Speakers

Meet the experts speaking at FinForward 2019. More speakers coming soon.

Jeroen de Bel
Jeroen de Bel
Founder @ Fincog
Banks have a sustainable future if they make the right decisions

Jeroen de Bel is the founder and principal consultant of Fincog. Fincog is a strategy consulting agency specialized in Fintech. Fincog helps financial service providers to understand the world of Fintech, develop a future-proof strategy, and also build the bank of the future.
Jeroen is expert in banking and fintech, with over 10 years of experience. Prior to establishing Fincog, he worked for De Volksbank as Corporate Strategy, for the Boston Consulting Group as Senior Analyst Financial Institutions and for Innopay as Payments Consultant.

Jeroen de Bel
Founder @ Fincog
Banks have a sustainable future if they make the right decisions
Jens Borchardt
Jens Borchardt LL.M.
Partner @ SKW Schwarz Rechtsanwälte
Will talk about experiences and learnings from the PSD2 implementation from a legal point of view

Jens Borchardt is a partner at SKW Schwarz Rechtsanwälte in Hamburg focusing on IT, data privacy and intellectual property law. His clients include IT service providers, e-commerce providers, agencies, banks and fintechs, other technology and media enterprises as well as various brand manufacturers. In recent months, Jens Borchardt has advised several clients on the implementation of the PSD2. He is author of numerous publications and speaker on various topics of IT law.

Jens Borchardt LL.M.
Partner @ SKW Schwarz Rechtsanwälte
Will talk about experiences and learnings from the PSD2 implementation from a legal point of view
Nina Grandin
Nina Grandin
Head of Human Resources, Executive Director @ Deposit Solutions
Understands how fintech startups can get the best out of the best

Nina Grandin joined Deposit Solutions in 2017 as Head of Human Resources, Executive Director, being responsible for all HR activities including USA, UK, CH, and the German entities in Berlin and Hamburg. She is a senior HR leader with more than 18 years of international experience in combining strategic HR management and day-to-day HR operations. She previously worked as an HR generalist for the otto group in Hamburg and a consulting company in Frankfurt and New York. Nina Grandin holds a law degree and is mother of two sons.

Nina Grandin
Head of Human Resources, Executive Director @ Deposit Solutions
Understands how fintech startups can get the best out of the best
Jozefak Paul
Paul Jozefak
CEO @ Receeve
Will tell you whether you’re born global or a local hero

Paul Jozefak is currently in the process of building his newest startup: Receeve GmbH, the first truly digital debt servicing platform. With this platform, he and his team aim to completely disrupt the collections industry and target it with a tech-first approach.
With his co-founder, Paul launched Liquid Labs at the beginning of 2012.From 2016 to 2018, he ran ODGS, the parent company of Liquid Labs, responsible for building new businesses for the Otto Group, driving innovation and managing a broad portfolio of technology companies.

Paul Jozefak
CEO @ Receeve
Will tell you whether you’re born global or a local hero
Delia König
Delia D. König
Managing Director Identity Unit @ solarisBank
Knows everything there is to know about 'Know Your Customer'

Delia König is Managing Director of the Identity Unit at solarisBank, the tech company with a banking license. She manages and oversees the business unit that has built a platform comprising cutting-edge customer identification solutions for fintech, banks and other digital companies looking to offer a smooth onboarding process for their customers.

She previously worked as an IT consultant for Germany’s largest financial services-focused consultancy, zeb, and gained experience as a Product Manager and entrepreneur. Delia studied Information Systems at the University of Münster and holds a Master’s degree in Digital Banking from Stevens Institute of Technology.

Delia D. König
Managing Director Identity Unit @ solarisBank
Knows everything there is to know about 'Know Your Customer'
Kilian Peter Krings
Kilian Peter Krings
Co-Founder & CEO @ tokenfinance
How blockchain opens digital investment to German entrepreneurs

Kilian Peter Krings founded his first startup in 2014, which was a digital music disruption startup, and switched to the blockchain Industry in 2017. Since then he has worked with a couple of projects in this field and later joined Blockchain Solutions GmbH, which is based in Hamburg. In January 2019, Kilian Peter Krings and the CEO of Blockchain Solutions GmbH decided to launch tokenfinance, a blockchain based investment banking startup.

