SPEAKERS

Vilius Šapoka

Minister of Finance of Lithuania
Mr. Vilius Šapoka was appointed as the Minister of Finance following the decision by the Government of the Republic of Lithuania. The Minister of Finance represents Lithuania in the Economic and Financial Affairs Council of the EU (ECOFIN) and major international and regional institutions. Prior to his current position, he worked as the Director of the Financial Services and Markets Department at the Central Bank of the Republic of Lithuania. He served as the Commissioner, Vice-Chairman and Chairman for the Lithuanian Securities Commission from 2006 to 2012. Mr. Vilius Šapoka held various positions in the Ministry of Finance of the Republic of Lithuania from 2002 to 2006, including the Senior Specialist, Chief Specialist and Deputy Unit Head of the Financial Market Policy Department. From 1999 to 2001, he worked as a Consultant, Analyst and Head of the Client Service Division for the Lithuanian Savings Bank. Mr. Vilius Šapoka holds a Master’s degree of Economics in Banking from Vilnius University and an International Executive Master of Business Administration degree from the Baltic Management Institute.

Dr. Lars Christian Ohnemus

Chairman of the Lithuanian Financial Markets Institute
Mr. Lars Christian Ohnemus is the Nordic Director of the CBS Center for Corporate Governance (CCG) at Copenhagen Business School, Chairman of the Board of Northern Horizon Capital A/S. The international executive with wide senior management experience in European investment markets, the real estate sector and fast moving consumer goods. Mr. Ohnemus has a broad academic background from his work at Copenhagen Business School (CBS) and the Baltic Management Institute (BMI), involving teaching, research work and consulting, focusing primarily on global business strategies, internationalization and branding. Seasoned board experience with listed and non-listed companies in Northern and Central Europe. Mr. Lars Christian Ohnemus has a wide and profound network among Danish, Nordic and Central European business executives which is of essence when building up contacts for potential research areas and research funding channels for INT/ CCG.

Sigitas Mitkus

Director of the Financial Markets Policy Department
Sigitas has been Director of Financial Markets Policy Department of the Ministry of Finance of the Republic of Lithuania since 2014. After finishing his studies at the Faculty of Economics at Vilnius University he joined Lithuanian Diplomatic service in 1995 and devoted 15 years to Lithuanian European integration process. Sigitas held different senior positions at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Lithuanian Permanent Representation to the EU in Brussels. From 2010 to 2014 he was Deputy Ambassador to the UK paying a lot of attention to the Lithuania’s relations with the City of London and development of financial markets.

Miles Celic

Chief Executive Officer for TheCityUK
Miles Celic is Chief Executive Officer for TheCityUK and has held this position since September 2016. He is also a member of the HM Treasury Financial Services Trade and Investment Board (FSTIB) and a member of the board of UK Finance. Miles began his career in broadcasting, making and presenting radio and television programmes for the BBC and others. He moved on to work in the UK Parliament, where he focused on foreign affairs and defence issues. Miles subsequently worked in a number of leading reputation management and public policy consultancies, including a period at an arm of Omnicom – one of the world’s largest communications agency groups – where he advised clients including the BBC, the International Committee of the Red Cross and a number of international financial firms. In 2007 Miles joined HSBC’s policy function to lead political engagement. He was part of the team that led the bank’s response to the global banking crisis. Miles moved to Prudential in 2009 as Director of Group Public Affairs & Policy and became Director of Group Strategic Communications in 2013. He was a member of Prudential’s Group Leadership Team.

Joana Baublytė-Kulvietė

Partner at WALLESS
Joana has over 16 years of experience in the field of banking and finance, including landmark financing transactions, regulatory and compliance, capital markets, funds and Fintech work. Her special skill is the coordination and documentation of complex projects that require innovative or tailor-made solutions. An excellent communicator by nature, Joana gets to the essence of clients’ needs and truly enjoys bringing the projects across the finish line.

