Speakers

Gediminas Ratkevičius

Co-Founder and CEO of iDenfy

Gediminas Ratkevičius

Gediminas is the Co-Founder and CEO of iDenfy – cross-border online identity verification system. Empowering businesses to mitigate fraud risk, reduce costs and comply with KYC/AML & GDPR regulations, during user onboarding process in a daily digital environment.
With the 10+ years of experience in business development, B2B sales, launching several digital projects, dealing with strategic daily cases for international scale, increased a huge expertise in different fields required for successful RegTech Startups and Businesses.
Participated in a workshop for cross-border challenges in identity verification field held by European Commission in European Parliament, Brussels. Actively debating with Lithuanian government institutions as Ministry of Finance, Financial Crime Investigation Service, National Bank of Lithuania and sharing professional insights seeking to increase effectiveness in Anti Money Laundering and Know Your Customers fields.

Dr. Edwin Van der Ouderaa

Senior MD, Accenture Financial Services Digital and Analytics

Dr. Edwin Van der Ouderaa

Edwin has held the role of Global lead of Accenture FS Digital since 2014. Prior to his current role, he was responsible for the launch and management of the global FS Analytics practice from 2009-2014. He was invited to the Basel III creation work streams with the Basel Committee and G20 Financial Stability Board where he chaired the Liquidity kick-off sessions. He was also in charge of the UK and Ireland Insurance practice in 2009 and created the first Accenture Banking and Insurance High-Performance PoVs in 2003 and 2004. Edwin held the position of Global head of the Accenture Payments and Corporate Transaction Banking Practice from 2000 to 2008. He also served as the Account Lead, responsible for several global FS clients. From 2005 to 2008, he led one of Europe’s largest FS IT Transformational Outsourcing projects.

Edwin was the founder and CEO of a venture-capital funded software company from 1989 to 1995 and is a certified legal expert in IT lawsuits (40+ cases).

He is a Computer Science Engineer, holds a PhD in Information Theory, an MBA and a Masters in Pedagogy.

He is based in Brussels.

Tamaz Georgadze

CEO & Founder at Raisin

Tamaz Georgadze

Raisin co-founder and CEO Tamaz Georgadze is focused on partner bank acquisition, business development, and legal and regional expansion efforts. Prior to building and scaling Europe’s leading marketplace for deposit-insured savings products and investments, Tamaz spent ten years with McKinsey & Co., the last three as a Principal leading McKinsey’s Savings and Investment products service line for EMEA countries, serving some of the largest retail, universal and wholesale banks in Europe and Asia. His core areas of expertise were performance management/organization, deposit gathering, direct banking, branch transformation, SME strategy and regulation. He holds a PhD in agricultural economics and honors law degree from the University of Giessen as well as an international economics degree from Tbilisi State University.

Pavel Matveev

Co-founder & CEO of Wirex

Pavel Matveev

Pavel is the co-founder and CEO of Wirex, a global payment company empowering individual and corporation to exchange, pay and transfer both traditional currency and cryptocurrency internationally. He is a thought-provoking leader in digital finance, an execution-orientated visionary, and a high profile evangelist for the mass adoption of cryptocurrencies.

Alexander von Schirmeister

European Executive Vice President at SumUp

Alexander von Schirmeister

Alexander von Schirmeister is European Executive Vice President for SumUp since September of 2019. He oversees SumUp’s operations across Europe and is a member of SumUp’s global leadership team.

Prior to joining SumUp, Mr. von Schirmeister’s career spans over 25 years in a variety of industries, roles, and geographies. He started his career in fast moving consumer goods with Procter & Gamble in Mexico, before moving to become a management consultant with Booz Allen & Hamilton in Europe and later holding global marketing roles at Telefonica. He also held several senior roles at eBay in Europe spanning almost 11 years, where at the end he was a VP in charge of eBay’s P&L in all European countries, excepting Germany and the UK. And just prior to joining SumUp, Mr. von Schirmeister led a technology and digital transformation at Electrocomponents plc, a well-known global B2B FTSE-250 distributor of industrial and electronic components.

Mr. von Schirmeister holds a Bachelor of Science in International Business Administration from Georgetown University, and an MBA form INSEAD.

Matteo Carbone

Insurtech #1 Influencer

Matteo Carbone

Matteo Carbone is currently ranked as #1 influencer by insurtechnews, is Founder and Director of the Connected Insurance Observatory and a global insurtech thought leader. He is an author and public speaker who is internationally recognized as an insurance industry strategist with a specialization on innovation. Matteo has advised many international insurance companies and has wide experience that includes set up of industrial and commercial plans, growth strategy definition and support in the start-up of new initiatives, digital strategy development, insurance products development, channel strategy and commercial model definition, startups mentorship and M&A advisory. Before creating the Connected Insurance Observatory, he spent 11 years in Bain & Co.’s Financial Service practice.

Sukhi Jutla

Co-founder of MarketOrders

Sukhi Jutla

Sukhi Jutla is an award-winning entrepreneur, author of 3 books and co-founder of MarketOrders, an online marketplace for the gold and diamond jewellery industry. A sought after international speaker, thought leader and qualified IBM Blockchain Developer, she has won numerous awards including Asian Women of Achievement, Female Entrepreneur of The Year and named Top 100 European Digital Pioneer by The Financial Times and Google. In April 2018 Sukhi made global headlines becoming the World’s First #1 Bestselling ‘Blockchain’ Author. Named as a Top 100 Woman in Tech, Sukhi is a regular media commentator on tech, blockchain and digital disruption, having been featured in over 100+ UK and international press including Chinese and Spanish media. In 2019 Sukhi was appointed Board Member to the Mayor of Londons Digital Skills Partnership.

Laurence Cooke

CEO & Founder of nanopay Corporation

Laurence Cooke

Laurence is the founder and CEO of nanopay Corporation (Goldman Sachs fintech baby), a technology company that offers business-to-business payments and liquidity management solutions to businesses and financial institutions. Active in the payments community, Laurence is a member of the Payments Canada Stakeholder Advisory Committee, FinPay and the US Federal Reserve Faster Payments Task Force.

Prior to starting nanopay, Laurence worked with WIND Canada and was Vice President of Wireless at Shaw Communications Inc. He was also Chief Operating Officer of Bell Mobility and Bell Distribution Inc (BDI), where he was responsible for all of Bell Mobility’s operations and led a team of 9,000 employees. At BDI, Laurence was responsible for all retail for Bell Canada. Prior to joining Bell, Laurence was a senior executive in Accenture’s London Strategy Practice. Laurence co-founded two wireless data businesses in Europe, Melodeo, Inc. and Xtempus.

Felicia Meyerowitz

Founder of AkoniHub

Felicia Meyerowitz

Conceived of Akoni as a frustrated saver both individually and as a business director, holding £50m cash, with very few market options. Akoni leverages the market trend of convergence of both Open data and technology with full cash and savings solutions as the future driving solutions on a white label basis – marketplaces existing within trusted marketplaces. Akoni provides a white label B2B2x Cash/deposit marketplace to the wealth sector.

Felicia is a promoter of diversity and inclusion, particularly in entrepreneurship, and founded Hive Founders to support under-represented entrepreneurs as well as being on the TEDxEuston Africa focused Foundation Board. Felicia was named Everywoman in Technology overall winner and Akoni won various Innovation accolades and awards. Felicia has significant experience in high-growth regulated Financial Services, working with businesses and startups including Alexander Forbes, Media Services, Primary Group & Howden, and has launched a number of digital market solutions. Felicia is a Chartered Accountant (SA) with EMBA from London Business School (cum laude).

Arunan Tharmarajah

Head of European Banking at Transferwise

Arunan Tharmarajah

https://www.linkedin.com/in/arunan-tharmarajah/

Vilius Šapoka

Minister of Finance of the Republic of Lithuania

Vilius Šapoka

On 13 December 2016, Mr. Vilius ŠAPOKA was appointed as Minister of Finance following the decision by the Government of the Republic of Lithuania. Mr. ŠAPOKA also became Governor of the European Investment Bank for the Republic of Lithuania. Before his appointment as Minister of Finance, Mr ŠAPOKA held the position of Director of the Financial Services and Markets Department, Central Bank of the Republic of Lithuania. He served as Vice-Chairman, Chairman and Commissioner for the Lithuanian Securities Commission from 2006 to 2012. Mr. ŠAPOKA held various positions in the Ministry of Finance of the Republic of Lithuania from 2002 to 2006 including Deputy Unit Head, Chief Specialist and Senior Specialist. From 1999 to 2001, Mr. ŠAPOKA worked as Analyst and Head of Client Service Division for the Lithuanian Savings Bank. Mr. ŠAPOKA holds a Master of Economics in Banking from the Vilnius University and an International Executive Master of Business Administration from the Baltic Management Institute.

