DIFC Open Finance Week


DIFC Open Finance Week

DIFC recently launched the region’s first open finance (API) lab in partnership with Tarabut Gateway, MENA’s first and largest regulated open banking platform that connects a regional network of banks and FinTechs via a universal applications programming interface. To mark this occasion, DIFC Open Finance Week will be held on Tuesday and Wednesday, 27-28 September 2022, at DIFC Innovation Hub.

27 - 28 September 2022 09:00am - 04:00pm

The Open Finance Week will focus on a series of events, exploring the impact and potential of open banking and open finance. The two-day event will bring together experts from the regional and global open finance community who will share their learnings and challenges through panel discussions, roundtables and live demos.

The DIFC Open Finance Week will educate, stimulate and engage banks, regulators and the industry and will be a live testbed to showcase positive impact on businesses, customers, and the economy.

Themes in Focus

  • BNPL
  • Insurance
  • Data Protection
  • Cyber Security
  • Digital Assets
  • Payments
  • Financial Inclusion
  • Financial Literacy
  • Embedded Finance
  • Talent And Community


  • Arif Amiri, Chief Executive Officer, DIFC Authority
  • Christian Kunz, Senior Vice President Strategy, DIFC Authority
  • Peter Smith, Managing Director, Policy and Strategy, DFSA
  • Abdulla Almoayed, Founder & CEO, Tarabut Gateway
  • Nameer Khan, Chairman & Founding Board Member, MENA FinTech Association (MFTA)
  • Patricia Keating, Scale Lead Middle East PWC
  • Dana EL Zein, Financial Services Partner META
  • Hakan Eroglu, Global Open Banking & MEA Innovation Lead (DS), Mastercard
  • Zuhursho Rahmatulloev, Co-Founder Alif Bank
  • Ratul Roshan, Senior Associate KARM Legal UAE
  • Nino Ocampo, Chief Product Officer Tarabut Gateway
  • Dmitrii Barbasura, Cheif Operations Officer Fintech Galaxy
  • Akshata Namjoshi, Associate Partner KARM Legal UAE
  • Abe Krar, Chief Product & Innovation Officer Fintech Galaxy
  • Andrei Afanasiev, Regional Director-Middle East Paysend PLC (UK)
  • Ben Robinson, CEO Aperture
  • Khalil Alami, CEO & Founder Telr UAE
  • Muhammed Yesilhark, Advisory Council Member Of Dubai Chamber Of Commerce & Industry
  • Musfique Ahmad, Co-Founder Smartcrowd
  • Walid Daniel Dib, CEO and Co-Founder Hala Insurance
  • Tola Oshin, Product Manager Mamo Pay
  • Shrijith Nair, Director of Data Protection and Privacy Engineering Careem
  • Saad Ansari, Co-Founder & CEO Xpence
  • Mo Aziz, Co Founder & CEO Pluto Card
  • Joseph EL AM, General Manager Stashaway
  • Ayham Gorani, CEO & Co-Founder Pemo
  • Alexey Partasov, Director of Customer Success Pemo
  • Alessio Botta, Senior Partner Milan McKinsey & Company
  • Arshad Khan, Founder & CEO Yoshi Markets Limited
  • Niki Mukhi, UX Designer/Artist CBD
  • Andrei Paysend, Regional Director Middle East Paysend PLC(UK)
  • Serena Sebastiani, Director - Finincial Services Advisory PWC


  • Dubai Financial Services Authority
  • Tarabut Gateway
  • Mashreq we make possible
  • Mena Fintech Association
  • Commercial Bank of Dubai
  • Xpence
  • McKinsey & Company
  • Cashew
  • Fintech Galaxy
  • European Women's Association
  • Pluto Cards
  • Careem
  • SmartCrowd
  • Meta
  • Karm
  • Hala
  • Mamo Pay
  • PWC
  • Lean
  • Yoshi Markets


  • 27th Sept 10:00-10:05
    Opening Keynote by Arif Amiri, CEO DIFC Authority.
    Opening Keynote
    Open Stage
  • 27th Sept 10:05-10:30
    DIFC x DFSA - Demystifying Open Finance Regulations
    Fireside Chat
    Open Stage