Boyan Byanov

Regional Director CEE, Raisin, Germany
Regional Director CEE, Raisin GmbHBoyan held various managerial positions in retail banking since 2004, first in Fibank and later in TBI Bank in Bulgaria and Romania. He joined one of the leading Fintech companies in Europe- Raisin two years ago and from beginning of 2019 is Regional Director CEE, responsible for the business development and partnerships of Raisin in the region. The Berlin based company is operating a unique and innovative marketplace, democratising the savings and investments market in Europe. Since launch, 5 years ago, the company had raised more than EUR 170 million equity from leading investors, such as PayPal, Index Ventures, Thrive Capital and Ribbit Capital. Its more than 170 000 customers have transmitted EUR 12 billion to its 69 bank partners from 23 countries making Raisin one of the leaders in the European wealth tech space. In March 2019 Raisin acquired its long-term partner bank MHB Bank AG from Frankfurt, making it on of the few fintech companies having a credit institution.

Andrej Cyba

Chief Business Development Officer, INVL Asset Management
Andrej is experienced and responsible fund manager with deep knowledge in CIS region and strong interpersonal communication & analytic skills. For more than 12 years, A. Cyba, who has accumulated experience in asset management, financial intermediation and capital raising, banking and manufacturing, started his career in 2004. FBF Finasta in financial analyst position. “I believe that the investment management area has great potential in Lithuania, so I am glad to be able to rejoin the asset management companies of Invalda INVL Group and to continue actively in this field” – Andrej Cyba.

Philip Watson

Head of Global Investment Lab & Chief Innovation Officer, CiTi Private Bank
Philip has approximately 20 years financial experience, mostly at CiTi Private Bank, where he has held diverse roles across the Institutional Client Group. For the last 15 years, he has been at the Private Bank. During Philip’s time at the Private Bank, he has introduced a number of new transformative technologies, harnessing disruptive innovations to enable CPB to offer its clients tomorrow’s investment services. He has also participated in multiple decision makingforums including the Global Investment Committee member and Multi-Asset Class Committees that informs the tactical market views and management of discretionary portfolios respectively. He has a Chartered FCSI designation from the Chartered Institute for Securities and Investment, and holds a Level 6 Certificate in Private Client Investment Advice and Management.

Chris Van Aeken

Director at Banque Internationale à Luxembourg (BIL), Director of Ambr and Director of Van Aeken Advisors Ltd.
Chris is an independent director of Banque Internationale à Luxembourg (BIL) since July 2018. His topics of expertise include risk management, governance and operating models in private banking. He is particularly interested in how new technologies can improve financial services. He is also a non-executive vice chairman of Bankorus, a new company which is setting up a regulated global ecosystem for security tokens and digital assets on the blockchain.Chris worked as an Equity Derivatives Trader at KBC Bank (Brussels, 1987-92), Barclays Capital (Londo 1992-96) and Morgan Stanley (London, 1996-2000). In 2000-2001, he worked as a Product Manager for Customer Dialogue Systems, a Belgian technology company. He re-joined Morgan Stanley (London and New York) in 2002 as Head of Risk Management and International COO. In 2007 he moved to Hong Kong to take on the role of Deputy Head of Private Wealth Management Asia. In 2012, he became the CEO of Bank Morgan Stanley (Switzerland) where he was responsible for its strategy and activities until its sale to a third-party bank in 2016. He then returned to London where he set up Van Aeken Advisors Limited, a consultancy providing advice in business and in wine. He is a senior advisor to Legend Holdings. Chris has published several articles on financial products and markets and is a regular guest lecturer at IESE (Barcelona).Chris Van Aeken graduated from the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (Belgium) with Magna cum Laude degrees in Romance Languages (1985) and Applied Economics (1986). He received an MBA (Finance) from the University of Chicago in 1987.

Ole Fredrik Hamre

Head of Family Office Group, SEB Norway
Ole Hamre, Head of Family Office Group, SEB Norway, has more than 20 years’ experience from international portfolio & wealth Management, financial markets and Family Office advisory services in Luxembourg, Switzerland, Singapore and the Nordics reflecting various senior positions within SEB, Credit Agricole and Nordea.

