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Join to learn from the globe’s major innovators across the industry. The keynote and guest speakers will discuss the latest advances in Fintech's technical achievements and applications, financial prognosis and accordance by focusing on a clear goal with a dedicated elevator pitch.

Meet Our Speakers:

Nameer Khan

Middle East's Top 50 Fintech Influencer & Founding Board Member

MENA Fintech Association

MENA Fintech Association

Nameer Khan

Middle East's Top 50 Fintech Influencer & Founding Board Member - MENA Fintech Association

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Khalid Saad

Chief Executive Officer

Bahrain Fintech Bay

Bahrain Fintech Bay

Khalid Saad

Chief Executive Officer - Bahrain Fintech Bay

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Salam Slim

Director, Global Solution Lead/ Core Banking Transformation

Oracle

Oracle

Salam Slim

Director, Global Solution Lead/ Core Banking Transformation - Oracle

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Mirna Sleiman

Founder and CEO./ Digital Transformation Consultant

Fintech GALAXY/ Dubai FDI

Fintech GALAXY/ Dubai FDI

Mirna Sleiman

Founder and CEO./ Digital Transformation Consultant - Fintech GALAXY/ Dubai FDI

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Manaf Ahmed

Vice President AML

First Abu Dhabi Bank

First Abu Dhabi Bank

Manaf Ahmed

Vice President AML - First Abu Dhabi Bank

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Ahmed Al Sayed Al Refaei

Chief Operating Officer

Al Masraf -Arab Bank for Investment & Foreign Trade

Al Masraf -Arab Bank for Investment & Foreign Trade

Ahmed Al Sayed Al Refaei

Chief Operating Officer - Al Masraf -Arab Bank for Investment & Foreign Trade

Ahmed Al Sayed Al Refaei is currently working at Al Masraf (Arab Bank for Investment and Foreign Trade) as Chief Operating Officer. In his scope of work he is covering the following departments -Information Technology, Information Security, Operations, Trade Finance, E-Channels and Branches. Prior to this role, he was the Group Head of Shared Services & Retail Commercial Gulf Centralization for NBAD. He has had over 27 years’ experience in financial institution, covering areas such as retail, corporate lending specifically syndication, treasury operations, Islamic treasury operations, structured products and derivatives operations, trade finance operations and retails operations. He has handled major projects, such as systems implementations for operations and core system; ISO certifications, process reengineering and change management.

Speakers 2018:

Jochen Biedermann

Managing Director

World Alliance of International Financial Centers

World Alliance of International Financial Centers

Jochen Biedermann

Managing Director - World Alliance of International Financial Centers

Jochen Biedermann serves as Managing Director of the World Alliance of International Financial Centers (WAIFC), an international non-profit association registered in Brussels and with head office in Frankfurt. On behalf of the financial centre of Frankfurt, he takes care of development and implementing partnerships between Frankfurt and other international financial centres. Additionally, he coordinates Frankfurt’s initiative to become a leading global FinTech hub, supporting young companies with new business ideas in finance & technology. Furthermore, he is the FinTech coordinator for the EU Financial Centre Roundtable, a member of the Advisory Council on FinTech of Astana International Financial Centre (AIFC), a mentor at Accelerator Frankfurt and a mentor at Plug and Play Tech Center. Jochen is also the founder and CEO of Blockchain Asia Ltd., a Blockchain company founded in Hong Kong beginning of 2016 with offices in Frankfurt and Singapore. Finally, he consults Chinese companies and investors in doing business in Germany and German companies to be successful in China. From 1999 to 2013 Jochen worked for Deutsche Börse Group. As SVP for International Affairs, he oversaw its business in emerging markets. Since 2001 he serves regularly as a lecturer as well as supervisor of MBA students at Frankfurt School of Finance & Management. Jochen holds a diploma in mathematics & computer science from the University of Göttingen and a Ph.D. in mathematics from the University of Cottbus, Germany. He is also Research Professor at Hankou University in Wuhan, China.

Christian Schäfer

Director of Product Management

Deutsche Bank

Deutsche Bank

Christian Schäfer

Director of Product Management - Deutsche Bank

Christian is a Director in Deutsche Bank Global Transaction Banking's Product Management, responsible for managing the payments product offering globally. He has held various regional and global product management positions at Deutsche Bank. Prior to his current role, he developed and commercialized the Bank's Financial Supply Chain product suite in the EMEA region. Christian graduated from the University of Mannheim in 1997 with a Master in Business Administration and Computer Science and holds a Diploma in Strategy & Innovation from the University of Oxford. He lectures negotiations and managerial skills at the University of Mannheim. In his leisure time, he enjoys running, travelling, and dining out.

