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STEP Money will features talks, panels, workshops, roundtables, and exhibitions on the latest in financial technology.

2018 Speakers

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Noelle Acheson

Coindesk

Noelle Acheson

Coindesk

Noelle works on new media products at CoinDesk, the #1 media resource for the blockchain and cryptocurrency sectors. After many years in finance and tech entrepreneurship, Noelle caught the bitcoin bug in 2013. As she researched, she realised that she was looking at the tip of the iceberg, and hasn’t looked back since. Don’t get her started on the possible impact on capital markets… After living, studying and working in four different continents, she now resides in sunny Spain.

Matthew Van Niekerk

Settlemint

Matthew Van Niekerk

Settlemint

CEO of Settlemint, an Economist and MBA by education. He has had an international career with 7 years in Tokyo in education, online retailing and the FX business, before he started at KBC in 2007 where he worked in several functions consulting senior management, as COO for the Belgian Consumer Finance business, and finally as the Head of Platform Innovation at KBC Securities Bolero.

Sagar Sarbhai

Ripple

Sagar Sarbhai

Ripple

The head of regulatory relations for APAC and Middle East at Ripple, a payment technology company named one of the 50 Smartest Companies by MIT and the recipient of the World Economic Forum’s Technology Pioneer Award. Sagar manages Ripple’s relations with central banks and policy-makers across APAC and Middle East, focusing on payment innovation and virtual currency policy. Prior to Ripple, Sagar spent 9+ years in the banking industry across multiple functions including technology, strategy, risk and government affairs. Sagar holds an MBA from INSEAD Business School, where he founded and presided over the INSEAD Fintech Club. He was recognized as one of India's top young business leaders by The Economic Times, India's largest selling financial daily.

Michael Arrington

TechCrunch

Michael Arrington

TechCrunch

The founder and former co-editor of TechCrunch, a blog covering the Silicon Valley technology start-up communities and the wider technology field in USA and elsewhere. Magazines such as Wired and Forbes have named Arrington one of the most powerful people on the Internet.In 2008, he was selected by TIME Magazine as one of the most influential people in the world.

Sara Grinstead

RAK Bank

Sara Grinstead

RAK Bank

The Chief Innovation Officer to lead the Bank’s approach to product and service design, ensuring that solutions are customer-centric and leveraging new business models and technologies. This includes developing new capabilities within RAKBANK, establishing partnerships with FinTechs, and working with the broader UAE eco-system to support the FinTech agenda in the region. Prior to joining RAKBANK, Sara spent three years developing challenger banks in the UK and Middle East, taking new banks from paper concept to operational businesses. Sara lead the development of banking operations and controls, delivered the underlying technology, developed regulatory license applications, and supported in fundraising and investor relations. Sara has over 15 years of retail banking experience both as a strategy consultant and operational leader. She has worked for large multi-national banks helping to solve some of their most complex challenges and deliver lasting transformation.

Karl Tlais

Visa

Karl Tlais

Visa

Head of Strategic Partnerships for the Innovation & Strategic Partnership group at Visa for Central Europe, Middle-East and Africa. Based in Dubai, UAE Karl leads Visa’s Innovation Strategic Partnerships, Business Development and Visa Venture Program in the region covering market influencers, key government and enterprise clients, ecosystem partners and Fintech’s. Karl is a strategic business and thought leader with over 20 years ICT experience building market presence and driving revenue in high growth markets across Asia Pacific, Europe, Middle East and Africa. Karl is a member of the Dubai Smart City Accelerator board selection committee and DIFC Fintech Hive Accelerator partner committee for Visa, in addition to being an active executive mentor and coach for the accelerators and key Fintech’s and start-ups in the region. Prior to joining Visa in January 2016, Karl has held leadership roles with a number of multinational entities. Most recently he led Microsoft’s Enterprise Partnership and Business Development Team, where he was responsible for Microsoft’s alliance and regional enterprise partner strategy for the Middle-East and Africa region. He also led Cisco's Service Provider Cloud & Managed Services Go-To- Market strategy for the Emerging Markets and Asia Pacific region. Karl’s background includes over a decade based in Sydney, Australia where he held senior roles with service providers, systems integrators and vendors such as SingTel Optus, Vodafone, and Solution 6. In this time he has established strong global alliances with ecosystem partners, service providers, government entities and enterprises, demonstrating a deep understanding of the cultural diversities related to the business environment across local, regional and global markets. Karl has a Master’s Degree in Engineering Management and Telecommunications Engineering degree from the University of Technology, Sydney.

