Rugilė is a senior Investment Advisor for Fintech at Invest Lithuania.
She specialises in the global fintech markets and advises international fintech clients on scaling and licensing in Europe. Rugile is focused on helping fintechs to discover business opportunities in Lithuania and is committed to ensuring that they have the best business infrastructure for their operations. She has worked with companies from the UK, Israel, Singapore and China helping them build their European operations by leveraging Lithuania’s talent pool, infrastructure, and regulatory environment.
Prior to joining Invest Lithuania, Rugilė worked in financial M&A advisory services. She holds a BSc in Corporate Finance from Manchester Business School and a Masters degree in Accounting and Financial Management from Rotterdam School of Management.
Ken oversees the DFSA’s innovation, cyber risk, and payment services supervision programmes. This includes managing the Innovation Testing Licence programme (aka regulatory sandbox), and overseeing the supervision of innovative technology-enabled financial services providers such as crowdfunding platforms, automated wealth management, and DLT-based product offerings.
Ken joined the DFSA in April 2012 and previously led the supervision of brokerage and trading activities, supervised numerous banking institutions, and is leading the restructure of the DFSA’s supervisory risk model. Prior to joining the DFSA, Ken managed a team of market conduct investigators at the Chicago Board Options Exchange (CBOE), prior to which Ken was an open-outcry and electronic equity options market maker on the trading floor of the CBOE.
Tony is part of the AntChain Team, the blockchain technology, products and solutions business unit of Ant Group. He currently focuses on blockchain use cases in the financial sector as well as cross-border trade. Prior to that, Tony used to lead the financial technology research, as well as the technology partnership efforts at Ant.
Clare leads the Marketing, HR, and Operations teams at Zopa, ensuring that the company's unique internal culture, award winning customer service, and marketing and communications align to strengthen the business. Before Zopa, Clare was the Group Chief Marketing Officer at Virgin Active where she was responsible for brand and marketing for the group's international network. She began her career at Procter and Gamble and has also worked at The Boston Consulting Group.
Prof Gershon is the founder of the Gershon Fintech Center. He is a 25 year expert in the Fintech industry and is viewed by many as one of the leading experts in fintech in Israel.
In 1999 he founded SuperDerivatives which became one of the global leading vendors in derivatives and financial data. He was CEO and Chairman of SuperDerivatives until its acquisition by the Intercontinental Exchange in 2014. Prior to SuperDerivatives, David was a trader on Wall Street and in the City of London, his last role was Global Head of Exotic Options at Barclays Capital.
Prof Gershon has been awarded numerous awards such as CEO of the Year by Acquisition International in 2016 and ranked among the Top 50 most influential people in Financial Technology by the Institutional Investor magazine from 2004 to 2015 consecutively. In 2016 he was declared one of the “Game Changers” in the financial industry by Finance Monthly magazine, stating that “Gershon is the person that brought transparency into the options and transformed the options market”. In 2012 he was included to the Market Data Hall of Fame by Incisive Data magazine.
He is among the world experts in option models and pricing. In 2016 he published a universal model for option pricing which reflects option pricing in all asset classes (currencies, interest rates, commodities and equities) remarkably.
The main purpose of the Gershon Center is to assist and advance the fintech industry in Israel. The Center promotes entrepreneurship, advanced technologies such as AI and big data analytics, strategic thinking, marketing and go to market methodologies. It also makes the connection between start-up companies and companies that seek their technology and between financial institutions and academia researchers to promote real world problems academic research. The Center is responsible for MBA courses in fintech such as: Entrepreneurship in Fintech, Introduction to Fintech, Insurtech, Regtech, Fintech Analytics, Blockchain and Fintech workshop, aimed to create fintech start-ups by students.
Gil is the founder and CEO of Capitolis, the leading SaaS platform that drives financial resource optimization for capital markets. He is a serial entrepreneur and CEO in financial technology with a successful record of creating disruptive products and companies and leading them through global scaling.
Prior to Capitolis, Gil was the CEO of EBS BrokerTec, NEX Group’s (formerly ICAP’s) foreign exchange and fixed income electronic markets business. He also served as a member of ICAP’s Global Executive Management Group.
Before EBS BrokerTec, Gil was the CEO of Traiana, a post-trade processing company he founded in 2000. Gil led Traiana’s growth from a small start-up to a recognized global leader, resulting in Traiana’s acquisition by ICAP in 2007 for $250m. A Kellogg School of Management business case study was written about Gil and the success of Traiana.
Gil has been a member of the New York Federal Reserve’s Foreign Exchange Committee, the Bank of England’s Joint Standing Committee, and the Bank of Canada’s Foreign Exchange Committee. He was awarded the e-FX achievement award by FX Week in 2012 in recognition of his lasting contribution to the development of the FX industry, and in 2013 he was inducted to Profit & Loss Magazine‘s Hall of Fame. In 2015 and 2016, Gil was named to Institutional Investor’s prestigious Trading Technology 40 list.
Gil holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Management and Sociology from Tel Aviv University (Magna Cum Laude) and a Master of Business Administration degree (With Distinction) from INSEAD in Fontainebleau, France. In 2012, Gil was the Keynote speaker at INSEAD’s graduation ceremony.
In his capacity as Chief Business Development Officer, Salmaan is responsible for developing and executing business strategies aligned with the DIFC’s 2024 growth ambitions. The business development team, under his direction, identifies and evaluates potential partnership opportunities that serve business and client growth within the DIFC community.
Salmaan has 20 years of extensive operating and advisory experience working with global financial services and consulting firms across the Middle East, North Africa, Asia and North America. During this time, he has established a track record for earning trust and delivering value to clients by developing new revenue opportunities, improving performance and driving organisational change. Salmaan has cultivated a vast network of peer and C-Suite relationships and is an accomplished thought leader in customer centricity and Islamic finance.
Before joining the DIFC Authority, Salmaan held leadership roles in Conventional and Islamic Finance at PricewaterhouseCoopers and EY Middle East. Prior to that, he held operating and finance roles at Citibank and American Express in New York. He has also led client teams at Oliver Wyman focused on customer driven growth strategies and new venture analyses.
