DAY 1, 23 APRIL 2018

8:00 AM – 9:00 AM

Registration And Networking Breakfast

9:15 AM – 9:40 AM

Welcome Note from the Chairman
The state of RegTech in the Middle East

  • Key developments in 2017 and what have we learnt

Tariq Mattar
EY, Digital Financial Services
Africa, India & Middle East (AIM)

9:15 AM – 9:40 AM

Opening Keynote Speech: How Cognitive Systems will Transform Regtech

  • The advent of big data, advanced analytics, and AI technologies will transform how we manage regulations.  They provide an opportunity to reduce cost, lower risk, and optimize valuable resources in ways that we never thought possible. In this presentation, you will hear how IBM is helping clients around the world more effectively manage regulatory compliance, financial risk, and financial crimes & conduct.

Neil Isford
IBM General Manager
Watson Financial Services Solutions Industry Platforms

9:40 AM – 10:05 AM

Fundamental Steps to Integrate RegTech into the compliance process

Wai Lum Kwok
Executive Director of Capital Markets
Financial Services Regulatory Authority of ADGM

10:05 AM – 10:55 AM

Panel Discussion: How Regulators Can Work to Harmonise Regulatory Regimes, and Encourage the Development of RegTech in the Middle East


  • RegTech challenges and promises – How can banks navigate the complex and fast-moving RegTech landscape?
  • What has the public sector learnt from collaboration with the industry thus far
  • The role of the Regulators and banks in facilitating the adoption of innovative RegTech solutions in Islamic finance.

MODERATOR: Nameer Khan
Financial Services Disruptor | Digital Strategist | Transformative Consultant

Peter Smith
Managing Director, Policy and Strategy
Dubai Financial Services Authority

Oliver C. Hallsworth
Managing Director
Legal & Compliance ADS Securities

Nicolas Lee
Authorisation Director (Banking & Insurance)
Financial Services Regulatory Authority of ADGM

Kaiser Naseem
Head- Banking and Digital Finance Advisory Services
EMENA International Finance Corporation

Arion Petasis
Promontory Financial Group

10:55 AM – 11:25 AM

Morning Coffee and Networking Break

11:25 AM – 11:50 AM

How Regulators Get Support from RegTech Solutions in Making their Regulatory Operations Efficient.

Peter Smith
Managing Director, Policy and Strategy
Dubai Financial Services Authority

11:50 AM – 12:35 PM

Panel Discussion: The Present and Future Impact of Regtech on AML/ KYC Compliance

  • What impact will open APIs, KYC utilities and new RegTech ecosystems have on AML/ KYC operations at banks?
  • Applying innovative technologies to manage risk and improve onboarding, KYC and AML
  • How well are firms streamlining KYC as part of onboarding and AML to create competitive advantage?
  • What will the future migration path for RegTech AML/ KYC look like?

MODERATOR: Tom Van Aardt
Executive Vice President, Data Operations

Waheed Rathore
Chief Compliance & Enterprise Risk Officer

Waseem ABDULHAQ Prof.PgDip (GRC)
Regional Head of Policy & Programme Oversight
HSBC Bank Middle East Limited

Manaf Ahmed
AVP, AML High Risk Advisory
First Abu Dhabi Bank

Nadim Bardawil
Senior Associate
BSA Ahmad Bin Hezeem & Associates

Olga Parra
Financial Crimes Leader, Watson Financial Services Sector
Middle East & Africa, IBM

12:35 PM – 01:00 PM

Why AML Failure is Now a Choice

  • Cost of AML failures (case studies)
  • Link between data and governance
  • Overcoming data challenge
  • Customer screening- common pitfalls and how to avoid then

Tom Devlin
Regulatory Expert and COO

1:00 PM – 2:00 PM

Networking Lunch

2:00 PM – 2:25 PM

How RegTech is Streamlining Client Onboarding and Customer Due Diligence

Ted Datta
Director- GRC Solutions
Bureau Van Dijk- A Moody’s Analytics


2:25 PM – 2:50 PM

Crypto Currency – The Risks and Where Regtech Can Drive Further Adoption

Paul Marsters
Associate Partner
Ernst & Young

2:50 PM – 3:15 PM

Beyond Compliance – the Strategic Opportunity in Conventional and Islamic RegTech

Niclas Nilsson
Founder & CEO

3:15 PM – 4:00 PM

Panel Discussion: How RegTech will affect Cybersecurity and the implications on business operations.

