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The conference that brings together industry peers, leaders and influencers to debate the changing nature of banking. It’s a unique platform that explores how we could improve customer engagement, embrace innovation and support new business models in a digital world.

Banking for Humanity

To live up to customer and societal expectations, banks need to embrace new technologies. But just being digital isn’t good enough. Consumers expect a personal service, a human touch and relevance. Choosing the right path to sustainable relationships is essential.

Innovation in payments

We will dive into the first results and the lessons learned from Instant Payments projects, PSD2 and the opening of API environments.

What is the status mid 2019? How similar or how diverse is the Benelux market? How will the evolution of payment innovations be influenced by IoT and Artificial Intelligence?

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Confirmed for 2019

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Speaker Andrew Vorster

Andrew Vorster

Innovation Catalyst/Public Speaker

Speaker Andrew Vorster

Andrew Vorster

Innovation Catalyst/Public Speaker at

The former VP of Technology Research at Visa Europe, Andrew is a passionate technologist and disruptive innovator.

A regular commentator and mentor within the FinTech scene he is a familiar face on stage at events like Money20/20CES , Trustech and many more. His current primary activity is global scanning and scouting for TIPS – Technologies, Innovations, Patents and Start-ups behind the trends that are driving new business models and shaping consumer behaviour. 
As an Innovation Catalyst, he works with both established organisations and start-ups across the world in order to help them envisage the range of possible futures fuelled, accelerated and enabled by technology.

Speaker Chantal Fokke

Chantal Fokke

Product Area Lead Payments Processing

Speaker Chris Skinner

Chris Skinner

Author and Commentator
The Financer

Speaker Chris Skinner

Chris Skinner

Author and Commentator at The Financer

Chris Skinner is known as an independent commentator on the financial markets and fintech through his blog, the, as author of the bestselling books Digital Bank, ValueWeb and its new sequel Digital Human. ValueWeb describes the impact of Fintech and how mobile and blockchain technologies are changing the face of finance in building an internet of valueAs a result of the emerging internet of value, banks have to become digitalised, and Digital Bank provides a comprehensive review and analysis of the battle for digital banking and strategies for companies to compete. Digital Human, released in March 2018, builds on these two themes but looks at the wider picture of digitalisation, and how this is a revolution as it allows everyone from the plains of Africa to the mountains of Tibet to be included.
In his day job, he is Chair of the European networking forum The Financial Services Club, Chair of Nordic Finance Innovation, as well as being a Non-Executive Director of the Fintech consultancy firm 11:FS.  He has been voted one of the most influential people in banking by The Financial Brand (as well as one of the best blogs), a FinTech Titan (Next Bank), one of the Fintech Leaders you need to follow (City AMDeluxe and Jax Finance), one of the Top 5 most influential people on BankInfoSecurity’s list of information security leaders, as well as one of the Top 40 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, , FinTech Author of the Year 2018 by Acquisition International, Best Financial Markets Adviser of the Year UK, Global 100 – 2018, Most Influential CEO of the Year 2018 – UK by CV Magazine, Most Dynamic in Finance Advisory Services 2018 – France by Global Business Insight, Best Financial Markets Adviser of the Year 2018 – UK by Corporate USA Today and has been an advisor to the White House, the World Bank and the World Economic Forum.
Described by Seth Wheeler, Brookings Guest Scholar and Former Special Assistant to the President for Economic Policy at the White House, as “one of the most authoritative voices on Fintech anywhere”, Chris has previously written many books covering everything from European regulations in banking through the credit crisis to the future of banking.   His new book is a sister to his last book, Digital Bank.  ValueWeb describes the impact of Fintech and how mobile and blockchain technologies are changing the face of finance in building an internet of value. As a result of the emerging internet of value, banks have to become digitalised, and Digital Bank provides a comprehensive review and analysis of the battle for digital banking and strategies for companies to compete.  
The Financial Services Club is a network for financial professionals, and focuses on the future of financial services through the delivery of research, analysis, commentary and debate.  Founded in 2004, the Financial Services Club meets regularly in Austria, England, Ireland, Norway, Poland, Scotland, Slovakia and Sweden. 
Mr. Skinner is a regular commentator on BBC NewsSky NewsCNBC and Bloomberg about banking he is on the Advisory Boards of including B-Hive, Bankex, empowr, IoV42, Innovate Finance, Life.SREDA, Moven, Meniga, Pintail, Project Exscudo and the Token Fund; and is a Judge on many awards programs including the Asian Banker’s Retail Excellence Awards, as well as having worked closely with leading banks such as HSBC, the Royal Bank of Scotland, Citibank and Société Générale, as well as the World Economic Forum.  
Chris is known for speaking and keynote presentations at leading industry forums.  Through these keynotes, he has presented alongside many other leading world figures including Jack Dorsey,, Hillary Clinton, Richard Branson, Meg Whitman, Bill Gates and Sir Clive Woodward.    
Prior to founding the Finanser, Chris was Vice President of Marketing and Strategy for Unisys Global Financial Services and Strategy Director with NCR Financial Services. These roles sparked Chris’s specialisation in the future of financial services after he created the Global Future Forum in Unisys and the Knowledge Lab in NCR. 
He studied at Loughborough University in the UK and holds a Bachelor of Science in Management Sciences alongside a Diploma in Industrial Studies. He is a Fellow of the British Computer Society, a Fellow of the Institute of Management Services, an Associate of the Chartered Insurance Institute and a Chartered Insurance Practitioner.
Speaker Esther Stegman

