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SPEAKERS

Aurimas Danielius

Moderator

Aurimas Danielius

Benjamin Ensor

Director of Research at 11:FS

Benjamin Ensor
Benjamin leads the Research team at 11:FS, with more than
20 years of experience advising leading financial services
firms around the world about changing customer
behaviour, changing market dynamics and the impact of digital
technology on business strategy in financialservices.

Brittany Kaiser

Data Rights Activist. Founder of the #OwnYourData Campaign

Brittany Kaiser

Brittany Kaiser is a data rights activist and the founder of the #OwnYourData campaign. She is a cofounder of the Digital Asset Trade Association (DATA), a nonprofit lobbying firm advancing legislative reform to protect the rights of individuals to control their own digital assets. She currently works with the states of New York and California on privacy and blockchain legislation. To raise awareness of data rights, she recently cofounded the Own Your Data Foundation, to train others in digital literacy. Brittany is the primary subject of the Netflix Original documentary The Great Hack, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival, and recently nominated for a BAFTA and shortlisted for an Oscar. Brittany is also the author of “Targeted”, published by Harper Collins in 15 countries.
LinkedIn: http://www.linkedIn.com/in/ownyourdata

Facebook: Http://www.facebook.com/ownyourdata

Twitter: @ownyourdataNOW

Chris Skinner

Author, Commentator and Troublemaker

Chris Skinner

Chris Skinner is known as one of the most influential people in technology. He is an independent commentator on the financial markets and fintech, through his blog theFinanser.com and author of the bestselling books Digital Bank, ValueWeb and Digital Human. He chairs the Financial Services Club and Nordic Future Innovate, is a non-executive director of 11:FS and on the advisory boards of various firms. Mr. Skinner has been an advisor to the United Nations, the White House, the World Bank and the World Economic Forum and is a visiting lecturer with Cambridge University as well as a TEDx speaker. He is also co-founder with renowned artist Basia Hamilton of The Portrait Foundation, http://portraitfoundation.com/, a non-profit platform to encourage children and the arts.

In recent years, he has been voted one of the most influential people in financial technology by the Wall Street Journal’s Financial News and Thomson Reuters, as well as:

  • CEO of the Year 2020 – Corp Today Global Business Awards
  • Ones to Watch 2020: Finance Advisory Services 2020: France – Corp Today Global Business Awards
  • 50 Leading Companies of the year 2020 – The Silicon Review
  • Most Outstanding Finance Blog 2020 Poland – CV Magazine
  • Portal to the Knowledge Base of the Financial Services Club UK 2020 – M&A Today Global Awards
  • Financial Markets Advisor of the Year UK 2020 – M&A Today Global Awards
  • Financial Markets UK 2020 – Finance Monthly Legal Awards
  • Best CEO of the Year 2019 – by Lawyer International and Global 100
  • Best Financial Markets Adviser of the Year 2019 – by M&A Today, Corporate America Today and Global 100
  • Most Influential Fintech Advisor 2019 – by CV Magazine
  • Best Fintech Keynote Speaker 2019 – by Global Business Insight
  • Ones To Watch in Financial Services 2019 – by Global Business Insight
  • Financial Markets Advisor of the Year 2019 – by ACQ5 Global Awards 2019, The Global Venture Annual Awards 2019, Global 100 Awards 2019 and Lawyer International Global Awards 2019
  • Best FinTech Author 2019 – AI International Finance Awards 2019
  • Outstanding contribution representing The Finanser – CEO Today Magazine European Business Awards 2019
  • Game Changer of the Year 2019 – by Finance Monthly
  • FinTech Author of the Year – by Acquisition International
  • Most Influential CEO of the Year – by CV Magazine

Dr. Marius Laurinaitis

Associate Professor at Mykolas Romeris University

Dr. Marius Laurinaitis

Marius Laurinaitis is a associate professor at Mykolas Romeris University, he directs the law and FinTech study program. He obtained PhD degree in law from Mykolas Romeris University in 2015 (the topic of PhD Thesis was related to the Legal Regulation of Electronic Money). He is the executive editor of International Scientific Research Journal “Intellectual Economics”. His research interests include IT law, privacy and personal data protection law, electronic identification law, electronic payments law, electronic money. He has over 15 publications primarily in the field of law, financial services and IT.

 

Oz Sultan

Chief Information Officer at PAC Global

Oz Sultan

Oz Sultan has spent 21 years working in financial and security technology including CTO roles -and a decade in technology marketing including Director roles.
Oz has Designed Multi-million dollar and Startup Tech Systems; built and operationalized projects from Financial services (JPMorgan, Moody’s) platforms to Datacenters (FYE); Developed Social Media products for the Economist Intelligence Unit; and architected and overseen multi-million-dollar Blockchain, Big Data and Cryptocurrency projects.
He regularly consults on Blockchain, Big Data and select political projects – and advises a number of funds on Blockchain and Technology projects.
Additionally, Oz is a Board member of the Homeland Security Foundation of America; Adjunct Faculty at CUNY focused on Marketing Technology and Blockchain;  Principal Investigator for the Council Exchange Board of Trade working with Opportunity Zones + advising on the OpZone Blockchain strategy; Advisor to Joanne King Herring’s Project to solve the Migrant problem at our Borders; Co-Founder of the OurHouse interfaith project in NYC; Researcher on Counterterrorism and Preventing Online Radicalization, with several Army Journal publications. His latest work focuses on Blockchain risk scenarios and using the Blockchain to secure business and government interests.
Oz is a regular Blockchain, Middle East Policy, Blockchain, Finance and Security commentator on Newsmax, Fox Business and a number of international outlets.
Oz is also running for State Senate in ths State of NY on a pro-blockchain, police reform and community development platform.

Balder Bomans

Balder Bomans, CIO @ Maven 11 Capital

Balder Bomans

Balder is CIO @ Maven 11 Capital. He holds an MSc degree in Economics and Finance, and has a rich traditional financial markets background. Before joining Maven 11 Capital as a partner, Balder traded European cash equities for 8 years at boutique investment bank Kempen & Co, and therefore brings extensive knowledge in the fields of trading strategies and risk management.

Živilė Nečejauskaitė

Director of Marketing and Communication at NRD Cyber Security

Živilė Nečejauskaitė

Marketing and communications professional, passionate about improving cybersecurity culture within organizations, raising awareness about the ever-changing cyber threats and contributing towards NRD Cyber Security mission to secure digital environment for nations, organizations and citizens. Živilė has organized and hosted a number of cybersecurity events aimed at financial sector not only in Lithuania, but also in East Africa, a region which is heavily focusing on innovation to become a one ecosystem for the free movement of goods, labour and capital.
She is also a member of various working groups at international organizations, such as the GFCE, which aim to strengthen cyber capacity and expertise globally through international collaboration.

