We are excited to launch Connected Fintech – bringing you closer to the innovators who are shaping the future of banking and disrupting how customers and businesses will manage, save, invest, and spend money.

Our first season will feature 10 ventures from the DIFC Fintech Hive Accelerator to explore the future of banking through the lens’ of the innovators at the front lines of disruption.

The series also highlights HSBCers connecting this work back to the impact on the bank, sharing their perspectives of this emerging future state.

Innovative ideas need to be shared, discussed, and debated to create an impact.

Let’s humanise innovation and spark conversations!

Connected Fintech Full Episodes

Connected Fintech Episode 10: Opening up innovation in banking with Dapi Technologies

Connected Fintech Episode 9: Using data to personalise the customer experience with Crayon

Connected Fintech Episode 8: Fueling your business growth with Finfirst

Connected Fintech Episode 7: Seamless supply chain management with Monimove

Connected Fintech Episode 6: Transforming business onboarding with Leap Financial

Connected Fintech Episode 5: Turning compliance into an innovation enabler with Azakaw

Connected Fintech Episode 4: Exploring the future of money with Okanii

Connected Fintech Episode 3: What if your favourite store could you read your mind? Krowd

Connected Fintech Episode 2: Are you who you say you are? Eazy Financial

Connected Fintech Episode 1: Managing your money with Wally



Connected Fintech Episode 10: Opening up innovation in banking with Dapi Technologies

Open banking is the new buzzword across financial services and has left innovators dreaming of ways to bring new products and services to customers. Around the world we have seen how open APIs have enabled third-party developers to build applications and services to serve the digital demands of customers.

HSBC Regional Head of Innovation, Pam Attebery sits down with Mohammed Aziz, co-founder of Dapi Technologies to dive into the possibilities for open banking in the Middle East. These innovators saw how apps like Venmo, Mint, and Cash App delivered real value to customers globally and want to bring this home to Saudi Arabia.

She is also joined by Sabir Ghazaly, IT Product Manager, Retail Banking and Wealth Management who shares his insights into the power of open banking.


Connected Fintech Episode 9: Using data to personalise the customer experience with Crayon

Could data level up your style game? Crayon Data wants to bring your new favourite outfits using their unique AI engine dedicated to understanding customer preferences and unlocking the power of personalisation for banks.

HSBC Regional Head of Innovation, Pam Attebery sits down with Vaibhav Kinkar from Crayon's team to understand how they are using data to drive customer engagement and unlock the wallets of consumers. Their innovation increases business portfolio size, and promotes loyalty all while elevating the customer retail and banking experience.

Pam is also joined by Nicola Hobson-Langley, Regional Head of Data & Analytics, Retail Banking and Wealth Management for Europe & Middle East and Ahlam Mohammed who works as a Business Support Manager in Risk to share their perspectives on how the bank can keep delivering value to customers.


Connected Fintech Episode 8: Fueling your business growth with Finfirst

Our next episode features FinFirst - a fintech dedicated to working across the financial sector to create solutions for business banking.

HSBC Regional Head of Innovation, Pam Attebery sat down with co-founders Omar Mehanna and Abbas Hijazi who understand small businesses cannot afford to wait up to 4 weeks for a loan approval. Finfirst's credit engine supports banks with a quantitative and qualitative score to speed up this process.

She is also joined by Neil Churchill, Communications Manager, Global Banking and Markets to share the bank's perspective on keeping up with personalised digital lending services for commercial clients.


Connected Fintech Episode 7: Seamless supply chain management with Monimove

It takes a village to create great products, and managing this ecosystem of suppliers, buyers, governments and institutions is no easy task. This episode explores how technology can be leveraged to help manage supply chains and keep all players aligned and accountable.

HSBC MENAT Head of Innovation, Pam Attebery sits down with Hashim Alhussaini of Monimove to learn how he bridged his experiences as a banker, contractor, and trader to build a solution that ensures that money is spent where it should be across the supply chain.

She is also joined by Rasha Salama who works as a Regional Manager for Transaction Monitoring and Screening at HSBC to share the bank's perspective on leveraging data while offering this service to drive value for commercial clients.


