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The panel of judges consists of seasoned investors, academics, innovation leads and bankers with an extensive track record in the rapid changing world of finance. Get listed here. To suggest additional experts for the panel of judges in 2018 contact Maud Meijvis by email

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Henri Dewaerheijd

Henri Dewaerheijd is a payments executive at Mastercard with 17 years’ experience in 2 continents. He is currently General Manager for Belux. He was involved in the Mastercard mobile payment launches with Apple, Android and Samsung and participated in investment decisions in start-ups.

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Lavan Thasarathakumar

Lavan is the Policy Advisor to Ashley Fox MEP and has advised him on the European Parliament reports on FinTech, Virtual Currencies and Distributed Ledger Technologies. Lavan is currently writing the guidance for the Commonwealth Secretariat on Virtual Currencies.

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Ioana Surpateanu

Ioana Surpateanu is Director for Government Affairs in Citi’s government affairs team for EMEA. She follows several public policy issues, with main focus on FinTech and data. She has a comprehensive background in the EU political and policy milieu

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Andreas Schwarzenbrunner

Andreas is a politics and media junkie as well as a tech enthusiast at Speedinvest. He works side by side with early stage entrepreneurs to build great companies focussing on FinTech and InsureTech. He loves to get involved operationally and great founders with big ideas. And Australian beaches.

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Christoffer Hernæs

Christoffer Hernæs is Chief Digital Officer at Skandiabanken, Norways first online only bank and leading challenger bank and serve on the steering comitee for the Norwegian governments digital strategy.

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Nicholas Smalle

Nicholas is currently at Apis Partners, a private equity firm focused on investments in the Financial Services (FS) sector across Africa, South Asia and South East Asia. Apis invests growth equity in FS companies looking to expand into new geographies, complementary product verticals or across their value chain.

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Jurgen Ingels

Jurgen Ingels (Belgium) is not only co-founder of Smartfin Capital, but also co-founder of Clear2Pay (sold for 375 mln to FIS), NGData and Volt Ventures. SmartFin Capital is a growth stage Private Equity Fund that provides capital to private growth companies with a special focus on FinTech.

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Gabrielle Inzirillo

Gabrielle is a VC and founding member of the BNP Paribas - Plug And Play FinTech Program in Paris. Prior to this she designed and executed the open innovation process at Citi FinTech and built financial products at Bloomberg.

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Shaun Thanki Braastad

Shaun T. Braastad is the Nordic Fintech Envoy. He has a research background in Financial Technology from 2006, and a decade ago his pioneering research was advised and quoted publicly by the #1 global Fintech disrupters of today. Organized 20+ industry events since 2009, and invested in Fintechs since 2015.

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Ivo Blij

Ivo is Director Corporate Lending at NIBC Bank. He demonstrated the ability to succesfully manage complex corporate transactions. Ivo has a passion for new business opportunities and ventures, creating impact through inventive transaction structures.

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Bala Kamallakharan

Dattaca Labs is leading the personal data economy from Iceland. We work with public institutions, entrepreneurs, and local and multinational businesses to develop innovative solutions and services across a wide range of sectors, including health tech, fin tech, telecommunications, and IoT.

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Wim Mijs

Wim Mijs (1964) was appointed CEO of the European Banking Federation in September 2014. Before that, Wim served as CEO of the Dutch banking association NVB. At the EBF he was at the forefront of making FinTech and Banking a prominent part of EU policy making processes.

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Lucile Cornet

Lucile is a VP at Eight Roads Ventures, where she focuses on FinTech and Software investment opportunities across Europe. Most recently, she was involved with Eight Road's investment in French next-generation bank Compte Nickel, which was acquired by BNP Paribas earlier this year.

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Carlo Giovanni Biggio

Part of the investment team at Anthemis, one of the largest UK investment firms in FinTech, where he contributes to the origination, evaluation and execution of investments. Strong international grounding in technology startups and investments, with previous working experiences in Germany and the United States.

