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10:15
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    Achieving a much sought-after $1bn+ 'Unicorn'  valuation is the dream of every entrepreneur when beginning their startup. In this session, we'll be joined by the founders of Airwallex, the fastest growing startup in Australian history and Greensill, a market-leading provider of personal capital finance to learn how their firms have scaled so rapidly.
11:00
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    Main Stage
    The ground-breaking technology of A.I. has been described as the most revolutionary opportunity of the forth industrial revolution. In this session, we'll learn about AI's relationship with security and the partnerships, research, development and investment required to implement this technology, with practical examples of how it's being rolled out as modern enterprise solution and common pain points that come with this.
11:15
    • Future Stage
    Future Stage
    As the demand for collaboration between banks, FinTechs and regulators continue to grow, both the private and public sectors are exploring new ways to enhance the way we collaborate, decrease time-to-market and increase product quality. This session explores how financial services markets can evolve beyond the analogue approach of formal meetings, presentations and applications to embrace the digital era through cloud platforms and API connectivity. Both the government and banks will explain where they see the greatest opportunities.
11:25
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    Forum Stage
11:30
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    ADX’s digital transformation has seen the Exchange unveil a series of new products and services which complement the Exchange’s continuous business development objectives. Innovation and transparency are imbedded into ADX’s customer centric strategy and are at the heart of its digital investment platform, which aims to position ADX as an attractive investment hub empowering the UAE’s economy.
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    New artificial intelligence algorithms are constantly emerging driving changes, automation, efficiencies in future Capital Markets. Since AI algorithms self-program and evolve dynamically, financial Institutions and regulators are becoming increasingly concerned with ensuring there is human control, focusing on Algorithmic Interpretability/Explainability, Robustness, Legality and Ethics.This presentation reviews AI, ML and associated algorithms, their computational strengths and weaknesses, and discuss their future impact on the Capital Markets.

11:45
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    Forum Stage
    Financial institutions have lost over $300 billion in fines since the financial crisis due to failures in compliance. Having advanced RegTech and SupTech is crucial for streamlining the compliance process and significantly reducing costs. This session, we explore the most innovative developments in RegTech and SupTech and assess how FinTechs are staying ahead of the compliance.
    • Main Stage
    Main Stage
    This fireside session will focus on Finablr as an Abu Dhabi success story and how they evolved into a global technology platform delivering industry leading payment and foreign exchange experiences through their omni-channel network. The conversation will showcase their unique and successful journey within the region and globally yet continuing to being head quartered out of Abu Dhabi.
12:05
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    Main Stage
    TransferWise is in a period of rapid scale. In this session, CFO Matthew Briers will take us on their 8 year journey from scrappy startup, to a global payments giant, processing $5bn monthly. He will touch on regulatory challenges and unveil his views on the opportunities presented by expansion into regions like MENA.
12:15
    • Future Stage
    Future Stage
    Tokenisation presents a significant opportunity to find and create new markets and generate value from assets that might otherwise be illiquid.  It also presents the potential for a more capital effic ...
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    Forum Stage
    SupTech offers so much, yet our panel of experts believe that unless the potential pitfalls are understood, its adoption will not be mainstream.
12:25
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    Main Stage
    The London-based startup bank’s $440 million funding round, led by SoftBank’s Vision Fund, was the biggest ever for a European firm of its kind. In just under four years the company has a $2.8 billion valuation. Its customers are predominately small to medium based enterprises and their mission is to increase the access to finance for this group. This panel assesses the practical implementation of strategies that will encourage the use of credit and increase the number of SME's with access to finance.
12:45
    • Main Stage
    Main Stage
    Showcasing the very best in global FinTech innovation across nine inspirational categories, the awards will serve to elevate grassroots talent and celebrate the boldest ideas and initiatives driving the industry.
    • Forum Stage
    Forum Stage
13:15
    • Forum Stage
    Forum Stage
    The FinTech Abu Dhabi Innovation Challenge brings together the most disruptive emerging and scaling FinTech talent from across the world to address real challenges championed by corporates through to proof of concept or prototype. Join Abu Dhabi Global Market, KPMG Lower Gulf and a selection of FinTech Leaders as we witness the pitches of those startups vying for a place in the finale of the FinTech Abu Dhabi Innovation Challenge.
    • Forum Stage
    Forum Stage
    • Future Stage
    Future Stage
    Do you want to understand the opportunities of AI in Finance? Are you driven to learn about the most innovative AI technologies and their strategic implications? ADGM Academy is partnering with CFTE to deliver an exclusive masterclass on AI in Finance where participants will learn what it takes to lead the transition towards an AI-powered financial industry. Participants will have a chance to hear from the leading industry experts during the masterclass. 
    • Main Stage
    Main Stage
    Plug and Play-ADGM is the ultimate innovation platform in the Middle East uniting startups with the unrivalled tech expertise of Silicon Valley and major corporations for a changing world. Plug and Play currently run two accelerator programs in the MENA region: Fintech, Travel & Hospitality and Health.
14:00
    • Future Stage
    Future Stage