Balazs Barna

Head of European Expansion at Transferwise

Balazs Barna

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.
Prior to starting TransferWise, Balazs joined MSCI to rebuild it’s Corporate Events platform. He started his career as a software engineer at Morgan Stanley, after graduating from Corvinus University of Budapest in Business Information Systems (BSc), and Computer Engineering (MSc) from Pannon University.

Prof. Marinos Themistocleous

Associate Dean of School of Business and Director at the Institute For Future (IFF), University of Nicosia

Prof. Marinos Themistocleous

Professor Marinos Themistocleous is the Associate Dean of School of Business and Director at the Institute For Future (IFF), University of Nicosia. He holds a PhD in Information Systems Integration and a Postgraduate Degree in Teaching and Learning in Higher Education both from Brunel University, London, UK. Prior to that, he received an MSc in Information Systems Management and a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science, both from Athens University of Economics and Business, Athens, Greece. Marinos holds a certification in Blockchain, FinTech and future commerce from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Massachusetts, Cambridge, USA and he is the scientific coordinator at the world leading Blockchain and Digital Currency postgraduate programme at University of Nicosia, Cyprus. He has developed blockchain applications in the areas of energy and healthcare and serves as a blockchain advisor. Marinos retains close relationships with the industry and serves as consultant in areas such as blockchain, ebusiness, ehealth and information systems integration. Currently he is a member of the Parallel Parliament of Cyprus and president of the Digital Economy and Digital Government Committee of the Parallel Parliament. In addition, Marinos has collaborated with the Greek Ministry of Finance, Bank of Greece, Greek Standardization body, Greek Federation of SMEs, ORACLE UK, B3-Blockchain Business Board UK, Intelen US, BTO Research Italy, Cyprus National Betting Authority, Cyprus Securities, Protergia S.A. and other organizations. Since 1995 he has been an active researcher and participated/coordinated around 40 R&D projects. Marinos has authored more than 175 refereed journal and conference articles, ten teaching textbooks and has received citations and awards of excellence. His research has attracted funding from various bodies and organizations. Marinos is on the editorial board of academic journals as well as on the board of prestigious international conferences and has run minitracks, tracks and journal special issues on Blockchain. In the past, he served as the managing editor of the prestigious European Journal of Information Systems (EJIS).

Rostyslav Dyuk

Chairman of the Board Ukrainian Association of FinTech and Innovation Companies

Rostyslav Dyuk

Rostyslav has more than 14 years experience in the financial and banking sphere, including  C-level positions in banks. Before founding the Association Rostyslav had worked as a Team lead in USAID Financial Sector Transformation Project for two years and was responsible for Digital Finance. The ideologist and author of the First Ukrainian fintech catalog and map of the ecosystem.

Douglas Mackenzie

Head Series Producer & Host at Fintech Finance

Douglas Mackenzie

Douglas is the Host and Producer of The Fintech Show, The Fintech Fix and The Virtual Arena. Doug travels the world and shoots banks. . . on-camera. He has lived and worked abroad throughout his life, from organising film shoots in Mexico, running a bar in France to teaching at a university in Central China. While in China he saw his first fintech flashes, but he’s now settled back in ‘The Big Smoke’ to report on the UK Fintech scene.

Inga Karulaitytė

Attorney-at-law and partner at ECOVIS ProventusLaw

Inga Karulaitytė

Inga Karulaitytė is a certified attorney-at-law and partner at law firm ECOVIS ProventusLaw. She has been a practicing lawyer for over 20 years, and is highly specialised in financial services, media, trade, competition and transport law. Inga is head of Fintech practice group at ECOVIS and has an impressive track record in licensing of financial institutions such as challenger banks, electronic money institutions (EMIs), payment institutions (PIs), crowdfunding, consumer lending ompanies.
In addition, she is a Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist (CAMS), also holding an insolvency administrator licence.
Besides the vast experience in financial legal services practice, she has a strong academic background, having been a lecturer for ten years in one of the universities in Lithuania.
Inga is a keen learner, which is proven by her diplomas in law and economics, as well as post-graduate studies at King’s College London, Centre of European Law.
Inga is always excited not only to learn, but also share her knowledge with others. Therefore, she is an active participant of various professional conferences and other events in the roles of both a speaker and an attendee.

Andrius Bartminas

Founder and CEO of SUPER HOW?

Andrius Bartminas

Andrius is a passionate blockchain visionary and prominent business development professional with a passion for new technologies and innovations. He is a solution architect and team lead of SUPER HOW? spinoff project “Depository Center” – a distributed central securities depository network running on corporate distributed ledger technology, and is a fully transparent, secure and standardized system for the issuing, depositing and accounting of tokenized financial instruments – Smart digital securities. Andrius has a huge experience working in large-scale innovative projects. Moreover, as a market professional, Andrius is an active participant of governmental and institutional working groups and projects setting the regulatory framework for digital assets in Lithuania and the European Union.

Vytautas Karalevičius

Co-founder of Bankera

Vytautas Karalevičius

After graduating in Business Finance at Durham University and Finance at Cambridge University, Vytautas co-founded SpectroCoin – an all-in-one solution for cryptocurrencies which currently has over 1,000,000 registered users. Operating in the digital sphere for a number of years, Vytautas and his partners have observed that payment solutions offered for new types of online business are very limited. To counter this problem, he decided to start Bankera – a bank account alternative for digital businesses, which was launched in early 2020. As an entrepreneur, Vytautas seeks to help people and SMEs to deal with digital payments. Since the economic activity is clearly moving online, he aims to address the financial needs arising from this shift by developing frictionless cutting-edge solutions.

Ieva Paulauskienė

Investment Advisor for Fintech at Invest Lithuania

Ieva Paulauskienė

Ieva is an Investment Advisor for Fintech at Invest Lithuania.
Ieva advises fintech companies on scaling and licensing in Europe. She has worked with companies from the United Kingdom, Switzerland, Spain, and the United States helping them build their European operations by leveraging benefits of Lithuanian Fintech landscape: talent pool, infrastructure, and regulatory environment.
Before moving to financial technologies, Ieva‘s work scaled from social impact startups to community initiatives. Ieva is part of the global TED and TEDx community and for many years was involved in bringing TED talk experiences to Vilnius community. Through the platform Reach for Change, she worked to strengthen the stand of social entrepreneurship in Lithuania’s business landscape. Ieva’s shift towards fintech started through the initiative “Women Go tech” – program dedicated to women seeking careers in the technology sector.

Stefano Vaccino

Founder and CEO of Yapily

Stefano Vaccino

Stefano Vaccino is the Founder and CEO of Yapily, an enterprise connectivity company.
Stefano worked in Investment Banking at Goldman Sachs before moving to software industries with a focus on financial technology. Stefano was Chief Product Officer at both Algomi and Red Deer prior to founding Yapily. With a focus on unrivalled connectivity for open banking, Stefano is passionate about building great products to drive financial inclusion.