Irina Heaver

Fichtelegal

Irina Heaver

Fichtelegal

Partner and Head of Commercial at Fichte & Co. With over 14 years of experience, she specialises in the broad spectrum of commercial and corporate work including M&A, disposals, corporate restructurings and governance issues, as well as complex joint ventures and strategic alliances. Having spent over 12 years in-house in senior legal roles with multinationals in oil & gas, construction and maritime industries, Irina has developed a thorough expertise in the heavy industrial sector, such as energy, oil & gas, EPC and engineering, capital projects and infrastructure enterprises. Over the last 5 years, Irina started focusing on the emerging technology being introduced or developed alongside the traditional business models. She regularly advises in relation to all aspects of emerging businesses, including regulatory framework, intellectual property rights, funding matters, as well as general matters relating to contractual arrangements such as software and technology licensing, consultancy, and contracts in relation to supply and maintenance of hardware and equipment. Irina regularly advises telehealth, e-commerce, RegTech and FinTech companies, of various sizes starting from the concept stage and those that are already established market leaders across MENA Region. Irina is an Australian qualified lawyer and holds Juris Doctor and Master of Laws degrees from Monash University.

Saqr Ereiqat

IBM

Saqr Ereiqat

IBM

A BlockChain Evangelist and Program Manager for IBM’s consulting arm Global Business Services. He has spent the majority of his decade at IBM leading complex projects across 23 Countries in Europe, Middle East and Africa. He has spent the past two years assisting clients to define their BlockChain agenda and has successfully led one of the first BlockChain Strategy Engagements for the Global Government Industry. His Global and Regional centric experience has helped him specialise in turning around complex programs and projects. His clients include DHL, Airtel, Dubai’s Road and Transport Authority, Smart Dubai Government Establishment and Shell to name a few.

Mousa Beidas

Bridg

Mousa Beidas

Bridg

A digital creative strategist who has built customer experiences for Google Fibre, Microsoft, Skype, EmiratesNBD, DeNA (Tokyo), Tata DOCOMO (India). His work in digital user experience has impacted over 300 million customers across the globe.

Gary Sheynkman

Leyden Ventures

Gary Sheynkman

Leyden Ventures

Managing Partner at Leyden Ventures (https://leyden.ventures), an investment and advisory firm based in Dubai. Leyden Ventures mostly recently led the launch of Techstars Dubai in Partnership with GINCO and provided operational advisory services for Area 2071 on behalf of The Executive Office of HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, PM and VP of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai.

Prakriti Singh

Mastercard

Prakriti Singh

Mastercard

Vice President, Mastercard Labs for Middle East and Africa, connecting Mastercard's Innovation agenda with clients and industry leveraging the companies R&D, Fintech Program and Labs as a Service capabilities. She is responsible to inform, collaborate and pilot Mastercard’s work across its five core innovation portfolios viz. digital payments, block chain, financial inclusion, safety & identity and big data in the region Prior to this, Prakriti brings over a decade of experience in retail banking and payments in a combination of consulting and sales roles. She has held sales roles building Mastercard’s solution sales function for MEA and managed advisory engagements for Mastercard’s strategic clients as part of the Mastercard Advisors team. Prakriti joined Mastercard with substantial consulting experience with Oliver Wyman where she worked with banks, PEs and telcos across GCC, SSA, US, UK, South & South East Asia and has also consulted as an advisor to the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and PlaNet Finance prior to that. She holds an MBA in finance from the Indian School of Business.