    Presentation on mega trends in Fintech, the emergence of challengers and the difficulty that incumbents face in responding.

    We will look at the difference between digital transformation and digital disruption and examine lessons from the few banks that ‘get it’.

    The session will be run by Renier Lemmens, Director of the Centre for Digital Banking & Finance at The London Institute of Banking & Finance

14:15
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    Forum Stage
14:25
    • Main Stage
    Main Stage
    OneConnect are reembarking on their transformation journey to embrace emerging technologies, create digital extension and reach the massive unbanked and underserved segments in Asia. The future of financial services will be defined by 'ABCD' ' AI, Blockchain, Cloud Computing and Big Data. This session provides insights into how banks and financial institutions in MENA can leverage new technologies to offer better services and reduce both costs and risks as they scale and transform their business.
14:30
    • Future Stage
    Future Stage
    The Forum brings together senior government officials and regulators from the Middle East, Africa and international financial hubs, to share insights and experience in leveraging technology to enhance regulatory outcomes in the financial sector and discuss the regulatory issues that need to be addressed to support adoption.
    • Forum Stage
    Forum Stage
14:40
    • Main Stage
    Main Stage

    PolicyBazaar.com were the latest startup to join SoftBank Vision Fund after a $200 million funding round. They have already announced they plan to target 10 million transaction customers by 2020 and they are now trying to build a new digital ecosystem in UAE. We sit down with the PolicyBazaar.ae CEO to understand the roadmap to this new digital ecosystem and his plans to scale the UAE business.

15:00
    • Main Stage
    Main Stage
    The SoftBank Vision Fund is the largest investment fund in history. What were the origins of the fund and how is it partnering with the UAE to reshape the technology landscape domestically and internationally? In this session, the Managing Partner of the Vision Fund will join Mubadala's Head of Investment to shed light on the vision.
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    Forum Stage
15:15
    • Forum Stage
    Forum Stage
    Zeta - a modern banking platform - recently raised a series C round at a $300mn valuation. Bhavin Turakhia, CEO, Zeta will discuss his vision on accelerating to a world of invisible payments
    • Main Stage
    Main Stage
    In this session, the Vice Chairman of the $13tn market cap exchange and home of the worlds five largest companies will take us inside the technology market as he sees it. He’ll touch on the IPO tech market and answer questions on hot topics in Fintech, AI, Blockchain and NASDAQ’s role in bringing advanced technology to the UAE.
15:20
    • Main Stage
    Main Stage
    Rapid digitalisation and the growth of disruptive startups means large corporates have to deliver innovative solutions to keep pace. This has led to the proliferation of acceleration programs, incubators and mentorship schemes, with collaboration between startups and corporates more important than ever. We assess the state of innovation, with leading corporates and startups asking: How can you be disruptive when you're not a startup? How you can collaborate to foster innovation?
15:30
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    Forum Stage
    The payment landscape has changed dramatically with increasing customer demand for faster payments and frictionless transactions. With this new expectation, how are payment providers and e-commerce keeping up with consumers expectations? Explore how leading payment providers, retailers and brands are changing how we exchange goods.
16:00
    • Main Stage
    Main Stage
    The key to building, managing and growing a startup involves more than just securing the next round of funding. Scaling a FinTech business in a fragmented market involves tackling local regulation, identifying how to deploy a lean sales 'machine' across a diverse region, navigating different languages and payment methods, and getting buy-in from large enterprise players.
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    Forum Stage
16:30
    • Main Stage
    Main Stage

    Technological advancement and the proliferation of mobile devices has led to an explosion of data that is driving FinTech innovation. To increase competition in financial services, there’s an increasing need to open data access to make banking more inclusive, competitive, and transparent. How should vastly different institutions create partnerships that allow for more competitive and advanced financial services? What does a collaborative economy mean? What are the opportunities and challenges that come with collaboration?

