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The CEE Annual Payments Forum - 2023

The second edition of the CEE Annual Payments Forum took place on the 24th of May 2023.

We were fortunate to have expert speakers share their insights on the latest developments in payment regulation and innovation in the CEE region, the impact of disruptive technologies on the financial services industry, and the emergence of new business models in the payments industry.

The forum provided an excellent opportunity for networking, exchanging ideas, and learning from industry experts and public authorities.

Agenda
09:30
Welcome speech
09:45
The Evolving Payments Landscape: Regulatory Dynamics and Best Practices

This panel will address the latest developments in payment regulation and innovation in the CEE region, and how financial institutions are adapting to these changes. The panel will discuss the opportunities and challenges presented by new regulatory frameworks, including MiCA, and how these frameworks are shaping the future of payments in the region. The discussion will also highlight the innovative solutions that fintech companies are bringing to the market and how they are contributing to the evolution of the payments ecosystem.

Moderator

Elie Beyrouthy

Chair, European Payment Institutions Federation (EPIF)

Speakers

Konrad Slusarczyk

Director, Government Engagement CEE, Visa

Florin Dănescu

Executive President, Romanian Association of Banks

Gabriela Nistor

Chief Executive Officer, IdeaBank

Greta Schulte

Secretary General, European Fintech Association (EFA)
10:30
Innovation Drivers: How Emerging Technologies are Shaping Financial Services

This panel will explore how blockchain and distributed ledger technology (DLT) are transforming the payments industry and creating new opportunities for innovation. The panel will discuss the latest trends in these technologies, their impact on payments, and how financial institutions are leveraging them to enhance the efficiency, security, and transparency of payments. The discussion will also cover the role of regulators and other stakeholders in fostering innovation in the payments industry and the potential of CBDCs (Central Bank Digital Currencies) for the future of payments.

Moderator

Cosmin Cosma

President & Founder, Romanian Fintech Association

Speakers

Bogdan Năstase

Project Manager, Transfond

José Manuel Marqués

Director, Financial Innovation & Market Infrastructures, Bank of Spain

Madalina Popa

Director Financial Industry Central and Eastern Europe, Microsoft

Raluca Micu

Head of payments Oversight Division, National Bank of Romania
11:30
New Horizons in Financial Services: Emerging Business Models and Opportunities

The objective of this panel is to review the emergence of new business models in the payments industry and their potential impact on the traditional banking landscape. The panel will discuss how these models are leveraging technology, changing customer behavior and preferences, and driving innovation and competition in the industry. The discussion will also cover the challenges and opportunities presented by these new business models, and the role of regulators and other stakeholders in ensuring a level playing field and protecting consumers.

Moderator

Dan Nitescu

Senior Advisor to the Governor, National Bank of Romania

Speakers

Sabin Popa

Hybrid Cloud Services Leader, EMEA GBS CICs, IBM

Filip Mutafis

Main investor, Paysera BG & RO Franchise

Didier Lepoutre

Chief Financial Officer, Enfineo

Alexandru Cociu

Risk and Compliance Officer, Smart Fintech

Alexandru Bita

Chief Technology Innovation Officer, LibraBank

Diederik Bruggink

Senior Advisor Payments, European Savings and Retail Banking Group
12:15
Disruptive Technologies and the Future of Financial Services: Challenges and Opportunities

This panel will focus on the impact of disruptive technologies on the financial services industry and how they create both challenges and opportunities for businesses in the sector. Experts will discuss the future of fintech, and the use of AI and blockchain among other topics. The aim is to provide insights into how companies can innovate and adapt to stay competitive in a rapidly evolving landscape.

