Name: Meirav Harel
Title: Founder & CEO at MHfintechs
Pronouns: she/ her
Bio: Chosen for “100 most inspirational women in Blockchain” 2020, chosen twice for “Women in Fintech Powerlist” by Innovative Finance UK, With 20+ years of expertise in Finance, Technology, and building award winning Fintech Innovation, Meirav Harel is a globally known FinTech, Blockchain, Digital Disruption, Future of Finance, Investment & Trading Interfaces expert.
Name: Marene Arnold
Title: Vice President Marketing & Communications DACH
Bio: Marene has a Master’s Degree in English Literature from the Vrije Universiteit in Amsterdam and started her Marketing career at a Licensing agency in the Netherlands. She started as a brand manager for films and tv-series and ended up heading the Marketing department.
This was followed by a 6 year stint as Head of Marketing Benelux at Dyson. After a 4 month sabbatical, in which she backpacked around South America and cycled through France, she switched industries yet again in 2011. She moved from Consumer Electronics to Payment Technology, and never looked back!
She started as Director of Marketing & Communications at Mastercard Netherlands, and since April 2022 she is Vice President Marketing & Communications DACH (Germany, Austria and Switzerland) at Mastercard. Mastercard is a global payments technology company that believes in doing well by doing good. The company’s mission is to build a sustainable digital economy where everyone prospers.
Name: Nadia Edwards-Dashti
Title: Chief Customer Officer – Harrington Starr
Bio: Nadia Edwards-Dashti co-founded the Harrington Starr Group in 2010, a leading Financial Technology recruitment business with offices in London, New York, and Belfast. In 18 years in the financial services technology sector, she has been responsible for helping over 2000 people find jobs and has grown from a trainee to a Chief Customer Officer.
She runs the Podcast Series ‘FinTech with Nadia: The DEI (Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion) Discussions’ to story tell the challenges and successes of this industry. Nadia has written a book through Palgrave Macmillan, ‘Fintech Women Walk the Talk: Moving the needle for workplace gender equality in financial Services and beyond’ and within it quotes 100+ of her podcast interviewees. Winner of Investing in Talent 2019 Awards – Most Inspirational Recruitment Leader, Innovate Finance: Women in FinTech Powerlist, FinTech Magazine Top 100 Women in FinTech 2022, Industrial Fellow at the University of East London: Centre of FinTech.
Name: Liesl Bebb-McKay
Title: Director BBD & Founder TribeL
Pronouns: she/her, Ms
Bio: Liesl is an innovator and an activator. Her passion for building business & creating sustainable change inspired her to create TribeL Consulting, a niche leadership consultancy which led to her long-standing partnership with BBD Software, where she is a director for the Netherlands business and leads their strategy and business development efforts in the Benelux. As a Board member and start-up mentor, she is able to deliver on her passion for innovation as a driver for success. Prior to moving to Belgium & founding TribeL, she was the Head of Rand Merchant Bank’s FOUNDeRY – the Investment Bank’s disruptive technology initiative focusing on cutting edge innovation.
Name: Sarah Gottwald
Title: Investment Manager, at Cryptofinance.vc
Bio: Sarah Gottwald is investment manager at Munich-based venture capital Cryptofinance. Founded only in January 2022 focusing on equity investments to participate in the success of early-stage ventures developing blockchain applications. With the aim to empower founders to build for the next billion users in crypto by deploying access to capital, network and expertise.
Sarah Gottwald is an early-stage crypto investor and internationally active in various programs and events. She is part of the Frankfurt School of Blockchain Center Talents Programs, participated in Lugano’s Plan B summer school and is active in the Unit Network. In addition, she is a member of H.E.R. DAO, part of the Munich Women Web3 community and a mentor for young (female)talents in web3.
Previously, she spent 9 years at BMW working in the financial sector and on the strategy for fully autonomous driving while negotiating various collaborations with startups, other corporate companies and closing several M&A deals.
Name: Terrie Smith
Title: Co-founder & CEO
Bio: Terrie Smith – has over 20 years in the industry, and her experience in the payments world is unparalleled. In 2019 she was awarded the IET Achievement Medal, she was crowned as one of the 20 MOST INFLUENTIAL WOMEN in payments by PaymentsSource in 2020.
She has a proven track record that speaks volumes and is included in fundamental patents related to provisioning and tokenisation. She was instrumental in shaping the Mastercard Digital Enable System, used to support Apple Pay.
Terrie co-founded the award-winning IoT platform DIGISEQ in 2014, she now serves as global ambassador bringing her passion for the IoT and contactless wearables to the masses linking physical and digital objects together. DIGISEQ simplifies delivering payment accounts securely and enables almost anything to support contactless payments, grant access, secure ID, reward loyalty, and much more – unleashing the power of IoT – without disruption to the existing manufacturing and distribution process.
Name: Jolien Demeyer
Title: Founder Jelloow
Bio: Jolien has over 15 years of experience in marketing strategy and management of complex international projects. She has been grateful to have lived and worked in Europe, North America & South Africa. Published her own book: Think Big, Scale Fast.
I consider myself a cross-functional healthy, transparent team leader. Never fear to achieve challenges in digital, SaaS or challenging economic scenarios.
My journey has developed my management skills and therefore started my two companies. Marketing Scaleurs, where we help fast growing businesses build scalable systems that delver strong unit economics. And Jelloow, where we help brands prioritise projects & select their marketing agency partners.