Urs Gubser

Head eCommerce

SIX Payments

SIX Payments

Urs Gubser

Head eCommerce - SIX Payments

Former startup CTO turned product manager with financial services technology background Demonstrated ability to start and launch a business from scratch, developed and operated the technology and lead pre-sales and participated in funding of the ventures. Versatile product and program manager with focus on the financial services industry has been working as software engineer in securities trading in New York, Hong Kong and Zurich. While on assignment in Hong Kong he caught the payment bug and upon returning to New York started to work for Citibank in the emerging payments group as product leader. After a total of 17 years abroad he moved back in 2015 to Zurich, Switzerland where he joined SIX as head eCommerce.

Paolo Sironi

FinTech Thought Leader and Author

IBM Watson Financial Services

IBM Watson Financial Services

Paolo Sironi

FinTech Thought Leader and Author - IBM Watson Financial Services

Paolo is author of bestselling literature on quantitative finance and fintech innovation. Currently an elective member of IBM Industry Academy, he advises financial institutions globally on business model transformation by linking finance and technology. Formerly startup entrepreneur and quantitative risk management director in investment banking. Meet the Author of “FinTech Innovation” and discuss dollar and sense of Knowledge Digitisation. FinTech innovation is the opportunity to master a global shift in financial services, as their business models are due to transform from transactional revenues to the offering of added-value propositions across banking and insurance pillars, caused by reduced profitability of interest rate margins and a shift towards fee-based revenues. This shift is not easy and success requires to look beyond disruption towards sustaining innovation, centred on the the digitisation of knowledge which allows banks and fintech to explain the new value proposition; while digital payments are the new entrants’ gateway to all financial services relationships centred on personal journeys and experiences. We will provide constructive criticism to the fintech ecosystem, and learn which products or solutions will ultimately justify the fees at the crossroads between behavioural finance, digital innovation, regulation and financial technology.

Pedro Pinto Coelho

CEO & Chairman of the Board

Banco BNI

Banco BNI

Pedro Pinto Coelho

CEO & Chairman of the Board - Banco BNI

Pedro Pinto Coelho is the Executive Chairman of Banco BNI Europa. He is also Chairman of the Portuguese Fintech and Insurtech Association. Mr. Pinto Coelho has more than 20 years of international experience in the financial services industry across three continents. Before joining BNI Europa, he held several leadership positions such as CEO of Azure Wealth, a Wealth manager based in Switzerland; Founder and CEO of Standard Bank Angola, Board member of Standard Bank Mozambique, Exco member of Standard Bank Group CIB in South Africa, Founder and CEO of Amorim Global Investors, a private equity firm, Global Head of Financial Advisory at Banif Investment Banking Group, Executive Board Member of Banif Investment Banking Brazil and Head of Investment Banking for Portugal at Citigroup. He holds a MBA from HEC School of Management a MSc in Management Information Systems from ISCTE-IUL and a MSc in Industrial Engineering from UNL

Maxim Lyadvinsky

CEO

Bloomio

Bloomio

Maxim Lyadvinsky

CEO - Bloomio

Maxim V. Lyadvinsky, MBA has expertise in fundraising and scaling startup teams, envisioning technology trends, developing product strategies and innovating disruptive technologies.
Max has started his learning journey in primary school, when he crunched machine codes of his lovely Z-80 processor. He discovered the programming languages universe, realizing it is much easier and faster to write software in human readable C++ rather than in raw machine code's secret language. Several years of system software development and talented engineers’ management have supported his arrival at Acronis as a co-founder in 2001.
Max has scaled the team from 4 engineers to around 400 employees as the Head of R&D of Acronis. A unique team of highly talented and dedicated engineers helped the company to grow from a small startup to a multi hundred-million-dollar international company with a recognized brand in data security, cloud storage and backup.
Many years of warm friendships with venture capitalists willing to invest into fast-growing Acronis have transformed his career inspiration into a new activity to help VC firms with due diligence. Max has invested into a Swiss startup – OneVisage. He serves as a board member.

Jonas Wenke

Investment Manager

CommerzVentures

CommerzVentures

Jonas Wenke

Investment Manager - CommerzVentures

Jonas is an Investment Manager at CommerzVentures, the non-strategic corporate VC fund of Commerzbank Group. Additionally, he serves as an Expert Advisor to the European Commission. Prior to becoming a VC, Jonas worked in Investment Banking, originating and executing leveraged buyout transactions for financial sponsors throughout Europe. He studied in Switzerland, the Netherlands, Brazil and China and graduated with a master's degree from University of St. Gallen.

