GLOBAL VIRTUAL CONFERENCE
15-18 JUNE 2020
Fintech Week Lithuania, which took place online on 15-18 June 2020 has culminated with the first-...
Partner & Licensed Unicorn Hunter at 70 Ventures
Gytenis is investing and helping B2B companies grow. Previously has been involved with angel investing and founded Lithuanian Business Angel Network (LitBAN), other experience from banking and own start-ups.
Blockchain & Innovation Strategy, London Stock Exchange
Dotun is part of the blockchain division of the emerging technologies team at LSEG. He’s responsible for co-steering adoption of blockchain and DLT across internal group businesses as well as the wider capital markets landscape through partnerships and external initiatives. He has a 13 year career history in video games and financial services (derivatives trading & quantative market-making infrastructure & execution), with expertise that includes software engineering and architecture, product design and delivery, blockchain and DLT, high performance, real-time and scalable distributed systems.
Dotun has been deeply immersed in blockchain technology at multiple levels (development, architecture, product design and strategy) over the past 3 years with executive roles in two commercial ventures over the past 2.5 years.
Head of Unit, Digital Innovation and Blockchain at DG Connect
Pēteris Zilgalvis is the Head of Unit for Digital Innovation and Blockchain in the Digital Single Market Directorate in DG CONNECT and is the Co-Chair of the European Commission FinTech Task Force. He was the Visiting EU Fellow at St. Antony’s College, University of Oxford for 2013-14, where was an Associate of the Political Economy of Financial Markets Programme. From 1997 to 2005, he was Deputy Head of the Bioethics Department of the Council of Europe, in its Directorate General of Legal Affairs. In addition, he has held various positions in the Latvian civil service (Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Environment). He was Senior Environmental Law Advisor to the World Bank/Russian Federation Environmental Management Project and was Regional Environmental Specialist for the Baltic Countries at the World Bank. He has been a member of the California State Bar since 1991, completed his J.D. at the University of Southern California, his B.A. in Political Science Cum Laude at UCLA, the High Potentials Leadership Program at Harvard Business School. A recent publication of his is “The Need for an Innovation Principle in Regulatory Impact Assessment: The Case of Finance and Innovation in Europe” in Policy & Internet. An upcoming publication is “The Law and Political Economy of Decentralised Digital Ecosystems”.
Co-founder & CEO of Railsbank
Nigel Verdon is a well known finTech entrepreneur and founded three finTech firms Evolution, Currency Cloud and more recently Railsbank. He sits on the board of FX Options Hedge fund LCJ and previously was a partner at finTech VC fund Orange Growth Capital, worked at Swiss Bank Corp (now UBS) and a director at Dresden Kleinwort Investment Bank – both banks recognised for their innovation in technology.
CEO at “Swedbank” Lithuania
Dovilė Grigienė has 19 years of experience in financial sector in both the USA and Lithuania. The start of her career begins in the USA, where she graduated from Concordia University in Wisconsin gaining MBA in Finance and MIS. After getting financial licenses in the USA and working for several years as a Head of Department, she came back to continue her work in Lithuania in 2007. After a successful Wealth Management Department Director position in “Finasta” she joined “Swedbank” in 2013 as a Head of Private Banking. The very same year she became CEO at “Swedbank” Lietuvoje. Being a successful business woman, Dovilė Grigienė is also one of the founders of “Leader” organization, which promotes women leadership and equal rights.
Special Advisor at OECD & FATF
Joseph Weinberg is an expert in compliance and Anti Money Laundering what concerns digital currencies and their effects on the financial ecosystem. He serves as an advisor to the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), Financial Action Task Force (FATF), governments and regulatory bodies globally. Through his work at the OECD, Joseph is helping draft global policies for the G7 and G20 councils. He has written regulations in countries including Australia, Bermuda, Mauritius, and is working with select African countries. Joseph is a co-founder of Shyft and founder and the CEO of Paycase, and is a well known personality in the digital currency world.
Founder of Clarke Global Marketing
Kadeem Clarke is a finance professional, entrepreneur, and blockchain expert assisting firms with investments into emerging markets, emerging industries, and top startups at every stage.
As a first generation American and college student, Kadeem received a Bachelor of Science in Business Administraion with a concentration in Finance from Boston University in May 2018.
Following graduation, Kadeem worked at Bank of America Merrill Lynch before starting a private investing career as Investment Manager at 8 Decimal Capital, a venture capital firm investing in blockchain companies.