Žygimantas Vaičiūnas

Minister of Energy and Acting Minister of Economy and Innovation of Lithuania.

Žygimantas Vaičiūnas

Mr. Vaičiūnas professional experience in the Ministry of Energy of Lithuania continues already for a decade – he has been serving in different roles, e. g. energy representative of Lithuania to the EU, adviser to the Minister and Vice-Minister. During his career Mr. Vaičiūnas focused on the fields of energy security and energy market integration. Mr. Vaičiūnas has put considerable efforts into successful accomplishment of such game changing energy projects like floating LNG terminal and electricity interconnections with Poland and Sweden.

Today Minister’s priorities include synchronization of Baltic States electricity system with the EU, development of regional gas market and promoting of sustainable renewable energy.

 

Jeffrey Alberts

Partner at Pryor Cashman LLP

Jeffrey Alberts

Jeffrey Alberts co-heads Pryor Cashman’s Financial Institutions Group, as well as the firm’s specialized FinTech Group.  In these roles, Jeffrey focuses on advising banks and FinTech companies on regulatory matters, responding to government regulatory inquiries and civil enforcement actions, and representing companies and individuals in government investigations and criminal prosecutions.
Before joining Pryor Cashman in 2013, Jeffrey spent six years with the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York where he investigated and prosecuted a wide variety of white collar criminal offenses. Jeffrey’s cases included money laundering, securities fraud, bank fraud, mail and wire fraud, bankruptcy fraud and civil and criminal asset-forfeiture actions.  During his time in the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Jeffrey served in a unit that specializes in investigating and prosecuting domestic and international money laundering violations, as well as asset forfeiture matters.
While at Pryor Cashman, Jeffrey has represented a variety of financial institutions, including banks and FinTech companies, before federal regulators, including the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, Federal Reserve, National Credit Union Administration, Securities and Exchange Commission, Commodity Futures Trading Commission, Federal Trade Commission, and Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. He also regularly represents clients in federal criminal investigations, as well as before state agencies, including the New York Department of Financial Services and the New York Attorney General among many others.
Jeffrey is a recognized leader on cryptocurrency and blockchain legal issues. In 2018, the National Law Journal named him to its inaugural list of Cryptocurrency, Blockchain and FinTech Trailblazers.  Jeffrey is the Co-Editor of the FinTech Monitor, an online publication that provides commentary on legal developments relating to financial technology innovation, with a focus that includes payment and money transfer technology, the prepaid card industry, Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies, peer-to-peer lending and crowdfunding.  Additionally, Jeffrey is a participating attorney in the Digital Currency & Ledger Defense Coalition, an organization which protects individual constitutional rights and civil liberties in connection with regulatory and law enforcement scrutiny relating to digital currencies and ledgers.

Anastasija Oleinika

CEO of TWINO Group

Anastasija Oleinika

Anastasia is the CEO of the international holding company TWINO Group. TWINO Group provides a wide range of financial technology services, including peer-to-peer lending in Europe, non-bank lending in several countries such as Poland, Latvia, Russia, Vietnam and Kazakhstan, and smart data and credit rating services. Anastasia has extensive experience in the financial industry and financial management, including working on a number of large corporate acquisitions, raising capital at Storent, as well as reorganizing and selling assets at the Latvian Mortgage and Land Bank. Anastasia has been with the TWINO Group for three years, taking care of Group’s financial management and, most recently, managing the Group’s business operations. She has been listed among most influential women in Tech in Europe by Sifted, The Financial time backed media outlet

Paulius Tarbūnas

Head of Fintech Lithuania at Infobalt

Paulius Tarbūnas

Paulius is heading Fintech Lithuania, which is part of INFOBALT Association. In addition, he serves as independent Board member and consults on starting-up financial institutions including project management, business planning, licensing etc.
Paulius has worked in the banking industry for more than 20 years in Lithuania, Sweden, Ukraine and Estonia and being responsible for variety of functions ranging from financial markets to digital banking and taking CFO and CEO roles.
Paulius is passionate about FinTech, disruptive financial technologies & business models.

Kęstutis Gardžiulis

Founder & Chief Innovation Officer at Etronika

Kęstutis Gardžiulis

Kęstutis is the Chief Innovation Officer & Founder of ETRONIKA – the award-winning financial technologies company, providing innovative products and solutions for banks, lending institutions, national posts and retail operators of all sizes throughout the world.
Kęstutis has more than 20 years of IT experience and financial business knowledge which helps to deliver Omni-Channel Digital Banking, Digital Lending and innovative Convenience Retail products. For 15 years he was CEO of ETRONIKA driving numerous first to the market solutions that have sound impact to the FinTech ecosystem.
Being active member of vibrant FinTech and ICT community he was Vice-President and Member of the Board at Lithuanian ICT Association INFOBALT promoting Lithuanian IT business.
Kęstutis Gardžiulis participates in local and international FinTech events, conferences, hackathons, advises FinTech startups in Lithuania and abroad. He is passionate about FinTech, blockchain, technology, science and space technologies.

Jesper Carvalho Andersen

Jesper Carvalho Andersen, Chairman at Green Equity SGP

Jesper Carvalho Andersen

Jesper is a seasoned Investment Professional and Serial Entrepreneur with extensive experience in international M&A and turnarounds in 12 different sectors and 8 countries. He is on the board of a range of corporations, funds, EU Initiatives and NGOs.
Jesper is driven by a passion for urban art, fintech, health, energy, and circular economy.
He holds a BA in International Management from Niels Brock Academy, Copenhagen, and a Certificate in Economics from École Commerciale de Paris, France.

 

Dr. Saulius Masteika

Associate Professor Compuational Finance, Chair of Fintech program, Vilnius University

Dr. Saulius Masteika
  • Assoc.Professor of computational finance
  • Chair of FinTech study program, Vilnius university
  • Vice Dean for infrastructure and development affairs, Vilnius university, Kaunas Faculty
  • Scientific researcher in the project: BlockChain Network Online Education for interdisciplinary European Competence Transfer, http://www.knf.vu.lt/en/blocknet#home
  • An expert of Agency for Science, Innovation and Technology- MITA, governmental institution, responsible for implementation of innovation policy in Lithuania. Research fields: Fintech and blockchain applications in finance, private and public sectors.
  • An expert of Lithuanian Business Support Agency. Research fields: AI and blockchain applications in finance, private and public sectors.

Previous: An associated partner in hpcfinance.eu (Training in Modern Quantitative Methods and High-Performance Computing for Finance).

