The UAE Banks Federation and The Banker present the fifth annual Middle East Banking Forum: Harnessing the forces of global disruption, a half-day conference that will explore the challenging new environment that banks must now operate in, and how they can make the most of it.
Middle East Banking Forum 2017
Harnessing the Forces of Global Disruption
His Excellency Mubarak Rashid Khamis Al Mansouri
Central Bank of the United Arab Emirates
H.E. Abdul Aziz Abdulla Al-Ghurair
UAE Banks Federation
Banking is being transformed by powerful forces. Digitalisation, demanding customers, competition from unexpected quarters, cyber attacks and constantly evolving regulation. Banks that fail to adapt quickly to these trends will be left behind, or perhaps even fail. But those that embrace change by re-writing their strategies and implementing new operating models will open up a whole new world of opportunity.
Senior executives from banks in the region and further afield – as well as financial regulators, consultants and others – will come together to discuss the major challenges the industry faces. Through keynote addresses, panel sessions and on-stage interviews, our speakers and panellists will explain how those challenges can be harnessed to profitable effect. Delegates will have the chance to ask questions during the Q&A sessions, and have plenty of time to network during morning registration, the refreshments break and lunch.
If you want to know how banking is being disrupted, and the risks and benefits it is creating, join us in Abu Dhabi on 22 November.
His Excellency Mubarak Rashid Khamis Al Mansouri
HE Mubarak Rashid Khamis Al Mansouri holds a Bachelor degree in Finance and MBA degree. He has been appointed the Governor of Central Bank of the UAE as of 22 September 2014. He has been the CEO of Emirates Investment Authority since May 2008, and a Board Member in Etisalat, Abu Dhabi Securities Exchange (ADX), Mobily in KSA, and Abu Dhabi National Co. for Building Materials (BILDCO). HE Al Mansouri started his career at ADIA from 1991 – 2000 in the Equities Department, then he served as the Director General of Abu Dhabi Retirement Pensions & Benefits Fund since its establishment back in 2000. He had also held directorship in a number of organizations including The Central Bank of United Arab Emirates, Securities & Commodities Authority of UAE (SCA), Etisalat Misr in Egypt, The Arab International Bank (AIB) in Egypt, Arab Banking Corporation (ABC) in Bahrain, Egypt and Jordan, Banco Atlantico in Spain, Tabreed and Abu Dhabi Holding Company.
H.E. Abdul Aziz Abdulla Al-Ghurair
His Excellency Abdul Aziz Al Ghurair has been Chairman of the UAE Banks Federation since 2012, a position that entails dealing with the key issues facing the country’s banking sector, encouraging cooperation between banks and promoting the important role banks play in the economy and the wider community. He is also the CEO of Mashreq Group and the Chairman of Abdulla Al Ghurair Group, one of the biggest businesses in the Middle East with operations in more than 20 countries. His other positions include Vice Chairman of the Higher Board of Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC); Member of the Board of the Emirates Foundation; Chairman of Masafi Company, Oman Insurance; President of FBN GCC, a non-profit international network for family businesses; and a Trustee of New York University President’s Global Council.
HE Al Ghurair was elected as The Speaker of the United Arab Emirates Federal National Council (UAE Parliament) for tenure of four years, which ended in February 2011. He has previously sat on the Board of Directors of major companies such as Emaar, Dubai Investments, visa International, MasterCard and the Dubai Chamber of Commerce and Industry, and has been Co-Chairman of the Arab Business Council – World Economic Forum (WEF). He was also a member of the Constitutive Council for GCC Leaders and President of The Knowledge Fund.
His Excellency has been recognised multiple times in leading awards, conferences and seminars, both international and local, and he is a five-times recipient of Lifetime
Achievement Awards. His awards include:
• Innovator of the Year Award – Gulf Business Industry Award 2014.
• Lifetime Achievement Award - Gulf Business Industry Awards 2012 .
• Best CEO Award - CEO Middle East magazine 2008.
• Lifetime Achievement Award - The Arab Bankers Association of North America (ABANA) – USA in 2008.
• Best CEO Award for supporting Emiratisation initiative in UAE from the National Career Fair - Banking and Finance in 2008.
• Lifetime Achievement Award - Euromoney in 2008.
• Lifetime Achievement Award – Banker Middle East 2009.
• Best Banking Contributing Personality Award – Banker Middle East 2011.
• MEED Leadership Award 2011.
• The Arab Banker of the Year in the Private Sector Award
2010-2011 from The Union of Arab Banks (UAB) in Rome, Italy.
HE Al Ghurair has an honours degree in industrial engineering from California Polytechnic State University.
