- Aluminium: Slowly coming off the highs
- CBB 12 Month Treasury Bills Issue No.34 Oversubscribed
- ENBD REIT announces first dividend payment of $0.0382 per share
- IMF Staff Concludes Visit to the Republic of Equatorial Guinea
- IMF Executive Board completes ninth review under Malawi’s ECF Arrangement
- Reshaping the future of real estate for African cities
- African cities rank high globally
- Africa’s economy continues to develop under robust corporate governance principles
- RAKBANK introduces Samsung Pay Solutions for its ATMs
- Essel Group ME acquires Serena’s Middle East business
Jordan in transition
Jordan in transition
An outlook on the Saudi debt market
Philipp Good, Head of Portfolio Management, Fisch Asset Managemetn, discusses the potential of Saudi Arabia's debt capital market.
The unsettling lack of financial aid…
Markus Massi, Partner & Managing Director of BCG Middle East, highlights the pivotal role of banks in unlocking SME growth in the GCC.
Creativity in financial engineering
Norman Villamin, Chief Investment Officer, Private Banking, UBP, speaks exclusively to Banker Middle East on how private banks are distinguishing…
Bringing cybersecurity management to another level
In an exclusive interview with Banker Middle East, Wayne Loveless, Principal, Cybersecurity and Lutfi Zakhour, Senior Vice President, Financial Services, both at Booz Allen Hamilton MENA extensively…
Breathing life into customer experience
Nabilah Annuar sat down with Rasool Hujair, CEO of Najm (previously Majid Al Futtaim Finance) and winner of Best Credit Card for the Banker Middle East UAE Product Awards, to gauge his views…
Building the right workforce
Speaking to Banker Middle East, Matthew Cowan, Regional Director of the Chartered Institute for Securities & Investment Middle East discusses the importance of the development of…
Oil seeks support in mid-40s, hawks spook gold
Broad-based weakness saw the Bloomberg Commodity Index challenge the lower end of the range that has persisted for the past 14 months, writes Ole Hansen, Head of Commodity Strategy…
The fintech revolution: friend or foe?
Majed Al-Ghanemi, Chief Operating Officer of Alawwal Bank sheds light on the development of financial technology in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
‘Fintech’ is a term that has been…
Sharjah revives historic gas identity as it becomes UAE's newest LNG import terminal
Sharjah’s pioneering gas industry has evolved beyond recognition since drilling on the Emirate’s Sajaa-1 well commenced in 1980, heralding the largest gas field discovery in the Northern…
ESG in private equity: from fringe to focal
As institutional investors increasingly turn to alternative investments, including private equity to seek additional return and diversification, the pressure is now on private equity managers to step…
Four tech hacks to faster customer onboarding in banking and finance
Rami Bachir, Sales Manager—Middle East at Kodak Alaris, Information Management division, sheds light on efficient customer onboarding.
Customer onboarding or client…
Commercial Bank of Dubai sheds light on the three key trends emerging in the transaction banking space.
It is evident that the global transaction banking industry is witnessing a paradigm shift…
Riding out the storm
Bahrain is still in a sticky situation with continuing deficits, depleting reserves and higher currency risk, but a strong financial sector and GCC support is expected to mitigate the situation.…
An outstanding financial track record
Samer A.H. Itani, Vice Chairman—General Manager of LGB BANK sheds light on the bank’s history and stellar performance.
With over 50 years of banking tradition, trust and excellence…
Qatari leadership to yield to Arab pressure to drop support for Islamist extremism or face military
By Firas Abi Ali, Senior Principal Analyst, Middle East & North Africa, IHS MarkitSaudi Arabia, Egypt, the UAE and Bahrain severed relations with Qatar on 5 June 2017. Measures taken by…
Egypt: no pain, no gain
Egypt has remained a challenging environment for the past few years, but in the face of the authorities’ willingness to implement reforms increasing optimism can be found.
Since 2011 the…
Saudi: building a future?