Shilpa Arora

AML Director EMEA, ACAMS

Shilpa Arora

Shilpa Arora joined ACAMS in January 2020 as Anti Money Laundering Director for Europe, Middle East and Africa. Shilpa is accountable for ACAMS regional conferences, curri c ulum development, product expertise and thought leadership. Shilpa works closely with senior policy makers, regulators and industry practitioners to increase transparency and information sharing. She participates in sector, national and international think tanks. Shilpa manages multilingual faculty of leading subject matter experts and instructors to work with ACAMS on curriculum development , instruction, event programming and task forces. She represents ACAMS by speaking at select major industry events and conferences in the region. Shilpa is an industry expert in financial crime prevention in the financial services sector. She has a strong understanding of risk frameworks and control environments. She is highly regarded for her ability to deliver large sc ale culture change and transformation in technology and financial crime prevention.
Previously Shilpa was the Head of Financial Crime Prevention for the Retail and Business Bank in Santander UK. She was accountable for all areas of financial crime prevent ion including KYC/ CDD, customer screening, payment screening, transaction monitoring, customer risk
assessment and assurance. She led the bank through the implementation of AML/ CTF and ABC policies, advisory on high risk onboarding, training and communic ation and risk assessments. She also held leadership roles in Barclays in financial crime prevention, governance and controls and led la rge transformation programmes.
Shilpa has a background in technology and holds a degree in computer science where she was the top student. She also holds an MBA from Cass Business School which she completed with distinction.

Mantas Staliūnas

CEO of Verifo

Mantas Staliūnas

Mantas Staliunas is an experienced professional with background in business development, strategy and management. Mantas is a CFA Charterholder and holds a BSc (Hons) degree in Economics from the University of Warwick, UK. Mantas has solid experience in the financial sector and is currently the Chief Executive Officer at Verifo-Verified Payments, an Electronic Monay Institution licensed by the Bank of Lithuania.

Nick Price

Serial Entrepreneur, Technology, Financial Services

Nick Price

Nick Price, is a Scottish serial entrepreneur based in Edinburgh. The founder of the technology recruitment firm bright purple, 25 years old this year and providing talent globally. Nick is also a founder of the regulation/continuous improvement tech platform business, PRIMED. Heavily involved in the financial services arena through both businesses providing talent and technology to a variety of financial services organisations across a landscape of traditional banks to the fast growing fintech’s. He is a board executive for a mental health charity called Lifelink and runs a very popular business networking community based across Scotland’s central belt, where the subject matter is failure and learning from our mistakes in business. Nick spent 4 years working in Lithuania with bright purple and he was also a board member for the British Chambers of Commerce. Nick hasn’t lost touch with Lithuania, as he remains a regular speaker at the annual Burns Supper, bringing Scotland and Lithuania together.

Sigutė Kuncevičiūtė

CEO of SumUp EU Payments

Sigutė Kuncevičiūtė

For the last 10 years Sigutė has held different leadership positions in financial institutions and banks.
Sigutė has background in Risk & Compliance and currently runs Lithuanian operations of SumUp, mobile point-of-sale (mPOS) company HQed in London. SumUp is the leading mPOS company in Europe and has created a unique device that allows retailers to accept card payments with the smartphone that’s in your pocket.

Otávio Lopes

Deputy Portfolio Manager at IFC

Otávio Lopes

Working out of IFC headquarters in Washington DC, Otávio Lopes is a deputy Portfolio Manager for IFC’s LAM focused on implementing ESG standards to portfolio decision making and on trading bonds and derivatives in emerging markets. He teaches cross currency swap basis’ applications at the IFC-Milken Institute Capital Markets Program and internally a IFC. Mr. Lopes has been with IFC since 2010 and with the Treasury Market Operations LAM team since 2014, having moved internally from the Financial Institutions Group. Prior to joining IFC, Mr. Lopes worked in M&A at HSBC and in private equity at Pátria Investiments, both in Brazil.
Mr. Lopes is currently a Doctoral Candidate at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) where his research focuses on the impact of Green Bonds investments on GHG emissions and the climate. He holds a Master of International Public Policy (SAIS) and an MBA (FIA-USP). He holds bachelors’ degrees in international affairs and business administration from USP (Universidade de São Paulo) and FGV (Fundação Getúlio Vargas). He is also a CFA Charterholder.

Keesa Schreane

Senior Executive in Financial Services, Host & Executive Producer @ Refinitiv

Keesa Schreane

Keesa Schreane is a senior executive in financial services, and host and executive producer of Refinitiv Sustainability Perspectives Podcast, where C-Suite leaders, academics and not-for profit executives discuss social impact initiatives, human capital, corporate social responsibility practices, and impact investing strategies that strengthen businesses and society. She is founder of You’ve Been Served Podcast™ interviewing top industry leaders like Laila Ali, Lisa Nichols and Seth Godin identifying their secrets to increasing revenue, improving communities, and impacting lives through compassion, employee engagement and service to business stakeholders.

Jarkko Mäensivu

CEO of Saldo Finance

Jarkko Mäensivu

+10 years work history in commercial lending & capital finance business at GE, holding various leadership positions like Commercial Director France & Nordics & Managing director for Finland. Last 2 years prior joining the current company I was the business leader & MD for Wells Fargo in the Nordic region. Thoroughly enjoyed leading international teams & global customer relationships.
I Joined Saldo Finance in early 2018 to build & execute a new vision and strategy to transform a standalone domestic lending business into an International financial institution with several efficient business areas ensuring increased growth opportunities with profit optimization and enhanced risk spread. Core differentiators of the company, that we are constantly developing are the seamless and secure onboarding process and our proprietary scalable scoring & pricing system. We have today one of the first fully automated SME loan products where no attachments are required and the end-to-end customer onboarding to loan payout process time is measured in minutes.

Peter Oakes

Board Director at TransferMate

Peter Oakes

Peter is recognised by Chambers & Partners as a Band 1 Leading Fintech Consultant. He is an active non-executive director and advisor on board of regulated fintech and regtech including TransferMate Global Payments, AWM Wealth Advisers, Susquehanna International, Optal Financial and the Mizen Group in roles including Chairman and Member of Audit & Risk Committees.  Peter advised on one of the first special bank licences issued in Lithuania – European Merchant Bank
He is the Founder of CompliReg.com, a fintech advisory firm and Founder of the FintechIreland.com and FintechUK.com Networks. Peter was appointed as the first Director of Enforcement & AML in Ireland at the Central Bank following the financial crisis and has held senior roles with the UK FSA, the Australian Securities & Investments Commission and Saudi Arabian Monetary Authority. His industry roles include setting up Bank of America Merchant Service’s fintech & payment operations in Europe, where his was a board director and Chief Risk Officer.
Peter is a lawyer, qualified in the UK, Ireland and Australia and is a strategic consultant to Kerman & Co (UK law firm) and Clark Hill (Ireland law firm).
Peter is an International presenter, speaker & media commentator on fintech, regtech, risk and governance having presented before > 9,000 professionals. Contact him at hello@peteroakes.com for speaking engagements.

