The Fintech Surge Advance Team is a group of Fintech leaders from around the world engaging in
year-round activities from online discussions, closed-door meetings, webinars, interviews, and
in-person meetups in Dubai.
The Fintech Surge Advance Team is a group of Fintech leaders from around the world engaging inyear - round activities from online discussions, closed-door meetings, webinars, interviews, and in-person meetups in Dubai.
Managing Director (MENA), Confirmation (part of Thomson Reuters)
Vice President & Chief AI Scientist & Chief Data Office Head of Financial Intelligence DAMO Academy, Ant Group (China)
Chief Digital Officer, HSBC (Germany)
Author of Never Split The Difference: Negotiating As If Your Life Depended On It & CEO of Black Swan Group
Head of Financial Advisory, Department of Finance (Ireland)
Head of Digital, Innovation & Design, RBS International
Music Artist & Entrepreneur (US)
Co-founder and CEO, Tamara
House of InsurTech Switzerland (HITS), A Generali Company
Group Product Manager - Capital Markets, BorealisAI (Royal Bank of Canada)
Managing Partner at Blockchain Founders Fund & Senior Blockchain Fellow, INSEAD
Bitcoin Pioneer | Featured in Documentary "Banking on Bitcoin" | Founder, Bitcoin Center & Blockchain Center 2013
TEDx Speaker & Radio Host
Founder & CEO, Arabnet
Anders is a seasoned institutional banker and fintech
professional for over 20 years. After having held senior positions within major
European banks, he assumed responsibility for and established Confirmation’s
European business and London office. Today Anders, Managing Director MENA, is
managing Confirmation’s growth ambitions in the Middle East & North Africa
out of Thomson Reuter’s Dubai office.
Alan Qi is the vice president and chief
data scientist of Ant Financial, where he leads the AI department that is
helping build machine learning and deep learning platforms (including search
and recommendation engines) and works with various business units to develop
analytical and predictive solutions. Previously, he was a tenured associate
professor in CS and statistics at Purdue University. Alan is an associate
editor of JMLR and served as area chair of ICML. He has received Microsoft's
Newton Breakthrough Research Award in 2008 and USA NSF Career award in 2011. At
Alibaba and Ant Financial he has built large-scale machine learning and speech
recognition teams and worked on applications in customer service, Ads, and
microloan. Alan holds a PhD from MIT.
Dr. Juergen Rahmel received his PhD
(Artificial Intelligence) in Germany for research covering Artificial
Intelligence and Machine Learning. Dr. Rahmel has gained extensive experience
in the international financial sector, in roles as Director, Head of IT and
Programme Manager of global initiatives for multinational banks. He served as
the Head of Artificial Intelligence in the Applied Innovation Team of HSBC as
well as Head of Innovation Quality management for all areas of FinTech
technologies. He holds an MBA in International Management and currently is
Chief Digital Officer of HSBC Germany. He also lectures on Financial Technology
at the University of Hong Kong (HKU).
The 24-year FBI veteran who has assembled a toolbox of effective tactics for high-pressure negotiations.
At Fintech Surge,
Chris will have a fireside chat with Ken Rutkowski on advocating for
your organization's interests, building trust between stakeholders by
negotiating smarter. After 24 years with the FBI, Chris Voss has
assembled a toolbox of effective tactics for high-pressure
negotiations. In his talk, Voss shares the specific things you can do
to turn the tide of a negotiation in your favor—illustrating his points
with both riveting, high-stakes stories of criminal negotiations and
humorous, personal anecdotes from his trips to
the mall alike. From why you always want to get your counterpart to say
your name to why “yes” is the last thing you want to hear, Voss
explains how to move a conversation along, how to startle people in the
right way, and how to uncover what someone’s real
Mai Santamaria heads up the Financial Advisory team in the Department of Finance, Ireland. She is responsible for research into topics of interest in the Financial Services sector. She co-authored the Department’s discussion paper on Virtual Currencies and Blockchain, published in March of 2018. She leads the department’s Blockchain Working Group and is a member of Blockchain Ireland. Mai has more than 20 years’ experience in the finance private sector, having worked with Barclays, Zurich, Rothchild, GE and PwC. She is a fellow of the Irish Institute of Chartered Accountants and a native of Barcelona, Spain
Based in Jersey, Channel Islands, Jamie is responsible for designing and delivering the overall Customer Experience and Digital banking strategy for RBS International – the offshore division of the RBS Group. In this role, Jamie holds overall responsibility for all customer insight and market research programmes; End-to-end Customer Journey Management, and on-going development of all customer facing digital platforms and channels. Outside of banking, he serves as a Non-Executive Director in the Not-For-Profit sector, and is currently Chairman of Jersey Women’s Refuge.
The first solo artist to hold both number one and number two spots simultaneously on Billboard Hot 100 charts twice, now working on Akon City – a $6 billion project with a tech hub
Abdulmajeed Alsukhan is the CEO and co-founder of Tamara, Saudi’s first buy-now-pay-later service provider.
Tamara launched in August 2020 to address the growing demand for more inclusive and flexible payment methods as online commerce surged in the Kingdom. The pandemic also gave Tamara’s leadership an opportunity to explore new ways of building a global remote team with a unique corporate culture, which is why today the company employs over 50 top talents in four markets: Saudi, UAE, Vietnam, and Germany.
Before launching Tamara, Abdulmajeed co-founded Habli in 2017, a Saudi-based logistics provider for grocery delivery, which was acquired in the same year by Nana Direct, where he joined as co-founder and helped lead the companies growth from less than 50 employees to over 170 in two years and raised over $27M in funding. Abdulmajeed has a B.A. in financial economics from California State University and M.A. in Economy Policy from Boston University.
