Fintech’21 Research Outcome Seminar
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Fintech’21 Research Outcome Seminar

Qatar National Research Fund (QNRF), a member of Qatar Foundation (QF), cordially invites you to its online Research Outcome Seminar (ROS) entitled, “Fintech & Blockchain-based Technologies in Qatar: Current R&D Activities and Challenges.”

Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) play a crucial role in providing a better quality of life through affordable and hassle-free digital services for all communities.

The use of new technologies (databases, applications, mobiles, wearables, drones, wireless sensors, 5G, cloud/fog computing, data analytics, AI) is the engine to shape the fourth industrial revolution and the finance sector evolution (FinTech), and at the core of next-generation healthcare delivery (HealthTech), a quality education supply (EduTech), environment and planet protection, and the burst of new digital and smart businesses.

Several opportunities as well as risks emanate from digital finance and affect consumers, banks, regulators, and economies. This seminar offers an overview of ongoing or recently completed QNRF-funded projects in the fields of Fintech and Blockchain-based technologies as well as their applications.

Over the last 15 years, QNRF has been supporting research projects in FinTech and blockchain-based smart and secure technologies in different sectors and collaborating with various local end-users. This seminar aims to gather the local community dealing with such challenges in Qatar to highlight the outcomes of some of the projects and their integrated role in developing strategies to improve the living standards and access to affordable digital services in Qatar.



Moderator: Dr. Ahmed Rebai – Program Manager, ICT – QNRF

10:00 to 10:10

Welcome and opening remarks

Dr. Munir Tag – Senior Program Manager, ICT - QNRF

10:10 to 10:30

A Secure End-to-End Blockchain-Based Solution to Finance Trade: The Legal, Technological, and Economic Framework

Project Number:  NPRP11C-1229-170007

Dr. Mazen El-Masri, Associate Professor – College of Business and Economics, Qatar University.

10:30 to 10:45

FinTech and RegTech: Building a resilient, inclusive, and competitive legal and regulatory framework for 21st-century finance in Qatar

Project Number: NPRP11S-1119-170016

Dr. Andrew Dahdal, Assistant Professor – College of Law, Qatar University.

10:44 to 11:00

Extending Blockchain Technology - a Novel Paradigm and its Applications to Cybersecurity and Fintech

Project Number: NPRP11S-0109-180242

Prof. Roberto Di Pietro, Full Professor – College of Science and Eng., Hamad Bin Khalifa University.

11:00 to 11:15

Designing an Efficient Smart Contract based Blockchain System from Multi-modal Supply Chain Systems  

Project Number: NPRP11S-1227-170135

Prof. Abdelaziz Bouras, Full Professor – Computer Science Dept. College of Eng., Qatar University.

11:15 to 11:30

Enabling Efficient Integration of Electric Vehicles in Qatar’s Smart Grid: Planning, Operation, and Cybersecurity

Project Number: NPRP12S-0221-190127

Prof. Erchin Serpedin, Full Professor – Elec. and Computer Eng., Texas A&M University at Qatar.  

11:30 to 11:40

An Investigation of Financial Technology (FinTech) Adoption and Innovation Outcomes in Financial Service Industry of Qatar

Project Number: UREP25-104-5-021

Ms. Amena Al-Ansari, Student – Business Department, Community College of Qatar.


Closing remarks


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