Jörn Leogrande

Executive Vice President Innovation and Value Added Services

Wirecard AG

Wirecard AG

Jörn Leogrande

Executive Vice President Innovation and Value Added Services - Wirecard AG

Daniel Steeves

Chief Strategy Officer and coFounder

dGram

dGram

Daniel Steeves

Chief Strategy Officer and coFounder - dGram

Daniel Steeves - Strategist and Advisor. Taking a tactical and pragmatic but creative approach, he works with the Board and founders to identify opportunities, increase market share and identify new propositions within existing product sets. Daniel is a contributor to the Economist Intelligence Unit and the Financial Times, he has been included on worldwide Cloud Computing Thought Leader lists. He is a well-experienced speaker and presenter including TEDx, India Institute of Technology (IIT), UK-Canada Chamber of Commerce, Cloud Forum, CASS Business School and other industry events. He co-produced and presented an extensive series of cloud and business interviews at IntelligentHQ.com. He also worked with the Nigeria Rebirth Foundation as Consulting Producer and Business Advisor for the Labor Room National Development TV (2017) show in Nigeria.

May Michelson

Head of Business Development Europe

PayKey

PayKey

May Michelson

Head of Business Development Europe - PayKey

Vijay Kasturi

Banking Presales & Solutions Head (Europe)

Oracle

Oracle

Vijay Kasturi

Banking Presales & Solutions Head (Europe) - Oracle

Vijay Kasturi is Europe Head of Solution Consulting for Oracle’s Financial Services Global Business Unit. Vijay is jointly responsible for defining and executing Go to Market strategies for the region and is focused on crafting solutions using transformative technologies like AI, IoT, AR & Blockchain. He is a Financial Services professional with over 18 years in Bank Transformation / Modernization, including Solution Architecture, Digital Strategies and Open Banking. Currently, he manages the European Solution Consulting team comprising extremely driven & experienced professionals for one of the largest enterprise software companies in the world.

Anna Maj

Ambassador - FinTech Leader | Advisor & Mentor | Payments Visionary | Top 20 Women in FinTech

European Women Payments Network (EWPN)

European Women Payments Network (EWPN)

Anna Maj

Ambassador - FinTech Leader | Advisor & Mentor | Payments Visionary | Top 20 Women in FinTech - European Women Payments Network (EWPN)

Anna is a FinTech Veteran. 18 years of experience in the banking and payments industries in Poland and CEE (incl. Citigroup, T-Mobile, mBank). Particular expertise in the field of innovative digital payment solutions (mobile, cards, wallets), digitally enabled financial products (consumer banking, e-commerce, open banking, chatbots, conversational banking, AI). Introduced one of the first online payment gateways in the CEEMEA region as well as the first digital wallet and the mobile payment platform.
FinTech Mentor (PwC Startup Collider CEE, Alfa Bank Digital, Warsaw Booster). Featured in the “TOP 20 Women in FinTech” Report (Institute of Innovative Economy, March 2017). Speaker at numerous FinTech & Digital & Payments conferences and events. Advocate for diversity and fairness in business. Art lover. Internationally exposed (Warsaw/London/Brussels/Amsterdam). Multilingual.

Vincent Alimi

Chief Growth Officer

Mobeewave

Mobeewave

Vincent Alimi

Chief Growth Officer - Mobeewave

Denis Kiselev

CEO

SnapSwap

SnapSwap

Denis Kiselev

CEO - SnapSwap

Gianluca D’Imperio

Group CIB Compliance | PayTech | FinTech |

UniCredit

UniCredit

Gianluca D’Imperio

Group CIB Compliance | PayTech | FinTech | - UniCredit

At UniCredit, Gianluca D'Imperio is responsible, within Group CIB Compliance, to ensure the correct implementation of EU rules on Payment Services (i.e. PSD2) both at local and Group level. He specialized in Digital Business Transformation providing also advisory support to any FinTech and RegTech initiative of the Group. After completing his degree in economics Dr D'Imperio started his business career in 1999 at the first internet-only Bank in Italy, holding various roles and responsibilities. He joined UniCredit in 2003 and in 2006 he was appointed as Regulatory Compliance Analyst focused on the Italian and European laws concerning banking services.