Ralph Hamers became the youngest-ever CEO and chairman of the Executive Board of ING, the Dutch bank, when he was appointed in October 2013. ING is a global financial institution with a strong European base, offering banking services to more than 36 million customers in over 40 countries. Mr Hamers introduced ING’s Think Forward strategy, which aims to empower people in life and in business with a differentiating experience that is clear, easy and available anytime and anywhere. Think Forward is accelerating the digital transformation of ING, with the ambition to become the “go to” global digital platform for all financial needs. Mr Hamers joined ING in 1991, and has variously headed up ING in Romania, the Netherlands and Belgium, as well as being responsible for the international networks of ING’s Wholesale Banking and Retail Banking business lines. He holds a Master of Science degree in Business Econometrics/Operations Research from Tilburg University, the Netherlands.
Jassim Al Bastaki
Jassim Al Bastaki is the Secretary General of the Emirati Entrepreneurs Association and one of the leading entrepreneurs in the United Arab Emirates. He has played a significant role in motivating young Emirati people to set up businesses. Mr Al Bastaki is also a member of several governmental and international organisations, including the Mohammed Bin Rashid Establishment for SME Development, the Khalifa bin Zayed Fund to support small projects, and the Group of Twenty Entrepreneurship G20. He has over 20 years’ experience in public and private sectors, including property, hotels, travel, airlines and hospitality management. He recently founded the Envelope Investment Company that supports the small enterprise sector. Mr Al Bastaki is a graduate of the Management Faculty of the International Hotel and Hospitality Industry at the University of Central Florida, USA. He also holds a degree in Financial Management from the College of Business Administration in the UK.
Rabih Dabboussi is the Senior Vice President for Sales, Marketing and Business Development at DarkMatter, a provider of cyber security services to commercial and government clients. With more than 20 years of industry experience in the private and public sectors, he is responsible for the company’s expansion strategy, overseeing its sales, marketing and business development in key industries. Prior to joining DarkMatter, Mr Dabboussi was the Managing Director of Cisco UAE. He arrived in the UAE in 2008 and led a number Cisco’s businesses in the region, including its Smart City strategy. Prior to that, he led Cisco’s engineering organisation in emerging markets, its Strategic Accounts business and its service provider segment; and before that he led a consultancy team that facilitated the growth of Cisco’s mobile business worldwide. Mr Dabboussi has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Computer Science from North Carolina State University in the US.
Paul Gillen leads Barclays' Security Operations Centre and is also Deputy Group Chief Security Officer. He has responsibility for the bank’s network of Joint Operations Centres, Cyber Security Operations, Security Research and Development, Security Outreach and Security Education. He is also Director of the Cyber Defence Alliance, City of London, a cyber security group for banks and law enforcement agencies which allows them to share information on attack methods. He joined Barclays in 2015 from the European Cyber Crime Centre (EC3) at Europol, where he was Head of Cybercrime Operations and Intelligence from February 2013. In this role his duties included the coordination of serious hi-technology crime operations in partnership with law enforcement agencies from EU member states, the US and other countries. While in this post Mr Gillen coordinated operations against several organised crime groups, targeting their BOTNET infrastructure on the internet. He was the founding Chairperson of the European Cybercrime Training and Education Group (ECTEG) at Europol. He was also the founding Vice-Chair of the European Union Cybercrime Task Force (EUCTF) at Europol, a group made up of all the heads of law enforcement cyber crime units in the European Union. Prior to Europol, he was the Head of the Garda Síochána, Computer Crimes Investigation Unit (CCIU), in Ireland. He has been working in the area of fraud and computer crime Investigations since 1996. Mr Gillen holds a Master of Science degree from the School of Computer science and Informatics from University College Dublin (UCD) and a post-graduate diploma in European Union Law and Economics.
Marc Hofmann took up his position as SWIFT’s Chief Information Security Officer in November 2016. He joined SWIFT from Deutsche Bank where he held various CISO roles, most recently as Regional Chief Information Security Officer for the UK and Ireland. He has more than 20 years’ experience in security and risk management. Prior to working at Deutsche Bank, he held a number of IT security roles, among others at Ernst & Young. Mr Hofmann holds a PhD in economics with a focus on banking regulation, IT and risk management.
Brian Meenagh is a partner in the Dubai office of American law firm Latham & Watkins. His practice focuses on complex cyber security, data privacy, technology transactions and joint ventures, fintech, procurement and sourcing of technology and intellectual property counselling. Prior to becoming a lawyer, Mr Meenagh was a technology analyst at Accenture and worked on a variety of outsourcing, business transformation, systems integration, and software development projects for blue chip companies and the UK government. Since becoming a lawyer, he has advised many leading banks and financial service institutions on technology matters, including multiple UK investment and retail banks, US investment banks, European and Asian banks as well as various banks, banking associations and consortia and wealth funds in the GCC. He also advises global and regional fintech business on establishing and operating in the UAE.
