First Annual FinTech Summit, 30 May, Sofia Event Center
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The event

Why Fintech                                 

The financial industry faces the challenge to innovate at its fastest pace ever, mostly due to the growth of fintech and the changes in consumer behavior and preferences. The pressure to innovate has driven financial companies to move many aspects of their business to the next level in order to stay relevant and top-of-mind. However, any type of change requires not only implementing new technologies but also a profound change in the mindset. The first annual FinTech Conference will present how Fintech will reshape the future of financial services in the region.


Why Sofia

Sofia is one of the top 3 FinTech destinations in CEE with a critical mass of financial, technological and startup players, who are actively engaged in a positive competition.
Two more ingredients are needed for this critical mass to turn into a more productive ecosystem - practical content generation vehicles (Sophia Lab being the leading example) and a regular forum to meet, share and engage.
The FinTech Summit’s team is committed to build and maintain this forum, together with all the other members of the FinTech ecosystem.

Topics in the agenda:
- FinTech: Market Expectations and Practical Trends 
- Domestic challenges towards a performing Fintech scene
- Successful Ecosystems and Benchmarks
- Building Bridges and Opportunities  for Sofia to become a regional FinTech hub

When and where:
30 May 2018
Sofia Event Center

Audience: 350+ CEOs and decision makers from the financial sector and the business, banks, payment providers, insurance and pension companies, investment companies, VCs, IT experts, founders of fintech companies, investors, consultants, lawyers, auditors, government and regulatory associations

Working language will be English.

Registration fee: 150 BGN excl. 20% VAT

Deadline for registration: May 28

*The FinTech Summit is in partnership with DigitalK conference and admission is complimentary for those who have already purchased a ticket for DigitalK. Please enter the promo code you have received in the e-mail confirming your DigitalK purchase order.

Speakers

  • Kalin Hristov

    Kalin Hristov Deputy Governor at Bulgarian National Bank

    Kalin Hristov is Deputy Governor in charge of the Issue Department and member of the Governing Council of the Bulgarian National Bank from 23 October 2009. He is elected by the 43rdNational Assembly on 29 July 2015 for a second six-year term of office, starting from 24 October 2015. Mr. Hristov has a master’s degree in economics from the University of National and World Economy, Sofia. He finished secondary education at the Mechanical and Electrical Engineering School in Pleven. He is the author of a number of publications on issues such as macroeconomics, monetary policy, currency board, Economic and Monetary Union and adoption of the euro in Bulgaria, and co-author of articles and publications on economic and financial topics.
  • Levon Hampartzoumian

    Levon Hampartzoumian CEO and Chairman of the MB of UniCredit Bulbank, Member of the FinTech Summit Advisory Board

    Levon Hampartzoumian is the CEO and Chairman of the MB of UniCredit Bulbank since 2001. He is member of the Managing Board of BORICA. From April 2005 to April 2008 and April 2011 - April 2015 he is Chairman of the Management Board of the Association of Banks in Bulgaria. Levon Hampartzoumian is a non-executive member of the Board of the Institute for Market Economy. from 2008 to 2012 he is Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Sofia University. Levon Hamparztoumian is awarded with the Order of the Star of Italian Solidarity (Ordine della Stella della Solidarietà Italiana) and is honoured with the title Commendatore of the Order at the beginning of May 2008 with a Decree of the President of the Italian Republic Giorgio Napolitano. Levon Hamparztoumian is awarded with the Order of the Star of Italian Solidarity (Ordine della Stella della Solidarietà Italiana) and is honoured with the title Commendatore of the Order at the beginning of May 2008 with a Decree of the President of the Italian Republic Giorgio Napolitano. In 2007 Mr. Hampartzoumian was awarded by "Atanas Bourov" Foundation for bank management; he is also announced "Banker of the year" twice – by Finance Central Europe magazine in 2005 and by Banker weekly in 2007. In 2006 Mr. Hampartzoumian is awarded for management by Manager Magazine. ПИн 2015 the CEO of UniCredit Bulbank was awarded with Grand Silver Merit Badge of the Republic of Austria. Levon Hampartzoumian has a degree in Chemical Engineering and professional experience working for PriceWaterHouse Coopers and Earnst&Young. During 1999-2001 he was consecutively Deputy Minister of Economy and Executive Director of Sofia’s Privatization Agency.
  • Filip Genov

