Finance, tech to be showcased at Khaleej Times' Digibank Forum

The upcoming hybrid conference has two editions: The UAE edition on November 23, followed by a Saudi Arabia edition on November 25.

After executing back-to-back successful virtual conferences, Khaleej Times announced a new launch: Digibank Forum 2020 - The banking transformation forum.

While technology has been discussed a lot of times, its impact on the banking sector has never been discussed on such a massive and widespread platform ever. Bringing the best of global banking experts and regional banking leaders, Khaleej Times will present the summit in a hybrid environment, staying true to its commitment of keeping the safety of all its stakeholders as a priority.

Seventy per cent of banks are looking at spending more on cloud services in the next two years. Saudi Arabia is also investing heavily in digital banking and has led new and innovative banking models in line with its Saudi Vision 2030 goals. The forum will further confirm the GCC’s rise as a technology hotspot and its commitment to provide a better, safe and progressive financial infrastructure to its people.

Nutanix, leaders of enterprise cloud software, have confirmed their participation at the forum as the Strategic Sponsor. Speaking about their participation at the upcoming hybrid event, Nada Khan regional marketing director for METI at Nutanix, said: “Nutanix is happy to be sponsoring and participating in Khaleej Times Digibank Forum 2020. We have always found value in bringing together industry technology leaders to discuss their challenges and what the continued road to success looks like. FSI is at the forefront of digital transformation and perhaps one of the early adopters of technology strategies that service the customers of our new digital economy.”

The forum has confirmed renowned speakers like Stefan Kimmel, chief operating officer of Commercial Bank of Dubai; Subroto Som, senior executive vice-president, of Mashreq; Sanjay Khanna, CIO of RAKBank; Yuri Misnik, CIO of First Abu Dhabi Bank; and Ayman Al Qudsi, CIO of United Arab Bank.

Digibank 2020 will focus on key topics like fintech, providing agility to banks; advanced analytics for a hyper-intelligent bank; 5G and the convergence of physical and digital experience; authentication and behavioural monitoring; digital banking, open banking and third-party applications; API technology and its adoption; and much more.

Digibank 2020 presents a premium networking opportunity to all attendees, who can develop their network through one-on-one virtual meetings, chats and roundtable discussions at the virtual networking lounge. The virtual platform will enable attendees to be a part of the conference from the comfort of their homes or offices.

Banking powerlist

Putting the spotlight on the banking stalwarts in the region, Khaleej Times will release a list of 30 top banking technology champions who are setting the narrative for the use of technology. These are individuals who have faced the stiff competition from fintech companies and the market in general while at the same time leading the business and technology mandate ensuring growth does not take a hit as they embark on a transformation journey. This recognition by the UAE’s first English newspaper will also showcase to the larger audience the extraordinary individuals who are reshaping their banking experience for the better.

SAP Concur, Onespan, Finastra, MasterCard and Lenovo have also confirmed their participation at the upcoming forum this November.

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