Chair and moderator (2)
Michael Imeson is a Senior Content Editor at Financial Times Live, the FT’s conference division, where he organises and chairs conferences, and a Contributing Editor of The Banker magazine, which is part of the FT. He also owns Financial & Business Publications, an editorial services agency providing services to a range of organisations. Before setting up the agency he was a news reporter for The Times and Sunday Times in London. He is a Chartered Member of the Chartered Institute for Securities and Investment (Chartered MCSI); an Advisory Board Member of the European Risk Management Council; a Member of the Institute of Internal Communication (MIIC); an Associate of the Institute of Directors; and an Alumni Mentor for the London School of Economics. He has written and edited several books including Dangers in E-Banking, TheFuture of the Building Society Movement, and Finance for Growth. He studied at the London School of Economics for an MPhil in Government and at the University of Bradford for a BSc in History and Literature.
James King is the Middle East and Islamic finance editor of The Banker. Prior to joining the magazine he worked for the economic research and consulting firm Oxford Business Group, in the United Arab Emirates and Thailand. He has also covered the global energy sector with The Oil & Gas Year, living and working in the US, Brazil, Canada and Peru. James has a BA in International Relations from the University of Exeter and an MA from King’s College London.
Agenda - 22nd Nov
8:15amRegistration and Networking
9:00amConference chairman’s opening remarks
Michael Imeson, Contributing Editor, The Banker, FT Group
9:10amWelcome from the Chairman of the UAE Banks Federation
H.E. Abdul Aziz Abdulla Al-Ghurair, Chairman, UAE Banks Federation
9:15amRemarks from the Governor of the Central Bank of the UAE
H.E. Mubarak Rashid Khamis Al Mansouri, Governor, UAE Central Bank
9:25amOpening keynote presentation: Harnessing the forces of global disruption
Banking is being disrupted in many ways: by technology, by regulation, by market trends, by competition and by much more. So how should banks grasp these challenges and use them to their own benefit?
9:55amOn-stage interview: Breakthrough through agility – creating new operating models to succeed in a fast-changing environment
Revolutionary technology, big data analytics, artificial intelligence, cyber risks, customer demand, new market entrants – banking as we know it, in the Middle East as much as anywhere else, is having to cope with a range of disruptive forces. The pace of change poses an existential threat to banks that are inflexible and slow to adapt. But those that are quick and agile, and are able to develop new operating models to deal with these challenges, will be able to break into a new world of unparalleled opportunity.
- What is wrong with traditional banking models? How should they be adapted or replaced to create a more agile, dynamic bank that can capture the forces of disruption?
- Revolutionary technology. Banks can develop technology-based services on their own, but when does it make more sense to work with a fintech company as a partner rather than a rival?
- Big data analytics. How should banks incorporate big data analytics into their strategic vision to make better, faster decisions?
- AI. How is artificial intelligence being used in banking now, and what is its potential?
- Customer demand. What should banks be doing to ensure they meet customers’ requirements and align their services across all delivery channels?
- New entrants. How are non-bank entrants transforming the customer experience and reshaping the domestic and international payments markets? How should banks be responding?
Joseph Pelrine, Owner, Metaprog
MODERATOR: Michael Imeson, Contributing Editor, The Banker, FT Group
10:25amPanel discussion: Financing SMEs in the UAE
Small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) accounted for 15.9% of all private sector borrowing in the UAE at the end of March 2017, but demand is such that it could be a lot higher. Many SMEs find it difficult to get bank loans, and those that do often have to pay relatively high interest rates. Yet SMEs are essential to economic growth and job creation. The Central Bank of the UAE is therefore consulting with banks on how to improve SMEs’ credit worthiness to make them bankable. A regulation is being introduced to encourage banks to lend more to SMEs while maintaining prudent standards of underwriting. Every bank will have to set up a dedicated and well-resourced SME lending unit with effective lending strategies and processes in place. The bank’s board of directors will set the unit’s risk appetite and oversee its operation.
- How difficult is it for SMEs in the UAE to obtain bank loans? Is the current cautious approach by banks justified by the risks of lending to SMEs? Why are they “de-risking”?
- How will the new Central Bank regulation make it easier for SMEs to get loans?
- How difficult and costly will it be for banks to comply with the new regulation? Could the costs to the banking sector outweigh the benefits to SMEs and the wider economy?
- What voluntary steps are banks taking to increase lending to SMEs, such as helping improve their creditworthiness by advising them on good governance, business strategy, operating models, accurate financial accounts, cost control and new technology?
- Will a federal credit guarantee scheme help increase access to finance, by providing guarantees and support services to SMEs and startups?
- What role are Islamic financial institutions playing in this sector of the loan market, and can it be increased?
