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.
Join us online in October!

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

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 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

Bekzhan Mutanov

Astana International Financial Centre

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

Prof.Dr. Coşkun Küçüközmen

Izmir University of Economics

Dalith Steiger

SwissCognitive – The Global AI Hub

Daniel Bouzas

European Banking Federation

Demet Zübeyiroğlu

Fintech Association Turkey

Deniz A. Johnson

Stratyfy & 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

Marco Nigris

Portugal Fintech

Maria Pennanen

Accelerator Frankfurt

Dr. Mehmet Aydın

Kadir Has University & Digital Finance Working Group at Bogazici University

Mickael Paris

Fintech Scotland

Minh Q. Tran

Mandalore Partners

Murat Ali Çengelci

Finance Office of Presidency of the Republic of Turkey

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

Sirpa Tsimel

Switzerland Global Enterprise

Şant Manukyan

İş Investment

Thaer Sabri

Electronic Money Association

Taleh Tahirli

International Bank of Azerbaijan

Tamerlan H. Rustamov

Bank of Baku / Azerbaijan Banks Association

Turan Sert

Consultant

Umut Esen

Softtech

Vladimir Vasic

Association of Serbian Banks

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

Bekzhan Mutanov

speaker-2

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

Peter Ericson

speaker-2

Edin Erkocevic

speaker-3

Louise Grabo

speaker-4

Jenny Berthling

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.

speaker-1

Alex Panican

speaker-2

Francisco Estevan

speaker-3

Marco Nigris

speaker-4

Maria Pennanen

speaker-5

Mickael Paris

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

Emin Gün Sirer

speaker-3

Steven Kokinos

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

Elbruz Yılmaz

speaker-3

Niyazi 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

Milivoje Batista

speaker-3

Sergey Ivliev

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