Salmaan holds an MBA from Cornell University and a BA in International Relations (Phi Beta Kappa) from Colgate University in the US. He is President of the Cornell University and Johnson School Clubs, Middle East and serves on the Boards of several non-profit organisations.
Justine supports companies with their growth journey and to raise capital on London Stock Exchange, the most international pool of capital – through listing on AIM, the Main Market and Fixed Income. Justine’s distinguished career centres around entrepreneurship combined with a life purpose to develop the support structures surrounding women on their journey. She founded the Jewish Women’s Business Network, part of LSEG's Women's inspired networks. Proud no 5 on the Future Leaders HERoes 100 Women Future leaders. Proud to be Future Women Role Model 19 supported by Yahoo Finance. She was nominated number 12 for her work at LSEG and the UK Israel Bilateral trade Nexus in the Aliyah 100 List – Jewish News. Voluntary roles includes, Board Director of Vibe Israel, Israel Bonds UK and Sahi (supporting youth at risk) Jerusalem, Athena Fund, Israel Guide Dogs association and mentors parents of autistic children. She is lucky mum of two lovely girls and a wonderful patient husband.
Dr Sabah al-Binali is a seasoned executive with 20+ years experience and is an active investor and entrepreneurial leader, with a track record of financing, building and growing companies in the MENA region.
Dr al-Binali is currently Partner and Head of the Gulf Region at OurCrowd, Chairman of Universal Strategy and a member of the Advisory Board of Zayed University’s College of Business. He has served as Vice Chairman of the Board of the National Investor and Chairman of its Investment and Strategy Committee. Dr al-Binali has also served as Chief Investment Officer of SHUAA Capital, Director of the Board and member of the Audit Committee at Credit Suisse Saudi Arabia, Vice Chairman of Gulf Finance, Chairman of Zawya. He was the founding CEO and CIO of Saffar Capital and Head of the Treasury and Investment Division at Union National Bank.
Dr al-Binali holds a Diploma in Company Direction from the UK Institute of Directors. He received his PhD from Columbia University, dissertation title: Competitive Analysis of Risk-Taking and Valuation of Financial Derivatives, and holds a BSE from Princeton University.
Gabrielle joined the Financial Services Regulatory Authority (FSRA) of Abu Dhabi Global Market (ADGM) in February 2021. As Head of Market Development in the Financial Technology and Innovation Unit, she drives the relationship between financial institutions, venture capital firms and fintech start-ups, along with contributing to the FSRA’s fintech strategy. Her expertise includes the implementation of new technologies and business models within financial institutions.
Prior to ADGM, Gabrielle oversaw venture capital firm, Plug & Play’s fintech activities in EMEA, deploying funding to European fintech and insurtech start-ups, executed on the open innovation process at Citi Fintech, and built financial models at Bloomberg.
She is a frequent speaker at leading conferences (e.g. Financial Times Live, Money2020, Finovate), has authored a number of whitepapers and articles on innovation in the financial industry (e.g. Forbes ME) and has been featured in Innovate Finance's Women In Fintech Powerlist in 2017, 2018, 2019 and Lattice80's 100 Women in Fintech in 2018 and 2019.
Khalid is the Chief Executive Officer of Bahrain Fintech Bay.
Khalid has 7 years of international experience in investment banking risk management focusing on market risk at JP Morgan and Barclays Capital in London and ABC in Bahrain.
Most recently, he was Vice President in the firm-wide market risk team at JP Morgan overseeing all spread and macro businesses, leading teams in London and New York. He was engaged in strategic risk technology projects, including migrating to a new risk analytics cross-platform suite and leading one of the first pilot applications of the robotics initiatives, promising opportunities to drive new value through automation and insight.
Prior to JP Morgan, he was leading the business analysis and project management delivery for the FX business, facilitating flow and exotics enhancement programmes at Barclays Capital. He has also worked for an investment advisory delivering fund performance analysis and recommendations to assist in advisory decisions for institutional clients seeking investment management and cross-asset class fund selection.
Khalid holds an MSc in Investment Management and a BSc in Investment and Financial Risk Management from Cass Business School, London.
Tim is charged with leading on all of Zopa’s lending products, including its unsecured personal loans, credit card and secured car finance. He is responsible for customer acquisition, credit risk management, pricing and the growth strategy of the lending products.
Tim has 14 years’ experience in consumer lending businesses specialising in data, analytic and technology led innovation. Before Zopa, Tim was Chief Marketing Officer at Lendable where he led the growth of its unsecured personal loan product and evaluation of new product opportunities. Prior to Lendable, Tim was Chief Analysis Officer at Oakbrook finance. Tim started his career at Capital One.
Tim is Co-Founder and CEO of the UK’s only fintech-focused investment trust, Augmentum Fintech plc. Tim is an experienced entrepreneur, having also co-founded juice bar business Crussh and betting exchange Flutter.com, the latter of which became one of the highest profile internet businesses in the UK after it merged with Betfair.com in 2001. Tim served as Commercial Director of Betfair in the subsequent years.
In 2010, Tim co-founded Augmentum Capital with the backing of RIT Capital and Lord Rothschild. The team focused on finding talented entrepreneurial teams in the fintech industry that were bringing fundamentally disruptive products or platforms to the European market. In 2018, Tim and Co-Founder Richard Matthews successfully launched Augmentum Fintech on the main market of the London Stock Exchange and the current Augmentum portfolio consists of 18 fast-growing European fintech businesses.
Lior is the Head of Sales and Markets Development at the Tel Aviv Stock Exchange. Prior to this he served for 7 years as manager of the Foreign Securities and Trading Department at Harel Financial Products and Harel ETFs.
Lior holds an Investment Management license as well as a BA in Economics and Management and MBA in Business Administration, with a specialization in Strategy and Entrepreneurship, from the College of Management Academic Studies in Rishon Leziyon.
Vaida holds the position of the Vice Minister of the Ministry of Finance of the Republic of Lithuania. In this position she is responsible for the areas of the European Union investments; international financial assistance; financial market policy; National Fund; Municipal Financial Affairs Group.
From 2019-2020 she was the advisor to the President of the Republic of Lithuania for Economics and Innovation. From 2014 to 2019 Vaida worked for the Bank of Lithuania in various leading positions. From October 2018-May 2019 she underwent a traineeship at the European Central Bank and from 2009 to 2016 she worked at law firm Eversheds Saladzius and the Financial Mechanism Office of the European Free Trade Association.