Currently, Kadeem is Investment Manager at MarketX Ventures, an investment firm facilitating family office, venture capital, and UHNWI investment into global private tech companies. Additionally, Kadeem founded a consulting firm named Clarke Global Marketing (CGM). CGM serves both global startups in emerging industries (i.e. blockchain FinTech, cannabis) and SMEs in traditional industries (i.e haircare and restaurants). The firm’s consulting services include investor relations, digital marketing, business development and markets. Over the course of three years, CGM has served over 15 clients in 4 continents. On his downtime, Kadeem is also active in his family businesses, mainly their Jamaican restaurants located in Brooklyn Island Cz Cafe and Seas Lounge.
Fintech Week Lithuania is a global virtual fintech conference that will be broadcasted in a virtual studio format, featuring a unique virtual expo, as well as a virtual B2B area for online business meetings. Fintech Week Lithuania is the online sibling of the famous Fintech Inn conference – the biggest fintech event in the region that takes place annually in Lithuania, which has been postponed to April 28-29 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Over a period of 4 days, Fintech Week Lithuania will provide attendees with a comprehensive overview and insights of the areas such as global payments, blockchain, lending, finance and banking technology.
Fintech experts, startups, venture capitalists, regulators, and other market participants will take part in keynotes and panel discussions to address the most topical issues of the industry. Experts from across the globe will get together to dig deeper into crucial issues related to neobanks, e-commerce, cybersecurity, data, digital assets and the financing landscape, among others.
Additionally, a number of Lithuanian fintech companies selected based on their business cases will participate in a competition, culminating in the Lithuanian Fintech Awards.
As well as the speaker sessions, Fintech Week Lithuania also invites attendees to participate in a virtual expo, a workshop and attend presentations that will be delivered by the fintech startups in the Fintech Startup Pitch Battle.
The four-day virtual event is free of charge for all attendees.
Lithuanian Fintech Awards aims to recognize vibrant Lithuanian fintech ecosystem players that have made outstanding contributions to the country’s financial technologies industry, and are positioned to make a significant impact in the future.
Organized for the first time, Lithuanian Fintech Awards are open in 10 different categories, designed to celebrate the industry’s achievements and successes of the country’s best and brightest. A range of categories covering key disciplines is offering Lithuanian registered organizations the opportunity to showcase their accomplishments.AWARDS
One of the most valuable takeaways from any conference is the new relationships and contacts made through networking.
Fintech Week Lithuania will be conducted on the Onvent platform, used by the Global Mobility Forum, among others. Just like during a traditional event, participants will be able to network and discuss business through the Onvent B2B meeting solution: live private chats and video calls.
Every crisis creates opportunities. We know that the fintech
community is capable of thinking outside the box and finding
innovative solutions. These uncertain times demand solid,
valuable ideas more than ever.
Fintech Week Lithuania invites your startup to the Fintech Pitch
Battle, where you and your team can present ideas and solutions.
Winning teams will be provided access to consulting, discussions
about funding opportunities and invitations to World’s leading
The winners will be announced in the following categories:
Not much of an intro is needed, the World is different today. You might have thought that fundraising is something easily approachable, but according to CB Insights, the first quarter of 2020 was one of the worst for VC-backed fintechs in two years as the economic impact of COVID-19 has dampened investor appetite for fintech. This change has been as a result of investors – looking for security in the current climate – reneging on early-stage investments so that they can instead focus on strengthening existing portfolios.
Keeping this in mind, there are many open questions for fintechs – to fundraise or not to fundraise, which fintech VCs to approach, what VCs are looking for right now, are fintech VCs even considering new investments or are they on lockdown too? While the list of active investors in spite of Corona circles around and VCs say that they are open for business – what does it really mean? To find some answers and to help fintech startups, Jone will share insights on what VCs are expecting from fintechs in the new normal.Register / Log in
Vilius Šapoka, Minister of Finance of the Republic of Lithuania
Žygimantas Vaičiūnas, Minister of Energy, Acting Minister of the Economy and Innovation
Aurimas Danielius, moderator
Pēteris Zilgalvis, Head of Unit, Digital Innovation and Blockchain @ European Commission
Vytautas Karalevičius, Co-founder @ Bankera
Chris Skinner, Author, commentator and troublemaker
Jean Louis Van Houwe (moderator) Founder & CEO @ Monizze, President of the Board
@ Fintech Belgium
Šarūnas Legeckas, General Manager Greater Europe @ N26
Jeffrey Alberts, Partner @ Pryor Cashman LLP
Mantas Staliūnas, CEO @ Verifo
Linas Beliūnas, Influencer, Country Manager, Europe @ Flutterwave
Douglas Mackenzie (moderator) Head Series Producer & Host @ Fintech Finance
Andy Patton, CCO @ Contis
Benjamin Ensor, Director of Research @ 11:FS
Andrius Bagdonavičius, Managing Director @ Mambu Lithuania
Erika Maslauskaitė, Chief Business Development Officer @ Inventi
George Papageorgiou (moderator), Independent Bitcoin Researcher
Konstantinos Sgantzos, Theoretical Physicist, Biochemist, Bioinformatics
Ian Grigg, Cryptographer
Brittany Kaiser, Activist, Founder @ Own Your Data Foundation
Aurimas Danielius, moderator
Oz Sultan (moderator) Chief Information Officer @ PAC Global
Andrius Bartminas, CEO @ Super How?
