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Global intent at the Paris Fintech Forum

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As the world’s leaders and leading firms return home from their week in Davos, many have extended their travels to attend the 2-day Paris Fintech Forum. Pencilled into agendas as the first important tech conference of 2019, the event will provide a much needed opportunity for banks, fintechs and government officials to discuss trends and topics which have dominated the industry in recent times.

Here are some of their intentions for this year’s Paris Fintech Forum.

Wim Mijs, Chief Executive Officer, European Banking Federation

“The Paris Fintech Forum is a key annual moment on the calendar of the European Banking Federation. We firmly believe in the power of innovation in finance. Financial technology is at the heart of this. Only by embracing the disruption brought on by fintech, banks can make their business future-proofand provide even better services for clients everywhere.”


Belgium

Alexander de Croo, Belgium’s Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance and Development Cooperation

We live in disrupting times. The digital revolution is transforming and renewing all sectors of economy including the banking sector. AI, blockchain, automation, all hold the promise to change the sector for the better. Digital innovation is a positive driving force to chart new ways for more client-centeredness, inclusiveness and a business that is future-proof. I look forward to the Paris Fintech Forum to discover how innovation is changing the paradigm, what the new ways of doings are, and how they contribute to a better society for all.”

Lithuania

Sigitas Mitkus, Lithuania’s Director of Financial Markets Policy Department, Ministry of Finance Lithuania

“It is a right place and right time for giving and getting; ideas, experience and inspiration. I hope that Forum will provide policy makers, regulators, business representatives and experts with a good basis for exchange of views not only on new developments in Fintech industry but also on ways and means how we could be better prepared to manage risks. I will be happy to share Lithuanian experience on how to find a right balance between extraordinary growth of Lithuanian Fintech ecosystem and transparent, effective regulatory and business environment.”

UK/Switzerland

Ben Johnson, Chief Strategy Officer of Temenos

“We’re coming to Paris to scout, to listen and learn, and to network. Few fintech conferences have as much to offer as the Paris Fintech Forum. It gives us the opportunity to meet an incredibly diverse group of startups from across the world, from which we are bound to uncover one or two gems for our MarketPlace. It provides a really rich programme of content across multiple subject areas, ensuring we stay up to date with the latest trends in financial services. It enables us to spend quality time with our existing customers and providers. And when we’re not in meetings, watching pitches or listening to panel discussions, it provides an informal setting to network with over 2,000 C-level executives. We’ve cleared our schedules and we’re ready!”

USA

Alberto Corvo, CEO of Motive Labs

“I am looking forward to taking much of our debate and dialogue in to this year’s Paris FinTech Forum. Each year the exceptional gathering of Financial Services & Technology executives in Paris provides a superb platform to discuss and begin to implement partnerships and change for the rest of the year. I and the Motive team look forward to meeting all the delegates next week!” 

Luxembourg

Nasir Zubairi, CEO of Luxembourg’s House of Financial Technology

“The Luxembourg Fintech community was the 2nd largest representation at the Paris Fintech Forum 2018 and we will have an even bigger delegation this year. The LHoFT is aiming to leverage the Paris Fintech Forum to help our community, traditional institutions and Fintech firms, connect with the broader ecosystem and to raise awareness of the great things happening in Fintech Luxembourg. Regtech and Cybersecurity are key with a focus on Big Data, Blockchain and Automation via AI. In relation, regulatory insights and updates are obviously critical.”

Poland

Tomasz Czechowicz, Managing Partner at MCI Capital SA

“At MCI we are the leading digital growth / buyout investor in Central Europe (650M $ AUM) with a strong track record of successful investment in fintech/insurtech space (eg. iZettle exited to PayPall) ,DotCard (exited to Nets/Hellman-Friendman), Bankier (exited to Naspers), eBroker (exited to Bauer), Netrisk, mFind, Telematics, Azimo, MarketInvoice.  Fintech and Insurtech are one of the strongest vertical within our fund and we are looking for supporting portfolio development of our current portfolio and new investments especially in the area of insurtech and payments.”

France

Edouard Plus, Director at Le Swave, Fintech business incubator at Paris & Co

“I’m hoping that the forum will once again show that the French fintech ecosystem is thriving. It will be a wonderful occasion to meet all the stakeholders and discuss further collaborations with international counterparts.”

Ann Cairns, Vice-Chairman of Mastercard

“Fintechs around the world work with Mastercard to unlock the power of partnership, because together we can scale new technology and build a better and more inclusive future for everyone. I attend the Forum to forge the future.”

Maximilian Schausberger, Head of Fintech Partnerships at Raiffeisen Bank AG

“Raiffeisen Bank International positions itself as the go-to partner in Central and Eastern Europe for fintechs. At this year’s Paris Fintech Forum we want to meet as many exciting and new fintech solutions as possible to talk about opportunities for long-term cooperation via our fintech partnership program, Elevator Lab, and our venture capital arm, Elevator Ventures.”

Mor Assia, Founding Partner of iAngel

“Israel enjoyed a record year for Fintech investments. With almost $1B in funding and more than 500 active fintech companies, the Startup Nation is positioned to experience continued growth in 2019, as Israel’s Fintech companies have matured to growth stage scaleups and gained the attention of dozens of strategic multinationals. This year at the Paris Fintech Forum, I am thrilled to share the stage with Fintech CEOs and global investment professionals, and look forward to exchanging insights on the drivers of the future of Fintech.”

Alain Clot, President of France Fintech

“France FinTech’s purpose is obviously to promote the fintech ’s ecosystem, but to also multiply connections between entrepreneurs and the appropriate stakeholders (institutions, VC, research, banks, etc). We are then very happy to contribute to this nice event.”

Callum Chase, AI expert

“To update myself on the latest developments in FinTech and to promote discussion about how we handle the huge impacts that AI and related technologies will make on all of us in the coming decades.”

Tanzania

Benjamin Fernandes, CEO of Nala Money

“As NALA, we are excited to connect with organizations interesting in digital payments for emerging markets. We have pioneered Africa’s first internet-free (offline) payments application. We are currently in Y-Combinator for their Winter 2019 batch. As we head towards demo day next month, we would like to meet potential investment partners keen on expansion in the African market.