Banks and financial institutions are constantly evolving to offer more value to their consumers. To meet today’s customer demands and regulatory mandates, financial institutions need to modernize their payments infrastructures and partner with innovative payment providers, co-creating a digital payments ecosystem based on newer hub models.

Now that the era of faster payments, 24X7 instant execution, and open banking solutions is upon us, financial institutions of all sizes are reconsidering the use of modern technology hubs as a realistic option. The API/Collaborative economy can bring significant revenue streams and allow banks to charge for services that they offer through Open Banking or can be leveraged to cut costs, up-sell, or cross-sell.

Learn how cloud-based microservices payment solutions provide your financial institution the critical competitive edge to propel you into the future of banking allowing your institutions to offer a wider variety of payment options (real-time/instant payments, cross-border schemes, ACH, RTGS, etc.), meeting regulatory mandates such as ISO20022 without undue cost burdens and help you move away from the spaghetti and silos of different payments components.


MEA Finance in cooperation with Volante Technologies invites you to a roundtable discussion to be held on 24th March 2022 at Four Seasons Jumeirah Beach, Dubai to examine the evolving landscape of payments within the Middle East region and explore new ways to offer a multitude of new and value-added services to your consumers through payments, financial messaging, ISO 20022 migration, and open banking.

Volante Roundtable Discussion will be packed with insights including the top challenges that hinder most financial institutions to broaden their payments services, leveraging Cloud, Payment Infrastructure (Instant/Real Time Payment, Domestic and Cross Border), microservices architectures, APIs, Payment Data (ISO20022) and Open Banking.

Modernization of the Payment Landscape


  • 09:30 Registration & Networking
  • 10:15 Welcome Address
  • 10:20 3 pillars: Driving Strategic Payments Modernization
    Domenico Scaffidi, Vice President, Global Industry & Regulatory Affairs, Volante
  • 10:30 Leading payment systems and next generation payment services in the region
    Max Di Gregorio, Managing Director Financial Services, Accenture
  • 10:40 Discussion on -
    • Speed of offering value added services to clients, benefiting from faster onboarding to new payment methods.
    • Real-time infrastructure that supports both consumer and corporate payment requests 24x7.
    • Cloud-readiness for operating in public, private, or hybrid cloud models.
    • Standards-based with ISO 20022 as the default messaging choice for real-time systems, globally.
    • Support open banking interaction through API’s.
  • 12:30 Lunch

* Refreshments, coffee, and tea will be served at 11am
** **Participation is by invitation only and there is NO COST associated to attend this event.


Amit Malhotra
General Manager - Personal Banking Group
Commercial Bank of Dubai


Ahmad Hamam
Head of Product Development & Channel Implementation


Anand Sampath
Executive Director, Head - Global Payables & Receivables



Devid Jegerson
Head of Customer Experience and Platform Development
National Bank of Fujairah


Faisal Saeed
Senior Vice President, Head – Retail Liabilities & Transaction Banking


Jagadeshwaran K
Managing Director - Treasury & Trade Solutions



Max Di Gregorio
Managing Director - Financial Services


Mohamed Al Ali
Managing Director & Head of Cash Management
First Abu Dhabi Bank


Navneet Dave
Regional Managing Director, Group Processing
Network International



Olivier Crespin
Co-Founder & CEO


Onur Ozan
Managing Director / Regional Head, MENA & Turkey


Salim Awan
Managing Director - Institutional Payments Solutions



Sameer Nemazie
Director, Cash Products MENA
Standard Chartered Bank


Yasmin Imam
Executive Director,
First Abu Dhabi Bank


Victor Penna
Executive Vice President,
GTB Co-head



Domenico Scaffidi
VP, Global Industry & Regulatory Affairs


Mehreen Zakaria
Cash Management Head,


Houssam Chaker
Regional Head, Middle East,



Andrew Cover
MEA Finance





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