Areiel Wolanow

Managing director at Finserv Experts

Areiel Wolanow

Areiel Wolanow is the managing director of Finserv Experts, a consultancy that designs and delivers DLT and Machine Learning Solutions.  Areiel led the delivery of the blockchain trade settlement prototype for Lloyd’s of London as well as the development of the machine learning-based credit scoring engine for Kenya’s mPesa mobile payment platform, and is currently engaged by Deutsche Telekom to design their Blockchain-as-a-Service offering.  He is an advisor to the UK Parliament on Blockchain, has addressed the G20 on the potential of emerging technologies to drive financial inclusion, and frequently advises central banks and financial regulators on technology adoption.

Virginijus Sinkevičius

Minister of Economy of the Republic of Lithuania

Virginijus Sinkevičius

Virginijus Sinkevičius born on 4 November 1990. He was appointed Minister of Economy in November 2017. Before, he was Member of the Seimas (Parliament) of the Republic of Lithuania, chairing the Committee on Economics, also a member of the parliamentary Commission for Ethics and Procedures and Deputy coordinator of the Lithuanian Farmers and Green Union Political Group in the Parliament.

He also worked as the team leader for improving investment environment in the foreign investment promotion agency Invest Lithuania, an institution of the Ministry of Economy. Earlier, he coordinated the concession award project in state company Lithuanian Airports, also worked as project manager at the Lithuanian Post public company.

Virginijus Sinkevičius studied in the Netherlands and the United Kingdom, took traineeships in the Office of the Prime Ministers of Lithuania and the Lithuanian Embassy in the USA.

Christoph Iwaniez

CFO at Bitwala

Christoph Iwaniez

Christoph joined Bitwala in July 2018 and is responsible for Finance, Funding, Treasury and Trading. Christoph was previously the CFO of GIZS which is a corporate startup connecting the German Sparkassen Group to the paydirekt online payment scheme. Before that Christoph was 10 years at Landesbank Baden-Württemberg (LBBW), one of Germany’s biggest banking groups. Christoph covered positions in Risk Management for the banks Trading, Trade Finance and Transaction Banking activities in Latin America. After that he took positions in Finance and was heading the banks main M&A projects for restructuring the group after the financial crisis.

Mihkel Stamm

Chief Operating Officer at EstateGuru

Mihkel Stamm

Mihkel is the Chief Operating Officer (COO) of EstateGuru, the leading cross-border technology platform for property-backed SME loans in Europe. He is a visionary who is passionate about tech, real estate and digital innovation. On day-to-day basis he is leading operations and business transformation across the EstateGuru group using his previous extensive experience in management, process building, technology and finance.

Anikó Szombati

Executive Director for Digitalization Chief Digital Officer at the Central Bank of Hungary

Anikó Szombati

Ms. Anikó Szombati is Chief Digital Officer, executive director responsible for digitalization and FinTech development at MNB, the central bank of Hungary. Her main responsibility is to promote digital transformation in the financial sector as well as within the central bank, including the implementation of cutting-edge technologies. MNB aims at increasing the competitiveness and efficiency of the financial sector via developing regulatory concepts on how to safely embrace new innovations brought about by technological developments.

She is member of the Financial Stability Council. This high-level committee of is responsible for MNB decisions as a designated macroprudential authority, integrated supervisor and resolution authority. In her earlier position she as executive director had built up the macroprudential policymaking framework at MNB. Before joining the central bank in 2001, she was market risk manager at different commercial banks. She holds an MsC in Finance from Corvinus University Budapest and an EFFAS diploma.

Ardo Mardisoo

Head of Baltic Region and Finland at Funderbeam

Ardo Mardisoo

Ardo Mardisoo, Head of Baltic Region and Finland at Funderbeam, helping growth companies to raise funds.

Ardo is experienced sales and marketing professional with more than 20 years of experience in the IT, logistics and financial services industry.

Madalina Popa

CEE FSI Director at Microsoft

Madalina Popa

Madalina brings with her more than 10 years of experience in dealing with Financial Services Digital Transformation. Most recently as a Microsoft Account Director for banking customers and in her previous roles with IT&C integrators. In her FSI Director role Madalina is focusing on: engaging with the biggest banks and insurance companies across CEE in digital transformation conversations and initiatives; driving line of business (LOB) solutions implementations together with local Microsoft teams through knowledge of the Financial Services industry, Microsoft software and independent solution vendor (ISV) solutions. Madalina graduated from the University of Economic Studies in Bucharest with a degree in management and holds a master’s degree in Communication and Public Relations. She is passionate about personal development literature, hiking and exploring mountains and volunteering on environment, animals and children causes.

Marius Jurgilas

Board Member at the Bank of Lithuania

Marius Jurgilas

Marius Jurgilas has brought his experience in both academia and government to the important role of Member of the Board of the Bank of Lithuania with responsibility for supervision, payment systems and research. In this capacity, he has forged a reputation as a leading European thinker on the future of banking, and within as the godfather of Fintech. Prior to joining the Bank of Lithuania, Marius Jurgilas worked as Economist at Norges Bank and the Bank of England, Researcher at the European Central Bank, and gained academic experience in the US.

Manjit Rana

Managing Director at Rainmaking InsurTech & StartupBootCamp

Manjit Rana

Manjit Rana, is MD of Corporate Innovation (InsurTech) at Rainmaking Innovation & StartupBootCamp. He is highly regarded as an industry thought leader and one of the pioneers of the InsurTech movement. As a leading pioneer in this field, Manjit has led the charge for informing and educating traditional, well-established players to remain relevant by helping to shape new propositions that are more compelling and relevant in a constantly connected, fiercely competitive, radically changing market. With over 30 years’ experience of working in the insurance space alongside co-founding 10 start-up businesses and driving internal innovation for large global corporates, Manjit’s advice is firmly grounded and his role as Advisor to some of the most exciting InsurTech disruptors and industry accelerator programmes ensures he’s permanently well-informed.

Erik Bhullar

Founder of Tervik Ventures

Erik Bhullar

Erik is obsessed with customer value, meaningful work, and building high-performance cohesive teams. He’s taken teams from being lowest to highest performing in terms of customer satisfaction for multi-national companies, while raising profitability in the process. With a background in International Business Development through multiple leadership roles in both Financial and Technology sectors, he left the corporate world in 2017 to start a Venture Consulting & Startup Advisory company called Tervik Ventures. Aside from angel investing, he actively consults to Founders on Business & Commercial Strategy, Sales, and Customer Success.

Arnaud Le Hors

Senior Technical Staff Member of Blockchain & Web Open Technologies at IBM

Arnaud Le Hors

Arnaud Le Hors is Senior Technical Staff Member of Blockchain & Web Open Technologies at IBM. Arnaud has been working on standards and open source for over 25 years and has been involved in every aspect of the open technology development process: technical, strategic, political, and legal. Arnaud was editor of several key web specifications including HTML and DOM and was a pioneer of open source with the release of libXpm in 1990. Arnaud currently is the main representative for IBM at W3C, a member of the Hyperledger Technical Steering Committee, a contributor to Hyperledger Fabric, and a member of the European Blockchain Observatory.

Ted Scheiman

Partnership & Investment unit lead (Fintech) at Swedbank

Ted Scheiman

https://www.linkedin.com/in/ted-scheiman-bbb6a/

I work in the digital strategy and innovation unit at Swedbank and built up the Partnership and Investment team were I am leading the partnership track. We operate across the Swedbank group matching business needs and problems with innovative financial technology – some recent partnerships are Minna Technologies, Kaching and Asteria. Most of my professional life was spent abroad in London, Frankfurt and Singapore working for JPMmorgan and Deloitte. I also ran my own startup which I exited a few years back which brings valuable experience in connecting to Fintechs and understanding new technologies.

John Velissarios

Managing director & Global Blockchain Technology Lead at Accenture

John Velissarios

John is a Global Managing Director in Accenture’s Technology Consulting workforce, based in London. He is part of Accenture’s specialist security capability with over 22 years of consulting experience across multiple business and industry sectors. John has worked in many geographies around the world bringing an international perspective to his delivery teams and clients. John is currently leading several Blockchain engagements with top tier global organisations.

John is Accenture’s Blockchain Technology & Security Lead working with industry teams to develop the firm’s global Blockchain delivery capability. John specialises in capital markets, payments and financial services but also has many years of experience in other industries. John returned from a long term leave of absence where he was the CEO of a Blockchain start-up developing leading edge enterprise grade crypto-currency wallet solutions for exchanges, hedge funds, banks and HNW individuals.

Prior to his leave, John was also the Europe Africa and Latin America lead for Accenture’s security strategy and risk services practice. The practice provides services in: payments security, fraud management, business continuity, data loss prevention and privacy, risk management, security strategy, and threat and vulnerability management.