Vaida holds the Masters Degree in Commercial Law from Vilnius University. She also studied International Banking and Finance Law at University College London.
Yael is the Innovation Manager of the Israel Securities Authority where she leads the ISA's fintech agenda, including the Regulatory Innovation Hub; an active membership in the Global Financial Innovation Network; and a Data Sandbox - joint venture with Israel Innovation Authority. Before this position, Yael fulfilled a number of roles at the Corporate Finance Department.
Yael holds a BA in Businesses Administration and LLB (Law) from IDC Herzliya, as well as an LLM from Bar Ilan University, and is a graduate of the Technion's Knowledge Center for Innovation.
Yael states that one of ISA's biggest challenges is to promote technological innovation in the capital market, connecting between Israel's vibrant FinTech scene and the local financial capital market.
Ali is a Senior Representative for the Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC) Authority in Europe and North America and Director of Business Development for the Centre.
In his current role, Ali supports the CEO in developing and promoting the Insurance, Banks and Capital Markets, and Wealth Management sectors, in line with the centre’s business strategies and plays an active role in managing client development. He is also responsible for promoting and spreading awareness of DIFC’s competitiveness and positioning regionally and globally.
Ali brings vast regulatory knowledge and commercial experience to his position at DIFC Authority, having supervised and authorized a diverse range of businesses including exchanges, trading platforms, wealth management, investment banking, and brokerage operations with experience in the UK, Europe and Middle East.
Avishai is Chairman of FinTLV’s investment committee and is a Managing Partner of FinTLV Ventures. Previoiusly he was Managing Partner at Infinity VC ($1.3bn AUM). Founded has several software companies, and Co-founded and served as CEO of Verisity and Co-founded and served as CEO of ScanVec.
Cecile is the Head of Impact & Sustainability at Pitango Venture Capital, Israel’s largest VC, where she is responsible for adapting the worlds of ESG and the SDGs to the framework of mainstream venture capital. Cecile has extensive experience in the combination between the impact and technology worlds for almost 20 years. Previously, Cecile was the Founder and Managing Partner of Impact First Investments, Israel's first impact-tech investing company.
Before that, Cecile managed the Noaber Foundation's Israeli investments and held executive positions as a founder, CEO and board member is several start-ups. She was one of the initiators of the Al-Bawader private equity fund, the first investor in Arab-founded start-ups. Cecile founded the mentorship program at the 'Keren Shemesh' Foundation for the Encouragement of Young Entrepreneurs as her community volunteering work.
Cecile recently founded and is the chairperson of GITA - the Global Impact Tech Alliance – a global non-profit organization aiming to serve the impact-tech community worldwide and help it scale through community activities, data aggregation, training and consulting.
She is an alumnus of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and is an avid practitioner of Tai-Chi martial art.
Bhaskar is the Associate Director of Business Development at ADGM focusing on financial services across Emerging Markets and Europe. He is responsible for overseeing the development of the banking, asset management, private banking sectors including key areas such as Crypto Assets, Fintech, Re‐Insurance, Sustainable Finance, Digital Banking and Digital Investment Management in ADGM. Prior to joining ADGM in 2019, Dr Dasgupta was the Chief Operating Officer of UK Export Finance at the Department of International Trade, UK Government. His 25-year career included senior level business development and transformation roles in investment banking, transaction banking, technology and consulting in firms such as HSBC, ABN AMRO, Citigroup and PwC.
Dr Dasgupta holds a BSc in Mathematics from the University of Bhopal, MBA in Finance from Indore University, a PhD in Financial Modelling & AI from the University of Manchester, and a PhD in Politics from Kings College London. He is currently completing a PhD in Food History from Brunel University.
Ronen is Managing Partner at Team8 Fintech. For over twenty years, Ronen has been successfully merging technology and design together into useful and accessible products, and defining user experience across various devices and platforms. Most recently Ronen served as eToro’s Chief Product Officer, managing product and engineering, and has helped grow the company into a fintech unicorn serving 13m users in over 140 countries. eToro pioneered Social Investing, enabling every investor to see, follow and automatically copy the portfolios of other investors in the network. As of January 2020, Ronen serves as board member and non-executive director at eToro.
Prior to co-founding eToro in 2007, Ronen designed products ranging from medical devices and household appliances to numerous desktop and web applications. Ronen holds a BA in Industrial Design from Bezalel Academy of Art and Design, Jerusalem and an MA in Product Design from the Royal College of Art, London.
Oded is a member of the Analytics and Quantitative Solutions (AQS) team within BlackRock Solutions.
AQS drives high-impact analytical solutions to complex investment and business challenges for clients of BlackRock Solutions' enterprise investment and risk management platform, Aladdin.
He leads the EMEA Security Analytics and Enterprise Risk Management practice areas in AQS and focuses on the development and delivery of Security Analytics and Enterprise Risk Solutions for external Aladdin clients. Topical focus areas include Security Valuation, Risk Governance, Regulatory Risk and Climate and ESG analytics.
Prior to re-joining BlackRock in 2010, Oded was a Regional Revaluation Manager at SuperDerivatives, where he managed pre-sales and client support activities across various derivatives products. Previously, Oded worked in the Hedge Advisory at BlackRock Solutions where he advised clients on hedging strategies for CMBS and ABS securitisations.
Oded has an MBA from the City University of New York.
Daniel is a partner in White & Cases's global M&A and Corporate practice based in London and spends a substantial proportion of his time in Tel Aviv. He advises on public and private M&A, fundraisings, joint ventures and broader corporate matters, with extensive experience in high-profile and complex cross-border transactions.
Daniel advises across a range of sectors, including technology, media and telecoms, energy, pharmaceutical, real estate, financial sponsors and financial institutions.
Daniel is widely recognised as a leading practitioner on Israel-related matters, having been ranked by Chambers Global for several years. He spends a substantial proportion of his time in Tel Aviv and has advised on some of the largest and most complex matters in the Israeli market.
