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ARAB PAYMENT WEEK 2024

An Event on Payment and Settlement Systems Organized by the Arab Monetary Fund and Buna, the Arab Regional Payments Clearing and Settlement Organization (“ARPCSO”)

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26th to 28th February, 2024

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Beach Rotana Hotel - Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

Speakers

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Ahmed Albensaleh

Head of Liquidity and Cash Management Solutions

Banque Saudi Fransi

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Ahmed Farjallah

Senior Financial Sector Specialist

World Bank

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Alain Raes

Co-Founder & Chief Commercial Officer

iPiD

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Anand Sampath

Managing Director and Head

Global Payments & Collections

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Bernard Ferran

Chief Commercial Officer of Euroclear Group

Euroclear Group

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Bill Coen

Independent Member of the Board of Directors

Buna

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Bryan Stirewalt

MENA Financial Services Regulatory Leader

EY

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Damien Godderis

Head of Payments Industry Engagement

BNP Paribas

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Dr. Maher Hasan

Counsellor and Chief Economist

Arab Monetary Fund

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Ehab Nasr

Assistant Sub Governor – Payment Systems and Services Department

Central Bank of Egypt

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Emran Islam

Senior Financial Sector Expert in the Financial Regulation and Supervision Division

IMF

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Faisal Alhijawi

Chief of Strategy and Development Officer

Buna

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Godfrey Sullivan

Senior Vice President, Strategy, CEMEA

Visa

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Gunsel Topbas

Managing Director Head of Custody, Middle East & Africa Securities Services

CITI

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H.E. Fahad M. Alturki, Ph.D.

Director General Chairman of the Board of Executive Directors

Arab Monetary Fund

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Habib Attia

Senior Financial Sector Specialist

Arab Monetary Fund

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Hafid Oubrik

Director of Payment Systems Operations & Development

Central Bank of the UAE

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Hakima El Alami

Director of Payment Systems and Instruments Oversight and Financial Inclusion Directorate

Bank Al-Maghrib

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Hesa Abdulla Al Sada

Executive Director-Banking Operations

Central Bank of Bahrain

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Ian Hooper

Senior Partner, Financial Services

PwC KSA

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Jan Pilbauer

CEO, Al Etihad Payments

Al Etihad Payments

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Jawad Khan

Senior Partner

McKinsey & Company

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Jean-Michel Godeffroy

Independent Board Member

Buna

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Jessica Renier

Managing Director of Digital Finance

Institute of International Finance

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Jie Chen

General Manager

Bank of China - Abu Dhabi branch

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Joyce Lau

Middle East & Africa Expansion lead

WISE

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Kah Kit Yip

Adviser

BIS Innovation Hub Singapore

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Katie-Ann Wilson

Managing Director, DMI

OMFIF

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Maha Bahou

Chief Executive Officer

Jordan Payments and Clearing Company (JoPACC)

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Makram Bou Nassar

Executive director of Payment Systems Department

Banque du Liban

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Manuel Iglesias

Chief Risk and Compliance Officer

Buna

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Marianne Demarchi

Chief Executive Europe Middle East and Africa

Swift

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Mehdi Manaa

Chief Executive Officer

Buna

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Nick Stanescu

Executive Vice President and Chief FedNow Executive

Federal Reserve Bank of Boston

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Nizar Chaddad

General manager of payments and Financial Inclusion

CBT

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Onur Kursun

Executive Vice President - Head of Transfer Solutions, EEMEA

Mastercard

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Phillip Straley

President

FNA

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Rami I. El-Dokany

Secretary General

Arab Federation of Capital Markets

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Ritesh Shukla

Chief Executive Officer

NPCI International Payments Limited (NIPL)

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Sabine Mensah

Deputy CEO

AfricaNenda

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Samya Abou Sharif

Chief

Anti Money Laundering and Counter Terrorist Financing Unit

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Shafaq AlKooheji

Head - Payment Services Department

the Benefit Company

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Shane Riedel

Founder

Elucidate

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Stephan Wolf

CEO

Global Legal Entity Identifier Foundation (GLEIF)