Tatiana Zalan

AUD

Tatiana Zalan

AUD

Moved to the UAE from Australia in 2015 to join AUD as Associate Professor of Management. Prior to AUD, Tatiana worked for Torrens University Australia as Associate Professor-Business and MBA Program Director where she started in early 2014. She was one of the first academics at Torrens and was instrumental in starting up the university and the MBA program. She was also on the faculty of the Department of Management, University of Melbourne, and Graduate School of Business at the University of South Australia. In addition to her academic work, Tatiana undertook consultancy and taught short programs in strategy, entrepreneurship and international business for post graduates and executives. She is a recipient of several teaching and research awards. Tatiana’s skills and expertise are primarily in the area of curriculum design in strategy, innovation and entrepreneurship, teaching at the MBA and executive level, and online education. Tatiana has a special interest in digital strategy, with a focus on digital disruption. Her publications include articles for academic and industry audiences, book chapters, conference papers and a monograph. Prior to her life in academe Tatiana had over 10 years of industry experience in Europe and Australia. In mid-2016 Tatiana was doing research on fintech when she came across blockchain technology and was fascinated by its potential. She is now an active member of the local and global blockchain community and has recently become Academic Advisor of Planet Blockchain, a Dubai-based start-up focussed on building a borderless blockchain ecosystem. Tatiana presented on multiple occasions on the topic of blockchain and cryptocurrencies to universities, at community seminars and academic conferences. At AUD she is a Co-Director of the Centre of Excellence in Research on FinTech and Blockchain and has published in the area.

Neil Y. Smith

Delft University of Technology

Neil Y. Smith

Delft University of Technology

Associate Professor of Artificial Intelligence at Delft University of Technology. His vision for AI is a tool to help people in socio-technical systems. His previous work includes the technology originally behind Siri (acquired by Apple). Currently his research focuses on agent-based optimization and behavioural factors in automated planning. He has consulted in Silicon Valley, Europe, and the Middle East. More at: www.alg.ewi.tudelft.nl/yorkesmith

Ola Doudin

Bitoasis

Ola Doudin

Bitoasis

A tech entrepreneur based in Dubai, UAE with successful track record in growing and raising funding for tech startups. Previously she worked at Aramex Corporate Ventures, Ernst & Young and supporting tech entrepreneurs locally and regionally. She’s a holder of BEng(Hons) Electronic & Communication Engineering degree from University of Birmingham (UK).

Ulugbek Yuldashev

AWOK

Ulugbek Yuldashev

AWOK

Kyrgyz entrepreneur Ulugbek Yuldashev is the founder and chief executive officer of AWOK.com, which is, one of the leading online retail platforms in the UAE. He founded the online store in 2013, which commenced operations, by selling electronics and gadgets. The company has grown rapidly since its inception, offers over 50,000 products across 30 plus categories, and employs close to 500 people. Yuldashev has had a flair for business since an early age and started his first company in 2004, when he was just 19 years old. It was a retail and wholesale business in Kyrgyzstan named Domashniy (Russian for Home Center). In 2006, the ambitious young entrepreneur moved to Dubai and in 2008 established the wholesale company Gulf Alabel Technologies LLC. Success in this venture led to Yuldashev setting up another wholesale company called Alifco LLC followed by entering the ecommerce industry in the region with ALIFCA DMCC as the parent company of AWOK.com. Ulugbek is a business graduate and considers his father to be his mentor who instilled in him discipline and ethics in business at a young age. Hailing from a retail background, Yuldashev is committed to being customer-centric. Customer satisfaction is at the core of his decision making process as much as an acute business sense and boldness. Yuldashev’s commitment to ‘not quit without winning’ stems from being a dynamic sportsman since school days. He has grown up winning various national and regional level competitions in Kyrgyzstan. Competitive sports that he has trained in and won include martial arts, tennis, swimming and 10km running. When away from his growing business, Ulugbek enjoys spending time with his young family. He is a voracious reader and speaks English, Russian, Kyrgyz and Uzbek fluently.

Gaurav Dhar

Marshal Equipment

Gaurav Dhar

Marshal Equipment

the Manager at Payments Solution Provider Marshal Equipment. Gaurav has been working at Marshal for over 12 years now, handling the day to day business, delivering solutions, building long-term partnerships and payment ecosystems. He personally leads the charge on innovation, with a view to the future of payments both locally and globally via his network and clients around the world which include VC's, incubators, accelerators, and start-ups. Marshal Equipment has clients in over 17 countries, with all of its IP developed in-house, based out of Dubai for the last 36 years. The company looks to cater to, foster and work with FinTech solution innovators locally and globally, depending on the maturity of the company and technology.

