The most experiential
Tech Festival You'll See in 2018

STEP Money will tackle the most relevant topics in financial technology including blockchain, cryptocurrency, and payments.

STEP Money

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

Speakers

More Speakers will be announced soon

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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
Opening Remarks

March 28
10:00 AM - 10:15 AM

March 28
10:00 AM - 10:15 AM
Opening Remarks
The landscape of the crypto and blockchain space
The landscape of the crypto and blockchain space

March 28
10:00 AM - 10:20 AM

March 28
10:00 AM - 10:20 AM
The landscape of the crypto and blockchain space
Blockchain value in enterprise
Blockchain value in enterprise for smart contracts, fraud, and identity

March 28
10:20 AM - 11:00 AM

March 28
10:20 AM - 11:00 AM
Blockchain value in enterprise for smart contracts, fraud, and identity
Businesses aren't adopting blockchain apps
Do business know enough about blockchain to adopt and implement applications at a faster pace?

March 28
11:00 AM - 11:45 AM

March 28
11:00 AM - 11:45 AM
Do business know enough about blockchain to adopt and implement applications at a faster pace?
Blockchain entrepreneurs raising investment
Blockchain entrepreneurs raising investment through ICOs rather than through VC

March 28
11:45 AM - 12:15 PM

March 28
11:45 AM - 12:15 PM
Blockchain entrepreneurs raising investment through ICOs rather than through VC
Crypto Competing with Mainstream
Transaction data speed being affected as crypto becomes more mainstream.

March 28
12:15 PM - 12:30 PM

March 28
12:15 PM - 12:30 PM
Transaction data speed being affected as crypto becomes more mainstream.
BREAK
BREAK

March 28
12:30 PM - 01:30 PM

March 28
12:30 PM - 01:30 PM
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Tech ecosystem transitioning
How is the tech ecosystem transitioning to support fintech startups

March 28
01:45 PM - 02:15 PM

March 28
01:45 PM - 02:15 PM
How is the tech ecosystem transitioning to support fintech startups
The crypto-craze
The crypto-craze: Bitcoin, Ethereum, Ripple

March 28
02:15 PM - 03:00 PM

March 28
02:15 PM - 03:00 PM
The crypto-craze: Bitcoin, Ethereum, Ripple
Startups vs. Institutions in crypto exchange
Startups vs. Institutions in crypto exchange

March 28
03:00 PM - 03:30 PM

March 28
03:00 PM - 03:30 PM
Startups vs. Institutions in crypto exchange
Navigating digital currency
Navigating digital currency with investment products as offerings

March 28
04:00 PM - 04:45 PM

March 28
04:00 PM - 04:45 PM
Navigating digital currency with investment products as offerings
Closing Day 1
Closing Day 1

March 28
04:45 PM - 05:00 PM

March 28
04:45 PM - 05:00 PM
Closing Day 1
Opening Remarks
Opening Remarks

March 29
10:00 AM - 10:15 AM

March 29
10:00 AM - 10:15 AM
Opening Remarks
Shifting the banking industry
Shifting the banking industry with APIs and open banking

March 29
10:00 AM - 10:45 AM

March 29
10:00 AM - 10:45 AM
Shifting the banking industry with APIs and open banking
Fintech creating social impact
Fintech creating social impact: remittances, direct pay, and the unbanked

March 29
10:45 AM - 11:15 AM

March 29
10:45 AM - 11:15 AM
Fintech creating social impact: remittances, direct pay, and the unbanked
Transformation of retail and customer experience
Digital payments in the transformation of retail and customer experience

March 29
11:15 AM - 12:00 PM

March 29
11:15 AM - 12:00 PM
Digital payments in the transformation of retail and customer experience
Alternate lending models changing banking sector
Alternate lending models changing the banking sector

March 29
12:00 PM - 12:30 PM

March 29
12:00 PM - 12:30 PM
Alternate lending models changing the banking sector
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BREAK

March 29
12:30 PM - 01:30 PM

March 29
12:30 PM - 01:30 PM
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It's hard to be the next Paypal
It's hard to be the next Paypal but Automate EVERYTHING

March 29
01:30 PM - 02:00 PM

March 29
01:30 PM - 02:00 PM
It's hard to be the next Paypal but Automate EVERYTHING
Banks taking a shortcut
Banks taking a shortcut by working with fintech startups

March 29
02:00 PM - 02:45 PM

March 29
02:00 PM - 02:45 PM
Banks taking a shortcut by working with fintech startups
The challenge for VCs in the fintech space
The challenge for VCs in the fintech space

March 29
03:15 PM - 04:00 PM

March 29
03:15 PM - 04:00 PM
The challenge for VCs in the fintech space
Blockchain and connected devices
Blockchain and connected devices

March 29
04:00 PM - 04:30 PM

March 29
04:00 PM - 04:30 PM
Blockchain and connected devices
Closing Day 2
Closing Day 2

March 29
04:30 PM - 04:45 PM

March 29
04:30 PM - 04:45 PM
Closing Day 2