Brian Reaves

CEO of Factris

Brian Reaves

Brian is CEO of Factris, a serial entrepreneur and investor in several global fintechs, the previous two being LoopPay and Payworks, sold to Samsung and Visa, respectively.
Before starting his entrepreneurial path, he gained experience in large multi-national corporations growing numerous companies, including the hiring of over 500 people. As an entrepreneur, he was involved in raising more than $100 MM in debt and equity for projects, along with co-investing in a variety of companies. Brian set out to create a better option for funding small businesses in 2016 by laying the groundwork for what would eventually come to be the fintech company Factris.

Erika Maslauskaitė

Chief Business Development Officer at Inventi

Erika Maslauskaitė

Erika Maslauskaitė is the CBDO of INVENTI, one of the market leaders in software development for FinTechs, financial institutions and payment providers. Her main responsibility matches her passion of promoting tech savvy teams that build innovative tech, which involves promoting state-of-the-art SaaS services and products at INVENTI.
Erika has over 10 years of experience in digital transformation, business development, brand strategy and communications. Her passion for celebrating innovation is known in the industry through her work in tech, product development and media industries.
Erika is also an active part of Lithuanian tech community, namely as the ambassador at the WomenGoTech mentorship initiative, where she aims to inspire budding tech professionals and entrepreneurs. She is also the co-Founder of LOGIN Tech Festival – the largest innovation gathering in the Baltics.

Ian Grigg

Cryptographer

Ian Grigg

Ian Grigg is a recognised inventor and one of the longest standing experts in the blockchain space. For over 25 years, he has architected significant fintech systems. In 1995, he pioneered the world’s first cryptographically secured digital cash and assets exchange. He is the inventor of the Ricardian contract- a way of expressing issuable and tradable financial obligations as a contract online.  He co-invented triple entry accounting, a concept that does for events between firms what double entry accounting did to accounts inside the firm. He has worked with several notable initiatives ranging from protocols to smart platforms to enterprise solutions, including e-gold, EOS, Knabu, Mattereum and R3.  Ian dedicates his primary efforts to innovations in social savings and identity.

Steve Hancock

Director and co-founder of AML Analytics Limited

Steve Hancock

Steve Hancock joined the financial services industry in 1988 and has worked in the field of financial crime prevention since the introduction of the UK money laundering legislation in April 1994. Steve is a Director and co-founder of AML Analytics Limited.
Previously, he was the Global Head of Money Laundering Prevention and Counter Terrorist Financing for Prudential plc for fifteen years. In this role he had operational oversight of the Prudential businesses throughout Europe, Asia and the USA. In addition, he had responsibility for Group policy and procedures in the prevention of money laundering crime, counter terrorist financing and economic sanctions.
Steve was the founder chairman of the UK Institute of Money Laundering Prevention Officers from 2001 until 2008 and Honorary President until 2012. He is a Fellow of the International Compliance Association, successfully completing the ICA Diploma in Anti-Money Laundering, obtaining a pass with distinction from the University of Manchester’.

Kęstutis Motiejūnas

Chief Executive Officer of Investicijų ir verslo garantijos (INVEGA)

Kęstutis Motiejūnas

Since 2018 Kęstutis Motiejūnas is Chief Executive Officer of Investicijų ir verslo garantijos (INVEGA), financial entity incorporated by the State. The main INVEGA objectives are provision of financial services and implementation and administration of financial and other support measures for SMEs. During Covid-19, INVEGA got one of the main roles – to help business to live on. Kęstutis Motiejūnas has longtime experience in several different non-life insurance sector organizations in sales‘ as well as managing positions that brings bunch of skills needed helping business to run. Currently he also is an independent member of the Boards of the state-run companies Smiltynės Perkėla AB and Vilniaus Metrologijos Centras AB, and a member of the Lithuanian Millennium Rotary Club.

Thomas Kerbl

Team Lead & Principal Security Consultant at SEC Consult Group

Thomas Kerbl

Thomas has worked as a security consultant at SEC Consult for over 15 years. In his role as a principal security consultant and team leader, he does not only lead a team of experts but is also still involved in customer projects hands-on. Currently, he is engaged in projects concerning “Secure Software Development” and “Security Architecture” where he incorporates his experiences as a former penetration tester and security requirements engineer.

Stephanie Brennan

CEO at Evarvest

Stephanie Brennan

Stephanie Brennan is a creative and challenge-driven entrepreneur and investor, also known as Australia’s Youngest Property Tycoon.
Despite her young age she has a broad experience in the financial and real estate sectors – she led a sales team on direct selling campaigns for ASX listed companies, worked with the Shadow Minister for Seniors on matters related to pension reforms, managed the accounts of manufacturers for Australia & NZ’s largest paper mills, and acted as the CEO of her own company specialising in financial services & real estate managing.
Being an investment enthusiast committed to inspiring people to want more
out of their life and their future, 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.
Currently, as Evarvest’s founder and CEO Stephanie is responsible for the company’s overall operations and performance including compliance, finance, human resources, legal, marketing, operations and technology.
Since the beginning of her career, Stephanie has been a guest speaker at multiple business events and has been featured in a number of Australian & European media publications, including Forbes, Business Insider, The Daily Telegraph, Jornal de Negócios and Verslo žinios.
Stephanie graduated from the University of Sydney with certificates in Corporations Law and Forensic Psychology in 2009. She has also Diploma in Management and Finance & Mortgage Broking Management.

Jean-Baptiste (JB) Daguené

Partner at 70Ventures

Jean-Baptiste (JB) Daguené

My name is JB – I’m Partner at 70ventures & evergrowth. Since 2014, I’ve helped 60+ companies to build/scale specialized sales teams with 3 key roles.

3 roles = 3 KPIs = Predictable = 💸💸💸

For the past weeks I’ve also worked closely with 20+ sales teams to adjust their sales playbook to the COVID-19 situation. The content of this workshop will also include the key insights we learned to keep on booking meetings, build pipeline and close deals during the COVID-19.
My Linkedin profile here: linkedin.com/in/jbdaguene/

Key sales achievements with this framework:
👉 Went from 4 to 600 customers in 2 years
👉 +1000% YoY sales growth
👉 Generated 10M+ USD of revenue in 9 months

Dotun Rominiyi

Blockchain & Innovation Strategy, London Stock Exchange

Dotun Rominiyi

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.

Andrius Bagdonavičius

Managing Director at Mambu Lithuania

Andrius Bagdonavičius

Andrius leads new Engineering Centre in Vilnius (Lithuania), responsible for recruitment and operations. He has vast experience in setting up new teams and offices, including having previously served as Head of Collaboration Technology at Danske Bank.