  • Impact of cyber security in making RegTech safe for financial institutions
  • Understanding the risks and security implications of RegTech, privacy and data protection.

MODERATOR: Andreas Skopal
Digital & Customer Leader Financial Services
Africa, India & Middle East (AIM) Advisory
Ernst & Young

Ram Soni
AVP- Information Security Manager
Mashreq Bank

Hassan Nasser
Managing Director
Global Compliance

Shah H. Sheikh
Cyber Security Consultant and Co- Founder
DTS Solution

4:00 PM

Afternoon Coffee and Networking Break and Closing Remarks from the Chairman

DAY 2, 24 APRIL 2018

8:30 AM – 9:00 AM

Morning Coffee

9:00 AM – 9:10 AM

Welcome by Chairman

Tariq Mattar
EY, Digital Financial Services
Africa, India & Middle East (AIM)

9:10 AM – 9:35 AM

Opening Keynote: Shaping the Future of Compliance with IT Innovation

George Ghaoui
Head of Sales and Marketing- MENA
Capital Banking Solutions

9:35 AM – 10:20 AM

Panel Discussion: RegTech in Insurance:  Keeping Compliance Simple

This panel will discuss on how to make easier for an insurer to find, review and manage regulations that apply to them

MODERATOR:Jonathan Rawling

Anshul Srivastav
Chief Information Officer & Digital Officer
Union Insurance

Mohammed Hasan Khan
Chief Risk & Compliance Officer
RAK Insurance

Sophia Ashcroft
Head of Compliance
Providence Life

10:20 AM – 10:45 AM

Robotics – Increasing Efficiency and Reducing Risks Through Process automation

Khush Khan
Senior Manager – Financial Crime Compliance Advisory
Ernst and Young

10:45 AM – 11:15 AM

Morning Coffee Break

11:15 AM – 12:00 PM

Panel Discussion: Blockchains: Instrument of Regtech Or Regulatory Destruction?

  • The overwhelming attraction and benefits of blockchains to regulatory oversight and compliance.
  • Use of cryptocurrencies

This panel will explore the opportunities and challenges for regtech in this space.

MODERATOR: Andreas Skopal
Digital & Customer Leader Financial Services
Africa, India & Middle East (AIM) Advisory
Ernst & Young

Steffen Schubert
Senior Financial Expert
Securities and Commodities Authority

Christopher Fernandez
Founder & CEO
Block Gemini

Nadim Bardawil
Senior Associate
BSA Ahmad Bin Hezeem & Associates

Muhammad Babar
Compliance Director
MoneyGram International

12:00 PM – 12:25 PM

Triple Bottom Line of a Good RegTech Solution

Maria Scott
Taina Technologies

12:25 PM – 12:50 PM

How does RegTech fit in with incumbent KYC technology such as watchlist filtering?

Sofia Mota
Director and Head
Regulatory and Compliance Services

12:50 PM -1:50 PM

Networking Lunch

1:50 PM – 2:15 PM

Can RegTech Solve Financial Crime

Rob Flaws
Legal Director | Head of Technology, Media and Telecommunications
CMS Dubai

2:15 PM – 3:00 PM

Panel Discussion: Where is Regulatory Innovation and Digital Compliance Heading?

  • Financial innovations are neither inherently good nor inherently bad
  • Many innovations prove to be beneficial, on net, but some others result in adverse outcomes
  • How does digital compliance affect your business?

MODERATOR:  Niclas Nilsson
Founder & CEO

Osama AL Rahma
Al Fardan Exchange

Rohini Kamath
Regional Head CMB FCC – MENAT, Financial Crime Compliance
HSBC Bank Middle East Limited

Pooja Singh
CFA International Relations & Organizations Specialist
Securities and Commodities Authority

Ted Datta
Director- GRC Solutions
Bureau Van Dijk

Pawel Stefanski
Watson Financial Services Sector Leader
Middle East & Africa, IBM

3:00 PM

Closing Remarks and Afternoon Networking Break