Yazin Alirhayim

Verify

Yazin Alirhayim

Verify

The CEO of Verify a blockchain startup that’s building the reputation layer of the future. Prior to Verify, he worked at Payfort as VP of Product, helping thousands of SMBs in the region accept online payments. He joined Payfort through the acquisition of White Payments, an online payments startup he founded in 2014. Yazin also spent 5 years at General Electric in various roles, most recently as a Global Finance Leader.

Heather Matranga

Village Capital

Heather Matranga

Village Capital

Manager of New Initiatives where she leverages Village Capital's expertise, network and award-winning programming to help build bridges between institutions, foundations, funds, and governments, and the entrepreneurs that can help them grow and succeed. Heather leads Village Capital's work supporting entrepreneurs in the Middle East and Southeast Asia. She is the author of Breaking the Pattern. Prior to this role, Heather was the lead for Vilcap Communities in emerging markets where she recruited, selected, and trained entrepreneur support organizations around the world. Prior to joining Village Capital, Heather worked as an attorney advisor for the Federal Emergency Management Agency, where she provided legal support to the Agency's efforts to help individuals and state and local governments recover from disasters. Heather holds a J.D. from SUNY at Buffalo Law School, where she graduated Summa Cum Laude and a B.A. in International Studies from Virginia Commonwealth University.

Juan Llanos

Consensys

Juan Llanos

Consensys

A seasoned financial compliance expert and Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist, Juan is a sought-after startup mentor and advisor in anti-money laundering, regulatory compliance and financial services licensing strategy, and writes about risk and virtual currencies in his blog ContrarianCompliance.com. For over 15 years, Juan has built and managed compliance programs all over the world while dedicating his work to supporting the underserved and unbanked, and to influencing pro-innovation policy. During this time, he helped develop a large portfolio of innovative monetary services and tools –such as bill payments, money transfer products and Mexico's first pre-paid debit card. In 2008, Juan was granted permanent residence in the United States by reason of “extraordinary ability” in the fields of Anti-Money Laundering and Countering the Financing of Terrorism. Juan co-developed this suite of new financial services at Unidos Financial Services and Remesas Quisqueyana (now Dolex), holding a number of senior positions, while building a reputation as an internationally recognized compliance thought leader. More recently, Juan led Uphold’s (formerly Bitreserve) transparency and compliance strategy, as well as global partnerships and stakeholder relations, was Special AML/CFT Advisor for blockchain analytics startup Skry (formerly, Coinalytics), and Senior Advisor to OneWorldIdentity. In 2016, he founded startup fund and incubator MultipleStartups, and recently joined ConsenSys as FinTech & RegTech Lead.

Wei Zhou

China Creation Ventures

Wei Zhou

China Creation Ventures

The Founding and Managing Partner of China Creation Ventures (CCV). Before starting CCV, Wei was Managing Partner at KPCB China and led its TMT investment group. The companies that he backed include JD.com (NASDAQ: JD), JD Finance, VenusTech (SZ: 002439), Manzuo.com (acquired by SuNing), ID5.com, CreditEase (NYSE: YRD), Rong360, China Valley Mobile Finance, Ximalaya FM, Miaopai Mobile Video (Yixia.com), ULUCU (NEEQ: 837110), Miaozhen Systems, Asia Innovation Group, Tan Tan Mobile Social(acquired by MOMO), Meican.com, Scinor Water (acquired by TRCE: 300332), KJY Water (NEEQ: 835159), Arrail Dental, etc.  Before joining KPCB China as a founding member, Wei was the CEO of Shanghai Hanbo Tech Co., a leading e-payment solution provider, which was later successfully acquired. Prior to that, Wei held senior positions at Start Computer Group (SH: 600734) since 1994. As the youngest executive, he grew from a regional operation leader to the supervisor of the entire e-payment ecosystem and corporate M&A. He led the company throughout its startup stage, IPO, to the following years of fast growth. Wei has been honored as Most Influential Venture Capitalist by Fortune, Best Venture Capitalists by Forbes,FT China Leader Venture Capitalist, and China Venture Best Venture Capitalist, 21st Century Economy Annual Investor, CV Awards Best Venture Capitalist.  Wei also serves as a governor and treasurer of China Venture Capital and Private Equity Association (“CVCA”). Wei holds an M.B.A. from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and a Bachelor’s degree in Engineering from the University of Electronic Science and Technology of China.

