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Fintech Business Track: “The Bright Future of Banking & Fintech”


Registration & Light breakfast

Opening remarks: Bahrain – A Banking Powerhouse

Ms. Dalal Buhejji, Executive Director, Business Development -Financial services, EDB

Panel: Enabling Regulation

Regulation creates the boundaries that balances between the individual and business. Innovation thrives when this fine balance is maintained but the regulators are open to diversions as the future shifts and changes. Speakers from the Baharaini and Israeli financial systems discuss how regulation can actually bring growth. 

Ms. Suzy Al Zeerah, COO, Fintech Bay Bahrain

Ms. Yasmeen Sharaf, Director, FinTech & Innovation Unit, Central Bank of Bahrain
Mr. Yair Lavi, Chief Finance Officer, COTI
Mr. Tzvika Liblich, Chief Strategy Officer, Papaya Global

Panel: Growing Fintech in the Middle East

This session features prominent incubators & investors from Bahrain & Israel to discuss Fintech opportunities and global trends.

Moderator: Ilana Sherington, Global Partnerships Manager , Start-Up Nation Central
Ms. Ornit Shinar, Global Head of External Innovation & Venture Investing, Citibank
Ms. Hadar Siterman Norris, Managing Partner, team8 Fintech
Ms. Areije Al Shakar, SVP Innovation Bahrain Development Bank & Director Al Waha Venture Capital Fund
Mr. Rashad Faraj, Executive Director Special Projects, EDB

Networking break

5 for 6

Five Innovative Israeli Solutions Pitch for 6 minutes (inc. Q&A)
Payments, Cryptocurrency, Blockchain, Open Banking, Enterprise Solutions;​​​​​​

  • BondIT
  • BridgeWise
  • COTI
  • Neema
  • Papaya Global

Networking Lunch (with B2B rooms open)

15:00 - 17:00

Fintech Mingle with Fintech Bay Hub

A bilateral networking event for Israeli and Baharaini Fintech lovers, investors and entrepreneurs at the most vibrant fintech hub in Bahrain

Supply Chain: Creating a sustainable 'Sea-to-Air Corridor'

The complex operation of Bahrain’s unique “Sea-to-Air Corridor” requires efficient real-time oversight and control. Israel’s thriving supply chain & logistics tech sector is home to more than 150 startups that are involved in various aspects of the industry, employing cutting-edge technology to help ensure that goods are delivered swiftly and efficiently. This session will focus on various aspects of Bahrain's future supply chain & warehousing, while exploring new cutting-edge technologies that are building the future of smart manufacturing, efficiency and safety . 




Opening remarks: The Future of Supply Chain & Logistics

MC: Start-Up Nation Central

Bahrain’s Logistics Integration Success Story

Sh. Muneera Al Khalifa, Director of Customs Licensing and Customer Service, Customs

The (R)Evolution of Traditional Industries

Jameel Istaitih industry 4.0 Strategist, Chairman of the II4 Community

The Untold Story of Investing in Supply Chain & Logistics

Aaron Applbaum, Partner at MizMaa Ventures Limited


Networking break

4 for 6

Four Innovative Israeli Solutions Pitch for 6 minutes (inc. Q&A)

  • Bringoz
  • GoArc
  • Sealartec

networking (B2B rooms open)

10:30 - 13:30

By Invite Only: Forming a Progressive Policy for an Innovative Ecosystem

By invite only
Led by: 
Uri Gabai, CEO, Start-Up Nation Policy Institute (SNPI), formerly head of strategy at the Israel Innovation Authority.
Danny Biran, Start-Up Nation Policy Institute (SNPI), Senior Policy Fellow


14:00 - 16:00

By Invite Only: Future Proofing Talent – round table discussion

By-invite only
Led by: 
Start-Up Nation Central

Session 1: “Let there be Water”

Freshwater scarcity due to the region’s semi-arid climate is a challenge shared by both countries. After drawing on nearly all available water resources and promoting vigorous conservation programs, Israel has made it a national mission to develop non-conventional water sources. These efforts have focused on water reclamation, intercepting runoffs, artificial recharge, “cloud seeding” and desalination. The session will focus on advanced technologies for enhancing water supply and management.



Opening remarks: Water for All

Yael Weisz, Head of Climate Sector, Start-Up Nation Central

Assets, challenges, and sustainability: an overview of Bahrain's water policies and initiatives

Taha Hasan El Mohsen, Water Directorate, EWA

Bahrain's Water Use Case: The Green Climate Fund (GCF) Project

Mohamed Yacoub Aljanahi, Supreme Council of Environment

From arid to affluent: Israeli smart water solutions to demand management

Eli Cohen, Former CEO of Mekorot, Israel's National Water 

Desalination in Mekorot -Development & Innovation

Carmit Hagag Ram, Director of Desalination and Special Projects Division,  Mekorot, Israel's National Water Company 


Israeli Water Sector challenges and applications

Jorge Pollak, Senior Project Manager, Mekorot, Israel National Water Company

Networking break


4 for 6

Four Innovative Israeli Solutions Pitch for 6 minutes (inc. Q&A)

  • Asterra
  • Biopetroclean
  • Takadu
  • Watergen

Networking Lunch (with B2B rooms open)

Climate & Energy: “When Net-Zero meets Bahrain”

Net-Zero is a national goal set by the Bahraini government that requires alignment of state institutions and the private sector to combat climate change. This session will focus on global initiatives aimed at conserving and optimizing energy, green policy, carbon capture, the role of renewable energy in the future of our planet, and technological solutions that can help reach the global goal of Net-Zero.



Setting the stage: The Bright Future of Smart Energy

Ms. Yael Weisz, Head of Climate Sector, Start-Up Nation Central

Environmentally Sustainable Bahrain

Bahrains plan for Net Zero by 2060 and the potential for collaborations this ambition creates. 
Mohamed Yacoub Aljanahi, Supreme Council of Environment

Down to Energy Business

Practical aspects of "going green", from strategy to execution. Ms. Hadyah Mohammed Fathalla, Board Member, The Oil and Gas Holding Company, Noga Holding

Why the Climate Crisis is an Opportunity for Change

Yosef Abramowitz, President of Energiya Capital, 2021 Nobel Peace Prize nominee for his climate work

Israel’s Future Hydrogen Projects - the Green Solution for Traditional Industries

Ofir Yahalom, CEO, Oficiency


4 for 6

Four Innovative Israeli Solutions Pitch for 6 minutes (inc. Q&A)

  • Brenmiller Energy
  • Electriq Global
  • enSights
  • Sensibo
16:30 - 17:30

Closing Panel: Investing in the Future of the Planet & Its People

A celebratory closing panel with leading investors in health, climate and education from Bahrain and Israel.

Moderator: Nave Shachar, Head of GCC, Start-Up Nation Central

Ms. Dalal Al Qais, CEO, Bahrain Development Bank
Mr. Nawaf AlKooheji, CEO, Tenmou
Calanit Valfer, Founding Partner, Elah Fund
Mr. Ofir Gomeh, Managing Partner, Capital Nature
Mr. Eshel Lipman, Partner Extantia


16:45 - 17:00

Networking break

10:30 - 12:30

By Invite Only: How Israeli Companies Make Co-location Decisions

Led by:

Start-Up Nation Central

Opening remarks: Opening remarks: Mr.Musab Abdulla, Executive Director of Business Development, EDB

By-invite only

11:00 - 13:00

By Invite Only: Investors Round Table

A closed session for Israeli private investors & Bahraini private and public investment entities.

Led by Start-Up Nation Central & Mumtalakat.

By invite only