About IFW

Istanbul Fintech Week is a global venue of discussion and knowledge exchange in an ever-changing financial services industry. In its first edition, IFW hosted more than 1200 participants from around 30 countries. The event now goes fully online with the same level of interaction among the participants.

IFW 2020 curates five industry summits in its second edition. Payments, Blockchain, Digital Banking, Insurtech and AI in Finance will be the main themes of day-long summits. IFW continues to foster the innovation ecosystem in the region by bringing experts and leaders.
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Payments Summit

Online payments, transfers, PSD2, neobanks, alternative solutions, open APIs and others

1

Blockchain Fest

Distributed lagger solutions, tokenization, crypto assets, DeFi, digital currencies

2

Digital Banking Summit

Digital transformation, mobile banking, customer data, cybersecurity, open banking

3

Insurtech Summit

Digital insurance, data analytics, automation, robo-advisory, AI services

4

Startup Day

Fintech Startup Pitches from all over the world. Sweden, Switzerland, Singapore...

5

AI in Finance Summit

Machine learning, chatbots, RPA, NLP, image recognition, predictive analytics

6

IFW 2020 ONLINE SPEAKERS

 

Ahmet Hamdi Atalay

Information Security Association

Dr. Ahmet Onur Durahim

Bogazici University / PrincipAI

Amirkhan Chikanayev

Sberbank Kazakhstan

Anna Maj

Centre for Finance, Technology & Entrepreneurship

Bora Erdamar

BlockchainIST Center at Bahcesehir University

Bora Uludüz

Garanti BBVA

Burçak Ünsal

Ünsal Law Firm

Ceylan Onay Şahin

Digital Finance Working Group at Bogazici University

Conan French

OpenRevolution

Daniel Bouzas

European Banking Federation

Demet Zübeyiroğlu

Fintech Association Turkey

Deniz A. Johnson

Pera Partners

Edin Erkocevic

Trade & Invest Commissioner of Sweden

Egor Avetisov

Privat Bank

Evren Şahin

Yapı Kredi

Faisal Khan

Faisal Khan & Company

Filip Dimitrovski

Tigo Finance Macedonia

Fuat Beşer

Global AI Hub

Assoc. Prof.Dr. Gözde Ünal

Digital Finance Working Group at Bogazici University

Hakan Yılmaz

Yapı Kredi

Jenny Berthling

Invest Stockholm

Julien Thöni

Consul General of Switzerland

Kristy Duncan

Women in Payments

Louise Grabo

Swedish Fintech Association

Dr. Mehmet Aydın

Kadir Has University & Digital Finance Working Group at Bogazici University

Minh Q. Tran

Mandalore Partners

Pavel Kravchenko

Distributed Lab

Per Nordkvist

Finansinspektionen

Peter Ericson

Consul General of Sweden

Richie Santosdiaz

The Fintech Times

Robin Kiera

Digital Scouting

Sandra Ro

Global Blockchain Business Council

Selman Ortaköy

Kuveyt Türk

Taleh Tahirli

International Bank of Azerbaijan

Tamerlan H. Rustamov

Azerbaijan Banks Association

Thaer Sabri

Electronic Money Association

Turan Sert

Consultant

Umut Esen

Softtech

Vladimir Vasic

Association of Serbian Banks

KNOWLEDGE EXCHANGE

New dimensions in financial innovation

Find out more about hottest topics and trends through our customized roundtables, expert panels and thematic discussions.

IFW 2020 EVENT AGENDA

 
10.00 - 10.30 AM

Payment Innovation: Yesterday And Tomorrow

The payment has seen a massive transformation in the last ten years. The panel takes up on the extent of innovation the industry has witnessed to. The insights will shed light on what awaits us in the way forward.

speaker-1

Faisal Khan

speaker-2

Liliana Fratini Passi

speaker-3

Kristy Duncan

10.30-11.00 AM

Making finance work for women

Access to financial services remains to be a challenge in most of the developing world. Yet the gender gap offers a more serious challenge as women in such countries have lower access to and coverage for banking and microfinancing. The panel looks into the ways and means on how the new mode of finance would help fixing this challenge.

