Mr. Vilius Šapoka is the current Minister of Finance in the Republic of Lithuania. For 5 years Mr. Šapoka held the position of the Director of the Financial Services and Markets Department at the
Bank of Lithuania, and prior to that – of the Chairman of the Lithuanian Securities Commission. In 2003 he was granted the Master’s Degree in Economics at Vilnius University, he also studied in the
Baltic Management Institute as well as underwent training at the European Commission.
Prior to joining the Bank of Lithuania, Marius Jurgilas worked as Researcher at the European Central Bank, Economist at the central banks of Norway and England, and gained academic experience in the US. As Member of the Board of the Bank of Lithuania, he is in charge of payment services and their development, FinTech, research and cash, as well as units performing related functions. To address related issues, he participates in meetings of the ECB Governing Council and committees, scientific conferences, as well as represents the central bank of the Republic of Lithuania at various international economic fora and organisations.
Robert J. Shiller is Sterling Professor of Economics, Department of Economics and Cowles Foundation for Research in Economics, Yale University, and Professor of Finance and Fellow at the International Center for Finance, Yale School of Management.
Professor Shiller was awarded the 2013 Nobel Prize in Economic Sciences, together with Eugene Fama and Lars Peter Hansen of the University of Chicago, for their empirical analysis of asset prices. He served as President of the American Economic Association in 2016.
Mr. Noreika became the Acting Comptroller of the Currency on May 5, 2017. Prior to becoming Acting Comptroller, Mr. Noreika served as a partner in Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP and a member of the firm’s Financial Institutions Practice, where he focused on banking regulation and related litigation. He advised a wide range of domestic and international financial institutions on regulatory issues relating to mergers and acquisitions, minority investments, capital issuances, structuring and compliance activities, and litigation matters, particularly in the area of federal preemption.
Markus Becker-Melching has since 2008 been a member of the Management Board of the Association of German Banks, where he is responsible for the Office of the Senior Management, the Berlin and Brussels Liaison Offices, International Affairs and Economic Policy. He is responsible for the relationship management towards FinTechs and currently he heads the association’s Brexit project. Before his appointment to the Management Board, Markus Becker-Melching spent ten years as head of the association’s parliamentary liaison office. He is a trained banker and studied business administration in Düsseldorf and Hagen, specialising in finance and banking. Markus Becker-Melching is 49 years old, married and has three children.
Frank Versmessen is Head of Regulatory Affairs at SWIFT, Based in Belgium. In this role Frank and his team are responsible for monitoring the global regulatory landscape, for liaising with regulators, and for identifying regulatory-related opportunities for products and solutions supporting SWIFT’s membership.
Willem Pieter de Groen is Research Fellow and Head of the Financial Markets and Institutions unit at CEPS (Centre for European Policy Studies) in Brussels. He is author/co-author of several studies on EU and Near East banking regulation, diversity in bank ownership and business models, and obstacles to growth and access to finance for small- and medium-sized enterprises. In the field of digitalisation, he has conducted studies on the impact of digitalisation in creating a true single market for retail financial services as well as the characteristics and development of the platform economy. Willem Pieter is also an Associate Researcher at the International Research Centre on Cooperative Finance (IRCCF) of HEC Montréal, where he contributes to research projects on financial systems. He has been appointed by the European Parliament to serve as a member of its Expert Panel on Banking Union in the field of banking resolution.
Peter Ohrlander is a trained lawyer working at the European Commission since 2008 and in the area of EU capital markets regulation (MIFID II) since 2012. Peter is member of the European Commission’s Task force on financial technology established in November 2016. The Task force is responsible for the European Commission’s policy work on digitalisation, innovation and risk management in the financial sector. Its mandate is to assess ways to enable the European FinTech sector to operate across the EU and be competitive, having three core principles in mind: technology-neutrality, proportionality and integrity/investor protection. Prior to joining the services of the European Commission in 2008, Peter worked as a lawyer in private practice in the area of international and EU merger and competition law. He also clerked at the General Court of the European Union. Peter graduated from Lund University in 1998 and also holds a D.EA. Droit Communautaire Européen from the University of Montpellier (France) and a Master of European Affairs from the College of Europe (Belgium).
Bart van der Mark runs the Artificial Intelligence Venture in Europe. This venture identifies, nurtures and grows promising concepts, technologies and business models around Robotic Process Automation, Cognitive Agents, Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning. He is a frequent advisor, publisher, lecturer and key-note speaker on these topics.