ConnectedFintech Episode 6: Transforming business onboarding with Leap Financial

With so many fintechs working on the consumer banking experience, Leap wants to ensure business banking isn't left behind!

Pam Attebery, Regional Head of Innovation at HSBC MENAT sits down with Samir Rajpukar, founder of Leap Financial, to learn about his bold vision to reduce the time it takes to open a business account to one day. To do this, Leap helps bank's re-engineer backend systems with the goal of creating an excellent customer experience while reducing onboarding costs by 75%.

She is joined by Yan Bechet, UAE Chief Operating Officer, Commercial Banking to share his perspective on the changing demands of commercial customers.


Connected Fintech Episode 5: Turning compliance into an innovation enabler with Azakaw

Our fifth episode features Azakaw ~ a fintech that is on a mission to empower the compliance world by bringing together information systems to help business leaders make decisions that drive innovation while also managing risk.

HSBC Regional Head of Innovation, Pam Attebery sat down with co-founder Jehanzeb Awan who shares his vision of transforming compliance from a burden to an enabler of innovation.

She is also joined by Nicola Hobson-Langley, Regional Head of Data & Analytics RBWM, to share her perspective on the role of compliance and regulation in providing new services to customers while ensuring data safety.


Connected Fintech Episode 4: Exploring the future of money with Okanii

Our fourth episode features Okanii – a payments fintech that is is challenging the limitations of physical money by introducing a secure digital token that functions as electronic cash on a platform for global commerce.

HSBC MENAT Head of Innovation, Pam Attebery sat down with co-founder Grant Colhoun, who explains how Okanii is developing an entire new payment ecosystem for everything from receipts, rewards, and loyalty to big data, credentials, and ID. She is also joined by Sophia Hamri, Regional Head of Transformation Services for Global Banking and Markets, to share her perspective on the future of digital cash and payment platforms.


Connected Fintech Episode 3: What if your favourite store could you read your mind? Krowd

Suggest what you’d love and personalise your shopping experience? That’s the future Krowd is creating with their offer bidding platform that will transform the retail experience. Founder Omar Rafi gives us the inside scoop and shares how his team has decreased customer churn and increased spend for retails across the world with the power of data!

Connected Fintech – bringing you closer to the innovators who are shaping the future of finance and commerce! Our first season introduces you to 10 entrepreneurs from the DIFC Fintech Hive Accelerator – get to know the innovators at the front lines of disruption.

Innovative ideas need to be shared, discussed, and debated to create an impact – so tune in and let us connect to learn together!


Connected Fintech Episode 2: Are you who you say you are? Eazy Financial

Eazy Financial wants to bring us into the future, letting our fingerprints, finger vein patterns, iris, and voice recognition verify our identity. Are you ready to enter the matrix? Founder Nayef Alalawi shares his vision for a future where we can pay with our DNA!

Connected Fintech – bringing you closer to the innovators who are shaping the future of finance and commerce! Our first season introduces you to 10 entrepreneurs from the DIFC Fintech Hive Accelerator – get to know the innovators at the front lines of disruption.

Innovative ideas need to be shared, discussed, and debated to create an impact – so tune in and let us connect to learn together!


Connected Fintech Episode 1: Managing your money with Wally

In our series launch we sit down with the Saied and Sami Hejazi, the brother co-founder duo behind Wally. They are on a mission to help people take control of their money from the palm of their hands. Ever get to the end of the month and ask, where did my money go? Wally wants to take the guess-work out of money management and empower users with the information to make smarter financial choices everyday.

Pam Attebery, Head of innovation at HSBC MENAT sits down with Sami and Saied to learn how these brothers went from working out of a treehouse to launching an app used by millions to manage their finances. She is joined by Ahmed El-Shennawy, Risk & Administration Manager to share the HSBC perspective on this fintech that is shaking up personal financial management and bringing value to customers all over the world.

In the first season of this series, we will be featuring a snapshot of 10 ventures from the DIFC Fintech Hive Accelerator to explore the future of banking through the lens’ of the innovators at the front lines of this disruptive time in financial services.

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