Speaker Profile

Mike Cunningham


Banque Saudi Fransi
Chief Strategy & Digital Officer

Mike is a thought leader and digital practitioner of innovation within financial services and has an unmatched global network with the world’s leading VCs, FinTechs, Accelerators and the established corporates. He mentors new FinTech start-ups at two of the region’s leading accelerators in Saudi and Lebanon. Before joining Banque Saudi Fransi, Mike attempted to build the UAE’s first standalone digital challenger bank. With no appropriate licensing framework, it was three years too early and Mike had to concede round one. Prior, Mike was Executive Vice President at Abu Dhabi Commercial Bank where he led Group Strategy and Innovation. Before that he worked for Barclays in Europe, Asia, Africa and the Middle East where he led the de-novo market entry and establishment of Barclays in India, Pakistan and Namibia. With his 20+ years of financial services experience, Mike has a deep understanding of building and innovating digital financial services in emerging markets and coupled with his track record in customer experience transformation and his global network, is ideally placed to create the region’s preeminent digital first bank. Mike has lived and worked all over the world and now resides between Saudi Arabia and the UK with his young family.

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