Kilian Peter Krings
Co-Founder & CEO @ tokenfinance
How blockchain opens digital investment to German entrepreneurs
Michael Möglich
Michael Möglich
Head of Market Development Europe @ Monese
Explains how it all comes down to trust

Michael Möglich is the Head of Market Development Europe for Monese, the mobile-only banking service that gives people the financial freedom to thrive anywhere. Michael has ~20 years experience, previously working in leadership roles across Operations, Commercial and Product Management at Ebay and Amazon as well as at strategy consulting firm Booz & Company. Michael holds an MBA from Kellogg School of Management. He is also an angel investor and founded a Berlin-based food company.

Michael Möglich
Head of Market Development Europe @ Monese
Explains how it all comes down to trust
John Erik Setsaas
John Erik Setsaas
VP of Identity and Innovation @ Signicat
The Nordics as an example for the rest of Europe on eID

John Erik Setsaas is VP of Identity and Innovation at Signicat. With over 20 years’ experience in identity—and over 30 years in software product development - John Erik is a pioneer in the identity space. Before joining Signicat, John Erik was Chief Development Architect for SAP Identity Management and taught ecommerce, identity services and security at Buskerud University College in Norway. He is also a board member of the EEMA, Europe’s leading digital identity think tank, and has received the EEMA Lifetime Achievement Award.

John Erik Setsaas
VP of Identity and Innovation @ Signicat
The Nordics as an example for the rest of Europe on eID
Vladis Bergs
Valdis Bergs
CEO @ MobillyTX
Knows everything there is to know about 'Welfare Management'

Valdis Bergs is the CEO of MobillyTX – an advanced GovTech solution that helps state and municipal institutions to provide indirect social benefits to citizens. Under his supervision, MobillyTX has successfully developed a highly efficient welfare management system. It is transparent, fully automated, completely protected from any kind of fraud, and quickly prevents leakage of any data. Valdis is Head of the Finance sector committee at the Latvian Chamber of Commerce and Industry. He holds master’s degree in law from University of Latvia.

Valdis Bergs
CEO @ MobillyTX
Knows everything there is to know about 'Welfare Management'
Philipp Buschmann
Philipp Buschmann
CEO @ AAZZUR
Banks becoming superfluous – banks’ fears of being commodotised

Philipp is a strategy consultant turned serial entrepreneur, specializing in financial services and resources. Having also worked as a developer, he has first-hand experience of the banking revolution from both a business and a technological perspective.
His latest venture, AAZZUR, is building an ecosystem that connects banks and their users to fintech products to thanks to PSD2 and OpenBanking.
Philipp has also spoken at major fintech events including Money20/20, MoneyLive, Finovate, Fintechmatters and the Future of Retail Banking.

Philipp Buschmann
CEO @ AAZZUR
Banks becoming superfluous – banks’ fears of being commodotised
Izzo Wagner Anna
Dr. Anna Izzo-Wagner
Partner @ Taylor Wessing
Understands the fears of German customers

Dr. Anna Izzo-Wagner is a partner at Taylor Wessing in Frankfurt and specializes in banking and investment regulatory law as well as in compliance. She advises domestic and foreign clients of the financial services industry in the German legal environment - both in the founding and licensing process of institutions as well as in operational business. A particular focus of her legal consulting is the introduction and sale of new (banking) products and the support of digitisation projects in institutes as well as in fintech companies.

Dr. Anna Izzo-Wagner
Partner @ Taylor Wessing
Understands the fears of German customers
Liudas Kanapienis
Liudas Kanapienis
CEO @ ONDATO
How to help financial institutions to stay compliant and save money on the regulatory fees

Liudas Kanapienis is one of the most active personalities in the Lithuanian Fintech world. He is a serial entrepreneur, previously responsible for the first Fintech business development from Lithuania, Paysera Ltd, that was successfully built into a fintech bank.