H.E. Mubarak Rashid Khamis Al Mansouri, Governor, UAE Central Bank
H.E. Abdul Aziz Abdulla Al-Ghurair, Chairman, UAE Banks Federation
Jassim Al Bastaki, Secretary General, Emirati Entrepreneurs Association
MODERATOR: James King, Middle East Editor, The Banker, FT Group
11:15amPresentation: The robo-banker: advanced analytics and artificial intelligence
Advanced analytics is the autonomous examination of data using sophisticated software to provide detailed business intelligence that can then be used to make predictions and recommendations. Artificial intelligence, also known as machine learning, is computer software that uses algorithms to learn from data without relying on rules-based programming. Together, these two developments will help banks embrace more automation, understand their customers better, develop more tailored service offerings, reduce reliance on human intervention and replace certain occupations – particularly those that require a lot of collecting and processing data – with “robo-bankers".
Ronit Ghose, Managing Director, Global Banks Sector Head, Citi Research, Citigroup
11:35amNetworking refreshment break
12:05pmVideo presentation: My bank
Video of interviews with consumer banking customers in the UAE on what they think of the service they get from their bank.
12:10pmPanel discussion: Dangers in cyberspace – what would it take to bring down a bank?
Cyber security has become one of the most pressing issues for banks. The risks are many and the consequences serious. Cyber attackers are constantly probing banks’ defences and breaching them. There are numerous documented cases of banks having millions of pounds stolen from their accounts, losing the data of tens of thousands of customers, and suffering distributed-denial-of-service (DDOS) attacks which have frozen bank websites and denied customers access to their money. A really serious breach could create a run on the bank and cause it to fail.
- Who are the attackers, what are their motives and what methods do they use?
- What are banks doing to protect themselves in cyberspace? Could the use of blockchain/distributed ledger technology improve security?
- With hackers becoming ever more sophisticated, are banks fighting a losing battle?
- Financial regulators are becoming increasingly concerned and want to be sure that banks have the right systems and controls in place – are their demands realistic and achievable?
Rabih Dabboussi, SVP, Sales, Marketing and Business Development, DarkMatter
Paul Gillen, Managing Director, Security Operations, Barclays
Marc Hofmann, Chief Information Security Officer, SWIFT
Brian Meenagh, Partner, Latham & Watkins
MODERATOR: Michael Imeson, Contributing Editor, The Banker, FT Group
1:00pmPresentation: Enhancing the payment experience in a customer-centric environment
In the fast moving digital world we live in, financial institutions need to create new, exciting and market leading services and experiences for their customers. Customers’ expectations are increasing because of the connected digital lives they are leading. For financial institutions this is a challenge, but also an opportunity to create a truly game-changing experiences by making payments experiences secure, fast and seamless. Visa, as a leader in payments innovation, has a global view on emerging technologies and understands consumer trends and expectations. In this presentation, Visa outlines some of the exciting payments innovations it is working on that promise to enable financial institutions in the Middle East to dramatically improve customer service in today’s dynamic and fast-changing environment.
Senior Executive, Visa
1:20pmClosing keynote address: capturing the power of digital technology
Financial technology promises to change the world of banking forever. Digitalisation is bringing about real benefits in customer service, mobile banking, product development and in other areas. Banks have adopted cloud computing, faster payments, high-frequency trading and other concepts. And they are experimenting with even newer ideas such as artificial intelligence, robo-advisers and blockchain. But with opportunity comes risk – escalating costs, the possibility of untested technology failing to deliver, security weaknesses, and more. If the power of fintech is to be harnessed to profitable effect by banks in the Middle East, they have to develop a sound strategy, be agile, partner with the right fintech firms and tread carefully.
Ralph Hamers, Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Executive Board, ING Group
1:50pmSummary of key themes and closing remarks
Michael Imeson, Contributing Editor, The Banker, FT Group
Who will I meet?
This forum is free to attend for senior banking and finance professionals with job titles including:
- Central Bank Governors
- Finance Ministers
- Heads/Directors of Banking Supervision
- Financial regulators
- Chief Executive Officers
- Chief Risk Officers
- Chief Financial Officers
- Chief Investment Officers
- Chief Operating Officers
- Chief Information security officers
- Investment Committee Members
- Heads of Investment / Asset Allocation
- Head of Funds / Portfolio Management
- Chief Compliance Officers
- Heads/Directors of Regulatory Affairs
- Heads/Directors of Retail Banking
- Heads/Directors of Consumer Banking
- Heads/Directors of / Business Banking / SME Banking
- Heads/Directors of Digital Banking
- Heads/Directors of Mobile Banking
- Heads/Directors of Channel Delivery
- Heads of Innovation
- Heads/Directors of Treasury
Presented By (2)
Established in 1982, the UAE Banks Federation is a professional representative body comprising 48 member banks operating in the UAE. The Federation advocates all banks' interests, and enhances cooperation and coordination among them, in order to promote and upgrade the UAE's banking industry for the benefit of the banking sector, its customers, and the national economy.
The UAE Banks Federation's mission and objectives are focused on developing and representing the interests of the member banks and defending their rights. The federation plays a major role in raising public awareness around the beneficial role and distinctive financial, economic and social contribution of the banks to the UAE.