    Filip Genov Vice President and Special Projects Senior Manager at UniCredit Bulbank

    Filip Genov is a Member of the Advisory Board of the FinTech Summit.
    Mr. Genov is a senior banker with 20+ years of executive experience in Bulgaria and numerous other markets, where he initiated and created a wide array of innovations, new business lines, products and companies in the financial services area. His main areas of expertise are strategy, innovations, business development, change and risk management. In 2013 he became the first Eastern European manager to be elected to the Executive Committee of the Factors Chain International, being responsible for the R&D and innovations. In 2003-2006 and in 2012-2014 Filip has been launching and implementing various business development projects and initiatives for UniCredit Group throughout Italy, Germany and the countries of the Central and Eastern Europe. Filip is also an avid supporter, business angel, mentor and investor in startups of young entrepreneurs. He holds an MBA from New York University’s Stern School of Business and the London School of Economics and an UniCredit Executive master from SDA Bocconi.
  • ​Tal Sharon

    ​Tal Sharon Managing Director, Equitech, Member of the FinTech Summit Advisory Board

    Tal Sharon is member of the FinTech Summit Advisory Board.
    Mr. Sharon is a FinTech consultant specializing in analyzing corporates and financial institutes requirements. Tal brings vast financial and legal knowledge in order to bridge the gap between corporates and innovative FinTech solutions. Tal has accumulated extensive knowledge in the FinTech industry and has been providing advisory services to FinTech ventures in various stages
  • Willy-Pierre Abbal

    Willy-Pierre Abbal Member of the Management Board, Executive Officer and Chief Operational Officer, Societe Generale Expressbank, Member of FinTech Summit Advisory Board

    Willy-Pierre Abbal is member of the Advisory Board of FinTech Summit. He is also Member of the Management Board, Executive Officer and Chief Operational Officer at Societe Generale Expressbank.
  • Rumyana Trencheva

    Rumyana Trencheva Managing Director, SAP South-East Europe, Member of the Advisory Board of FinTech Summit

    Rumyana Trencheva is member of the Advisory Board of FinTech Summit.
    Ms. Trencheva is Managing Director for SAP South-East Europe and leads the commercial activities for SAP in 10 countries: Bulgaria, Romania, Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, Kosovo, Albania, Macedonia, Croatia and Slovenia. Before joining the company, Rumyana Trencheva has held key managerial positions in multinational companies as INDRA Sistemas S.A., Hewlett Packard, Alcatel-Lucent and Ericsson Bulgaria. She has e B.A from the American University in Bulgaria, as well as specializations from Duke Corporate Education (USA) and IMD (Switzerland).Rumyana Trencheva is member of the Advisory Board of FinTech Summit.
  • Iravan Hira

    Iravan Hira Managing Director, HPE Bulgaria, Member of the FinTech Summit Advisory Board

    Iravan Hira is Managing Director of Hewlett Packard Enterprise Bulgaria and Hewlett Packard Enterprise Global Delivery Bulgaria Center since 2009. Under the leadership of Iravan Hira Hewlett Packard Bulgaria has been positioned among the top leaders in the IT sector in the country and achieves significant business results which took the Bulgarian branch of the company to the leading position in Central and Eastern Europe. Hewlett Packard Global Delivery Bulgaria Center is among the largest employers in the ICT industry in the country with more than 6000 highly qualified employees and export of services worth of BGN 260 million in 2014. Iravan has worked in Hewlett Packard Bulgaria since the establishment of the company in the country in 1998 and has held various sales and management positions. For high professional successes was honored twice with membership in the "Achievers Club" of global Hewlett Packard Company. Among the priorities of Iravan Hira are strengthening the hi-tech industry in Bulgaria, the introduction of innovations for sustainable economic growth, development and promotion of corporate social responsibility as an important public function of companies and encouragement of entrepreneurship in IT in the country. Because of its active work in these areas Iravan Hira was elected as Chairman of the Bulgarian Business Leaders Forum in 2013. He is also member of the Board of Directors of American Chamber of Commerce in Bulgaria (AmCham), Junior Achievement Bulgaria, the Consultative Business Committee of University of Finance, Business and Entrepreneurship (VUZF) and the Expert Committee of Sofia University etc. Iravan Hira holds a Master's degree in Computer Science from the Technical University in Sofia. He has special expertise in the field of new business development, sales management and corporate transformation. Married, with two children.
  • Miroslav Vichev