May Michelson

Director of Global Sales at GK8

May Michelson

May leads the global Business Development and Sales for GK8. Starting her career as a software engineer, she combines her extensive technical knowledge with her experience integrating new technologies with large corporations to lead the GK8 strategy.
May began her journey in an elite intelligence unit of the Israeli Air Force. Her experience includes leading projects across the financial sector and security fields. May brings vast experience in building strategic approaches to emerging markets, enabling new business capabilities, and delivering ‘cost appropriate’ and innovative solutions to corporate organizations.
May in the Co-Founder of Fintech Ladies IL – A community that was formed for the empowerment of executive women in FinTech.

 

George Papageorgiou

Independent Bitcoin Researcher

George Papageorgiou

George Papageorgiou is one of the creators of the first MSc in Blockchain Technology globally in 2014, for the university of Nicosia, and developed the first Bitcoin based academic degree accreditation system. He currently researches governance through Bitcoin technology. He has consulted several countries, Central Banks, universities and global conglomerates on understanding and implementing the technology.

Alexandre Pinot

Founding Member at ACAMS Baltic Chapter & MLRO & Head of Vilnius Office at Sonect

Alexandre Pinot

Alexandre is an AML/CFT Compliance & anti-financial crime professional with over 10 years of practical experience within the financial services business in various countries across Europe.
He holds a master’s degree in International Economics & Finance and in French American International Affairs.
He has been working with WU for 7 years where he has been taking on diverse AML/CFT related roles from the on-site audit & training, going through the risk assessment of new digital payment products.
He has then been leading the AML/CFT function of Simplex, a fast-growing FinTech company providing fraud-mitigation and payment solutions services. He is now managing the AML/CFT unit and EU office of SONECT (www.sonect.net), a Swiss FinTech expanding throughout Europe and Latin America.
Alexandre has participated in the foundation of the ACAMS Baltics Chapter in 2017 which he still co-chairs to date. He is CAMS certified and ACAMS member since 2013 and ACAMS instructor since 2017.
He is also a co-founder of AMLyze (www.amlyze.com), an innovative AML/CFT transaction monitoring solution and Board member of the Fintech HUB LT’s association.

Jacek Kubas

Associate Director at EBRD

Jacek Kubas

Jacek Kubas is an Associate Director in the London office of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, Jacek, and his team, specialises in FinTech, green capital markets and conventional capital market products like covered bonds and derivatives.  Jacek’s work focuses on creating the enabling environment, including via reform efforts, like legal and regulatory, and transaction design in EBRD’s countries of operations.  Jacek completed covered bonds reforms in Poland, Romania, Estonia and Slovakia followed by significant investment volumes; and is currently leading covered bonds reforms in Bulgaria, Latvia, Lithuania, Croatia and Ukraine.
In the Fintech world, Jacek advises on matters relating to innovation by building and working with innovation facilitators, regulatory sandboxes and accelerators, currently working on projects in Baltics, Poland and Greece. Jacek is also a member in the Global Financial Innovation Network (GFIN) and the European Financial Innovation Facilitators.
In terms of Green Finance, Jacek is currently working with the European Commission in Lithuania and Hungary in building an infrastructure for the development of this market.
At EBRD, Jacek also worked as an Adviser to the President of EBRD with a strong focus on a strategy and business development. Jacek graduated from the University of Gdansk School of Law, obtained an LL.M. in Financial Services from Chicago Kent College of Law and a postgraduate law degree in International Trade from the European Institute of University Studies in Turin, Italy. Jacek is a NY qualified attorney. He is an alumnus of the Leadership Academy at the Chatham House in London; outside of the office yoga, Crossftit, running, kitesurfing are among passions. Please connect on Twitter @jacekkubas

Dr. Pavel Kravchenko

Co-founder & CEO of Distributed Lab

Dr. Pavel Kravchenko

Pavel has studied the information security since 2003, including topics about advanced cryptography. He also won all-Ukrainian academic competitions several times (2005-2007) and received awards for producing the best student research in 2007 and 2008.
Pavel received his PhD in Cryptography in 2012 in the Kharkiv National University of Radioelectronics, after publishing a groundbreaking thesis on the securing public infrastructure. Moreover, he is the author of 20 scientific papers, 12 of which are devoted to the blockchain technology and decentralized systems.
From 2006 to 2009, Pavel worked as a security engineer at the leading security company in Ukraine, he was involved in a SAP security project and built the PKI infrastructure in Ukraine. From 2009 to 2013 Pavel was the team leader and project manager for several IT-projects, including being responsible for the Rabobank’s mobile application development. Pavel started his blockchain and cryptocurrencies career with researches at a Silicon Valley startup – Stellar.
In 2014 Pavel cofounded Distributed Lab, a venture, dedicated to building Financial Internet – a network of independent accounting systems that “speak the same language”. Distributed Lab moves towards this goal via R&D, government and enterprise projects, collaborations with universities, and standard-setting initiatives. Company is making money and attracted top investors from the financial industry.

Dr. Audrius Kabašinskas

Assoc. Prof. at KTU, Council Member at ECMI

Dr. Audrius Kabašinskas

Assoc. Prof. Audrius Kabašinskas has a primal position at the Kaunas University of Technology. He graduated PhD in Informatics (2008) from Vytautas Magnus University together with Institute of Mathematics and Informatics. Main areas of research/work: risk assessment and management for FinTechs, fraud detection, artificial intelligence and neural networks, big data analytics, pension fund analytics, fat tails in economics and finance, stochastic programming, high-performance computing. Audrius Kabašinskas 2013-2016 was the only one science and research representative in the working group of Bank of Lithuania when the Pension Law reform had been prepared. Conducted research at EU funds project “Development of Excellence Centre for the Analysis, Modelling and Risk management (i.MAMC)” 2016–2019. Since 2019 A. Kabasinskas is chair representative to the Baltic States from H2020 project “A FINancial Supervision and TECHnological Compliance training programme” and council member of European Consortium for Mathematics in Industry (ECMI). He also is a member of the EURO Working Group for Commodities and Financial Modelling and member of the EURO working group on Stochastic Optimization.

J.D. Pēteris Zilgalvis

Head of Unit, Digital Innovation and Blockchain at DG Connect

J.D. Pēteris Zilgalvis

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”.

Konstantinos Sgantzos

Theoretical Physicist, Biochemist. Bioinformatics

Konstantinos Sgantzos

Konstantinos Sgantzos is a multi-lateral thinker who takes interest in philosophy and science.
He studied Theoretical Physics, Biochemistry and Bioinformatics. Further fields of interest are research in genetic disease diagnosis & cure.
He works as an environmental scientist in the power, oil and energy sector with focus on air pollution. Also as a Scientific Advisor in Bolooba (http://bolooba.com/). He further publishes on the topics of AI, Cellular Automata, Genetic Algorithms and Turing machines during his leisure time. A recently published article “Artificial Intelligence Implementations on the Blockchain. Use Cases and Future Applications” spiked a lot of interest from his colleagues in the AI sector.

