CEO & Founder at Raisin
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.
Co-founder & CEO of Wirex
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.
European Executive Vice President at SumUp
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.
Insurtech #1 Influencer
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.
Business Developer at Tieto
Andrius Adamonis is a business developer at Tieto Lietuva, working with financial industry customers and bringing Tieto global competences and products to the Lithuanian and Baltics market. As a member of Tieto LBChain project team, Andrius is designing blockchain sandbox for the Bank of Lithuania.
Co-founder of MarketOrders
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.
CEO & Founder of nanopay Corporation
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.
Co-founder and CEO of Akoni
Akoni is a multi-currency cash and cash/deposit management platform, providing specialist SME solutions and B2B2x cash/marketplace solutions to banks and other enterprise clients for their end-customers. Akoni uses multiple data sources including open banking/open data, to personalise financial products, providing nudges and prompts, removing the lack of transparency and creating hassle-free movement of funds. The company is an award-winning and FCA regulated partnering with various banks, wealth platforms and financial institutions in addition to channel partners – providing a marketplace within marketplace solution for our white label API or portal solution for B2B2x.
Felicia Meyerowitz Singh, CEO and co-founder of Akoni, is a passionate believer in the power of business and technology to drive changes. Felicia is a promoter of diversity and was named the Everywoman in Technology Overall Woman of the Year 2019 and Innovator of the year and founded Hive founders, supporting female entrepreneurship, as well as on the Foundation Board of TEDxEuston. Akoni has been awarded an Open Banking/Nesta challenge grant; winner of IFGS Banking/Enterprise solution, Top10 BBVA Fintech company and NTT Data Top10 challenge startup, in addition to various other tech accolades.
Minister of Finance of the Republic of Lithuania
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.
Managing director at Finserv Experts
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.
Minister of Economy of the Republic of Lithuania
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.
CFO at Bitwala
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.
Chief Operating Officer at EstateGuru
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.
Executive Director for Digitalization Chief Digital Officer at the Central Bank of Hungary
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.
Head of Baltic Region and Finland at Funderbeam
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.
CEE FSI Director at Microsoft
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.
Board Member at the Bank of Lithuania
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.
Managing Director at Rainmaking InsurTech & StartupBootCamp
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.
Chief Revenue Officer at REXR (Realified), angel investor and startup advisor
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.
Founder & Director of Fintech Week Tel Aviv
Jonny organises Fintech Week Tel Aviv, an annual gathering of global fintech players under the Tel Aviv sun. He also consults on fintech in the UK and Israel, and has worked in two Israeli fintech start-ups. He was previously a journalist at the Financial Times, the Daily Mail and the Jerusalem Post.
Senior Technical Staff Member of Blockchain & Web Open Technologies at IBM
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.
Partnership & Investment unit lead (Fintech) at Swedbank
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.
Managing director & Global Blockchain Technology Lead at Accenture
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.
Head of UK Product at TransferWise
Lars Trunin is the Head of UK Product at TransferWise. He leads a team focused on helping millions of people around the world move British Pounds internationally as quickly, cheaply and conveniently as possible. He spearheaded the initiative of TransferWise joining the Bank of England’s Real-Time Gross Settlement (RTGS) system as the first Non-Bank Payment Service Provider and as a direct participant of the Faster Payments Scheme. Since 2018, Lars also sits on the Participant Advisory Council for the board of Pay.UK.
TransferWise is a global technology company that’s building the best way to move money around the world. Whether you’re sending money to another country, spending money abroad, or making and receiving international business payments, TransferWise is on a mission to make your life easier and save you money. TransferWise processes £4bn every month on behalf of its six million customers, saving themselves £1bn a year in bank fees. It’s attracted $689m from investors such as world’s largest VC firm Andreessen Horowitz and Sir Richard Branson.
Before TransferWise, Lars founded Raudwara, an Estonian publishing house, authored several bestselling books in Mathematics, and worked with the Walt Disney Company on a strategic consulting project in Africa. He holds an MBA from Saïd Business School, University of Oxford.
Chief Strategy Officer at Ooniq
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.
Associate Editor at DMN
Chris Wood has over fifteen years of experience as a business journalist and editor, covering media and technology. A graduate of Fairfield University, he is currently the associate editor of DMN. He lives in New York.
Director at Prospect Insurance Brokers Lloyds
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.
Senior Specialist at Europol
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.
Mintos CoFounder and CFO
Martins is Co-Founder and CFO at Mintos, the award-winning global marketplace for investments in loans. Prior to Mintos, Martins has spent eleven years at Ernst & Young undertaking audits, due diligence and consultations for large banking groups across Europe after becoming Chartered Certified Accountant and acquired a degree in Economics and Business Administration from the Stockholm School of Economics in Riga.