Kęstutis Kupšys

Member of the Board, the Alliance of Lithuanian consumer organisations
Kęstutis Kupšys is a member of the Board of the Alliance of Lithuanian Consumer Organisations, ALCO, which (as of July 2018) unites ten consumer associations. ALCO has been a member of the European Consumer Organisation (BEUC) since 2013. After a 2-decade long career in finance, political consulting and public relations, Kęstutis Kupšys joined the consumer rights movement in 2011, when he was chosen to supervise the establishment of For Honesty in Banking, a consumer advocacy organisation destined to steer diverse civic and legal campaigns of vulnerable consumers hit by the financial crisis of 2008– 2009. Kęstutis Kupšys currently serves as the Executive Director of this organisation, which along with ALCO has been actively participating in national and European debate on various essential issues, among them overindebtedness, the affordability and accessibility of financial services, financial literacy, green finance, and socially responsible savings and investment. In 2014–2015, as Lithuania was preparing to enter the Eurozone, he led a national campaign monitoring consumer rights during the litas-to-euro transition period. In April 2018, Kęstutis Kupšys was assigned the role of alternate member of the European Economic and Social Committee, in the Various Interests’ Group (III). He also currently represents consumer interests in the Payment Systems Market Expert Group at DG FISMA. In addition, he takes part in the work of various BEUC working groups, among them Financial Services Experts and Energy Experts. Kęstutis Kupšys graduated from Vilnius University with a degree in Economic Cybernetics/Systemic Analysis of the Economy (in 1995), while his supplementary study interests encompassed Financial Markets and Business Administration (via Catholic University Eichstätt, Germany, study program in 1992–1993) and Philosophy (Vilnius University, 1995– 1997).

Philippe Zaouati

CEO, Mirova and Chair, Finance for Tomorrow
Chief Executive Officer Philippe Zaouati is the CEO of Mirova. Mirova currently manages around EUR 9 billion, distributed across equities, fixed income, infrastructure and impact investing. Prior to his tenure at Mirova, Philippe was Deputy CEO of Natixis Asset Management. His previous experience includes high-level management roles within the Groupe CDC, La Banque Postale, and the Crédit Agricole. Philippe has contributed to the development of responsible finance both in France and across Europe, in particular through his role in various professional associations (AFG, EFAMA) and international organizations (ICGN, IIRC, Investment Leaders Group). He has recently been appointed by the European Commission as a member of the High Level Expert Group on Sustainable Finance. Philippe Zaouati is graduated from the ENSAE (École Nationale de la Statistique et de l’Administration Économique) and an accredited member of the French Society of Actuaries.

Sarah Olofsson

Swedbank Robur Sustainability Manager
Sarah Olofsson works on the Sustainability team at Swedbank Robur, one of the largest asset managers in the Nordics, and a company with the vision to be world leader in sustainable value creation. Within Swedbank Robur sustainability is incorporated throughout all asset classes and is a fully integrated part of the Investment Management. Having worked in the finance industry all of her career, with institutional sales, fixed income portfolio management and investment consulting, the transition into working chiefly with sustainability was a natural progression. “Rising demand of sustainable investments from end clients as well as new regulations will force all financial actors to move in this direction, it is only a matter of time. The transition to more sustainable investments is a journey I want to be part of and contribute to” says Sarah. Sarah studied at the Stockholm School of Economics, and first joined Swedbank Robur in 2008. After eight years she was recruited to BNP Paribas Asset Management and whilst there attained the first Nordic Eco-label certification for a Swedish investment fund, where after she briefly worked for the Nordic Eco-label to certify other funds, only to return to Swedbank Robur in 2018.

Tomas Garbaravičius

Member of the Board, Lietuvos bankas
Tomas Garbaravičius is an Executive Board Member of the Bank of Lithuania. In this capacity he is responsible for macro-prudential policy and financial stability, bank resolution, market operations and foreign reserves management issues. Before that, for almost ten years he had worked at the Directorate General Macro-prudential Policy and Financial Stability of the European Central Bank. While at the ECB, Mr Garbaravičius specialised in financial stability, hedge funds, banks and financial markets, and was heavily involved in the coordination and preparation of the semi-annual ECB Financial Stability Review. Mr Garbaravičius holds a PhD from Vilnius University and is a CFA charterholder.

Masayuki Tanimoto

Resident Executive Officer, Japan Bank for International Cooperation
Masayuki Tanimoto holds the position of Resident Executive Officer, Regional Head for Europe, the Middle East and Africa, Japan Bank for International Cooperation (JBIC) based in London since September 2018. Prior to his current posting to London, he was Executive Officer, Director General, Policy and Strategy Office for Financial Operations, Corporate Planning Department. He has led various departments of the bank during his career which have included; Director General of the Oil and Gas Finance Department, seconded to the Center for Strategy and International Studies (CSIS). He graduated from the University of Tokyo in March 1990 with a BA in Economics and an MA in Economics from Columbia University in 1995.