Alla is co-founder and CEO of Straterix, which provides unique SaaS scenario generation and analysis tools for strategic planning and risk management. Prior to forming Straterix, Alla was the global head of Strategic Advisory at Goldman Sachs, Citigroup and Nomura, where she advised financial institutions and corporations on stress testing, economic capital, ALM, long-term risk projections and optimal capital allocation.
Alla is also a permanent columnist at GARP (the Global Association for Risk Professionals).
Erez is CEO of Exberry, the exchange technology pioneer helping clients of all sizes launch, pivot, break ground and scale. The firm delivers a blend of exchange and trading technology expertise for secondary market models and new digital assets, combining entrepreneurial pedigree and corporate strength. Exberry can quickly scale with business growth, and is easy to integrate into new and existing ecosystems through well documented APIs and easy to access sandboxes.
Erez has been with Exberry since its founding, and is also CEO of OM2 Technologies. OM2 builds fintech companies together with entrepreneurs and partners to transform how people and enterprises finance, transact and interact.
After obtaining a BBA from Pace University in NYC, Ilana relocated to Luxembourg and began her career in the compliance industry. Ilana is the CEO of Sqope S.A., a leading provider of enhanced due diligence reports and ESG reputational assessments. Over the past ten years she went from Sales Manager in Luxembourg to Head of Business Development for the group, and in 2020 became Sqope’s CEO.
Ilana has gained extensive experience in AML/CFT compliance in the past decade working closely with local professional associations and over 250 leading financial institutions. Ilana has been based in Tel Aviv since 2016, where she manages the group’s partnerships and international growth.
Omri co-founded Run:AI in 2018 and leads all of Run:AI’s day to day activities, managing an executive team who are together responsible for the company’s sales, business development, research and development, and marketing activities.
Prior to Run:AI, Omri served in the elite technological unit of the Israeli Prime Minister’s Office as part of the ‘Academic Atuda’ program of the Israeli Defense Forces. His background is in developing High Performance Computing algorithms. Omri received his BSc and MSc from Tel Aviv University where he received the TAU award for excellence in MSc studies.
Ruth is the VP of Sales and Marketing at Clear Blockchain Technologies, an enterprise Blockchain company backed by Fidelity Strategic Investments, operating the largest commercial Blockchain network in the telecom sector.
Ruth has a background of 5+ years in business intelligence and strategic consulting working with leading enterprises and 3+ years in financing and impact investing including business development efforts with institutional investors and the government sector in Israel, pioneering innovative Social Impact Bonds in the fields of education and healthcare.
Sharon is a seasoned product leader, passionate about building stuff that last for the past 25 years. As the Co-Founder and CEO of Imvision. Sharon is taking his broad experience in the technology and security domains to help organizations protect their business applications from API-related attacks.
Prior to co-founding Duality, Rina was a general partner of Carmel Ventures (now Viola VC) since 2000, leading investments and serving on the boards of high-tech companies in a variety of IT areas, including mobility, cyber and digital media. Prior to Carmel Ventures, Rina held executive positions in Business Development and R&D in Tecnomatix (acquired by Siemens) and served in leadership R&D roles in several high growth technology companies in the Bay Area.
Rina holds an MSc in Computer Science from Weizmann institute and a BSc in Physics from Tel Aviv University.
As a Forbes 30 Under 30, Kauffman Fellows, Founding Partner at Shorooq Partners, Shane co-leads the leading Seed Stage VC in the Middle East, North Africa and Pakistan.
Shane has built his career as an investment professional, investment banker and entrepreneur in the US. He used to work at UBS, TD Securities, Lazard Freres & Co., Alpine Investors and GlobalFoundries – wholly owned subsidiary by Mubadala Investment Company, $250bn Abu Dhabi sovereign wealth fund.
Shane concentrated in Finance and Mandarin at The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, graduating with Summa Cum Laude, Joseph Wharton Scholar and Benjamin Franklin Scholar Honors.
Shane is born and grew up in South Korea and has studied and worked in the US, Canada and China prior to settling down in UAE. Having played the piano and clarinet for 15+ years, he has strong passion for music and community service and performed in many musical concerts.
Ella is Co- Founder of Armada, and a defense, fintech and export expert in the Middle East and EU.
She consults on AML in the cryptocurrency and payment industries, blockchain, AI, defense, HLS, cyber, proptech, drone regulation, EU firearms regulatory framework, art industry, financial investigations and tokenisation of maritime logistics and real estate. In addition, she focuses on Maritime Fintech, EU Jurisprudence and UAE commercial licensing. Served as a member of Europe Forum in Israel, CEO of the Israel- EU Chamber of Commerce and Industry, VP Business Development Israel-Netherlands Chamber of Commerce and Industry. She is also the representative of the UAE Al- Buraq Group in Israel.
Ella actively consults the public and governmental sector in Association Countries of the EU on the EU Regulatory Framework, banking industries of Association Countries of the EU and of the EU, and financial intelligence units. She also frequently publishes opinion editorials in global financial magazines.
Yan's career in accounts receivables started over a decade ago. Through the years, he succeeded in managing four collections and collecting over $1.5bn from clients in over 40 countries. Yan also worked as an international finance manager for NASDAQ traded top SaaS companies prior to founding Gaviti. Now, Yan Lazarev is the Co-Founder and CEO of Gaviti - an automated receivables collection solution working with clients such as Monday.com, EY, PWC and more.
Noam is the CEO and Co-founder of Osu - an all-in-one payment app that allows self-employed professionals in the UK to get fully paid, fast.
A graduate in Computer Science from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Noam’s early passion was in technical programming and building platforms that allowed businesses to streamline many customer-facing and professional operations. In 2013 he joined PayPal as a Professional Software Engineer, working to build harder working and sturdier platforms for optimum business utilisation.
After 2 years, Noam left PayPal to kick-start his own freelance offering and founded Vala, a money transferring system for banks and financial institutions.
With a vast amount of experience within the freelance and self-employed sectors, Noam quickly understood the importance of tracking and managing finances and how losing sight of payments can quickly affect general day-to-day operations. The constant chasing and management of this process pushed him to look for a better approach, one that worked specifically for the self-employed - or Osu, as we now know it.
