DIFC To Host The Region’s Most Comprehensive Fintech Event


Ten key themes shaping the FinTech sector, including Web 3.0, metaverse, NFTs, crypto, blockchain, embedded finance, open banking, RegTech and ESG will be discussed at the DIFC FinTech Week from June 28 to 29.

More than 1,000 attendees, including visionary and trailblazing FinTech innovators, leading investment firms, banks, policymakers, and service providers are expected to attend the event hosted by the Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC), the leading global financial centre in the Middle East, Africa, and South Asia (MEASA) region. The event will bring together the region’s FinTech market and will be held at the Ritz Carlton, DIFC.

The event will include over 40 keynotes from multidisciplinary speakers, panel discussions, enterprise use-case presentations, and product showcases – all coming together to help accelerate the adoption of next-gen technology solutions in the industry.

Array of speakers

Confirmed industry speakers include CEO of Binance, Changpeng Zhao; President of Bank of America Mena Arshad Ghafur; Global Head of Digital Assets at Standard Chartered Rene Michau; CEO of Commercial Bank of Dubai Dr. Bernd Van Linder; Managing Partner at Nine Blocks Capital Management Henri Arslanian; and Managing Director, South Asia and Mena, at Ripple, Navin Gupta.

CEO of DIFC Authority, Arif Amiri said: “We have been defining the region’s financial technology market for several years and hosting the DIFC FinTech Week reflects our commitment to accelerate the next phase of its growth.

“DIFC FinTech Week provides the ideal platform for influential contributors from the sector to come together and drive ideas forward to help accelerate growth and innovation.

Leading digital innovation

“Clients in DIFC’s ecosystem have and will continue to lead digital innovation, ranging from the metaverse to embedded finance through to environment, sustainability and governance (ESG) initiatives. DIFC will continue to provide the best environment to help them shape the Future of Finance.”

The DIFC Innovation Hub is the region’s leading innovation ecosystem and the largest cluster of FinTech in GCC, with nearly 600 innovation and tech firms, ranging from start-ups to unicorns, representing over 60 per cent of the regional market share. The Hub is also an integral part of the Vice President, Prime Minister and Minister of Defence of the UAE as well as the Ruler of Dubai, HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum’s vision for innovation-driven growth in Dubai, which is shaping the Future of Finance.

DIFC FinTech Week is being supported by new and incumbent industry leaders, including Amazon Payment Services as presenting partner; Binance, Tamara and Yap as gold sponsors; and Baraka, Midchains and Yoshi Markets as silver sponsors. The Middle East Venture Capital Association and World Alliance of International Financial Centres are Association Partners, while Crypto Oasis is an Ecosystem Partner.

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