H.E. Abdulla Bin Touq Al Marri was appointed Minister of Economy of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) under the new government structure approved in July 2020. He is also the chairman of the General Civil Aviation Authority, UAE International Investors Council.

H.E. Abdullah bin Touq Al Marri

Cabinet Member & UAE Minister of Economy


His Excellency Essa Kazim is the Governor of Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC), Chairman of Borse Dubai, Deputy Chairman of Supreme Legislation Committee in Dubai, and a member in Dubai Supreme Fiscal Committee.


Governor of DIFC


Bill Winters is the Group Chief Executive of Standard Chartered PLC (since Jun ‘15). Standard Chartered is a UK headquartered, emerging markets focussed bank, with a presence in 59 markets across Asia, Africa, and the Middle East.

Bill Winters

Group CEO

Standard Chartered PLC

United Kingdom

Piyush has been the Chief Executive Officer and Director of DBS Group since 2009. He is currently the Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Singapore Management University, Vice-Chairman of the Institute of International Finance, Washington among other prestigious roles he holds.

Piyush Gupta

Group Chief Executive Officer

DBS Bank


In a career at Franklin Templeton spanning over 30 years, Ms. Johnson has been a key driver in the company's transformation. She has been named to Barron's list of the 100 Most Influential Women in U.S. Finance for three consecutive years.

Jenny Johnson

President & CEO

Franklin Templeton


Brian Armstrong is the Co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of Coinbase. Before founding Coinbase, Brian served as a software engineer at Airbnb. Prior to that, Brian co-founded and was CEO of Universitytutor.com, an online tutoring company.

Brian Armstrong

Chief Executive Officer & Co-founder



Brad is the CEO of Ripple and a member of the Board of Directors. Prior to Ripple, he served as the CEO of file collaboration service Hightail. From 2009 to 2012 he was President of Consumer Applications at AOL and prior to that in executive positions at Yahoo

Brad Garlinghouse




As Governor, Mr. Al Maraj carries a ministerial ranking and is the chief executive of the CBB. His career highlights include senior positions with Government, having served as Assistant Under-Secretary at the then Finance and National Economy Ministry and Under-Secretary at the Ministry of Transportation.



Central Bank of Bahrain


Michael is the CEO and co-founder of Fireblocks, a secure digital asset infrastructure company. Prior to Fireblocks, he co-founded Lacoon Mobile Security, which was acquired by Check Point.

Michael Shaulov

Co-Founder & CEO



Adrienne Harris is a prominent financial technology expert and former White House and Treasury Senior Official. She currently leads DFS, overseeing financial institutions with assets of over $9t.

Adrienne A. Harris


New York State Department of Financial Services


Melissa Guzy is the Co-Founder and Managing Partner of Arbor Ventures. She is a seasoned expert in venture capital & private equity and is a prominent speaker at the industry’s top events.

Melissa GUZY

Co-Founder & Managing Partner

Arbor Ventures


Olugbenga ‘GB’ Agboola is the Founder and CEO of Flutterwave. A serial entrepreneur with two exits under his belt, GB has over 15 years of experience in building scalable financial technology firms.

Olugbenga GB Agboola

Founder and CEO



Patrick Chalhoub is the Group President of Chalhoub Group, partner and creator of luxury experiences in the Middle East. He is a Board Member of the UN Global Compact, a Council Member of UAE’s Circular Economy, and a Board Member of the Dubai Chamber of Commerce & Industry.


Group President

Chalhoub Group


Jonathan is responsible for the digital asset strategy and offering development at Julius Baer.

Jonathan Hayes

Head of Digital Assets

Bank Julius Baer


Umar Farooq is the Global Head of Financial Institution Payments and CEO of Onyx by J.P. Morgan. Prior to this Umar was the Global Head of Digital Wholesale Payments and Head of Blockchain for the Corporate and Investment Bank (CIB).

Umar Farooq

CEO, Onyx by JP Morgan; Global Head of Financial Institution Payments

JP Morgan


Magnus Grimeland, founder and CEO of Antler, the investor backing the world’s most driven founders from day zero to greatness.

Magnus Grimeland

Founder & Chief Executive Officer



Ian Johnston was appointed Chief Executive of the DFSA in September 2022. He previously served as the DFSA’s Chief Executive from 2012-2018.


Chief Executive

Dubai Financial Services Authority


Christian Lanng is the CEO and co-founder of Tradeshift, the world’s largest business commerce platform, bringing connectivity and value to buyers and suppliers in over 190 countries. Christian is a recognized thought leader and Fortune 500 advisor.

Christian Lanng




Ivan Soto-Wright is the Co-Founder & CEO of MoonPay, the world’s leading web3 infrastructure provider.