Leading the innovation arm of the world’s third largest insurance company, Dr. Mezzour is responsible for developing the group’s innovation capabilities-. Co-creating value propositions with start-ups within The Garage (HITS co-creation space) and within the wider HITS network projects include Human-Centred Design, Artificial Intelligence, Blockchain/DLT, Digital Insurance & Payments, and Cybersecurity. Dr. Samyr has over 13 years of experience from various industries such as strategy consulting, insurance, renewable energy, foremost on digital strategies and developing InsurTech solutions. Samyr has a CAS from MIT Sloan School of Management, a PhD from HEC Lausanne, and an MSc from the ETH Zurich.
Salman is Group Product Manager at Borealis AI and leads the
implementation of Artificial intelligence in Capital Markets. Salman
specializes in building high powered ML teams that take ideas from fundamental
research and convert them into trading solutions that power global markets.
Salman is a thought leader in this space and advises firms on structural
changes required to transform organizations from nascent to ML-first. Salman is
currently responsible for designing and deploying AI-powered trading algorithms,
deep learning & reinforcement learning platforms for alpha strategies, and
explainable AI products for global markets. Salman holds a BEng. (Hons) in
Electrical and Electronic Engineering from the University of Nottingham, an
MSc. in Financial Mathematics from the University of Leeds, and Masters of
Management in Artificial Intelligence from Queen’s University. Salman’s
interest areas are Reinforcement learning, Deep Learning, Online Learning,
Natural Language Processing, and Time series analysis.
Aly Madhavji is the Managing Partner at Blockchain Founders Fund which invests in and venture builds top-tier startups. He is a Limited Partner on Loyal VC and Draper Goren Holm. Aly consults organizations on emerging technologies such as INSEAD and the UN on solutions to help alleviate poverty. He is a Senior Blockchain Fellow at INSEAD and was recognized as a “Blockchain 100” Global Leader by Lattice80. He is an internationally acclaimed author, publishing three books and a monthly columnist for the leading blockchain magazine. Aly serves as a board member of CryptoStar Corp. (TSXV: CSTR), Mechanical Technology Incorporated (OTCMKTS: MKTY) and has served on various advisory boards including the University of Toronto’s Governing Council, which manages a $2.5B budget. He is a mentor with Chinaccelerator, an elite accelerator program operated by the venture fund SOSV with $700M+ AUM and the Mobile Only Accelerator (MOX). Aly holds a Master of Global Affairs as a Schwarzman Scholar from Tsinghua University, a Master of Business Administration from INSEAD (Singapore and France), and a Bachelor of Commerce with Distinction from the University of Toronto.
Nick Spanos is a pioneer in the bitcoin and blockchain technology space. In 2013, Spanos founded Bitcoin Center NYC -- the world's first-ever cryptocurrency trading floor, which initially opened directly across from the NYSE in 2013. Spanos is also CEO of Blockchain Technologies Corp., which patented VoteWatcher, the first-ever blockchain voting platform. He is co-founder of Zap.org, which solves one of the biggest challenges for blockchain smart contracts, by allowing real-world data and events to trigger smart contract provisions for the first time. Spanos was featured in the recent Netflix documentary Banking on Bitcoin and is a sought after speaker at blockchain events worldwide.
Co-founder and the former host of the US number one radio show Business Rockstars and founder of M.E.T.A.L INTERNATIONAL - a brotherhood of diverse Media, Entertainment, Technology, and Artistic Leaders
Omar is an entrepreneur and ecosystem builder, who saw the
transformative impact of technology and innovation at a very nascent stage, and
drove forward a vision to help build the digital industry in MENA. As one of
the earliest leaders in the MENA tech industry, Omar has built deep expertise
on digital disruption across sectors and currently holds multiple positions. He
is the Founder & CEO of ArabNet, which produces leading events, insights
and innovation programs focused on the technology and innovation industry in
the MENA region. He is a Partner and Board Member at Lebanon Seed Fund, a $20
million early stage fund aimed at supporting 100 Lebanese startups, having
already invested in 33 startups to date. Omar is actively involved in advising
government leaders on digital innovation: he is a Founding Board Member of
IDEAS, a non-profit association supported by the Prime Minister of Lebanon,
that focuses on developing public-private partnerships to enable the innovation
ecosystem in Lebanon; he also serves on the private sector advisory group for
the Lebanese Minister of Technology and Investment. Driven by Omar’s vision,
Arabnet was launched in 2009, and has been integral in building the startup
ecosystems across the MENA region, as well as supporting governments and
corporations digitize. To date Arabnet has organized over 30 tech conferences,
featuring more than 2,000 global experts, supported over 650 startups, and has
issued over a dozen original research reports. Before founding ArabNet, Omar
worked in private wealth management at a family office in New York on a small
team managing $1B in diverse assets. Prior to that, he was a Consultant at Booz
& Co. in the MENA, and worked on varied projects across industries,
including energy, technology / media, and public sector. Omar holds a BA and
MBA from Yale University and is the Co-Founder of the Yale Arab Alumni
Association. He also serves on the Board of Trustees of the American Community
School, and the Board of Director of the Lebanese Exhibitions and Conferences
Association, where he leads government relations
Portfolio Manager MENA
Mohamad has 10 years of experience in digital and tech startups from the investor, founder, and accelerator sides. His functional areas range from initial concept validation, venture building, business model design, financial modeling, fundraising, and transaction structuring.
His latest roles include cofounder of Moodfit, MD of Dubai Fintech Accelerator, and currently Venture Lead at Rainmaking.
Mohamad holds a Masters in Mechanical Engineering from the Lebanese University and an MBA from the American University of Beirut (AUB).
COO MENA and Russia
has build many cool companies like Crystel (leading BPO provider in MENA), ZenHR ( a full HR online SAAS platform) and many other companies