Johan Toll is Associate Vice President and Product Manager Blockchain within the Market Technology business of Nasdaq. Johan joined the company in December 2007 responsible for the connectivity strategy of OMX, later Nasdaq OMX. Later the duties evolved into covering the Trading and Post Trade offerings, focusing on the business strategy of Market Technology and leading the product management group. In 2015, Johan became responsible for the blockchain strategy and related offerings of Market Technology. He has been a key driver behind some of the most notable recent Blockchain initiatives presented by Nasdaq in recent years, including a cooperation with SEB to provide a trading platform for the Nordic mutual fund market based on Blockchain technology and the sale of blockchain enabled solutions to marketplaces globally.
Sasha is Head of Mastercard in the Nordics & Baltics. In this role, she is responsible for developing and executing the Mastercard strategy in the cluster. This includes driving forward the relationships with our customers and partners and delivering innovative core and digital payment experiences for consumers and merchants that are safe, simple and secure.
Most recently, Sasha was senior vice president and group head, Global Products and Solutions for Mastercard Canada overseeing the development of innovative products and services that benefit Mastercard Canada’s consumers, merchants, and business partners. Additionally, she has held various positions of progressive responsibility at Mastercard such as head of issuing relationship management for Mastercard Canada and client business leader with Mastercard Advisors. Before joining MasterCard in 2004, Sasha worked for Visa International on Emerging Product Strategy, out of the company’s Tokyo office.
Dr Vilius Benetis is the CEO at NRD Cyber Security – cybersecurity technology consulting, incident response and applied research company. He is also Board Member at Deltagon Group Oy.
Dr Benetis specializes in law enforcement e-crime optimization platforms, digital surveillance (OSINT), incident response capability establishment, public sector information security consulting, IT infrastructure architecture, IT security automation, and telecommunications engineering and compliance management. He is also a researcher and a promoter of Critical Security Controls, who has twenty years of experience in the IT sector and ten years of experience in IT project management, IT auditing, and IT consultancy.
Jesus is Cloud Data Management Director of Oracle Corporation, responsible for Europe Middle East and Africa (EMEA). He has been at Oracle since 2001 on different roles including Sales Consulting and Business Development. Based in Madrid, Jesus is directly engaged in the success of the Oracle’s Data Management Platform. He does this by advising customers on the best technology to extract the maximum business value from their data infrastructure. He participates in multiple advisory boards and bridges the Oracle Product Management teams with customers to satisfy the most critical demands of modern organizations.
Ilja Laurs is one of the most successful Lithuanian businessmen of the new generation. Ilya has developed over 10 successful companies during his career (“GetJar” is the most famous of them; it was the first Lithuanian Startup in famous Silicon Valley in the United States that crossed the nine-digit value).
“European Manager of the Year” (European Business Press Association), “25 most Famous European Technological Leaders” (Wall Street Journal),” 40 most Influential Global Business Leaders in Telecommunications (Informa Telecom and Media), “20 most Prominent Businessmen in the Baltic States” (Baltic Business forum), “10 Startups Changing the World” (TIME magazine,) and the “World technology pioneer” (World economic forum in Davos) are just a few Ilya professional achievements. Ilya is recognized technology visionary, and is engaged in educational activities in Lithuania and abroad; he regularly delivers reports in Harvard and Stanford universities, and also in the most important professional conferences. Ilya’s works are constantly quoted in the Wall Street Journal, Forbes, CNN, CNBC, BBC, Bloomberg and others.
Matthew is a British entrepreneur. He has been involved in venture capital and finding solutions to the challenges of regulatory issues in the UK for the past twenty years. He has established and sold several startups, including BLC Advisors, whose aim is to help international investors access the Nordic markets. As Founder and CEO of Stockholm Fintech Hub, Matthew’s task is to represent the hub and bridge the financial, technology and regulatory sectors both in Sweden and internationally.
Reimo Hammerberg, partner and head of the Banking, Finance and Insurance Practice Group at Sorainen Estonia, is the country’s top expert on financial law.
Reimo has advised a large number of international companies in landmark transactions, helping to expand or restructure their business, and has also played a crucial role in the impressive growth of many Estonian enterprises.
Also, Reimo possesses unique know-how in market abuse issues and other complex financial disputes and has advised on all serious market manipulation disputes in Estonia. He also regularly advises issuers of structured notes/bonds and providers of financial and insurance services.