Ivan Soto-Wright

CEO & Co-Founder



Jonathan has been at the leading edge of the financial services industry for 33 years. Prior to Ping An Group, he spent 18 years at Citigroup where he was Global Head of the firm’s retail banking and mortgage businesses, generating ~$12Bn in revenues.

Jonathan Larsen

Chief Innovation Officer of Ping An Group; Chairman & CEO of Ping An Global Voyager Fund

Ping An Group

Hong Kong

In 2012, Mudassir co-founded Careem, which is today the leading technology platform for the region, operating in more than 98 cities in 10 countries, with 1400+ colleagues and more than two million Captains (drivers).

Mudassir Sheikha

CEO and Co-Founder



Faraz has an extensive experience in the areas of E-commerce, digital innovation, fintech, building digital ecosystems, customer centricity, and relevance, building tools to support local business and economy growth.

Faraz Khalid




Hosam Arab is the CEO and Co-founder of Tabby, a shopping and financial services app in MENA. Prior to that, he co-founded online fashion retailer Namshi which was later acquired by Emaar Malls.

Hosam Arab

CEO and Co-founder



After years of consulting for Canada's major financial institutions as a member of Accenture Strategy's Financial Services division, Lebanese national Mark Chahwan co-founded Sarwa, a wealth advisory service, in 2017.

Mark Chahwan




Staci Warden is CEO of theAlgorand Foundation. She has done business in more than 50 countries and has advocated widely on the potential for cryptocurrencies & blockchain to solve real-world problems.

Staci Warden


Algorand Foundation


Caroline leads public policy internationally at Chainalysis. Prior to this, Caroline was the founding Head of the OECD's Global Blockchain Policy Centre, from 2018 to 2021.

Caroline Malcolm

Global Head of Public Policy


United Kingdom

Monica Brand Engel is a co-founding Managing Partner of Quona Capital. Along with that, she is an investor and entrepreneur, who has launched funds and products aimed at broadening financial inclusion globally.

Monica Brand Engel

Co-Founder and Managing Partner

Quona Capital


As Global Director of FSP Advocacy and a designer, Marina engages with financial services providers globally to adopt best practices, share knowhow, and drive actions on women's financial inclusion.

Marina Dimova

Global Director, Financial Industry and Network Advocacy

Women's World Banking


Geoff Kot is the Managing Director and Global Head of FM Electronic Trading and Platforms for Standard Chartered Bank (Singapore) Limited. Prior to joining Standard Chartered Bank in 2014, he worked at Barclays and Merrill Lynch.

Geoff Kot

Managing Director & Global Head, FM Electronic Trading & Platforms

Standard Chartered Bank


Professor Short is one of the world’s top 20 technology ecosystem and transformation thought leaders and influencers for global development. She has global experience designing and developing cutting-edge technology ecosystems for trust and value chain improvement projects.

Prof. Lisa Short

Director and Founder

Areté Business Performance


Ola Doudin is the co-founder & CEO of BitOasis. Forbes Middle East featured Ola among the ‘Top 10 Women Behind Middle Eastern Tech Brands 2021’. She has also been honored with ‘Young Global Leader 2022’ – an initiative by the World Economic Forum.

Ola Younis Doudin

CEO & Co-founder



Luis is responsible for Citi Ventures’ fintech investments globally. Luis started his investing career at Softbank, was a consultant at McKinsey, and prior to joining Citi founded and ran JPMorgan’s Strategic Investments group where he invested in 30+ companies.

Luis Valdich

Managing Director

Citi Ventures


Dr. Ugur Koyluoglu is the Global Head of Digital Assets at Oliver Wyman, leading the firm’s offerings to traditional finance players, crypto-native firms, investors, and public policy makers.

Ugur Koyluoglu

Vice Chairman for Financial Services and the Global Head of Digital Assets

Oliver Wyman


Guy Goldstein is the CEO and co-founder of NEXT. Guy has led NEXT to become the leading digital insurance company transforming small business insurance.

Guy Goldstein


NEXT Insurance


Jeremy has won multiple prestigious awards throughout his career including Advance Global Australian Award 2017, and Top 35 Millennial Influencer USA among many others. Between 2013 and 2018, he was a young global leader at the World Economic Forum.

Jeremy K. Balkin

Global Head of Payments Innovation & Corporate Development



With over 15 years of experience, Jigar is currently the Global Head of FinTech for Morgan Stanley, overseeing strategic advisory and capital raising for the most innovative and disruptive companies in FinTech.

Jigar Patel

Global Head of Fintech

Morgan Stanley


Ben Worley is the co-founder and CEO of Spiro Carbon, a US-based startup focused on democratizing the benefits of the carbon market for all stakeholders.

Benjamin Worley

Chief Executive Officer

Spiro Carbon Group


Anthony has 25 years of experience across Fintech businesses in Emerging Markets and Citi's global consumer bank.

