Event name

The GCC Financial Forum 2018

20-21 February 2018
Manama, Bahrain

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Co-Host

Bahrain Economic Development Board

Charter Sponsors

Al Salam Bank Bahrain
Arcapita
BBK
BNP Paribas
Kuwait Finance House - Bahrain
Bahrain Mumtalakat Holding Company
National Bank of Bahrain

Media Partner

Argaam
GlobalCapital
Gulf Insider
Global Investor Group
Start Up MGZN

Event Overview

GCC looks to fintech to plug oil-revenue gap

In the face of falling oil prices and dwindling reserves, Bahrain is reinventing itself as a global hub for fintech and banking innovation. The seventh annual GCC Financial Forum, co-hosted by Euromoney Conferences and the Bahrain Economic Development Board, reflected a wider desire among GCC countries to diversify their oil-dependent economies and relaunch themselves at the sharp end of financial innovation.

700 delegates from across the Gulf attended the two-day event, which featured speeches and interviews with international financial leaders and top regional policy-makers. Our talks and panels focused on how unprecedented technological change is driving a fundamental re-structuring of the financial services industry – creating opportunities for new players and threats to incumbents. 

We were also privileged to hear from two heavyweights of global finance, Lord (Mervyn) King, Former Governor of The Bank of England and Mohamed El-Erian, chief economic adviser to Allianz and author of international best-seller: The Only Game in Town.  

For the first time in the event's history, we were thrilled to welcome HE Shaikh Ahmed bin Mohammed Al Khalifa, Bahrain's Minister of Finance and HE Mr Zayed R. Alzayani, Bahrain's Minister of Industry, Commerce and Tourism, to the Euromoney stage.

Additional highlights of the event included the traditional 'town-hall' meeting with HE Mr Rasheed Mohammed Al Maraj, Governor of the Central Bank of Bahrain, a live interview with HE Mr Khalid Al Rumaihi, Chief Executive of the Bahrain Economic Development Board, as well as a keynote session with Mahmood H. Alkooheji, Chief Executive Officer, Mumtalakat.

Thank you to all of our sponsors, speakers and attendees for contributing to the success of this year's Forum. We look forward to welcoming you back once again in February 2019.

 

Speakers

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Shaikh Ahmed bin Mohammed Al Khalifa

Minister of Finance
Ministry of Finance Bahrain

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Rasheed Mohammed Al Maraj

Governor
Central Bank of Bahrain

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Khalid Al Rumaihi

Chief Executive
Bahrain Economic Development Board

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Mahmood Hashim Al Kooheji

Chief Executive Officer
Mumtalakat

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Zayed Alzayani

Minister of Industry, Commerce and Tourism
Ministry of Industry, Commerce and Tourism

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Mohamed El Erian

Chief Economic Adviser
Allianz

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Lord Mervyn King

Former Governor
Bank of England

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Ali Abulhasan

Chief Executive Officer
Tap

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Sael AlWaary

Deputy Chief Executive Officer
Bank ABC

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Richard Banks

Consulting Editor
Euromoney Conferences

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Philippe Berard

Chief Digital Officer
PayTabs

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Dave Chapman

Managing Director
Octagon Strategy Limited

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Charlie Corbett

Editorial Director
Euromoney Conferences

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Hadyah Fathalla

Executive Director
C5 Accelerate

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Christopher Garnett

Senior External Adviser
Euromoney Conferences

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J.K. Khalil

Cluster Head, Saudi Arabia and Bahrain
Mastercard

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Soo Lee

Worldwide Public Sector Financial Services
Amazon Web Services

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Steve Naude

Head of Middle East and Africa
Transferwise

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David Pritchard

Acting Chair
Euromoney Institutional Investor

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Omar Rana

Managing Director
Finalytix inc

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Manuel Rensink

Head Of Middle East
Lykke

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Pawel Stefanski

Financial Services Sector Leader
IBM

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Chin Hwee Tan

Chief Executive Officer, Asia Pacific
Trafigura

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Peter Tavener

Chief Financial Officer
Beehive P2P Limited

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Gerben Visser

Founder
Fintech Consortium

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Videos

Bahrain FinTech Bay

Date: Wednesday 21 February 2018
Time: 15:00

In November 2017, the Bahrain Economic Development Board and the FinTech Consortium launched Bahrain FinTech Bay, the largest dedicated FinTech hub in the Middle East and Africa. Based in the Arcapita building and spanning an area of over 10,000 square feet, the new hub aims to further the development of Bahrain’s FinTech ecosystem, nurture corporate innovation, accelerate indigenous Fintech startups, and foster collaboration between industry stakeholders. Bahrain FinTech Bay will be operated and integrated within the FinTech Consortium’s global network and work closely with innovators in New York and Singapore. Join us for the official opening on February 21st. 

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