John holds a B.Comp.Sci. and M.Comp.Sci. degree specialising in cryptography and information security. John is a full (founding) member of the Institute of Information Security Professionals, IISP – M.Inst.ISP.

Ed Bradshaw

Chief Strategy Officer at Ooniq

Ed Bradshaw

Ed is an independent strategy professional who has experience as an advisor to businesses and as a Strategy Director in the corporate world. In a 30-year career, Ed has led teams in some of the most prestigious Strategy and Operational Management Consultancies, including Boston Consulting Group (BCG), EY, and PwC. Ed left his last full-time role in March 2017, having served for five years as UK Strategy Director with the global insurance company AXA. In that role, Ed led Strategy development initiatives, M&A activity and Innovation projects for all AXA’s UK companies. He is now established as an Independent consultancy, offering Strategic advice, Strategy Training, and Executive coaching and mentoring, in addition to undertaking Non-Executive roles.

Simon Hogg

Director at Prospect Insurance Brokers Lloyds

Simon Hogg

Simon Hogg is a director of Prospect Brokers Lloyds of London – Simon is a specialist Insurance Broker with a specific focus on Financial Institutions and Managerial Liability and is a fully qualified broker at Lloyd’s of London. Simon has a wealth of expertise in all aspects of Client Advisory, Placement, Products & Wordings, International Exposures and Market Negotiations. He has worked for a range of top tier Insurance Brokers in London handling the Bankers Blanket Bond, Directors’ & Officers’ Insurance and Professional Liability Insurance of numerous Global 500 clients in Europe, the US and in the Rest of the World. Simon has assisted a number of start-up operations (insurers, brokers and MGAs) around the globe to set up a business platform, product base and marketing initiative to develop financial lines insurances in new territories. Additionally, Simon has developed a number of market leading products and placement facilities in the London Insurance market ranging from remote electronic placement facilities to new bespoke insurance coverage for Major NYSE listed companies and innovative schemes for the European and Off-Shore Investment Fund market.

Igor Angelini

Senior Specialist at Europol

Igor Angelini

Igor Angelini is a Senior Specialist at Europol, where he is leading the creation of the European Financial and Economic Crime Centre. Previously he worked at the European Commission with the task of shaping EU policies to fight crime and terrorism and negotiate international agreements in the field of security and police cooperation. Before that, he was Head of Financial Intelligence at Europol, coordinating and supporting the investigations of the EU member states in the fields of money laundering, terrorism financing, corruption and criminal asset recovery. Prior to Europol he served as head of several investigation units within the Italian Guardia di Finanza (Italian Financial Police) devoted to the fight against economic and financial crimes. He graduated in Law and in Economic and Financial Security.

Stanislav Ivanov

Founding Partner at Tera Ventures

Stanislav Ivanov

Stanislav Ivanov is a Founding Partner at Tera Ventures and currently sits on the board of Cleveron, Monese, Jobbatical, Thinnect, Scoro and Brainbase. Stanislav has been investing in technology startups for more than 8 years and his track record includes some of the most remarkable high-tech companies that came out of Estonia. He is also a mentor at various incubators and accelerators. Prior to founding Tera Ventures, he was with IBM for 7 years and has a background from telecom and information technology industries, having led teams involved in innovative projects such as bringing early mobile services to the market in late 1990s.

Shaul David

Head of New Business Propositions at Railsbank

Shaul David

At Railsbank, Shaul is responsible for expanding the company’s reach beyond Fintech and into other verticals that can benefit from embedding banking services into their customer value proposition.
Previously, as the UK Government’s first Fintech advisor, Shaul collaborated with governments, innovative companies and financial institutions to accelerate innovation across industry verticals. At the Department for International Trade, Shaul helped build the UK Fintech ecosystem, cementing its global leadership position and supporting Fintech companies growing cross border business.
Earlier in his career, Shaul held various roles within retail banking technology and finance. He is also a basketball junkie.Shau

Susanne Hannestad

CEO at Fintech Mundi

Susanne Hannestad

Susanne Hannestad is CEO at Fintech Mundi, Chair of Boards at Payr and VIO and Board Director at Crunchfish (publ), Neonomics and Blippit. She is former Executive Chairman at Zwipe (publ) building the Zwipe Payment for global scale, and she was Board Director at Nordax (publ) and MasterCard Europe. Prior to joining Fintech Mundi, Susanne was Director at Nordea Finance and Head of Cards at Nordea building up the issuing and acquiring business across the Nordic and the Baltic. She is an experienced international executive and board director in the industries of Financial Services, Financial Technology, Financial Inclusion, Cards, Payments and Insurance.

Audrius Griškevičius

Head of SME lending at FinBee.com

Audrius Griškevičius

Leads the first crowdfunding platform in Lithuania, FinBee for Business. FinBee is a p2p lending as well as crowdfunding platform, that offers financing solutions to SME and private individuals. Since its launch in 2015, it has issued more than 9000 loans to private individuals and corporates, the platform is used by 13 000 registered investors.

Prior FinBee Audrius spent 8 years with Swedbank group, working in areas of non-performing loans, risk management, restructuring, sale of financial products.

Audrius holds MBA degree, from HULT international business school, London.

Joachim Dworén

Head of Sales at FundedByMe

Joachim Dworén

As the Head of Sales of FundedByMe – one of Europes biggest equity crowdfunding platforms – Joachim is responsible for their process of finding the startups with the best crowdfunding potential, and managing their campaigns to a successful fundraise. Since their start, FundedByMe has helped more than 500 companies raise approximately 63 million euros.

 

Sarunas Legeckas

General Manager at N26

Sarunas Legeckas

Sarunas joined N26 this year as General Manager, European Expansion Markets, where he is responsible for 18 key markets across Europe, including BeNeLux, the Nordics, the Baltics, the CEE region as well as a number of Southern European markets. Sarunas brings more than ten years experience in building and expanding growing tech businesses across different geographies. Born in Vilnius, he studied Telecommunication Physics and Electronics at Vilnius University and holds an MSc degree in Enterprise Management from the UK’s Newcastle University. He started his career as a project manager for engineering projects at Fima before moving to Barclays Bank where he worked as Innovation & Customer Experience project manager for 5 years. He was the Co-Founder and CEO of PlaceILive.com, a platform connecting real estate buyers/senders, where he played a leading role in the company’s rebranding as Hyperb, focusing on software development and real estate domain capabilities. He has been featured on the New York Times as CEO of PlaceILive and named as one of the TOP100 digital challengers in the CEE region by Google and Financial Times, as one of the people who are changing and improving the world with their projects and ideas as well as ameliorating people’s lives with their courage for innovation, new experience, and skills to make the global impact.

Ben Goldin

CTO & CPO at Mambu

Ben Goldin

Ben holds two titles at Mambu: Chief Technology Officer and Chief Product Officer. This is because he is a hands-on technology leader and seasoned expert in financial services with a track record of building innovative products from vision to first live customer. Ben drives Mambu’s innovation plans while ensuring technology excellence. With over 19 years of experience, Ben has developed expertise in creating and delivering highly scalable, technology-differentiated solutions working across solution engineering, banking standards and modern software delivery practices. As a team player with extensive agile and lean software development experience, he considers coaching, mentoring and introducing agile practices into teams as integral to success. He is passionate about great user experience and simplistic software architecture.

Richard Davies

COO of Revolut

Richard Davies

Richard Davies joined Revolut in July 2019 as Group Chief Operating Officer, and leads a range of transformation work across the Group. Revolut is a radically better digital bank account that includes a debit card, currency exchange, and peer-to-peer payments. We are on a mission to build a fair and frictionless platform to use and manage money around the world. Our platform allows users to transfer, exchange, and spend money at great value rates with a multi currency card that is accepted everywhere.

Prior roles include:
– Commercial Banking Director at TSB
– Global Head of Propositions / Digital – SME Banking at HSBC
– Chief Operating Officer, UK Commercial Banking, at HSBC
– First CEO of challenger bank OakNorth

Richard has a MA Economics and M.Phil Development Economics from Trinity Hall Cambridge.

Jekaterina Govina

Advisor to the Board Member at the Bank of Lithuania

Jekaterina Govina

Jekaterina Govina is an Advisor to the Board Member at the Lietuvos bankas (Bank of Lithuania).

Jekaterina takes part in developing policies for the fintech industry in Lithuania. She is coordinator of Bank of Lithuania Fintech strategy and Head of Innovation Committee. She also leads the Bank of Lithuania LBChain project (blockchain sandbox/accelerator).

