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Entrepreneur / Investor / Tech Lover
Shaun Thanki Braastad
Shaun Thanki Braastad has a research background in Financial Technology from 2006, and almost a decade ago his research was advised and quoted publicly by some of the largest global Fintech disrupters of today. Organized Fintech events since 2009, and invested in Fintech startups since 2016.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
Frank Maene has been working with software startups for the past 25 years, both as investor, coach and executive. Frank currently sits on the board of Awingu, BitSensor, Flavr, VAMP, Sentiance and SweepBright. Prior to Volta Ventures, he was a managing partner at Hummingbird Ventures and Big Bang Ventures.
As founder and CEO of epiphanic.innovation, David connects innovators with investors and clients mostly from German speaking countries, Central & Eastern Europe. His passion is to observe the technological and sociological trends and their influence future developments. This requires the understanding of interdependency between human nature, technology and sustainability.
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.
VC at Plug and Play and cofounder of two scale-up programs in Paris - Fintech with BNP Paribas, Retail with Galeries Lafayette - Cedric currently researches machine learning in fraud detection and medical diagnosis. Masters from Ecole Polytechnique and UCBerkeley in mathematics.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 which develops application with the aim to bring the best customer experience and selling opportunity.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.