Jean-Louis Van Houwe

Founder & CEO of Monizze

Jean-Louis Van Houwe

With more than 25 year’s experience, I am active in the fintech and ICT industry, still leading Monizze as CEO, Chairman of the Board of Fintech Belgium and active in several boards and investor in start-ups around Fintech, HR tech and Education tech.
I have founded Monizze in 2011, successfully developed as the 100% electronic payment system for lunch gift and eco vouchers in Belgium: Groupe Up, the international leader in this space, Making every day better”, took over Monizze in 2015, recognizing its unique footprint and complementing the Group international development over 19 countries.
Monizze has become the recognized leader innovative payment technologies in general, and in electronic voucher more specifically, with a strong & motivated team able to achieve the best for its clients! Rebels can be the best description of Monizzers’ profiles.
I am founder & digital evangelist at izify, the bargain assistant for clever consumers and brands that embraces AI to deliver value and serendipity.
I started my career at PriceWaterhouseCoopers in Management Consulting Services. I then joined Alcatel Telecom with various roles & responsibilities, ranging from Sales, Marketing, Strategy and General Management in B2B telecom solutions, based in Brussels, London and Paris.
Back to Brussels I joined Computer Science Corporation as Partner of the Telecom Management practice. My last « white collar » experience was at IBM Global Business Solutions responsible for the Telecom practice.
I am Civil Engineer in electronics (ULB, Brussels), Msc in Information System Engineering (UMIST, Manchester, UK), Master in Economics (EML, Lyon, France), Exec Master in General Management (Solvay Business School, Brussels).

Agnė Selemonaitė

Deputy CEO & Board Member at ConnectPay

Agnė Selemonaitė

Having more than 15 years of experience in public and private organisations based in the UK, China and Lithuania, Agne focuses on the big picture. From urban economic development, advising the Mayor of Vilnius on investment attraction to managing teams of experts in Invest Lithuania, she is now the Deputy CEO and board member at ConnectPay.
Having Agne onboard, ConnectPay has become the fastest growing Electronic Money Institution (EMI) in Lithuania – the leading fintech hub in continental Europe – providing banking services for online businesses.
With Agne’s exceptional abilities to focus on how to get things done, it took her only eight months to double the team from 26 employees to a fintech family of 50 at same time tripling monthly revenue to 300 000 Eur.

Malte Pollmann

Chief Strategy Officer at Utimaco

Malte Pollmann

Malte Pollmann has been a member of the Utimaco Management Board since 2008 and CEO from 2011 until 2019. He currently holds the position as CSO (Chief Strategy Officer).
Previously, he was Product Director and Business Unit Leader at Lycos Europe NV (a Bertelsmann company). With a master’s degree in Physics from the Universities of Paderborn and Kaiserslautern in Germany, Malte also received a general management education at INSEAD in Fontainebleau, France.
In parallel to his work at Utimaco, he also serves on the Supervisory Board of the International School of IT Security – isits AG in Bochum, coaches and advises several startups in the field of cybersecurity and is a regular public speaker and panelist.

Federica Taccogna

Senior Managing Director at FTI Consulting

Federica Taccogna

Having previously held senior risk and compliance positions in industry, Federica now supports a broad range of financial services institutions and regulators globally advising on, investigating and remediating regulatory and financial crime (in particular money laundering and terrorist financing) and governance and control concerns.
Federica leads a team of regulatory compliance, financial crime and analytics experts who support conduct investigations into complex financial crime schemes (encompassing illicit use of shell companies/complex ownership structures, cryptocurrencies, hacking incidents, ransomware scams, identity theft schemes and bribery and corruption) and firms in developing AML/CTF controls (e.g. KYC/due diligence approaches and transaction monitoring systems).
Federica has led regulatory and criminal investigations involving a wide range of jurisdictions including Lithuania, Estonia, Latvia, Malta, Cyprus, UK, US, Sweden, Italy, Libya, Hong Kong, the BVI, Panama, Bermuda and Curacao.
Federica  is a strategic advisor on financial crime to the Malta Financial Services Authority and Malta FIAU and leads teams performing financial crime investigations on their behalf and designing and devising its supervisory strategies and policies.

Philipp Sandner

Head of Frankfurt School Blockchain Center

Philipp Sandner

Prof. Dr. Philipp Sandner has founded the Frankfurt School Blockchain Center (FSBC). In 2018 and in 2019, he was ranked as one of the “top 30” economists by the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (FAZ), a major newspaper in Germany. Further, he belonged to the “Top 40 under 40” — a ranking by the German business magazine Capital. Since 2017, he has been a member of the FinTech Council of the Federal Ministry of Finance in Germany.
The expertise of Prof. Sandner includes blockchain technology in general, crypto assets such as Bitcoin and Ethereum, the digital programmable Euro, tokenization of assets and rights and digital identity.

Nigel Verdon

Co-founder & CEO of Railsbank

Nigel Verdon

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.

Dovilė Grigienė

CEO at “Swedbank” Lithuania

Dovilė Grigienė

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.

Tony Greenberg

CEO of RampRate

Tony Greenberg

An unstoppable force of connecting great minds and generating ideas, Tony Greenberg spent 20 years pushing against the immovable object of myopia and corruption in how enterprise technology is bought and sold before turning his powers for the good of the blockchain community. As investor and advisor to more than a dozen startups focused on maximizing social impact in blockchain, health care, and emerging markets, he is mentoring executive teams as well as building partnerships and go-to-market strategies to turn good ideas into thriving businesses. As CEO of RampRate, he is saving millions, improving flexibility, and optimizing supplier relationships for more than 100 top brands such as Microsoft, eBay, Nike, and Hearst, while ensuring that corporate social responsibility becomes a bigger part of IT decision making. Prior, he held senior executive-level positions with market-creating technology and digital media innovators including Raindance and Exodus.

Jonė Vaitulevičiūtė

Partner of Startup Wise Guys Lithuania

Jonė Vaitulevičiūtė

Jonė Vaitulevičiūtė is a Partner at Startup Wise Guys, a leading B2B startup accelerator in Europe, that has invested in over 185 startups in the past 8 years. Jonė has over 8 years of experience working directly with early-stage companies both in consulting and as an investment fund manager. She has been helping them to evaluate market and tech potential, do market validation, setup initial sales and build the team. She is experienced in securing funding for startups and is currently managing a pre-seed and seed fund that invests into early-stage startups.

Joseph Weinberg

Special Advisor at OECD & FATF

Joseph Weinberg

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. 

Kadeem Clarke

Founder of Clarke Global Marketing

Kadeem Clarke

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. 