Stephanie Brennan, CEO @ Evarvest
Dotun Rominiyi, Blockchain & Innovation Strategy @ London Stock Exchange
Nick Price (moderator) CEO & Founder @ Bright Purple, Director @ Primed
Agnė Selemonaitė, Deputy CEO & Board Member @ ConnectPay
Peter Oakes, Board Director @ TransferMate Global Payments & Founder @ Fintech Ireland
Anastasija Oleinika, CEO @ TWINO Group
Dovilė Burgienė (moderator) Co-founder & Managing Partner @ Walless
Jarkko Mäensivu, CEO @ Saldo Finance
Kęstutis Motiejūnas, CEO @ Invega
Audrius Griškevičius, Head of SME lending @ Finbee
Brian Reaves, CEO @ Factris
Dr. Audrius Kabašinskas (moderator) Assoc. Prof. @ KTU, Council Member @ ECMI
Prof. Dr. Philipp Sandner, Head of the Frankfurt School Blockchain Center
Dr. Pavel Kravchenko, CEO & Co-founder @ Distributed Lab
Jonė Vaitulevičiūtė, Partner @ Startup Wise Guys
Aurimas Danielius, moderator
Paulius Tarbūnas (moderator) Head of Fintech Lithuania @ Infobalt
Douglas Mackenzie, Head Series Producer & Host @ Fintech Finance
Kęstutis Gardžiulis, Founder & CIO @ Etronika
Vytautas Karalevičius, Co-founder & Chairman of the Board @ Pervesk
Jesper Carvalho Andersen, Chairman @ GREEN EQUITY SGP
Alexandre Pinot (moderator) Founding Member @ ACAMS Baltic Chapter & MLRO & Head of Vilnius Office @ SONECT
Joseph Weinberg, Special Advisor @ OECD & FATF
Federica Taccogna, Senior Managing Director @ FTI Consulting
Steve Hancock, Director & Co-founder @ AML Analytics
Domantas Čiuldė, CEO @ IDenfy
Alex Gibb (moderator) Partner @ Katalista Ventures
Dovilė Grigienė, CEO @ Swedbank Lithuania
Keesa Schreane, Senior Executive in Financial Services, Host & Executive Producer @ Refinitiv
Otavio Lopes, Deputy Portfolio Manager @ International Finance Corporation
Jacek Kubas, Associate Director @ EBRD
Živilė Nečejauskaitė (moderator) Director of Marketing and Communication @ NRD Cyber Security
May Michelson, Senior Director of Global Sales @ GK8
Malte Pollmann, CSO @ Utimaco
Thomas Kerbl, Team Lead/Principal Security Consultant @ SEC Consult Group
Dr. Rytis Rainys, Director @ National Cyber Security Center of Lithuania
Ieva Paulauskienė (moderator) Investment Advisor for Fintech @ Invest Lithuania
Nigel Verdon, CEO @ Railsbank
Sigutė Kuncevičiūtė, CEO @ SumUp EU Payments
Stefano Vaccino, CEO @ Yapily
Aurimas Danielius, moderator
Vytautas Černiauskas (moderator) Expert at Civitta/Startup Division
Jean-Baptiste (JB) Daguené, Partner @ 70Ventures
Tony Greenberg, CEO & Founder @ RampRate
Alex Gibb (moderator) Partner at Katalista Ventures
Gytenis Galkis, Partner & Licensed Unicorn Hunter at 70Ventures
Kadeem Clarke, Founder of Clarke Global Marketing
Balder Bomans, CIO @ Maven 11 Capital
Rugilė Stonytė, Senior Investment Advisor for Fintech @ Invest Lithuania
Inga Karulaitytė (moderator) Partner @ ECOVIS ProventusLaw
Shilpa Arora, AML Director for the EMEA @ ACAMS
Dr. Saulius Masteika, Assoc. Professor of Computational Finance & Chair of Fintech study program @ Vilnius University
Dr. Marius Laurinaitis, Associate Professor @ Mykolas Romeris University
Prof. Marinos Themistocleous, Associate Dean, School of Business, Director Institute For the Future