The fifth edition of the Abu Dhabi Global Market's (ADGM) flagship Fintech Abu Dhabi Festival is seeing record-breaking interest in comparison to previous years, with three times more registrations and participants from 41 countries.
The event kicked off today (November 22) with an eagerly awaited agenda packed with over 200 speakers, 80 sessions and 40 hours of content shaping the global fintech landscape.
Held under the patronage of Sheikh Hazza bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Vice Chairman of the Abu Dhabi Executive Council, the event, till November 24, is attended by the world's foremost policy and decision makers, fintech innovators, unicorns, financial sector leaders, and investors. The fifth edition of the Middle East's largest Fintech festival is taking place in an exciting hybrid format, with the physical event hosted at ADGM.
This year's Festival features 14 different forums and segments, including return of the highly successful Innovation Challenge, Fintech100, Investor Forum, Government Fintech Forum, Youth Circle, Fintech Awards, as well as exciting new forums:
*CxO21, a digital banking innovation summit that delves into the world of corporate innovation and digital banking;
*Token, focusing on the fast-evolving world of digital assets and currencies;
*Fintech for Good, a dedicated forum taking a closer look at the intersection of sustainability, Fintech and innovation;
*Fintech Souk, a close look at cutting-edge developments in retail and payments; and
*Risk4.0, a forum focusing on risk management in Fintech and financial security.
Having marked its largest gathering in 2020, this year's Festival promises to be even bigger and better comprising a stellar line-up of speakers. These include:
Ahmed Jasim Al Zaabi, Chairman of ADGM;
Mohammed Ali Al Shorafa Al Hammadi, Chairman of the Abu Dhabi Department of Economic Development;
Dr Abdulrahman A. Al Hamidy, Director General Chairman of the Board, Arab Monetary Fund;
Mohamed Alabbar, Founder & Managing Director of Emaar;
Jeff Sprecher, Founder of ICE and Chairman of the New York Stock Exchange;
John Collison, Co-founder & President, Stripe;
Bill Winters, Group CEO of Standard Chartered Bank;
Hana Al Rostamani, Group CEO of First Abu Dhabi Bank;
Sandeep Chouhan, Group CEO of Abu Dhabi Islamic Bank;
Dr Bernd Van Linder, Group CEO of Commercial Bank of Dubai;
Akon, musician turned fintech entrepreneur;
Nuseir Yasin of Nas Daily fame; and
Kevin O'Leary, entrepreneur and Venture Capitalist.
Commenting on this year's Festival, Al Zaabi said: "Given the rapid pace of transformation across the financial services sector, continued knowledge-sharing on how best to address and embrace these changes is crucial. We at ADGM take great pride in hosting the region's largest Fintech festival alongside esteemed colleagues, respected decision makers, and leading financial sector and Fintech representatives.
“This year's Fintech Abu Dhabi Festival will bear no exception to past editions in its aspiration to be inspiring, thought-provoking, and transformative, underpinned by a commitment to highlight Abu Dhabi as a global capital for financial innovation, investment, and regulatory excellence."


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