speaker-1

Farah Jaafar-Crossby

speaker-2

Nithya Sharma

11.00-11.30 AM

Developing fintech ecosystems in CIS

As payments are leading the way, fintech innovation occurs visibly in Azerbaijan and Kazakhstan. The presenters provide insights of the regulatory undertaking and forefront opportunities in each country.

speaker-1

Tamerlan H. Rustamov

11.30-12.00 AM

Payments and fintech in the Southeast Europe

Financial technologies create impact across the world. Markets in SEE present relevant examples of how innovation would bring efficiencies to access to finance and quality of services in banking and payment.

speaker-1

Jesenko Majušević

speaker-2

Vladimir Vasic

12.00-12.30 PM

Sweden Country Session

Sweden is a pioneer in financial innovation not only in the Nordics but also in Europe. The country hosts fintech unicorns that are born in a conducive ecosystem. Along the lines, the session brings industry leaders to present what has been achieved, how and what the current and future opportunities are in the country.

speaker-1

Jenny Berthling

speaker-2

Edin Erkocevic

speaker-3

Peter Ericson

speaker-4

Louise Grabo

12.30-1.00 PM

Swiss Country Session

Switzerland is a known global hub for financial services for (tech) companies around the world. The recent drive by aligning the regulations through innovation as well as creating ecosystems such as Zug Valley is an eye-catcher. The panel presents what are the current trends and opportunities in the country for financial innovators.

speaker-1

Julien Thöni

speaker-2

Sirpa Tsimel

2.00-2.30 PM

Cybersecurity is a top priority

Banks have traditionally viewed the custody and protection of their clients’ data as a responsibility. It has been undertaken in more of a stewardship role than an asset to be commercialized subject to regulation. Both PSD and GDPR offers twists that potentially impacts the data sharing, privacy, identity and KYC processes. The protection of data for theft and fraud is also on top of the agenda. The panel puts a highlight on such elements from multiple dimensions.

speaker-1

Filiz Demiröz

speaker-2

Sandra Tobler

speaker-3

Ahmet Hamdi Atalay

2.30-3.20 PM

Fintech ecosystem in Europe

The European fintech landscape has seen tremendous growth in the last several years. Fintech startups from various countries have received sizable funding that has rendered them into unicorns. Consumers have also adopted fintech solutions that offer comparably agile and efficient solutions in some instances. The session hosts ecosystem experts from Luxembourg, Germany, Spain, Portugal and Scotland. They will assess the progress so far as well as the reasons behind. A future outlook will be also given attention to.

9.30-10.00 AM

Creating a distributed universe

The impact of Blockchain is immense, argued by some. The implications will be limited, some others contend. Despite differing views, distributed technologies have created impact in a multitude of industries. The way business is done, contracts signed, transactions conducted, data stored is being reconsidered. What awaits us is the inquiry the panel will undertake.

speaker-1

Bora Erdamar

speaker-2

Steven Kokinos

speaker-3

Emin Gün Sirer

10.00-10.30 AM

Crypto assets: Status check

The fast emergence of crypto assets in the last decade has led to a pop-up of exchanges across the world. Today, the number of traders is in vast numbers, daily turnovers are worth in multi-billions. The market is consolidating around a small number of cryptos yet the innovation has the potential to bring on new entrants. The panel puts light on where we are today and where we are headed to.

speaker-1

Anthony Knode

speaker-2

Niyazi Yılmaz

speaker-3

Elbruz Yılmaz

10.30-11.00 AM

Tokenization for a better society

Tokenization is an intrinsic element of distributed technologies. Tokenizing assets enables us to be moving a step closer towards tokenized economies. Are tokenized systems and economies imploring an after-life of conventional practices in financial infrastructures? Do they offer building blocks in creating impact in social and economic life?

speaker-1

Daniel Coheur

speaker-2

Sergey Ivliev

speaker-3

Milivoje Batista

11.00-11.30 PM

DeFi: An upcoming revolution?