Esther Stegman

Head of Product Management
De Volksbank

Speaker Esther Stegman

Esther Stegman

Head of Product Management at De Volksbank

Esther Stegman is Head Products at De Volksbank in Utrecht, The Netherlands. Focused on relevant and strategy based customer centric solutions in a fast changing payments landscape. Leading role in PSD2 and Instant Payments Programmes. Operational and commercial management experience. Master in Law, University Leiden.

Product and process development is based on De Volksbank’s mission Banking with a human touch and its shared values. The mission is described in the Manifesto and is geared to the public appeal to give meaning to helpful banking. De Volksbank seeks to achieve its ambition by focusing on three pillars in the years ahead: a distinct position as a social bank, simple and efficient business operations, and a smart adopter’s innovation profile.

Ambition is to optimise this shared value by creating benefits for customers, taking responsibility for society, providing meaning for its employees and achieving adequate returns for its shareholder(s).

Speaker Frank De Poortere

Frank De Poortere

Responsible Product Management Payments Cash Management
BNP Paribas Fortis

Speaker Frank De Poortere

Frank De Poortere

Responsible Product Management Payments Cash Management at BNP Paribas Fortis

  • Member of PAYSIS @ Febelfin for BNPPF
  • Member of different Working Group Instant Payments @ Febelfin for BNPPF
  • Responsible for the Product Management Payments Cash Management @ BNPPF
  • Head of IT Cash & Acquiring
  • Project Mgr SEPA DD Integration BNPPF / BNL
  • Project Mgr T24 Implementation Project BNPPF /       Postbank Ireland

Speaker Henri Dewaerheijd

Henri Dewaerheijd

General Manager Belgium & Luxembourg

Speaker Henri Dewaerheijd

Henri Dewaerheijd

General Manager Belgium & Luxembourg at Mastercard

Henri Dewaerheijd is the General Manager for Mastercard in Belgium and Luxembourg. He is responsible for market and business development, developing relationships with the financial and retail sector and represents Mastercard with all payment stakeholders.

Henri joined Mastercard in 2000. He held multiple roles with increasing responsibility for Mastercard Europe Finance organization and in 2011 he moved with his family to the US where is was responsible for Global Financial Reporting. Before moving back to Europe in 2016, he was the Finance Officer for the Digital Payments division with responsibility for all aspects of financial management. Henri is also involved with HomeSend, a joint venture start-up located in Brussels which is active in international payments where he is the Chairman the Board.

Prior to Mastercard Henri held positions in Marketing Research at the Coca-Cola Company and FedEx.
Henri holds a Master in Business Administration from the Vlerick School (Belgium) and a Master of Science in Economics from the Catholic University of Leuven (Belgium). Henri is fluent in English, French and Dutch.

Fun-fact: While in the US in volunteered as a scout’s leader participating in the creation of a new explorer group and this without any prior scouting experience. He is therefore one of the few people that made his scouting promise in his forties. He is also an avid runner and double finisher of the NYC Marathon.
Speaker Inge Van Dijk

Inge Van Dijk

Program Manager Instant Payments
Dutch Payments Association

Speaker Inge Van Dijk

Inge Van Dijk

Program Manager Instant Payments at Dutch Payments Association

Inge is an independent interim manager and active as the program manager for the Dutch Instant Payments program since 2015.
Before that she worked for 8 years for ING as Director Payments. In her last position as Global Head of Payments & Cash Management, she was end-responsible for the development and implementation of SEPA for corporates and FI’s across Europe; and in that position also responsible for ING’s global vision & roadmap with regard to instant payments.