Osu, meaning Push in Japanese, launched in 2020 and gives UK freelancers, sole traders and self-employed professionals access to some of the most cutting edge payment tools created. Through its easy-to use payments app, Osu lightens the load for these individuals, taking care of their business and helping them achieve more for their efforts: more earnings, more time, and more opportunity to build the right business for them. A virtual PA working behind the scenes for the self-employed who aren’t big enough to have wider teams.
To date, the Osu app has helped over 1,000 self-employed professionals build and grow their operations, assisting them to successfully accept hundreds of thousands of pounds worth of payments. With a recent seed round raising more than £2m, Osu now plans to increase its customer base to 10,000 active users by the end of 2021.
Jean-Marc is the CEO of LiquidShare. A graduate of Institut d’Etudes Politiques, Paris and holding an English BA, Jean-Marc has over 25 years of experience in the Asset Servicing industry. He started his career at Banque de France then joined Sicovam SA (today Euroclear France) where he held positions as Project Manager for RGV, Head of Sales and Deputy MD. In 2001, he joined CDC IXIS as Head of Operations. When IXIS IS merged with CAIS in 2006, he was appointed Managing Director of CACEIS Bank Paris. In 2008, Jean-Marc became Chief Risk and Compliance Officer for the Group CACEIS and a member of the Executive Committee. Returning from a sabbatical year in 2017, he worked as senior advisor for the General Management and Global Head of Public Affairs of CACEIS Group.
Ido is a General Partner at Viola Credit and an active investment member, credit committee member and portfolio manager in the fund. He joined Viola in 2013 with over 10 years of credit, financial and investment experience.
Ido is primarily responsible for sourcing, analyzing, executing and managing private debt investments across Viola Credit’s multi-strategy private debt businesses, and he also serves as a board observer in several of the Fund’s active portfolio companies.
Ido’s main areas of investment include financial technology/financial services, Software Enterprise, Cloud Infrastructure, SaaS and Big Data. He focuses on growth debt to technology companies, alternative credit to fintech platforms, and mezzanine financing.
Ido holds a BA Magna Cum Laude in Finance and Investments from Baruch College’s Zicklin School of Business in New York and an MBA from Tel Aviv University.
Gadi is Co-Founder and CEO of WAVE BL. A businessman and entrepreneur, he has 16 years of experience in the maritime shipping and trade industry. When blockchain technology first emerged, he recognized its potential to make paper redundant in the trade and trade finance world. That was the beginning of WAVE BL. Today, after raising $16m and bringing the largest carriers in the maritime industry as customers Gadi assures that blockchain is the right technology to solve one of the most complex problems in the maritime trade. WAVE BL is a digital document courier platform that mirrors the traditional process for transferring original paper documents - electronically. The company's mission is to change how the world does trade.
Avi is a graduate of law Nanterre University in Paris, France with over 20 years of experience and management in IT security. He is a technology executive who has led several companies to success in Europe and Israel. He brings a unique and rich experience to his role in leading GamaSec from a technology innovator to market leadership.
Alex is Chief Commercial Officer at Tribe Payments, a new and disruptive payment technology provider. With his extensive experience in both issuer and acquirer processing, bank-to-bank payments and digital wallets, Alex’s role is to lead the business and ensure that Tribe harnesses the latest technologies to deliver the best services to its clients.
Late last year, under Alex’s direction, Tribe was the first processor to allow its bank and fintech clients to harness the power of Open Banking without developing their own APIs. A major step in democratizing access to Open Banking services.
Alex has previously held roles as both Head of Issuing and Head of Business Relations at Valitor, and Head of European Business at Raphaels Bank, giving him a wealth of knowledge and experience in the payments and the financial services industry.
Martynas is privacy practitioner and a co-founder of Privacy Partners. Tomorrow’s business is blend of technology-driven transformation, deep privacy, security and new tech-enabled ideas. As certified CIPP/E and CIPM privacy practitioner I do strive to implement innovative approaches and build-in privacy in value chains of our customers, supporting and not disrupting business. Privacy audits, implementation of privacy programs and good IT governance practice standards for companies in Lithuania, EU and other countries. Developing Data Protection Officer knowledgebase and application in cloud (EU financed project).
Prior to Privacy Partners, I have 16 years of Microsoft experience, at the time when cloud in Microsoft was born, both in local and regional roles.
Martyn is a partner at Augmentum Fintech and has nearly 20 years of experience as an operator, advisor and investor in tech and growth spaces. Martyn’s early career was spent as a strategy consultant with the Boston Consulting Group, consulting with FTSE 50 clients across consumer, energy, financial services and heavy industry. Since then he has accrued 15 years of experience as both an operator and investor in the tech/VC space. He was a key member of the early Betfair team, the UK’s first true unicorn, and later co-founded LMAX Exchange which has since featured as the #1 Times Tech Track Growth Company. More recently, Martyn has a number of years as an investor and partner in several UK-based venture capital funds.
Jan spearheads Tink's industry research and thought leadership program. He is responsible for the positioning of Tink within the context of open banking by supporting corporate strategy, business development, marketing, and public affairs. To help shape the future of open banking, Jan is an active member of several steering committees across the UK and EU. Before joining Tink, he worked most of his career for the International Data Corporation (IDC). As the head of the European digital transformation research program, he covered various technology and business topics, including open banking for the financial services industry.
Nati is CTO at Cloudify and a serial entrepreneur and thought leader in open-source, multi-cloud orchestration, network virtualization, DevOps, Edge Computing and more. Nati has received multiple recognitions from publications such as The CIO Magazine and YCombinator and is one of the leaders of Cloud Native and DevOps Israel groups. Nati is also a frequent presenter at industry conferences.
Ira is a researcher and entrepreneur with a focus on the economic aspects of aging, with a focus on financial technologies for older adults, and the Founder and CEO of Fintech 4Longevity.
In 2020, Dr Sobel joined a working group at the World Economic Forum on ‘Redefining Retirement’ and launched the ‘Fintech-for-Aging initiative’ in the Israeli fintech ecosystem.
She recently completed her PhD which investigated the effect of retirement and changing health on the economic outcomes of households within different pension and healthcare systems.
From 2008 to 2019, Ira served as a non-executive director to a number of public companies including the Bank of Jerusalem, and worked previously as an accountant at KPMG.
Ira is an international speaker on issues related to fintech and economic aspects of aging and longevity.
