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IDC Financial Services Congress 2023

The Adoption and Utilization of All Things Digital

Glenn wilkinson at IDC Financial Services Congress 2023

Today’s financial institutions are rethinking their businesses to transform and build the digital foundations required for future growth. Although digital transformation may sound like an overused term, it is the only process that will drive the forces of tomorrow in finance.

The idea of business as usual is no longer sustainable. The past few years have seen financial institutions in the region become more resilient as they adapt and rethink their business and operating models to keep up with rapid changes in behavior.

In line with the global industry trends, financial institutions across the Middle East have found themselves in the midst of a digitally fueled revolution that is reshaping the industry as we know it and ushering in a new ecosystem. From migrating to cloud-based infrastructures to creating hyper-personalized customer experiences, financial institutions are rethinking their operations, infrastructure, security, and work models.

In this increasingly hyper-connected world, customers are accessing more digital financial services, and more information on customer behavior is being generated. We are also seeing the rise of new digital banks and insurers challenging traditional financial institutions. These new digital players are efficiently leveraging data to better serve their customers through the introduction of innovative products and business models.

As such, yesterday's data and technology platforms are no longer able to meet today's need for innovation at speed. The exponential increase in data volumes has given rise to complexities in data management platforms, concerns around the safety of IT operations, and challenges around real-time access to data stored across multiple environments. Inadvertently, this is hampering the ability of financial institutions to innovate and deliver new products and services.

This change in organizational culture is in turn redefining trust, resiliency, transparency, sustainability, productivity, and efficiency for the digital-first BFSI organization. More importantly, these organizations understand that once each of these areas is transformed using digital solutions, profitability, growth, and enhanced customer and employee experiences will follow.

Why Attend?
The 2023 edition of the IDC Financial Services Congress will explore the latest technologies allowing BFSI organizations to implement and execute innovative operating principles at scale. Industry experts from around the world will explore proven best practices, emerging trends, and upcoming challenges as the region moves towards a new ecosystem.

Key Themes

• Open Banking Promises: Data Fabric and Orchestration
• Cloud Management: Cloud Migration, Operations, and Legacy Platform Risks
• AI/ML: Integration and Industrialization
• Digital Core Systems: A Multi-core Approach
• Innovation Excellence: Dev Ops as a Business Goal
• New Cybersecurity Risk Typologies
• Redefining Friction-less: Implementing a Seamless On-boarding Process
• Tackling Financial Well-being
• Greater Financial Inclusion: Digital Ecosystems and SMEs• Employee Empowerment• Trust and Customer Consent


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Tuesday June 13, 2023

Registration & Networking


Welcome Address


Opening Keynote


IDC Opening Keynote: Simplification in an Age of Complexity


Staying profitable in a hyper-regulated world


Q&A (Ask Questions & Stand a Chance to Win a Raffle)


Building Security Resilience in a Multicloud and Hybrid World


Q&A (Ask Questions & Stand a Chance to Win a Raffle)


Turbocharge Your Mobile Strategy


Q&A (Ask Questions & Stand a Chance to Win a Raffle)


Smooth Technology Navigation to All Things Digital


Q&A (Ask Questions & Stand a Chance to Win a Raffle)


Delivering Enterprise Resilience in Financial Services


Q&A (Ask Questions & Stand a Chance to Win a Raffle)


Tea / Coffee & Networking Break


Flying Drums Act


Gold Partner Tracks (Parallel Sessions)


How to Hack a Billion Dollar Bank


Silver Partner Tracks (Parallel Sessions)




Yash Pal Dogra

Associate Conference Director, Middle East and Africa

Cyrus Daruwala

Managing Director, IDC Financial Insights Asia/Pacific

Adrian Hobbs

Chief Platform Officer, G42 Cloud

Ljupcho Joshevski

Head of Security Engineering for SaaS, XDR & Service Providers (EMEA), Cisco

Tansu Yegen

CEO & Co-Founder, Appcircle

Nour Shurbaji

Solution Architect, VMware

Mike Plimsol

Industry Advisory Director (EMEA), Splunk

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Sean Langton

Group Chief Information Officer, Abu Dhabi Commercial Bank (ADCB)

Saud Al Dhawyani

CTO, Emirates NBD

Mamoun Alhomssey

Group Technology Advisor, Abu Dhabi Islamic Bank (ADIB)

Thomas Cherian

CIO, Commercial Bank of Dubai

Dr. Joseph George

Group Chief Digital and Information Officer (CDIO), Doha Bank

Sumat Kumar

Senior Vice President & Head of IT Applications Support, RAK Bank

Evren Altiok

Chief Operating Officer, Commercial Bank International

Salil Ahuja

Head of Products, Portfolio & Value Proposition - First Abu Dhabi Bank

Muhammad Rashid

Chief Compliance & Risk Officer, Jingle Pay

Ahmad Alwazzan

EVP & Managing Director (UAE), Tap Payments

Rishi Saraswat

Chief Technology Officer (CTO), Al Hilal Bank

Noelia Romanillos Arribas

Head of Financial Services, GTM South Europe & UK, ServiceNow

Farid Najjar

Area Distribution Lead, EEMI (Eastern Europe, META, Iberia & LATAM), NetApp

Glenn Wilkinson

Ethical Hacker

Mohammad Abu Sinnah

Account Executive (Middle East), Appian Corporation

Ranjit Rajan

Vice President, Research (META), IDC

Tarique Abu Elhassan

Principal Enterprise Architect, Dell Technologies | Intel

Fred Lherault

Field CTO (EMEA & Emerging Markets), Pure Storage

Mohamad Rizk

Regional Sales Director ME & CIS, Veeam Software

Osama Mohsin

Associate Vice President - Pre-Sales, Bahwan CyberTek

Andy Marchenko

Enterprise Account Executive, Creatio

Somnath Sarkar

EVP & Group CISO, Mashreq Bank

Samy Massoud

VP of Technology Delivery, PayTabs

Dr. Devid Jegerson

Chief Operating Officer, Invest Bank

Mohammed Tarik Koubaa

Head of IT Business Management, Emirates NBD

Ayman Al Qudsi

Chief Information Officer, United Arab Bank

Ahmed Fouad

Sr. Sales Specialist Data Protection Solutions and Cyber Resiliency, Dell Technologies

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