Telecoms and Fintech

Event Overview

Telecom providers recognize that there is a huge business opportunity to generate revenue from entering the financial services market. By joining their operations with Fintech technologies, they are able to continuously innovate, deliver vital financial services to more people at a faster rate and offer digital experiences that integrate into the customers’ lifestyles.

The growth of smart phones directly supports the growth of financial services, which means that Telecom providers can open new avenues. No longer just limited to providing data or telecom plans, telecom providers can offer financial services such as cashless payments, wallets, loans and many other products to the “unbanked” populations in developing countries across the Middle East and Africa through the use of data science and innovative technological tools.

Join us for a session where telecoms meet digital banking, where we will bring together Temenos experts and industry leaders to provide you with the best practices and shared insights on deploying advanced banking solutions to grow your customer’s portfolio. The speakers will be discussing mobile payments, the expansion of microloans, creating an optimal digital baking experience for customers, as well as low code development for mobile applications. You will also hear from two leading mobile banking providers in the region on how they have been able to achieve their success and improve their customer experience.

AGENDA – 8 SEPTEMBER 2021 ( 12:00 – 01:30 PM )


12:00 – 12:05 pm
Rohan Sharma, Chief Growth Officer, Verve Management

12:05 – 12:20 pm
Digital Banking in a mobile era:

As digital banking evolves, what opportunities lie ahead for telcos, andwhat capabilities do you need to capitalise on the arising opportunities?

Javier Hermida, Head of Digital Banking – Middle East and Africa, Temenos Infinity

12:20 – 12:30 pm
Expanding and extending payments capabilities:

With payments playing a key role in the transition from a telco to achallenger, what capabilities will you need to compete and to stay compliant?

Mick Fennell, Business Line Director, Temenos Payments

12:30 – 12:45 pm
A deep dive into mobile architecture

How to revamp and scale your mobile architecture to support banking Capabilities?

SheerazJunejo, Enterprise Architect, Temenos

12:45 – 01:15 pm
PANEL DISCUSSION | Reinvent your business: Hear from industry leaders on their transition from Telcos to FIs
  • Is Fintech, the new age magic formula for Telco’s growth?
  • Telco and Fintech common goals for customer driven products
  • Success Stories from Telecom Leaders

Rohan Sharma, Chief Growth Officer, Verve Management

Fadi Yazbeck, Director of Business Solutions Group, Temenos
Komba Malukutila, Managing Director – MTN Fintech, MTN – Zambia
Sergey Ivanov, Deputy CEO, Monty Finance

01:15 – 01:30 pm
Q&A and Closing Remarks


Fadi Yazbeckis currently is managing Business Solutions Group at Temenos for Middle East and Africa. He has more than 17 years of experience in banking and fintechs running transformation projects in Middle East, Africa and Asia Pacific

Javier Hermidaheads up the Digital Banking business across the Middle East and Africa and is responsible for aligning the organization’s sales capability across the continent with the needs of a market, which is increasingly focused on improving its Digital capabilities. Passionate about digital customer engagement, Javier has worked with Bankers from over 50 countries on 5 continents to improve the customer experience of banking brands.

KombaMalukutilais the Managing Director, MTN FinTech, Zambia. Prior to his appointment in February 2020, he was the General Manager, Enterprise Business in MTN Zambia where among other things, he was responsible for driving MTNZ and Group initiatives & Projects within the department. Komba has over 12 years of work experience within the telecommunications q industry, with a track record of driving business strategy for growth, as well as developing high-performing teams within the Commercial and Technology functional streams. In 2017 he was awarded Sales Personality of the Year by the Zambia Institute of Marketing.

He holds a Telecoms MBA from the Telecoms Academy, South Africa and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Computer Science from the University of Greenwich, England.

Name: Fadi Yazbeck
Profile: Director of Business Solutions Group
Company: Temenos

Name: Javier Hermida
Profile: Head of Digital Banking, Middle East and Africa
Company: Temenos Infinity

Name: Komba Malukutila
Profile: Managing Director – MTN Fintech
Company: MTN, Zambia

With over 30 years in banking software and 20+ years of experience in the global payments ecosystem, Mick is a highly skilled business and market development, specialist.

In his current role at Temenos, he is responsible for driving the global business growth strategy of Temenos’ award-winning payments offerings and supporting clients with their ambitions to scale and prepare for the future.

Sergey operated over 20 years in the intersection of telecom and finance, he focuses on business growth via ProductDesign and Technology/Operations Improvement, Development and Digital Transformation Programmes, Strategy Planning and Execution, Alliances and Partnerships, M&A Origination for Financial Services, Telecom and adjacent industry sectors actively going through the Digital Change and Customer Experience journey enhancement. Sergey served as Chief Executive Officer and Chief Digital Officer for FinTech companies and Deputy CEO for Innovation and Service Management in 85mln subscribers mobile telecom operator, focusing on new services and product revenue growth via “Innovation Factory” initiatives.  Worked for British Telecom Global Services working for London’s City financial services companies.

Digital Banking expert with 15 years of experience working in the financial industry. In his current role Sheeraz is responsible for driving all new Technological and research-based development with Enterprise Architecture at Temenos to becoming first fully Enterprise packaged Banking solution.

Name: Mick Fennell
Profile: Business Line Director
Company: Temenos Payments

Name: Sergey Ivanov
Profile: Deputy CEO
Company: Monty Finance

Name: Sheeraz Junejo
Profile: Enterprise Architect
Company: Temenos