Dr. Guenther Dobrauz-Saldapenna

Partner & Leader

PwC Legal Switzerland

PwC Legal Switzerland

Dr. Guenther Dobrauz-Saldapenna

Partner & Leader - PwC Legal Switzerland

Prof. Dr. Remigiusz Smolinski

VP Business Development and Innovation Management

Comdirect

Comdirect

Prof. Dr. Remigiusz Smolinski

VP Business Development and Innovation Management - Comdirect

Prof. Dr. Remigiusz Smolinski is an innovation expert specializing on digitization and growth especially in the internet industry. He graduated from HHL Leipzig Graduate School of Management and was a visiting scholar at Tufts University‘s Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy and Harvard University’s Program on Negotiation. Prof. Smolinski built and managed the first international marketplaces at mobile.de (eBay), and led a team responsible for driving ecommerce innovations in the Otto Group. Currently, he works as the VP Business Development and Innovation Management at comdirect and is a professor at HHL Leipzig Graduate School of Management. Prof. Smolinski is the founder of comdirect Startup Garage, a major fintech accelerator in Hamburg.

Matt Elton

CEO

FinnoLux

FinnoLux

Matt Elton

CEO - FinnoLux

Don Ginsel

Founder at Holland FinTech

Holland FinTech

Holland FinTech

Don Ginsel

Founder at Holland FinTech - Holland FinTech

Sara Koslinska

CEO

Limitless

Limitless

Sara Koslinska

CEO - Limitless

Dorel Blitz

VP Strategy & Business Development

Personetics

Personetics

Dorel Blitz

VP Strategy & Business Development - Personetics

Thomas Labenbacher

CEO /Top FinTech Influencer

Bank52

Bank52

Thomas Labenbacher

CEO /Top FinTech Influencer - Bank52

Olus Kayacan

RegTech for Business Evangelist & Influencer

Governance.com

Governance.com

Olus Kayacan

RegTech for Business Evangelist & Influencer - Governance.com

Neal Cross

Chief Innovation Officer

DBS Bank

DBS Bank

Neal Cross

Chief Innovation Officer - DBS Bank

Neal Cross is Managing Director and Chief Innovation Officer of DBS Bank and a strong advocate for innovation thinking and culture.
Cross is driving the bank’s innovation agenda regionally, as DBS moves to shape the future of banking, to enhance customer experience and better engage customers in the digital landscape. Cross has more than 20 years’ experience in technology, innovation and financial services.
Working with internal stakeholders and external collaborators, he charts the innovation roadmap for DBS to enhance customer experience and better engage the bank’s customers in the digital landscape.
On the back of our recent “World’s Best Digital Bank” accolade, Neal won the “Most Disruptive” CIO global award by impressing judges Steve Wozniak and Sir Richard Branson at the finals of the Talent Unleashed Awards 2016.
Previous to DBS, Cross was at MasterCard, where he was responsible for driving innovation as Vice President of MasterCard Labs in the company’s Asia/Pacific, Middle East and Africa regions. Cross started working in the Asia time zone at Microsoft in Australia and later in Singapore as the financial services industry director.
On his weekends Neal lives in the Sumatran jungle where he has founded Hotel Orangutan, a social enterprise to help save the critically endangered Sumatran Orangutan and to give local villagers employment and education.

Vincent Bezzina

Director / Security Evangelist

Endeavour 3DSecure

Endeavour 3DSecure

Vincent Bezzina

Director / Security Evangelist - Endeavour 3DSecure

Vincent Bezzina is one of the true experts of online payments, having launched a payment gateway as early as 1999 and pioneered many of the technologies for fraud detection and prevention which are common today. Vincent has been involved in 3DSecure for the last decade, heading Endeavour 3DSecure which provides 3DSecure to payments gateways, banks and merchants around the globe. Vincent is currently working with EMVCO, Visa, MasterCard and Amex on the launch of EMV 3DSecure 2.1; this is the next generation 3DSecure solution providing online identity for remote payments. 3DSecure 2.1 will form the bed rock for online security for the next decade and allow regulated markets to meet the requirements of strong consumer authentication (SCA) which are now coming into force.

Nelson Holzner

CEO and Co-Founder

MODIFI

MODIFI

Nelson Holzner

CEO and Co-Founder - MODIFI

"Nelson Holzner is an entrepreneur and FinTech pioneer with more than 10 years of experience in Payment, Lending and Trade Finance. He is CEO and Co-founder of MODIFI, a company providing digital Trade Finance to small and medium-sized businesses around the globe. Prior to MODIFI, Nelson was CEO of AEVI, a payments company within DieboldNixdorf. In 2009, Nelson founded BillPay, the leading German provider of PayLater solutions for 5,000 retailers and 14M customers which he recently sold to Klarna. Before becoming an entrepreneur, Nelson was VP Private Equity at Cerberus Capital. He started his career as a lawyer with Freshfields."

