836. Focus: How Saudi Arabia is building a truly digital banking ecosystem

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836. Focus: How Saudi Arabia is building a truly digital banking ecosystem

Fintech Insider Focus is back for season two, in collaboration with Visa, and in the first half of this season we are diving deep into the Middle East's booming financial sector, and speak to the people right at the heart of it.

In this episode, host Rachel Pandyan discusses the banking industry in Saudi Arabia alongside a panel of esteemed guests.

The country’s finance industry is making huge strides, thanks in part to a concerted effort by the government and the Saudi Central Bank.

They explore this a little more, by picking apart some of the detail in their Vision 2030 program, looking at what action is actually being taken to transform the banking system in the region, and how fintechs can be a driving force behind it.

Special guests on this episode:

  • Hasan Kazmi, Head of Digital Partnerships for CEMEA at Visa
  • Nahim Bassa, SVP: Group Head of Strategy & Digital Transformation, Bank Aljazira
  • Naif AbuSaida, CEO and Founder, Hakbah


This episode is sponsored by Visa. 

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