FinTalks: How PropTech can reignite real estate in the UAE

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FinTalks: How PropTech can reignite real estate in the UAE

How PropTech Can Reignite Real Estate in the UAE

We know how quickly the FinTech industry moves, so DIFC FinTech Hive has created FinTalks – powered by startups – as a collaborative forum to connect with other FinTech, Islamic FinTech, RegTech, and InsurTech enthusiasts to keep up-to-date on the latest industry technology trends and developments.
The third edition of FinTalks, brought to you by Smart Crowd, will present the potential of PropTech to reignite UAE's Real Estate market, through a review of the following topics:
  • How real estate crowdfunding can change the real estate investment market in UAE
  • Can artificial intelligence predict future movements in real estate economics months, if not years in advance
  • Where can blockchain play it’s part on smoothening out bureaucratic and trust challenges
PropTech is transforming the real estate industry across the globe with innovative property based solutions. Historically, real estate investments have been accessible to a limited number of individuals and institutions due to high capital requirements. PropTech innovations in this area have transformed the way real estate investments are made – particularly through crowdfunding. Crowdfunding involves pooling small amounts of capital to fund the desired “project” or “venture”.  With innovations in PropTech and crowdfunding, opportunities can now be opened up to individuals regardless of geographical location and capital requirements. 
The session will also take you through a demo of Smart Crowd's platform as a PropTech case study.


06:30 PM      Registration & pizza
07:00 PM      Welcome - by Shereen Abdulla, Senior Manager at DIFC FinTech Hive
07:05 PM      Fireside chat - with Mahmoud AlBurai & Irina Heaver
07:05 PM      PropTech demo - by Siddiq Farid, Founder of Smart Crowd 
07:30 PM      Q&A
07:45 PM      Networking
08:00 PM      End
We look forward to seeing you there! 

Smart Crowd is an innovative crowdfunding MENA based start-up that aims to democratize real estate for everyone. Smart Crowd allows you to invest in real estate through its state-of-the-art digital crowdfunding platform where investors own a share of UAE property. Smart Crowd is currently under an Innovation Testing License by the DFSA. 
Mahmoud AlBurai is currently serving as  senior advisor at Real estate Regulatory Agency of Dubai manadated to work on a plan to make Dubai more competitive. Before this role Mahmoud has served as the CEO of Dubai Real estate Institute for 10 years in which the institute graduated 80,000 real estate professionals from the region. Amongst his prolific ventures, Mahmoud is  FIABCI representative at the United Nations Economic Commission for West Asia (UNESCWA) and UNECE (Geneva). He is also the Chairman of UN Global Compact UAE since 2015 and represent MENA region in UN Global Compact advisory board since two years.
Irina Heaver is a Dubai based lawyer who works on bringing legacy businesses into the 21st century by leveraging the Emerging Technology -  AI, Blockchain & Crypto.
With over 15 years of experience gained in-house (in senior leadership roles) and private practice (as a Partner in a law firm) she worked across the Middle East, Asia Pacific, CIS countries, Europe and North America. Irina advised on over 500 billion USD worth of projects and transactions in the oil&gas, mining, construction, maritime and technology sectors. 
Irina consulted numerous blockchain and crypto enterprises located or operating in the MENA Region, as well as multiple Governments and Governmental organizations on regulatory policies surrounding such emerging technology as blockchain and Artificial Intelligence. 
She is a multilingual Australian qualified lawyer with a Master of Laws and Juris Doctor Degrees. Irina is also a certified blockchain expert and passionate about designing token economic models and logic for smart contracts.