LendIt Fintech USA 2019


Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC) is proud to be a silver sponsor of the world’s leading event in Financial Services Innovation, LendIt Fintech USA 2019 from 8 – 9 April in San Francisco. The event will bring together 5,000 decision makers from major fintech, blockchain, digital banking and lending companies for two action-packed days of networking, learning and doing business.

As a valued client, DIFC has secured a 15% discount on delegate passes. Find out more and register using the following code ‘Edgeverve15%’.

A Roadmap for Fintech Firms Entering Fast-Growing Emerging Markets

Fintech firms are discovering the Middle East and Africa to be high-opportunity markets, with both wealthy and underbanked populations, an openness to best-in-class solutions and progressive government support. This paper provides fintechs considering establishing a presence in the region with key considerations and guidance, based on successful firms' experience. The report also examines market dynamics in key countries, useful for fintech firms as well as investors.

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Under the theme ‘Learnings from Around the Globe’ the track sponsored by Dubai International Financial Centre will look at how various international hubs are driving the growth of the FinTech sector in their respective regions and explore opportunities for collaboration.

Looking more specifically at the Middle East, Africa and South Asia, Salmaan Jaffery, Chief Business Development Officer at DIFC Authority will share an overview of the trends witnessed by and within the Centre, while highlighting the potential for growth in the region using Dubai as an access point. Following this, Raja Al Mazrouei, Executive Vice President of DIFC FinTech Hive will host a Fireside Chat with Astyanax Kanakakis, CEO and Co-Founder of Norbloc, a KYC blockchain platform, and an alumnus of the FinTech Hive accelerator programme.


Salmaan Jaffery

Chief Business Development Officer, DIFC


Raja Al Mazrouei

Executive Vice President,
DIFC FinTech Hive


Astyanax Kanakakis

Chief Executive Officer &
Co-Founder Norbloc

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