Senior Advisor at Global Blockchain Technology, Accenture
Dr Ousmène Jacques Mandeng is a Senior Advisor with Accenture’s Global Blockchain Technology and co-leads its campaign for the dissemination of central bank digital currencies and thought leadership on the wider implication of the digital transformation in payments. He is a Visiting Fellow at the Institute of Global Affairs at the London School of Economics and Political Science where he focuses on monetary innovation.
He worked more than 20 years in the financial sector and international organisations on international investment and economic policy analyses. He was a Managing Director with Prudential Financial and UBS heading official financial institutions coverage globally and with the International Monetary Fund last as a Deputy Division Chief on IMF financial resources and Latin America including as resident representative. Ousmène has commented regularly in the financial press and presented in international forums on the increasing importance of emerging markets and actual and pending reforms of the international monetary system. He is Member of the Bretton Woods Committee, Fellow of the Reinventing Bretton Woods Committee and Member of Robert Triffin International. He is fluent in German, English, French and Spanish and holds a PhD from the LSE.
Founding Partner at Tera Ventures
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.
Head of New Business Propositions at Railsbank
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
Managing Partner at BaltCap
CEO at Fintech Mundi
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.
Head of SME lending at FinBee.com
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.
Founder and CEO of Shanghai AeMoney
Master of Engineering
Beijing University of Posts and Telecommunications
Master of Business Administration
Awards and Achievements
The inventor of mobile payment in China
Chief Architect of Alipay mobile payment
The team leader of Payment Standards Committee, People’s Bank of China
Committee member of International Payment
Standards Committee (JSR229)
Head of Business Development at Evry Card Services
Mr. Tapio Vailahti has extensive experience on secure payments, strong authentication and identification. He has been actively involved in bringing a number of leading edge secure products and solutions into banking, telecom and government markets, including EMV payments, biometric passports, mobile authentication & digital signatures as well as digital proximity and remote payments.
Tapio started his career at Setec Oy in various management roles, including Head of Product Marketing and Head of Telecom & Media Business Unit. At Gemalto Tapio was Vice President of Product and Solution Management for Identity before joining Valimo Wireless as Executive Vice President and CEO and then at Giesecke & Devrient as the Regional Head of Global Solutions Sales focusing in digital payments. Currently Tapio is the Head of Business Development for Evry Card Services working with leading edge card products, solutions and services.
Head of Sales at FundedByMe
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.
General Manager at N26
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.
CTO & CPO at Mambu
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.
COO of Revolut
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.
CEO at P27 Nordic Payments Platform AB
Lars Sjögren is the CEO of the P27 Nordic Payments Platform initiative where the largest Nordic banks have joined forces to build the future payments infrastructure. Previously he has had positions for many years in the Financial Services industry for example as Head of Global Transaction Banking and COO in Danske Bank. He believes digitalisation efforts needs to be combined with strong customer focus and that we must work together across the industry to manage same of the most important issues we have today for example cyber threats.
Senior MD, Accenture Financial Services Digital and Analytics
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.
Advisor to the Board Member at the Bank of Lithuania
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/
AML technology specialist (Baltics and CIS) at ComplyAdvantage
Maksym is an AML technology specialist for Baltics and CIS at ComplyAdvantage, a RegTech, helping organisations to make intelligent risk decisions, faster by providing real-time insight into the risk level of people and companies. Previously Maksym has worked across Europe for over 10 years, helping large enterprises with their application, infrastructure and digital transformation projects.
Founder & CEO of Electrocoin
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.
Advisor to Mantas Zalatorius, president of association of Lithuanian banks
Vilius is a deep thinker specializing in strategic planning and enhancing of decision-making quality. His current key areas of interest include new-economy questions, future of financial industry and political processes.
Secretary-General of the German Crowdfunding Association
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.
Chief Executive Officer and Board Member of SME Finance
Mindaugas Mikalajūnas has more than 10 years of experience in finance and banking sector working with large, small and medium size clients in various sectors. Over the past 3 years Mindaugas Mikalajūnas is SME Finance Chief Executive Officer, Board Member. He has 8 years of experience working in Swedbank as a Project Manager (LC/SME/SSE). Education: ISM University of Management and Economics, MBA; Vilnius University, Bachelor of Business Administration.
Partner at Choco Agency
15 years of digital advertising experience. Partner at Choco Agency, head of Digital advertising course @ Atomic Garden Vilnius.
Chairman of the Board at FA Solutions
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.
Chairman of the Board at Lithuanian P2P Lending and Crowdfunding Association
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.
Founding Partner at Astoria.VC
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.
Deputy Minister of Industry and Technology of the Republic of Turkey
Dr. Çetin Ali Dönmez was born in 1967 in Istanbul. He is a graduate of Istanbul Pertevniyal High School. He received B.Sc. degree in Industrial Engineering in 1989, Master of Arts degree in 1992 and Finance Ph.D. degree in 2006 from Bogaziçi University.