The country is pushing its economy towards non-oil growth, but is this enough to prevent decline on the back of further oil-price fluctuations.
Heading towards 2017, the outlook by regional…
The future of banking: evolution necessary to meet consumers’ needs
Eric Claudel, President Banking & Payment Solutions for the CISMEA region at Gemalto, highlights the need for a “new chronicle” within the banking sector—where creativity and…
The blockchain conundrum
Darryl Proctor, Product Director—Payments at Temenos addresses common concerns surrounding the applicability of blockchain technology.
How would you describe the reception of blockchain…
Cybersecurity can power fintech to new heights
Leo Cole, VP—Marketing at DarkMatter, discusses the correlation between fintech and cybersecurity.
Innovations in financial technology (fintech), and the growing importance of online transactions…
Strength in regulation
Mark Van Leewarden, Managing Director and Founder of Warden Consulting, discusses the necessities of strong regulations in managing cybersecurity risks.
Describe the cybersecurity landscape…
Creating a diverse bond market
In an exclusive mini roundtable, Nabilah Annuar, Banker Middle East Editor, sits down with Michael Grifferty, President of the Gulf Bond and Sukuk Association, Dr. Hansjoerg Herzog, Head of…
Building the future
EIBFS sheds light on how banks in the UAE are charting the course for tomorrow's leaders.
As the 21st century progresses, business leaders will be expected to deliver…
Arindam Banerjee, Assistant Professor of Finance at S P Jain School of Global Management provides a holistic view of the UAE’s private equity market.
The 1970s witnessed a series of developments…
Insurance: optimising the customer experience
Michael Jensen, Managing Director MENA Zone, AIG, discusses the impacts of digitisation and its disruption on the insurance sector.
The winds of change from digitisation…
Iraq: hanging on
The economic and financial situation in Iraq remains ever challenging, but improving oil prices and the IMF’s Stand-By Arrangement could place the country in an upward trajectory.
Regional regulatory update
Divya Abrol Gambhir, Head of Financial Regulation & Securities, Banking & Finance and Margaret Elder, Associate, Banking & Finance, both at Al Tamimi & Company provides an aerial view…
UK economy to face uncertainty for at least two years
The cloud of uncertainty hanging over the British economy will not lift until March 2019 at the earliest, according to Linda Yueh, Adjunct Professor of Economics at…
Funding pressures on GCC banks to ease this year
Stabilising oil prices, large international sovereign debt issuances and lower credit growth bodes well for banks in the Gulf.
Stabilising oil prices, large international sovereign debt issuances…
How Ramadan will affect business operations in the kingdom of Saudi Arabia
A recent statement by Saudi Arabian business support service provider, Proven SA, laid out the do’s and don’ts of working in Saudi Arabia during Ramadan.
Focusing on the fundamentals
Shailesh Dash, Founder & Board Member of Regulus Capital sat down with Banker Middle East to discuss his concept and strategy in investments.
What prompted the inception…
Determining actual value
Simon Townsend, Director—Head Valuation & Consulting, CBRE Middle East clarifies the importance of correct assessments in real estate transactions.
Middle East investors were major…
Are banks listening?
Customers want a secure digital experience, says Marwan Elnakat, Digital Banking Solutions Director for Middle East & Africa at Gemalto.
There is no doubt that technological advances in…
Room for improvement
Nabilah Annuar, Editor of Banker Middle East, speaks to Ihab Khalil and Massi Markus, both Partners and Managing Directors at BCG Middle East on the current state of the private…
The greatest trades are those that take advantage of mispriced assets and illiquidity. As we head into 2017’s second quarter, it increasingly appears as if the European instability narrative…
M&A deals are on the up but many risk destroying brand value
Brand due-dilligence a crucial matter that should be thoroughly assessed in a consolidation exercise, says Sholto Lindsay-Smith, Chief Executive at Industry Partners.
Seven finance predictions for 2017
If 2016 has taught us anything, it’s that making predictions is an inexact science, according to Steve Cox, Vice President, Oracle ERP and EPM Cloud Go-to-Market.