All his career he has held CEO positions in different types of companies and has dedicated the last six years to the Fintech industry as an active Fintech community member.

Liudas Kanapienis
CEO @ ONDATO
How to help financial institutions to stay compliant and save money on the regulatory fees
Sabine König
Sabine König
Business Consultant @ Arkwright Consulting AG
Will explain why societies go cashless

Sabine holds a degree in Business Economics and has over 20 years of experience in the financial sector. She is a consultant at Arkwright, a management consultancy with Scandinavian roots and strong expertise in the financial sector and the payments industry. Previously, Sabine worked for 18 years in the Sparkassen organization, most recently as a division manager for corporate and organizational development. Apart from work, Sabine König is enthusiastic about travelling and experiencing other cultures, the development of payment behavior around the world is both her professional and her personal field of interest.

Sabine König
Business Consultant @ Arkwright Consulting AG
Will explain why societies go cashless
Martin Kulik
Martin Kulik
Head of TABULARAZA @ zeb
The future of the financial system in the light of the digital transformation

Martin Kulik is a trained banker, political scientist and passionate digital evangelist.
He has been at home in the digital world for over 10 years, focusing on the development of digital products, the creation of outstanding customer experience experiences and always looking for a strategy to successfully shape the future.

Martin Kulik
Head of TABULARAZA @ zeb
The future of the financial system in the light of the digital transformation
Hendrik Rosvall
Henrik Rosvall
CEO @ Dreams
Financial literacy and sustainable habits help people fulfil their dreams

Prior to founding Dreams, Henrik was Marketing Director at Avanza Bank. During his 4.5 years the customer base increased by 208% (226,000 - 471,000) and Assets under management with 325%. His extensive experience in driving growth was also demonstrated as Sales Director for EF Education for various countries and regions for 6 years. Henrik has an entrepreneurial background, founding and selling two companies. Henrik has an MSc in Marketing and Finance from Stockholm University.

Henrik Rosvall
CEO @ Dreams
Financial literacy and sustainable habits help people fulfil their dreams
Thorsten Terweiden
Thorsten Terweiden
Economic Development Director @ Thorsten Terweiden Economic Development Consultancy
Will ask all the right questions on international expansion

Up until April this year Thorsten Terweiden was the Fintech lead for Invest Hong Kong in Europe. In 2018 Thorsten assisted Transferwise, Revolut, Checkout and Ebury with setting up operations in HK.
Prior to joining InvestHK, Thorsten was the Head of Swiss Business Hub UK in London since 2008. He helped set up a soft-landing programme for Swiss tech companies in 2013.
Thorsten is a member of the China and Fintech working groups of Tech London Advocates.He is based in Berlin where he is working as an economic development consultant.

Thorsten Terweiden
Economic Development Director @ Thorsten Terweiden Economic Development Consultancy
Will ask all the right questions on international expansion
Steffen von Blumröder
Steffen von Blumröder
Head of Regulatory Management/ PSD2 Projekt Lead @ DKB - Deutsche Kreditbank
Current state of PSD2

Steffen is responsible for all legal and regulatory issues in DKB Private Banking and has been involved in Open Banking for many years. He has been working for 20 years in the field of digital transformation in various branches of industry. Whether with the digital association Bitkom or American tech companies, he sees himself as a #strategynerd, #lobbyist, #digienthusiast and #matchmaker. Steffen holds an MBA in business management and business ethics.

Steffen von Blumröder
Head of Regulatory Management/ PSD2 Projekt Lead @ DKB - Deutsche Kreditbank
Current state of PSD2
Wiktor Ewtschatow
Victor Evchatov
General Manager @ DEinternational Saint Petersburg by Russian-German Foreign Trade Chamber
Will talk about Saint Petersburg as an IT-location

Victor Evchatov is the General Manager of DEinternational in Saint Petersburg. DEinternational provides B2B-services for german and other european companies by their entry into Russian markets. Victor Evchatov is experienced in client support in german consulting companies using his legal degree and background. His skills include Business Development, Key Account Management, Negotiations, Customer Service, Team Management, Business Process Improvement, Project Management, B2B Sales, Legal Support, Financial Proposal Preparation, Client Relationship Management and Business Consulting.