He started his professional career as trading floor specialist at Borsa Istanbul Equity Market in 1990. He served as one of the key experts during the transition period of the exchange from traditional board trading method to electronic trading system. He was appointed to the derivatives market directorate position in 1996 and served as the team leader during the launch of derivatives trading electronic platform in Borsa Istanbul in 2001.
He is the founder of Borsa Istanbul Risk Management Department, he headed risk management team during 2006-2008. Mr. Dönmez was appointed as the CEO and Board Member of Turkish Derivatives Exchange in April 2008. He served as the CEO of Turkdex between 2008 and 2012.
He rejoined Borsa Istanbul in 2013 as Executive Vice President and served on this post until 2016. His area of responsibility was derivatives, precious metals and precious stones market as well as precious metals custody. He also headed the team of experts at Borsa Istanbul while he served as the CFO of the company during 2013.
After resigning from Borsa Istanbul, Dönmez joined İbn Haldun University Graduate School of Business, Department of Management as an academician. He worked in Ibn Haldun University between April, 2017 – July, 2018. During the same period he also served as a chief consultant to the chairman of an industrial company. He has been serving as the Deputy Minister of Industry and Technology since July 31, 2018. Çetin Ali Dönmez is married and has two daughters.
Investments’ Principal at OurCrowd
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.
Co-founder of SMU Investimentos
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.
Commercial Director at Beyond Analysis
Brian has over 30 years of payments and innovation experience from Financial Services companies like First Data (now Fiserv), Visa, MasterCard, NatWest and several others, where he held roles within Marketing, Strategy and Sales. Brian spent 11 years at Visa where he led and launched many new initiatives as well as leading growth in the Travel vertical, leading new partnerships with Visa and Enterprise merchants like McDonalds and British Airways as well as driving ‘wins’ for Visa on the card issuing side of the business (e.g. Air France Co-Brand portfolio). Brian left Visa to join First Data where, for 8 years, he helped establish and drive the Enterprise Sales capability in EMEA winning its first few Airline, Gaming and Payment Disruptor deals in multi-year multi-million dollar wins. After leading the Technology and IoT verticals in EMEA, Brian concluded his career at First Data leading the RBSG win (NatWest Tyl) which brought one of the largest banks in EMEA to First Data in many years. Brian joined Beyond Analysis in 2019 to help drive the global expansion of products and services in the Financial Services and Fintech industry.
Co-founder of Sthlm Fintech Week
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.
CMO at Mano.Bank
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.
Crypto startup builder
Sandris Murins is crypto startup builder, public speaker, and serial co-founder.
Director of Product Management at Tia Technology
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.
Country Manager, Europe at Flutterwave
I am a business developer, sales professional and FinTech strategist who strives to make an impact and change the world. For the better. Currently I am a part of Flutterwave, where I am leading company’s expansion in Europe. Flutterwave is a MasterCard, Greycroft, and Y Combinator backed payments technology company headquartered in San Francisco. We’re changing the way people do business online.
Senior Economist at the Market Infrastructure Department at the Bank of Lithuania
Senior Economist, Market Infrastructure Policy Division, Market Infrastructure Department, Bank of Lithuania
Head of the FinTech Innovation Hub, Advisor of Bank of Greece
Stavroula Kampouridou is the Head of the FinTech Innovation Hub and Advisor to the Governor of the Bank of Greece (BoG), which is the central bank of Greece and member of the Eurosystem. Her focus is on the FinTech initiatives undertaken by the central bank, like the FinTech innovation hub which was introduced in March of 2019 and the overall digital transformation of the bank through the fast procurement of relevant IT projects, like the new website of the bank which launched in the summer of 2019. Her main interests include: digital transformation, PSD2, open APIs, AI/ML, distributed ledger technology (Blockchain), virtual currencies, and how these can possibly transform the business model of supervised institutions.
Before joining BoG she was an IT Procurement Unit Manager at NBG Group (February 2009 – December 2016). She was heading the efforts of the sourcing unit which was charged with an annual spending IT budget -for the whole NBG group- of €50M (35% of the total Group’s procurement budget), covering IT software & hardware infrastructure, IT security, telecoms, and financial data feeds (Bloomberg/Reuters).
Prior to that, she was a Hardware Systems Sales Manager at IBM (September 2005-January 2009), responsible for the hardware sales in the Banking and Telecom sectors in Greece (€35M sales annually), achieving “Rookie of the Year” status (highest sales in IBM EMEA) her 1st year.
She holds a BSc in Computer Science from the University of Athens with distinction, and an MSc in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University in California (on a full scholarship).
Global CEO & EI Patron of Startup Wise Guys
Global CEO & El Patron of Startup Wise Guys.
El Patron, serial entrepreneur, early stage serial investor & accelerator, corporate innovation and basketball player.