DeFi (decentralized finance) is a broad term for a variety of financial applications in cryptocurrency or blockchain geared toward disrupting financial intermediaries. While the locked amount in DeFi has grown exponentially into multibillions, the market harnesses how the DeFi will impact both conventional and digital understanding of financial systems.

speaker-1

Turan Sert

speaker-2

Mohammed Al-Rashidi

speaker-3

Stani Kulechov

11.30-12.00 AM

Stablecoins

Stablecoins are instruments that have price stability characteristics as a unit of account and store of value, often pegged to a national currency or commodity. Such functionality makes stable coins ideal for commercial transactions given the volatility in most of the coins. The panel weights on the current stable coin market and its potential for the near future.

speaker-1

Sinan Koç

speaker-2

Gregory Klumov

12.00-12.30 PM

Digital currencies

Digital currency implies any currency available in digital form. The panel looks into how central banks might adopt digital currencies that would enable local payment systems as well as transactions either locally or cross-border.

speaker-1

Şant Manukyan

speaker-2

Charles d'Haussy

speaker-3

Mariana Gospodinova

12.30-1.00 PM

Workshop: Digital currencies for central banks

speaker-1

Pavel Kravchenko

2.00-2.30 PM

Keynote Address: The impact of Distributed Technologies

speaker-1

Sandra Ro

9.20 - 10.00 AM

Regulatory Buzz

Two sides usually come to the fore when regulation is on table: The pro: Regulation is a fantastic enabler for innovation. It makes market participants think outside the box and become more creative. The con: Regulation is usually slow with market trends and does not always follow what innovation could bring to improved services quality. This panel dwells on the regulators’ view towards the intertwined relationship of regulation and innovation.

speaker-1

Richie Santosdiaz

speaker-2

Sopnendu Mohanty

speaker-3

Per Nordkvist

10.00 - 10.30 AM

Banking Innovation: Yesterday and Tomorrow

Technology has brought the future of banking to one level up in the discussion. Banks are now more embarked on transforming services. Omnichannel is one of the ways to switching to new concept of banking that would help the bank of today to survive. Some entrants, usually tech companies, have stepped in with eye-caching products. They have this irresistible argument of providing financial services to all in lighter, more lenient, more user-friendly and cost-effective fashion.

speaker-1

Evren Şahin

speaker-2

Nigel Verdon

speaker-3

Gavin Littlejohn

10.30-11.00 AM

The right digital model for banks

It has become a ubiquitous question of the industry definition of banking today. This is mostly due to the emergence of technology companies offering full stack digital banking and financial services that come with KYC, AML, compliance and other industry standards. The conventional banks also maintain sizeable payroll for their technology development arms to keep up with innovation. The inquiry of the session is: How are banks adopting digital programs to remain on the competitive edge? What is an ideal model?

speaker-1

Dr. Okan Acar

speaker-2

Egor Avetisov

11.00-11.30 AM

Understanding digital customers

We have entered an era where trust is not the major catalyst customers when choosing their bank. Customers today look into an experience where they can connect with the bank through an easy and convenient channel. Generational differences (X, Y, Z) have an impetus on this change of behavior. The panel gives a try to the “how” question by looking into “why”.

speaker-1

Pınar Emirdağ

speaker-2

Bora Uludüz

11.30-12.00 AM

Alternative solutions to payments and transfers

Payments and transfers have long been facilitated by traditional players. With the emergence of digital and online payments, alternative solutions as well as the service providers have moved their way forward along the lines. Mobile payments, eWallets, bank transfers and prepaid cards are some of the major verticals within this scope. The panel looks into how alternate methods impact the market.

speaker-1

Altan Taşkıran

speaker-2

Serkan Çelik

12.00-12.30 PM

Open Banking, PSD2 and beyond

Open banking has become a widespread topic in banking and payments. PSD2 has paved the way for banks to open their APIs and share data. The panel will discuss if this will help boost the ecosystem by empowering entrepreneurs and bringing cost efficiencies.

speaker-1

Mücahit Gündebahar

speaker-2

Thaer Sabri

speaker-3

Anna Maj

12.30-1.00 PM

Creating best data in customer analytics

Financial institutions today are forced to deploy analytics and data-driven capabilities. This is due to better growth, lower costs and higher efficiencies. With banks going mobile and digital, improved customer data comes to the fore for such business goals. The panel looks into how data is best created and utilized in today’s financial services industry.

speaker-1

Dr. Mehmet Aydın

speaker-2

Hakan Yılmaz

speaker-3

Çağlar Uzuner

2.00-2.30 PM

The future of neobanks and open banking

Open banking programs and regulations have served as a wake-up call to traditional banks in understanding the intrinsic value of APIs. For banks, it is almost becoming a norm that they must develop their digital capabilities to avoid being curbed or dis-intermediated by contestants (ie neobanks) with more innovative offerings and services. The panelists discuss the elements of this new environment and explain how this new ecosystem shapes up.

speaker-1

Nasir Zubairi

speaker-2

Conan French

speaker-3

Deniz Güven

2.30-3.00 PM

Is retail banking becoming mobile apps?

