26 May 2021
Armani Hotel, Burj Khalifa
Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Future of Banking Innovation

An exclusive gathering of the region’s leading bankers and technology professionals to discuss pressing challenges of the new digital financial landscape and identify the myriad opportunities presented by the advanced business frontier.

  • 150+ Regional banking, finance and technology leaders
  • 25+ Thought leaders and Experts
  • 6 In-depth forward-looking technology sessions on the future of banking
  • 6 Hours of Networking


2020 is a year we all want to forget. The cost whether human, psychological or financial is unprecedented. However, this pandemic has given everyone – individuals and businesses, new learnings and different perspectives.

Banks, facing challenges from competition, the uncertain global economy, big techs and now the pandemic must adapt and strategize to build banking which not only survives, but thrives and provides value which is a new normal to consumers.

The meaning of growth has changed with plans and projections for the future disrupted. At the MEA Finance Banking Technology Summit & Awards 2021, the regional leaders will discuss the pressing priorities and how to focus on rebuilding, in a series of interactive panel debates.

The Summit will be followed by our inaugural Banking Technology Awards to recognise and celebrate the achievements of the banks and technology businesses at the forefront of digital transformation who have worked together to deliver smarter, effective and efficient systems to serve their clients and customers.



    Bryan Stirewalt Chief ExecutiveDubai Financial Services Authority
  • Abe Karar Chief Digital OfficerFintech Galaxy
  • Ahmad Abu Eideh Chief Executive OfficerUnited Arab Bank
  • Angela Halawi Financial Services LeadMicrosoft
  • Brian Yeoh Head of Data and Technology GovernanceFSRA, Abu Dhabi Global Market
  • Cassim Docrat Regional DirectorDDCAP (DIFC) Limited
  • Damon Madden Principal Product Sales SpecialistACI Worldwide, Inc.
  • Devid Jegerson Head of Customer Experience and Platform DevelopmentNational Bank of Fujairah PJSC
  • Ellis Wang Group Head of Technology, Transformation and InformationMashreq
  • Fraser Brown Executive Director, Banking & InsuranceAbu Dhabi Global Market
  • Gaurav Dubey Chief Executive OfficerTDeFi Accelerator
  • Giselle Bou Ghanem Senior Program Manager for Public Cloud - International CTO OfficeAvaya
  • Ghinwa Baradhi Chief Information Officer - Middle East, Northern Africa & Turkey (MENAT)HSBC
  • Gonçalo Traquina Advisory PartnerKPMG Lower Gulf
  • Haifa Aboufarah Enterprise Account Manager - FSIDell Technologies
  • Ken Coghill Director and Head of Innovation & Technology Risk SupervisionDubai Financial Services Authority
  • Kokila Alagh FounderKARM Legal Consultants
  • Mohamed Roushdy, MBA Chief Executive OfficerFintech Bazaar
  • Mohammed Abdel-Razek CIO - Africa, Middle East & Islamic BankingStandard Chartered Bank
  • Nicolai Solling Chief Technology OfficerHelp AG
  • Omar Akar Vice President & Managing Director, Cloud & AI BGHuawei Middle East
  • Onur Ozan Head of Middle East, North Africa and TurkeySWIFT
  • Pedro Pinto Coelho ChairmanPortuguese Fintech and InsurTech Association
  • Rajashekara Maiya Global Head of Business Consulting and Product StrategyInfosys Finacle
  • Sanat Rao Chief Business Officer & Global HeadInfosys Finacle
  • Saud Al Dhawyani Chief Technology OfficerEmirates NBD
  • Shantnoo Saxsena Chief Operating OfficerMass DeFi
  • Stefan Kimmel Chief Operating OfficerCommercial Bank of Dubai
  • Valérie Bauloye Head of Channels & Partner ManagementAppway
  • Waleed Saied Mohamed Hasabelnabi Co-Founder - VP TechnologyCubic Systems
  • Yan Bechet Head of Client Coverage, Dubai Commercial BankingHSBC Bank Middle East Limited
  • Yuri Misnik Group Chief Technology OfficerFirst Abu Dhabi Bank
  • Zubair Ahmed Executive Vice President & General Manager of Middle East & AfricaVeriPark


Why Attend

More than 150 regional banking and technology leaders with a format attracting the entire spectrum of interested professionals including regulators, technology companies, start-ups, fintechs, innovators and other stakeholders from the value chain
Solid engagement opportunities for your company with decision makers to directly tell them about your company’s solutions to today’s most pressing industry issues
Exposure to the regional banking fraternity with your brand visibility in the exhibition area during networking breaks and via participation in panel discussions and keynote presentations
Opportunity to be recognised and celebrated as a bank or technology business at the forefront of digital transformation at the MEA Finance Banking Technology Awards

About the awards

MEA Finance was established with the ultimate goal to serve the regional banking and financial services sector. It is committed to providing dedicated news, in-depth interviews, opinion pieces and thought leadership content which covers commercial, retail and investment banking, Islamic banking, technology, and wealth management as well as other areas.

As part of our integral role in the region’s banking sector, we benchmark, recognise and actively encourage excellence within institutions.

MEA Finance Banking Technology Awards 2021 will give due recognition and celebrate the achievements of the region’s leading banks, financial institutions and technology providers at the forefront of digital transformation who have worked together to build smarter, more effective and efficient systems for the new age banking customers.
  • Open for Entries: 15 February 2021
  • Submission Deadline: 26 April 2021
  • Judging Process: 2 -15 May 2021
  • Awards Ceremony: 26 May 2021
    Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Submission Process

MEA Finance conducts its own research to ensure that our awards categories accurately reflect the current banking landscape and comprehensively recognise the achievements of the industry.

As a result, we have determined 50 award categories that provide regional recognition to exceptional banks, financial institutions and technology providers who are shaping the new digital financial landscape and have made outstanding contributions to the future of the industry.

Institutions can nominate themselves in all relevant categories as deemed appropriate, provided the submission is sent in before the deadline, and in the required format.



STEP 1: Choose your category.
It is important to review the individual descriptions and criteria before choosing your category.

STEP 2: Upload relevant financial performance documents or other relevant information.

STEP 3: Confirm submission of your entry.

*Submissions deadline 26 April 2021.








MEA Finance Banking Technology Summit and Awards 2021
Contact No. +971 50 100 5488
Office 404, Building B, Al Saaha Offices, Old Town Island
Burj Khalifa District,
PO Box 487177
Dubai, United Arab Emirates