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Spotlight Middle East and Africa: In Conversation Live From Dubai Series Part Four

This special Spotlight Middle East and Africa (MEA) series will reflect on conversations from the recent Seamless Middle East and North Africa (MENA) that was held on the 29th and 30th September, 2021. This is part four of seven. 

Economic development advisor Richie Santosdiaz spoke with various organisations throughout the Seamless Middle East show, which was a first for The Fintech Times. Stay tuned during the upcoming Spotlight MEAs by The Fintech Times to watch more from the following companies. In this series and Global Processing Services (GPS) are featured.

Watch full interview with Mo Ali Yusuf, MENAP Regional Manager for below: provides the fastest, most reliable payments in more than 150 currencies, with in-country acquiring, world-class fraud filters and reporting through one API. can accept all major international credit and debit cards, as well as popular alternative and local payment methods. Mo Ali Yusuf is the MENAP Regional Manager for

Watch Full Interview with Joanne Dewar and Arnav Rath from GPS:

Global Processing Services (GPS) is the trusted and proven go-to payments processing partner for today’s leading fintechs, including Revolut, Curve, Starling Bank, Zilch, WeLab Bank and Paidy. GPS has to-date issued over 190 million physical and virtual cards, enabled in over 48 countries, and last year processed over 1.3 billion transactions on its API-first cloud-based platform.

GPS’ highly flexible and configurable platform places the control firmly in the hands of global fintechs, digital banks, and embedded finance providers, enabling them to deliver rich functionality to the cardholder. It is a multi-award-winning issuer processor powering next-generation payment segments, including expense management, B2B payments, crypto, lending and credit (including Buy Now Pay Later propositions), digital banking, FX, remittance, open banking and more.

Joanne Dewar is the Chief Executive Officer of GPS. Since joining the company in 2013, Joanne has spearheaded the transformation of GPS from start-up to private equity-backed scale-up, cementing the business’ position as the bedrock of the fintech ecosystem, as it continues to accelerate the delivery of better financial experiences for every customer. Joanne is a recognised leader and influencer in the payments industry, having been selected as one of the top 50 fintech CEOs of 2021, alongside leaders from Stripe, Klarna, Wise, Coinbase and more. She was also named in the 2020 and 2021 Payments Power 10 list, which recognises payments industry leaders with an ongoing commitment to pushing boundaries in the payments sector.

Arnav Rath is Head of MENA at GPS. Arnav joins GPS from Majid Al Futtaim (MAF), one of the MIddle East region’s largest conglomerates, where he headed up its prepaid cards and payments business across the Middle East. During his tenure at MAF, he also led innovative payments solutions by offering end-to-end programme management to cater to the wider fintech landscape, including the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Bahrain, Egypt and others. Rath brings 18 years of experience in the Cards as a Service (CaaS) and Payments as a Service (PaaS) spaces and will help GPS augment its offering in the region. As part of the role, Rath will leverage his in-depth local knowledge in combination with GPS’ global expertise to build partnerships with regulators, innovative banks, fintechs and ecosystem partners across key markets including the UAE, Egypt, Saudi, and more.

Seamless returned for its 21st year this year. This was the first show The Fintech Times physically took part in at MEA and was pleased to have recorded video interviews and present these special edition Spotlight MEAs. To follow the rest stay tuned here.


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