Bahrain Fintech Bay announces Khalid Dannish as CEO

– BAHRAIN, Manama –  Bahrain FinTech Bay (BFB) announced changes to its leadership team with Khalid Dannish, Head of Business Development and Special projects being appointed CEO, effective February 1st, following the departure of founding CEO, Khalid Saad who will be leaving to pursue his own FinTech ventures that aim to further support the ecosystem.

“I would like to thank Khalid Saad for leading Bahrain FinTech Bay since its inception and we wish him all the best in his endeavors. Furthermore, I look forward to working with Khalid Dannish to take this important national initiative forward and strengthen Bahrain’s leadership in Fintech,” said Khalid Humaidan, Chairman of Bahrain Fintech Bay and CE of the Economic Development Board.

Since its launch in February 2018, Bahrain FinTech Bay has brought together over 100 partners, whether public agencies, financial institutions, private businesses, technology companies, academic institutions, international associations or FinTechs, in a neutral platform. It is home to 42 Fintech residents and has successfully organized three of its flagship conferences, established a national fintech talent program, published 8 research reports, and most recently launched its first acceleration program.

Khalid Dannish, the newly appointed CEO said “I have had the privilege to be a part of Bahrain FinTech Bay from our launch, and I am delighted to be given the opportunity to lead the next phase of growth and strengthen our value proposition to our partners, fintechs and the region. I would like to thank and congratulate Khalid Saad for the tremendous contribution he has made to successfully realize Bahrain FinTech Bay’s vision. Together with the Economic Development Board and our founding partners, we have built a truly impactful and innovation-led platform to position Bahrain for years to come ”.

About Khalid Dannish

Prior to Bahrain Fintech Bay, Khalid Dannish was Vice President at J.P. Morgan in London where he was focused on firm-wide market risk, including strategic risk technology projects and leading one of the first pilot applications of the robotics and automation initiative. Prior to that, he was with Barclays Capital in London. Khalid holds an MSc. in Investment Management and a BSc in Investment & Financial Risk Management from Cass Business School, London.

About Bahrain FinTech Bay

Bahrain FinTech Bay is the leading FinTech Hub in the Middle East, located conveniently in the Arcapita Building, Bahrain. Bahrain FinTech Bay provides a physical hub to incubate insightful, scalable and impactful FinTech initiatives through innovation labs, acceleration programs, curated activities, educational opportunities and collaborative platforms. Bahrain FinTechBay partners with governmental bodies, financial institutions, corporations, consultancy firms, universities, associations, media agencies, venture capital and FinTech startups to bring the full spectrum of financial market participants and stakeholders together.

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