    Miroslav Vichev Chief Executive Officer, BORICA, Member of the FinTech Summit Advisory Board

    Miroslav Vichev is member of the Advisory Board of FinTech Summit.
    Mr. Vichev is a Chief Executive Officer of the payment and card operator BORICA. He has over 25 years of experience in the field of information technology for the banking sector. Before joining the company, he held a number of leadership positions - Head of "Applied Systems" at the Bulgarian Postbank, Director "Management Consulting and IT" at Deloitte & Touche, Head of "Consulting Department" at Microsoft Bulgaria and a consultant to the BNB in relation to the RINGS system, IT Director at HVB Bank Biochim, CEO of DSK Bank. He was also a member of the Supervisory Board of the "DSK Rodina" pension company, member of the Board of Directors of the "Cash Service Company AD" and a member of the Board of Directors of OTP Bank (Russia), Deputy of the CEO of OTP Bank (Hungary) and Chief Information Manager of the banking group. Mr. Vichev is a former graduate of the Technical University of Sofia.
  • Theodore Zahov

    Theodore Zahov Co-publisher and Chairman of the Board of Directors of Economedia AD

    Mr. Zahov is Co-publisher and Chairman of the Board of Directors of Economedia AD – the publisher of Capital newspapers, the business news site Dnevnik.bg and several other editions. He is also the majority shareholder and the CEO of Inovent Holding AD-Bulgarian business group operating in the sectors of IT&Telecommunications, renewable energy, real estates and financial operations. Mr. Zahov is the founder and the CEO of Spectrum Net – the most successful alternative telecommunications operator in Bulgaria, which in 2011 was sold to Mobiltel. At the time of the sale Spectrum Net had a revenue of EUR 20M, EBIDTA of EUR 5M and staff of 450. Theodore Zahov is well known in the NGOs sector. He is Chairman of the Managing Board of the Union of Publishers in Bulgaria (UPB), Board member of the World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers (WAN-IFRA), Board member of the Confederation of the Employers in Bulgaria (KRIB), Chairman of the Control Council of the Bulgarian Association of Information Technologies (BAIT). In the past he was Chairman of the Managing Board of the Bulgarian Association of Information Technologies (BAIT), Co-Chairman of the committee "ICT and E-government" of the Confederation of the Employers in Bulgaria (KRIB), Chairman of the Managing Board of the Society of Electronic Communications (SEC). Theodore Zahov is a graduate of the Technical University in Sofia and holds an Executive MBA from INSEAD.
  • Daniel Döderlein

    Daniel Döderlein Founder & CEO, Auka

    Daniel is an award-winning serial tech entrepreneur with several successful startups under his belt. In 2010, he founded mCASH, the first mobile payments platform in Norway and the world's first payment company to run 100% on Google Cloud. In 2014 he was awarded ‘entrepreneur of the year’ in Norway by the Norwegian Venture Capital Association. Today, Daniel's company offers its cloud-based mobile payment solutions to banks wishing to fight the tech giant disruption globally under the name Auka, which means to increase and intensify in old norse, Viking language.
  • Krassimira Raycheva