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Alexandra Vanhuyse

Alexandra is former Head of Global Investment Management Fixed Income at KBC Asset Management. Currently she holds the position of Chief FinTech Vertical at KBC Group. In this role, she is actively scouting Fintech start- & scale-ups for business development opportunities and partnerships.

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Veronica McGregor

US FinTech lawyer raised in San Francisco by an entrepreneur father. Trained as bank regulatory lawyer then pivoted to tech. Specializing in crafting creative legal solutions for tech companies doing "banky' things or banks doing "techy" things.

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Peter Ollikainen

Peter has long experience in the FinTech field, including Nokia's mobile financial service business and Mistral Mobile which provides FinTech solutions for emerging markets. Currently Peter is partner at Accelerando, a growth consulting company, and runs business development for RiskPointer Ltd which develops and sells mobile business solutions

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Cecilie Willer

Cecilie Willer is Corporate Entrepreneur in MobielLife, the disruptive innovation unit in one of Scandinavia’s biggest banks- Danske Bank. Cecilie’s background has seen her head up big digital transformations and behavioural change programmes, as a frontrunner within the FinTech space.

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Roberto Estellés

Roberto has a tracked record of designing financial inclusion programmes for entrepreneurs. As Policy Officer at the European Commission, he works in the Employment and Social Innovation programme, a financing instrument to increase the availability of funding for vulnerable entrepreneurs and social enterprises.

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Diana Biggs

Diana Biggs is Head of Digital Propositions for UK and Europe for HSBC, where she oversees business model innovation. Previously, Biggs served as VP Growth and Partnerships for, as Chief Strategy Officer for Soko, and as a Management Consultant with Oliver Wyman FS.

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Yves Petit

Yves Petit is a serial entrepreneur, intrapreneur and advisor in the tech space. Over the years, he has pioneered many new communication technologies in startups and spin-offs, and has been advising startups in the Internet, software, real-estate and design areas.

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Markus Kainz

Markus Kainz founded his First Startup 7 years ago, which is now the biggest online marketplace for education in Austria. Since 2 years Markus is acting as an investor and is helping to raise capital for Startups with his investors network primecROWD

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Thomas Meyer

Thomas is a digital strategist at Capgemini Consulting, with a focus on digital banking. He as extensive experience of startup scouting in the Bay Area where he worked at BNP Paribas innovation lab. He graduated from Sciences Po and Bocconi University.

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Marcel van Nistelrooij

Marcel is Innovation Manager at the Volksbank, the Netherlands' fourth bank. He is in charge of the Startup Synergy, the Volksbanks' startup programme. Marcel has a background in business administration and was head of Product Management Customer before joining the innovation department.

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Thomas Kanstrup

Thomas is Director of Commercial Operations at KMD, one of Denmark’s largest IT companies. At KMD he leads the commercial integration and joint value proposition creation across the parent company and subsidiaries operating in the financial service sector.

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David Khassidov

As founder and CEO of epiphanic.innovation, David connects innovators with investors and clients in Central & Eastern Europe. David has co-founded FinTechMatters, an European FinTech Ecosystem Summit and a Business Matchmaking Platform which connects the frontrunners of the European FinTech Ecosystems.

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Marco Berini

Marco has recently joined FinLeap, the leading European FinTech builder, as Head of International as well as MD for FinLeap Italy. Before, Marco has been Head of Group Innovation for UniCredit Group.

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David Gyori

David Gyori is a globally renowned FinTech consultant, trainer, author and keynote speaker. He is CEO of Banking Reports Ltd London, providing top quality ‘FinTech Training for Bankers’ all over the world.

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Pascal Bouvier

Pascal Bouvier (France) is an investor and FinTech expert who has been active as a venture capitalist in the financial services industry for the past 6 years. Pascal currently serves as Venture Partner with Santander Innoventures.

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Ben Marrel

Entrepreneur / Investor / Tech Lover

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Cédric Vallée

Cofounder of two scale-up programs in Paris - Fintech with BNP Paribas and Retail with Galeries Lafayette. VC at Plug and Play. Cedric currently researches machine learning initiatives in fraud detection and medical diagnosis. Masters in mathematics (Ecole Polytechnique, UC Berkeley)

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Bernard Sinnaeve

Strategy Director at Deloitte Consulting, with >10 years experience in financial services. Strong focus on Innovation, with a particular interest in the role Fintechs can play in re-inventing the industry. Currently leading a Fintech study for a governmental organisation.

