AN INTERVIEW ON BAHRAIN FINTECH BAY
Khalid Saad gives an opening keynote on Day 2 of the Art + FinTech summit at ArtBAB 2019 © Fadi Farhat Photography
Etienne Verbist, an authority in the field of crowd sourcing, disruptive business modelling and disruptive art, as well as a columnist for ArtDependence Magazine spoke with Khalid Saad, CEO Bahrain FinTech Bay.
EVB WHO ARE YOU AND WHAT DO YOU DO?
My name is Khalid Saad and I am the CEO of Bahrain FinTech Bay (BFB).BFB is Bahrain’s first dedicated FinTech hub and the largest in the MENA region with over 50 partners. BFB aims’s to be catalyst to drive the development of Bahrain’s FinTech ecosystem further and by extension, that of the region.
EVB WHAT’S YOUR GOAL?
My goal is to ensure that the future-proofing of Bahrain’s financial services sector coupled with positioning the country as an innovative and digitally driven economy. Additionally, we want to develop a pipeline of local talent that will assume future leadership roles and ensure that the FinTech ecosystem continues to grow and by extension, the economy.
EVB WHAT IS YOUR DREAM PROJECT?
My dream project is to develop a platform in Bahrain which goes global and is seen as a progressive example of what can come out of Bahrain.
EVB WHY DO YOU DO WHAT YOU DO?
Most importantly, I want to make a difference to my country even if in a small way. I love building things and in this case, we are building a global platform from Bahrain and it is an experiment in FinTech that did not exist before this.