The first edition or EFS or European Finance Summit, will take place in just two days, on March 5th, 2020. It will be organized at the ECCL and will bring together tens of local and international experts who will discuss the latest trends of the sector, sharing their knowledge with several hundreds of participants.

During the day, several topics will be addressed. The first one will be "Payments" and the conference will start with an overview of the evolution of the Luxembourg payment industry, given by Marc Hemmerling (General Counsel Digital Banking, FinTech and Payments & Member of the Senior Management of ABBL). Michael Pechner (CEO, Digicash/Payconiq Luxembourg & COO, Payconiq International) will then answer to the following question: "We don't take cash: blessing or curse?". Along with, Benjamin Belais (VP International Expansion, Lydia), Patrice Fritsch (Principal at EY Luxembourg) and Jonathan Prince (Co-founder, Finologee), he will participate to a panel discussion on consumer payments. Before the break, Thibault de Barsy (Vice-Chairman & General Manager of the Emerging Payments Association for the EU) will lead a discussion on cryptomoney, with Bertrand Perez (Managing Director & COO, Libra Association).

Then, Nicolas Mackel (CEO of Luxembourg for Finance) will give a keynote speech entitled "The amazonisation of financial services), and Balazs Barna (Head of European Expansion, TransferWise) will focus on "The Promise of Fintechs". The latter will also participate to a panel discussion on Open Finance, with Olivia Vinden (Head of Fintech & Innovation, Alpha FMC UK), Jan van Vonno (Research Director, Tink), Marc Hemmerling and Jacques Pütz (CEO, LUXHUB).

The afternoon session, dealing with the "New financial landscape at the horizon 2030", will begin with an introduction to the topic by Jean Rognetta (Editor at large, Forbes France & President, PMEfinance-EuropeEntrepreneurs). Gilbert Fridgen (PayPal-FNR PEARL Chair in Digital Financial Services in the SnT, University of Luxembourg) will then focus on "The evolution of financial services in the digital economy", and Fabien Vrignon (Chief Executive Officer, Keytrade Bank Luxembourg) and Jonathan Prince (Co-founder, Finologee) will discuss the "impact of digitization on Banks". The future of wealth management will be the topic tackled by Frederic Kemp (Managing Director, Avaloq Luxembourg), Steeve Gresse (Head of Innovation & Digital Client Experience, Banque de Luxembourg), Dr Peter Mathis (Partner, board member and Chief Investment Officer, BCB & Partners S.A) and Mario Alves (Head of Sales & Partner Management, Aixigo). "Greta, the Bad and the Ugly – personal journey towards climate finance" will be the name of the presentation given by Alex Houtart (Founder, Impact Squares & lecturer in Sustainable and Innovative Finance). The following question, "What has music to do with sustainable finance?", will be answered by Julia Zhou (Communications Director, Kairos Europe). A panel discussion, around the outcome of a business model driven by sustainable finance, will bring together Pascal Bouvier (Fintech Venture Capital Investor), Sachin Vankalas (General Manager, LuxFLAG), Bernard Nicolay (Adjunct Professor, Solvay Brussels School of Economics and Management (ULB)), Diego Rojas (Co-Founder and CTO, mattrvest) and Olivier Goemans (Head of Investment Services and Innovation, BIL). There will also be a fireside chat discussion, called "Impact related to people ageing", featuring Florian Graillot (Co-founder and Partner, and Maria Cristina Boscolo Berto (Director, Regional Head of Wealth Structuring, Lombard International Assurance). Finally, the last conference of the day will be given by Matteo Rizzi (Unconventional entrepreneur, book author, venture partner and co-founder, FinTechStage) who will discuss "Talents and Thrones: A decade of Fintech, and the transformational journey of seeking talents for the jobs of the future".

In parallel, at 2om, an open air conference on the contribution of ESG strategies to portfolio's active return will be given by Philippe Grégoire (Head of Financial R&D at Amindis and Professor at Louvain School of Management).

At around 5:15pm, the traditional Luxembourg Finance Awards ceremony will take place, with the goal the reward the most innovative and best local practices. A grand total of 6 prizes will be distributed: Treasury Manager of the Year, Inspirational Woman in Finance, Finance Team of the Year, Fintech Solution of the Year, Financial Software Provider of the Year and Best Marketing Campaign of the Year. Moreover, during the day, several startups will participate to a new edition of Picth Your Startups, focusing on three types of innovation: Fintech, Regtech and Insurtech.


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Publié le 03 mars 2020