FAQs

Find the answers to the most frequently asked questions about the Summit

1. What is FinTech Abu Dhabi?

The inaugural FinTech Abu Dhabi event on 22 and 23 October 2017, is a strategic platform for financial institutions, FinTech start-ups and participants, investors, regulatory agencies and the business community to network, collaborate and exchange knowledge in FinTech developments in Abu Dhabi, the wider Middle East, Africa and South Asia (MEASA) region and on an international level.

 

The event will include an Innovation Challenge, Demo Day, and FinTech Awards presentation, Regulatory  Roundtable, Workshops, Welcome Reception, as well as a Summit featuring distinguished regional and international leaders in FinTech.

 

This is the first FinTech Summit in the region that exclusively designed and organised by an international financial centre – Abu Dhabi Global Market (ADGM).

2. Who is attending FinTech Abu Dhabi?

  1. Start-ups
  2. Innovators
  3. Investors
  4. Financial Institutions
  5. FinTech Ecosystem and Industry Partners
  6. Government Agencies

3. Why did ADGM launch this initiative?

The initiative is ADGM’s commitment to bring together the local and global FinTech community to network, collaborate and exchange expertise and knowledge in FinTech developments.

 

ADGM, comprising of three independent Authorities – the Financial Services Regulatory Authority, the Registration Authority and the ADGM Courts, was established to support the financial stability and complement the vibrant economic growth of Abu Dhabi and the UAE. Since going live in October 2015, ADGM has established a robust business and international financial centre that is anchored by a world-class legislative regime underpinned by an open, efficient and business friendly culture.  

 

The FinTech Abu Dhabi is part of ADGM’s ongoing efforts in fostering a vibrant ecosystem including innovators, FinTech firms, small & medium enterprises (SMEs), investors, banking institutions and industry partners to establish Abu Dhabi as an inclusive FinTech hub for the MENA region.

4. What is the FinTech Abu Dhabi agenda?

The Innovation Challenge and Awards take place on Sunday, 22nd October

 

DAY 1 – FINTECHAD INNOVATION CHALLENGE / DEMO DAY / DISCUSSIONS

  • Panel – Abu Dhabi’s Role in the Global FinTech Narrative
  • Fireside chat – Entrepreneurship in our Backyard
  • Roundtable – Role of regulators in financial innovation
  • Fireside chat – Connectivity of the future – Open APIs and Distributed Ledger Technology
  • Workshop – Business Use Cases in Distributed Ledger Technology – The Path to Production
  • Innovation Challenge Demos & Awards

 

The FinTech Abu Dhabi Summit takes place on Monday, 23rd October and includes the below panels and keynotes.

 

DAY 2 – FINTECHAD SUMMIT

  • Keynote #1 – Entrepreneurship in a Global FinTech Ecosystem
  • Keynote #2 – Breaking Down the Barriers to a Cashless Society
  • Panel 1 – Transforming the MENA Region into an International Innovation Hub
  • Keynote #3 – Rules for Disruptors
  • Panel 2 – Thriving Ecosystems: Global FinTech Update
  • Panel 3 – Next Generation Financial Services Apps in a Mobile World
  • Panel 4 – Investing in Innovation: The Next Frontier of FinTech
  • Panel 5 – The Next Frontier of Remittance and Payment Solutions
  • Panel 6 – Innovation for the Un(der)banked
  • Panel 7 – Evolution of the Advisor-Client Relationship
  • Keynote #4 – Abu Dhabi, FinTech Nexus

5. What is the Innovation Challenge?

The inaugural FinTech Abu Dhabi Innovation Challenge, an ADGM initiative in partnership with KPMG Digital Village, is a 5-week program for mature start-ups to contextualize and present market-ready solutions that address actual problem statements in the financial industry identified in the Middle East, Africa & South Asia (MEASA) region.

Please click here to learn more: https://fintechabudhabi.com/innovation-challenge/info/

6. Who are the Speakers?

SAEED AMIDI
FOUNDER & CEO, PLUG AND PLAY

MIKE CAGNEY
FOUNDER, SOFI

FADI GHANDOUR
EXECUTIVE CHAIRMAN, WAMDA CAPITAL

SOPNENDU MOHANTY
CHIEF FINTECH OFFICER, MAS

AMBAREEN MUSA
FOUNDER, SOUQALMAL.COM

LAWRENCE WINTERMEYER
CEO, INNOVATE FINANCE

MATTEO RIZZI
FINTECH STAGE/MEDIA PARTNER

ELIZABETH LUMLEY
GLOBAL FINTECH COMMENTATOR

Please visit the speakers page to view a list of the speakers at FinTech Abu Dhabi, including their biographies and social media handles.

7. How do I get involved?

You can register your interest in the event here: https://fintechabudhabi.com/register-your-interest/

8. What are the Social Media handles?

Follow us on @FinTechAD, #FinTechAD and #InnovationChallengeAD

 

Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/FinTechAD

Twitter – https://twitter.com/FinTechAD

Instagram – https://www.instagram.com/fintechad/

9. I have other questions. How do I contact you?

If you have any queries or concerns to clarify, please contact us at:

 

General Enquiries
info@fintechabudhabi.com

Innovation Challenge Enquires
innovation@fintechabudhabi.com

Media Enquires
media@fintechabudhabi.com

Sponsorship Enquires
sponsorship@fintechabudhabi.com

10. Where will FinTech Abu Dhabi be held?

FinTech Abu Dhabi will be held in the dynamic capital city of the United Arab Emirates at the 5 Star Fairmont Bab Al Bahr Hotel.