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Digital Saudi: My super contactless journey in Riyadh

So following on from my fantastic contactless Dubai experiment, I flew to Saudi Arabia yesterday. I would normally use a local taxi from the airport – but this time I decided to check out Careem (Uber) and used that to summon a Lexus 350 with a local driver. “Kif Halik?” (How are you?) He asked […]

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Another interesting job: Head of Crowdfunding, Saudi Arabia

Now then I caught this one the other day and made a note to write about it – the job title is Head of Crowdfunding. That’s it. There’s a small write-up from the recruiter, Huxley, aaaaand that’s about all the information! Here’s what’s published on the LinkedIn add: On behalf of our client, we are […]

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Contactless Dubai: You can leave your cards at home!

DIFC, Baby First, some context. Back in September last year, I flew into Copenhagen for one of the world’s finest FinTech events: Nordic FinTech Week. I headed from the airport to the hotel and then changed out of my ’40 degree heat Muscat clothes’ and then raced off to Copenhagen FinTech Hub for their networking […]

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My FinTech Tour of the GCC

I wrote a post recently on my LinkedIn profile introducing my upcoming FinTech Tour of the GCC. Here’s a brief screenshot: I thought I’d post here too just to keep those who follow updated. The brief synopsis of my update was that, having finished my role as Chief Transformation Officer at Sohar International in Oman, […]

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Saudi Arabia to go live with Open Banking in Q1 2023

I saw today via lots of social media posts that SAMA, the Saudi Arabian Central Bank has announced more details on it’s open banking framework – together with an intention for services to go live during the first quarter of 2023. This is an exciting move for one of the GCC’s biggest markets. You can […]

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Ruba: Helping Kuwaiti parents spread the cost of school fees

I liked this note from wamda about the pre-seed round of new Kuwaiti FinTech, Ruba: Fintech startup Ruba, a platform that aims to make education accessible to all, announced that it has raised an undisclosed amount in an oversubscribed pre-Seed funding round. Ruba addresses a pain point in relation to school fees. Currently, parents pay […]

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My favourite FinTech: Nutmeg

At the moment I’m not enjoying looking at any investment products because you know the answer is ‘negative’. Such is the fickle reality of markets, especially in these turbulent times. That being said, I thought I’d kick-off my ‘Favourite FinTech’ feature by saying ‘thank you’ to Nutmeg for getting me started personally with robo-advised-investments, properly. […]

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NatWest launches BaaS (“Banking as a service”) with Vodeno

NatWest launches BaaS (“Banking as a service”) with Vodeno

This one caught my eye in Finextra today: UK high street bank NatWest has teamed up with European software vendor Vodeno Group to launch a Banking-as-a-Service (BaaS) business for the UK market. The partnership will aim to bring together NatWest’s banking licence and technology with Vodeno’s cloud-based technology platform to target UK businesses and banks. […]

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Starboard Card: The FinTech for the Super Yacht Owner

One of my favourite examples of how FinTech can help to drive change across the financial ecosystem is Starboard Card. Although it’s yet to launch formally (the website says ‘launching 2022’) it’s been recently publicised and I love the idea. The service – as the name alludes – is aimed at owners of (super) yachts […]

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