Monty Munford

Emcee/panellist/moderator​/interviewer ​and speaker

Monty Munford

Emcee/panellist/moderator​/interviewer ​and speaker

An emcee/panellist/moderator​/interviewer ​and speaker at events such as SXSW, ​BDL Accelerate, ​The Europas, Slush, STEP, Zest, Digital K, Startup Village, South Summit, Mobile Web Africa and others in cities such as London, San Francisco, Beirut, Helsinki, Moscow, Dubai, Lagos, Madrid, Sofia, Austin and Dublin. "He writes a weekly tech columnist for Forbes in New York and a monthly business/tech columnist in London for the BBC and writes regularly on technology for The Economist, MIT Tech Review, Wired UK, Newsweek, VentureBeat TechCrunch, Mashable​,​Fast Company and The Memo among others​. He has a well-trafficked tech blog, Mob76 Outlook​, which has more than 110,000 unique visitors per month. "The highpoint of his interviewing career to date was in November 2016 was a 60-minute one-to-one conversation with Steve Wozniak in front of 10,000 people in Beirut.

Craig Moore

Beehive

Craig Moore

Beehive

As Founder and CEO, Craig is responsible for overseeing the overall strategic direction and managing the day-to- day operations of Beehive. Before founding Beehive, Craig was a Founder & COO of Butterfly Software, a data analytics and migration software company acquired by IBM in September 2012. Prior to Butterfly his experience includes various sales, consulting and finance roles at numerous multinational companies such as Dell, EMC, Hitachi and HSBC with an emphasis on shaping effective go to market and value propositions.

Brian Quarrie

Monami Tech

Brian Quarrie

Monami Tech

Has over 25 years of experience in Payments, including 14 years in GCC as Head of First Data GCC, and most recently, SVP of Sales and Business Development of Network International (NI). He has managed payments business in The Middle East, Africa and Asia, across a number of verticals including, Card processing, Merchant acceptance, ATM deployment, and the establishment of closed looped acceptance networks.

Ahmed Al Balaghi

Blockchain Researcher

Ahmed Al Balaghi

Blockchain Researcher

Blockchain Researcher and Managing Director at Viewfin Middle East focusing his efforts and research on FinTech, Blockchain and global industry trends. Having spent over two years within the Cryptocurrency &Blockchain industry in China and the UK, he has developed deep industry expertise. His research spans across Blockchain protocols, digital assets, digital identity, cryptoeconomics and exchanges. Ahmed has also spoken at top Blockchain conferences all over the world and is in regular contact with key opinion leaders and relevant stakeholders. He graduated with a first class degree from Queen Mary University of London studying Economics and Maths. He then was awarded a scholarship to study Mandarin at Fudan University for 2 years.

Danish Farhan

Xische Collective

Danish Farhan

Xische Collective

Danish is an investor, strategist, entrepreneur, speaker, sailor and father. Born and raised in the Middle East, Danish is one of the region's youngest start-up entrepreneurs turned investors, heading venture consulting group Xische Collective, comprised of a strategy boutique, communications agency, academy and publishing house, across Dubai, New York and Kuala Lumpur. Danish is a proud Dubaian who is evangelical about entrepreneurship, culture and anti-disciplinary thinking. He is a strategic advisor to the Government of Dubai, co-author of Dubai's Happiness Agenda, serves on the WEF Cities by Design Council, is board member of a public-listed insurance company, cofounder of World Happiness Summit and mentor at Dubai Holding's in5. After dropping out of three different universities, he founded a new media firm at age nineteen and successfully exited four years later. Danish and his teams have since spent seventeen years advising, creating, and investing in ventures for clients including the UAE Prime Minister’s Office, Dubai Culture, UAE Mars Mission, d3, Smart Dubai, BMW & Giorgio Armani. An international keynote speaker, he has been quoted in TIME and Financial Times. He is a global brand ambassador of Infiniti Automobiles. When he's not sailing or creating imaginary worlds with his sons, Danish’s idea of timeoff is playing investor and mentor to local startups in the UAE. He serves as chairman of investment boutique Xische Holdings, a privately-held group that includes an investment fund, AI platform, e-commerce venture, and a global footwear brand.