Prior to ING, Inge worked in various management positions in the cards and retail payments sector with equens (now equensWorldline) and with Eurocard (now MasterCard).
Speaker James Vaccaro

James Vaccaro

Triodos Bank
Director of Corporate Strategy

Speaker James Vaccaro

James Vaccaro

Triodos Bank at Director of Corporate Strategy

James is Director of Strategy at Triodos Bank – Europe’s leading sustainable bank,  and is a specialist in social and environmental finance with over 20 years senior management experience. James has advised on bond issues and share offers for leading social enterprises and charities, managed equity investments, and has been a non-executive director for a broad range of environmental and social businesses. 

James has lead many new initiatives and business ventures including setting up Triodos Bank's investment activity in the UK comprising corporate finance and crowdfunding services,  fund management and distribution. James was Managing Director of a leading public renewable energy investment company (Triodos Renewables plc – now Thrive Renewables) leading it through a period of rapid growth. 

James has served as a member of several advisory groups on sustainable finance at UK, European and international level and is author of several reports and papers on sustainable finance and impact investing. James served on the Global Steering Committee for the UNEP Finance Initiative and is one of the founding developers of the UN Principles for Responsible Banking.

Speaker Kristine De Lepeleire

Kristine De Lepeleire

General Manager

Speaker Mark Munne

Mark Munne

Sr. Product Marketing Manager

Speaker Martha Mghendi-Fisher

Martha Mghendi-Fisher

Founder and Chair of the Board
European Women Payments Network (EWPN)

Speaker Martha Mghendi-Fisher

Martha Mghendi-Fisher

Founder and Chair of the Board at European Women Payments Network (EWPN)

Martha is a fintech & payments professional with over a decade working in cards & payments; a social entrepreneur and a philanthropist, who was born in the Kenya. Martha migrated to The Netherlands permanently in 2008. Martha is a dual citizen of The Netherlands & Kenya, but considers herself a world citizen.  Martha is the Founder of European Women Payments Network (EWPN),  the 1st and ONLY Pan-European network (community) dedicated to bringing together women from all EU/EEA member states, working in cards, fintech & payments. In 2018, she Founded African Women in Fintech & Payments (AWFP), the 1st and only Pan-African network dedicated to bringing together women from all African countries working in cards, fintech and payments.  

She is also the Founder & Chair to the Board Beyond Innocence Foundation (BIF). Martha personally donated land to the community in Taita, Kenya to build the 1st Safe House & Rescue Center for sexually abused minors aged between 0-16 years. She has continued to personally support the project financially with help from family, friends, colleagues and Rotary Clubs.

Speaker Pascal Pütz

Pascal Pütz


Speaker Pascal Pütz

Pascal Pütz


Between 1998 and 2004 Jacques was founder/owner of the first Social media platform in Luxembourg. His website was the most visited site in Luxembourg for several years by convincing their users with regular innovative ideas. Between 2007 and 2017 Jacques was Deputy Head of the Electronic Banking Development Team of BCEE ( Banque et Caisse d’Epargne de l’Etat). In 2012 Jacques received the Young ICT Talent of the Year Award and in 2017 his team won the ICT “Team of the Year” Award. In 2018 Jacques joins LUXHUB as CEO, an European Open Banking Platform founded by 4 major Luxembourgish Retail Banks.
Jacques has a strong experience in Electronic Banking, Innovation, Social Media and love to transpose non-standard outstanding ideas.
Speaker Scott McInnes

Scott McInnes

Bird & Bird

Speaker Scott McInnes

Scott McInnes

Bird & Bird at Partner

Scott is one of the leading experts in Europe regarding the regulation of payments. He has more than 15 years' experience of competition law and payments regulatory law. He provides day-to-day legal advice on a broad range of competition law issues and regulatory issues impacting the payments sector in particular, including PSD2, Regulatory Technical Standards (RTS), the Interchange Fee Regulation (IFR), the EU Cross-Border Regulation, Dynamic Currency Conversion (DCC), the European Banking Authority (EBA)guidelines for the security of Internet payments, etc.

