Siamak Amirghodsi (Sammy) is a senior technology leader with an entrepreneurial track record of building, executing and managing big data strategies, advance analytics, global payment/FX systems, machine learning, data platforming, cloud strategy / transformation, enterprise architecture, technology road mapping, multi-project execution, and organizational streamlining in Fortune 20 environments.
Siamak is currently heading the data management & analytics division at the world’s largest equity derivatives clearing organization and authoring a Machine Learning Cookbook with Apache Spark cluster computing platform which targets an advanced audience of Machine Learning, Data Science and Big Data practitioners.
He is a renowned speaker and regularly offers insightful presentations at tier-1 conferences on a wide variety of topics including Machine Learning in finance, Deep Machine Learning and cognitive systems, Big Data Architecture and Analytics, Time Series and Big Data Analytics with Spark, (SparkR) and R, Data Science, Managing Big Data at extreme Scale etc.
Siamak's interests are big data, Hadoop, Apache Spark, IoT, streaming systems, deep machine learning, cognitive models, google brain project, swarm algorithms, quantum computing, trading signal discovery, financial cycles, cryptography, Blockchain, Ethereum blockchain platform, digital/virtual currencies, probabilistic graphical models, and NLP.
Siamak is fully certified on Cloudera's big data platform and he follows Hadoop (MapReduce, HDFS, YARN), Spark (Streaming/SQL/MLib/GraphX/SparkR), Blockchain, Hive, Pig, Amazon AWS, Cassandra, HBase, Neo4j, RedShift, and MongoDB while being fully grounded in the traditional IBM/Oracle/Microsoft technology stack for business continuity and integration.
An Executive leader with a proven ICT career across EMEA and APAC. Naveed brings a track record of Business Transformation to drive bottom line improvements and Delivery execution success in EMEA and more significantly in Emerging Markets such as APAC and MEA , especially in driving cross regional Opco improvements.
In his current focus, Naveed is leading the IBM Banking Industry Innovation agenda for Banks and Financial Institutions, to progress a smarter commerce Banking transformation focus in MEA with its diverse Banking landscape. The Banking team is advising clients on transforming the traditional Banking paradigm on developing their Digital and Data Banking footprints with new growth oriented Innovation labs or Customer concierge services and a more business critical Mobility focus built on IBM's Apple and IBM collaboration that enables Banks to drive their customer experience and customer insight.
Naveed continues to work with clients in focused IBM collaboration focus areas such as Digital, Mobile, Data Transformation, Payment Solutions and Cloud transformations.
In the past, Naveed has completed successful tenures as a Managing Director and SVP of EMEA Consultancy businesses both at Teradata and Siemens Enterprise Comms.
Przemek is currently leading financial services division of Comarch in the Middle East region. Graduate of 3 European universities with over 10 years experience in IT gained on projects from United States through Europe up to Middle East. Przemek is passionate about connecting IT and business world to bring transformation and innovation to GCC financial markets and advancing retail, corporate and private banking sectors to become more digital.
When not chasing his work in UAE, Przemek loves hiking mountains, visiting extra-ordinary places, shooting movies and photos on DSLR and following many of his sport passions.
Przemyslaw holds a degree in Electronics & Telecommunication.
Sagheer Mufti is the Chief Operating Officer for ADIB group. He joined ADIB group June 1st, 2014.
Sagheer comes to this assignment with over 33 years of executive experience with Citigroup, where over the years he has handled various senior roles at Country, Regional and Global level in Operations and Technology and Compliance. He also had several senior business management roles including FI and GTS. Sagheer’ s most recent assignment has been Citi’s Global Head for Anti-Money Laundering Operations. In addition, Sagheer has worked with Citi in roles based in USA, England, Saudi Arabia, Kenya, Nigeria, Greece and Pakistan.
He holds an MBA from George Washington University in Washington, D.C.
Software engineer by trade, Maciej joined Comarch over 7 years ago. As a developer, and later on - project manager, he has accumulated a vast amount of hands-on experience in the area of corporate internet banking - in terms of both technical competence and business knowledge.