Moderator

Cosmin Curticapean

Executive Entrepreneur, iFactor

Speakers

Adrian Stratulat

Executive Director , Asociatia Blockchain Romania

Razvan Popescu

Head of Partnerships and Solutions , Ernst & Young

Anatolie Telchiji

Sales Executive, UiPath

Augustin Dobre

Chief Executive Officer, Twispay

Andrei Niculae

Vice President, Authority for the Digitization of Romania

Stefan E. Ionescu

Manager, Leichmann Weifert Group (LEW.ro)
09:30
Welcome speech

Speech

Ruxandra Avram

Director, Financial Market Infrastructures & Payments Oversight, National Bank of Romania
09:45
The Evolving Payments Landscape: Regulatory Dynamics and Best Practices

This panel will address the latest developments in payment regulation and innovation in the CEE region, and how financial institutions are adapting to these changes. The panel will discuss the opportunities and challenges presented by new regulatory frameworks, including MiCA, and how these frameworks are shaping the future of payments in the region. The discussion will also highlight the innovative solutions that fintech companies are bringing to the market and how they are contributing to the evolution of the payments ecosystem.

Moderator

Elie Beyrouthy

Chair, European Payment Institutions Federation (EPIF)

Speakers

Gabriela Nistor

Chief Executive Officer, IdeaBank

Konrad Slusarczyk

Director, Government Engagement CEE, Visa

Greta Schulte

Secretary General, European Fintech Association (EFA)

Florin Dănescu

Executive President, Romanian Association of Banks
10:30
Innovation Drivers: How Emerging Technologies are Shaping Financial Services

This panel will explore how blockchain and distributed ledger technology (DLT) are transforming the payments industry and creating new opportunities for innovation. The panel will discuss the latest trends in these technologies, their impact on payments, and how financial institutions are leveraging them to enhance the efficiency, security, and transparency of payments. The discussion will also cover the role of regulators and other stakeholders in fostering innovation in the payments industry and the potential of CBDCs (Central Bank Digital Currencies) for the future of payments.

Moderator

Cosmin Cosma

President & Founder, Romanian Fintech Association

Speakers

Bogdan Năstase

Project Manager, Transfond

Raluca Micu

Head of payments Oversight Division, National Bank of Romania

José Manuel Marqués

Director, Financial Innovation & Market Infrastructures, Bank of Spain

Madalina Popa

Director Financial Industry Central and Eastern Europe, Microsoft
11:30
New Horizons in Financial Services: Emerging Business Models and Opportunities

The objective of this panel is to review the emergence of new business models in the payments industry and their potential impact on the traditional banking landscape. The panel will discuss how these models are leveraging technology, changing customer behavior and preferences, and driving innovation and competition in the industry. The discussion will also cover the challenges and opportunities presented by these new business models, and the role of regulators and other stakeholders in ensuring a level playing field and protecting consumers.

Moderator

Dan Nitescu

Senior Advisor to the Governor, National Bank of Romania

Speakers

Sabin Popa

Hybrid Cloud Services Leader, EMEA GBS CICs, IBM

Diederik Bruggink

Senior Advisor Payments, European Savings and Retail Banking Group

Alexandru Bita

Chief Technology Innovation Officer, LibraBank

Filip Mutafis

Main investor, Paysera BG & RO Franchise

Alexandru Cociu

Risk and Compliance Officer, Smart Fintech

Didier Lepoutre

Chief Financial Officer, Enfineo
12:15
Disruptive Technologies and the Future of Financial Services: Challenges and Opportunities

This panel will focus on the impact of disruptive technologies on the financial services industry and how they create both challenges and opportunities for businesses in the sector. Experts will discuss the future of fintech, and the use of AI and blockchain among other topics. The aim is to provide insights into how companies can innovate and adapt to stay competitive in a rapidly evolving landscape.

Moderator

Cosmin Curticapean

Executive Entrepreneur, iFactor

Speakers

Andrei Niculae

Vice President, Authority for the Digitization of Romania

Augustin Dobre

Chief Executive Officer, Twispay

Anatolie Telchiji

Sales Executive, UiPath

Razvan Popescu

Head of Partnerships and Solutions , Ernst & Young

Stefan E. Ionescu

Manager, Leichmann Weifert Group (LEW.ro)

Adrian Stratulat

Executive Director , Asociatia Blockchain Romania
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The Evolving Payments Landscape: Regulatory Dynamics and Best Practices
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Innovation Drivers: How Emerging Technologies are Shaping Financial Services
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New Horizons in Financial Services: Emerging Business Models and Opportunities
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Disruptive Technologies and the Future of Financial Services: Challenges and Opportunities
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