Before joining Bird & Bird LLP, Scott was Senior Regulatory Counsel at Mastercard, where he handled competition law investigations, private actions for damages, legal advice on various regulatory developments, as well as legal support to lobbying initiatives.

Before that, he was in the competition law department of Jones Day, where he worked extensively on matters regarding financial services, in particular the payment sector.

Scott was recently recognized as a "Future Leader" (under 45) by Who's Who Legal, and received the 2017 Client Choice Award.
Speaker Steven Geclowicz

Steven Geclowicz

Country Manager Belgium

Speaker Steven Geclowicz

Steven Geclowicz

Country Manager Belgium at Revolut

Born and raised in Antwerp and then studied Business in London and Hong Kong. After working in consultancy in Abu Dhabi I decided to look for a young and dynamic working environment.

Developed Deliveroo in a couple of Belgian cities and today at the head of Revolut Belgium.
Speaker Tamaz Georgadze

Tamaz Georgadze


Speaker Tamaz Georgadze

Tamaz Georgadze

CEO at Raisin

Raisin co-founder and CEO Tamaz Georgadze is focused on partner bank acquisition, business development, and legal and regional expansion efforts. Prior to building and scaling Europe’s leading marketplace for deposit-insured savings products and investments, Tamaz spent ten years with McKinsey & Co., the last three as a Principal leading McKinsey's Savings and Investment products service line for EMEA countries, serving some of the largest retail, universal and wholesale banks in Europe and Asia. 

His core areas of expertise were performance management/organization, deposit gathering, direct banking, branch transformation, SME strategy and regulation. He holds a PhD in agricultural economics and honors law degree from the University of Giessen as well as an international economics degree from Tbilisi State University.
Speaker Vivek Bajaj

Vivek Bajaj

Global Vice President
Watson by IBM

Speaker Vivek Bajaj

Vivek Bajaj

Global Vice President at Watson by IBM

Vivek is the Global VP of Solutions for IBM Financial Services. He leads a worldwide team of experienced Sales, Technical Sales and Industry consultants who work with major financial institutions to deliver pre-built industry specific solutions in the areas of risk & compliance, client insight, payments & counter fraud.
Alongside his leadership responsibilities Vivek works directly with C-suite executives to share best practices based on his two decades of expertise in financial services. He has personally driven strategic transformation initiatives by leveraging cognitive & advanced analytics at major financial institutions in the recent past. In particular he has an in-depth understanding of financial services use cases around customer centricity, risk & compliance (regtech) and payments.

Vivek has played numerous roles directly related to the financial services industry over the last several years. Directly prior to his current role Vivek led the WW Financial Services Analytics team for IBM. In the years before that Vivek has held a number of leadership positions in financial services including managing the client executive relationship with a top-10 financial institution and heading a strategic consulting practice for financial services globally. He also setup up and grew a financial services sales & delivery practice at Microsoft in the past.

He is recognized as an industry expert and invited to speak at a multitude of industry executive roundtables, technology conferences and universities to highlight real world financial services and big data use cases. Vivek is also regularly interviewed and published by industry journals and think tanks.
Vivek is a recognized IBM management and sales leader with numerous awards and citations. He is an economics and management university graduate from the University of Mumbai and has a post graduate MBA degree from Henley Business School, UK.

When not at IBM, Vivek is passionate about sports, travel and spending time with his family.
Speaker Xiaodong Guo

Xiaodong Guo

Head of Development

Speaker Xiaodong Guo

Xiaodong Guo

Head of Development at Payplaza

Xiaodong has an extensive experience and footprint in FinTech and in payment industry. For the past 10 years Xiaodong has been involved in the forefront of innovations in payment industry, having extensive working experience in topics such as mobile and cloud based payments, PSD2, open banking, blockchain, cross-border payment, omnichannel acquiring strategy, etc. He has been working with various projects around the world in different parts of value chain from issuing and acquiring bank, payment networks, FinTechs, as well as government agencies.
Currently Xiaodong is working as head of development in Payplaza, responsible for the strategy, as well as the implementation of the road map for this FinTech company to become a front runner in the next generation payment facilitation and all in one payment solution provider for merchants. Before joining Payplaza, Xiaodong was working as lead principal advisor for the transaction security division of UL, responsible for UL’s offering on advisory services linked to the payment industry, and supporting customers in various sectors such as banking and transit.

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