Evolving Fintech Ecosystems: Launch of Eastern European network of Global Impact FinTech Forum

Jun 24, 2021, 6:00 AM – 5:05 PM

The way money moves, and even money as a construct are changing around us. Join 30+ expert around the world will to look at these trends and share insights and vision for fintech ecosystems. From senior officials at central banks to Citibank head of fintech theme group to VC and PE investors it is an amazing array. Review the schedule and find which sessions appeal or take in the whole day!

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About this event

The way money moves, and even money as a construct are changing around us. Join 30+ expert around the world will to look at these trends and share insights and vision for fintech ecosystems.

From senior officials at central banks to Citibank head of fintech theme group to VC and PE investors it is an amazing array.

The morning begins with a policy focus, and the evening moves into startup-oriented topics. Consult the agenda for specific content you want.

Detailed schedule: https://docs.google.com/.../1Sczr-bJr.../edit

Opening keynote: Deputy Governor Mert, BSP, Philippines: 10:30-10:45

Keynote: Ronit Ghose, Global Head, Banks Research & Co-Head, FinTech Theme Group CitiGroup

on the ‘Future of finance’ with reference to the recent Citi report 10:45-11:15

Keynote, Global Policy makers: Douglas Arner, Kerry Holdings Professor in Law at The University of Hong Kong

Panel 1: Global Policy makers Panel - opportunities, leanings, best practices for georgian policy makers, including CBDCs: 11:15-12:15

Ms Lotte Schou Zibell: Regional Director, ADB, Australia, Vice Chair, GIFT

Levan Shalamberidze, IFC, Global FinTech and InsurTech Investor USA/Georgia

Papuna Lezhava- Vice Governor NBG

Mert Tangonan-Deputy Governor , BSP, Philippines

Ms Wijitleka Marome, Deputy Director, Fintech division- Bank of Thailand, member- GIFT

‘Crypto Congressman’ Jason Hsu, Advisory Board member, GIFT, Taiwan

Doug Arner, HKU

Moderator: Malik Kotadia, Chairman, GIFT

Break: 12:15- 13:30 pm (networking)

Panel 2 - Open finance: ecosystem opportunities: 14:30-15:30

John Ho, Head, Legal, Financial Markets, StanChart Bank, Singapore, member CBDC WG, GIFT

Varlam Ebanoidze: Georgia, co-lead, RegTech WG, GIFT

Mr Aiaze Mitha: Senior Advisor, UN Secretary General's Task Force on Digital Financing of SDGs and Vice Chair, GIFT, Paris

Maggie Yung, MD, Head of Digital, Customer Experiences and Ecosystems at DBS Bank, Hong Kong, member- GIFT

Nodar Daneliya - Co-Founder & CEO at Synth - YC S20

Moderator : Lekso Khoroshvili, co-lead, Eastern European chapter, GIFT

Panel 3 - FinTech ecosystems Asia and MENA: 13:30-14:30

Hock Lai - Co-Chairman, Blockchain Association Singapore; Founding President, Singapore Fintech Association, Secretary, GIFT

Ridzuan Abdul Aziz, Founding president, Fintech association of Malaysia, GIFT south east Asia chapter ExCo member

Amor Maclang- Philippines.GIFT Philippines chapter lead; Chair for Innovation: European Chamber of Commerce of the Philippines; Executive Director: FinTech Philippines Association

Shan Lou, Taiwan-Shan Lou: Managing Director, Fintech space, Taiwan

Manish Kumar, India-GIFT South Asia chapter co-lead

Syed Musheer Ahmed - Founding director, Fintech association of HK, Director, GIFT , HK

Moderator:Ms Bowie Lau, founder, Mage spire, GIFT ExCo member, Venture Partner, True Global Ventures, HK


Chapter 2: Startups & Fintechs On The Ground

In-person Networking at GITA Tech Park, 18:00-19:00

Panel 4 : Fintech ecosystems: Europe and Americas: evening 19:00-20:00

Tengiz Tkeshelashvili, VC Investor at SpeedInvest Georgia/Austria

Jeroen Van Dijk [payment expert, traditional & alternative. Payments Insider, Payments

Luis Miguel Vieira - Executive Board Member at Portuguese FinTech and InsurTech Association, GIFT Southern European chapter Exco member

Nim Haas, ‘top 50 women in fintech’, head marketing, GIFT- UK, Spain

Cal Evans-Market Leading Cryptocurrency Lawyer and Strategy Expert ; Board member- British Blockchain Association

Moderator: Ignacio, Argentina [professor- financial inclusion]

Break 20:00- 20:15

Keynote, NFTs and the Metaverse: Elizabeth Stricker - Director, Media Entrepreneurship and Innovation, CMII, Georgia State University and co-lead, NFT WG, GIFT- Atlanta, USA 20:15-20:35

Panel 5 :Women leaders in Fintech panel : 20:35-21:05

Simone Martin: Deputy Director, Anguilla Financial Services commission,Director and co-lead, GIFT LatAm and the Caribbean (LAC) chapter- Anguilla, British Virgin Islands, Caribbean

Tram Anh Nguyen-Co-founder of CFTE (Center for Finance, Technology and Entrepreneurship)

Jelena Madir- General Counsel, Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance. Author

Moderator : Jil Ebanoidze

Closing notes: Jil Ebanoidze Managing Director GIFT

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