She has been working as a lawyer in various divisions of the Bank of Lithuania, with the areas of responsibility that included insurance, payments, lending, peer-to-peer lending and crowdfunding regulations. She has been awarded as a Public Sector Lawyer of the Year for developing the concept of the crowdfunding regulation in Lithuania and preparing the draft law on crowdfunding and was acknowledged by Lattice80 as one of the Top 100 Women in Fintech: http://www.lattice80.com/top-100-women-in-fintech/

Nikola Škorić

Founder & CEO of Electrocoin

Nikola Škorić

Nikola Škorić is the founder and CEO of Electrocoin, a Croatian cryptocurrency brokerage and crypto-payments processor. He received his MA in Computer Science with a thesis on cryptanalysis, while cryptocurrencies still did not exist, and went to work in the nuclear industry for a decade. He stumbled upon crypto in 2011 and was one of the first blockchain entrepreneurs in Croatia. He founded Electrocoin in 2014 and oversaw its growth to the biggest cryptocurrency brokerage in Croatia, with growing presence in the EU and the Balkans.

These days Electrocoin offers services like crypto-payment processing (PayCek.io) and partners with companies like the Croatian Post to grow the cryptocurrency user base by making the crypto transactions as simple as they get.

Karsten Wenzlaff

Secretary-General of the German Crowdfunding Association

Karsten Wenzlaff

Karsten Wenzlaff is Secretary-General of the German Crowdfunding Association. He also has been a member of the Crowdfunding Stakeholder Forum at the European Commission. In his research at the University of Hamburg, he focusses on self-regulation interaction with the European Crowdfunding Service Provider Regime. In the project CROWD-FUND-PORT by Interreg Central Europe, he supported the access to finance by SMEs.

Hannes Helenius

Chairman of the Board at FA Solutions

Hannes Helenius

Business and product development executive with 20 years of international experience in driving new initiatives and making an impact in the financial industry. Strong background in markets products with experience in managing all aspects of asset and wealth management business. Proven track-record in leading large-scale business development efforts in the area of wealth management and private banking.
Domain knowledge from past executive and partner positions in Danske Bank, Sampo Bank, Mandatum Private Bank, Mandatum Asset Management and Mandatum Investment Bank. Global WITSA (Global ICT Excellence Awards) award from designing the world’s first mobile stockbroking solution.

Dr. Vytautas Šenavičius

Chairman of the Board at Lithuanian P2P Lending and Crowdfunding Association

Dr. Vytautas Šenavičius

Dr. Vytautas Šenavičius is a Chairman at Lithuanian P2P Lending and Crowdfunding Association and Managing Partner at a law firm RESPONSE in Lithuania. Vytautas specialises in alternative finance, financial services regulation and FinTech. As the Chairman of the Board at Lithuanian P2P Lending and Crowdfunding Association Vytautas seeks to discuss and cooperate with public institutions to set-up competitive and innovative alternative finance regulation in Lithuania. During his professional career, Vytautas has been working in the Ministry of Finance, during Lithuanian Presidency in the Council of the European Union he was co-chairing in legislative procedures on Banking Union package.

Jan Kastory

Founding Partner at Astoria.VC

Jan Kastory

Jan Kastory, is a Founding Partner at astorya.VC, the first VC fund investing in early-stage insurance startups in Europe. Prior to astorya.VC, Jan co-founded Euler Hermes Digital Agency, one of the most recognised corporate innovation team in the B2B fintech and insurtech world.

Kfir Kachlon

Investments’ Principal at OurCrowd

Kfir Kachlon

Kfir Kachlon is an Investments Principal and senior member of OurCrowd’s investments team, leading the CannabisTech and FoodTech investments at OurCrowd. 
 Prior to joining OurCrowd, Kfir practiced Technology Law, focused on IP, M&As, and contracts for advanced technological projects and startups.  
Kfir earned his LL.M in International Commercial Law in 2015 from the Tel Aviv University in collaboration with UC Berkeley (Magna Cum Laude). Kfir was admitted into the Israel Bar Association in 2011. 
 As an entrepreneur, Kfir founded an e-Commerce cycling apparel company that designs, manufactures, and sells high quality and performance limited edition cycling apparel to the road cycling niche market. 
 Kfir is passionate about technology and enjoys taking an active part in enabling the growth and development of technology and startup companies.

Diego Perez

Co-founder of SMU Investimentos

Diego Perez

Diego Perez is a member of the board of directors of the AB Fintechs (the Brazilian Fintech Association). He has a strong background on regulation with broad experience on law practice focused on banking, financing and capital markets sectors, being responsible for the interaction with domestic law makers and public agencies when it comes to Fintech and Blockchain regulatory developments. Mr. Perez has founded the first Equity Crowdfunding platform in Brazil, and among its pairs, Diego is part of the group of enthusiasts that advocates for the Fintech phenomenon in Brazil and Latin America.

Anna Blyablina

Co-founder of Sthlm Fintech Week

Anna Blyablina

Enthusiastic and passionate Fintech ecosystem builder on the Nordic, European and International level, co-founder of Sthlm Fintech Week.

Anna has built up a strong network within the Nordic, Dutch and European banking and financial ecosystems. This active position in the Fintech space led her to create the annual Sthlm Fintech Week conference, and she has worked with different actors in the Fintech ecosystem (Fintech startups, Financial Institutions, Investors, Regulators, Educational Institutions, Financial Services) and helped them to develop their business and bring it to the next level.

Anna currently is based in Stockholm, Amsterdam, Vienna.

 

Odeta Isevičiūtė

CMO at Mano.Bank

Odeta Isevičiūtė

Odeta is a digital business expert with a proven track record of delivering success to clients and employers across EMEA, USA, APAC and South America.

After a fast track career in one of the biggest independent mobile agencies in the UK, Odeta returned to Lithuania to pursue her dream in helping start-ups and small companies grow. During the last 4 years, she has co-founded Dealoyal, a technology startup improving loyalty, led Bliu Bliu, a language learning startup and helped number of different startups with user acquisition and growth strategies through her consulting business – Adcanon.

Currently, Odeta spends most of her time working with mano.bank – the first specialised bank in the EU where she is playing a pivotal role in transforming mano.bank in to a digital bank.

Anders Skovlykke Knudsen

Director of Product Management at Tia Technology

Anders Skovlykke Knudsen

Tia Technology is the most successful provider of software for the insurance industry. Anders leads the product management function that turns market trends, customer and partner needs into actual software offerings and partnerships. Anders provides insight into how the development business eco-systems is impacting the approach to partnership and technical readiness.

Cristobal Alonso

Global CEO & EI Patron of Startup Wise Guys

Cristobal Alonso

Global CEO & El Patron of Startup Wise Guys.

El Patron, serial entrepreneur, early stage serial investor & accelerator, corporate innovation and basketball player.

 

Andris K. Berzins

Managing Partner at Change Ventures

Andris K. Berzins

Andris is Managing Partner of Change Ventures, the first pre-seed/seed venture capital fund in the Baltic States with boots on the ground in Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania. Change Ventures has backed ambitious founders from the region including startups such as Nordigen, MeetFrank, Interactio and Giraffe360. Andris graduated in Class 22 of the Kauffman Fellows program for global venture capitalists.
Andris has been a key player in the Baltic startup ecosystem since inception, including co-founder and still Chairman of Latvia’s TechHub Riga foundation, co-founder of the leading Baltic startup conference TechChill and of the Latvian Startup Association.
Andris holds an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business. 

Vlaho Hrdalo

Lawyer, Chairman of Union for blockchain & cryptocurrencies (UBIK)

Vlaho Hrdalo

Vlaho Hrdalo is a lawyer and has been a member of the Croatian Bar Association since January 2009. In 2012 he established his own law firm which specialises in FinTech and IT. He is the Chairman of the Croatian Union for Blockchain & Cryptocurrencies (UBIK – Udruga za blockchain i kriptovalute). Vlaho is also a certified court interpreter of English, has authored several research papers and currently advises several blockchain projects. He is a graduate of the University of Zagreb, Faculty of law and has also completed interdisciplinary postgraduate studies in diplomacy (with the thesis “Digital Privacy and Digital Freedom”). He is currently doing a PhD on Smart Contracts.

Rytis Rainys

Director of National Cyber Security Center under MoD

Rytis Rainys

Cyber security expert with extensive 15 years of experience in engineering from the ground and managing operational cyber security structures. Achievements in establishment of incidents response teams – national CERT-LT, Hotline under the EU Safer Internet project for the fight with illegal content on internet and resent creation of unique cyber R&D unit under the National Cyber Security Center. Member of the ENISA Management Board. Having previously worked in the field of telecommunications at Communications Regulatory Authority (2000-2017) and in academia field with establishment of the first Lithuanian Internet Engineering bachelor study program at the Kazimieras Simonavicius University (KSU, 2014). Successful research practice in the area of early staged cyber incidents detection in SCADA using machine learning (2016). Academic work experience as Assoc. Prof. at KSU (2014-2018).