The Federation has an Advisory Council consisting of Bank CEOs which oversees the implementation of the policies, follows up on UBF's activities and makes necessary decisions, and 19 specialized technical committees who discuss all relevant banking issues.
The Banker provides economic and financial intelligence for the world's financial sector and has built a reputation for objective and incisive reporting. It leads the debate on all the issues surrounding the global banking industry, providing in-depth news and analysis, exclusive interviews with senior industry figures and definitive regional bank listings, including the internationally acclaimed Top 1000 World Banks.
Supported by (1)
The main responsibility of the Central Bank is formulation and implementation of banking, credit and monetary policies, to ensure the growth of the national economy of the UAE in a balanced manner.
The Central Bank is also working to maintain a fixed exchange rate of the dirham against the U.S. dollar and to ensure the free convertibility of the national currency into foreign currencies, in addition to its role as "Bank of Banks" and the Government's bank and its financial adviser.
Lead Banking Sponsors (8)
First Abu Dhabi Bank (FAB) is the UAE’s largest bank and one of the world’s largest financial institutions. A combination of two strong banking entities that merged in April this year, First Gulf Bank (FGB) and National Bank of Abu Dhabi (NBAD), FAB today has a strong, diversified balance sheet, with a capital of AED 10.9 billion, total assets in excess of AED 670 billion, shareholders’ equity of AED 98 billion and a market capitalization of around AED 111 billion.
Headquartered in Abu Dhabi, in Khalifa Business Park, the bank has a domestic network of 125 branches and 669 ATMs/CDMs across the 7 emirates. Its international network spans over 19 countries via 46 branches and 4 representation offices, providing the global relationships, expertise and financial strength to support local, regional and international businesses seeking to do business at home and abroad.
FAB has the strongest combined credit ratings of any bank in MENA at Aa3/AA-/AA- and is 37% owned by the Abu Dhabi Government through ADIC and Mubadala. The bank offers an extensive range of products and services via market-leading Corporate and Investment Banking, and Personal Banking franchises. It has also recently launched an ambitious movement called “Grow Stronger” to support stakeholders’ goals and growth ambitions.
Emirates NBD is a leading banking Group in the region. As at 31 st March 2017, total assets were AED 452 Billion, (equivalent to approx. USD 123 Billion). The Group has a significant retail banking franchise in the UAE and is a key participant in the global digital banking industry, with over 90 per cent of all financial transactions and requests conducted outside of its branches. The bank currently has 222 branches and 1013 ATMs and CDMs in the UAE and overseas and a large social media following, being the only bank in the Middle East ranked among the top 20 in the ‘Power 100 Social Media Rankings’, compiled by The Financial Brand. It is a major player in the UAE corporate and retail banking arena and has strong Islamic Banking, Global Markets & Treasury, Investment Banking, Private Banking, Asset Management and Brokerage operations.
The Group has operations in the UAE, Egypt, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Singapore, the United Kingdom and representative offices in India, China and Indonesia.
The Group is an active participant and supporter of the UAE’s main development and community initiatives, in close alignment with the UAE government’s strategies, including financial literacy and advocacy for inclusion of People with Disabilities under its #TogetherLimitless platform. For more information, please visit: www.emiratesnbd.com
ADCB was formed in 1985 and as at 31 March 2017 employed over 4,500 people from 75 nationalities, serving retail customers and corporate clients in 48 branches, 3 pay offices and 2 branches in India, 1 branch in Jersey and representative offices in London and Singapore. As at 31 March 2017, ADCB’s total assets were AED 264 billion.
ADCB is a full-service commercial bank which offers a wide range of products and services, which include retail banking, wealth management, private banking, corporate banking, commercial banking, cash management, investment banking, corporate finance, foreign exchange, interest rate and currency derivatives and Islamic products, project finance and property management services.
ADCB is owned 62.52% by the Government of Abu Dhabi (Abu Dhabi Investment Council). Its shares are traded on the Abu Dhabi Securities Exchange. As at 31 March 2017, ADCB’s market capitalisation was AED 35 billion.
Abu Dhabi Islamic bank is one of the leading Islamic financial institutions operating in the Middle East. Awarded internationally for its excellence, ADIB offers a full suite of banking, financing, equity, and investment services, all in accordance with Islamic-Sharia principles. Established in 1997, Abu Dhabi Islamic Bank now serves over 930,000 customers through a network of more than 80 branches and more than 740 ATMs, as well as online and mobile applications, making it one of the largest banking networks in the UAE. ADIB caters to a variety of sectors through its network of corporate, commercial, and community banks, and offers dedicated services for financial institutions and the government and public sectors.
HSBC in the MENA Region
HSBC is the largest and most widely represented international banking organisation in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA), with a presence in 8 countries across the region. HSBC has operations in the United Arab Emirates, Egypt, Qatar, Oman, Bahrain, Kuwait and Algeria.
