The journey towards frictionless cross-border payments | A roundtable discussion

MEA Finance would like to invite you to join us to an exclusive roundtable discussion with the theme of “The journey towards frictionless cross-border payments” sponsored by SWIFT in partnership with the UAE Banks Federation on the 23rd November 2022 at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel, Dubai.

In this session, you will be among the other key stakeholders in the banking industry and discuss the foundation of the cross-border payments ecosystem that exists today, explore new ways to address the complexities of providing secure and ubiquitous cross-border payments and how this journey to new technology adoption will shape the future of the payments industry.


Hafid Oubrik, Director Payment Systems Operations and Development, Central Bank of the UAE
Jamal Saleh, Managing Director, UAE Banks Federation
Bhupesh Sharma, Head of Transaction Banking, ADCB
Ana Rita Sa, Lead - Product Management, ADCB
Afzal Khanani, Head of Retail Operations, ADIB
Sridhar K, Group Head of Operations, ADIB
Kapil Arora, Head - Correspondents & Banking Relations, Al Ansari
Faisal Alhijawi, Chief Strategy & Development Officer, Buna
Stuart Keenan, Vice President, Receivables Product Head for MENA, Citi
Hamayoun Khan, Head of Transaction Banking, Commercial Bank of Dubai
Thomas Cherian, CIO, Commercial Bank of Dubai
Barid Neogi, SVP Group Operations Governance and Support, Emirates NBD
Faisal Saeed, Head Retail Liabilities & Transaction Banking, Emirates NBD
Finali Fernando, Regional Head of Product - Global Payments Solutions, HSBC Bank Middle East
Kartik Taneja, Chairman of the Board - Neopay, Mashreq
Victor Penna, Co-Head of Global Transaction Banking, Mashreq
Viplav Rathore, Managing Director, Standard Chartered Bank
Jayesh Patel, CEO, Wio Bank
Sanjay Rakesh, Head - Corporate Banking and Shared Services Operations, Zand
Saravana Govindarajulu, Executive Director, Head of FI Products & Network Management, Transaction Banking, FAB
Osama Rahma, Head of Business Development, Emirates Investment Bank

Register your interest now!


  • 09:30 Registration & Networking
  • 10:15 Welcome Address by UAE Banks Federation
  • 10:20 Welcome Address by SWIFT
  • 10:25 Presentation by SWIFT
  • 10:30 Panel Discussion
    Key discussion points include:
    • How can banks improve the end-to-end customer experience for cross-border payments?
    • Correspondent banking vs fintechs – how do they differ? What are the pros and cons of each?
    • What role do standards play in eliminating friction in cross-border payments? How and why is ISO 20022 a game changer?
    • What role do payment market infrastructures play when it comes to speeding up cross-border payments?
    • How is are technologies such as APIs and DLT reshaping the present and future of the payment industry?
  • 12:45 Lunch

**  **Participation is by invitation only and there is NO COST associated to attend this event.