    Krassimira Raycheva Country Lead, Visa, Bulgaria

    Krassimira Raycheva is Visa Country Lead for Bulgaria, in charge of the company’s business interests in the country. Her role is to promote Visa Europe’s products and services among the Bulgarian financial institutions. Krassimira is responsible for the company’s relations with the banks and other organisations working in the cashless payments sector. She is also responsible for implementing Visa Europe’s new and innovative methods of payment in Bulgaria. Krassimira has been working for Visa Europe since 2004. Before that, she was managing various projects in the banking sector for IBM Bulgaria. She has experience in a commercial bank as the Head of its Cards Payments Department. Krassimira holds a Master degree in Electronics from the Technical University – Sofia and a Master in Project Management from George Washington University. She also has a Diploma from Henley Management College. Krassimira is fluent in English and Russian. She is married and has two sons.
  • Zlatolina Mukova

    Zlatolina Mukova General Partner, NEVEQ

    Zlatolina is an experienced investor with a track record in private equity, start-ups, turnarounds and financial management. Prior to joining NEVEQ, she was the CEO of EuroIns Insurance Group, a publicly listed insurance business active in Southeast Europe. She also worked as a Deputy Minister of Transport and Telecommunications, overseeing transformational transactions of the authority's portfolio companies. Prior to this, she worked as a senior investment executive with a regional private equity fund, launched by EBRD. Zlatolina holds an ACCA certified diploma, in addition to Master degrees in engineering and accounting, and speaks English and Russian.
  • Petr Baron

    Petr Baron CEO, TBIF (TBI Bank), Member of ExCo, 4finance

    A dynamic and result-oriented executive, Petr Baron has extensive experience in retail banking with focus on digital transformation and business evolution. An expert in developing strategic lending initiatives, maintaining a reputation built on quality, service, and uncompromising ethics. Petr Baron started from leading advisory and investment roles and for over 16 years of his professional career held multiple board roles in multinational and local companies in the UK, Russia, Macedonia and later in Ukraine, where he held positions of CEO of VAB Bank and VAB Group, member of TBIF Financial Services B.V. (TBIF), having managed to transform corporate identity and create the first Ukrainian financial supermarket in retail financial services. From 2012 he held the post of Vice President Strategy for TBIF, being an advisor to the Managing Director on the group’s banking and non-bank operations across CEE, moving on to assisting 4finance Group S.A. in developing its banking strategy and acquisition targets. From 2016 Peter Baron is the Managing Director TBIF, while recently he was appointed as a Member of the Executive Committee of 4finance Group S.A. Petr has a BSc in Investment and Financial Risk Management from the Cass Business School, UK.
  • Katharina Lueth

    Katharina Lueth Head of Europe at Raisin

    As Head of Europe she is responsible for scaling the platform internationally and running the non-German language platforms allowing customers from across the European Union access to higher interest and better savings products with the highest convenience possible. Prior joining Raisin, Katharina spent 7 years with McKinsey & Company. As a senior project manager she mainly served major European universal and private banks. Main focus areas were asset management/private banking, pricing, advisory concepts, and lean transformations. Key projects included project lead on a large scale transformation for a major European bank, development of a post-crisis strategy for a number of Private Banks and Asset Managers, as well as a cross-European analysis of deposit products. Katharina worked predominantly across Europe but also in Latin America and Africa. Katharina holds an MBA from IESE Business School as well as a BSc. in International Business with a major in Finance from both Northeastern University, MA and Reutlingen University.
  • Christof De Mil

    Christof De Mil Member of the Country Team of KBC Group for Bulgaria, Member of the Management Board of UBB and CIBANK

    Christof De Mil started his career in KBC Group in 1995. After 10 years at various managerial positions in the RET/SME branch network of KBC Group, in 2006 he moved to the Czech Republic to head the RET/SME branch network of CSOB for a period of 5 years. Mr. De Mil’s career continued in the Management Board of CIBANK with responsibilities in the following domains: Retail banking, Branch Network and distribution channels and Payments. He has a degree in Economics from the Economic University of Ghent and also MBA from INSEAD. He is fluent in Dutch, English, French, Business German and basic Czech.
  • Maximilian Schausberger

    Maximilian Schausberger Program Lead of Elevator Lab, Raiffeisen Bank International

