09 May 2024
The Ritz Carlton DIFC, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Keeping Pace with Innovation in Banking and Finance

The pinnacle annual forum featuring trailblazing financial technology innovators engaging in lively debate with senior banking and finance leaders, all focused on the latest developments in AI, digitisation and the emerging technology powered trends in the region’s financial markets.

  • 500+ Regional Banking, Finance and Technology Leaders
  • 35+ Thought Leaders and Market Experts
  • 7 In-depth and lively sessions on the future of Banking and Finance
  • 6 Hours of Peer Interaction and Networking


The success creating partnership of Technology and Finance keeps our region buoyant in the face of the wider world challenges.

Though the rises in inflation and interest rates are easing, they are still higher than for a generation, but our region remains hopeful and largely resilient to the challenges the world will continue to face in 2024. The regional banking and finance sectors perform healthily, even robustly in places. Much of this strength and growth can be credited to the incredible innovations that are adding services, broadening markets, creating efficiencies and new revenue opportunities, all brought into daily life by technology.

The vital role that technology has in the regional financial markets is now a given, but the questions that now need to be answered are yet to be addressed. What roles will AI serve and what effects might it have on the banking and finance sectors, its customers and personnel? How can payments, domestic and cross-border be further enhanced or tailored by the application of technology? How will the imperatives of CX drive innovation in banking? These are just a sample of the questions and challenges set to be tackled and assisted by financial technology.

MEA Finance Banking Technology Summit &Awards 2024 will once again gather regional leaders in Banking, Finance and Technology will apply their unique knowledge and foresight in a series of lively and highly topical panel debates. The Summit discussions will focus upon the changes technology will bring, the trends that are leading them and the shape of the tasks ahead, needed to establish future-proofed banks.

Following the summit, we will then present our 2024 Annual Banking Technology Awards, recognising the commendable achievements of banks and technology businesses for theirdelivery of smarter banking solutions and for their ability to drive real growth in an increasingly competitive regional market.

Up to 500 regional banking and technology leaders with a format that drew the entire spectrum of interested and engaged professionals including regulators, technology companies, start-ups, fintechs, innovators and other stakeholders from the value chains.



    Jamal Saleh Director GeneralUAE Banks Federation


What to expect

Up to 500 regional banking and technology leaders and an event format attracting the entire spectrum of interested professionals including regulators, technology companies, start-ups, fintechs, innovators and other stakeholders from the value chains
Solid networking and engagement opportunities for your company with key 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 acknowledged by the market as a bank, a technology business or fintech company at the forefront of digital transformation and AI at the MEA Finance Banking Technology Awards.


Who should attend

  • C-Suite

  • Chief Executive Officer
  • Chief Financial Officer
  • Chief Technology Officer
  • Chief Operating Officer
  • Chairman
  • Chief Audit Executive
  • Chief Commercial Officer
  • Chief Economist and Head of Research
  • Chief of Shared Services Officer
  • Chief Risk Officer
  • Managing Director
  • MD - Head of Treasury, Capital Markets &FI

  • Department &Section Heads

  • Partner - Financial Services
  • Advisor - Investment Management
  • Commercial Advisor
  • Executive Director
  • Head of Client Relations
  • Head of Payments, Remittances &FX
  • Head of Regulatory Advisory and Assurance
  • Head of Transactional Banking
  • Head Corporate Relations and Strategic Partnerships
  • Head Digital Strategy and Change
  • Head of E-Banking
  • Head of Market Risk
  • Head of AML &Sanctions
  • Head of Bancassurance
  • Head of CAD, Remedial &Collection
  • Head of Central Operations
  • Head of Change Management
  • Head of Client Experience
  • Head of Compliance
  • Head of CRM
  • Head of Disclosure and Issuance Department
  • Head of Enterprise Architecture
  • Head of Enterprise Banking Platforms
  • Head of External Communications
  • Head of Finance
  • Head of Financial Institutions
  • li>Head of Government Relations &PR
  • Head of Information Security
  • Head of Investment Solutions
  • Head of Issuance
  • Head of Prepaid Cards
  • Head of Regulatory Compliance
  • Head of Retail Banking
  • Head of Risk Specialist
  • Head of Strategic Planning
  • Head of Strategy - Technology
  • Head of Transaction Banking
  • Head Product Manager
  • Manager Audit &Compliance
  • Manager Operational Risk
  • Payments &Contract Manager
  • Portfolio Specialist - Insights &Strategy
  • Project Manager
  • Regional Compliance Manager
  • Regional Manager - Compliance &Risk Retention &Vigilance Manager
  • Senior CRM Project Lead
  • Senior CX Manager
  • Senior Manager - Digital Transformation
  • Senior Manager Treasury
  • Information Security, Senior Strategic Advisor
  • Senior Trade Officer, Strategy &PMO
  • Assistant Vice President - Global Customer Relations
  • Associate VP - Strategic Engagements
  • AVP Agile Delivery - Retail Banking
  • AVP Credit Risk and Portfolio Manager
  • FS Strategy Manager
  • SVP &Head of Compliance Compliance - Personal Banking Group
  • SVP &Regional Head - Corporate &Commercial Banking
  • Vice President, Compliance
  • VP Risk and Change Management
  • VP Wealth and Asset Management
  • VP - Strategic Initiatives &Bancassurance


The MEA Finance Banking Technology Summit in 2023 brought together over 450 regional banking and technology leaders for a day of immersive and productive discussion on the latest developments, emergent trends and the most pressing issues facing the banking industry in the Middle East and Africa.

The one-day, highly exclusive gathering included 3 presentations and a rage of panel discussions, featuring over 30 industry-leading experts and distinguished speakers who came to discuss the future of banking innovation and what it will mean for our region.

About the awards

Conceived and based in our exciting, dynamic and promising region, MEA Finance was established with the goal of serving the regional banking and financial services sector. We are committed to providing dedicated news, insightful interviews, the highestlevel events and thought leadership from the region’s financial service providers and banking technology leaders. MEA Finance is best placed to cover the full range of the banking and financial sectors, from retail to investment banking; wealth management to Islamic finance, and the fast-developing technology that powers the industry today. 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 2023 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 and clients.

Key dates

  • Open for Entries: 29 January 2024
  • Submission Deadline: 26 April 2024
  • Judging Process: 29 April 2024
  • Awards Ceremony: 09 May 2024


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 BLANK 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: 19thApril 2024

Judging Process

The awards will feature a rigorous two-step judging process by a panel of industry experts in collaboration with the MEA Finance editorial team.

  1. All nomination entries will be meticulously evaluated and analysed based on relevant market knowledge, industry research, and accurate company financial statements. The MEA Finance editorial team will then create a shortlist which will be given to the judging panel.
  2. The judging panel will be composed of senior executives from professional services firms working with the banking industry. They will review the shortlist and the submitted materials for each category and place a score from 1 to 5 for each category nominee. All scores will be sent back to the editorial team.
  3. The MEA Finance editorial team will independently score shortlisted institutions per category. Score values will be from 1 to 5. All scores will be kept confidential and will not be released publicly, nor will they be discussed with any individual applicants.
  4. Scores from both the judging panel and the editorial team shall be collected and combined. The editorial team will hold an official tabulation of the scores to determine the highest scoring institution per category which will be declared winner.


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MEA Finance Banking Technology Summit and Awards 2023
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Office 404, Building B, Al Saaha Offices, Old Town Island
Burj Khalifa District,
PO Box 487177
Dubai, United Arab Emirates