Posted on September 27, 2018

The Centre for Law and Development (CLD), an industry funded law and policy think tank based in the College of Law, Qatar University, will host an international roundtable on the future of financial technology (FinTech) in Qatar in collaboration with Qatar Development Bank (QDB). The event will take place on 2 October 2018 at the Collage of Business and Economies at Qatar University.

The event will bring together some of the most prominent and pioneering international experts in law and finance to discuss the opportunities and challenges FinTech represents. The keynote address will be given by the former English High Court judge, Sir William Blair QC.  In addition, a talk will be given by Abdulaziz Bin Nasser Al- Khalifa, QDB CEO, and the welcome note will be given by Dr. Mohd. Abdulaziz S M Al-Khulaifi, Dean of Law at QU, and Dr. Jon Truby, Director of the CLD.

Other panelist will include; Professor Douglas W. Arner, who holds the Kerry Holdings Professorship at Hong Kong University; Professor Arner, a key figure in the development of FinTech policy in Hong Kong and more broadly; European Central Bank legal counsel, Dr. Phoebus Athanassiou; and Dr. Tariq Alabdulla, from DLA law firm, will examine the disruptive nature of FinTech in the Qatari context amongst a host of additional eminent speakers.

Many other distinguished professionals in the field will join in such as Dr. George Dimitropulous (Hamad Bin Khalifa University), Professor Gordon Walker (Asian Development Bank, Emeritus Professor, La Trobe University (Aust)), Dr. Jason Corbett (Managing Partner, Silk Legal, Bangkok, Thailand) and Christopher Grout from the Qatar International Court and Dispute Resolution Centre.  Panel moderators will include Dr. Andrew Dahdal, Assistant Professor at the CLD, and Abdulrahman Saad Al Qahtani, Head Of Legal at QDB.

Dr. Jon Truby, CLD Director said: “The CLD’s FinTech event will explore opportunities available to Qatar from the emerging FinTech sector, as well as identify legal risks and challenges from the use of Blockchain and distributed ledger technologies in the financial sector.  The interactive roundtable will draw on other countries’ experiences to learn how Qatar can benefit and develop the best practices in this field.” International developments in the FinTech space are progressing rapidly, therefore this roundtable will examine those developments and discuss how Qatar might benefit from this emerging wave of innovation. This interactive event aims to encourage discussion among stakeholders and experts. The event is free but spaces are limited.

To register, interested parties should register at http://cld.qu.edu.qa/research/cld/research/Financial-Technology-Opportunities-For-Qatar or through the email [email protected].    

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