After Kobi’s 22 years’ experience in the insurance industry, he is now the CEO of Insurtech Israel, the leader in investments in technology companies in the insurance industry.
The fund focuses on investments and early-stage Insurtech start-up companies that specialise in advanced technologies for the insurance industry. The fund’s managers have extensive experience in the insurance world from the point of view of the insurance company, the broker and the end customer.
Kobi is a Colonel (reserve) in the IDF and holds a BA in management and an MA in Law from Bar Ilan University.
Shaul is Head of Banking at Railsbank, a global banking as a service platform. In this role Shaul is responsible for developing the platform's network of banking partners and helping Railsbank and its customers reach more countries around the world.
Previously, as the UK Government's first Fintech advisor, Shaul collaborated with governments, innovative companies and financial institutions to accelerate innovation across industry verticals. At the Department for International Trade, Shaul helped build the UK Fintech ecosystem, cementing its global leadership position and supporting fintech companies growing cross border business.
Earlier in his career, Shaul held various roles within retail banking technology and finance. He is also a basketball junkie.
Yuliya is responsible for identifying relevant market trends, shaping strategic framework, developing partnerships, harnessing disruptive innovations, and emerging data technologies to make Amex an essential part of customers’ digital lives.
She is excited about the future and the direction of the data journey, recognizing the necessary importance of ensuring that investments in digital, data, and analytics initiatives must always produce positive outcomes for customers as well as successful top-line business outcomes for the company.
Looking forward, Yuliya envisions a future where the company will accelerate the creation of data-powered growth opportunities. Digital, data, and analytics—operating in tandem and at scale—look to be the fuel for the next stage of growth in the 170-year journey of American Express.
Ben grew up in Dallas, Texas and moved to Israel to serve in the Israeli Air Force. With an academic background in behavioral economics and finance, Ben has spent 10+ years in financial modeling and capital markets.
He is now the Founder and CEO of Cred, a B2B fintech start-up focused on robotic process automation for the wealth management industry.
Saul is Founder and CEO of Innovative Assessments. He is a senior organizational psychologist and psychometrician, and a former university lecturer in psychology.
He has held senior management and research positions at Midot, CareerHarmony, and the Israeli Defense Forces, and has been developing and validating psychometric assessments for over 20 years for large private and government organizations around the world. His research in this area has been widely published, with over 30 articles in academic journals, and more than 50 papers presented at international conferences.
If you wake up early, you can often catch Saul surfing the waves of Tel Aviv.
Eli has more than 10 years of experience in the banking industry as a financial risk manager, credit analyst, innovative finance and banking products expert.
He leads in projects in digital and open banking, financial modelling, data analytics, model validation and internal audit, allowing him to accumulate specific knowledge of the banking sector, as well as consolidate an integrated view of best practices of core banking business, risk management and core processes delivery as a result of the experience of working with the main Israeli banks and contacting with the supervisor's expectations.
Eli has an MBA with specialization in Banking and Finance from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and a BA in Credit Economy and Banking from Tashkent Financial Institute in Uzbekistan.
Keren is a seasoned and well-rounded expert in payments, financial services and eCommerce. She has held a series of executive positions with acquirers, eCommerce merchants large and small, and service providers.
At one of the world’s largest online gaming companies, 888 Gaming Group, Keren was Head of ePayments, and at one of Israel’s three largest acquirers, Cal, she served as Director of Risk Management for International eCommerce.
At PaymentsOP, a niche consulting firm, Keren and her team manages projects building risk and payments infrastructure for banks, payment gateways, internet merchants and start-ups.
Keren plays a key role also as a Fintech advisor, working with strategic clients to identify Israeli fintechs for technology partnerships worldwide. She is also one of the founders of Fintech Ladies IL, a community of empowerment and networking for the leading women in tech, finance and cyber security.
Tero is the Founder of Bankify, a pioneer fintech that offer innovative ways to build sustainable finances for end customers. At Bankify, we provide solutions combining Open Banking and AI to its fullest potential, to help customers drive investments towards sustainable financial products. Our data-driven products help customers take actionable steps towards sustainable future and go beyond measuring their carbon footprint.
Before founding Bankify, Tero, who comes from the world’s happiest country, had over 15 years of experience building start-ups into success stories in the fields of fintech, online marketplaces and digital marketing. A doting father of 3, he is passionate about technology driving welfare of societies and communities in a holistic perspective.
Ilan is presales manager at Earnix and is responsible for implementing presales strategies for the purpose of accelerating value-delivery, market expansion and growth of the Earnix’s offerings for banks.
With almost two decades of experience in financial services, Ilan has a deep understanding of industry trends that have and are transforming the market.
Earnix is a software platform for pricing analytics and optimization used by insurance and retail banking organizations. In February 2021 it attained unicorn status after a $75m raise, at a $1bn valuation.
Nadav at Orange Cyberdefense, based in London. He is an experienced cyber security specialist with proven track record as a strategic advisor, chief information security officer, board member and business leader.
Nadav has 20 years of experience across a broad spectrum of industries and multidisciplinary knowledge including Software Security, Cyber Risk and Compliance, Security Engineering and Consultancy. A recognised trusted advisor for the Digital Technology Cybersecurity ecosystem.
Otni is the fintech sector Lead for the UK Israel Tech Hub at the British Embassy in Israel, where he manages both the fintech and cyber sectors and works closely with start-ups. He is experienced in facilitating successful collaborations between financial institutions, with tier-1 banks and leading insurance companies among them, and start-ups.
Before joining the Hub, Otni was the Fintech Sector Manager at the Israel Export Institute.
Otni has an MBA in Finance and Accounting from Tel Aviv University and a BMus in Music Theory and Composition from the Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance.
Eran Vitkon is Head of Open Banking Solutions at Finastra
A fintech veteran with over 10 years of experience servicing the worlds' largest banks, Eran has held a range of senior roles including product management, R&D, sales and services.
Eran focuses on innovative technologies such as the move to micro-services, artificial intelligence, blockchain, real time payments and regulations that can change the face of the financial industry.
He holds BA in Business Administration from IDC Herzliya, Israel.