17:50
  1. ADGM Square, Al Maryah Island
10:00
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    Main Stage
10:20
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    Main Stage
    China's Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) is expected to provide investment to 65 countries worldwide with up to $8 trillion being dedicated to infrastructure. The project will continue to increase trade between China and the UAE, building on the 15% increase in 2018 which generated $33 billion. The growing relationship with China has increased opportunities for banks who will be able to assist in the financing needs of BRI projects. We unpack all of these different opportunities, as we assess how the partnership can benefit the region.
11:00
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    Main Stage
    What industry will Blockchain disrupt next? What will the continuing influence of AI and automation mean for financial institutions? How will the ADGM develop in an international context? To close out the event, a panel of authorities from leading FinTechs will discuss the major issues facing the financial world today, and what that means for the next five years.
11:15
  1. Forum Stage
    • Forum Stage
    Forum Stage
11:25
    • Forum Stage
    Forum Stage
    Regulation can be an important driver for the widespread adoption of cryptocurrency; however, done incorrectly it could stifle innovation. This session assesses what steps need to be taken to support the crypto movement examining frameworks for STOs, exchanges and government regulation, exploring if it should be universally taxed and how it can be best monitored.
12:00
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    Main Stage
    • Forum Stage
    Forum Stage
    The financial system is evolving as regulators and traditional financial players increasingly engage with cryptocurrencies.  Zeeshan Feroz, UK CEO of Coinbase, explores the infrastructure and services ...
12:10
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    Main Stage
    There has been a boom of thriving FinTech ecosystems in recent years with communities growing out of co-working spaces, accelerators, online groups and hubs. Networking holds vital strategic value in excelling your position as a founder or growing your knowledge base. This panel explores how to utilise an ecosystem for strategic advantage and create value from these communities in using them to connect with an international network.
12:15
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    Forum Stage
    This session will bring you up to speed with everything you need to know about Facebook's Libra including the benefits it may bring with regards to simplifying API for payments and reducing costs but also the problems that we need to be aware of especially around compliance. A must-attend if you want to understand how Libra will affect you.
12:30
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    Forum Stage

    The Youth Circle at FinTech Abu Dhabi: Empowering UAE's Youth to Embrace FinTech Opportunities.

    Governed by Federal Youth Authority and Launched by H.H. Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE, and Ruler of Dubai, the Youth Circles' initiative is to inspire youth-centric dialogue across a variety of areas to shape innovative solutions for global challenges. 

    On the 23 October, don't miss the Youth Circle at FinTech Abu Dhabi for a 2 hour discussion with expert speakers including His Excellency Ahmed Ali Al Sayegh, Minister Of State (UAE) and Executive Chairman of Abu Dhabi Global Market. This is your chance to have your voice and discover the world of opportunities that FinTech has to offer.

    Topics covered will include:

    What can local talent learn from national and international success stories in the FinTech space

    Focus on the strengths of the UAE talent pool and educational system, how to nurture this talent, and foster a mindset for working successfully in FinTech.

    What are the barriers to entry for building a successful FinTech startup in the UAE, what measures are in place to overcome these.

    Usage of FinTech products and services is higher among younger consumers, how can brick-and-mortar, entrenched establishments appeal to this new generation through FinTech.

12:40
    • Main Stage
    Main Stage
    The FinTech Abu Dhabi Innovation Challenge brings together the most disruptive emerging and scaling FinTech talent from across the world to address real challenges championed by corporates through to proof of concept or prototype. After all startups pitched on the Forum Stage yesterday, the final selection now pitch for two places to attend Singapore FinTech Festival, an opportunity to apply to the Hub71 incentive programme and to co-develop Proof of Concepts (PoC) with Corporate Champions in Abu Dhabi, for future deployment in Abu Dhabi, the UAE, and beyond!
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