In Saudi Arabia, HSBC is a 40% shareholder of Saudi British Bank (SABB), and a 49% shareholder of HSBC Saudi Arabia for investment banking in the Kingdom.
This presence, the widest reach of any bank in the region, comprises some 250 offices and around 11,000 employees. In the year ending 31st December 2016, HSBC in the MENA region made a profit before tax of US$ 1.5bn.
Union National Bank (UNB) is a public joint stock company incorporated under the laws of the United Arab Emirates in 1982. UNB is the only bank in the UAE with significant shareholdings by the Governments of both Abu Dhabi (50%) and Dubai (10%). The remaining 40% of the shares are publicly held. The shares of UNB are listed on Abu Dhabi Securities Exchange.
UNB operates through a wide network of branches and ATMs throughout the UAE. UNB has extended its reach to Egypt through a successful acquisition of the erstwhile ACMB and currently operates in the country as UNB Egypt through a number of banking centres. It has ventured into Doha with a branch at the Qatar Financial Centre and has also opened a representative office in Shanghai China, being the first bank from the region to do so. UNB also has a branch in Kuwait Branch operational since Oct 2012.
UNB's subsidiaries include, Union Brokerage Company (UBC) which provides brokerage services for clients at the Abu Dhabi Securities Exchange and the Dubai Financial Market, Al Wifaq Finance Company (AWFC) offering Shari’a compliant products and services to the growing Islamic banking market and INJAZ Marketing Management which provides marketing management related services, through a dedicated team of professional sales and marketing representatives.
The Bank was incorporated in Dubai, United Arab Emirates in 1969 and is registered as a Public Shareholding Company (PSC).
The Bank is listed on the Dubai Financial Market and is fully owned by UAE Nationals, including 20% by the Investment Corporation of Dubai (ICD). The Bank employs around 1,159 staff of 44 nationalities. It offers a wide range of conventional and Islamic banking products and services to its corporate, commercial and personal banking customers through a network of 25 branches, 3 digital kiosk and 2 Cash Offices. Moreover the Bank has invested in an extensive network of 199 ATMs/CDMs.
Bank of Sharjah PJSC is primarily a corporate bank, engaged in delivering financial services to UAE-based industrial and commercial entities. Founded on a policy of strong capitalization and high asset quality, the Bank maintains a portfolio comprised of general banking services, project finance, trade finance facilities, syndicated loans, and short-to medium-term loans defined by customer consultation and analysis.
Beyond its corporate finance activities, the Bank delivers private banking, wealth management, and investment services. The Bank focuses on strategic investments in regional public entities and performing SMEs that have undergone calculated return assessments.
Bank of Sharjah holds a branch presence in Sharjah, Dubai, Abu Dhabi, and Al Ain. The Bank maintains a subsidiary in Lebanon, Emirates Lebanon Bank SAL. Bank of Sharjah endeavors to promote and protect growth by availing facilities to client organizations that substantiate their business cases with rationalized operational practices and a reputable market presence.
Exclusive Payments Sponsor (1)
Visa Inc. (NYSE: V) is a global payments technology company that connects consumers, businesses, financial institutions, and governments in more than 200 countries and territories to fast, secure and reliable electronic payments. We operate one of the world’s most advanced processing networks — VisaNet — that is capable of handling more than 65,000 transaction messages a second, with fraud protection for consumers and assured payment for merchants. Visa is not a bank and does not issue cards, extend credit or set rates and fees for consumers. Visa’s innovations, however, enable its financial institution customers to offer consumers more choices: pay now with debit, pay ahead with prepaid or pay later with credit products.
Associate Sponsor (2)
The Emirates Digital Wallet paves the way for a cashless UAE. It is the product of co-operation between 16 of the UAE’s leading national banks, providing a unique solution that offers a highly convenient, safe and efficient way of shopping and making and receiving payments.
Any individual in the UAE has the equivalent of cash-in-pocket through their mobile, enabling them to purchase goods and services as well as making money transfers simply, safely and cashlessly.
Any merchant and vendor in the UAE receives payment instantaneously, allowing them to use the proceeds immediately, just as if they had received cash.
Specifically, the Emirates Digital Wallet LLC platform enables unbanked UAE residents to enjoy financial inclusion by providing them with a much more secure alternative to cash, without the need of a bank account. It also supports both the UAE banks’ and the government’s broader objective of reducing the overall flow and quantity of physical cash in the economy to create a much safer, more economical and efficient environment for payments.
The Central Bank of the UAE supports this important development, having issued regulations governing stored value and Digital payment systems in early 2017.
DarkMatter is transforming the cyber security landscape. Headquartered in the UAE and operating globally. The firm delivers advanced, next-generation solutions to governments and enterprises across the cyber security spectrum.
Secure Communications delivers advanced privacy and security solutions for all types of fixed and mobile voice, video, chat, email, file sharing and data communications.
