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

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 two 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 Adyen and Batelco are featured.

Watch full interview with Sander Maertens, Head of Middle East for Adyen below:

Adyen is the payments platform of choice for many of the world’s leading companies, providing a modern end-to-end infrastructure connecting directly to Visa, Mastercard, and consumers’ globally preferred payment methods. Adyen delivers frictionless payments across online, mobile, and in-store channels. With offices across the world, Adyen serves customers including Facebook, Uber, Spotify, and L’Oréal. The cooperation with Foodics as described in this merchant update underlines Adyen’s continuous growth with current and new merchants over the years

With over 15 years of experience in the payments space, Sander Maertens now heads up Adyen’s business in the Middle East. Sander has been a key player in building out Adyen’s commercial strategy since he joined the company in 2010. Prior to setting up Adyen’s Middle Eastern office, Sander has been responsible for Adyen’s commercial activities in Latin America, as well as laying the groundwork for Adyen’s success in the travel vertical.

Watch Full Interview with Roberto Mancone, CEO of Batelco Financial Services below:

Batelco Financial Services Company (BFS) is the first telco Subsidiary regulated entity obtaining Open Banking (PISP and AISP) as well as Card Process and PSP license from Central Bank of Bahrain. BFS is the fintech arm of Bahrain’s leading digital solutions and telecommunications provider listed company Batelco in Bahrain. Backed by a recently-secured, first-of-its-kind open banking license from the Central Bank of Bahrain to a Telco owned company,  BFS innovative app will host a digital wallet, enabling retail, bill, and peer-to-peer payments for its users. BFS will access these functionalities through its agile banking and payments platform which will also integrate additional partners and services offered from fintech, e-commerce platform and banks.

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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