Emrah Tuzun

PayPal

Emrah Tuzun

PayPal

The Head of Market Development for PayPal in the Middle East and North Africa. He joined the company in 2012 as part of the Merchant Services team and moved to his current role in 2014, responsible for PayPal’s operation in 18 markets, with a large reservoir of untapped online buyers (around 50 million buyers). Prior to joining PayPal, Emrah co-founded Gourmet Marketing, an online marketing agency in New York, NY. Served as Branch Manager at American International Group, leading the largest AIG branch in the New York metropolitan area for 5 years and prior to that worked for J.P. Morgan Chase.   Emrah has a BS and a BA in Business Management and Economics from SUNY at Stony Brook.

Dilek Dayinlarli

ScaleX

Dilek Dayinlarli

ScaleX

Dilek is founder and Managing Partner at ScaleX Ventures. Before founding ScaleX, she was an investor at 212 Capital Partners, an early-stage technology venture capital. She invested in companies like IyziCo, the biggest Fintech company in MENA, Insider, global marketing automation software, Hemenkiralik.com, the online marketplace for people to list. Before 212, Dilek worked at Groupon as a Director, Management Consultant at Accenture and Business Developer at Koc Group. She started her career in the USA, where she held different project management positions and also created her start-up. Currently, Dilek is working closely with ScaleX Companies at the board level and investing deal by deal basis. Dilek is one of the first Kauffman Fellows, chosen from Turkey and distinguished by scholarship. She is also founding member and leader of Arya Women Investment Platform. She has been an invited mentor and speaker at ITU (Istanbul Technical University), ODTU (Middle Eastern Technical University), KWORKS, Endeavor and Stanford University. Dilek received a B.S. honors degree in Mechanical Engineering from Yildiz Technical University and MBA from Johnson & Wales University. Dilek is chosen as one of the most successful Women Leaders in Turkey in 2017 by her contributions and impact on Tech Sector.

Mohammed Ali Yusuf

Visa

Mohammed Ali Yusuf

Visa

Director at Visa, focused on digital payment innovation, e-Commerce and fintech. Before joining Visa in 2014, Mohammed held senior level positions with top tier consulting, banking and technology companies across the US, Canada, and Middle East including Booz & Company and Emirates NBD. Mo has also co-founded 2 Dot- Com startups in the payments and eCommerce space. A Canadian national, Mo holds an MBA from the prestigious London Business School and a Bachelor degree in Computer Science from Concordia University in Canada. Mo is an active investor, mentor and advisor in the region’s fintech and startup ecosystem. Follow him on twitter @moaliyusuf

Berkin Toktas - Revo Capital Partner

Revo Capital Partner

Berkin Toktas - Revo Capital Partner

Revo Capital Partner

Berkin is a Founding Partner at Revo Capital, a venture-capital focused on innovative and defendable early-stage technology companies in Turkey. Revo invests in a selected subset of focus areas: B2B Cloud Services, internet of things, fin-tech, ad-tech and other neo-commerce platforms. Revo helps support these early-stage ventures via smart funding, continuous mentorship and an extensive network. Geek by training, Berkin had worked 10 years in Seattle at the heart of bustling techpreneur market. He oversaw Strategy & Business Development, M&A options & enterprise-wide pricing moves for T-Mobile USA. He was with Turkcell between 2010-2012, where he governed innovation and corporate ventures and internally incubated MM$+ multi-screen services.

Sirine Faddoul

VISA

Sirine Faddoul

VISA

Director Innovation & Strategic Partnerships Visa CEMEA Before joining Visa, Sirine managed DSOA’s incubator (DTEC) investing in early and growth stage startups and managing a portfolio of 20 tech startups including ShortPoint, Wrappup, Melltoo, Clip The Deal, Yalla Pickup, Jibber Jabber, Cognitev, 360VUZ and more. In 2016, Sirine was awarded Mentor of the Year by Arabian Business Startup Awards. Currently Sirine leads Visa’s innovation programs and partnerships focusing on Fintech and Smart City verticals. She works closely with incubators, accelerators and startups across CEMEA.

