New Age Banking Summit 2018 Calls for a Modern Financial Leadership in the Digital Age

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The New Age Banking Summit 2018, supported by Oman Banks Association, drew a good response from the banking industry and fintech sectors. His Excellency Tahir Salim Al Amri, Executive President, Central Bank of Oman was the Chief Guest at the event held on 30th April at Sheraton Oman Hotel. The event, attended by over 250 delegates, was organized by UMS Conferences.

Ali Hassan Moosa, Chief Executive Officer, Oman Banks Association, in his keynote address said, “There is a gap that exists between what banks offer and what customers expect. Fintech is the innovative use of technology to deliver financial services. Bankers of tomorrow will be techno designers and architects of financial services.”

The Summit also hosted a CEO panel discussion titled ‘Way Forward to New Age Banking’. The panel comprising the well-known CEOs from the banking and fintech sectors debated on various aspects related to how banks are adapting to the disruptive market environment driven by changing economic dynamics as well as rapidly changing technology landscape. The panellists included Rashad Al Musafir, Acting CEO of Oman Arab Bank; Lloyd Maddock, CEO of Ahlibank; Andrew Long, CEO of HSBC Bank Oman; Maqbool Al Wahaibi, CEO of Oman Data Park; Iyad Al Chammat, Country General Manager of Gulf Business Machines (GBM) Oman; and Ali Hassan Moosa.

The New Age Banking Summit in Pictures

H.E. TAHIR BIN SALIM BIN ABDULLAH AL AMRI Executive President, Central Bank of Oman was the Chief Guest

Alpana Roy, Executive Vice President, UMS Group delivers the Welcome Address

The inaugural keynote delivered by Ali Hassan Moosa, Chief Executive Officer, Oman Banks Association

CEO PANEL DISCUSSION: Way Forward to New Age Banking

Rashad Al Musafir, Acting CEO, Oman Arab Bank - Panelist

Maqbool Al Wahaibi, CEO, Oman Data Park (ODP) - Panelist

Andrew Long, CEO, HSBC Bank Oman - Panelist

Iyad Al Chammat, Country General Manager, Gulf Business Machines (GBM) - Panelist

Llyod Maddock, CEO, Ahli Bank - Panelist

Panelist & Moderator: Ali Hassan Moosa, CEO, Oman Banks Association

The Roadmap to a #TrulyDigitalBank by Ashish Kerkar, Sales Director - Finacle, Infosys

Maitham Al Lawati, General Manager – Risk & Compliance, Oman Data Park (ODP) gives his presentation on Emerging Cyber Security Threats on Financial Services

Future Of Fintech & Banking by Umair Hameed, Partner – Financial Services | FinTech – RegTech | Lead, KPMG

Hicham Yousfi, HPS

Pawel A. Stefanski, Financial Services Sector Leader, Middle East & Africa, IBM Global Markets gives a presentation titled "Dancing with Disruption"

Banks Can No Longer Ignore Cryptocurrency! Utpal Nath, President – Dubai Chapter, Government Blockchain Association

Eric Annan, Chief Executive Officer, KuBitX gives a talk on the Simple, Secure & Reliable Ways of Exchanging Cryptocurrencies

Panel discussion on Data: The New Oil Of Digital Banking

Peter Hrobar, Software & Services Manager, Gulf Business Machines (GBM) - Panelist

Ashish Kerkar, Sales Director - Finacle, Infosys (Panelist)

Ali Nyaz, Partner - Audit and Assurance, Morison MJS Tax Consultancy (Panelist)

Moderator: Umair Hameed, Partner – Financial Services | FinTech – RegTech | Lead, KPMG

How Banking and Finance Entities Gear up for VAT by Pritam Mahure, Partner, Morison MJS Tax Consultancy

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The Summit was a unique platform for the banking and finance professionals to discuss the new developments in global banking and debate on the focus areas for Omani banks. The event hosted a line-up of speakers from Omani and global/regional organisations including IBM, GBM, KPMG, Infosys-Finacle, HPS, Morison MJS Tax Consultancy, HSBC Bank Oman, Oman Data Park, KuBitX and Government Blockchain Association (UAE).