Business Development Consultant, Facilitator and Guest Speaker
Renata has over 19 years of diverse experience in building and implementing business strategies, leading and managing multicultural and remote teams in worldwide corporations as well as managing complex stakeholders. As Senior Business Design Analyst she has been delivering business requirements elicitation and developed various business solutions and products. Renata was one of “Grow As A Leader” programme creator, evaluator and mentor. “Women Go Tech” mentor.
As Innovation Officer she has been scouting and consulting FinTech startups as well as developed “Innovation as a Platform” framework.
Managing Partner at Change Ventures
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.
Lawyer, Chairman of Union for blockchain & cryptocurrencies (UBIK)
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.
Investor, Mentor, Member Of The Supervisory Board at TFG Venture Capital/Vestcorp AG
CEO, Angel investor, VC board member, Multi-founder. More than 30 years in executive functions on the board of directors/supervisory board as well as on the management board. Top level executive coach and Mentor. Focus on corporate development, innovation, leadership, communication and executive management. Various board positions in interest groups, as well as member of international network associations. Mentor and speaker for ME (GB), ZfU(CH), IQPC (GB), TÜV, JCI, TNW, Baltic Sandbox, Proceed, Faster Capital, DFF, Startup WP.
Independent Advisor at NW Advisory AB
CEO of Trygg-Hansa, a part of RSA. Trygg-Hansa is the fourth largest player in the Swedish market with a premium income of some 1,1 BEUR. Niclas’ focus was to increase volume, customer satisfaction and employee satisfaction while keeping an excellent profitability level
Head of BA Industrial at If P&C. If P&C is the largest player in the Nordic insurance market with a premium income of some 4 BEUR and delivering CoR below 95 for the last 15 years. BA Industrial serves large commercial clients and Niclas led the unit for 3,5 years, being part of the If top management team.
Head of Sales and Underwriting, Commercial Sweden, If P&C. Driving the change in Commerical Sweden from being a poor performer to delivering profitability and growth.
Head of Product&Price, BA Private, If P&C. Responsible for product and underwriting for all personal lines products at If P&C, delivering excellent and stable profitability.
Niclas holds a MSc in Business administration from Stockholm School of Economics
Director of National Cyber Security Center under MoD
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).
Vice-Minister of the Economy and Innovation of the Republic of Lithuania
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.
Country Manager at Northmill
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.
Managing director at UN Technology Bank
Joshua Setipa graduated from the Universities of Bradford (MBA), Australian National University (International Trade policy) and National University of Lesotho (Political Science).
His core competencies are economic development issues, regional and global trade and economic issues, and investment mobilization. He has over 20 years of experience gained at the national, regional and international levels working on economic and development issues. He has substantive field experience working on regional economic development issues in Eastern, Southern and Western Africa, with focus on economic sector reform and regional economic integration issues and extensive experience working on multilateral trade issues and their impact on regional integration and economic development.
He was appointed the first Managing Director of the UN Technology Bank for Least Developed Countries in November 2018.
From 2017 to 2018, he served as a senior consultant at the World Bank in Washington DC working on a multi donor regional Trade Facilitation Project for the ECOWAS region.
From 2015 to 2017, he served as the Minister for Trade and Industry in Lesotho. During this period, he initiated comprehensive reforms to Lesotho’s trade and industrial policy and launched Lesotho’s first special economic zone.
From 2012 to 2014 he served as the Chief Executive Officer of the Lesotho National Development Cooperation, an institution charged with mobilization of foreign direct investment to Lesotho and the economic empowerment of Lesotho Nationals.
From 2005 to 2011, he served in the Cabinet of WTO Director General and was a member of the team that successfully placed the World Trade Organization (WTO) at the center of the global economic development agenda by advocating proactive involvement in global initiatives.
From 1992 to 2003, served in various capacities within the Lesotho Foreign Service, with a key focus on economic and trade matters.
He is married with 3 children.
Co-founder & CEO at Distributed Lab
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
Partner at Katalista Ventures
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).
Co-founder & Managing Partner at Walless
Founder & Chair of the Board at NEO Finance
With a solid track record of experience in managing different businesses in the fields of IT and finance, Evaldas is member of multiple boards of various companies across Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia.
Recently, he has been active in establishing and investing in different IT and Fintech companies and startups.
A graduate of IT programme at Kaunas University of Technology, Evaldas is also an alumni of Professional board member course from the Baltic Institute of Corporate Governance.
In addition to businesses, he is active in various social activities, primarily serving as Chair of Fintech Lithuania Group at Infobalt, a national Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Industry Association, which aims to create the best conditions for the development and export of the Lithuania ICT market.
Head of SEB Innovation Center
Audrius passion involves understanding how technology is shaping businesses around the world, and universally, the human-kind.
He is heading SEB Innovation Center (Vilnius, Lithuania). His professional experience is diverse: from working on operational improvement projects at a large corporate in the UK, leading a customer success projects at an artificial intelligence startup in London, consulting executives on digital transformation and corporate-startup collaboration to working for Lithuanian government on developing Lithuanian innovation ecosystem. Audrius has worked with such brands as VISA, NatWest Markets, Legal & General Insurance, Pfizer, VIACOM, FirstSource and others.