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Stephen Wojciechowicz

Product Manager, Treasury Services

BNY Mellon

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Suliman Aljabrin

Executive Secretary

MENAFATF

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Syed Sohail Javaad

Executive Director, Digital Financial Services Group

State Bank of Pakistan

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Thomas Lammer

Deputy Head of Secretariat

Bank for International Settlements’ Committee on Payments and Market Infrastructures (CPMI)

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Ulrich Bindseil

Director General Market Infrastructure and Payments

European Central Bank

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Vivek Deep

Executive Director

Reserve Bank of India

Program

DAY 1: February 26th

08:30 am – 09:00 am

Registration and networking

09:00 am – 09:30 am

Opening remarks and overview of the Arab Payment Week

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H.E. Fahad M. Alturki, Ph.D.

Director General Chairman of the Board of Executive Directors

Arab Monetary Fund

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Mehdi Manaa

Chief Executive Officer

Buna

09:30 am – 10:00 am

Keynote speech on payments landscape and its role in supporting the world economies

10:00 am – 11:00 am

Panel Discussion 1: Payments as a Driver for Economic Development

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Ahmed Farjallah

Senior Financial Sector Specialist

World Bank

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Dr. Maher Hasan

Counsellor and Chief Economist

Arab Monetary Fund

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Hakima El Alami

Director of Payment Systems and Instruments Oversight and Financial Inclusion Directorate

Bank Al-Maghrib

11:00 am – 11:30 am

Coffee Break

11:30 am – 12:30 pm

Panel Discussion 2: Central Banks Recent Initiatives in the Payments Sector

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Bill Coen

Independent Member of the Board of Directors

Buna

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Hafid Oubrik

Director of Payment Systems Operations & Development

Central Bank of the UAE

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Hesa Abdulla Al Sada

Executive Director-Banking Operations

Central Bank of Bahrain

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Nick Stanescu

Executive Vice President and Chief FedNow Executive

Federal Reserve Bank of Boston

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Ulrich Bindseil

Director General Market Infrastructure and Payments

European Central Bank

12:30 pm – 01:30 pm

Lunch Break

01:30 pm – 02:00 pm

Presentation on the State of National and Cross-Border Payments in the Arab world

02:00 pm – 03:00 pm

Panel Discussion 3: Current Challenges and Potential Disruptions in the Cross-Border Payments Landscape

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Jawad Khan

Senior Partner

McKinsey & Company

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Marianne Demarchi

Chief Executive Europe Middle East and Africa

Swift

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Mehdi Manaa

Chief Executive Officer

Buna

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Onur Kursun

Executive Vice President - Head of Transfer Solutions, EEMEA

Mastercard

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Thomas Lammer

Deputy Head of Secretariat

Bank for International Settlements’ Committee on Payments and Market Infrastructures (CPMI)

03:00 pm – 03:30 pm

Coffee Break

03:30 pm – 04:30 pm

Panel Discussion 4: How Payments Contribute to Financial Inclusion

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Ahmed Farjallah

Senior Financial Sector Specialist

World Bank

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Ehab Nasr

Assistant Sub Governor – Payment Systems and Services Department

Central Bank of Egypt

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Makram Bou Nassar

Executive director of Payment Systems Department

Banque du Liban

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Sabine Mensah

Deputy CEO

AfricaNenda

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Vivek Deep

Executive Director

Reserve Bank of India

DAY 2: February 27th

09:00 am – 09:30 am

Recap of first day highlights and program of the second day

09:30 am – 10:00 am

Keynote speech on Risk and Challenges in Payments

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Bryan Stirewalt

MENA Financial Services Regulatory Leader

EY

10:00 am – 11:00 am

Panel Discussion 1: Combating Financial Crime in Payments

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Bill Coen

Independent Member of the Board of Directors

Buna

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Bryan Stirewalt

MENA Financial Services Regulatory Leader

EY

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Manuel Iglesias

Chief Risk and Compliance Officer

Buna

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Samya Abou Sharif

Chief

Anti Money Laundering and Counter Terrorist Financing Unit

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Suliman Aljabrin

Executive Secretary

MENAFATF

11:00 am – 11:30 am

Coffee Break

11:30 am – 12:15 pm

Presentation on Cybersecurity and Data Safety in Payment Systems

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Emran Islam

Senior Financial Sector Expert in the Financial Regulation and Supervision Division