The deliberations helped the audience gain expert insights on disruptive technologies, global banking trends and new age customer needs, and an opportunity to network with industry peers and banking solution providers. Featuring sessions on cyber security, payment settlement, cryptocurrencies, mobile payments, data analytics, VAT and blockchain, the event stressed on driving efficiency across various channels for better monetization as well as the need to be in line with regulatory norms while embracing digitization.

GBM was the Digital Transformation Partner; Oman Data Park was the Platinum Sponsor; Infosys-Finacle and Cloud4C were the Gold Sponsors; HPS was the Boardroom Briefing Partner; BMW was the Associate Sponsor; InfoFort and MMJS Tax Consultancy were the Silver Sponsors; KuBitX was the Crypto Exchange Partner; KPMG was the Knowledge Partner; Yalla Wa’offer was the Digital Advertising Partner; OER, Times of Oman and Al Shabiba were the media partners for the event.

Oman Banking & Finance Awards 2018 was also co-located with the New Age Banking Summit. The best performing banking, leasing, insurance and fintech companies were felicitated in the Awards, powered by Oman Economic Review (OER).

Oman Banking & Finance Awards 2018: Slideshow

Best Leasing Company - Oman Orix Leasing

Excellence in Application of Innovative Technology - Taageer Finance

Excellence in Insurance Services - Arabia Falcon Insurance

Excellence in Fintech - GBM

Data Centre Leader of the Year - Oman Data Park

Excellence for Technology in Banking & Finance - Macro Software Systems

Outstanding Contribution to Strategic National Development Initiatives - Meethaq – Bank Muscat

Excellence in Innovative Banking Solutions - Oman Arab Bank

Excellence in Mobile Banking - National Bank of Oman

Excellence in Islamic Banking - Alizz Islamic Bank

New Age Banker of the Year - Waleed Al Hashar, Bank Muscat (collected on behalf of Waleed Al Hashar)

Best Bank (Mid Size) - Ahli Bank

Best Bank (Large) - Bank Dhofar

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Overall, 14 awards were presented during the ceremony. Bank Dhofar won the overall Best Bank Award in the large banks category. Ahli Bank was presented with the overall Best Bank Award in the mid size banks category. Among the special awards, Best Foreign Bank Award was presented to Bank of Beirut; Meethaq-BankMuscat was felicitated with the Award for Outstanding Contribution to Strategic National Development Initiatives; Excellence in Innovative Banking Solutions Award was given to Oman Arab Bank; Excellence in Mobile Banking Award went to National Bank of Oman; and Excellence in Islamic Banking Award was presented to Alizz Islamic Bank.

On the leasing side, Oman Orix Leasing Company was presented with the Best Leasing Company Award and Taageer Finance was felicitated with the Excellence in Application of Innovative Technology Award.

Among the special awards in insurance sector, Arabia Falcon Insurance received the Excellence in Insurance Award. On the special awards in technology segment, GBM was felicitated with the Excellence in Fintech Award. Data Centre Leader of the Year Award was presented to Oman Data Park. Excellence for Technology in Banking & Finance Award went to Macro Software Services.

In addition, Waleed Al Hashar, Deputy CEO of Bank Muscat, was felicitated with a special award for ‘New Age Banker of the Year’ for his exemplary 20-year long career in banking and leading from the front in the transformation of Bank Muscat into a leading new generation bank commanding great respect in the international banking community as well as trusted by its loyal base of millions of customers.

Talking about the Oman Banking & Finance Awards, Alpana Roy, Executive President of United Media Services (UMS), the publisher of OER, said, “Despite the challenging economic environment, many financial institutions and allied technology firms have performed beyond expectations to emerge as the front-runners in the industry. Oman Banking & Finance Awards is an initiative by OER to acknowledge their excellent achievements.”

The winners were selected based on a survey of banks and NBFCs done by OER & GBCM; the results were verified by Abu Timam Grant Thornton. The survey was based on the banks and NBFCs financial performance on 14 parameters over the last four years. The winners of special awards were selected by the editorial board of OER.


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