ALTERNATIVE FINANCE FORUM 2021
Money. Technology. Purpose

Draft Agenda
(July, 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 Moderator
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: Financial Inclusion and AI-based credit scoring solutions
Ioanna Stanegloudi, Co-Founder & Chief Risk Officer, Finclude (fka. Verge.Capital)
F-2: National digital identity: how digital identity impacts access to finance ecosystem
Athalis Kratouni, Founder and CEO, Sqitali, tenbeo.com
F-3: 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: Fintech for small business
Aleksander Widera, CEO, Kredyt Market
F-5: Blockchain solutions for entrepreneurs
Christian Ruehmer, Co Founder and CEO, Q-Lana Inc.
F-6: Digital factoring and Guarantees
Mattia Ozzello, Network Services, Product Manager, SIA S.p.A.
F-7: MicroCapital 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-8: Blockchain payments
James Camilleri, Co Founder and CEO, Fyorin
F-9: Innovations in money transactions
Thomas Papapolyzos, CEO & Founder, a-quant
F-10: New approaches to payments (tbc)

Session FI-IV: Non-Lending Fintech Solutions
Moderator, Sofia Christoforidou, Journalist, makthes.gr
F-11: Innovative Green Solutions within a digital banking environment
Eleni Vlami, Head of Account Management, meniga
F-12: Financial wellness: Digital payments and financial literacy for Kids,
Vasilis Zoupas, Co-Founder and CEO, Woli Fintech
F-13: 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-14: 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
Johannes Weber, Founder & Managing Partner, Ananda Fund (tbc)
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
Rita Casimiro, Head of Acceleration, Maze-X – decoding impact
S-5: Funding Arts & Culture, the Social & Ethical Financiers,
Piet Callens, Head of Finance Department, Hefboom
S-6: Crowdfunding for a social good 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, Founder, 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, Region of Central Macedonia

15:45 – 16:00 Coffee Break

Conference Hall II
16:00 – 16:30 Alternative Finance Edge: Money. Technology. Purpose
Moderator, Piotr Korynski, Professional Coach & Microfinance Expert

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?
    Alexandra Gouta, Journalist, amna.gr (tbc)
  • 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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