Passionate about user experience, Maciej now serves as an expert in the field of new technologies and their practical application in the banking industry.
Omar has more than 25 years of experience in the banking and payment industry. He has occupied several C-Level positions in Lebanon, Germany and Saudi Arabia, in the field of mobile banking and mobile payment. Omar has been a leader in introducing payment cards, POS, and ATM networks in Lebanon. He holds a bachelor degree in Electrical Engineering from AUB, and currently is the CEO of PinPay.
Mark Busser studied Aeronautical Engineering at the ETH (Federal Institute of Technology, Zurich, Switzerland) and holds an MBA from IMD. He started his career in management Consulting, then led a big machine tool company before founding IMTF, which he has successfully built up and managed for over 29 years to become a market leader in administrative process automation, document management and compliance in Switzerland and over 50 countries.
IMTF has a focus on the Financial Service Industry offering a comprehensive portfolio of solutions in the fields of Onboarding, Compliance and Document Management. IMTF solutions automate key processes and are the basis for a successful digital transformation.
Ian Evans is vice president EUC EMEA at VMware and managing director at VMware AirWatch, having set up the VMware AirWatch EMEA headquarters in 2011. In his role, Ian is responsible for growing the company’s End User Computing business unit in the European, Middle Eastern and African markets. Ian brings more than 20 years of experience in the software industry, and over 10 years in direct and channel sales to VMware AirWatch. A diversified senior executive with global CRM technology applications and services experience, Ian has been successful in helping companies achieve their forecast goals by structuring sales and operation processes, and coaching sales teams to deliver multi-year, million dollar contracts.
Prior to joining VMware AirWatch, Ian worked at a number of global private companies.
Ian holds a degree in Computer Science
Marwan Elnakat holds the position of eBanking and eCommerce Security Director for the Middle East & Africa region at Gemalto, the world leader in digital security.
With a solid 15 year experience in the banking sector, Marwan started his career at SABB as Business Development Manager for the bank’s corporate privilege schemes then moved to IT security, as District Sales Manager at Vasco, before joining Gemalto. He has built through the years a deep understanding of both secure and trusted strong authentication technologies and banks’ security challenges.
In his current role, Marwan supports financial institutions in the region with their digital banking strategy and initiatives, and his expertise of the market enables him to provide them with advanced digital banking solutions that address their exact needs, bringing security from the edge to the core to protect the bank’s entire ecosystem and encompassing retail banking, corporate banking and ecommerce, inter-bank transmissions and enterprise security.
Marwan holds a Computer and Telecommunication Engineering Degree.
Janos Hoos, Innovation Director, Janos Hoos has 15 years’ experience in the banking industry. He started his career by ABM Ambro Bank afterward he joined to the KBC Group (KH Bank). He was responsible for statutory and management reporting and the development of non-retail PD, EAD and LGD models.
During his banking career he was also involved in various projects to reduce capital wastage, implement rating system, loan origination process and credit risk data-mart. Among others Janos was the project manager of the Basel 2 implementation and successfully gathered the Advanced IRB license from the Hungarian Regulator.
Presently he is the Innovation Director of ApPello, a leading technology company focusing on credit risk management solutions for Banks. In his role Janos is in charge of maintaining and building up business relationships and product development strategy.
Janos has a Master degree in Finance from the Corvinus University of Budapest in Hungary.
Pedro leads a large scale multichannel and digital transformation program at Emirates NBD covering the digital agenda of the organization with a current focus on retail and wealth management. He has 20 years of experience in banking and 15 years in digital banking with a proven track record transforming traditional market approaches into ground-breaking concepts through market and data-driven insights and a flair for banking innovation. He pioneered the development and launch of a USD 85M leading digital banking enterprise from a start-up, in addition to other roles in business-technology, strategy and marketing across large and technology-innovation driven organizations.
A seasoned professional in the world of finance, Mr. Sudhesh Giriyan holds the position of COO at Xpress Money. In his role, Sudhesh is responsible for the overall strategy, operations and profitability of Xpress Money in the diverse international markets that it operates in.