Elijus Čivilis

Vice-Minister of the Economy and Innovation of the Republic of Lithuania

Elijus Čivilis

Elijus Čivilis is a Vice-Minister of the Economy and Innovation of the Republic of Lithuania, responsible for the Digital agenda. Prior to becoming Vice-Minister, Elijus Čivilis held senior management positions in IBM units in Lithuania, Denmark and Ireland for nearly ten years; he also served Director of Alna Software, consultant on technology issues at Siemens Lithuania and IT Executive at Panama AMCHAM. From 2016 to 2018, he was an IBM Lithuania representative for public and financial sectors. Elijus Čivilis holds a MA degree in International Business Management from Warwick Business School of University of Warwick in the UK and a BA degree in Informatics from Vilnius University. Also, he holds a professional BA in Informatics from Vilnius Kolegija/University of Applied Sciences.

Ville Kymäläinen

Country Manager at Northmill

Ville Kymäläinen

Ville Kymäläinen is the Finnish Country Manager at the cloud-only neobank Northmill, that recently was granted a Swedish banking license. He has over ten years of experience from the fintech sector in leading roles within market entrance, business development and marketing. Ville holds a degree from Hanken School of Economics in Helsinki.

Pavel Kravchenko

Co-founder & CEO at Distributed Lab

Pavel Kravchenko

Top Blockchain Speaker, co-founder Distributed Lab, сo-author of “Blockchain and Decentralized Systems” learning guide for the students, cryptographer and PhD inInformation Security.

Pavel has a unique mix of:
• Deep understanding of cryptography and security (the basis of blockchain)
• Has over 15 years of practical experience in software development for banks and enterprises
• Possesses cutting edge knowledge about blockchain industry through in-person connections with tech leaders
• Due to proven sharing of knowledge was recognized as thought leader in the whole space

Alex Gibb

Partner at Katalista Ventures

Alex Gibb

Alex Gibb has been involved in the Fintech ecosystem through various angles for around 15 years now – investing, founding and scaling fintech start-ups, holding top management positions in leading regional banks, working on governmental level to support fintech development and much more.
Alex is passionate about the revolutionary impact of the technology and the possibilities to disrupt business as we know it. Today Alex runs a small private equity firm with a range of investments across Europe, primarily in the Fintech and e-commerce sectors. Alex sits on the board of a range of entities, from UNICEF to Create for Lithuania (Kurk Lietuvai).

Dovilė Burgienė

Co-founder & Managing Partner at Walless

Dovilė Burgienė

Experienced Corporate Lawyer with a demonstrated history of working in the legal services industry. Skilled in Corporate Law, Corporate Governance and Mergers & Acquisitions (M&A). Just co-founded a modern law firm! 

Michael Farah

CEO of ComplyTech

Michael Farah

https://www.linkedin.com/in/michel-farah-haroutunian-4bb10313/

Michel is a FinTech and Compliance entrepreneur, and former Compliance Leader at Visa Inc. Michel brings a wealth of over 17 years’ experience in FinTech and payment industries in the US, Europe, Middle East, Africa, CIS &SEE, Russia and Asia Pacific regions with expertise in designing and implementing anti-money laundering and anti-terrorist financing programs, anti-bribery corruption compliance, internal control and Enterprise Risk assessment, Business Ethics, information security and data protection, third party due diligence and testing, and audit of quality management systems.

 

Stephanie Brennan

CEO of Evarvest

Stephanie Brennan

Stephanie Brennan is a creative and challenge-driven entrepreneur and investor, also known as Australia’s Youngest Property Tycoon. At the age of 26 she came up with an idea of revolutionising the finance industry by providing an easy to use, transparent and low cost way to access stocks, bonds and ETFs in the biggest stock markets around the world, and that’s how Evarvest, one of the leading European FinTech start-ups providing the first ‘Spotify style’ trading app, was born and Stephanie became one of very few female leaders in the global fintech industry.

Olli Kiuru

Partner at Lexia Attorneys

Olli Kiuru

Olli represents a great variety of international and domestic companies in the field of finance & insurance, life science and corporate & commercial law. He’s also a Chairman of the Board of Fintech Finland.

Sandra Golbreich

CEO at Baltic Sandbox

Sandra Golbreich

Starting from 2003 Sandra launched and exited from several businesses, including outdoor advertising agency Studioprint (customers: Ikea, OBI, exit in 2008), Mediurg – one of the biggest media analytics agency in CIS, (customers: Tele2, P&G, Mail.Ru Group, exit in 2014), co-founder of Devs.lt (Lithuania), VU MBA mentor, speaker at conferences, startup mentor.

Milda Dargužaitė

CEO of Northern Horizon

Milda Dargužaitė

Milda Dargužaitė from 2018 CEO at Northern Horizon Capital group. She joined Northern Horizon Capital group in 2016 as the independent board member.

Milda is a senior executive with broad leadership experience in financial services industry and public organizations. She has extensive expertise in asset and risk management, portfolio construction and investment process and a successful track record in creating and implementing new policy initiatives, driving strategic changes, growth and disruptive thinking, building and developing leadership teams. In 2015 she was named among Northern Europe’s Top 20 Women in Business by Nordic Business Report magazine for her contribution to improving business environment, solving social problems and for originality and practicality of ideas.

Most recently Milda Darguzaite served as the Chief of Staff for the Lithuanian Government and was responsible for coordinating implementation of public policy changes as well as all public sector reforms. She has served on several boards of public and private organizations and has advised start-up companies in Fintech and Legal space.

Wilson Lau

Co-Founder & CEO of WeGeneral International Group

Wilson Lau

Wilson is a seasoned banker who is having 18 years of experience in SME and Corporate Banking segments with few global banks including HSBC and Citigroup. He possesses with the professional qualifications of “Chartered Banker” in the United Kingdom and “Certified Banker” in Hong Kong. His expertise include client acquisition and due diligence, AML regulation and process, transaction banking, credit lending, corporate finance, and ECM / DCM deal structuring. He has also maintained extensive network with banks and business communities. Wilson is also very closed to the Chinese market with banking work experience in Mainland China. He has assisted a leading global bank in devising and driving business strategies in the Greater Bay Area of Guangdong province.

Jacques Pütz

CEO at LUXHUB

Jacques Pütz

Between 1998 and 2004 Jacques was founder/owner of the first Social media platform in Luxembourg. His website was the most visited site in Luxembourg for several years by convincing their users with regular innovative ideas. Between 2007 and 2017 Jacques was Deputy Head of the Electronic Banking Development Team of BCEE ( Banque et Caisse d’Epargne de l’Etat). In 2012 Jacques received the Young ICT Talent of the Year Award and in 2017 his team won the ICT “Team of the Year” Award. In 2018 Jacques joins LUXHUB as CEO, an European Open Banking Platform founded by 4 major Luxembourgish Retail Banks.

Jacques has a strong experience in Electronic Banking, Innovation, Social Media and love to transpose non-standard outstanding ideas.

Rugilė Stonytė

Senior Investment Advisor for Fintech at Invest Lithuania

Rugilė Stonytė

Rugilė is a senior Investment Advisor for Fintech at Invest Lithuania.

She specialises in the global fintech markets and advises international fintech clients on scaling and licensing in Europe. Rugile is focused on helping fintechs to discover business opportunities in Lithuania and is committed to ensuring that they have the best business infrastructure for their operations. She has worked with companies from the United Kingdom, Israel, Singapore, and China, helping them build their European operations by leveraging Lithuania’s talent pool, infrastructure, and regulatory environment.

Prior to joining Invest Lithuania, Rugilė worked in financial M&A advisory services. She holds a BSc in Corporate Finance from Manchester Business School and a Master’s degree in Accounting and Financial Management from Rotterdam School of Management.

Debneel Mukherjee

Founding Managing Partner at Decacorn Capital

Debneel Mukherjee

Debneel is the Founding Managing Partner of Singapore based Decacorn Capital, a cross-border venture capital initiative that curates best in class technology startups from key destinations around the world. Decacorn’s investments are spread around USA, Israel, and Singapore and has recorded three exits in just over three years in its latest vintage.

A CPA by training Debneel has been a corporate banker with a large Banking franchise where he had the opportunity to self-teach himself technology by being part of the bank’s technology induction life cycle twice within a span of a decade.

