FinTech and the Future of Financial Services

FinTech and the Future of Financial Services

FinTech and the Future of Financial Services

5:00pm to 6:00pm Dubai Standard Time

We are delighted to invite you to The University of Manchester Middle East Centre webinar on “FinTech and the Future of Financial Services".

In this webinar, you will hear from the speakers on how new technologies are disrupting the financial services industry. From robo-advisors to bitcoin and crowdfunding, financial technology is revolutionizing old business models in the world of money.


About Prof Markos Zachariadis

Markos Zachariadis is Full Professor and Chair of Financial Technology (FinTech) & Information Systems at Alliance Manchester Business School (AMBS), University of Manchester, and a FinTech Research Fellow at the Cambridge Centre for Digital Innovation (CDI), University of Cambridge. Markos' research sits at the cross section of the economics of digital innovation, financial technology studies, and network economics, and has studied extensively the economic impact of ICT adoption on bank performance, the diffusion of payment networks, and the role of data & standards in payment infrastructures (SWIFT), financial markets (LEI), and digital banking (Open Banking), among other things. His research has been published in top academic journals such as MIS Quarterly and Research Policy and has been awarded the NET Institute Award (NYU Stern Business School) for his study on the economics of payment networks, and the SWIFT Institute, SMS, and GRI Awards for his research on Open APIs and Digital Transformation in Banking. He is also co-author of The Society for Worldwide Interbank Financial Telecommunication (SWIFT): Cooperative governance for network innovation, standards, and community (London: Routledge 2014) and co-editor of The PAYTECH Book to be published by Wiley (2020).

Prof. Zachariadis is board advisor, mentor, and international keynote speaker and has been invited to present his research insights to various international conferences and organizations (UK Parliament, SIBOS, Money2020, GRI Summit, Bank of England, Microsoft, Central Bank of Seychelles, Bank of Canada/Payments Canada, Innovate Finance Global Summit, SWIFT, Scotiabank, IBM, Financial Times Leadership Series, EY, Bank of Cyprus, Z/Yen, APIdays, etc.). He was also the organizer of an international conference on PayTech innovation which was funded by Gates Foundation, MasterCard and Capco. As a recognised expert, Markos often shares his work and perspectives with media outlets such as The Times, World Finance, Financial Times' Banker Magazine, Bloomberg, Fortune Magazine, BBC, CNN, The Telegraph, Sky News, Wired Magazine, USA Today, ITV News, The Conversation, among many other.

Prior to joining AMBS, Prof. Zachariadis was Associate Professor in Management Information Systems & Digital Innovation at Warwick Business School, University of Warwick – where he also directed the Executive Education Diploma in Digital leadership – Visiting Professor in Financial Technologies (FinTech) at Ivey Business School, Western University, Research Associate at the University of Cambridge Judge Business School, Visiting Scholar at London Business School, and Research Economist at the Centre for Economic Performance, London School of Economics. He studied economics at the University of Patras, Department of Economics and holds an MSc and PhD from the London School of Economics, Department of Management. Before turning to academia, Markos worked for multinational companies in the technology and financial services sector such as Hewlett Packard Inc. and UBS Investment Bank in Greece, Spain and the UK.

About Amin El Kholy

Amin El Kholy, after qualifying as a software engineer, worked on applying Artificial Intelligence techniques to business problems with a focus on logistics. In 1997 he started his career in MENA asset management in London with United Bank of Kuwait and later CCF-HSBC. He moved to Dubai in 2004 to set up and manage the Asset Management Department of National Bank of Dubai and went on to head up Shuaa Asset Management. Between 2009 and early 2017 Amin was responsible for building and managing the Equities Asset Management business at Arqaam Capital and is currently chairman of Introspect Capital (DIFC).

Since 2017, he has been a consultant to regional and international firms. He is involved in executive training and coaching and is adjunct faculty at AMBS and other universities. He is actively involved in promoting FinTech through start-up mentoring, angel investing and public speaking.

Amin holds an MEng. Degree in Software Engineering and a PhD. in Artificial Intelligence from Imperial College London, and an MBA from Alliance Manchester Business School.

About Mohamed Roushdy

With more than 25 years of experience in Technology of which more than 12 years as a CIO/COO in Financial Services industry (Conventional and Islamic). Mohamed Roushdy had been working for major financial services, conglomerate, Management Consulting (PWC, Booz & Co), Real-estate asset management and software services companies in the region. He had the distinction of being an executive team member on establishing four Islamic Finance startups in MENA  as well he led the IT team on the first ever transformation of conventional to Islamic Bank back in 2001.

Mohamed has a strong expertise in Digital Strategy, Governance, Applications Services, Networking, Information security and Infrastructure management / Cloud computing models. Mohamed had been focusing on recent years on technology disruptions in financial services such as Blockchain, Big Data, artificial intelligence/ Machine learning and IOT and he had many keynote speeches in these disruptive Technologies and Fintech. 

Mohamed hold MBA from Manchester Business School (MBS) and received the award of Distinguished Ambassador of Manchester Business School - Middle East, as well studied Blockchain strategy at Saïd Business School -  University of Oxford. 

Mohamed has been rated amongst the top 50 Digital leaders (CXO50) in Middle East by CXO Insights Middle East Magazine in 2020 and had been considers on the best 50 CIOs in the Middle East 2012 by CNME magazine, and had been nominated as one of the technology leaders in Middle East by FT Summit in many years and had been speaking and chairing major regional and international Technology and Finance conferences.