There is much that has…
With macroeconomic conditions slow to improve, the impact of low oil prices continue to create dents in the balance sheets of hydrocarbon-reliant sovereigns. Perhaps realising that conditions may not…
Staying ahead in the game
Arjun Kalra, a Principal in Crowe Horwath Risk Consulting, discusses the anti-money laundering landscape in the UAE and how it compares on a global platform.
Describe the AML landscape…
Brexit cliff: the scale ahead and the descent next
Mihir Kapadia, CEO and Founder of Sun Global Investments sheds light on the implications of the Brexit vote and its prospects for investments in the MENA region.
Britain is on the verge of undertaking…
Commodities lower as funds scale out
The Opec/non-Opec summit in Kuwait will doubtlessly see officials attempting some verbal intervention, but crude's fundamentals remain challenging, according toFostering continental development
In an exclusive interview with Banker Middle East Editor, Nabilah Annuar, Dr. R. Seetharaman, Group Chief Executive Officer of Doha Bank provides an insight on the bank’s performance and direction…Benchmarking human resources in finance
Talal Bayaa, Chief Executive Officer and co-founder of Bayzat, discusses the advantages of automation in human resources for financial institutions.
Human resources (HR) departments in financial…
Are regional banks immune to cyberattacks?
Nader Henein, Regional Director, Advanced Security Solutions—Advisory Division, BlackBerry discusses potential prevention mechanisms to enhance security in financial transactions.
The state of MENA
In an exclusive interview on the sidelines of the World Government Summit 2017, Nabilah Annuar sat down with Dimitris Tsitsiragos, Vice President for New Business at the International Finance Corporation…
Is bitcoin the new safe haven for investors?
Looking at how bitcoin has been well-received in various markets including the UAE, Mark Leigh, Chief Operating Officer at Xtrade advocates that it is an investment that is worth contemplating.…
Getting back on track
Amidst many difficulties Saudi Arabia may be facing, on the back of the Kingdom’s reforms, the economy is resilient enough to weather the storm.
Saudi Arabia will experience an interesting…
A new rule: digital payments and virtual currencies
The Regulatory Framework for Stored Values and Electronic Payment Systems in a nutshell.
The Central Bank of the UAE on the 1 January 2017 issued the Regulatory Framework for Stored…
V.Ramkumar, Senior Partner at CEDAR Management Consulting provides an outlook on the UAE banking sector for 2017.
The year 2016 has been an interesting and challenging year for banks and the…
Bond markets in acceleration
Dr. Nawazish Mirza, Associate Professor of Finance and Director Industry Interface Projects at SP Jain School of Global Management provides an analysis of trends across the GCC’s debt capital…
Making strides in Iraq and beyond
In an exclusive interview with Banker Middle East, Faisal Al Haimus, Chairman at Trade Bank of Iraq provides an insight into the bank’s growth and its expansion plans for 2017.
The rise of open banking
Chris Truce, Director, Platform Development at Saxo Bank highlights emerging trends and developments that are re-shaping banking technology.
For years, mid-tier banks have been told they’re…
Designing a self-protecting app to secure our modern mobile kingdoms
Marwan Elnakat, Mobile App & eTransaction Security Manager for Middle East & Africa at Gemalto discusses the importance of adopting a defence system that is based on a layered approach.…
The Banker Middle East Industry Awards 2017 is the region’s leading financial event. This year awards will be selected by the registered readers of Banker Middle East, Islamic Business & Finance, FinanceME, WEALTH Arabia magazines as well as users of www.cpifinancial.net.
Thursday, May 11, 2017
CPI Financial, publisher of Banker Middle East strives to showcase those institutions that are truly innovative and pioneering in their respective areas of finance. For the last 15 years CPI Financial has been informing C-level executives about the events and developments shaping the future of finance in the region. The annual Banker Middle East KSA Product Awards are designed to recognise banking and financial products and services that are either exceptionally innovative or have witnessed excellent financial performance and/or transference of market share.