Debneel gave up his banking career in 2001 and relocated to Singapore from India to set up a B2B Fintech initiative from ground zero and successfully exited in 2011. In 2012, Debneel co-founded a seed stage VC accelerator with 6x co-investment mandate from the Singapore government that made eleven investments between 2012 and 2015, with 3 exit top quartile exits in the Singaporean start-up ecosystem. Later in the year, Debneel sold his entire founding shares in the seed accelerator and setup Decacorn Capital which made its first investment in 2016. (www.decacorncapital.com/portfolio)

In December 2017, Decacorn was appointed as a co-investment partner by Singapore Sovereign VC investment manager. As part of his giving back to the society, he is a mentor at The FinLab which is a 50:50 joint venture between Singapore Government (SGInnovate) and UOB Bank Singapore.

Andy Patton

Chief Commercial Officer at Contis

Andy Patton

 Andy brings over 25 years of leadership across Financial Services, fintech and Global Consumer Brands, enabling him to identify and drive value for our partners. Prior to Contis, Andy held several senior management positions across financial services, including Vice President of International Business Development at American Express, Vice President / Senior Business Leader at Mastercard, as well as driving fintech opportunities for banking and other financial partners for a leading start-up accelerator based in Zurich.

Ronald Kleverlaan

Chairman of Stichting MKB Financiering

Ronald Kleverlaan

He is chairman of Stichting MKB Financiering, the alternative finance association in The Netherlands and managing director of the European Centre for Alternative Finance, an academic research centre at Utrecht University with a multi-disciplinary approach, with researchers from finance, entrepreneurship, law and sociology. Ronald is founder and senior partner at CrowdfundingHub, a consultancy firm, specialized in Community Finance, such as crowdfunding, (security) ICOs, Social Impact Bonds and community shares. Ronald is also a senior advisor for the European Commission on Alternative Finance, co-founder of the European Crowdfunding Network and member of the advisory board of several industry associations in Europe, China, Africa and the USA and member of the Alternative Finance Industry Leadership Board of Cambridge University. Ronald contributed to several books and international publications on alternative finance and is a well-known speaker (including a TED Talk on Crowdfunding) on the trends and future of crowdfunding and community finance.

Allen Zhou

Founder of PayPan

Allen Zhou

Allen is focused on facilitating the superior payment and banking service for the SMEs globally. Prior to building and scaling PanPay business, Allen spent over ten years in ICBC, UnionPay International and International Business Settlement leading their globalization based on his China depth and Global breadth.

Arminta Saladžienė

Vice President for European Markets at Nasdaq

Arminta Saladžienė

As Vice President of Securities Services at Nasdaq, Arminta is leading a business unit which provides stock exchange and central securities depositories services in Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania and Iceland, as well as regulatory reporting and other post trade services in the Nordics. In this capacity, she chairs the Boards of Directors of Nasdaq CSD SE, Nasdaq Tallinn AS, Nasdaq Riga AS, Nasdaq Vilnius AB and Wizer Solutions AB.

Arminta is also the CEO of Nasdaq’s Global Technology and Business Services Center in Vilnius, Lithuania, which has grown from nill to 330 in staff since 2015. Vilnius-based teams develop, test and deliver market technology solutions to Nasdaq’s customers around the globe, provide trading, clearing, product management and other services, manage market IT infrastructure and applications and more.

Board member of Invest Lithuania, co-founder of women leadership organization “Lydere”, member of the Board of Trustees of the Vilnius University Endowment, one of the initiators and the first Chair of the Board of the Baltic Institute of Corporate Governance.

Timo Dreger

Founder of InsureAbout

Timo Dreger

Timo is the Head of Insureabout and creates and distributes digital insurance products. His first solution is the most innovative smartphone protection called “PROTECTONAUT”. Previously he worked as an Investment Manager for coparion VC – a 225m EUR Venture Fund, as a Head of Digital for Helvetia – one of the largest insurance companies in Switzerland, as an early-stage investor at London-based Apeiron Investment Group, as VP Insurance at Commerzbank backed FinTech Start-up OptioPay, as a Digital Transformation Consultant at JDC Group, Germany´s largest IFA network with more than 16,000 independent financial advisors and 1m retail clients and as a Global Head of Innovation & New Ventures at Varengold Bank in London/ Dubai. Timo Dreger is a FinTech/ InsurTech & Venture Capital expert & speaker and consistently ranked as one of the leading Influencer. Timo shares his experiences and know-how as key-note speaker, panelist and moderator around the world and spread the word via his social media accounts with a monthly reach of up to 400k. Furthermore, he was a Global Shaper Curator of the World Economic Forum and is an enthusiastic lacrosse and golf player.

Suresh Vaghjiani

CEO of TribePayments

Suresh Vaghjiani

https://www.linkedin.com/in/suresh-vaghjiani/

Suresh is Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder of Tribe Payments Ltd; the first certified card payments platform in Europe offering Visa, Mastercard and Union Pay. Suresh brings a wealth of knowledge in global payments and his former roles include President and Managing Director at Global Processing Services, Head of Issuing at Optimal Payments PLC and Head of Kalixa Pay at Kalixa Payments Group. Suresh was recently voted into the Prepaid Power 10, a top ten list of key influencers in the prepaid industry and in 2017 Suresh became the first non-American in its 11 year history to be awarded the prestigious Industry achievement award by PAY magazine.

Rik Krieger

Co-founder of SONECT

Rik Krieger

https://www.linkedin.com/in/rikkrieger/

Rik Krieger is Co-Founder at the Swiss FinTech SONECT. After his Bachelor in St. Gallen he started a career in Business Development at Gate Group International, where he has been working for various Airlines worldwide. In the following years he gained extensive experience in marketing for a leading tobacco company, a mechanical engineering group, credit card issuer and a flash-sales site. After founding a comedy production company, and an executive Master degree from the University of Zurich, he is now responsible for Business Development at Sonect.

Remco Veenenberg

Head of Alliances at W.UP

Remco Veenenberg

Remco is passionate about digital disruption & worked in startups focusing on emerging technologies for 6 years, most recently established more than 40+ applied Artificial Intelligence communities worldwide as part of the core team of CITY.AI before evangelizing the use of data and machine learning for personalization in digital transformation for banking with W.UP. He frequently organizes FinTech events aimed at creating a rare conversation between real heavyweights of incumbents, challenger banks and fintechs to discuss the future of banking, competition, collaboration and everything in between. He is the Public Speaker, Revolut Ambassador, founder and mentor at Startup Wise Guys.

Serhii Kholod

Deputy Governor of the National Bank of Ukraine

Serhii Kholod

Deputy Governor of the National Bank of Ukraine since 23 July 2018.

Serhii Kholod is in charge of payment systems and currency circulation. His main task is to promote implementation of the NBU’s mission by developing and regulating the operation of payment and settlement systems and managing the cash circulation system.

Mr Kholod has dedicated his entire career to serving the banking system of Ukraine. Having successfully worked in banking for 27 years, he has a long managerial experience as he occupied the posts of the deputy chair of the board and board member of a number of Ukrainian banks (Swedbank, Tascombank, VTB Bank). In addition, Serhii Kholod was in charge of IT development at INDEX-BANK (Credit Agricole Group) and Raiffeisenbank Ukraine (renamed into OTP Bank in late 2006).
In 1991–2002, Serhii Kholod worked at the National Bank of Ukraine and was among the leaders of the project to create and develop the NBU’s e-mailing system and the telecommunications network of the electronic payment system. He started his career in the banking sector as an IT specialist at Prombudbank (1991).

Mr Kholod has two degrees – in Economy (Kyiv National Economic University, major in Finance, qualification of an economist) and Technology (Kiev Military Aviation Engineering Academy, major in          Avionics, qualification of a radio engineer).

Nimrod Lehavi

Co-founder & CEO at Simplex

Nimrod Lehavi

Simplex founder Nimrod Lehavi’s career spans two decades of experience and knowledge. He is well respected in Israel’s startup scene for his proven ability to lead large scale top notch software projects. Nimrod is a board member of the Israeli Bitcoin Association. Nimrod holds a BA in computer science from IDC Herzliya, Israel.

Liudas Kanapienis

Co-Founder & CEO of Ondato

Liudas Kanapienis

Professional manager with over 15 years’ experience. In-depth experience and knowledge in mobile banking, digital banking, cash management, international and local payment schemes, European banking, card schemes, acquiring, issuing, alternative payment schemes, AML/KYC procedures, licensing and legal issues, people management, and blockchain. Liudas Kanapienis is one of the most active personalities in the Lithuanian fintech world. There is probably no other person in the country who is so deeply familiar with and involved in this activity. Currently, Lithuania is at the peak of financial technologies. He is a member of the Fintech Lithuania Association, a member of the Payments Council, a member of the Fintech Hub Association, a member of the Association of Lithuanian Banks, the head of ONDATO (KYC solutions), the head of ABALT (platform of smart information for business), the head of Finpass APP (startup).