CEO of ComplyTech
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.
CEO of Evarvest
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.
LBChain Project Manager at Bank of Lithuania
Andrius Adamonis, works as a project manager at the Bank of Lithuania he is leading „LBChain – blockchain sandbox“ project. Andrius graduated master degree in software engineering at Vilnius Gedimino technical University, theses – Research of Blockchain technology. Currently he is PHD student in software engineering (Blockchain Interoperability) at Vilnius University. Andrius got interested into blockchain since 2016. He is active speaker in various local and international conferences.
Partner at Lexia Attorneys
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.
Founder and CTO of Salv Technologies
Sergei Rumjantsev is the founder and CTO of Salv Technologies. Before founding Salv, Sergei leads the engineering team for the KYC and Verification at Transferwise. Most of his career before that Sergei worked as a software developer at Transferwise and Proekspert.
Sergei hasa passion for fighting crime and trying to outwit the bad guys. Together with the Salv founders Sergei has assembled a team of anti-money-laundering (AML) and technology experts and built a platform financial institutions need to combat today’s criminals. Sergei believes the only way to be better at crime-fighting is to allow institutions to share information instantly, securely, and compliantly.
With his team in Salv, he has worked out a secure data-sharing platform that gives institutions the financial puzzle pieces they need to catch more criminals, without risking any data leaks.
CEO at Baltic Sandbox
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.
CEO of Northern Horizon
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.
Co-Founder & CEO of WeGeneral International Group
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.
CEO at LUXHUB
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.
Senior Investment Advisor for Fintech at Invest Lithuania
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.
Founding Managing Partner at Decacorn Capital
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.
Co-Founder and CEO of iDenfy
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.
Expert at Civitta
Vytautas Černiauskas is Expert at Civitta working with innovation. He is a startup mentor, advisor and consultant. Vytautas has started and developed Uber’s operations in Lithuania. He has also worked at Swedbank in Vilnius and Stockholm. Vytautas has broad experience in business development, operations, management and communications. He holds an MBA from IE Business School in Madrid.
Head of ROCKIT
Sarune is the Head of ROCKIT – the Home of FinTech and Innovation in Lithuania.
Since 2016 she has been managing the biggest community of FinTech creators and founders in the country. Together with ROCKIT she brings talent, expertise, knowledge and infrastructure to support the local ecosystem through various programs, events, B2B matchmaking, direct links to the ecosystem leaders, hosting and accelerating startups. ROCKIT is powered by Swedbank and it helps companies to get access to banking experts, mentors and wide network of bank’s stakeholders.
Sarune is the initiator of the annual Lithuanian FinTech Map and supporter of the entrepreneurship programs with sustainability mindset like “Women for Global Challenges” and “Futupreneurs”.
Prior to joining ROCKIT, she has worked as a Community Manager for an international FinTech hub created by Barclays.
Chief Commercial Officer at Contis
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.
Chairman of Stichting MKB Financiering
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.
Founder of PanPay
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.
Vice President for European Markets at Nasdaq
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.
Head of Digital Assets at Nasdaq
Johan Toll is the Head of Digital Assets at Nasdaq Market Technology, and has over 15 years of experience in the financial software and technology sector. His area of expertise includes pre-sales, distributed ledger technology, connectivity, and post-trade business. In his current role, Johan is responsible for the business development and innovation of blockchain and digital asset initiatives at Nasdaq. Johan has run teams and projects covering the full lifecycle of a trade from order, execution, and market data into clearing, settlement and risk management, both from the sell-side and marketplace perspective. In 2018, Johan received the prestigious “FinTech person of the Year” award from the Financial Technologies Forum.
Vice President Policy and Partnerships of the European Bank
Pierre Heilbronn is a member of the EBRD Executive Committee leading on the Bank’s economic, policy and reform agenda, including its coordination within country strategies and with European member states and institutions, managing bilateral and multilateral donor partnerships and ensuring an inclusive engagement of the civil society.
Before joining the EBRD in November 2016, he was deputy chief of staff for France’s Minister of Economy and Finance. Before that, he served as the European advisor of the French Prime Minister and acting General Secretary for European Affairs. Earlier in his career, he assisted in the creation of the European External Action Service. As acting head of Cabinet of the European Commissioner for External Relations and Management of Development Aid, he worked on the Neighborhood policy and on the management of EU development aid at the programming cycle.
Pierre Heilbronn started his career in the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs (Department of European cooperation) and the Ministry of Finance.
He graduated from the Institut d’Etudes politiques de Paris and the Ecole nationale d’administration (ENA). He holds a Master of Economics from Cambridge University and a Master of European studies from the College of Europe of Bruges. He also studied in Yale University and Georgetown University.
Founder of InsureAbout
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.
