ALTERNATIVE FINANCE FORUM 2021
Money. Technology. Purpose

Draft Agenda
(September, 2021)

KEDEA
Aristotle University Research Dissemination Center
3rd Septemvriou Avenue (University Area)
Thessaloniki
Conference Hall II

Wednesday, October 13, 2021
09:00 – 17:00

8:00 – 9:00         Registration

                            Welcome Coffee Break

Conference Hall II
09:00 – 09:30 AFF2021 “Money. Technology. Purpose.”
Welcoming Remarks, Piotr Korynski, Forum Leader
Welcoming remarks from EIB Institute, Francisco De Paula Coelho, Dean EIB Institute
Welcoming speech from Guest of Honor, Yannis Tsakiris, Deputy Minister for Development & Investments, Hellenic Republic

9:30 – 10:00 Setting the Stage: The Alternative Finance Edge
Monetizing Social Values for Sustainable Future
Uli Grabenwarter, Deputy Director, Equity Investments & Guarantees, European Investment Fund
Let’s Go with the Show: Technology Changing Finance and Social Capital
One Minute Pitches by the Panel Sessions Moderators

10:00 – 15:45 2-track sessions
A Financial Innovation (Conference Hall II)
Session FI – I: Data, Identity and Access
Moderator, Goran Lazarevski, Executive Director, Alliance of Microfinance Organizations
F-1: Identity and Data: How digital identity impacts access to finance ecosystem
Marc Taverner, Executive Director, INATBA – International Association for Trusted Blockchain Applications
F-2: National digital identity: Identity as a Service (IAAS)
Athalis Dimitra Kratouni, Founder & CEO, Tenbeo Biotechnologies
F-3: Data and Access: Blockchain-based Sandboxes
Andrius Adamonis, Project Manager, Bank of Lithuania

Session FI-II: Capital for Small Businesses
Moderator, Olena Gryniuk, CEE Regional Manager, SME Banking Club
F-4: Blockchain solutions for entrepreneurs
Christian Ruehmer, Co Founder and CEO, Q-Lana Inc.
F-5: Digital Sureties: A DLT-based Solution for Banks, Insurances, Corporates and Public Administrations
Mattia Ozzello, Network Services, Product Manager, SIA S.p.A.
F-6: Sustainable capital for the Self-employed
Jimmy Hanna, Co-founder & CEO, Fairlo

Session FI-III: Payments and Transactions
Moderator, Dimitris Litsikakis, Chief Executive Officer, deVere E-Money
F-7: Blockchain payments
James Camilleri, Co Founder and CEO, Fyorin
F-8: Innovations in money transactions
Thomas Papapolyzos, CEO & Founder, a-quant
F-9: Alternative approaches to payments
Aleksandra Šćepanović, Head of Business Development, PaySpot

Session FI-IV: Non-Lending Fintech Solutions
Moderator, Sofia Christoforidou, Journalist, ERT3, makthes.gr
F-10: Beyond Banking, Innovative Green Solutions
Eleni Vlami, Head of Account Management, meniga
F-11: Financial wellness: Kids, Digital Payments and Financial Literacy
Vasilis Zoupas, Co-Founder and CEO, Woli Fintech
F-12: Blockchain-enabled innovation, the emerging technology to reshape service industries
Peteris Zilgalvis, Head of Unit, Digital Innovation and Blockchain, DG CNECT,
Co-Chair, Fintech Task Force, European Commission
F-13: Green Energy and Cryptos
Theodoros Koukoutsas, CEO, GX Blocks Energy SA

B Social Capital (Conference Hall III)
Session S-I: Impact Investing
Moderator, Cyril Gouiffes, Head of Social Impact Investments, European Investment Fund
S-1: Social Impact Fund
Elemer Eszter, Founder, Impact Ventures Lt.
S-2: Impact Investing
Astrid Fockens, Partner, IMPACT Partners
S-3: Collaborative Platforms for Social Impact
Jose Moncada, CEO and Founder, La Bolsa Social

Session S-II: Financing Social Entrepreneurship
Moderator, Yiorgos Alexopoulos, Senior Researcher, EaSI TA Social
S-4: Social enterprise accelerators
Cristina Almeida, Head of Platform, MAZE – decoding impact
S-5: Funding Arts & Culture, the Social & Ethical Financiers,
Piet Callens, Head of Finance Department, Hefboom
S-6: Enabling financial inclusion within a cashless society
Elena Avatangelou, Co-Founder, Givingstreets
S-7: Best Practices of Solidarity Economy
Samuel Clause, Senior Investment Manager Guarantees, Securitisation & Microfinance, European Investment Fund

Session S-III: New Microfinance
Moderator, Neoklis Stamkos, Project Manager, KEPA
S-8: Fintech microfinance
Evelyne Oprel, International Relations Manager, Qredits
S-9: Evolving digital-only microfinance
Georgi Breskovski, Executive Director, Mikrofond
S-10: Micro-equities,
Artur Munteanu, Advisor, Gestionare Capital Pentru Dezvoltare

Session S-IV: Collaborative Finance
Moderator, Oliver Gajda, Founding Executive Director, European Crowdfunding Network
S-11: Crowdfunding for a social good
Chiara Rutolo, Project Manager & Communications Officer, Goteo.org
S-12: Civic Crowdfunding: the “Blue Crowdfunding” Case
Vassilis Tsanidis, Senior Policy Officer, Directorate of Innovation & Entrepreneurship, Region of Central Macedonia
S-13: Crowdfunding for Sustainable Business
Christin Friedrich, CEO & Co-founder, Innovestment

15:45 – 16:00 Coffee Break

Conference Hall II
16:00 – 16:30 Alternative Finance Edge: Money. Technology. Purpose
Moderator, Piotr Korynski, International Economic & Finance sector development Specialist

Summary of the Breakout Sessions

  • Financial Innovations: How do people interact with money and tech, and how does this inform the design of financial solutions?
    Journalist
  • Social Capital: How does technology enable the social capital to achieve its purpose?
    Barbara Scheck, Managing Director, European Center for Social Finance

Reflections of a Raporteur:
How do technology and purpose change the financial services industry?
Sofia Karadima, Senior Editor, Researcher, Investment Monitor

16:30 – 17:00 Closing Keynote Speakers Session
Eva Kaili, Member, Group of the Progressive Alliance of Socialists & Democrats, European Parliament
Alexandros Kaliontzoglou, Information Security & Risk Management Expert, Macroprudential Policy Section, Financial Stability Department, Regulatory Sandbox Project Coordinator, Bank of Greece
Francisco de Paula Coehlo, Dean, EIB Institute

17:00 – 17:30 Networking


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