Gytenis Galkis

Partner & Licensed Unicorn Hunter at 70 Ventures

Gytenis Galkis

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.

Vilius Šapoka

Minister of Finance of the Republic of Lithuania

Vilius Šapoka

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

Audrius Griškevičius

Head of SME lending at FinBee.com

Audrius Griškevičius

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

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

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

Šarūnas Legeckas

General Manager Greater Europe, N26

Šarūnas Legeckas

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

Dr. Rytis Rainys

National Cyber Security Centre of Lithuania

Dr. Rytis Rainys

Dr. Rytis Rainys is a director of national competent cyber security authority – NCSC and has extensive experience in cyber security area with implemented operational cyber incidents management systems (CERT-LT) and critical infrastructures defense structures in Lithuania.

Alex Gibb

Partner at Katalista Ventures

Alex Gibb

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

Dovilė Burgienė

Co-founder & Managing Partner at Walless

Dovilė Burgienė

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

 

Rugilė Stonytė

Senior Investment Advisor for Fintech at Invest Lithuania

Rugilė Stonytė

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

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

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

Andy Patton

Chief Commercial Officer at Contis

Andy Patton

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

Remco Veenenberg

Head of Alliances at W.UP

Remco Veenenberg

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

Andrius Milinavičius

Co-founder of Baltic Sandbox

Andrius Milinavičius

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

Vytautas Černiauskas

Expert at Civitta/Startup Division

Vytautas Černiauskas

Vytautas Černiauskas is working with innovations and startups ecosystem at Civitta and Startup Division. 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.

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15 June | USA | GMT +3 /
Time
Topic
Speakers
16:00 - 16:20
WELCOME ADDRESS

Vilius Šapoka, Minister of Finance of the Republic of Lithuania
Žygimantas Vaičiūnas, Minister of Energy, Acting Minister of the Economy and Innovation 

16:20 - 16:30
OPENING

Aurimas Danielius, moderator

16:30 - 16:50
FINTECH, BLOCKCHAIN: INNOVATION, INFRASTRUCTURE AND REGULATION

Pēteris Zilgalvis, Head of Unit, Digital Innovation and Blockchain @ European Commission

16:50 - 17:00
INTERVIEW WITH BANKERA, WINNER OF EUROPEAN COMMISSION #EUVSVIRUS HACKATHON

Vytautas Karalevičius, Co-founder @ Bankera

17:00 - 17:40
THE FUTURE OF FINTECH AFTER THE COVID CRISIS

Chris Skinner, Author, commentator and troublemaker

17:40 - 18:30
CHALLENGERS VS INCUMBENTS: AGILITY AND CUSTOMER ACQUISITION – WHO WON, WHO LOST?

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

18:30 - 18:45
INTERVIEW

Linas Beliūnas, Influencer, Country Manager, Europe @ Flutterwave

18:45 - 19:30
PANEL: WHO LEADS INNOVATION: BANKING-AS-A-SERVICE OR CUSTOMER-FACING FINTECHS?

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

19:30 - 20:30
PANEL: ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE IMPLEMENTATIONS ON BLOCKCHAIN. USE CASES AND FUTURE APPLICATIONS

George Papageorgiou (moderator), Independent Bitcoin Researcher
Konstantinos Sgantzos, Theoretical Physicist, Biochemist, Bioinformatics
Ian Grigg, Cryptographer

20:30 - 21:20
OWNING YOUR DATA

Brittany Kaiser, Activist, Founder @ Own Your Data Foundation

16 June | ASIA | GMT +3 /
Time
Topic
Speakers
11:00 - 11:03
OPENING

Aurimas Danielius, moderator

11:03 - 12:00
PANEL: DIGITAL ASSETS AND THE FUTURE OF CAPITAL MARKETS

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

12:00 - 12:50
PANEL: HAS THE CRISIS HELPED COMPANIES SHIFT FROM BEING PRODUCT-CENTRIC TO CUSTOMER CENTRIC, ARE THEY READY FOR CONSUMER OF 2021?

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

12:50 - 13:35
PANEL: SME AND MICRO LOANS: ENABLING THE RECOVERY

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

13:35 - 14:20
PANEL: PROGRAMMABLE DIGITAL EURO

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

14:20 - 15:20
WORKSHOP | FINTECH TRENDS: WHAT ARE VCS LOOKING AT RIGHT NOW?

Jonė Vaitulevičiūtė, Partner @ Startup Wise Guys

17 June | EUROPE | GMT +3 /
Time
Topic
Speakers
13:00 - 13:05
OPENING

Aurimas Danielius, moderator

13:05 - 14:15
FINTECH PITCH BATTLE
14:25 - 15:20
PANEL: THE MOST EXCITING COVID-19 CRISIS INNOVATIONS THAT WILL SHAPE THE FUTURE OF FINTECHS

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

15:20 - 15:50
PANEL: AML AND KYC – NEW KING?

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

15:50 -16:00
REFLECTION ON THE PANEL

Domantas Čiuldė, CEO @ IDenfy

16:00 - 16:50
PANEL: DRIVING THE FUTURE OF SUSTAINABLE FINANCE

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

16:50 - 17:50
PANEL: CYBERSECURITY: INCREASED RISKS IN THE CURRENT ENVIRONMENT

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

17:50 - 18:35
PANEL: SCALING YOUR FINTECH IN TIME OF CRISIS: MISSION (IM)POSSIBLE?

Ieva Paulauskienė (moderator) Investment Advisor for Fintech @ Invest Lithuania
Nigel Verdon
, CEO @ Railsbank
Sigutė Kuncevičiūtė, CEO @ SumUp EU Payments
Stefano Vaccino, CEO @ Yapily

18 June | USA | GMT +3 /
Time
Topic
Speakers
15:00 - 15:05
OPENING

Aurimas Danielius, moderator

15:05 - 16:15
FINTECH PITCH BATTLE
16:15 - 16:50
PANEL: SURVIVING CRISIS: BEST PRACTISES AND TIPS FOR STARTUPS

Vytautas Černiauskas (moderator) Expert at Civitta/Startup Division
Jean-Baptiste (JB) Daguené
, Partner @ 70Ventures
Tony Greenberg, CEO & Founder @ RampRate

16:50 - 17:40
PANEL: NEW VALUATIONS: FUNDRAISING AND BUSINESS FINANCING DURING AND AFTER COVID-19 CRISIS

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

17:40 - 17:50
BREAK
17:50 - 18:45
LITHUANIAN FINTECH AWARDS
18:45 - 19:10
HOW LITHUANIA BECAME A MAJOR FINTECH HUB?

Rugilė Stonytė, Senior Investment Advisor for Fintech @ Invest Lithuania

19:10 - 19:55
PANEL: RE-SKILLING & CONTINUOUS EDUCATION FOR DIGITAL AGE

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