Top 50 Fintech Influencers in Middle East

LATTICE80 presents a list of 50 top fintech influencers you need to know and follow in the Middle East region.

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The United Arab Emirates remains a hotspot for fintech to grow, closely followed by Jordan as per a recent Forbes report. Similar to the Financial Conduct Authority‘s Regulatory Sandbox in the United Kingdom, The Financial Services Regulatory Authority of the Abu Dhabi Global Market commissioned the first regulatory lab called ‘RegLab‘ which eases the process for fintech companies to start up and launch in the region. Two other sandboxes, by the Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC) and Central Bank of Bahrain, support the ecosystem.While support from the market regulators is always key to industry growth, investments also remain an important factor. Fintech startups in the region are said to have raised over $100 million within 5 years, with an aim to have raised over $250 million in 2020. Investments follow the opportunity for bringing financial inclusion in the region where immigration creates a strong demand for various financial services, in addition to local demand. These range from payments, forex, access to finance to comparison services. Blockchain technology in the Middle East is picking up in the oil, shipping & logistics, and other industries as well.

The Middle East region is also in the sights of international companies looking for an entry into the market and of the over 35 banks in the region which are investing to emerge as top players in the digital finance industry.

In spirit of ensuring access to the best information for the global Fintech community, LATTICE80 has put together a list of top Fintech influencers in the Middle East that you should know about and follow to learn about developments as they happen.

In case you think we have missed someone or wish to suggest a correction, please drop us a line on asia@lattice80.com. 🙂

 

LATTICE80 Fintech Middle East 50:

Name,
Company,
Position
Location Linkedin Twitter
Abdulaziz Fahad Aljouf
PayTabs
Founder and CEO
Saudi Arabia
Ahmed Al-Munayes
Tap Payments
Co-Founder and CGO
Kuwait
Ahmed Wadi
Moneyfellows
Founder and CEO
Egypt
Altaf Ahmed
Remitr
Co-Founder and Business Head (Middle East)
Dubai, UAE
Ambareen Musa
Souq Al Mal
CEO
Dubai, UAE
Arif Amiri
Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC)
Chief Executive Officer
Dubai, UAE
Barbaros Özbugutu
iyzico
Co-Founder and CEO
Turkey
Chadi El Nawar
Risk+ Solutions
Co-founder and General Manager
Lebanon
Craig Moore​
Beehive
Founder and CEO
Dubai, UAE
Danny Abla
Arab Financial Services
Director, Fintech
UAE
David Martinez De Lecea
Narrativa
Chief Operating Officer
UAE
Dr. Ahmed Abdulkarim Alkholifey
SAMA (Saudi Arabian Monetary Authority)
Governor
Saudi Arabia
Fouad Jeryes
CashBasha
Co-founder & Business Lead
Jordan
George Ghaoui
Capital Banking Solutions
Head of Sales and Marketing MENA
Lebanon
Hariprasad Chede
National Bank of Fujairah
CISO
UAE
Illyas Kooliyankal
Abu Dhabi Islamic Bank
Chief Information Security Officer Group IT
UAE
Jayesh Patel
Emirates NBD
Head of Liv. Digital Bank
Dubai, UAE
Jon Richards
yallacompare
CEO
Dubai, UAE
Kaiser Naseem
International Finance Corporation (IFC)
Head, Banking and Digital Finance Advisory Services, EMENA
Dubai, UAE
Khalid Al Rumaihi
Economic Development Board of Bahrain (EDB)
Chief Executive
Bahrain
Khalid Saad
Bahrain FinTech Bay
CEO
Bahrain
Manaf Ahmed
First Abu Dhabi Bank
AVP, AML High Risk Advisory
UAE
Mark Chahwan
Sarwa.co
Co-founder
Dubai, UAE
Michele Grosso
Democrance
Co-founder and CEO
UAE
Mike Cunningham
bank CLEARLY
CEO
Dubai, UAE
Mirna Sleiman
FinTech Galaxy
Founder
UAE
Moussa Beidas
Bridg
Co-founder and CEO
UAE
Nameer Khan
Consultant
InsurTech and FinTech Influencer
UAE
Nasser Saleh
MadfooatCom
Founder and CEO
Jordan
Ola Doudin
Bitoasis
Co-founder and CEO
Dubai, UAE
Oliver C. Hallsworth
ADS Securities
Managing Director, Legal & Compliance
UAE
Omar Rana
Finalytix
Co-Founder & Director of Strategy & Finance
Abu Dhabi, UAE
Omar Soudodi
Payfort
Managing Director
UAE
Omeed Mehrinfar
Plug and Play
Managing Partner, Plug and Play Middle-East
Abu Dhabi, UAE
Osama Al Rahma
Al Fardan Exchange
CEO
UAE
Peter Smith
Dubai Financial Services Authority
Managing Director, Policy and Strategy
UAE
Promoth Manghat
UAE Exchange
CEO
Abu Dhabi, UAE
Ram Soni
Mashreq Bank
AVP Information Security Manager
UAE
Rami El-Dokany
Pride Capital
Founder and CEO
Egypt
Richard Teng
ADGM
CEO, Financial Services Regulatory Authority
Abu Dhabi, UAE
Rina Bardic
Consultant
Dubai, UAE
Sagheer Mufti
Habib Bank
Head of Operations
UAE
Sam Quawasmi
Eureeca
Co-founder and co-CEO
Dubai, UAE
Shaheen AlKhudhari
Ajar Online
Founder and CEO
Kuwait
Stelios Michaelides
Commercial Bank of Dubai
Head of Channels and Digital Innovation
Dubai, UAE
Talal Bayaa
bayzat
Co-Founder
Dubai, UAE
Waheed Rathore
ADCB
Chief Compliance & Enterprise Risk Officer
UAE
Wai Lum Kwok
ADGM
Executive Director, Capital Markets
Abu Dhabi, UAE
Waseem Abdulhaq
HSBC Bank Middle East Limited
Regional Head of AML Policy – MENA
UAE
Zeid Husban
POSRocket
Founder and CEO
Jordan

 

Last updated – 29.03.2018