    Speakers: Christian Kunz,Peter Smith
  • 27th Sept 10:30-11:30
    Virtual Assets and the Future of Financial Markets
    Yoshi Markers
    FinTech Hive

    Speakers: Arshad Khan
  • 27th Sept 10:30-11:30
    Embedded Finance and the Opportunity for Banks
    Panel Discussion
    Open stage

    Speakers: Abdulla Almoayed,Fernando Morillo,Tristan Brandt,Ben Robinson
  • 27th Sept 11:45-12:30
    Managing Business Expenses for the Modern Startup
    FinTech Hive

    Speakers: Saad Ansari
  • 27th Sept 11:45-12:30
    The digitization of real world assets
    Fireside Chat
    Open stage

    Speakers: Musfique Ahmed,Muhammed Yesilhark
  • 27th Sept 12:30-13:15
    Learnings and lessons from Open Banking / Finance in the West
    Open stage

    Speakers: Alessio Botta
  • 27th Sept 12:30-13:15
    Embedded Finance Masterclass
    FinTech Hive

    Speakers: Nino Ocampo,Ben Robinson
  • 27th Sept 14:00-14:30
    How Open Banking is Transforming the Payments Landscape
    Product Showcase
    Open stage

    Speakers: Mehdi Tazi
  • 27th Sept 14:00-14:30
    Demystifying Innovation and Access to Finance
    DIFC, AIPPI-UAE, & European Women's Association (EWA)
    Panel Discussion
    Open stage

    Speakers: Rany Sader,Sonali Goila,Elena Unciuleanu,Yulia Stark,Fadila Ghadour,Christina Struller da Costa,Mark Devaney,Dr. Christina Rahm
  • 28th Sept 10:00-10:30
    Open Finance on Embedded Finance
    Fireside chat
    FinTech Hive

    Speakers: Nameer Khan,Hakan Eroglu
  • 28th Sept 10:00-10:30
    Fintech Solutions & Jobs to be Done
    Open Stage

    Speakers: Dana El Zein
  • 28th Sept 10:30-11:30
    Changing landscape of Retail Payments and Fund transfers - 10 years of mass adoption.
    KARM Legal
    Panel Discussion
    Open stage

    Speakers: Akshata Namjoshi,Khalil Alami,Zuhursho Rahmatulloev,Andrei Afanasiev
  • 28th Sept 10:30-11:30
    Big bang for the big banks - Will traditional bank's business model survive further development of open finance?
    Panel Discussion
    FinTech Hive

    Speakers: Alexey Partasov,Tola Oshin,Joseph El Am,Ayham Gorani
  • 28th Sept 11:45-12:30
    Developing an open insurance protocol in MENA
    Fireside chat
    Open stage

    Speakers: Walid Daniel Dib,Syrine Ben Mansour,Simon Dodsworth,Alberto Pérez Domínguez
  • 28th Sept 12:30-13:15
    Open Finance: The Opportunity for financial services in the Middle East
    Fireside chat
    Open stage

    Speakers: Patricia Keating,Serena Sebastiani
  • 28th Sept 14:00-14:30
    What does Open Finance mean for BNPL?
    Fireside Chat
    Open Stage

    Speakers: Ibtissam Ouassif,Vibhor Mundhada,Ashu Gupta
  • 28th Sept 14:30-15:00
    Consent and Data Protection – the cornerstones for successful financial inclusion
    Fintech Galaxy
    FinTech Hive

    Speakers: Abe krar,Michael Hartman
  • 28th Sept 14:30-15:00
    How can open APIs increase a banks top-line? How can banks increase their top-line by providing open APIs to fintech platforms?
    Open stage

    Speakers: Mo Aziz
  • 28th Sept 15:00-15:45
    Financial wellness is the real peace of mind
    CBD Digital Lab
    Panel Discussion
    FinTech Hive

    Speakers: Deepak Mehra,Hiren Raghuvanshi,Joaquin Ablatico,Shashank Narayanan
  • 28th Sept 15:00-15:45
    Achieving data protection and regulatory compliance through Cybersecurity Controls - A Careem Story.
    Open stage

    Speakers: Srijith Nair

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