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Robert Courtneidge

Robert has over 27 years of experience in the fintech arena and is a frequent spokesperson on current issues facing the Payments' Industry speaking at over 20 events worldwide focusing on distributed ledger technology, smart contracts, crypto currencies and e-wallets.

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Fidel Manolopoulos

Fidel is a venture capital and growth equity investor focused in the European technology market. He is a partner with Mojo Capital a growth equity co-investment fund in London. Prior to this Fidel was a director with the Kennet Partners and ViewPoint Capital.

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Prakhar Mehrotra

Prakhar Mehrotra is currently leading a team of data scientists as part of the strategic finance group within Uber. Prior to joining Uber, he was a data scientist within Sales & Monetization finance at Twitter. He has an engineering degree from the California Institute of Technology.

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Florian Graillot

Florian is a professional VC with entrepreneurial experience, that he puts at the service of ASV portfolio investing in European startups in FinTech/InsurTech. He is among Top5 influencers and has written articles on the blockchain technology.

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Aman Ghei

Joined OGC in 2017 from Nordeus, one of Europe's leading mobile game developers. Aman was at Facebook before, led efforts in their mobile partnerships. Previously at Accel Partners, where he was involved in various technology investments including Supercell, Spotify, HouseTrip

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Knut Holmen

Knut Holmen is a stratigic advisor within all aspects of digtalization. He has previously been CDO in SpareBank1 and group CIO in DNB. Knut has extensive experience in banking and payments from executive management with banks, consultancy firms and IT service providers.

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Maxime Mandin

Maxime is an Investment Manager in the 150M€ fintech European VC fund of financial specialist BlackFin Capital Partners. BlackFin manages 750M€ through 1 VC fund and 2 buyout funds in the financial space. Founded in 2009 BlackFin is owned by 4 fintech entrepreneurs.

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Andreas Kubli

Andreas Kubli (Switzerland) is Group Managing Director and Head Multichannel Management & Digitization at UBS Switzerland. Prior to this he was heading the UBS Strategy & Business Development department. Before joining UBS he worked at McKinsey, where he has been Partner, for more than 11 years.

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Bjorn Cumps

Bjorn Cumps is a professor of financial services innovation & fintech at Vlerick Business School with a passion for banking and technology. He strongly believes the new digital mind-set will reshape our current financial landscape. That is why he is fascinated by the Fintech scene.

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Bertrand Gillard

Bertrand is Monitor Deloitte senior manager providing integrated Corporate & Business Unit strategy, Customer & Marketing strategy and Innovation & Digital strategy with a focus on the insurance industry. Bertrand holds a Master's degree in Business Administration & Management from Grenoble Graduate School of Business.

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Pat Wilson

Pat is a repeat entrepreneur with nearly a decade of investment experience. At Route 66, Pat brings together his entrepreneurial, direct investment and global fintech expertise to source, evaluate and lead new venture investments as well as mentor and support Route 66’s existing portfolio.

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Jonas Wenke

Jonas is an Investment Manager of CommerzVentures. CommerzVentures is the non-strategic Corporate VC of Commerzbank and invests in Fintech and Insurtech companies throughout Europe, Israel and the US.

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Guillaume Dubray

Guillaume Dubray (Switzerland) is Managing Partner of Polytech ventures, an early stage VC investing in digital startups with a focus on FinTech. Besides Guillaume is the founder of FUSION, Switzerland's first FinTech accelerator based in Geneva. He has 15 years of experience in investment management and corporate finance.

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Johan Lundberg

Johan Lundberg (Sweden) is Founding Partner and CEO of NFT Ventures, which is an investment firm with a large expertise in the Northern European payment market and large focus on payment cards, transactions and other bank related products/services.

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Carmen Balazs Poandl

Disruptive innovation afficionado, real estate passionate and business development explorer.

