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

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 three 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 Mambu and IDNow are featured.

MAMBU: Watch full interview with Miljan Stamenkovic, General Manager MENA for Mambu below:

Mambu launched in 2011 with the aim of enabling free access to modern financial services for all. The only true SaaS cloud banking platform, Mambu’s unique composable approach allows for the flexible assembly of independent components and systems to fit the exact needs of your business and customers. The Mambu team of 700 is spread across the globe and supports over 200 customers in 65 countries.

Miljan Stamenkovic has a rich history in helping financial services providers implement digital solutions for their business and their customers. With over 12 years of experience in banking, financial services, and insurance technology space, he brings an in-depth perspective in the areas of digital banking, customer experience, and omni-channel delivery.

IDNOW: Watch Full Interview with Basil Macklai from IDNow below:

IDnow is an identity verification platform that offers a portfolio of identity verification solutions, ranging from automated to human-assisted and from purely online to point-of-sale; with each of them being optimised for user conversion rates and security. Aside from their offices in the UAE, the company also operates from Germany, the United Kingdom, and France, and is backed by institutional investors, including Corsair Capital and Seventure Partners. Its portfolio of over 800 international clients, spans a wide range of industries, including Western Union, UBS, Commerzbank, Sixt, and Munich Re, as well as digital champions like N26Solarisbankwefox and Tier mobility. Basil Macklai leads the company’s operations within the MENA region.

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 have recorded video interviews and presenting these special edition Spotlight MEAs. To follow the rest stay tuned here.


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