Keynote speakers2018-11-05T12:47:33+00:00
Chris Skinner

Chris Skinner is an independent consultant and author
and renowned banking & fintech thought leader

Chris Skinner is known as an independent commentator on the financial markets and fintech through his blog, the Finanser.com, as author of the bestselling books Digital Bank, ValueWeb and its new sequel Digital Human. He is Chair of the European networking forum The Financial Services Club and Nordic Finance Innovation, as well as being a Non-Executive Director of the Fintech consultancy firm 11:FS.

He is on the Advisory Boards of many companies including B-Hive, Bankex, empowr, IoV42, Innovate Finance, Life.SREDA, Moven, Meniga, Pintail, Project Exscudo and the Token Fund, and has been voted one of the most influential people in financial technology by the Wall Street Journal’s Financial News and Thomson Reuters

He has recently been voted Game Changer of the Year and Financial Markets Advisor of the Year by Finance Monthly, CEO of the Year by CV Magazine, FinTech Speaker of the Year by TMT Global and has been an advisor to the White House, the World Bank and the World Economic Forum.

Pierre-Yves Guegan

Head of Digital Channels for Central & Eastern Europe Retail Division in UniCredit

Pierre-Yves Guegan is Head of Digital Channels for Central & Eastern Europe Retail Division in UniCredit, designing and ensuring execution of  UniCredit digital strategy in the region.

He  manages a team in charge of driving  banking digital transformation through technological developments, automation, UI/UX and Customer Engagement, providing the business leads for the overall digital channels. Pierre Yves has almost 20 years’ experience on banking digitalization in several countries, managing Business development  and Digital transformation on Innovations and Customer Experience for global corporations.

Ģirts Bērziņš 

Head of Digital Banking Strategy at Swedbank Group

Ģirts Bērziņš has a strong IT and Business management background. He has held various senior positions at Swedbank Group in all home markets. Ģirts has managed cards business, branch network, IT and administration services, retail banking and Channels Competence Centre. Ģirts has also worked for Lattelecom as Chief Technology Officer. For the past two years Ģirts has been the Head of Digital Banking Strategy at Swedbank Group and a member of the Group Executive Committee.

Ģirts has masters degree in economy from University of Latvia, where he has also studied law.

Ewan MacLeod 

Chief Digital Officer of Nordea Bank

Ewan MacLeod is the Chief Digital Officer of Nordea Bank, heading Group Digital.

Recently he brought his entrepreneurial expertise and passion to enterprises such as Royal Bank of Scotland, Nationwide Building Society, Reed Exhibitions and Frist Data. He’s been responsible for digital transformation programmes, is a serial entrepreneur and an enthusiastic and popular speaker.

After finishing University he founded a dotcom start up, and spent his twenties building and selling a host of successful digital products and services. Therefore he is thoroughly experienced in delivery, strategy and prioritisation.

Ewan is a current programmer with a long standing preference of PHP/MySQL on the LAMP stack etc. He has created apps for iOS and Android and recently coded a system to hook into Amazon’s AWS as well as authored many online services that have reliably supported millions of users.

Javier Herraiz

Group Vice President – New Ventures & Experience Design, Santander Digital

Javier Herraiz is Projects Director in Santander Digital Division at Banco Santander. He is responsible for Aggregation and Categorization services for SMEs and individuals, partnering with fintechs to help designing a new user experience and business models.

His background is in the payments industry, where he run different positions at MasterCard and Banco Santander.

Ruth Foxe Blader

Director at Anthemis

Ruth Foxe Blader is a Director at Anthemis. Prior to joining, she led venture investing in Insurtech and Asset Management at Allianz, where she spent more than 5 years bridging the gap between Allianz and the emerging technology ecosystem.

Ruth has spent her entire career guiding digital transformation at Fortune 500 companies, previously leading PepsiCo’s global digital and social strategies, and running the European subsidiary of a New York digital agency.

Ruth obtained a Masters in Criminology at CUNY-John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York, and joint Bachelors in English and German literature at
the University of Iowa.

Jemima Kelly

Journalist at Financial Times

Jemima Kelly is a journalist at the Financial Times, where she documents the financial circus for FT Alphaville. She was previously a reporter at Reuters, where she mainly wrote about the foreign exchange market, cryptocurrencies and fintech. She has also written for The Economist.

Danielle Neben

Managing Director, ePassi Iceland and previously International Manager at HSBC.
Passion for #fintech, #diversity and #connectivity.