Josh works on the Investments team at OurCrowd, focusing on Fintech and Blockchain. His first exposure to the pain points fintech companies solve was dealing with traditional factors in the mid 2000s while running an e-commerce clothing company. Soon after moving to Israel, Josh got involved in the Israeli fintech space. He started writing for the fintech media site Tearsheet in early 2016, where he covered payments and blockchain, joining OurCrowd a year later. Since then he has been investing in the blockchain space, speaking at events, and helping early stage blockchain companies grow. He has a true entrepreneurial spirit, and has made angel investments, sat on the board of financial institutions, and coordinated business development strategies to help his investments grow. Other roles include mentor at the Barclays Accelerator Powered by Techstars in Tel Aviv, Barclays Rise Ambassador, and Board Advisor and Mentor at Blockchain Israel.
Aly is the Managing Partner at Blockchain Founders Fund which invests in and venture builds top-tier start-ups. He is a Limited Partner on Loyal VC and Draper Goren Holm. Aly consults organizations on emerging technologies such as INSEAD and the UN on solutions to help alleviate poverty. He is a Senior Blockchain Fellow at INSEAD and was recognized as a 'Blockchain 100' Global Leader by Lattice80.
He is an internationally acclaimed author, publishing three books and a monthly columnist for the leading blockchain magazine. Aly serves as a board member of CryptoStar Corp (TSXV: CSTR) and has served on various advisory boards including the University of Toronto’s Governing Council, which manages a $2.5bn budget. He is a mentor with Chinaccelerator, an elite accelerator program operated by the venture fund SOSV with $700m+ AUM and the Mobile Only Accelerator (MOX).
Aly holds a Master of Global Affairs as a Schwarzman Scholar from Tsinghua University (清华大学), MBA from INSEAD (Singapore and France) and a Bachelor of Commerce with Distinction from the University of Toronto.
Daniel has almost 30 years of experience in start-ups, finance, banking, equity research, accounting and international business. He is a member of the Order of Chartered Professional Accountants of Québec and holds an MBA degree from McGill University, Montréal. Prior to starting SuperSim in 2019, Daniel co-founded REBEL in 2016, a fintech start-up with a focus on providing credit and financial literacy services to the Brazilian middle class. Previously, he served as VP (Operations) of Chicago-based Enova International (NYSE: ENVA), which he joined in 2009. While at Enova, he was responsible for building and running online credit operations in Australia, Canada, China, Mexico and Brazil, where he launched Simplic, the country’s first online personal credit platform, in 2014.
From 2006 to 2008, Daniel worked as an equity research analyst covering the utilities and power sector with Desjardins Securities, a Canadian full-service investment dealer. Prior to that, he was based in Toronto as an ibanker with TD Securities, the investment banking arm of TD Bank Financial Group. Before then, he worked at an oilfield services joint venture in Siberia for Fracmaster Ltd. He started his professional career as an auditor at Deloitte’s Montréal office in 1992.
Adam is Vice President Government Affairs for Europe, Middle East and Africa at American Express. He began his career with the European Commission in Brussels, he was posted to Taiwan as the EU’s Economic and Trade officer and this is where his specialisation in international government affairs began. After the Commission he managed Public Affairs in Asia for Pernod Ricard, one of the world’s largest wines and spirits business, based out of Beijing and Hong Kong.
Adam relocated to Europe 4 years ago to take on a global government affairs role promoting and protecting the interests of the world’s largest brands, focused specifically on marketing regulation (such as consumer protection, data privacy, ad fraud, etc). He was based between Brussels and London, but again spent most of his time doing work in individual markets in Europe and further afield in key markets in Asia, Latin America and Africa. Adam joined American Express in 2017, based out of London.
Csilla is VP Marketing and Strategy at BTP. She is a technology industry analyst, business consultant, and former elite athlete. She worked for over 10 years at market research and advisory firm 451 Research (now part of S&P Global Market Intelligence) as an analyst covering blockchain technology, data marketplaces, and cloud services; and prior to that, as a consultant on the company´s cross-technology advisory team. Csilla led market intelligence and business exploitation work in a number of EU-funded research, development and innovation projects, and is co-author of several market studies prepared for the European Commission.
Csilla is multilingual and holds an MSc in business and economics. When she´s not working, you´ll find her playing beach volleyball or doing cross fit or martial arts.
Roy is one of the founders and managing partners at AnD Ventures, leading AnD Partners company builder as a service. Prior to joining AnD Ventures, Roy built and ran start-up programs for tech giants such as Google, Microsoft, Deloitte and others, working with over 600 start-ups across 5 continents supporting them throughout their lifecycle.
Roy was the founder and former General Manager for Google’s start-up acceleration program based in Silicon Valley, founding a global network of 14 accelerators worldwide. At his last role, Roy built Google’s corporate development investment acceleration program for its $5bn+ portfolio. Roy holds 20 years of experience in bringing passion and innovation to building and executing on corporate start-up programs, extensive strategy formulation and implementation experience working at Deloitte and HayGroup.
Bar is Strategic Advisor EMEA at Salesforce. With over 25 years of experience in leading teams and scaling enterprises, Bar is committed to supporting start-ups throughout their lifecycle and helping founders bring their visions to life.
Bar has been part of the Salesforce ISV team for 7 years, applying her proven track record in successful strategy formation and strong financial results, to help enterprises raise investment, generate clients, and increase revenue.
She is a connector of people and ecosystems, building the networks of entrepreneurs, investors, and developers. As a member of the Country Leadership Team at Salesforce and leader of the Israel Entrepreneurs CEO Committee, she strives to empower others and be a catalyst for growth and development.
Bar leads the Salesforce Business Builder program in Israel which supports inspiring founders to bring their ideas to the marketplace, using the trusted Salesforce platform. Alongside a team of advisors, she supports start-ups through his seed-to-growth acceleration program, helping them scale, fast.
Outside of work, Bar enjoys paddle boarding, off-roading, trekking, and enjoying quality time with her 3 children.
Gilbert is Co-Founder and Managing Partner of FinTLV Ventures. A retired LTC, former head of the IDF’s Elite Technology and Intelligence Unit (ISNU-8200) CTO group, Gilbert brings 15+ years of executive level experience and 26+ years of experience in leading strategic IT and Enterprise Architecture initiatives, focused on Digital and Cloud Transformation, Artificial Intelligence, Advanced Analytics and Cyber Security.
