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Open, Embedded and Inclusive: Future of Finance and Banking

In-Person & Virtual Conference
February 22 & 23, 2023

Dubai International Financial Center, Gate District 5, Level 2, The Atrium





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Apidays Dubai & Middle East 2023 brings together local and international experts to share how Open Banking/Finance is evolving and transforming Financial Services in the Middle East Region. Technical advancements and success stories across various aspects of the API landscape will also form part of the event. 

Apidays is the leading industry tech and business series of conferences in APIs and the programmable economy.

85,000+ attendees

CIOs, CTO, CDOs, SVPs, VPs, Heads of Innovation, Heads of API, API Architects, Developers, Software Engineers, Infrastructure & Cloud Managers, IT Managers, Product Managers, Consultants & Analysts

4,000+ speakers

Learn from the best about Business Models, Design & Documentation, Lifecycle Management, Security & Identity Management, Testing & Monitoring, Banking APIs and Open Banking, Developer Marketing, Digital Transformation, GraphQL, Microservice Architecture, Mobile & IoT APIs

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Since 2012, 70+ apidays conferences have been organised in 15 countries to cover Banking & Financial Services | Consulting | Energy | Healthcare & Life Science | IT & Technology | Manufacturing & Automotive | Media | Non-profit & Education | Public Sector | Retail | Transport & Hospitality

Financial Services across the MENA region are transforming owing to Open and Embedded Banking/Finance. These transformations open up enormous opportunities for innovation and growth across all ecosystem stakeholders – Regulators, Financial Institutions, FinTechs, and Customers. While leveraging APIs for these transformations, the region also adopts the best-in-class API ecosystem tools and standards.  


Mohammad AlBlooshi

Head of DIFC Innovation Hub and FinTech Hive

Arjun Vir Singh

Partner - Global Financial Services Practice at Arthur D. Little

Ramana Kumar

CEO of Magnati

Alam Khan

Principal Technologist at Solace

Mohamed Roushdy

Founder at Fintech Bazaar | Senior Consultant at IFC (World Bank)

Craig Hughes

Vice President of Architecture at Emirates NBD

Ayman Jaber

Chief Internal Auditor & Audit & Compliance Committee Secretary at HALA

William Ebenezer


Abe Karar

Chief Product Officer at FintechGalaxy

Huw Davies

Co-founder and CEO at Ozone API

Illyas Kooliyankal

Group CEO at CyberShelter

Lorna Trayan

Executive Partner, CISO Advisor at Gartner

Floyd Davis

Vice President, Solution Engineering - Asia Pacific & Japan, Middle East at Solace

Somnath Sarkar

EVP - Group Head of Information Security at Mashreq Bank

Anders Olofsson

Founder of FinTech Core

Frederic de Melker

Founder of Stealth Mode Startup

Markus Müller


Oan Ali

Head of Architecture & DevOps Delivery at Ahli United Bank

Dr. Ahmed Alsayed

Head of Digital Delivery at Bank Albilad

Arlémi Turpault

Developer Advocacy Lead at Postman

Bassem Ktita

Account Executive Leader - APIM & Open Bank at Axway

Mamadou Sow

Principal Presales Architect at Axway

Ewan MacLeod

Founder of Alaaser Aljadeed Digital Partners

Maurizio Garzelli

Chief Solution Officer at APIIDA

Giri Venkatesan

Developer Advocate at Solace

Alexandre Soued

Co-Founder at Lunedata

Michael Hartmann

Chief Business Officer at Fintech Galaxy

Grant Niven

Founder & Partner at Mingzulu

Richard Bosch

Developer Advocate / Architect at Axual BV

Tristan Brandt

Head of Design and Innovation at RAK Bank

Narendra Nandal

CEO at Infinitech Ltd.

Vaanathi Mohanakrishnan

Business Head - MENA at M2P Solutions

Bashar Khalil

Regional Sales Manager Business Application Platform at Apigee

Mehdi Dahmani

Customer Engineer at Google Cloud

Naveen Bharadwaj

CEO at Trescon

Absar Ahmad

Technical Support Team Lead at APIMatic

Muhammad Wajahat Iqbal

Senior Software Engineer at APIMatic

Mehdi Medjaoui

Founder & Chairman of apidays

Ali Adnan

Co-founder at Authlete

SCHEDULE DETAILS Explore the Agenda



Apidays Dubai And Middle East

Open, Embedded and Inclusive: Future of Finance and Banking

  • 8:30 am
  • Welcome - Doors open
  • Meet and Greet the apidays community

  • 9:00 am
  • Beyond Pet Tech: Picking the Right Style for your API Product
  • Erik Wilde, Co-Author of “Continuous API Management”, API Catalyst & Creator of “Getting APIs to Work” Youtube channel

  • 9:25 am
  • Picking the right Business Model for your API Product
  • Mehdi Medjaoui, Author, Founder and Chairman of apidays conferences

  • 9:50 am
  • Lessons learnt from implementing API strategies across multiple banks
  • Craig Hughes, Chief Architect at ENBD

  • 10:15 am
  • Full-Lifecycle APIM Platforms are Outdated - The new era of API Management

10:40 am - Coffee Break / Networking / Expo

12:40 pm - Lunch / Networking / Expo

10:40 am - Coffee Break / Networking / Expo

11:00 am

Panel: How do CISOs approach API security?

Lorna Trayan, Executive Partner, CISO Advisor at GartnerSomnath Sarkar, EVP – Group Head of Information Security at MashreqIllyas Kooliyankal, Group CEO at CyberShelterWilliam Ebenezer, CISO at TEXUB

11:50 am

Workshop: Managing Open Banking API Environments

Maurizio Garzelli, Chief Solution Architect at APIIDAMarkus Muller, CTO at APIIDA

12:40 pm - Lunch / Networking / Expo

1:30 pm

Panel: FinTechs in an Open Finance World: Expectations and Opportunities

Abe Karar, Chief Product & Innovation Officer at FinTech GalaxyVaanathi Mohanakrishnan, Business Head – MENA at M2P SolutionsAlexandre Soued, Co-Founder at LunedataMehdi Medjaoui, Author, Founder and Chairman of apidays conferences

2:20 pm

Workshop: Build your own Digital Service Marketplace

Mamadou Sow, Principal Presales Architect at Axway

3:10 pm

API Governance and Risk Management

Ayman Jaber, Chief Internal Auditor at HALA

3:35 pm

App Modernization and Cloud

Oan Ali, Head – Delivery at Ahli United Bank

4:00 pm - Coffee Break / Networking / Expo

4:00 pm - Coffee Break / Networking / Expo

4:20 pm

How can Banks go-to-market into Embedded Finance and monetize APIs?

Bashar Khalil, Regional Sales Manager Business Application Platform at ApigeeMehdi Dahmani, Customer Engineer at Google Cloud

4:45 pm

Combining APIs and Events

Richard Bosch, Developer Advocate at Axual

  • 5:10 pm
  • Day 2 Closing Remarks
  • Mehdi Medjaoui, Author, Founder and Chairman of apidays conferencesNovshad Ali Shaik, Co-organiser at apidays Dubai & Middle EastPrasanth Puthanveedu, Co-organiser at apidays Dubai & Middle East

SCHEDULE DETAILS Explore the Agenda

1:30 PM to 3:30 PM

Sustainability | Workshops

3:30 PM

Networking / Expo

3:50 PM to 5:30 PM

Digital Transformation | Workshops

8:00 - 9:00

API Strategy

9:00 - 10:00

API Execution

10:00 - 11:00

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