Public Key Infrastructure
Our Public Key Infrastructure solutions make it possible for clients to conduct business across networks in a manner that assures trust in documents, counterparties, devices and transactions.
Big Data & Analytics
DarkMatter helps clients securely process and fuse multiple large data sources to draw deep, impactful insights, actionable intelligence and operational advantage.
Governance, Risk & Compliance
The Governance, Risk and Compliance (GRC) team works with entities to audit and assess their performance against regulatory and industry standards in order to identify gaps and ensure or achieve compliance.
Cyber Network Defence
Cyber Network Defence (CND) is DarkMatter’s elite team work to help customers identify and respond to the most advanced cyber threats, attacks and threat actors.
Managed Security Services
Our Managed Security Services provide around-the-clock security and support for customer operations, networks, physical assets and premises.
Infrastructure & System Integration
The Infrastructure & System Integration team delivers industry-leading architecture, strategy and design, project management and implementation services.
Test & Validation Labs
The DarkMatter Testing & Validation Labs provide trusted validation and assurance of third-party devices and solutions in light of the latest and most sophisticated threats.
Legal Sponsor (1)
Latham & Watkins is a full-service international law firm with more than 2,100 lawyers located in the world’s major financial, business and regulatory centers, serving multi-national companies, family-owned businesses, start-ups, financial institutions, private equity funds, venture capital firms, sovereign wealth funds, governments and other organizations.
Latham is one of the only law firms in the world who can provide seamless international, US and local law capabilities and is among the most active and highly regarded banking and finance, capital markets, Technology and corporate firms in the world. The firm is dedicated to working with clients to help them achieve their business goals by providing innovative solutions to overcome legal challenges globally, and over time has earned considerable market recognition based on a record of success and a unified culture of innovation and collaboration. For more information, visit www.lw.com
Knowledge partner (1)
McKinsey & Company is a global management consulting firm, deeply committed to helping institutions in the private, public and social sectors achieve lasting success. For over eight decades, our primary objective has been to serve as our clients' most trusted external advisor. With consultants in more than 100 offices in 60 countries, across industries and functions, we bring unparalleled expertise to clients anywhere in the world. We work closely with teams at all levels of an organization to shape winning strategies, mobilize for change, build capabilities and drive successful execution.
Our global experts cover the full spectrum of financial services. We help financial services firms worldwide define, build, and maintain winning strategies. We work with retail banks and consumer finance firms to navigate a dynamic environment of evolving regulation, consumer behavior and digital innovation. We also partner with clients to develop sound observations about the future state of the industry, and to make strong strategic choices that will enable them to adapt and thrive in a changing market. Our approach to supporting clients is customized and collaborative, and combines deep industry expertise and experience with proprietary quantitative analytics and research.
Official News broadcaster (1)
Sky News Arabia is a 50-50 joint venture between Abu Dhabi Media Investment Corp (ADMIC), a private investment company, and Sky PLC, the UK’s leading pay television provider. Based in Abu Dhabi, Sky News Arabia is a multi-platform news organization that delivers Arabic-language news on a free-to-air news channel, a video-rich website, mobile devices & most social media platforms.
Vision: To be the most trusted, far-reaching and influential Arabic media platform.
Mission: To deliver fast and accurate news reportage across all platforms, while promoting a respect for human values and preserving our core principles of journalistic integrity and excellence through:
- Attracting top-tier talent
- Establishing a culture of creativity and innovation
- Championing the use of cutting-edge technology
Sky News Arabia provides comprehensive coverage of the regional and international news agenda and content is being created and delivered by more than 500 multimedia journalists, supported by a full technical and operations team, broadcasting to over 50 million households in both HD and SD formats. Sky News Arabia also operates a network of over 30 newsgathering bureaus across the MENA region, including offices in London and Washington DC. Sky News Arabia also have access to Sky News’ wider network of international bureaus and newsgathering resources.
The company is committed to engaging staff from the UAE and across the MENA region, working with the community to develop local talent.
سكاي نيوز عربية في سطور
سكاي نيوز عربية هي ثمرة شراكة بين شركة أبوظبي للاستثمار الإعلامي، شركة الاستثمار الخاصة، وشركة سكاي البريطانية، الشبكة التلفزيونية الرائدة في المملكة المتحدة.
تعمل سكاي نيوز عربية من مقرها في أبوظبي، وهي مؤسسة إخبارية متعددة المنصات؛ تبث الأخبار باللغة العربية عبر قناة تلفزيونية مجانية بجودة الـHD عالية الوضوح، فضلاً عن تقديم خدماتها عبر موقعها الإلكتروني، ومن خلال تطبيقات الأجهزة المتحركة والذكية ومعظم منصات التواصل الاجتماعي.