CEO of TribePayments
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.
Co-founder of SONECT
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.
Head of Alliances at W.UP
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.
Co-founder of Baltic Sandbox
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.
Deputy Governor of the National Bank of Ukraine
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).
Founder and CEO of Profitus
Viktorija Vanagė is the founder and CEO of Profitus, a crowdfunding platform which already funded 45 real estate projects in the amount of more than 7,8 million euros.
A cutting-edge woman has shown how proptech and fintech companies can change the investment market. Popular business models in Europe and the world have brought not only new investment ideas to Lithuania, but also an opportunity for anyone who is interested to get involved in investing.
The entrepreneur is also actively involved in educating and sharing her knowledge on crowdfunding, real estate, business and financial technology.
Viktorija is also a co-founder of asset management company Victory Funds and real estate development company CITUS.
Partner at Superia Corporate Finance
Šarūnas Skyrius is a partner at Superia Corporate Finance. He previously was a partner in OAKLINS member M&A Baltics (2014 – 2018), and before that partner in GILD Corporate Finance and GILD Bankers (2005 – 2014). In 1999, Šarūnas was was one of the three partners in the management buyout of Hermis Finansai from Hermis Bank, by then majority-owned by SEB, where he worked in the corporate finance department, having transferred from equity research in 1998.
Through over two decades of experience as an investment banker, Šarūnas executed a number of capital raising, trade sale and acquisition transactions. His notable transactions include the sale of Viltechmeda to Moog, Inc, the acquisition of Baltų Lankų Knygynas by Alma Littera, IPO of Auga Group, private placement and listing on First North alternative market of K2 LT as well as raising equity and debt financing from EBRD for E-Energija. He was instrumental in establishing the corporate bond market in Lithuania in 1999-2005, with over 15 transactions for a range of issuers ranging from Lithuanian gas and power utilities to private banks and industrial and energy companies, such as Malsena and E-Energija. He advised on the project financing, including both equity and debt, for what was then the first large scale wind farm project by Vėjų Spektras in Lithuania in 2005, and advised on the sale of the same park to Inter RAO Lietuva.
Co-founder & CEO at Simplex
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.
Co-Founder & CEO of Ondato
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).
Affiliate Professor at Grenoble Ecole de Management
I specialize in costs, intangibles, & 3-dimensional business models. Most of my work is on value creation, value capture, & value extraction of technology-oriented, knowledge-driven, & intangible-intensive enterprises with a strong focus on intellectual capital (human, organizational, technological, social, & relational). I have enhanced my extensive global experiences in business, finance, & entrepreneurship with applied research in strategic accounting & accountability of tech startups, business model innovation, and intellectual capital.
CEO and founder of Nect
Benny is CEO and founder of Nect. Prior to founding Nect, he served as a member of the digitization agenda and tech-lead for a major global insurance company. He is a trained software developer and has worked in the insurance industry for over 13 years.
CTO and ideologist of SDK.finance
Pavlo Sidelov is a CTO and ideologist of SDK.finance. He is an author of the book The World Of Digital Payments: Practical Course (FinTech)”, a regular speaker at multiple FinTech conferences, and has more than 15 years experience in digital payment software development. Startup mentor and independent consultant of world leading organizations.
Co-founder of VC Innovations
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.
Chief Officer of Public Affairs at NIFA
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.
Hessian Minister for Digital Strategy and Development
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.
Head of Tech Lab at If P&C Insurance
Adam has is the manager of If Tech Lab, the prototyping and new development part of If P&C insurance. The group has experience in launching new insurance products to customers as well as other services aimed at improving the lives and journeys of Ifs customers. He has a background within IT Strategy outside If as well as outside as a consultant.
Co-founder of FS Vector
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.
Expert at Civitta
Vytautas Černiauskas is Expert at Civitta working with innovation. He is a startup mentor, advisor and consultant. Vytautas has started and developed Uber’s operations in Lithuania. He has also worked at Swedbank in Vilnius and Stockholm. Vytautas has broad experience in business development, operations, management and communications. He holds an MBA from IE Business School in Madrid.
Assistant President of Huifu Payment Limited
Mr. Tony Tang, Assistant President of Huifu Payment Limited, once studied in:
He owns two master degrees of Finance EMBA and Computer science, a Bachelor degree of Economics.
Tony Tang has been a veteran of internet and financial payment industry with over 15-year management experience and joined in Huifu in 2006 as a founding member, in charge of Branding, Public relationship, Government relationship, etc.
Tony Tang who is now appointed by SHEITC, STCSM and SSE as expert, has undertaken several significant provincial government projects, compiling Payment Revolution and Research on Shanghai Finance Information Service Development, 2013 .
Chief Revenue Officer at REXR (Realified), angel investor and startup advisor
CTO at Tomahawk Technologies USA
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.