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Jakub Komenda

Years of experience in digital marketing and strategies in the field of telecommunications and banking. Currently I'm responsible for mobile banking at Moneta Money Bank. I lead a team of mobile banking & experience with the aim to bring the best customer experience and selling opportunity.

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Stéphane Olmi

Stéphane is the head of the Investment Banking team at AEC Fintech. Previously an Executive Director at Lazard, Stéphane has advised on eight of the Financial Services deals closed in France over the last six years.

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Alexis Thieriet

Alexis Thieriet (UK) is Managing Partner of NovitasFTCL. NovitasFTCL provides senior, bespoke, and totally independent corporate finance and corporate development advisory services to clients - either established businesses, cutting edge ventures, PE and VC investors, or management teams - operating within the FinTech industry.

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Harry Raymond Joseph

Harry is a reputed quantitative researcher, interested in artificial intelligence and quantitative investing. Recognized a 'Person of Exceptional Talent' by the Home Office, Harry's work on investing through accurate GDP forecasting has become an industry standard.

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Paolo Barbesino

As Head of Digital at CEE Retail, Unicredit Group, Paolo crafts the digital strategy and experience for one of the Systemically Important Financial Institutions in Central & Eastern Europe. Decoding and anticipating what consumers will do, he works at the crossroad where strategy, technology, and service design get together.

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Laurent Herbillon

Laurent is leading open innovation for BNP Paribas International Financial Services aiming at developing business cooperation with startups to accelerate digital transformation. He spent more than 15 years of its professional life in digital transformation with a successful track record in delivering innovative offers and digital experience for customers & employees.

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Claire Calmejane

Claire is charged with harnessing digital innovations and disruptions to best suit Lloyds Banking Group strategy for their 28 million customers and 75 000 employees. Calmejane is one of the only female in the Fintech 40 Europe and a board member at Startupbootcamp FinTech.

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Benjami Puigdevall

Benjami Puigdevall (Spain) is the Executive President of CaixaBank Digital Business, the company within the CaixaBank’s group that manages the digital channels strategy. One of the latest projects launched by CaixaBank, early January 2016, is imaginBank the first mobile bank as a clear disruptive response for millennial generation.

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Mika Eriksson

Mika is a partner in Nestholma. Nestholma engages banks and startups to collaborate and invests in early stage startups. Mika is a serial entrepreneur and an internationally experienced executive. 20 years hands-on experience in building start-ups and creating win-win strategies with big companies.

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Pieter Welten

Pieter is Principal at Prime Ventures, an established and proven Pan European Venture Capital firm based out of Amsterdam. He has been involved in the investments of e.g., Digital Origin and SlimPay and currently serves on the board of iwoca and EatStreet.

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Viktoria Ruubel

An international FinTech professional with the passion for bringing financial services to millions of unbanked&underbanked customers in developed&emerging markets. An expert in financial inclusion, mobile wallets, mobile banking. Currently, CPO at IPFDigital and Co-founder of VUNK, a startup accelerator.

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Maciej Bogaczyk

Growth equity investor, covering fintech, consumer internet and SaaS business models.

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Michael Mellinghoff

Michael Mellinghoff (London based German) - MD of TechFluence - senior advisor FinTechForum - mentor Level39 & Startupbootcamp FinTech. He is a seasoned investment professional with 15+ years of experience, spanning both the traditional banking & FinTech world. Since 2010 Michael has been working in FinTech. One of his focus areas is digital wealth management.

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Marc Oerke

Marc Oerke (Germany) is Head of Digital Corporate Ventures at Allianz Group. This is the digital corporate venturing part of Allianz investing in interesting InsurTech and FinTech companies. In this way they give impetus to their digital innovation.

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Philippe Rangoni

Philippe has a track record in digital companies since the nineties, and in a financial institution as marketing manager. He is now Business Development Director at

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Anette Broløs

Innovator, experienced network leader and Fintech analyst. Freelance consultant and facilitator Anette has a background in economics and an industial PhD in collaborative innovation. Worked 6 years building the Danish fintech ecosystem – including first step for fintech entrepreneurs and a large study in payment behaviour.

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