ADGMA Research Centre Conference

ADGM Academy Research Centre Conference

15 June 2023 | ADGM Atrium

The Research Series conferences offer a unique environment to bring together leading experts and practitioners from across the UAE financial sector ecosystem (banks, government, technology firms, consultancies, and academies) to discuss common challenges and opportunities and provide insights and inspiration to build a better tomorrow.

We are privileged to have an outstanding line-up of speakers who will provide their perspectives across a range of topics including digital transformation, artificial intelligence, cyber security, and financial crime.

Through engaging presentations and panel discussions we aim to create a platform for meaningful dialogue, exchange of knowledge, and collaboration.

Event Agenda



11:00 AM - 11:05 AM

MC Opening + Introductory Video

Rauda Al Dhaheri - Manager of Research and Development, ADGM Academy Research Centre

11:05 AM - 11:20 AM

Research Centre Welcome

Peter Ware - Head of ADGM Academy Research Centre

11:20 AM - 12:20 PM

UAE Financial Sector Problem Statements: Industry & Academic Collaboration

Panel Discussion:

  • Thouraya Labben - Associate Professor, Acting Associate Dean for Post-experience Programs, UAEU
  • Johan Burger - Business Development Manager, Executive Education, UAEU
  • Krishna Nair – Chief Operating Officer, Emirates Development Bank
  • Nader Al Ansari - Head of Technology Governance, Risk and Compliance, First Abu Dhabi Bank

12:20 PM - 01:20 PM

Lunch Break

01:20 PM - 01:45 PM

MoU Signing

01:45 PM - 02:45 PM

Cybersecurity / Financial Crime Compliance

Presentation on Advanced Persistent Threat Attacks in UAE Financial Sector

  • Dr. Mathew Nicho - Associate Professor, Cyber Security, Rabdan Academy

Panel Discussion:

  • Richard Hills – Associate Managing Director at K2 Integrity
  • Collin Lobo – Regional Chief Compliance Officer and RH of Financial Crime Compliance, HSBC
  • Dr. Eric Halford – Associate Researcher and Assistant Professor, Rabdan Academy
  • Nishanth Nottath – EVP, Head AML, ABC and RegTech, Mashreq Bank
  • Karissa Stelma – Executive Director, COO, Waystone

02:45 PM - 03:10 PM

Keynote: The UAE at the Centre of an Interconnected World

Dr. Kimmo Soramäki – Founder & CEO Financial Network Analytics Ltd (FNA)

03:10 PM - 03:15 PM

Closing Remarks

Rauda Al Dhaheri - Manager of Research and Development at ADGM Academy Research Centre

03:15 PM - 04:00 PM