Senior Director - Blockchain Development at Nasdaq
Michael Osman is a Senior Director at Nasdaq and has over 18 years of experience in the financial technology space. Since joining the company in 2001, Michael has held various managerial positions within Nasdaq’s Global Technology unit. He has extensive experience in trading systems, clearing and settlement, and most recently blockchain.
Currently Michel is heading Nasdaq’s European blockchain development team delivering blockchain solutions to Nasdaq customers around the globe, in projects covering the full lifecycle of an asset.
Michael was responsible for project delivery on Project Ubin, a collaborative project on blockchain interoperability, between Nasdaq, the Monetary Authority of Singapore, and Singapore Exchange. Additionally, Michael was highly instrumental in the successful delivery of the Nordic Fund Ledger Project, a consortium between Nasdaq and major stakeholders in the Nordics.
Michael holds a Master of Science Degree in Mechanical Engineering from Chalmers University of Technology, Gothenburg and an MBA from University of Gothenburg School of Business, Economics and Law.
Partner at CSES
Mark Whittle (CSES) is a Partner at CSES and public policy specialist experienced in carrying out studies and evaluations in the financial instruments field. He has worked on many EU studies and evaluations relating to different financial instruments for the European Commission, such as a study on venture capital fund of funds, which led to the creation of VentureEU, the European VC mega-fund to boost private VC investment in innovation and scale-ups in Europe, a study on supply chain finance, and a study on business angels. He also evaluated InnovFin Financial Instruments in Horizon 2020. For the European Parliament, he led a study on EU Financial Instruments for SMEs and the Role of National and Regional Promotional Banks.
He has carried out research into alternative forms of finance, such as crowdfunding and P2P lending. He has strong knowledge of the regulatory framework on crowdfunding in different countries and of the European crowdfunding platform ecosystem. He is familiar with attention to minimising differences in national crowdfunding regulations stressed in the Capital Markets Union Communication.
Head of EBRD’s office for the Baltics
Ian Brown has been the Head of EBRD’s office for the Baltics, based in Vilnius, since September 2019. He moved to the Baltics from the Balkans – he worked in the EBRD’s Sarajevo Office from 2014 – 2019 as head of Bosnia and Herzegovina. From 2008 -2014 he was the regional head of the Bank’s Energy team in the Western Balkans. Before joining the EBRD he worked in Belgrade from 2003 to 2008 for the EU’s European Agency for Reconstruction.
Gitanas Nausėda, The President of the Republic of Lithuania
Gitanas Nausėda, the President of the Republic of Lithuania
Vitas Vasiliauskas, Chairman of the Board of the Bank of Lithuania
Vilius Šapoka, Minister of Finance of the Republic of Lithuania
Marius Skuodis, Vice minister of Economy and Innovation of the Republic of Lithuania
Martynas Pilkis, Senior Economist at the Market Infrastructure Department at the Bank of Lithuania
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
Tamaz Georgadze, CEO & Founder of Raisin
Moderator: Martynas Pilkis, Senior Economist at the Market Infrastructure Department at the Bank of Lithuania
Tapio Vailahti, Head Of Business Development at Evry Card Services Finland Oy
Tang (Tony) Wei, Assistant President of Huifu Payment Limited
Suresh Vaghjiani, CEO at Tribe Payments
Linas Beliūnas, Country Manager, Europe at Flutterwave
Alexander von Schirmeister, Executive Vice President for Europe at SumUp
Lars Trunin, Head of UK Product at TransferWise
Moderator: Dovilė Burgienė, Co-founder & Managing Partner at Walless
Nils Melngailis, Chairman at Luminor Group
Brian Reaves, CEO of Factris
Šarūnas Skyrius, Partner at Superia Corporate Finance
Pierre Heilbronn, Vice President, Policy and Partnerships, EBRD
Areiel Wolanow, Managing Director at Finserv Experts
Šarūnas Legeckas, General Manager at N26
Moderator: Odeta Isevičiūtė, CMO at Mano.Bank
Rajesh Venkatesh, Chief Product Officer at NIUM
Ville Kymäläinen, Finland Country Manager at Northmill
Stephanie Brennan, CEO of Evarvest
Richard Davies, COO of Revolut
Lisa Moyle, Co-founder & Director of Strategy and Partnership at VC Innovations
Andy Patton, CCO at Contis
Pavel Matveev, Co-founder & CEO of Wirex
Hu Yan, CEO of A.E.Money
Laurence Cooke, Founder & CEO of nanoPay Corporation
Rik Krieger, Co-founder of Sonect
Sukhi Jutla, Co-founder & COO of MarketOrders
Ben Goldin, CTO & CPO at Mambu
