Agenda 2017


Financial Forum Innovation

Sofia, 13 June (Tuesday) 2017,
Sofia Hotel Balkan, Sredetz Hall


9:00 Registration of participants
9:30 Opening of the Forum
Mrs. Nina Stoyanova, Deputy Governor, Head of Banking Department and Fiscal Services Department and Member of the Management Board of the Bulgarian National Bank
10:00 – 12:30

Panel 1: Welcome to the Future

Moderator: Vanya Manova, manager, Mastercard for Bulgaria and Macedonia

  • Banking is necessary. Banks are not! – Bill Gates
  • Is the classic model of financial intermediation coming to an end?
  • Will an Uber appear for the banking business?
  • Banks or Google, Microsoft, Facebook…
  • Regulations and financial innovation – adequate or not?
  • Has the time come to regulate all participants on the financial markets?
  • Is there an unequal treatment of fin tech companies and banks in terms of regulations?
  • New ideas, new laws in Europe – what will be their impact in our country
Participants Eva Maydell (née Paunova), member of the European Parliament
Topic: „Digital Europe – innovations and regulations, the case of FinTech“

Georgi Konov, junior partner, McKinsey & Company’s Dubai office
Topic: „The rise of Fintechs and Future of Banking“

Peter Andronov, country Manager of KBC group for Bulgaria, Chairman of the MB of CIBANK, CEO of CIBANK, Chairman of the Managing Board of the Association of Banks in Bulgaria

Levon Hampartzoumian, CEO and Chairman of the Managing Board of UniCredit Bulbank

Petya Dimitrova, CEO and Chairman of PostbankDiana Miteva, CEO, DSK Bank

Svetoslav Moldovansky, CEO, Fibank

Miroslav Vichev, CEO, BORIKA

Iravan Hira, general manager, Hewlett-Packard Enterprise

Kalin Radev, CEO, Software Group

Sophie Bertin, owner and CEO, Parnima consulting, Switzerland
12:30 – 13:00 Lunch
13:00 – 14:45

Panel 2: Trends in Financial Innovations

Modarator: Hristo Laskov, manager marketing and communications, CENTIO

  • Trends in card payments, mobile technologies
  • Is Bitcoin dead?
  • Banking without bankers
  • Financial technologies assist small businesses
Participants Loic Le Pichoux, CEO and Co-Founder of Klear
Topic: „Will Peer-to-Peer Lending disrupt banks

Vanya Manova, manager, Mastercard Bulgaria and Macedonia
Тема: „The road to financial inclusion is a digital one”

Russell Taylor, chief commercial officer, Software Group
Topic: „The digital financial services of tomorrow”

Stoilka Arsova, director of National Card Scheme, BORICA
Topic: „National card scheme Bcard: status and development prospects

Maria Kosanova, manager Pointnext, Hewlett-Packard Enterprise
Topic: Financial services in the digital transformation era

Vladislav Dramaliev, CEO, Bithope foundation
Topic: „Bitcoin is dead, long live Blockchain“
14:45 – 15:00 Coffee break
15:00 – 16:45

Panel 3: The Digital Transformation

Moderator: Delyan Petrishki, journalist and host, Bloomberg TV Bulgaria

  • Integration of Bulgarian Banks into a Digital Economy Society
  • Digital banks or digital branches – which is more useful and why?
  • Is the role of the human factor in banking decreasing?
Participants Sophie Bertin, owner and CEO, Parnima consulting, Switzerland
Topic: „Banking without bankers. Is the role of the human factor in banking decreasing in the process of digitalization”

Ilian Georgiev, member of the Management Board of BACB
Topic: „BACB Express: The first-ever express bank loan from BACB“

Angel Mateev, deputy director Retail Banking, Postbank
Topic: „Digital revolution – opportunities and challenges to banks in the world and in Bulgaria“

Nadejda Vichеva, senior manager CRM, UniCredit Bulbank
Topic: „Big data – how to know our customers better?“

Dr. Deyan Palezhev, Head of Data Analysis Centre of KBC Bulgaria
Topic: Improving customer service and offers through in-depth data analysis

Prof. Valentin Kisimov, UNWE
Topic: „Banking servicing and electronic student book – a new integrated tool, joint project of UNWE and DSK Bank
16:45 Closing remarks