Uri has been fighting fraud and fraudsters for more than a decade and has seen the fraud and identity challenge from diverse perspectives: product, risk and R&D.
Before he co-founded Identiq to create the solution he’d been dreaming of for years, he was the Head of Analytics and Research at PayPal’s risk department. He has tremendous experience building cross-functional teams which use the latest technological developments to create innovative products that both reduce loss and improve customer experience.
Uri's expertise extends both to analysing and meeting business needs and to an in-depth understanding of the technology that makes improvement possible.
Moshe is VP of Strategic Partnerships and Business Development at Become, an end-to-end financial optimization platform providing SMEs with customized funding offers as well as the tools and insights needed to help them grow and successfully scale their business. Moshe brings more than a decade of experience in finance, partnership management, strategy and operations across international markets.
Prior to joining Become in 2018, Moshe led the Platform Business Unit at AVG Technologies (NYSE: AVG, acquired by Avast Software), and headed up Strategic Partnerships at Avast Software.
Rachel is Co-Founder and COO of sĀge, a platform designed to honor and assist the expertise of the 60+ community.
After obtaining a BA and BComm from the University of Western Australia and MA from the University of Melbourne, Rachel relocated to the Israel in 2015. As Banking and Finance lead for the Israel-Australia Chamber of Commerce, Rachel has experience working directly with C-level executives from some of the largest financial institutions in Australia, Brazil and elsewhere to build and expand strategic engagement with the Israeli ecosystem.
Rachel is married to Eitan, mother to 15-month old Leora, is a Board Member at two non-profit organizations and was on the Israel National Netball team.
Duncan is a regular keynote speaker, serial entrepreneur and technology pioneer with over 30 years’ experience in the software industry. His latest venture is Blockchain Technology Partners (BTP), a leading enterprise blockchain company whose partners include Digital Asset, creators of the open source Daml smart contract language, and US cybersecurity start-up Taekion.
Prior to this Duncan founded Cloudsoft Corporation, creator of the Apache Brooklyn open source project, serving as its CEO for 9 years. Duncan was founder and CTO of autonomic computing pioneer Enigmatec Corporation, which was sold to iWave and subsequently acquired by EMC. Earlier in his career he held a number of fintech roles culminating in Reuters Instinet where he led the delivery of their Fixed Income brokerage platform. In recognition of this work pioneering the use of Java enterprise technologies in financial services, he was nominated for a Computerworld Smithsonian Award. Duncan holds an MSc in Computation from Oxford University where he was a graduate student at Balliol College.
Uzi is leading SOSA’s daily operations while spearheading the company to realize its vision. Prior to SOSA, Uzi founded eCommerce businesses that transformed the way diamonds are sold online. He was also a commercial pilot for 4 years, so knows how to take SOSA to new heights.
When he’s not managing SOSA’s global operations across 4 continents, you’ll find Uzi catching waves on his surfboard or playing his guitar.
Maria is an e-payments and billing expert with over 15 years of experience in the field. During her career she acquired knowledge in domestic and cross-border cards processing; alternative and market specific payment methods, mobile payments, as well as payments regulation and compliance, fraud prevention and risk management, and digital Innovation.
In her current position, as Head of Payment and Billing Projects Unit at PaymentsOP, Maria is building and sustaining trusted relationships with merchants from various verticals. Maria facilitates planning and execution of an optimal payment product setup for each merchant according to the business requirements, creating sustainable and scalable payment and billing ecosystems suitable for the ever changing e-commerce landscape.
Adam brings two decades’ experience in the enterprise software and high-tech industry to the table as well an educational background in Computer Science & Management. His current focus is on helping clients streamline and scale their payment processes globally
IXOPAY is a payments orchestration platform enabling independent flexible and global payment processing. As a highly scalable and PCI-DSS certified ‘fintech enabler’ IXOPAY fulfils the needs of large merchants as well as those of ‘white label’ clients: payment service providers acquirers and independent sales organizations (ISOs). The modern easily extendable architecture offers smart transaction routing and cascading state-of-the-art risk and fraud management fully automated reconciliation and settlements processing comprehensive reporting as well as plugin-based integration of acquirer payment service providers and alternative payment methods (APMs). IXOPAY is part of the IXOLIT Group founded in Austria in 2001.
Lars holds a strong track record as a trusted advisor on complex CNP payment solutions across the EMEA region. He has held senior BD positions at Ingenico’s Global Collect platform and at Payvision Global Card Acquiring part of ING Group, before his most recent move to Ekata, a fast-growing global leader in the field of identity verification.
Lars looks forward to start supporting financial institutions, card acquirers and payment service providers in leveraging Ekata’s unique value in his recently appointed role of Senior Enterprise Account Executive, EMEA.
Lars is also a male ally to the EWPN, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to building a community for women in cards, fintech and payments in Europe.
Roee is Co-founder and CEO of Assured Allies, whose mission is to help seniors successfully age by combining data science and a human centered approach to deliver the best aging outcomes for both families and insurers.
Prior to this, Roee was the co-founder and CEO of Adience, an audience management platform, acquired by Globvestment in 2014.
Roee has a diverse technology and business background. He served as an officer at the IDF and has an MBA from IDC Herzliya.
Jason is a Managing Director in the Technology Investment Banking Team at RBC where he serves as the Global Head of the Financial Technology Group.
Prior to joining the firm, Jason worked for Deutsche Bank for nearly 10 years, where he served as the Global Head of Financial Technology. Prior to Deutsche Bank, Jason was a Vice President at Citigroup Global Markets and before that he was at Credit Suisse.
During his ~20 years of investment banking experience, Jason has advised on 150+ financial technology transactions. He was also cofounder of Versapay, a Canadian listed payment processor, where he served as executive chairman from 2006-2014.Jason received his JD / MBA degree from DePaul University, and a BA degree from McGill University.
Kfir leads the investments at AnD Ventures. Prior to joining AnD Ventures, he was a senior member of OurCrowd’s investments team and the FrontierTech and AgriFood technologies lead at the crowdfunding platform, where he led dozens of investments in cutting-edge technologies.
Previously, Kfir practiced Technology Law, with a focus on IP, M&As, and contracts for advanced technological projects and start-ups.