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
Anna Blyablina, Co-Founder of Sthlm Fintech Week
Rugilė Stonytė, Fintech Investment Advisor at Invest Lithuania
Shaul David, Head of New Business Propositions at RailsBank
Simon Hogg, Director at Prospect Insurance Brokers, Lloyds
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)
Remco Veenenberg, Head of Alliances at W.UP
Moderator: Erik Bhullar, Chief Revenue Officer at REXR (Realified), angel investor and startup advisor
Debneel Mukherjee, Founder & Managing Partner of Decacorn Capital
Stanislav Ivanov, Founding Partner at Tera Ventures
Frank Petry, Investor, Mentor, Member Of The Supervisory Board at TFG Venture Capital/Vestcorp AG
Dr. Raffi Chammassian, Affiliate Professor at Grenoble Ecole de Management
Moderator: Sandra Golbreich, CEO at Baltic Sandbox
Milda Dargužaitė, CEO of Northern Horizon
Susanne Hannestad, CEO at Fintech Mundi
Moderator: Andrius Milinavičius, Founding member and BDO at Baltic Sandbox
Cristobal Alonso, Global CEO & EI Patron of Startup Wise Guys
Moderator: Andra Bagdonaitė, Programme manager at Startup Wise Guys
Erik Bhullar, Chief Revenue Officer at REXR (Realified), angel investor and startup advisor
Dr. Edwin Van der Ouderaa, Senior MD at Accenture Financial Services Digital and Analytics
Moderator: Dr. Rytis Rainys, Director at National Cyber Security Center of Lithuania
Anatoli Woolf, CTO at Tomahawk Technologies USA
Igor Angelini, Head of Task Force European Financial and Economic Crime Centre (EFECC)
Sergei Rumjantsev, CTO at Salv Technologies OÜ
Nick Maxwell, Head of FFIS
Pavlo Sidelov, CTO at SDK.Finance
Madalina Popa, Financial Services Industry Director for Central and Eastern Europe at Microsoft
Arnaud Le Hors, Senior Technical Staff Member, Blockchain &Web Open Technologies at IBM
Ousmène Jacques Mandeng, Senior Advisor at Global Blockchain Technology, Accenture
Robert Harrison, Head of Business Development at Bitwala
Moderator: Andrius Adamonis, LBChain project manager at Bank of Lithuania
Vlaho Hrdalo, Lawyer, Chairman of Union for blockchain & cryptocurrencies (UBIK)
Hannes Helenius, Chairman of the Board at FA Solutions
Andrius Adamonis, Business Developer at Tieto
Sandris Murins, Principal Cofounder at Murins startups
Johan Toll, Head of Digital Assets at Nasdaq Market Technology
Pavel Kravchenko, Founder & CEO at Distributed Lab
Nikola Škorič, CEO of Electrocoin d.o.o
Brian Geary, Commercial Director at Beyondanalysis
Felicia Meyerowitz Singh, Founder & CEO at AkoniHub
Moderator: Elijus Čivilis, Vice-Minister (Digital Agenda) at the Ministry of the Economy and Innovation of the Republic of Lithuania
Dr.Çetin Ali Dönmez, Deputy Minister of Ministry of Industry and Technology Republic of Turkey
Joshua Setipa, Managing Director at UN Technology Bank
Mindaugas Mikalajūnas, CEO at SME Finance
Moderator: Arminta Saladžienė, Vice President for European Markets at Nasdaq
Vilius Šapoka, Minister of Finance of the Republic of Lithuania
Ian Brown, Head of Baltics at EBRD
Simonas Gustainis, Managing Partner at BaltCap
Tomas Nemura, CMO at MoQ
Moderator: Vilius Tamkvaitis, Advisor to the 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
Moderator: Chris Wood, Associate Editor at DMN
Šarūnė Smalakytė, Head at ROCKIT
Audrius Rutkauskas, Head of SEB Innovation Centre
Anna Blyablina, Co-Founder of Sthlm Fintech Week, Business Development and Partnership Manager at FintechMatters
Moderator: Jonny Paul, Director at Fintech Calling, Ltd.
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
Moderator: Vytautas Černiauskas, Expert at Civitta
Ronald Kleverlaan, Chairman of Stichting MKB Financiering & Director European Center for Alternative Finance at Utrecht University
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
Mark Whittle, Partner, Centre for Strategy & Evaluation Services
Martins Valters, CEO/CFO & Co-Founder at Mintos
Moderator: Viktorija Vanagė, Founder, Profitus
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
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
Evaldas Remeikis, Founder & Chair of the Board at NEO Finance
Moderator: Vytautas Černiauskas, Expert at Civitta
Timo Dreger, Founder of InsureAbout
Matteo Carbone, 1st Insurtech influencer globally, Founder & Director at the IoT Insurance Observatory
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
Simon Hogg, Director at Prospect Insurance Brokers, Lloyds
Ed Bradshaw, Chief Strategy Officer at Ooniq
Jan Kastory, Founding Partner of Astoria.VC
Anders Skovlykke Knudsen, Business Development Director at TIA Technology
Manjit Rana, Managing Director at Rainmaking Insurtech
Benny Bennet Jürgens, Founder and CEO, Nect GmbH