MEA FinTech Forum set to open in Bahrain

More than 400 delegates attended the second Middle East & Africa Fintech Forum, held in Manama, Bahrain, on March 8, under the theme ‘Beyond Disruption’.

The forum was held under the patronage of the Central Bank of Bahrain and hosted by Bank ABC and Arab Financial Services (AFS). Representatives from the central banks of Bahrain, Jordan and Egypt attended the forum.

Rasheed Mohammed Al Maraj, Governor of the Central Bank of Bahrain will be inaugurating the conference discussions, while the opening address will be presented by Sael Al Waary, chairman of Arab Financial Services and Deputy Group CEO of Bank ABC.

‘Beyond Disruption’ brought together leading and well regarded global experts and industry leaders in a highly engaging format of talks and discussions addressed the most pressing issues in the fast evolving FinTech landscape. Representatives attending the forum included the central banks of Jordan, Egypt and Bahrain and 40 banks and financial institutions from the region.

The conference tackled the biggest disruptors for banks in the near future. From the emergence of challenger banks to the cutting-edge advances in Artificial Intelligence to the rise of cryptocurrencies and the drive for greater financial inclusion across the globe.

Keynote speakers included Anthony Thomson, founder of the first UK digital bank, Atom Bank, and the award winning Metro Bank, Michael Jordaan, co-founder of Bank Zero, and Greg Cross, chief business officer at Soul Machines, in addition to industry experts and leading FinTech commentators.