loan origination, call center, Windows OS upgrade, Data migration, Data Warehouse, ESB, API, STP, Cloud, LC/NC Platform, AI & RPA supported by regional and international vendors.

Ahmed Nabil

Head of Cyber Defense and Security Operations

Ahmed Nabil

Ahmed is currently the Head of Cyber Defense and Security Operations in a Leading bank, Prior to this Ahmed was the Corporate Chief Information Security Officer, Regional Security Manager and Chief Security Architect in multiple Organizations in Egypt, UAE and Middle East across different segments as Banks, Payment services, utilities, Oil and Gas organizations. Ahmed Nabil has more than 20 years of experience in the field of Information Security, Technology/Systems, Infrastructure, Project Management, Cyber Defense, Application Automation, Cloud Architecture, IT management and holds several professional certification

Claire Maslen

Senior Consultant Independent

Claire Maslen

Sarah Sahwan

Service Director - VP (tbc)

Sarah Sahwan

Sarah Sahwan, a Service Director and Vice President at BNY Mellon, brings over 17 years of extensive experience in customer service within the banking sector, spanning cash management, communications, and marketing. With a robust set of competencies and skills, she consistently delivers exceptional value to clients and partners.

As the leader of the asset servicing team for the Gulf Region and Subsahara, Sarah oversees the delivery of high-quality services and solutions, ensuring strict compliance with regional regulations and standards. She has a successful track record of implementing initiatives geared towards enhancing customer satisfaction, retention, and loyalty. These initiatives include conducting regular business reviews, launching feedback surveys, and streamlining processes and workflows.

Leveraging skills in market analysis, client services, project management, and continuous improvement, she provides strategic insights and recommendations to both her team and senior management. Sarah’s overarching mission is to foster lasting relationships with clients and partners while actively contributing to the growth and development of business in the region.

In her professional ethos, Sarah values integrity, openness, trust, teamwork, and a solution-oriented approach. Committed to ongoing personal and professional development, she is currently pursuing a Certificate in Sustainable Investing from Harvard Business School Online, reflecting her dedication to staying at the forefront of emerging and critical fields.

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