Sudhesh has been a part of the Xpress Money family for over a decade, and has played an integral role in shaping up the marketing, customer service management and market research efforts for Xpress Money. With one of his key focus areas being expansion of the brand’s equity across international markets, Sudhesh is the driving force behind Xpress Money’s fast multiplying global network of partners and strategic alliances with both banking and non-banking institutions.
A leader who focuses on opportunities and solutions when facing challenges, Sudhesh believes in leading his team from the front. Through the years his keen eye for identifying new markets, his knack for building sustainable relationships and always delivering a better value to the customer have been instrumental in transforming Xpress Money into one of the world’s most trusted and well-networked instant money transfer brands.
Sudhesh holds a Masters in Business Administration from the Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore (IIM-B), and a degree in Mechanical Engineering from Karnataka, India. He has also completed the prestigious Management Development Program from IIM, Bangalore.
When not passionately pursuing the Xpress Money dream, Sudhesh likes to take time out to spend with his family. He has a keen interest in music and is known to be a very good singer. Sudhesh also likes to set aside time to pursue meditation whenever possible.
Roshdi is Deputy CISO - Senior Assistant Group General Manager at Banque Saudi Fransi. He is having more than 14 years of progressive experience with an established track record in significant leadership roles in information security in various organizations including fortune 500 organizations. He has an excellent understanding of business and information risk management, with experience in balancing the need for business agility with information security in the highly dynamic global work environment. He is responsible for developing, implementing, driving and overseeing the Information Security Governance, Risk Management and Security Compliance program for Banque Saudi Fransi, Saudi Fransi Capital, and other group companies.
Sohail Zubairi is the Founding CEO of Dar Al Sharia Islamic Finance Consultancy, a subsidiary of Dubai Islamic Bank (DIB) launched in July 2008. Before that he served with DIB as Sr. Vice President and Head of Sharia Structuring, Documentation and Product Development since 2004. He joined Corporate Banking of DIB in 2001 where he developed bank’s participation in the big ticket Sukuk and syndication transactions till 2004.
Sohail is commerce graduate from Karachi University and successfully pursued Institute of Bankers diploma as his post graduate studies. He started his banking career with MCB Bank in Karachi in 1975 as credit officer and joined Middle East Bank-Dubai in 1979 as corporate banker.
He has held senior Corporate, Structured & Project Finance and Risk Management positions in prestigious financial institutions in the UAE. He has considerable experience of the GCC markets (over 3 decades) acquired mainly in the fields of Large Corporate Finance (Syndication, bonds/Sukuk) and Risk Management.
In Credit Risk Management he was instrumental in setting up a focused RMD function at a prime European bank for its GCC operation and at a Dubai-based venture capital PJSC with activities including part or full acquisition, where he successfully completed acquisitions of a number of medium to large industrial concerns in the UAE and was instrumental in achieving substantial improvement in their performances by introducing new efficiency measures.
At Dar Al Sharia, Zubairi is responsible to oversee the firm’s advisory role related to the product development (retail, corporate, treasury and Takaful), conversion of conventional banks into Islamic, structure memorandum and documentation for Sukuk, syndication and fund transactions, Sharia audit, Sharia training and day to day Sharia guidance to various Islamic banks and financial institutions.
Since joining Islamic banking in 2001, Zubairi has taken several initiatives in promoting the noble cause of this industry, including writing several articles in local print media. Zubairi undertook semester on Islamic Finance at University of Dubai for seven years. He currently conducts EMBA classes on Islamic Finance at Dubai campus of Cass Business School. He is also a regular participant in various conferences, seminars and training workshops on Islamic Finance in GCC region and abroad.
20 years of experience in retail banking, Gokhan has established and transformed customer services with key innovations and value added services. First Voice Biometrics use (2012) and first Card Pin Issuance thru IVR - SMS (2004 - 2007) in banking are key innovations he has presented to banking sector. He holds BSc Chemical Engineering and Executive MBA in Business Administration.
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