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How to Launch the Next Alipay? (PaySky with Waleed Sadek) | Fintech

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Our 11th episode of the Fintech Founders series welcomes Waleed Sadek, Founder and CEO of PaySky that is democratising e-payment solutions for everyone including businesses, consumers and financial institutions worldwide. Waleed Sadek shared with us about Paysky’s vast payments offerings, its Yalla Super App that has seen the number of users skyrocketed in Egypt, and the company’s approach in launching products in different regional markets.

On the B2B side, PaySky digitises payment infrastructures for financial institutions, telco operators and merchants through its super payment gateway. The company is providing a digital enabler layer on top of legacy infrastructures, enabling banks to become more disruptive and be on par with other Fintech players.

On the B2C side, the company’s Yalla App is Egypt’s first super-app, offering almost everything from payments, remittance, investment propositions to e-commerce marketplace and services. During this session, we chatted with Waleed on several topics relating to consumer demand for superapps and working with financial regulators, including:

🔹 What is PaySky 

🔹 Offerings within the Yalla super-app 

🔹 How consumer demand for superapps differ in different countries 

🔹 Partnerships between Fintech and Banks – is it just a PR strategy?

🔹 The funding landscape and fostering Fintech talent

As Waleed said,

Only 33% of the Egyptian market is banked, the rest is underbanked. When we launched the app in 2021, and it was a blast in Egypt.

Waleed Sadek, Founder and CEO of PaySky

You can watch the sessions below on Youtube, or listen it on Apple and Spotify Podcasts.

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Ronit Ghose

Ronit Ghose is the lead author of Citi’s GPS Bank of the Future and FinTech report series – the first edition has had more than 250,000 downloads making it the most read report ever published by Citi, and one of the most read FinTech reports ever published. Since joining Citi in 1997, Ronit has covered banks in the Americas, Asia and EMEA. He is the Global Head of Future of Finance in Citi Research. He is also an Advisory Board Member at the Centre for Finance, Technology, and Entrepreneurship. Ronit previously worked at the British Bankers’ Association and as a research assistant in Parliament. He has an undergraduate degree from the University of Oxford, a postgraduate diploma from the University of London and is a CFA charter holder.

Gaurav Dhar

Gaurav Dhar is the CEO of the Payments Solution Provider Marshal in Dubai. Gaurav has been working at Marshal for over 19 years now He strives to continually be on the frontier of building FinTech ecosystems and solutions. His personal time is spent on working with and investing directly in innovators, with a view to the future of Fintech both locally and globally via his cache of relationships which include VCs, incubators, accelerators, and start-ups and Angel Syndicates. In his position as a board member of the MENA FinTech Association and several advisory positions to international family offices, start-ups, and funds, he looks to grow the relationships within the FinTech and start-up ecosystem to contribute towards the education of budding disruptors and eventually the growth of economies and the job market where possible in the MEA Region and abroad.

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