    Maximilian Schausberger is heading the "Elevator Lab" program – the group-wide fintech accelerator of Raiffeisen Bank International. In this position he drives potential cooperation with fintech start-ups for shaping the future of banking. After a successful first round in 2017/18, "Elevator Lab" is growing its network. The application phase for this year‘s Elevator Lab batch is currently running and eight RBI network banks in Central and Eastern Europe (CEE) are offering local "Elevator Lab Challenges", making it the largest fintech accelerator program in the CEE region. He is a fintech fan from day one and a frequent speaker at international fintech conferences.
  • Brad van Leeuwen

    Brad van Leeuwen Head of Partnerships for Railsbank

    Brad van Leeuwen is Head of Partnerships for Railsbank, a platform dedicated to giving businesses access to global banking with 5 lines of code, via a simple API with baked-in regulatory compliance. At Railsbank, Brad is responsible for growing our Global Partner Network, which includes Starling Bank, Credit Mutual Arkea, LHV, Cornercard, GoCardless and others. Outside of Railsbank, he is one of the longest serving mentors for Barclays Techstars Fintech Accelerator in London and has previously been a member on their Investment Committee. Prior to Railsbank, Brad was Chief Partnerships Officer for dopay, a solution for companies in emerging markets to pay their unbanked employees electronically backed by Techstars and Force Over Mass Capital. Before that, Brad was a Principal at EBRD where he primarily made equity investments in early and growth stage non-bank financials across the EBRD region.
  • Michal Bezak

    Michal Bezak Head of Strategy and Partnerships, Meniga

    Michal Bezak has extensive technological background in digital money management, telco and banking. Michal has worked in sales related roles at companies such as SAP and Strands. Michal's role at Meniga is to develop new business relationships in order to ensure success of Meniga and customers globally. He is able to combine technical with business skills which enable me to articulate business requirements in the "technical language". Michal holds a Master’s degree in IT and Business Process Management from the University Liechtenstein.
  • Aleksander Petrov

    Aleksander Petrov Partner, McKinsey & Company

    Alek leads McKinsey’s work on risk advanced analytics in Europe. He supports clients across a range of risk topics, focusing especially on stress testing, recovery planning, and asset analysis. He maintains a wealth of experience in capital markets, derivatives pricing, and portfolio management from his consultancy work with clients and his earlier career in financial services. Before joining McKinsey, Alek, who is a member of the US Chartered Financial Analyst Institute, spent ten years in quant and trading roles in the European fixed-income and structured-finance sectors. For his doctorate on finance from the University of Vienna, he studied stochastic volatility in equity derivatives. Alek is a board member of the Aleksander Foundation, which seeks to promote the development of university education in Bulgaria. He is fluent in Bulgarian, English, German, and Russian, and has conversational ability in Italian.
  • Miroslav Bojilov

    Miroslav Bojilov General Manager, Paysafe Bulgaria

    Miroslav Bojilov is General Manager of Paysafe Bulgaria. Bojilov is a seasoned executive who has spent the last 15 years in overseas management consulting roles. Eight of those were spent within the payments practice of Deloitte Consulting in the US, leading complex strategy and operational improvement initiatives at financial services, technology and payments corporations. Bojilov returned to Bulgaria after spending most of the last 20 years in the US – including his time at Deloitte Consulting, followed by seven years as an established independent payments strategy and operations consultant. In this capacity, he acted as an external advisor during the due diligence and integration planning phases of Optimal Payments’ acquisition of Skrill in August 2015 – an important milestone for the company which re-branded from Optimal Payments to Paysafe in November 2015.
  • Marc-Alexander Christ

    Marc-Alexander Christ Founder, SumUp

    Marc-Alexander is co-founder and CFO of leading financial technology provider SumUp. He has established SumUp as one of the leading payment companies worldwide, with a presence in 31 countries including the UK, Brazil and the U.S. Marc has extensive experience in the startup world. Prior to co-founding SumUp, Marc founded MIOSATO - The Online Fashion Gallery and led the sales department of Groupon/Citydeal in the early days of the company.Marc started his career in investment banking, first at European Investors in New York and later as Vice President at JPMorgan in London and Frankfurt.Marc holds a Master of Arts in International Business as well as a Doctorandus de Bedrijfswetenschappen from the University of Maastricht.
  • Martin Zaimov