IMF

12:15 pm – 01:15 pm

Lunch Break

01:15 pm – 01:45 pm

Keynote speech on the impact for card schemes of the recent developments in payments, including the rise of digital currencies/assets and the shift towards real-time payments

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Godfrey Sullivan

Senior Vice President, Strategy, CEMEA

Visa

01:45 pm – 02:45 pm

Panel Discussion 3: How can CBDCs enhance cross-border payments?

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Jean-Michel Godeffroy

Independent Board Member

Buna

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Jie Chen

General Manager

Bank of China - Abu Dhabi branch

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Katie-Ann Wilson

Managing Director, DMI

OMFIF

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Thomas Lammer

Deputy Head of Secretariat

Bank for International Settlements’ Committee on Payments and Market Infrastructures (CPMI)

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Ulrich Bindseil

Director General Market Infrastructure and Payments

European Central Bank

02:45 pm – 03:15 pm

Coffee Break

03:15 pm – 04:15 pm

Panel Discussion 4: Instant Payment as a Driver for Payments Innovation

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Ahmed Albensaleh

Head of Liquidity and Cash Management Solutions

Banque Saudi Fransi

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Faisal Alhijawi

Chief of Strategy and Development Officer

Buna

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Jan Pilbauer

CEO, Al Etihad Payments

Al Etihad Payments

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Maha Bahou

Chief Executive Officer

Jordan Payments and Clearing Company (JoPACC)

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Ritesh Shukla

Chief Executive Officer

NPCI International Payments Limited (NIPL)

DAY 3: February 28th

08:30 am – 09:00 am

Recap of second day highlights and program of the third day

09:00 am – 10:00 am

Panel Discussion 1: Enhancing Regional Securities Custody and Settlement

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Bernard Ferran

Chief Commercial Officer of Euroclear Group

Euroclear Group

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Gunsel Topbas

Managing Director Head of Custody, Middle East & Africa Securities Services

CITI

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Jean-Michel Godeffroy

Independent Board Member

Buna

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Mehdi Manaa

Chief Executive Officer

Buna

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Rami I. El-Dokany

Secretary General

Arab Federation of Capital Markets

10:00 am – 11:00 am

Panel Discussion 2: Cross-border Interlinking of Instant Payment Systems

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Faisal Alhijawi

Chief of Strategy and Development Officer

Buna

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Kah Kit Yip

Adviser

BIS Innovation Hub Singapore

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Shafaq AlKooheji

Head - Payment Services Department

the Benefit Company

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Syed Sohail Javaad

Executive Director, Digital Financial Services Group

State Bank of Pakistan

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Ulrich Bindseil

Director General Market Infrastructure and Payments

European Central Bank

11:00 am – 11:30 am

Coffee Break

11:30 am – 12:30 pm

Panel Discussion 3: State of ISO20022 – Adoption, Developments, and Roadmap

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Anand Sampath

Managing Director and Head

Global Payments & Collections

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Damien Godderis

Head of Payments Industry Engagement

BNP Paribas

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Jessica Renier

Managing Director of Digital Finance

Institute of International Finance

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Stephan Wolf

CEO

Global Legal Entity Identifier Foundation (GLEIF)

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Stephen Wojciechowicz

Product Manager, Treasury Services

BNY Mellon

12:30 pm – 01:30 pm

Panel Discussion 4: The Rise of Fintechs in Cross-border Payments

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Alain Raes

Co-Founder & Chief Commercial Officer

iPiD

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Ian Hooper

Senior Partner, Financial Services

PwC KSA

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Joyce Lau

Middle East & Africa Expansion lead

WISE

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Nizar Chaddad

General manager of payments and Financial Inclusion

CBT

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Phillip Straley

President

FNA

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Shane Riedel

Founder

Elucidate

01:30 pm – 02:00 pm

Closing Remarks

02:00 pm – 03:00 pm

Lunch Break