One of the most prominent regions that have seen cloud growth is the Middle East and North Africa (MENA). Major tech companies such as Google, Microsoft, and AWS introduced their own data centres in the region and according to Research and Markets, the Middle East cloud applications market is predicted to reach USD 4.5 billion by 2024.
Despite the evident growth, cloud is still an emerging technology in the MENA region, which means there will be questions, uncertainties and risk considerations that many financial enterprises will face. But it’s no longer a question of whether or not to adopt cloud.
Join Jan-Willem Weggemans from Publicis Sapient, Brian Yeoh from ADGM, Yasar Yilmaz from Microsoft and Miljan Stamenkovic from Mambu, as we unpack 4 of the biggest cloud misconceptions that exist in MENA right now and deliver more factual clarity on the way forward for cloud in your business.Register now
We will demystify:
- Misconception 1: Cloud is less secure and can get easily hacked
- Misconception 2: The location of the data is unknown
- Misconception 3: Cloud is extremely expensive
- Misconception 4: After cloud migration, there is no going back
Meet our speakers
Miljan Stamenkovic is General Manager of MENA for Mambu. He has a rich history in helping financial services providers implement digital solutions for their business and their customers. With 15 years of experience in banking, financial services, and insurance technology, he brings an in-depth perspective in the areas of digital banking, customer experience, and omni-channel delivery.
Jan-Willem Weggemans is a Senior Client Partner and Cloud & Alliances Lead at Publicis Sapient. Jan-Willem combines a career in line management with extensive strategy advisory experience. Working as an advisor with established players like A.T. Kearney, the Boston Consulting Group, and Bain & Company while leading marketing, operations and strategy development with TNT and Barclays. As a client partner with Publicis Sapient, he supports the Financial Services clients with their business-led technology and transformation strategy and delivery. He has worked extensively on the future of retail and commercial banking and payments. In particular, cloud technology's change catalyst role in achieving a materially lower operating cost and while at the same time improving revenue. As Cloud & Alliance Partner Lead, he works closely with the Cloud and FinTech partners to accelerate the transition to cloud-native and data-first financial services. Publicis Sapient is continuously on the lookout for FinTech partners to create an ecosystem of partnerships that will benefit financial institutions and thus benefit the ecosystem.
Yasar Yilmaz is the Head of Financial Services for the Middle East, Africa and Turkish Markets at Microsoft. Yasar is a digital transformation strategist specialised in financial services industry with 20+ years of experience spanning across Turkey, Eastern Europe, Middle East and Africa. He is a design thinking led innovation practitioner and a blockchain enthusiast. Throughout many technology led reimagined business process improvement engagements for financial services industry customers along his career at PwC, Oracle, SunGard-FIS, Capgemini, SAP and Microsoft, Yasar has been striving to help the C-suite members craft strategic value realization roadmaps for their business renovation pursuits.
Brian Yeoh is the Head of Data and Technology Governance at ADGM's Financial Services Regulatory Authority (FSRA). He works to develop the FinTech ecosystem in the UAE by driving new regulatory initiatives and key technology infrastructure projects that improve the adoption of FinTech. Prior to joining ADGM, Brian was responsible for data governance and architecture at the Monetary Authority of Singapore and at the Smart Nation and Digital Government Office in Singapore’s Prime Minister’s Office.