    Martin Zaimov Chairman of Supervisory Board, Societe Generale Expressbank, Member of the Fintech Summit Advisory Board

    Mr. Martin Mihaylov Zaimov served as a Member of Management Board of Societe Generale Expressbank. Mr. Zaimov served as Chairman of Supervisory Council at Joint Stock Company Bank Republic until November 11, 2016. He serves as the Chairman of the Supervisory Board at Societe Generale Expressbank AD.
  • Todor Breshkov

    Todor Breshkov Co-founder and Managing Partner, LAUNCHub

    Todor is a co-founder and Managing Partner at LAUNCHub Ventures. Todor is a Managing Partner at LAUNCHub Ventures, seed stage venture fund investing in tech companies in SEE region. Todor has a substantial banking experience and his professional expertise lies within the areas of Fund Management, Finance, VC and entrepreneurship. Todor is a founder and Chairman of the Board of Bulgarian Real Estate Fund (BREF), one of the largest listed real estate funds in Bulgaria. Part of his previous banking and fintech experience include First Financial Brokerage House (2001 – 2009), Member of the Board of Directors of the Bulgarian Stock Exchange – Sofia (2003 – 2009), Supervisory Board (2003 – 2011) First Investment Bank.
  • Ivaylo Ivanov

    Ivaylo Ivanov CEO, iuvo Group

    Ivaylo is a Fintech expert with experience in professional services, business development, consulting and project management and a passion for entrepreneurship. He has worked at Ernst & Young, Leinonen Group and PriceWaterhouseCoopers in the areas of assurance, M&A and management consulting. He was member of the Board of Directors of the European Equity Crowdfunding Association (EECA), as well as representative for Bulgaria in various workshops with the European Commission and the European Securities and Markets Authority on topics of fintech and crowdfunding regulations. Ivaylo is a country patron and leader of the delegation of Bulgaria on the biggest European crowdfunding forum, Crowd Dialog. Ivaylo holds a Bachelor degree in Business administration from Sofia University and an MBA from Cotrugli Business School. He is a member of the UK Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA). He is CEO of iuvo, one of the fastest growing peer-to-peer lending platforms in Europe, from its launch in 2016 and has brought the company to over 14 m EUR turnover and clients from over 50 countries.
  • George Robev

    George Robev Country Leader Bulgaria, SAS Institute

  • Daniel Tomov

    Daniel Tomov Founding Partner, Eleven Ventures

    Daniel is the founding partner at Eleven where he has been investing in some of the most promising and exciting tech startups in SEE since 2012 - 100+ to date. Upon the early success of their first fund Eleven launched an entirely private early stage VC in 2018 supported by some of the most successful tech entrepreneurs and executives from Bulgaria and the region. Being passionate about building companies, Daniel has been involved in startups since 2000 as investor and a founder in diverse domains ranging from software to cleantech.
  • Valentin Mihov

    Valentin Mihov Financial Services Executive and Management Consultant, Founder, Valor Advisers

    Valentin Mihov has more than 20 years professional experience in management consulting and banking.  His focus over the years has been on strategy, organizational development, transformation, integration and turnaround.
     
    He has led multiple strategy assignments and implementation programs as associate partner at McKinsey and Company and later as Head of Transformation at Commerzbank in Germany, Head of Strategy at Sberbank Russia and Board Member for Strategy, Organization, IT and Operations in Sberbank Europe. 
     
    Since 2018, Valentin works with several institutions in CEE on their strategy, digital transformation and organizational development directly or as Senior Advisor with selected management consultancy firms.
     
    Valentin holds an MBA degree from INSEAD.
     
  • May Michelson

    May Michelson Head of Business Development Europe, PayKey

    May Michelson leads Business Development and Sales for PayKey in Europe. She started her career as a software developer, and she combines her extensive technical knowledge with her experience integrating new technologies with large corporations to lead PayKey’s strategy in Europe.
  • Nir Netzer

    Nir Netzer Founding Partner, Equitech

    Nir is the Founding Partner of Equitech Financial Consulting and a Co-founder of FinTech-Aviv community. 
    Nir is a FinTech Innovation Strategist and a FinTech Transformation Advisor, holds an extensive experience in international business development, combining financial and legal knowledge in order to lead to implementations of FinTech solution in Global Financial Institutions. 
    Nir is a keen leader of the Israeli FinTech ecosystem, driving its growth by hosting and lecturing in professional conferences. 
     