Pieter Jansen

CEO & Founder

Cybersprint

Cybersprint

Pieter Jansen

CEO & Founder - Cybersprint

Pieter Jansen is a passionate cybersecurity-specialist and CEO & Founder of Cybersprint. Already at young age Pieter was intrigued by computers and the security of networks. His curiosity led him to hacking communities, where he learned more about the possibilities of hacking and the damage it can cause. Soon, he tried to find ways to protect IT systems from malicious hack attempts as an ethical hacker. His passion for computers influenced his working ambitions: first he worked as an ethical hacker and then as IT and Security developer. With his experience as an ethical hacker and Security manager he has worked on both the "offense" and "defense" side of cyber security. His motto ‘Defense is hard, offense is easy’ forms the base of the Cybersprint-platform. Based on his experience, Pieter saw new possibilities in developing a platform protecting the online environment of organisations. He decided to give his ambition ‘to make the world more secure’ a new dimension, by starting his own company in Digital Risk Monitoring. With Cybersprint, he has developed Europe's first Digital Risk Monitoring platform that, based on a brand name, automatically and 24/7 identifies the online vulnerabilities of organisations.

Torsten Noack

Channel Manager

Cybersprint

Cybersprint

Torsten Noack

Channel Manager - Cybersprint

Mr. Torsten Noack has over 10 years’ experience in the IT security industry. He has held various sales positions at several security companies, such as WatchGuard Technologies and Palo Alto Networks as well as the Value-Added-Security-Distributor Wick Hill (Nuvias) and Fox-IT. This has given him a great understanding of the different markets and demands within various sectors. As of 2018 Torsten Noack has joined Cybersprint as a Channel Manager being responsible for building relationships with reseller partners and continuing Cybersprint's strong channel growth within the DACH Region. Torsten Noack's main goal is to help customer to manage their online footprint and gain insight into the vulnerabilities of their visible and hidden online assets. Cybersprint protects your organization against cybercriminals and prevent hacking, phishing and dataleaks.

Antony Tikhonov

Business Development Manager, DACH

Seedrs

Seedrs

Antony Tikhonov

Business Development Manager, DACH - Seedrs

Antony is a Business Development Manager responsible for DACH at Seedrs, Europe's leading equity crowdfunding platform (€480M+ invested into 698 startups of various stages). Seedrs was named "Most Active UK Funder of Private Companies" in 2016 and 2017. Prior to joining the company, Antony co-founded startups in areas of e-commerce, fashion and HR and contributed to organisation of entrepreneurship conferences as well as TEDx events across multiple countries.

Ofer Friedman

VP Marketing

AU10TIX Limited

AU10TIX Limited

Ofer Friedman

VP Marketing - AU10TIX Limited

Ofer is VP Marketing of AU10TIX, forerunners of 2nd generation ID authentication and onboarding technology. Strong track record in building brands and businesses in international B2C and B2B markets. Hi clients' best friend and his company's best competitiveness driver. Performance driven, hands-on involvement in the entire value chain from product development to demand generation and client acquisition. Professional roots in brand and business strategy at BBDO and Publicis, working with global and local major players in a range or verticals from technology to consumer markets. Authored professional book and articles and an appreciated speaker. Holds M. Sc. Management and Organizational Psychology & Behavior. Inspired by Jules Verne, Steve Jobs, B.H. Liddell-Hart and Groucho Marx.

Jakub Piotrowski

Chief Revenue Officer, Head of Customer Engagement

Meniga

Meniga

Jakub Piotrowski

Chief Revenue Officer, Head of Customer Engagement - Meniga

Jakub Piotrowski has over 12 years of experience working in financial services and fintech. He is responsible for global sales and account management at Meniga, a leader in personal finance and digital engagement software. He joined the company in 2015 and initially worked on integration projects. Prior to Meniga, Jakub was working in Digital practice at Accenture, managing transformation projects for banks in Central Europe, including Meniga implementation at mBank in Poland, Czech Republic and Slovakia, PFM implementations for Intesa Sanpaolo and HVB (UniCredit Germany). Prior to that he was working with corporate banks on projects related to cross-border clearing and settlement processes and core platform transformation. Jakub holds a MSc and BSc diplomas from Warsaw University of Technology (majoring in Computer Systems Networking and Telecommunication) as well as post-graduate degree from SGH in Management and Financing in Aviation I

Koen Vanderhoydonk

CEO

Belgium & Luxembourg

Belgium & Luxembourg

Koen Vanderhoydonk

CEO - Belgium & Luxembourg

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