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Innovations in the IT industry have been the driving force behind business growth. Technology has helped enterprises to stay competitive in the market rather than becoming obsolete in rapidly changing world. Fintech players have grown in massive numbers attracting considerable entrants to their market every day. Today fintech offers simplified services that give access to a variety of value-added services and quicker solutions.
The wait for the transaction to complete is not valid anymore. Fintech has transformed banking sector. The new incumbents pose challenging tasks to the bankers who still prefer the traditional model of banking. The bricks-and-mortar banks have their work cut-out to overcome the emerging threats. The extension of their services to the customers by embedding the new technology in their traditional banking is seen as a step towards a positive change that may help to retain the customers.
Customer likes to experiment the new services offered by the Fintech players especially when it eases their banking needs. They would like to spend smart, track their expenses consciously and use easy applications that fulfill all their requirements in a flash. Tedious steps involving registration, approval for simple transfer annoy them, and a visit to the bank just for the signature will add to the frustrations.
Our speakers will be sharing their experiences how their organizations are leveraging from fintech and why it is important for different industries to adopt the fintech solutions if they really wanted to survive in such difficult times.
1) Hannia Zia, Product Manager, Google
2) Amber Naguib Saigal, Project Manager, Innovation & Renovation, Strategy and New Business Development, Nestle Pakistan
3) Palwasha Faizan, Sr. Manager Digital Platforms and Products, HBL
Looking forward to you for this amazing event.
Porject Manager, Innovation and Renovation, Strategy and New Business Development
Sr. Manager Products & Platforms
Amber Naguib, a seasoned professional with more than a decade of work experience, is currently employed by Nestlé Pakistan Limited as part of the Innovation and Renovation Team within Strategy and New Business Development. She is currently leading the implementation of the FinTech strategy within the market and is supporting the business with the Innovation and Renovation pipeline.
She has previously been employed by Pak Oman Investment Company Ltd, The Pakistan Credit Rating Agency Ltd and has also worked as a freelance author for Pakistan Today.
Hannia is a Product Manager at Google. Hannia has worked on Chrome OS in Silicon Valley, launching the Pixelbook and the lowest latency stylus solution (patented). She then moved to Switzerland to build data analysis tools and pipelines for Google Maps. Hannia now works on Google Payments and Next Billion users in Singapore. Hannia is responsible for launching the Google Pay app in Singapore, partnering with banks. Hannia also works on advising regulators on building payment systems, for which she recently published a white paper and received a patent for the design. Hannia received her Bachelors in Computer Science and Psychology from Yale University. Before that, she did her A Levels from Beaconhouse Defence Campus Lahore.
Palwasha graduated from LUMS in 2016 with a BSC- Economics degree. She started her career in the financial technology industry from Telenor – Easypaisa and worked on the Easypaisa Application. She then joined the Jazz Digital Headquarters and launched the JazzCash App in 2017. Her experience led her to HBL Digital Banking Department in 2018 where she launched the all new Konnect App. As a Senior Manager for Digital Product Development at HBL, she leads a team of 5 young graduates who are passionate to evolve a traditional organization into a relevant modern day digital bank. She prides herself in hiring fresh graduates with non-technical backgrounds and mentoring them to learn technical skills on the job.
Her main focus in fintech industry remains on two factors, creating a viral fintech platform which maximizes on organic growth and introducing gamification in banking experiences. Her efforts in developing a game in Konnect App called “Invite and Earn” is now driving 80% of the total traffic on her platform, it has helped HBL acquire over 1 million transaction active customers to date. This feature also earned a “Special Honors” Award in Global Finance Magazine as top innovation in fintech industry.
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Iftikhar Hussain is an ecosystem builder, consultant, and entrepreneur. He has closely worked with private and public institutions promoting the use of social media to further causes like entrepreneurship, gender rights, women's economic empowerment, and violence against women.
He was the Founder/ VP Business & Strategy at TEC, which is a leading conference management firm in Pakistan, launched DIGIMARK, Pakistan's most premium conference on Digital, and founder of DIGITALK, a monthly digital forum to strengthen the digital ecosystem in Pakistan.
Iftikhar holds a graduate degree in Computer Sciences from University of Central Punjab. He is an IVLP (International Visitor Leadership Program) Alumnus, which is US Department of State’s premier professional exchange program on the theme Social Media Activism. Mr. Hussain is a certified trainer as well as a facilitator from British Council. His signature program "Turning Contacts into References” is one of the most vibrant sessions in universities and incubators throughout the country.
He is the founder of Transforming Hub aiming to bridge the industry-academia gap in a unique way through industry problems paving the way for entrepreneurship. Iftikhar has 14 years of work experience and worked with Ufone, UBL, CodeWeek Magazine, Punjab Commission on the Status of Women, Women Development Department & Niu Media Productions.
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