     
     

Program


Agenda

09:00 – 09:30 Registration and Coffee


09:30 – 09:45 Welcoming Remarks
Martin Zaimov, Founder and Managing Director, Sophia Lab
Theodore Zahov, Co-Publisher, Publisher and Chairman of the Board of Directors, Economedia
Kalin Hristov, Deputy Governor, Bulgarian National Bank

09:45 – 10:00 Opening Keynote Speech
Banking and FinTech Overview: Key Trends for 2018
Alexander Petrov, Partner, McKinsey&Company, London

10:00 - 10:10 Keynote Speech: Collaboration: Together on the Road to Innovations
Krassimira Raycheva, Country Lead, Visa Bulgaria

10:10 – 11:10 First Discussion Panel
FinTech Market Expectations and Practical Trends
How deep is the impact of new technologies in the game of the fintech industry and its stakeholders
What should the end customers expect in the foreseeble future

Participants:
Miroslav Vichev, Chief Executive Officer, Borica
Miroslav Bojilov, General Manager, Paysafe Group
Marc-Alexander Christ, Founder, SumUp 
Petr Baron, CEO, TBIF (TBI Bank), Member of ExCo, 4finance
May Michelson, Head of Business Development Europe, PayKey

Moderator: Filip Genov, Founder and Managing Director of Sophia Lab, Startup & FinTech Leader, UniCredit Bulbank

11:10 – 11:40 Coffee Break

11:40 – 12:40 Second Discussion Panel
Current Situation in Sofia and Challenges to Tackle for Achieving a Performing Fintech Ecosystem
Brief overview of startups and projects coming to and from the Region, behaviour of the incumbents and
the ambitions of the startups
Which domestic startups would make it, the biggest hurdles on their road to success

Participants:
Zlatolina Mukova, General partner, NEVEQ
Willy-Pierre Abbal, CO&IO, Société Générale Expressbank Bulgaria
Iravan Hira, Managing Director, HPE
Maximilian Schausberger, Innovation Manager, RBB, Program Lead, Elevator Lab
Christoph De Mil, Member of the Country Team of KBC Group for Bulgaria, 
Member of the Management Board of CIBANK and UBB

Moderator: Todor Breshkov, Partner, LAUNCHub Ventures

12:40 – 13:40 Third Discussion Panel
Successful Ecosystems and Benchmarks
View through the eyes of professionals coming from the top performing markets

Participants:
Nir Netzer, Founding Partner, Equitech
Michal Bezak, Head of Strategy & Partnerships, Meniga
Daniel Döderlein​, Founder & CEO, Auka
Katharina Lueth, Head of Europe, Raisin
Brad van Leeuwen, Head of Partnerships, Railsbank 

Moderator: Levon Hampartzoumian, Chairman and CEO, UniCredit Bulbank

13:40 - 14:30 Networking Lunch

14:30 – 15:30 Fourth Discussion Panel
Building Bridges and Opportunities for Sofia to become a regional FinTech hub
How could Sofia become a regional FinTech hub
Navigation towards a healthy and competitive environment

Participants:
Artur Derwiszynski, Head of Industry, Financial Services, CEE, SAP 
George Robev, Country Leader Bulgaria, SAS Institute
Ivailo Ivanov, Founder and CEO, iUvo Group
Daniel Tomov, Founding Partner, Eleven Ventures
Valentin Mihov, Financial Services Executive, Management Consultant, Founder, Valor Advisors

Moderator: Tal Sharon, Managing Partner, Equitech

15:30 – 16:00 Closing Remarks & Follow-up Discussion
Filip Genov, Founder and Managing Director, Sophia Lab
 

Partners

Elevator Lab Visa TBIBank SAP HPE Борика Paysafe iuvo Group SAS Auka Penkov, Markov and Partners