Vidmantas Janulevičius

Chairman of the Board at Global BOD Group, Vice President at Lithuanian Confederation of Industrialists
Expanding operations in international markets a Baltic group of companies of high technologies, BOD Group, set-up a controlling company SIA „Global BOD Group“ (GBG) with more than 16,5 mln. Eur of authorised capital. BOD Group now actively expanding its operations in various countries around the globe, primarily in the Republic of South Africa, Malaysia, and India. This facilitates involvement in large-scale international projects, and an opportunity to offer higher guarantees of our responsibility.

Ram Shoham

Founder, Accelerator Frankfurt
Ram Shoham is to Fintechs what George Martin was to the Beatles. He is the Founder of Accelerator Frankfurt with 16 years of international corporate experience in finance and general management before becoming an entrepreneur. Ram is also the Co-Founder of the Santiment Blockchain Hub, which is focused on building an ecosystem for promoting blockchain technologies and education in this sector. He learned from his pro-surfing career the importance of surrounding himself with passionate people and being in the right place at the time. Ram has excellent network contacts in Tel Aviv, the actual tech community hotspot in Israel.

Dr. Modestas Plakys

Board Member of the Lithuanian Financial Markets Institute, Chief Investment Officer at “Litvalda” Holding Company
Modestas is an investment professional in banking, wealth management and investment fund market over 15 years. As a social partner of Vilnius Gediminas Technical University, he is a scientific consultant for PhD students and also defended PhD thesis in Economics in 2011 at VGTU.

Tomas Krakauskas

Chief Investment Officer, ME Investicija, Girteka Group
Tomas Krakauskas represents ME investicija – one of the largest active institutional investors in Baltics. ME investicija is always open for new opportunities across all asset classes. Tomas Krakauskas has started his career in finance industry in 2005 and currently is Chief Investment Officer at the largest independent asset management company in Lithuania – INVL Asset Management. Tomas has more than 10 years of experience working with various types of investments in Eastern European, Russian and Balkan markets. Since 2015 Tomas is also working as an independent board member of Lithuanian Airports. Tomas is teaching Investment management course since 2011 where he shares his real life experience of investments decisions regarding investments in equity, bonds and real estate.

Timo Kokkila

CEO and minority owner of Pontos Group
Timo Kokkila is the CEO and minority owner of Pontos Group, which is a family office investing in real estate and private equity. Before joining Pontos in 2011 Timo worked for a construction and project development company SRV. In addition to his role as a CEO he is currently a member of the board of in SRV, Ilmarinen Mutual Pension Insurance Company, Asset management company eQ Plc and Valmet Automotive.

Dovilė Burgienė

Partner at WALLESS
Dovilė has been working in corporate and M&A field for over 20 years. A well-rounded individual who can advise clients with a deep knowledge of their business, can effectively manage teams of professionals, run a practice and a firm. She has capacity to run M&A transactions large and small, with a can-do attitude and ownership of the process. Her strong side is negotiating the deals. In corporate governance matters Dovilė is strong support to clients assessing and managing risks as well as solving shareholder conflict situations. She always works with passion and skill.

Jim Turnbull

Associate Director at EBRD
Jim Turnbull joined EBRD in 2011 and is the Associate Director- Debt Capital Market for the Local Currency and Capital Markets (LC2) Initiative. He also co-ordinates LC2 Team activities in Bulgaria, Romania, Greece, Cyprus, Turkey and the Balkans. He has over 30 years’ experience in investment banking, pensions investment and funds management having managed both debt and equity portfolios. He has also managed foreign exchange, derivatives and treasury exposures in both emerging and developed markets. As MD of Triarii Advisors, Jim acted as an independent advisor to several hedge funds specializing in emerging market investment. Jim led the project team that created and developed the AsianBondsOnline fixed income portal for the Asian Development Bank in 2003. He has significant “in-country” expertise as team leader for a large number of capital markets technical assistance projects for several international financial institutions including the implementation of the Capital Markets Development Master Plan in Thailand, as well as other development assignments in the Philippines, Viet Nam, and Serbia. He currently sits on the Board of the Depozitarul Central in Romania. Jim has written extensively on the technical aspects of local capital market development in emerging markets and financial stability and has a B.Com from University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia.

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