Franco Bosoni

Director, DMCC Innovation Hub, DMCC

Franco Bosoni

Director, DMCC Innovation Hub, DMCC

Joined DMCC in August, 2008, and has played an important role in building and promoting DMCC’s innovation capabilities in order to position DMCC at the cutting edge of international commodities trade. He is vastly experienced in his field, having worked as a Strategy Consultant for Monitor Group in the United States, Canada, Mexico and Saudi Arabia prior to joining DMCC. At DMCC, Franco works on a day-to-day basis with organisations in India, Africa and the Far East, and is keenly aware of emerging needs of organisations in different geographies. Franco holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management, awarded by Babson College. His leadership role within his field was recognised when he was appointed to the Board of the Dubai Diamond Exchange in 2011, upon which he served until 2016. He was also appointed to the Board of the Dubai Gold and Jewellery Group in 2014, a position he still holds.

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What we’re covering

Developing Blockchain Applications

Investments in Blockchain

Blockchain for Enterprise

Exploring Scalability & Dealing with Data

Technical Barriers, Privacy, & Speed

Blockchain replacing bureaucracy system

Blockchain

The state of ICOs

Mining as Mainstream

The future of online marketplaces

Governance and Standards

Investment and Trading Landscape

Cryptocurrency

Building a cashless society

Betting on Blockchain startups

Digital payments experience

APIs leading to expanded networks

Remittance and Emerging Markets

Payments

agenda

Tentative Agenda

STEP Money
Opening Remarks
Transition - STEP Money

March 28
01:40 PM - 01:45 PM

March 28
01:40 PM - 01:45 PM
Transition - STEP Money
Before and After
The Blockchain and Crypto landscape

March 28
01:50 PM - 02:00 PM

March 28
01:50 PM - 02:00 PM
The Blockchain and Crypto landscape
The Ripple Effect

March 28
02:05 PM - 02:25 PM

March 28
02:05 PM - 02:25 PM
Crypto networks
Bridging traditional exchange with crypto exchange

March 28
02:30 PM - 02:50 PM

March 28
02:30 PM - 02:50 PM
Bridging traditional exchange with crypto exchange
Develop Blockchain Policy: Hosted by ConsenSys
Racing to Develop Blockchain Policy

March 28
02:55 PM - 03:10 PM

March 28
02:55 PM - 03:10 PM
Racing to Develop Blockchain Policy
Panel: Hosted by Paypal
E-Exports - Cross border Selling

March 28
03:15 PM - 03:40 PM

March 28
03:15 PM - 03:40 PM
E-Exports - Cross border Selling
Zooming into the fintech ecosystem
Is the region taking off?

March 28
03:45 PM - 04:10 PM

March 28
03:45 PM - 04:10 PM
Is the region taking off?
Closing

March 28
04:10 PM - 04:15 PM

March 28
04:10 PM - 04:15 PM
Opening remarks

March 29
11:00 AM - 11:10 AM

March 29
11:00 AM - 11:10 AM
Retail Transformation with digital payment
The retail transformation with digital payments and it's effect on customer experience

March 29
11:10 AM - 11:40 AM

March 29
11:10 AM - 11:40 AM
The retail transformation with digital payments and it's effect on customer experience
Crypto-craze and blockchain
Adapting Financial Infrastructures to the crypto-craze and blockchain

March 29
11:40 AM - 12:10 PM

March 29
11:40 AM - 12:10 PM
Adapting Financial Infrastructures to the crypto-craze and blockchain
Blockchain applications
Feasibility in the real world

March 29
12:15 PM - 12:45 PM

March 29
12:15 PM - 12:45 PM
Feasibility in the real world
The Investment Landscape for blockchain startups

March 29
12:50 PM - 01:15 PM

March 29
12:50 PM - 01:15 PM
Blockchain for Enterprise

March 28
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

March 28
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Visa Digital Payments Workshop
For E-Commerce and Startups

March 29
12:00 PM - 01:00 PM

March 29
12:00 PM - 01:00 PM
For E-Commerce and Startups