Victor Evchatov
General Manager @ DEinternational Saint Petersburg by Russian-German Foreign Trade Chamber
Will talk about Saint Petersburg as an IT-location
Jorga Frank S.
Frank S. Jorga
Co-CEO @ WebID Solutions Group
Will talk about ID as a barrier to internationalisation

Frank Stefan Jorga completed his studies in business administration as well as both legal state examinations (admitted to the bar). His key areas of expertise are digitisation, strategic business areas, international collection & payment, risk management and market establishment of new online financial products. After a successful start-up phase in 2011 as a founder and main shareholder of WebID Solutions GmbH, Frank S. Jorga has also been Co-CEO since 2014, responsible for the strategic product and company orientation as well as the worldwide expansion of the WebID Group.

Frank S. Jorga
Co-CEO @ WebID Solutions Group
Will talk about ID as a barrier to internationalisation
Jana Koch
Jana Koch
Head of Innovation Management @ comdirect bank AG
Experienced in overcoming banks’ fears of tomorrow

Jana Koch is Head of Business Development & Innovation Management at comdirect bank AG. Previously, as Head of the comdirect Start-Up Garage, she was responsible for the screening of FinTechs and the respective collaboration. She is involved in the inititive finanz-heldinnen and encourages others to take finances into their own hands. Jana Koch completed her international business studies with a focus on strategy and innovation at Maastricht University.

Jana Koch
Head of Innovation Management @ comdirect bank AG
Experienced in overcoming banks’ fears of tomorrow
Stefan Krautkrämer
Stefan Krautkrämer
General Manager @ FinTecSystems GmbH
Regulators to the rescue – what fears and interests to regulators have to reconcile?

Stefan Krautkrämer founded FinTecSystems in 2014 with Dirk Rudolf in Munich. Previously, the business information scientist spent more than seven years in the founding team developing the online payment method ``Sofortüberweisung``. Most recently, Stefan was COO at SOFORT AG until he was sold to Klarna AB. At FinTecSystems Stefan is responsible for Corporate Development and Investor Relations.

Stefan Krautkrämer
General Manager @ FinTecSystems GmbH
Regulators to the rescue – what fears and interests to regulators have to reconcile?
Nina Levchuk
Nina Levchuk
Industry Head, Pure Play and Startups @ Google
International expansion for startups

Versatile leader with successful track record of 10+ years experience in business development, sales, marketing, cross-functional teams and channel management for leading organizations including Google, SC Johnson and Unilever. Significant expertise in the development and management of scaled sales and customer service via both online and customer facing channels.

Nina Levchuk
Industry Head, Pure Play and Startups @ Google
International expansion for startups
Martin Schmid
Martin Schmid
Chief Market Officer @ FinTecSystems
PSD2/open banking – has the promise of open banking been fulfilled?

Martin was part of the former core team of SOFORT for 7 years. He successfully established distinctive inside sales profit center with 13 employees in 3 countries – processed more than 35.000 merchant aquisitions and top KAMs such as flyerarm and Kabel Deutschland. Lastly Director Commercial Operations and member of the management board for Klarna and SOFORT. At FinTecSystems Martin is responsible for National/International Sales, Marketing and Customer Success.

Martin Schmid
Chief Market Officer @ FinTecSystems
PSD2/open banking – has the promise of open banking been fulfilled?
Frank Wunderlich
Frank Wunderlich
Associate Director and Partner @ Arkwright Consulting
Will explain how eID has taken root in the Nordics

Frank Wunderlich works as an Associate Director and Partner at the consulting firm Arkwright Consulting. For over 20 years he has been advising top management of banks, payment service providers and technology companies. Main topics are strategy development and implementation, improvement of results, design of operating models as well as partnerships and digitization. Here his main focus is how onboarding processes can be streamlined with help of eIDs throughout Europe. He graduated in industrial engineering and lives in the “world's first cashless society” – Sweden.

Frank Wunderlich
Associate Director and Partner @ Arkwright Consulting
Will explain how eID has taken root in the Nordics