Lisa Moyle

Co-founder of VC Innovations

Lisa Moyle

Previously, she was the director of the strategy, fintech, at Informa where she established and led a portfolio of global fintech events and activity. She also worked at techUK, where she was head of the Financial Services and Payments programme and contributed to a broad range of policy initiatives in support of financial services innovation. Prior to that, she was programme director at the Centre for the Study of Financial Innovation, leading financial services think tank. She is also a regular contributor to the Banking Technology magazine and a commentator on the UK fintech sector. She also sits on the judging panels for the Banking Technology, PayTech and Growth Finance Awards. She is a co-founder of the Fintech Cocktail Club and sits on the Staffing Committee for Fair Finance.

Li Qian

Chief Officer of Public Affairs at NIFA

Li Qian

Ms. Li Qian is a Chief Officer of Public Affairs, Chairman of the Labor Union and Director of the Membership Department (Education and Training Department) of the National Internet Finance Association of China (NIFA). She has worked in the system of the People’s Bank of China for more than 30 years. She is part of the editor team of NIFA’s publications, including China Internet Finance Annual Report, Internet Finance Laws Compilation and Case Study, Commercial Bank Internet Finance Business Laws and Regulations Compilation, and P2P Lending Platform Related Laws, Regulations and Cases.

Prof. Dr. Kristina Sinemus

Hessian Minister for Digital Strategy and Development

Prof. Dr. Kristina Sinemus

Since January 18th of 2019 Prof. Kristina Sinemus has been Hessian’s first Minister for Digital Strategy and Development. Prior to that, Prof. Sinemus was the managing director and founder of the consulting agency „Genius“ since 1998. The company is a spin-off of the Technical University of Darmstadt. In 2011, Kristina Sinemus was appointed Professor of Public Affairs at the Quadriga University in Berlin, an interdisciplinary private university. From 2004 to 2019 she was a honorary member of the Chamber of Industry and Commerce Darmstadt Rhein Main Neckar. In 2009 Prof. Sinemus was the first woman to become Vice President and in 2014 the first female President of a Chamber of Industry and Commerce in Hesse. Her office is currently suspended. The Minister studied Communication Science, Education, Biology and Chemistry and received her doctoral degree from the Technical University of Darmstadt in 1995.

John Collins

Co-founder of FS Vector

John Collins

https://www.linkedin.com/in/johngcollins/

John Collins is a founding partner at fintech advisory firm, FS Vector, based in Washington, DC. He was most recently the US Head of Red Flag Consulting, a global firm that offers public affairs and communications advice to companies from a variety of industry sectors.  He served as Head of Policy for Coinbase and the Vice President of International Policy at the Bankers Association for Finance and Trade, the international subsidiary of the American Bankers Association.  Prior to his time in industry, John served as Senior Professional Staff for the U.S. Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs and led Congress’ first work into digital currencies in 2013.

John has led several fintech and blockchain related efforts as an Affiliate of Harvard’s Berkman Klein Center for Internet Society and and is Co-founder of the First State Fintech Lab, an economic development focused nonprofit dedicated to nurturing the financial technology ecosystem in his home state of Delaware.

Andrius Milinavičius

Co-founder of Baltic Sandbox

Andrius Milinavičius

Andrius is a marketing and communication expert with 12+ years experience working with corporate products (MTV Networks Baltic, Olympic Casino, Akropolis). Andrius has launched numerous products on different markets (Baltic States). Organized various events and conferences – LOGIN (Biggest ICT conference in Baltics), What’s Next (Creative industry conference), Cultural Night (Theatre, Art and visual festival). Today Andrius is a board member of Lithuanian Marketing association and continues with consultations for startups and SME. Starting with 2018, Andrius has cofounded a first private accelerator in Lithuania – Baltic Sandbox. The company focuses on accelerating innovative solutions, M&A deals, investment consulting.

Anatoli Woolf

CTO at Tomahawk Technologies USA

Anatoli Woolf

 Anatoli has extensive experience in Cybersecurity, Forensic Investigations and Big Data Solutions. Anatoli successfully completed hundreds of different complexity R&D projects, developing and producing over 100 electronic devices (from software security dongles to complex embedded systems for gaming industry and automotive diagnostics). Established hardware security analyses laboratory at University of Cambridge, UK. Since 2011 Anatoli works as CTO and partner at a Cybersecurity company in Israel with branches in USA and other countries. Anatoli’s experience includes more than 150 security audits, over 100 smart contracts audits. In 2018 Anatoli successfully completed 7 cryptocurrencies thefts incidents investigations, which lead to return over 30M$ to respectful customers.

Mario Galatovic

Director of Strategic Partnership at Utimaco

Mario Galatovic
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FINTECH INN 2019 November 27

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Main Stage / Invest Lab / Tech Corner /
Time
Topic
Speakers
08:30 - 09:30
Registration and coffee
09:30 - 09:35
Opening performance
09:35 - 09:40
Welcome greetings

Gitanas Nausėda, The President of the Republic of Lithuania

09:40 - 09:50
Welcome greetings

Virginijus Sinkevičius, Minister of Economy and Innovation of the Republic of Lithuania

Vilius Šapoka, Minister of Finance of the Republic of Lithuania

Vitas Vasiliauskas, Chairman of the Board of the Bank of Lithuania

09:50 - 10:25
Panel: “What’s the new colour of Fintech future?”

Moderator: Marius Jurgilas, Board Member of the Bank of Lithuania

Prof. Dr.Kristina Sinemus, Hessian Minister for Digital Strategy and Development

Aniko Szombati, Executive Director for Digitalization, Bank of Hungary

Serhii Kholod, Deputy Head at National Bank of Ukraine

Diego Perez, Member of the board of directors at ABFintechs

10:25 - 10:40
“How to make the European banking truly crossborder”

Tamaz Georgadze, CEO & Founder of Raisin

10:40 - 11:15
Panel: “Global payments 2.0”

Panelists will be confirmed shortly

11:15 - 11:30
“Technologies that will drive financial services for the next generation”

Alexander von Schirmeister, Executive Vice President for Europe at SumUp

11:30 - 12:00
“Tips to future unicorns – how to manage growth”

Arunan Tharmarajak, Head of European Banking at TransferWise

11:45 - 12:20
Fireside chat: “M&A vs Cooperation: acquire or conspire”

Dovilė Burgienė, Co-founder & Managing Partner at Walless

12:20 - 13:00
Lunch break
13:00 - 13:15
“The impact that Libra is likely to have on global financial markets”

Areiel Wolanow, Managing Director at Finserv Experts

13:15 - 13:30
“Bringing innovation from Europe to the World”

Šarūnas Legeckas, Market Lead at N26

13:30 - 14:05
Panel: “Your future customers – what do they want and how will you provide it?”

Moderator: Odeta Isevičiūtė, CMO at Mano.Bank

Rajesh Venkatesh, Chief Product Officer at InstaREM

Ville Kymäläinen, Finland Country Manager at Northmill

Stephanie Brennan, CEO of Evarvest

14:05 - 14:20
“When and how will challenger banks operate profitably?”

Richard Davies, COO of Revolut

14:20 - 14:35
“Can Fintech be a saviour for an aging society?”

Lisa Moyle, Co-founder & Director of Strategy and Partnership at VC Innovations

14:35 - 15:05
Fireside chat: “Recent payment industry developments and what companies are doing jointly to drive the customers’ agenda forwards”

Andy Patton, CCO at Contis

Pavel Matveev, Co-founder & CEO of Wirex

15:05 - 15:35
Coffee and networking
15:35 - 15:50
“Unlocking trapped capital – the next great challenge for multinational companies”

Laurence Cooke, Founder & CEO of nanoPay Corporation

15:50 - 16:05
“Cardless and cashless future”

Rik Krieger, Co-founder of Sonect

16:05 - 16:25
“How to get more women involved in the blockchain & Fintech space?”

Sukhi Jutla, Co-founder & COO of MarketOrders

16:25 - 16:40
“From products to digital platforms, harnessing the power of an ecosystem in API economies”

Ben Goldin, CTO & CPO at Mambu

16:40 - 17:15
Panel: “The new arms race: the future of digital identity”

Moderator: Liudas Kanapienis, Co-founder & CEO of Ondato

Nimrod Lehavi, CEO of Simplex

Gediminas Ratkevičius, CEO & Co-Founder at iDenfy

Maksym Lebedev, AML Technology specialist (Baltics and CIS) at ComplyAgvantage

 

17:15
Lightning talk & closing remarks
20:00
Fintech Networking Party at Kablys
Time
Topic
Speakers
10:00 - 10:25
Fireside chat: “How can startups benefit from the European Fintech Ecosystem?”