Reimo is a Certified Adviser on the alternative marketplace First North in the Baltic States, while Sorainen is one of the three law firms meeting the requirements for this status. He is also a member of the supervisory board of SmartCap, an investment arm of the Estonian Development Fund managing early stage venture capital funds, which is the main player on the Estonian venture capital scene. Reimo is also a board member of FinanceEstonia, a non-profit organisation established in 2011, which is a novel partnership model between private and public sectors to considerably increase exports of financial services. In addition, he is an active member of the Estonian Private Equity and Venture Capital Association.
Henrik Normann took up his position as President and Chief Executive Officer of NIB on 1 April 2012. He holds a Master of Arts degree in History and Political Science from Copenhagen University. He has also held various management positions within the Danske Bank and was a member of its Executive Committee.
Audrius is the founder of AI Meetup Group in Lithuania, Technology Manager of the Baltic Advanced Technology Institute, founder of Aresi Labs consulting company working in the fields of Digital Innovation, VR and AI
Gediminas started his career in the IT sector 20 years ago, for more than 15 years his career has formed a leading position in Swedbank. A digital service and solutions enthusiast, a software engineer specialist, one of the organizers of IT Swedbank @ Academy.
Gediminas is the Board Member of association of Tech City Lithuania.
Gary Campkin, Director, Policy and Strategy, has wide business experience with over 25 years working at the CBI, including 15 years as Head of the International Group, and as an independent consultant. He has led work on multilateral and bilateral trade and investment, government support for business overseas, CSR, human rights and globalisation issues. From 2013-2016 he was Director, International Strategy at TheCityUK until taking over this role leading the organisation’s UK, European and International work. Gary has extensive experience of international negotiations and delegations, governance and reputational issues. His leadership roles in international business organisations have included 8 years as Chairman of the Multinationals and Investment Committee of the Business, and Industry Advisory Committee to the OECD.
Andrius is a FinTech and business development specialist and Revolut Region manager for
the Baltics, one of the fastest growing start-ups in the world. His colourful professional
profile consists partly of a highly successful corporate world at Euromonitor International in
Vilnius and London, with the other half of coming from his experience in various technical
start-ups. After two successful years of being in charge of Revolut for Business product and
business development, Andrius is now settled in Vilnius, with new goals for growth in the
Baltics. After growing from 0 to almost 1 mln. customers in only two years and acquiring
nearly $90 mln. of investments, Revolut has major plans on how financial technology can
help overcome the challenges that businesses will be facing in the future – and Andrius is
one of the few people who are turning these plans into reality.
After his successful career as a professional kitesurfer (ranking among top 10 in the world) and later as a trauma surgeon, Julian became a serial entrepreneur, bestselling author and keynote-speaker. He co-founded the Singapore based FinTech company TenX, the only company worldwide that makes multiple virtual currencies instantly spendable anytime anywhere by offering a debit card payment system to its users. Julian was named one of the top Blockchain and Cryptocurrency experts. He is a frequently invited speaker at global Tech/FinTech events as well as a regular commentator in the media on current blockchain trends, the future of cryptocurrency and best ICO practices.
Tomas is a Co-Founder and Chairman of Turing Society, a non-profit focused to make world class tech education available to all. Turing Society, since its beginning, grew to an international organization, with teams in 4 cities and over 40 people working towards the same vision. They now work in high schools, universities, and are building their own college – Turing College. Tomas himself believes that education is bound to change towards the 21st-century friendly state.
Valdas Vitkauskas is Associate Director at Financial Institutions team of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), where among other areas he coordinates teams activity in exploring FinTech opportunities. The EBRD every year provides EUR 8 – 9 billion of new financing in its region and is the largest single foreign investor in a number of countries in Eastern Europe, Caucasus, Baklans and Central Asia and is also active in Central Europe, Turkey and other southern and eastern Mediterranean countries. About one quarter of this funding goes to banks and other financial institutions. The advances in technology are already having a major and accelerating effect on financial services industry. EBRD is actively looking for new ways of employing ICT capabilities in supporting more than 300 of its partner banks and Valdas is at the forefront of this effort.
Dmitry Borisenko is Co-founder and Managing Director at CoinGate.com. Since 2011 he is interesting in blockchain and cryptocurrencies. Dmitrijus is an active investor, cryptocurrencies “cashier” and architect of various blockchain models since 2017. A membe of Infobalt and the Brussels Blockchain Working Group. The Cryptoanalysis Payments Service is now used by over 1,000 businesses worldwide. CoinGate.com team process over 600 transfers daily and they expect that this number will triple in the coming years.
He is a technology entrepreneur and visionary, transforming traditional industries by establishing and growing mature businesses based on the most potential and modern technologies: micro-service solutions for enterprise, blockchain technology for FinTech, robotization of software operations.