Today, there is hardly any retail bank that does not maintain a mobile app for its customers. Banks move their services more to the digital channels to the extent possible. Facial recognition, quick loans, platformization of services, social media integration, smart support towards bots and AI are only a few that are on the innovators agenda. The panel hosts distinguished professionals to discuss how they see mobile banking evolve for the years to come?

speaker-1

Taleh Tahirli

speaker-2

Amirkhan Chikanayev

3.00-3.30 PM

Lending by fintechs

Lending has been a financial activity provided in most cases by banks or authorized entities. The emergence of fintech has enabled new ventures that provide peer-to-peer lending solutions and small business loans. The panel sheds light on this fintech vertical that might boost SME funding in many markets across the world.

speaker-1

Daniel Bouzas

speaker-2

Filip Dimitrovski

speaker-3

Koray Bahar

10.00-10.30 AM

Keynote Address: Insurance Innovation, Yesterday and Tomorrow

Insurance industry evolves in an exponential fashion. Innovation changes the way insurance and reinsurance products are developed, processed and delivered. Insurance services go fully-digital. Awareness of the conventional players has

dramatically increased towards innovation. The inquiry is what awaits the insurance industry and services in the way forward.

speaker-1

Minh Q. Tran

10.30-11.10 AM

Insurtech and Beyond

InsurTech is a buzz word and a trending topic these days in insurance industry. It transcribes into applications with AI, IoT, machine learning, data analytics, risk management and intelligent robots. The InsurTech influence is the primary goal of this session of which its speakers will bring to the board towards their professional experience. Speakers will delve into practitioner’s experience in various markets across the globe.

speaker-1

Onur Tekin Turhan

speaker-2

Robin Kiera

speaker-3

Christian van Leeuwen

speaker-4

Marijan Mumdžiev

12.00-4.30 PM

Startup Day

9.30-10.00 AM

Impact of AI in financial services

Making infrastructures intelligent is running amok in financial services. Financial institutions should expect a 22% cost reduction in operating expenses due to AI, with most of the savings coming from the front office, according to analysts. But it all hinges on one thing: consumers' level of comfort with AI. The panel offers an opportunity to hear from practitioners of the impact of AI in financial services?

speaker-1

Ceylan Onay Şahin

speaker-2

Dalith Steiger-Gablinger

10.00 - 10.30 AM

Machine Learning: Best practices

Financial services have deployed machine learning programs that help handling large and complex volumes of information. Banking, insurance and capital markets industries are increasingly undertaking techniques in processing big volumes of historical and current data. Machine Learning today runs through from approving loans and carrying out credit scores, to managing assets and assessing risk, etc. The panel takes up on this technology by elaborating on the primary use cases.

speaker-1

Dr. Ahmet Onur Durahim

speaker-2

Fuat Beşer

10.30-11.00 AM

Chatbots: Still hot?

Conversational agents and chatbots have primed the AI programs in finance. Banks and insurers that value mobile and online channels have embedded agents to improve customer experience. The panel discusses why and how the chatbot applications remain to be relevant.

speaker-1

Assoc. Prof.Dr. Gözde Ünal

speaker-2

Umut Esen

speaker-3

Selman Ortaköy

11.00-11.30 AM

Future of AI in FinTech

AI-based solutions enable financial services towards better customer experience, cost effectiveness, decisioning and data insights. However, there is a gap between AI investment and AI implementation.  The session looks into how this gap will be addressed in the short term and how AI enables fintech solutions today with prospects of use cases in the future.

speaker-1

Burçak Ünsal

speaker-2

Deniz A. Johnson

11.30-12.00 AM

Closing remarks

speaker-1

Demet Zübeyiroğlu

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