Danielle is Marketing Director, ePassi Iceland. ePassi is the largest mobile payment provider in the Nordic countries and is a trusted partner of Alipay to serve Chinese tourists. Danielle has 25 years of banking experience in 8 countries: 20 years at HSBC in a variety of roles as Chief Operating Officer, Group Investor Relations, Corporate & Personal Banking, Labour Law and Risk Management. She was a Member of the Board at Landsbankinn from 2013 to 2017, where she chaired both the Audit and Strategic Development Committees. She is currently Vice Chairman at HB Grandi and a Member of the Boards at Meniga and Monerium. She is also the Iceland Representative for Nordic Finance Innovation and Chair of NFI Women.

Björgvin Ingi Ólafsson

Managing Partner of Deloitte Consulting

Björgvin Ingi Ólafsson (Bo Olafsson) is the Managing Partner of Deloitte Consulting in Iceland. He was previously MD at Íslandsbanki and a consultant at McKinsey & Company. He holds an MBA from Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern.

In 2017 he led, with the CEO, reorganization of Íslandsbanki transforming the structure from product to customer centricity. He is a marketing lecturer at the University of Iceland, has served on multiple boards in Iceland, has written books and hosted TV shows.

Birna Einarsdóttir

CEO at Íslandsbanki

Birna has been with Íslandsbanki and its predecessors for 23 years. Birna became Executive Vice President of Commercial Banking at Íslandsbanki in 2007, having previously served as Managing Director of Sales and Marketing, Branch Manager, and Marketing Director at the Bank. From 1998-2004, she was Senior Product Manager at the Royal Bank of Scotland. Birna has also worked as Marketing Manager for the Icelandic Broadcasting Company Stöð 2 and Íslensk getspá.

Birna holds a Cand. Oecon. in Business Administration from the University of Iceland and an MBA from the University of Edinburgh.

Paolo Barbesino

Head of Multichannel Banking at Emirates NBD

Paolo is SVP, Head of Multichannel Banking in Emirates NBD, where he leads the retail banking digitization agenda of one of the most innovative financial institutions in the Middle East.

Prior to that he was Head of Digital in CEE Retail- Unicredit Group. A senior banker actively crafting the digital strategy and experience of modern retail banking, he works at the crossroads where strategy, technology, and service design come together.

Aage Reerslev

CEO and Co-founder of Wrapp

Aage Reerslev founded Wrapp with the ambition to disrupt traditional marketing for brick and mortar together with Hjalmar Winbladh. In the chase of the vision Wrapp disrupted itself three years ago. The second version of Wrapp is a merchant funded reward network cross multiple banks. Aage as extensive experience in start-ups and have been involved in 10 start-ups since the dot.com era.

Aage holds M.Sc. degree mechanical engineering from  KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm.

Jay Mehta

Director of Digital Technology Innovation at Tangerine

Jay Mehta is the Director of Digital Technology Innovation at Tangerine and is accountable for the technical innovation strategy with direct responsibility to deliver a continuous pipeline of commercially viable concepts.

Since joining Tangerine in 2011, Jay has held multiple roles including Senior Technology Strategist, Mobile Development Lead and Infrastructure Architect.

Prior to working for Tangerine, Jay spent his career working for IBM Canada, delivering key technology initiatives for clients in financial services and government entities.

Simon Vans-Colina

Open Banking and Public API Engineer at Monzo

Simon is an Engineer at Monzo responsible for Openbanking and the Public API.

Previously at Citi, London Clearing House and Vocalink he worked in old school Fintech for 18 years before helping start Monzo in 2015.

Arturo González Mac Dowell

President and CEO at Eurobits

Arturo’s career has been marked by his role in the introduction of high-tech products and services to the financial sector. His pioneering work in financial technology has led to innovative services like electronic payments, mobile banking and electronic invoicing. Eurobits has been offering services now classified as Account Information Service in Europe since 2004 to some of the Eurozone top banks, making Eurobits the pioneer in this market.

Eurobits is a signatory to the European Fintech Alliance and the Future of European Fintech Alliance which have campaigned for fair access under PSD2. Arturo as an expert in open banking will take part on the works of the recently constituted PSD2 API Evaluation Group.

Iain Herd

Head of Fintech at Three UK

With 18 years’ experience working in internet services across social networking & fintech businesses, Iain is currently the head of financial services and technology at Three UK, a mobile network operator with 10m UK subscribers.