Name: Hannalie Marsh
Title: Managing Director at Swamp and Savanna
Bio: Hannalie is a highly motivated, human-centered business leader with extensive experience in the payments industry. Her strength lies in her ability to bridge the worlds of technology and human experience, connecting stakeholders in ways that add value and deliver results.
Name: Maja Fočić
Title: Project Manager | monri.com
Pronouns: she/ her
Bio: As an experienced Project Manager with a history of working in the financial services industries, Maja is a key link between the business and technical delivery teams. In Monri Payments, she is responsible for overseeing and managing IT and payment-related projects. Currently, Maja is leading several projects to improve payment systems on SinglePOS devices and the WebPay solution for online payments, which include expansion to other EU countries. Her previous work experience from both Privredna banka Zagreb and Raiffeisenbank Hrvatska serves as a strong foundation for a professional development focusing on implementing new payment solutions, products and redesigning processes. Maja’s ability to never lose the big picture out of mind while focusing on the smallest detail in her project and her ability to relay that connection to her associates, make her a a successful Project Manager and a valuable speaker and panelist at business conferences.
Name: Işıl Uysal Calvelli
Title: Co-Founder, Coach & Trainer at BeCoach Academy
Bio: Işıl Uysal Calvelli is a professional coach, author of the book The Gift of Being Unfulfilled at Work, Co-Founder of BeCoach Academy, and host of Unique Careers, Unique Lives podcast.
Bio long: Işıl Uysal Calvelli is a writer, professional coach, and speaker. She is the author of “The Gift of Being Unfulfilled at Work”, co-founder of BeCoach Academy, and host of the Unique Careers, Unique Lives podcast.
She thinks, writes, and speaks about the topic of work as it had been a source of personal suffering but also an amazing catalyst of her becoming. She holds a PCC credential from International Coaching Federation and she is also a certified meditation teacher. Born and raised in Turkey, Işıl currently resides in Munich, Germany
Name: Rukayyat Kolawole, CFA
Title: CEO/ Founder at PaceUP Invest GmbH
Bio: Ms. Kolawole is the founder and CEO of PaceUP Invest in Germany, France, and Nigeria; a Fintech start-up whose mission empowering women and underrepresented communities financially and help with wealth-building irrespective of their income towards attaining a responsible and sustainable future for themselves and their generation.
Ms. Kolawole has over 15 years of experience in the financial industry: Investment banking, Investment Management, and Capital Markets in Goldman Sachs, Bloomberg, Reuters, and BMCE International London. She was a former VP Capital Markets and Treasury at BMCE Bank International London covering EMEA, Americas, and APAC. She is a transcultural communicator and leader having worked on international assignments throughout her successful career.
Ms. Kolawole is currently on the board of Kassavex, a social impact agricultural company in Nigeria; Founding committee board member of 100 Women in Finance Germany; Chair of Mid-Career Bridge 100 Women in Finance, Germany; and a mentor at &ahead, Germany.
Ms. Kolawole earned an MSc in Finance and Investment Management with a Distinction. In 2020, she earned a double Diploma Executive MBA at Mannheim Business School, Germany, and ESSEC Business School, France. She is a Chartered Financial Analyst. She loves playing golf, travelling, reading, and playing silly games with her 4-year-old.
Name: Richard Valenti
Title: COO AT Stern Consulting
Bio: Over 30 years of senior management experience in leading European financial institutions. Recognized for his strong expertise in strategic projects (mergers, restructuring, start-ups, innovation) and known for his efficiency and ability to handle sensitive and complex situations. Former Group CIO of BPCE, Former CIO and MD of Generali France, Former CIO of BNPP Assurance, Former CEO of BNPP-Korean Asset Management and Former COO of BNPP Australia.
Name: Petra Plompen
Title: Senior Manager at EBA CLEARING
Bio: Petra Plompen has been working in transaction banking since 1997. She was responsible for the implementation of euro payments infrastructure developments within international banks such as ABN AMRO Bank and The Royal Bank of Scotland, both for high value and commercial payments.
She joined EBA CLEARING in 2015 as a Senior Manager in the Service Development and Management Unit with a focus on the EURO1/STEP1 Services and the RT1 Instant Payments Service. Currently she is leading New Initiatives at EBA CLEARING, including the R2P Request to Pay Service and immediate cross-border payments (IXB), meeting the needs of PSPs and their customers in the evolving payments landscape.
Name: Christian Eichbauer
Title: Sen. Head of Communication and Development
Bio: Formerly a copywriter in Hamburg and Düsseldorf, Christian Eichbauer has been involved since 2010 in making the sustainable GLS Bank the best-known and most popular bank in Germany. He studied marketing communication in Germany and England and was already working in an international network advertising agency during his studies. Christian Eichbauer is 46 years old, has two children and lives with his family in Cologne.
Name: Paul John
Title: VP WW Sales at GitHub
Name: Jelena Djurovic
Title: Partnerships Manager Serbia & SEE
Bio: Jelena Djurovic, Partnerships manager for Serbia & SEE region at Payoneer. By vocation I am a specialist in the field of banking and finance. By experience I am an expert for small business banking with over 15 years of engagement in traditional banking sector and almost three in fintech payments. By carrier goal I am a digital transformation enthusiast eager to show that finance is not only about cash, queuing and figures but also about innovation, team spirit and partnership with clients, startups and other stakeholders that are on the same mission of changing the world. By essence I am a true supporter of entrepreneurship.
Name: Liliana Lucian
Title: Neuroencoding specialist – Performance coach