Why the Future of Payments Middle East and Africa Digi-Conference?

The accelerated digital transformation caused by Covid-19 pandemic and precautionary restrictions of social distancing has increased consumers’ expectation as they are now demanding higher level of digital services with real-time, fast, secure, and reliable payment systems.

This shift has put a bigger burden on regulators and financial institutions to advance the payment market infrastructure as they need to identify how to inter-operate with multiple payment schemes around the world, combat the increased risk of fraud, and develop new services to realise value for their customers and shareholders. In addition to this, with the growing adoption of instant payment systems, the new financial payment regulations such as the PSD2 and ISO 20022, financial institutions in the region are under pressure to deliver real-time payment services domestically and cross-border in this new fast-paced digital marketplace.

Achieving 24-7 payment domestically and cross-border in real-time, however, often comes with several challenges making it imperative for regulators and financial institutions to reform the current business models and adopt latest standards and systems.

As the Instant Payment System and ISO 20022 are being adopted in the region, the Future of Payments Middle East and Africa Digiconference will bring together CIOs, CDOs, payment and compliance leaders from the region and payment technology experts to look at the implementation of the region’s payment system and how the sector can successfully transform the sector to become Instant Payment and ISO2002 compliant.




Decision makers from Regional Central Banks and BFSI Sector


Speakers and Panellists


Leaders Panel Sessions


Innovation Session with Tech Experts


Media Partners

Meet the Advisory Committee

Yuri Misnik

Group Chief Technology Officer, First Abu Dhabi Bank

Maisa J Shunnar

Chief Digital Transformation Officer, Bahrain Islamic Bank

Hariprasad Chede

Chief Information Security Officer, National Bank Fujairah

Jameel Khan

Head of Digital and Innovation, Mashreq Bank


Mohamed Abdel-Razek

CIO – Africa Middle East and Islamic Banking, Standard Chartered Bank

Favour Femi-Oyewole

Group Chief Information Security Officer, Access Bank Plc – Nigeria

Wesam Baqer

Chief Corporate and Institutional Banking Officer, Bahrain Islamic Bank

Bharat Soni

Chief Information Security Officer (CISO), Guaranty Trust Bank Plc – Nigeria

O’ Bukola Ajetunmobi

Chief Information Officer, Providusbank Plc – Nigeria

Sasidharan Narayanan

Head, Payments, Digital platforms & Architecture, Mashreq

Wesam Baqer

Chief Corporate and Institutional Banking Officer, Bahrain Islamic Bank

Amol Bahuguna

Digital Banking Leader and Payments Expert

Who will attend the Future of Payments Middle East and Africa Digi-Conference?

Regional C-suite executives from central banks, leading banks, and financial services sector from across the Middle East and Africa region involved in the development and adoption of digital innovation:

  • Chief Operation Officers
  • Vice Presidents
  • Chiefs of Digital Officer
  • Chief Financial Officers
  • Chief Operating Officers
  • Chief Information Officers
  • Chief Security Officers
  • Directors of Cloud
  • Directors of IT Operations
  • Directors of IT
  • Director of Digital Transformation
  • Head of Digital Banking
  • Head of Mobile Banking
  • Heads of Data Centre
  • Heads of Information Security
  • Management Consultants and Advisors

Why Why get involved?

Get in front of your target market

Get access to the entire spectrum of BFSI industry leaders and decision makers leading their organisation’s technology strategy

Gain project insights

Get first-hand insights into which payment technologies the BFSI sector is evaluating for current and future investment from across the middle east and Africa region and spot opportunities earlier 

Generate strong leads

Learn which projects are going forward and influence decision makers and stand a chance of being shortlisted for upcoming digital projects

Raise your brand awareness

Opportunity to position your brand as one of the leading companies in the sector helping BFSI organizations understand and define their key needs and requirements

Who Should Exhibit & Sponsor?

API Technology Solution Providers

Core Digital Banking

Network and Application Security

Data Integration and Analytics Service Providers

Conference Program

10:00 Meeting Room Opens
10:05 Welcome Remarks

  • Akinola Solanke, Project Director – Digiconnect, Great Minds Group
10:10 Opening Remarks from Chairman
10:15 The Shift to Instant Real-Time Payment Systems: Opportunities and Challenges for Middle East and Africa BFSI Sector

  • Understanding the new payment systems and their potentials to transform the region’s payment landscape
  • What are the challenges that lie ahead and how can banks overcome them?
  • Examining regulatory and compliance landscape across the region in the era of digital economy post-COVID
  • How can you successfully migrate and make the shift towards ISO 20022 format and protocols?
11:00 INNOVATION SESSION: Unlocking the Power of Instant Cross-border Payment in the Middle East and Africa Region
11:10 INNOVATION SESSION: Implementing Secure Biometric and Authentication Systems in an Instant Payment Era
11:20 INNOVATION SESSION: Leveraging Cloud Technology to Power Instant Payment and Deliver Superior Services in an Increasingly Competitive Market
11:30 BANKING LEADERS PANEL SESSION: Leveraging Latest Payment Technology to Transform the Middle East and Africa Payment Landscape

  • Identifying how instant payments, ISO 20022, cross-border real-time payment will transform the future of payments in the region
  • Are banks in the region ready for the payment revolution and how soon can we start implementing it?
  • How do we build a robust and resilient payment infrastructure that will help banks in the region reap the full potential of the new payment systems?
  • Technology factor: Implications of integrating instant payment and ISO 20022 to existing legacy payment systems
  • What does instant payment mean for customers in service and experience?
12:10 INNOVATION SESSION: Enabling Instant Payment System to Drive Customer Experience and Service in the Middle East BFSI sector
12:20 INNOVATION SESSION: Developing a Sophisticated Payment Management System to Drive the Payment Revolution in the Middle East
12:30 INNOVATION SESSION: The Security Challenge: Combatting Bank Frauds by Integration of Technology
12:40 SECURITY LEADERS PANEL: Instant Payment Security and the Infrastructure Challenge

  • Security in the time of fast payment: How do you keep a 20-second transaction safe and secure?
  • Examining challenges and security risk associated with the new payment systems and how banks can manage threats in an instant payment era
  • Fraud prevention and security challenges in an instant payment era
13:20 INNOVATION SESSION: Securing the Instant Payment Network in the Face of Growing Online Fraud and Cyber Threats

Conference Format

Sponsorship Opportunities

We have a diverse range of sponsorship opportunities available. A member of the sponsorship team will work with you to create a bespoke package to suit your business objectives. For more information email partnerships@gmevents.ae or call +971 (0) 4 568 7800

Sponsors and Partners

Primary Free of charge
Solution Provider 200 USD + 5% Tax 210 USD