تقدم سكاي نيوز عربية محتوى مميزاً وتغطية شاملة لأخبار المنطقة والعالم من خلال شبكة متكاملة تضم أكثر من 500 صحفي وإعلامي يتلقون الدعم من فريق تقني كامل ومن خبراء العمليات. وتبث القناة أخبارها إلى أكثر من 50 مليون منزل بالدقة العالية HD وبصيغة SD. تملك سكاي نيوز عربية أيضاً 30 مكتباً في منطقة الشرق الأوسط وشمال أفريقيا، إضافة إلى مكتبيها في لندن وواشنطن. كما تتعاون القناة مع شبكة المكاتب العالمية والمصادر الإخبارية المختلفة لقناة سكاي البريطانية.
تلتزم سكاي نيوز عربية باستقطاب أفضل الكوادر الصحفية من مختلف أرجاء الوطن العربي والعالم، كما تتعاون مع مختلف جهات المجتمع المحلي لتطوير قدرات المواهب المحلية وتوظيفها
رؤية ورسالة المؤسسة
الرؤية: "المصدر الإعلامي الموثوق الأوسع انتشاراً والأقدر على التأثير"
الرسالة: إيصال الخبر بدقة وسرعة عبر كافة المنصات، ومراعاة القيم الإنسانية، من خلال:
- اتباع أعلى المعايير المهنية، واستقطاب أفضل الكفاءات.
- تكريس ثقافة الإبداع والابتكار.
- الريادة في توظيف التكنولوجيا.
Supporting Publication (1)
The world’s leading business magazine in its Arabic edition! Through a partnership with the Massachusetts-based Harvard Business Publishing, Haykal Media has acquired the rights to publish the Arabic version of the magazine, giving Arabic readers the chance to enjoy unrivaled content in print and online. The first issue was published in April 2015. Harvard Business Review Arabic magazine covers a range of topics including management, leadership, career and entrepreneurship. It offers expert advice on marketing and economy and brings the latest studies and analysis that keep followers informed. Published six times a year, HBR Arabic is delivered to subscribers wherever they were in the world, epitomizing Haykal Media’s commitment to the Arabic language and its readers, read more about HBRA at https://hbrarabic.com/
Media Partners (4)
The Union of Arab Banks (UAB) is a non-profit semi-quasi regulatory organization headquartered in Beirut-Lebanon enjoying Diplomatic status and having 360 member banks from the Arab League member states, including banks, central banks, banking associations and banking financial institutions. Through our efforts we have garnered significant international relations with financial and banking organization and regulatory bodies including FATF, IMF, World Bank, OECD, Federal Reserve Board and European Central Bank (to name a few), in addition to cooperative relations for the past 10 years with the US Department of the Treasury. for more info please log on www.uabonline.org
Al-Iktissad Wal-Aamal was established in 1979 when it launched the first Pan-Arab business monthly magazine “Al-Iktissad Wal-Aamal”. In 1993, it became the first Arab media group to establish a strong start in the conference industry in the region, an activity that was solely the preserve of western institutions. The Group has organized 250 events in 25 countries, attended by more than 10,000 leading businessmen and investors from the region and worldwide.
Al-Iktissad Wal-Aamal magazine
Nominated as the leading Arab business publication in the region (according to Ipsos BES 2008, 2009, 2010), Al-Iktissad Wal-Aamal magazine, and since 1979, is still the most comprehensive source of information on Pan-Arab business and economy, delivering relevant, in-depth and timely coverage of news you can use.
With its 12 monthly regular issues and 15 special issues published with transparency and professionalism over the year, Al-Iktissad Wal-Aamal with 10% market share over all other 247 business publications in the region, is the right tool for a better understanding of major industries and country economies, as well as investment and business opportunities in the region.
The leading Arab economic magazine in GCC and Mena
Launched in Beirut 1970 by Al Bayan Publishing House.
Al Bayan magazine has the highest share by far for the advertising expenditures in the PAN ARAB market, for the business and economic magazines monitored by Ipsos Mena.
Al Bayan reaches all decision makers in key positions of major industries throughout the Pan Arab region.
Al Bayan became member of OJD one of the largest organizations specializing in auditing & verifying the circulation of news media; Breakdown: 88,100 Copies.
E-replicas of AL BAYAN Magazine can be found via the PressReader & Cedar Kiosk apps
Monthly Breakdown: 88,100 Copies
Topics: Banking, Investment & Financial Institutions | Insurance | Real Estate | Industry & Trade | Energy & Technology | Transportation & shipping | Leisure services.
Oxford Business Group (OBG) is a global publishing, research and consultancy firm, which publishes economic intelligence on the markets of the Middle East, Asia, Africa and Latin America and the Caribbean.
OBG offers comprehensive analysis of macroeconomic and sectoral developments, including banking, capital markets, energy, infrastructure, industry and insurance.
OBG’s acclaimed economic and business reports are the leading source of local and regional intelligence, while OBG’s online economic briefings provide up-to-date in-depth analysis. OBG’s consultancy arm offers tailor-made market intelligence and advice to firms operating in these markets and those looking to enter them.