Anthony Thomas

Managing Director, FinTech

Delivery hero


Chris is known as one of the most influential people in technology and a best-selling author. He is an independent commentator on the financial markets and fintech through his blog, the Finanser.

Chris Skinner


The Finanser Ltd


Jinesh Patel is a Managing Partner at Integra Partners. He is an experienced investment professional with over 20 years experience in the Asia Pacific.

Jinesh Patel

Managing Partner

Integra Partners


Paul leads and oversees the investment team on a day-to-day basis and actively engages with our portfolio companies as a board member (e.g., Alchemy, Pintu, Valr) and advisor.

Paul Veradittakit

Managing Partner

Pantera Capital


Ahmad is a key member of the Tap team since the early days, He has played an instrumental role in driving the company's growth and success. Alwazzan brings a diverse range of skills and expertise.

Ahmad Alwazzan

EVP & Managing Director - UAE

Tap Payments


Lalit Keshre is the Co-founder and CEO of Groww.

Lalit Keshre

Co-founder & CEO



Sharif El-Badawi is the CEO of the newly established Dubai Future District Fund, an evergreen venture fund of funds and direct investment vehicle of the emirate of Dubai.

Sharif El-Badawi

Chief Executive Officer

Dubai Future District Fund


Bryan co-founded the Cambridge Centre for Alternative Finance and co-authored more than 40 some of the most impactful industry and regulatory reports on financial and regulatory innovation globally.

Bryan Zheng Zhang

Co-Founder and Executive Director

Cambridge Centre for Alternative Finance at the University of Cambridge Judge Business School

United Kingdom

Dan Murphy is CNBC’s Anchor and Correspondent based in the United Arab Emirates, reporting on business, markets, economics and geopolitics from across the Middle East region.

Dan Murphy

Anchor and Correspondent



Sailesh oversees Geidea’s operations, strategic partnerships as well as business development. Prior to Geidea, Sailesh worked in a variety of senior-level positions at leading payment service providers and financial institutions.

Sailesh Malhotra

General Manager GCC



Udayan is a keen proponent of technology driven reformation in banking and financial services and has exceptional investment and domain expertise in this space.

Udayan Goyal

Managing Partner

Apis Partners LLP

United Kingdom

Renier Lemmens is the Group CEO of Geidea and is responsible for driving Geidea’s strategic growth across the region. His past roles include serving as the CEO of PayPal Europe, Middle East, and Africa – and COO for Barclays International Retail and Commercial Banking.

Renier Lemmens

Group CEO


Saudi Arabia

Dorjee Sun is Bioeconomy's Founder and CEO, a TIME Magazine Hero of the Environment, winner of the Earth Day Species Award, and Special Advisor to the International Chamber of Commerce.

Dorjee Sun




Martin is member of the Board of Management at DekaBank since May 2013 and responsible for the Banking Business Divisions (Capital Markets, Credits, Real Estate Lending) and the Depositary Business.

Martin Müller

Board Member

DekaBank Deutsche Girozentrale


A former head of Financial Services on The London Mayors International Business Programme, I now support Fintech ecosystems, startups and Scale-ups globally as an owner of The Fintech Times.

Mark Walker

Editorial Director

The Fintech Times

United Kingdom

Gavin is a seasoned leader with more than three decades of experience across financial services, technology, and innovation.

Gavin Michael

President & CEO



Sarvjeet Virk is the Co-Founder and Managing Director of Finvasia. He is a serial entrepreneur who has established and guided numerous ventures, while actively participating in diverse industry roles.

Sarvjeet Singh Virk

Co-founder & Chief Managing Director



Jason Barsema is the Co-Founder and President of Halo Investing where he leads the team and product vision. Jason previously was a Partner on a large Private Banking team at Credit Suisse.

Jason Barsema

Co-Founder & President

Halo Investing


The Honorable Caroline D. Pham was sworn in as a CFTC Commissioner on April 14, 2022. Commissioner Caroline D. Pham is the sponsor of the CFTC’s Global Markets Advisory Committee.

Caroline Pham


Commodity Futures Trading Commission


Michael is the Global Head of Innovation and Advanced Solutions at BNY Mellon and has 20 years of experience in technology, financial services, and strategy consulting.

Michael Demissie

Managing Director Global Head of Innovation and Advanced Solutions

BNY Mellon


Tajinder Virk is the co-founder and CEO of Finvasia. He has broad experience in the financial services industry, having held key positions across geographies and noteworthy hedge funds.  

Tajinder Virk

Co-founder & CEO



Fintech pioneer with 17+ years of experience across the Fintech& Banking Industries in MEA. Founder/CEO of Ishtar Gate (Blue), building reliable&easy-to-use digital financial solutions for Iraq & beyond. 

Ali Al-Saeed

Chief Executive Officer