(Pictured: Anthony Thomson)
Anthony Thomson, founder and former chairman of Atom Bank and Metro Bank, will speak again at the third Middle East and Africa FinTech Forum, the region’s premier FinTech conference. The event will be held in Manama on Feb. 20-21, 2019 under the patronage of the Central Bank of Bahrain, sponsored by Bank ABC and Arab Financial Services. In this particular FinTech Forum, Thomson will discuss his new FinTech venture in Australia, 86400, which will be launching in early 2019 as a real alternative to Australia’s “Big 4” banks.
In July 2010, Thomson, who served as the first chairman from 2009 to 2012, launched Metro Bank PLC as the first, new “High Street Bank” in the U.K. In 2014, he launched Atom Bank, Europe’s first bank designed for mobility, which was voted one of the world’s top ten FinTechs by KPMG. He served as Atom Bank’s chairman until January 2018.
Sael Al Waary, deputy group CEO of Bank ABC and chairman of Arab Financial Services, says, “We are delighted to have Mr. Thomson once again as a keynote speaker. His experience with challenger banks and customer-led banking will add great value to the topics of discussions at the Forum, and we are looking forward to these discussions. Our commitment to Bahrain and the region as a whole, as this event has become the most prominent FinTech conference in MENA and supports Bahrain’s vision to become a leading FinTech hub. More regional banks and financial institutions are expected to take part in the Forum next year. Both Bank ABC and AFS are committed to the development of new fintech solutions and bringing these latest tech innovations to the region.”
The Middle East and Africa FinTech Forum, which is sponsored by Bank ABC and AFS, brings together internationally renowned thought leaders, practitioners and innovators from the FinTech and artificial intelligence arenas to discuss a wide range of issues including the future of banking, potential impact of AI and how it will transform the future, open banking, crowd-sourcing and financial inclusion. For more info, visit https://meafintech.com/