Before Three, Iain led global product marketing at Skype, mobile product & partnerships at PayPal, product management at Vodafone Group for consumer mobile applications, and started his career at Intuit leading the international personal financial management business Quicken. He was also Product Director for Oink, a start-up based in Los Angeles building a ‘PayPal for Kids’ solution and recently spent six months as acting General Manager for Workfinder, a charity which sources work experience in high growth and tech companies for young adults from disadvantaged communities. Iain studied Software Engineering at Cranfield University, Royal Military College of Science.

Barry Gerson

CEO and Co-Founder of ICEcash

Barry is the CEO and Co-Founder of ICEcash, an electronic payment platform, that operates primarily in Zimbabwe.  Barry is a serial entrepreneur with a long and varied career spanning 33 years, operating in sub-Saharan Africa and the USA.

For the last 9 years Barry has focused on the mobile payments sector.  In the last 3 years ICEcash has become a major player in the Zimbabwean market providing innovative electronic payment Enterprise Solutions to both the Public and Private Sectors.

Elísabet Grétarsdóttir

Brand Director at EA Games and former head of marketing at Arion Banki

Elisabet ‘Beta’ Gretarsdottir is a marketing professional whose success is driven by a deep understanding of human motivation and sociology.  She currently serving as a Brand Director at EA Games and focuses her work on the blockbuster video game franchise Battlefield.

She was recently recognized with EA Games’s Pioneering Award for her curiosity and leadership shaping the launch of Battlefield 1 and the success of live service updates in-game. Prior to joining EA Games, Beta served as the head of marketing for Arion Bank, Iceland.

Sigyn Jónsdóttir

Head of Professional Services for Men & Mice

Sigyn Jonsdottir is the Head of Professional Services at Men & Mice, an Icelandic software company providing network management tools to global enterprises. She also serves as Chairman of the Board for Young Professional Women in Iceland (UAK), focusing on empowering young women as future leaders.

Before joining Men & Mice, Sigyn worked as a Project Manager at the Central Bank of Iceland and Meniga. In addition to her responsibilities at Men & Mice and UAK, Sigyn Jonsdottir is a member of the board for Mure, an Icelandic VR startup.

Georg Ludviksson

CEO & Co-founder at Meniga

Serial entrepreneur Georg Ludviksson co-founded Meniga in 2009.

Georg started Meniga in the wake of the global financial crisis to help people better manage their finances. Georg has around 20 years of experience founding, building and managing global software start-ups. Georg holds an MBA degree from Harvard Business School with emphasis on Entrepreneurship and Finance.

He also holds a BS degree in software engineering from the University of Iceland.

Finnur Magnússon

VP Product at Meniga

Finnur Magnússon has been VP of Product at Meniga since 2018, before he served as Chief Product Owner at Meniga since joining the company in 2013. Finnur has been instrumental in developing some of Meniga’s notable online banking modules.

Most recently a revamped user experience focused on Challenges. An app that allows banks to offer their customers fun, personalised and engaging ways to improve financial habits. At Meniga, Finnur has worked with many of the most innovative banks in Europe on UX projects, design thinking and user engagement.

Áslaug Hafsteinsdóttir

VP Professional Services at Meniga

Áslaug is VP of Professional Services at Meniga, where she oversees new integration projects as well as customer service to Meniga’s current clients. Since joining Meniga in 2011, Áslaug has worked as a Senior Project and Department Manager for key integrations.

Prior to joining Meniga, Áslaug worked in Risk Management at Landsbankinn. Áslaug has a Bachelor’s degree in Technical and Industrial Engineering.

Hrefna Ásgeirsdóttir

VP Engineering at Meniga

Hrefna is the VP of Engineering at Meniga, where she oversees software development across the company. Since joining Meniga in 2012, Hrefna has served various key positions within Meniga such as Head of Meniga’s innovation team and as Product Manager. Prior to joining the company, Hrefna worked as a programmer at Landsbankinn, one of Iceland’s leading banks; and Advania, a leading Nordic IT company.

Hrefna has a Bachelor’s degree in Software Engineering from the University of Iceland and a Master’s degree in Design & Digital Media from The University of Edinburgh

Bragi Fjalldal

CMO & VP Business Development at Meniga

Bragi Fjalldal has been CMO and VP of Product & Business Development at Meniga since 2014. Previously, Bragi held leadership positions in various international corporations, including Vestas Wind Systems and spent 4 years working as a business strategy advisor with the global consultancy Bain & Company.

He received an MBA from the International Institute for Management Development, a M.Sc. in Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence from the University of Sussex, and a B.Sc. in Computer Science from Aarhus University.