Anna Blyablina, Co-Founder of Sthlm Fintech Week

Rugilė Stonytė, Fintech Investment Advisor at Invest Lithuania

10:25 - 10:40
“Scale-up your Fintech globally: tips for startups”

Shaul David, Head of New Business Propositions at RailsBank

10:40 - 10:55
“How to manage Fintech risks”

Simon Hogg, Director at Prospect Insurance Brokers, Lloyds

10:55 - 11:05
“China Fintech ecosystem and what NIFA does as a national self-regulatory organisation”

Li Qian, Chief Officer of Public Affairs, Chairman of the Labor Union and Director of the Membership Department of the National Internet Finance Association of China (NIFA)

11:05 - 12:00
Lunch break
12:00 - 12:20
“Fintech: Branding for banks”

Remco Veenenberg, Head of Alliances at W.UP

12:20 - 13:00
VC Panel: “Tips for Fintech startups on attracting investors”

Moderator: Erik Bhullar, Founder of Tervik Ventures

Debneel Mukherjee, Founder & Managing Partner of Decacorn Capital

Stanislav Ivanov, Founding Partner at Tera Ventures

13:00 - 14:10
Startup Pitches: Women tech track

Moderator: Sandra Golbreich, CEO at Baltic Sandbox

14:10 - 14:35
Fireside chat: “Women in Fintech”

Milda Dargužaitė, CEO of Northern Horizon

Susanne Hannestad, CEO at Fintech Mundi

14:35 - 15:00
Coffee and networking
15:00 - 16:10
Startup Pitches: Scale-up track

Moderator: Andrius Milinavičius, Founding member and BDO at Baltic Sandbox

16:10 - 16:30
Lightning Talk: Perform – the unsexy truth of startup success

Cristobal Alonso, Global CEO & EI Patron of Startup Wise Guys

16:30 - 17:40
Startup pitches: Growth track

Moderator: Andra Bagdonaitė, Programme manager at Startup Wise Guys

17:40
Closing remarks & announcing the winners

Erik Bhullar, Advisor at XRGaming, CodeCraft.ai, Baltic Sandbox, Founder of Tervik Ventures

Time
Topic
Speakers
10:15 - 10:50
Cyber security panel: “Taking FinTech international”

Dr. Rytis Rainys, Director at National Cyber Security Center of Lithuania

Anatoli Woolf, CTO at Tomahawk Technologies USA

Mario Galatovic, Director of Strategic Partnership at Utimaco

Igor Angelini, Head of Task Force European Financial and Economic Crime Centre (EFECC)

10:50 - 11:05
“Digital transformation in banking & financial services”

Madalina Popa, Financial Services Industry Director for Central and Eastern Europe at Microsoft

11:05 - 11:20
“The latest trends in AI/ML for banks and financial institutions”

Pavlo Sidelov, CTO at SDK.Finance

11:20 - 11:40
“International developments with financial information sharing to detect crime”

Nick Maxwell, Head of FFIS

12:15 - 12:35
“Hyperledger fabric: Blockchain for business”

Arnaud Le Hors, Senior Technical Staff Member, Blockchain &Web Open Technologies at IBM

12:35 - 12:55
“There’s Blockchain for that – a new era of payments, trading, and identity management”

John Velissarios, Managing director & Global Blockchain Technology Lead at Accenture

12:55 - 13:55
Lunch break
14:10 - 14:45
Regulatory & blockchain sandbox panel: “Lessons to be learned”

Moderator: Jekaterina Govina, Adviser of the Board at Bank of Lithuania

Vlaho Hrdalo, Lawyer, Chairman of Union for blockchain & cryptocurrencies (UBIK)

Hannes Helenius, Chairman of the Board at FA Solutions

15:15 - 15:30
“Revolution of Financial Internet”

Pavel Kravchenko, Founder & CEO at Distributed Lab

15:30 - 15:45
“How to regulate crypto payments while keeping them usable”

Nikola Škorič, CEO of Electrocoin d.o.o

15:45 - 16:15
Coffee and networking
16:15 - 16:30
“A data-driven guide to the future of Fintech”

Paul Alexander, Founder & CEO at Beyondanalysis

16:30 - 16:45
“Blockchain: Fulfilling the fintech promise”

Christoph Iwaniez, Chief Financial Officer at Bitwala

17:00
Closing remarks

FINTECH INN 2019 November 28

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Time
Topic
Speakers
09:30 - 09:45
“Changing the way businesses bank”

Felicia Meyerowitz Singh, Founder & CEO at AkoniHub

09:45 - 10:30
Panel: “How do Fintech solutions benefit the economy”

Moderator: Elijus Čivilis, Vice-Minister (Digital Agenda) at the Ministry of the Economy and Innovation of the Republic of Lithuania

Other panelists will be confirmed shortly

10:30 - 11:05
Panel: “How does Fintech propel capital markets’ growth in the EU?”

Moderator: Arminta Saladžienė, Vice President for European Markets at Nasdaq

Vilius Šapoka, Minister of Finance of the Republic of Lithuania

Other panelists will be confirmed shortly

11:05 - 11:25
Coffee and networking
11:40 - 12:15
Panel: “Collaboration between Fintechs & Banks”

Moderator: Mantas Zalatorius, President of Association of Lithuanian Banks

Ted Scheiman, Partnership & Investment unit lead (Fintech) at Swedbank

Michel Farah, CEO of ComplyTech

Lars Sjögren, CEO at P27 Nordic Payments Platform AB

Jacques Pütz, CEO at Luxhub

12:55 - 13:30
Panel: “Running an uphill marathon – founders’ view on innovating in a regulated industry”

Wilson Lau, Co-founder & CEO at WeGeneral Financial Group

Olli Kiuru, Partner, Head of Finance & Insurance Law and Fintech at Lexia Attorneys, Chairman of Fintech Finland

Allen Zhou, Founder of PanPay

13:30
Closing remarks & show
Time
Topic
Speakers
09:30 - 09:45
“Ecosystem: where do Unicorns begin?”

Ronald Kleverlaan, Chairman of Stichting MKB Financiering & Director European Center for Alternative Finance at Utrecht University

09:45 - 10:25
Panel: “New pan-EU crowdfunding regulation: what’s coming up and how to benefit from it?”

Moderator: Ronald Kleverlaan, Chairman of Stichting MKB Financiering & Director European Center for Alternative Finance at Utrecht University

Karsten Wenzlaff, Secretary General, Bundesverband Crowdfunding – German Crowdfunding Association

Vytautas Šenavičius, Chairman of the Board at Lithuanian P2P Lending and Crowdfunding Association

Jekaterina Govina, Adviser of the Board Member at Bank of Lithuania

10:25 - 10:40
“Crowdfunding for FinTechs: power of the crowd”

Martins Sulte, CEO & Co-Founder at Mintos

10:40 - 11:00
Coffee and networking
11:00 - 11:35
Panel: “Crowdfunding for future Unicorns”

Moderator: Alex Gibb, Partner at Katalista Ventures

Mihkel Stamm, COO of EstateGuru

Kfir Kachlon, Investments’ Principal at OurCrowd

Audrius Griškevičius, Head of SME lending at FinBee

Joachim Dworen, Head of Sales, Fundedbyme

 

11:35 - 11:50
Coming soon!

Benoit Boisset, COO of Paymentwall

11:50 - 12:15
Fireside chat: “Crowdfunding or Venture Capital?”

Moderator: Alex Gibb, Partner at Katalista Ventures

Ardo Mardisoo, Head of Baltic Region and Finland at Funderbeam

Andris K. Berzins, Managing Partner at Change Ventures

12:15 - 12:30
Coming soon!

TBC

12:30
Closing remarks
Time
Topic
Speakers
09:30 - 09:50
“Status quo of the InsurTech market & the challenge to digital insurance sales”

Timo Dreger, Founder of InsureAbout

09:50 - 10:20
“Current InsurTech landscape: business models and disruptive potential”

Matteo Carbone, 1st Insurtech influencer globally, Founder & Director at the IoT Insurance Observatory

10:20 - 11:00
Insurtech Panel: “Future of Insurtech – what to expect?”

Moderator: Niclas Ward, Independent Advisor at NW Advisory AB

Manjit Rana, Managing Director at Rainmaking Insurtech

Adam Bergendahl, Head of If Tech Lab at If P&C Insurance

Ed Bradshaw, Chief Strategy Officer at Ooniq

11:00 - 11:30
Coffee and networking
11:30 - 11:50
“Developing the next generation of insurance products”

Jan Kastory, Founding Partner of Astoria.VC

11:50 - 12:10
“Building your digital insurance ecosystem from the ground up”

Anders Skovlykke Knudsen, Business Development Director at TIA Technology

12:10 - 12:30
“Enabling the future of underwriting”

Manjit Rana, Managing Director at Rainmaking Insurtech

12:40 - 13:30
Closing remarks